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The New and Improved Romie Futch by Julia Elliott
The New and Improved Romie Futch

Teresa Borden, August 4, 2015

Another exclusive pre-publication read from Powell's. I was a bit reluctant to get into this one but one day I was bored with nothing else to read at the moment and suddenly just plunged into it. And, boy, am I glad I did. What an amazing, crazy, wild story that is grounded by some great imaginative writing.

Here is one of my initial favorite quotes: "Our bodies brimmed with the sap of adolescence, the same stuff that dripped from pimples and shot through veins to bring on sudden fits of angst. Sometimes we seemed as helpless as coupling that sweet warbling vortex that blooms from a pesky genital itch."

There are many more note-worthy quotes in this wild ride that chronicles ordinary, down-on-his-luck Romie's adventure who opts to get paid downloads into his head that render him poetic and erudite and then leave him adrift back into his old life feeling a bit awkward with such new and interesting information bouncing around in his brain.

Then, be ready for his obsession with a genetically-modified humongous feral hog that lives at the edge of a mysterious, nefarious biotech company compound. That part is quite the adventure. And the humor abounds throughout. You'll see what I mean.

In the end, Romie might find what he really wants...or needs. Or, maybe not.
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The Kind Worth Killing by Peter Swanson
The Kind Worth Killing

Teresa Borden, August 4, 2015

This book had me intrigued from the beginning and did not let me go. I think I bought it as a $1.99 promo on my Kindle from Amazon, so I was a bit surprised at how well it was written (not sure why, since all caliber of books are promoted on Amazon periodically, it seems, and I try to be a good judge of what will be a good book since I read constantly and want to invest my time in worthwhile reads, especially as I get older.)

I could not stop reading this story to find out what happened next.The characters were so realistically portrayed that I could see them vividly in my mind.I felt like I was right there with them in every scene. I was up late into the night, eyes glued to my glowing kindle, fascinated and anxious to find out what happened next.

I enjoyed not knowing or being able to guess and feeling surprised by the plot twists. The ending was a bit of a surprise and I am sure many will think it's a disappointment. Personally, I like the unresolved ending of a story. It does leave you feeling a bit unsettled, but it also allows your imagination to fill in the details. And there's room or hope for a sequel, perhaps.

Someone told me once that Americans insist on happy endings (they were speaking of movies) and I think that may be true of mainstream folks. But not me and not others who appreciate ambiguity and uncertainty. Who knows what will happen next? (the question I had after reading the end of this amazingly executed novel.)
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Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash
Above the Waterfall

Teresa Borden, August 4, 2015

I have discovered a new author that excites me so much that I've already ordered three of his previous novels. I received this uncorrected proof in my Indiespensible box via Powell's Books and, from the first page, I just could not stop reading it, I was so mesmerized, so intrigued. Some of it was just a quiet story about a 50-something sheriff who was on the verge of retiring but whose past bobbed up now and then during his last weeks, like one of the fish in the story, then submerged for a while, only to surface again in a new light.

I finished Above the Waterfall today and I'm still reeling, blown away, amazed and just plain grateful for such a great story that manages to be both poetic and suspenseful. It's an odd combination that works: part ordinary narrative suspense and part poetic reflection. I loved it so much (in a quiet kind of way, really) that I will add it to the (imaginary) pile of books that I know I will want to read again. Not many make it into that pile. I read a lot and over the years I've become somewhat impatient with mediocre stories and adept at avoiding them. This one grabbed me from the beginning and kept me enthralled to the end.

I'm so glad to have discovered a new author that excites me so much and who has (thankfully) written other books that I am sure I will enjoy. It's been a while since I've felt this way. I can't wait to read Ron Rash's earlier novels that are winging their way to me as you read this. I swear I haven't been paid to write this review. I never heard of the guy before reading this novel. And, what kind of name is that, anyway? Ron Rash. Would his Appalachian buddies joke with him about being itchy? Hah.
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Our Endless Numbered Days (Powell's Indiespensible Edition) by Claire Fuller

Teresa Borden, July 11, 2015

A masterful tale that alternates in time, between 1976, when the young protagonist is taken by her survivalist father to live deep in the woods of Germany, and 1985, when she has returned, irrevocably changed, to her life in London with her mother and a younger brother she didn't know existed. Though the description of the harrowing yet routine life with her father in the woods is filled with lush details, I found myself anxiously awaiting a return to the story of how Peggy was coping with life in London at age seventeen, having not seen another person besides her father since she was eight years old. Towards the end, she did connect with the mysterious Reuben, just before she made her way out of the woods and those encounters with him were heart-wrenching. I had a presentiment before the shock of the ending so it wasn't a complete surprise. I did wish that the story would have continued and had revealed, not only the truth that is alluded to in the final pages, but also how Peggy and her mother, Ute, and her brother, Oskar, continued to thrive (or not) as a family.
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Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Teresa Borden, April 10, 2015

I read some reviews on Amazon before deciding to read this book and I am glad that I ultimately decided to disregard them. I am so glad that I read this book, even though I feel somewhat sad now at the end. The richness of the inner life of Anna, the main character, and the details of her world relentlessly drew me in, propelled me forward and just would not release me. Every time I put this book down, I found myself thinking about it and yearning for it and I couldn't wait to pick it up again and immerse myself in Anna's world. I only wish it would have never ended. The prose is amazing; I could quote innumerable lines that reverberated in my soul. I would read this book again, which is not something I feel about too many books.
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