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November 30, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: After the Frost

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Almost wordless: I leave the dried purple coneflower standing in my garden during the winter. It provides a little interest in an otherwise barren landscape, plus the seeds are food for the birds.

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November 29, 2016 / Leslie

Review: Security by Gina Wohlsdorf

A Rapid Review

At Manderley, someone is always watching.security

Publisher: Algonquin Books, HighBridge Audio | June 2016
Format: 229 pages | 7 hours | Rating: 4 stars
Audio Listening Level: Intermediate – Difficult

In the tradition of gothic and popular horror, with echoes of The Shining and Psycho, Security redefines fear for a generation that’s seen it all.

What’s it about . . .
Manderley Resort is a luxury hotel designed with the best security that money can buy. The grand opening is in one week, and Tessa, the hotel manager, is hurrying to get everything done in time for the big day. But someone doesn’t want the hotel to open, and Tessa’s employees begin to vanish one by one as a killer stalks the property.

What did I think . . .
The story is told through a unique point of view and in an unusual writing style. It took me a little while to figure out why the scene changes were so choppy, but then I got it — the narration was coming from the POV of different security cameras. It becomes apparent sooner if you are reading than if you are listening. I did both, and when I switched over to print, the formatting was quite unique with a split page as if it were a split screen. It’s quite different, but probably not for everyone.

Security is also not for the faint of heart! There are lots of murders. Some are gory, graphic murders. There is a lot of mystery and suspense, too. We don’t know what is going on most of the time, or even who the narrator is. This is Stephen King type horror. If you like The Shining you’ll be ok with this.

Unfortunately, we never do get all our questions answers, and I never did figure out the motive for such extreme hostility once the killer is revealed, but there was enough of a conclusion to satisfy me. With horror, I enjoy the suspense of what is going to come at you from around the corner or the next opened door… literally!

Audio production . . .
The audio was read by Zach Villa. He used a calm, almost laid-back voice much of the time as the murder and mayhem surrounded the hotel. While his voice was easy to listen to too, and the production itself was fine, this was initially difficult to follow because of all the jumping around between security cameras. I kept listening for a chapter title or some type of indication that the scene was changing, but there were none. I would recommend the audio version mostly to those more familiar with difficult or unusual formats.

Audio Sample:
[Audio Sample on Highbridge Audio site.]

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November 28, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 28th

BountifulAutumnMailboxWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
Just one new book this week.

New Arrivals

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Power Food: Original Recipes by Rens Kroes for Happy Healthy Living from AmazonVine.

With hectic and busy schedules, it can be difficult to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Dutch superstar and best-selling author Rens Kroes makes it easy with a combination of healthy food, sufficient exercise, and relaxation. You’ll find delicious, on-the-go breakfasts that make you happy, simple salads and pasta dishes, and healthy takes on sinful sweets. A guide showing nutritional information on each food is provided, including what to eat for different beauty benefits, like shiny hair or radiant skin. Lead a happy and balanced life with Power Food!

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November 24, 2016 / Leslie

Happy Thanksgiving

 The turkeys conferred and decided it was safer to lay low until after Thanksgiving Day.


(The turkeys decided it would be best to lay low until after Thanksgiving Day.)

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving and much to be thankful for to all who are celebrating today.

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November 23, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: One Last Bloom

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Almost wordless: For the past few weeks I have been preparing plants to bring them inside for the winter. This cutting from a favorite geranium presented me with one last bloom before winter and is now residing in the garden window.

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November 21, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 21st

HarvestMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 
It was a busy week for me with not much time for reading or blogging. I spent the final warm days last week preparing my garden for winter, harvesting the last of the herbs and veggies, and bringing in the plants I want to save over the winter. I’ll be cooking Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, so I also needed to get the house straightened up and find places to put all those plants.

Nothing in my mailbox last week, but I did receive a couple of new e-books.

E-Book Downloads

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai from NetGalley
You know the future that people in the 1950s imagined we’d have? Well, it happened. In Tom Barren’s 2016, humanity thrives in a techno-utopian paradise of flying cars, moving sidewalks, and moon bases, where avocados never go bad and punk rock never existed . . . because it wasn’t necessary.

The 13th Continuum by Jennifer Brody from Turner Publishing.
One thousand years after a cataclysmic event leaves humanity on the brink of extinction, the survivors take refuge in continuums designed to sustain the human race until repopulation of Earth becomes possible.

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November 14, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ November 14th

AutumnChickadeeMailbox-smlWelcome to Mailbox Monday, created by Marcia of To Be Continued, a place where readers share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week.

After several years of being on tour with different blogs as the monthly host, the Mailbox Monday Blog is now the permanent home for the meme.


 

New Arrivals

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The Swans of Fifth Avenue by Melanie Benjamin from Random House Reader’s Circle.
Theauthor of The Aviator s Wife returns with a triumphant new novel about New York s Swans of the 1950s and the scandalous, headline-making, and enthralling friendship between literary legend Truman Capote and peerless socialite Babe Paley.

The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak from Simon & Schuster.
A dazzling debut novel—at once a charming romance and a moving coming-of-age story—about what happens when a fourteen-year old boy pretends to seduce a girl to steal a copy of Playboy but then discovers she is his computer-loving soulmate.

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