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September 5, 2016 / Leslie

R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, XI

A Favorite Event

ripeleven400It’s September, and that means it’s time for one of my favorite reading events, R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril, hosted by Carl at Stainless Steel Droppings.

The challenge runs from September 1st through October 31st. There are multiple levels of peril to choose from, even a one book option for the time challenged.

For the last few years I have avoided most challenges; I usually fail at them, plus they add a level of stress I don’t need. But RIP books are from genres I enjoy, so for me it’s become an annual event.

There are only two simple goals for R.eaders I.mbibing P.eril:

1. Have fun reading.
2. Share that fun with others.

Genres to choose from:

Mystery | Suspense | Thriller | Dark Fantasy | Gothic | Horror | Supernatural

I’m Choosing Peril the First

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Read four books, any length, that you feel fit (the very broad definitions) of R.I.P. literature. It could be King or Conan Doyle, Penny or Poe, Chandler or Collins, Lovecraft or Leroux . . . or anyone in between.

 

Other challenges to choose from are Peril the Movie, Peril the Short Story, Peril the Group Read, and this year there is a new category, Peril in Play, for those into gaming. For anyone new to R.I.P., you do not have to be a blogger to participate.

Some Book Choices

I will be choosing off my shelf, and the following are a just a few of my books that fit the Peril theme.

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery (Mystery)
Girl Waits with Gun by Amy Stewart (Mystery)
Security by Gina Wohlsdorf (Horror)
Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger (Urban Fantasy)
The Next by Stephanie Gangi (Paranormal)
Arrowood by Laura McHugh (Gothic Mystery)

Review Site

This is the part where we share the fun and list books read and links to reviews.

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August 31, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: Sneaky Bunny

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Almost wordless: I put some bird seed on the ground by the compost pile for the squirrels to keep them off the feeders but someone else showed up.

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August 29, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 29th

hummingbird mailboxWelcome 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.


 
 
A couple of new audio books this week:

Audio Downloads

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The Tea Planter’s Wife by Dinah Jefferies from Random House Audio.
A young Englishwoman marries a charming tea plantation owner and widower, only to discover he’s keeping terrible secrets about his past, including what happened to his first wife, that lead to devastating consequences

In Such Good Company by Carol Burnett from Random House Audio.
Comedy legend Carol Burnett tells the hilarious behind-the-scenes story of her iconic weekly variety series, The Carol Burnett Show.

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August 24, 2016 / Leslie

Wordless Wednesday: View on the Deck

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Almost wordless: What I see when I look up from reading my book.

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August 23, 2016 / Leslie

First Chapter First Paragraph ~ Tuesday Intros

I Am No One by Patrick Flanery

Tim Duggan Books | July 2016 | Hardcover • Kindle • Audio | 352 pages

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Chapter 1, 1st Paragraph:
At the time of my return to New York earlier this year I had been living in Oxford for more than a decade. Having failed to get tenure at Columbia I believed Britain might offer a way to restart my career, though I always planned to move back to America, imagining I would stay abroad for a few years at most. In the interim, however, America has changed so radically—by coincidence I left just after the attacks on New York—that I find myself feeling no less alienated now than I did during those long years in Britain.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

I am be starting this book today. From the description it sounds like part mystery, part thriller — genres I enjoy. Reviews so far have been mixed, but I am keeping an open mind.

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From Goodreads:

After a decade living in England, Jeremy O’Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. Though comfortable in his new life, and happy to be near his daughter once again, Jeremy continues to feel the quiet pangs of loneliness. Walking through the city at night, it’s as though he could disappear and no one would even notice.

But soon, Jeremy’s life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, would anyone want to watch him so closely, and, even more upsetting, why would they alert him to the fact that he was being watched?


First Chapter Tuesday is hosted by Diane at Bibliophile by the Sea. Join us by visiting Diane and linking your own First Chapter post or to find out what others plan to read this week.

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Source: Advance copy provided by the publisher.
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August 22, 2016 / Leslie

Mailbox Monday ~ August 22nd

hummingbird mailboxWelcome 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.


 
A couple of books and a few audio downloads arrived last week.

New Arrivals

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Wonder Women: 25 Innovators, Inventors, and Trailblazers Who Changed History by Sam Maggs from by Quirk Books.
In Wonder Women, author Sam Maggs introduces you to pioneering female scientists, engineers, mathematicians, adventurers, and inventors—each profile a study in passion, smarts, and stickto-itiveness, complete with portraits by Google doodler Sophia Foster-Dimino, an extensive bibliography, and a guide to present-day women-centric STEM organizations.

Security by Gina Wohlsdorf from Audiobook Jukebox.
A debut thriller that will causes countless sleepless nights! 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.

Audio Downloads

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The Ballroom by Anna Hope from Random House Audio.
Set over the heatwave summer of 1911, at a time when England was at the point of revolt, The Ballroom is a tale of unlikely love and dangerous obsession, of madness and sanity, and of who gets to decide which is which.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead from Random House Audio.
The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

The Dollhouse by Fiona Davis from Penguin Audio.
Fiona Davis’s stunning debut novel pulls readers into the lush world of New York City’s glamorous Barbizon Hotel for Women, where a generation of aspiring models, secretaries, and editors lived side-by-side while attempting to claw their way to fairy-tale success in the 1950s, and where a present-day journalist becomes consumed with uncovering a dark secret buried deep within the Barbizon’s glitzy past.

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August 18, 2016 / Leslie

Underground Airlines by Ben H. Winters

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Publisher: Mulholland Books | July 2016
Genre: Speculative Fiction
Format: 336 Pages | 9½ hours | Rating: 4½ stars
Audio Listening Level: Easy – Intermediate

It is the present day and the world is as we know it: smartphones, social networking, and Happy Meals. Save for one thing: The Civil War never occurred.

What if Abraham Lincoln was assassinated before he had a chance to serve as president? What if the Civil War never happened? What would the present day United States be like?

In Underground Airlines, the author has created an alternate history detective story told through the eyes of a former slave, Victor. In Victor’s world, four states still allow slavery, and according to the constitution it can never be abolished.

To keep his freedom, Victor had to agree to work as bounty hunter for the US Marshalls and track down runaways. We see that he is good at his job as he almost effortlessly picks up the trail of a runaway slave hiding in the Midwest. But Victor is a conflicted character — he knows what he is doing is wrong, and this case is particularly troubling: Something is not right, documents are missing from the file, and things are not what they appear to be.

I enjoyed this fast-paced thriller set in a believable world with a thought-provoking ending. Will there be a sequel? I hope so; there is plenty of material for another story in this well-developed alternate world.

Audio production:
I listened to part of this novel which was expertly narrated by William DeMeritt. Through his voice we can feel the conflict, and often despair, that Victor feels. Both audio and print versions were equally compelling.

Audio Sample:

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Source: Review copy provided by Mulholland Books.
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