Title: I Remember Nothing: and Other Reflections Author: Nora Ephron Publisher: Random House Audio; Unabridged edition (November 9, 2010) Genre: Vicissitudes of Modern Life
I loved the audio version of this book. I loved driving to work each day and listening to Nora read to me a short snippet of what had happened in her life.
Though Nora may not remember names, faces or movie titles, she did remember the important things. Her love of and struggle with her passion for journalism, her trials of being a meatloaf, her successes and failures within the movie industry, but most importantly, what she will miss and what she will not.
What is most heartbreaking is that it is possible that she wrote her list of things that she will miss while undergoing treatment for the leukemia that eventually took her life. That should serve as a reminder to the rest of us, who have achieved a certain age, to treasure the things that we love even if others find it strange.
I will miss her humor and insight. I will miss her on target observations and I will always smile when reminded that I am not in my “senior” years, but I am only in my “google” years. That will help to cushion the blow when I myself cannot remember things that I swear I knew yesterday.
Title: Doctor Sleep Author: Stephen King Publisher: Scribner (September 24, 2013) Format: Kindle 4216 KB; Hardcover Pgs 544 Genre: Thriller Source: Purchase Series: The Shinning #2
Reading the disclaimer, “This book is a work of fiction. Any references to historical events, real people, or real places are used fictitiously” – well I certainly hope so. It is bad enough that I will be looking at every person in an RV through a cautious sideways glance, but I am relived to know that the True Knot is only some jacked-up craziness in Stephen King’s mind. Really – this is an awesome book.
I was a bit apprehensive when I had not read The Shinning and had relied on my previous viewing of the movie. Mr. King states quite emphatically that Doctor Sleep is a sequel to the book and not the movie.
Ok, so diving in is what I did. At first, I was a bit confused with the chapters and parts, but that soon calmed down and the flow was right where it should have been. The book grabs you from the beginning and I swear it if was not for the fact that I am a big baby, I would have read well into the night.
The numerous reviews out there have already picked about the plotlines and I will leave it to them. Except for a couple of the True Knot devotee’s that seem to come and go as needed, every character has an integral part of the story. Personally, I hate it when authors just throw characters around in the first chapter and the reader is stuck trying to sort everyone out. You will also be walking through the AA meetings that made up a big part of Stephen King’s life, but that is okay. It is what both the author and the main character needed to do to get to the good stuff.
This book is intense, there is humor in unexpected places and I just wanted to lean back and absorb the story that was being told. Not in a “steam” sort of way, but in a “can my phone just stop ringing for five minutes” so I can get through this part.
Grab this book and a quiet room and just be mesmerized by what Dan Torrance has been up to.
Title: The Best American Mystery Stories 2013 Author: Lisa Scottoline, Otto Penzler (Editors) Publisher: Mariner Books (October 8, 2013) Format: Paperback; Pgs 448 Genre: Mystery Short Stories Source: Amazon Vine
This is my first foray into a book specifically of short stories. I have wandered across a few here and there but never gave them much thought. What I found in these pages really surprised me. For the most part, they are well thought out and plotted without the usual tangents that some authors tend to wander into while trying to run up word counts so they can call it a novel.
The stories run about 15 to 20 pages, which makes it a perfect lunchtime read. Each day I would grab my lunch and book and would find myself absorb, start to finish, in a plotline that by the end had me filling in a couple of my own blanks – wondering aloud, did the author mean this or that. Did my presumed antagonist really do that? I loved the fact that not all questions were answered. That the authors drew nice black and white lines and it was up to the readers to filling in their own colors.
Not having any real plans of her own, Agatha decides that having a Christmas party at home in the Cotswold’s is just what she needs. Apparently, she has forgotten the fiasco of the last holiday party and Mrs. Bloxby is convinced that Agatha is trying to chase a romantic dream of Christmas, but this is something that Agatha wants to do for the old crumblies in town.
Apparently, one of the invited guests is feeling a big frisky and when he makes an inappropriate move toward Agatha, the Christmas pudding is brought down on his head. That was too much for the Viagra junkie to handle and soon his heart give out and there he is, dead on the floor with a slimly pudding on his face.
As the rest of the pensioners stare in disbelieve they all agree that the death could not be Agatha’s fault, that is all but one, Freda Pinch. Freda decides that she is going to sue Agatha. With Freda now being an outcast of the group, one of the members of the holiday party takes the matter into his own hands and decides to rectify the situation in a way that Agatha cannot abide.
This was a nice little short story to begin the holiday season. Not too over the top, just enough Agatha and her friends to keep you in touch with the on goings in the village of Carsley.
Title: The End of the Road Author: Sue Henry Publisher: NAL Hardcover (November 3, 2009) Format: Hardcover; Pgs 244 Genre: Travel Mystery Source: Library Series: Maxie and Stretch Myster #4
You know an author is desperate to run up their word count when they rely on naming all the shops on Main Street, mileage destination on a local pole, items in a closet or even the name on whiskey bottles. That should have been my warning to close the book and move on, but no, this is the last book in the series and since I began with number one, I was determined to see it through to its end.
Instead of packing up her RV and heading south for the winter, Maxine McNabb and her faithful dog Stretch have decided to stay home in Homer, Alaska for the winter. The weather can be harsh, but feeling a bit homesick, this is where she wants to be.
After meeting John Walker on her visit to the spit, she invites him to her home the next day to have dinner with friends. All is well until she is called as a contact since John has been found dead by an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
John Walker is not his real name and there are very few clues as to his real identity. Of course, that has Maxie on full alert and she is determined to help solve this mystery. It does not end there, you will now have to add in a murder, a stalker and a weird twisted end that seems to have been rushed and not well rounded.
Usually, when a series ends, I somewhat mourn the characters, but unfortunately, that is not going to be the case with Maxie and Stretch. The books were always more along the lines of travelogues than murder mysteries. That might work for some, but I like a bit more meat in my who-done-its and this series just never fit the full bill.