Wednesday, June 18, 2008

First Give Away

I am giving away a signed copy of Finn. Please leave a comment here if you want to be entered into the drawing since my email decides to block some people for some reason.

To Kill a Mockingbird + In Cold Blood = Capote in Kansas

This is such an interesting story with these three books that I have to blog about it so more people read Capote in Kansas. As we all know, Harper Lee wrote To Kill and Truman Capote wrote In Cold Blood. Lee and Capote were childhood friends and grew up together. Anyone who has seen the movie Capote or read the book, knows that Lee helped him with Blood. Well, Capote in Kansas is fiction/nonfiction. It begins with Lee getting a late night phone call from Capote telling her that the ghosts of the murdered family he wrote about are haunting him. She writes it off to his drunkenness but has a hard time putting it out of her mind. She starts getting the calls on a fairly regular basis, along with anonymous packages left on her doorstep that tell a story she alone has to try and figure out. Lee starts seeing and speaking with the spirits of the murdered family also. Throughout this, the author tells of how they went to Kansas, but Capote did none of the interviewing, none of the writing of Blood and in fact made up the entire ending because he thought it would sell better that way. Lee did all of the work. The family is now "visiting" Capote and Lee because they got their story wrong. It also goes into Capote's sexuality and how Lee found out, and a lot more that I don't want to spoil you with now but it does answer the one question that people have wondered about for quite some time: why did Harper Lee never write again after the success of To Kill a Mockingbird? Great great story, keeps it moving, I can't even put into words how wonderful this book is, and if you haven't read To Kill or ICB, I highly recommend those also. 10 stars out of 5!!!!!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

You Come When I Call You by Douglas Clegg

I hate to say it, because I was really looking forward to this one, but I did not like it at all. I actually didn't even finish it, and if you read my post on Down River, you know I never give up but this was just ridiculous. I am a big fan of Bentley Little, so maybe that is why I wasn't so impressed with this one. It was reminiscent, to me at least, of Little's books in the regard of pushing the envelope as far as possible. Out of 5 stars, just 1.

I have just started The Autobiography of Henry VIII by Margaret George and it is impossibly massive, so I will be posting reviews on books I have read previously while I am slugging through this, which may be the rest of the year.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Naomi by Douglas Clegg

Finished this one up over the weekend. Entertaining storyline, lots of different elements, supernatural and none, brought together for a nice tidy ending. I hate it when all things aren't resolved. The ending did not drag out too long either which was nice. Good quick read. 4 out of 5 stars. Getting ready to start You Come When I Call You now.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Others by James Herbert in progress review

This is depressing! I feel so sorry for this guy and I am not even 100 pages in. Still waiting to see where the horror/supernatural part comes in....