Showing posts from August, 2012

222. Graphic Classics: Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson edited by Tom Pomplun (Canada) - (US)
Graphic Classics, Volume 9

Pages: 144
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 12, 2012
First Published: May 15, 2012
Publisher: Eureka Productions
Genre: graphic novel, short stories, poetry, YA
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "This is a handy cave and a pleasant sittyated grog-shop."

Publisher's Summary:  "Horror, Mystery, Fantasy & Verse from
Scotland's Greatest Storyteller

• Treasure Island -
Stevenson’s all-time adventure classic, adapted by
Alex Burrows and Scott Lincoln

• The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde -
a unique two-part adaptation illustrated by
Simon Gane and Michael Slack

• The Bottle Imp -
a contemporary visual interpretation by Lance Tooks

• Plus Verses and Fables -
a collection of poetry and short fiction illustrated by
Maxon Crumb, Joe Ollmann, Cynthia Martin, 
Hunt Emerson, Lisa K. Weber, Shary Flenniken,
Johnny Ryan, Neale Blanden, Roger Langridge, 
Rico Schacherl, Peter Gullerud and Tom Neely

• With a …

221. Victory: Resistance Book 3 by Carla Jablonski

Victory by Carla Jablonski. Illustrated by Leland Purvis (US) - (Canada)
Resistance Trilogy, Book 3

Pages: 124
Ages: 13+
Finished: Aug. 11, 2012
First Published: Jul. 17, 2012
Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, YA, historical fiction
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "June 6, 1944. The Allies land in Normandy in Northern France."

Publisher's Summary:  "The final installment in Carla Jablonski’s Sydney Taylor Honor-winning Resistance trilogy.
World War II thunders to a conclusion in this third and final installment of Jablonski and Purvis’ critically-acclaimed historical trilogy. As the Allied Forces move to retake France from its Nazi invaders, siblings Sophie, Paul, and Marie Tessier must risk their lives once more and journey into the belly of the beast: Paris. They are on a mission to deliver top-secret intel for the Resistance movement . . . they are its youngest agents."

Acquired:  Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading…

219. Creepy Presents Richard Corben

Creepy Presents Richard Corben by Richard Corben and others. Introduction by Jose Villarrubia (US) - (Canada) Creepy Presents Archive, Richard Corben

Pages: 320
Ages: 16+
Finished: Aug. 10, 2012
First Published: Jul. 24, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "The castle overlooks a mountain pass."

Publisher's Summary:  "Over 300 pages of timeless terror from a master storyteller! Horror comics visionary and coloring pioneer Richard Corben has been a voice of creativity and change for over four decades. For the first time ever, Corben’s legendary Creepy and Eerie short stories and cover illustrations are being collected into one deluxe hardcover! With an informative foreword by artist and comic book colorist José Villarrubia—who also provides color restoration—this volume features Richard Corben’s original stories, Edgar Allan Poe adaptations, and collaborations with cast of comic-book writers.

* Essential stories and illus…

RIP: Josepha Sherman (1946-2012)

So young!  Josepha contributed widely to sci-fi and fantasy.  May she rest in peace.

My favourite books:

218. This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel

This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel  (US) - (Canada)
The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein, Book 1

Pages: 304
Ages: 12+
Finished: Aug. 10, 2012
First Published: Aug. 23, 2011
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Genre: Gothic, YA, paranormal, romance, horror
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "We found the monster on a rocky ledge high above the lake."

Publisher's Summary:  "Victor Frankenstein leads a charmed life. He and his twin brother, Konrad, and their beautiful cousin Elizabeth take lessons at home and spend their spare time fencing and horseback riding. Along with their friend Henry, they have explored all the hidden passageways and secret rooms of the palatial Frankenstein chateau. Except one.

The Dark Library contains ancient tomes written in strange languages, and filled with forbidden knowledge. Their father makes them promise never to visit the library again, but when Konrad becomes deathly ill, Victor knows he must find the book that contains the recipe for th…

217. Marathon by Boaz Yakin

Marathon by Boaz Yakin. Art by Joe Infurnari (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 90
Ages: 16+
Finished: Aug. 9, 2012
First Publisher: First Second Books
Genre: graphic novel, historical fiction, Ancient Greece, Sports
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "What's your name, boy?"

Publisher's Summary:  "The epic tale of the original marathon runner—just in time for the 2012 Olympic Games
It was a turning point in ancient history.
It inspires men to greatness.
It was the foundation of one of the greatest and most prevailing global peace efforts of the 20th century.
It was the greatest feat—and the tragic death—of a man whose legacy will never be forgotten.
In 490BC, an Athenian messenger named Eucles ran 153 miles from Sparta to Athens, and in so doing preserved ancient Greek civilization from subjugation to the Persian Empire.
This is his story."

Acquired:  Received a review copy from First Second Books.

Reason for Reading: I love Ancient Greek history and the many legends associated wi…

215. Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn

Good Neighbors by Ryan David Jahn (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 280
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 5, 2012
First Published: 2009
Publisher: Penguin
Genre: Crime, historical fiction, racism, psychological suspense
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "It begins in a parking lot."

Publisher's Summary:  "A compulsively readable debut crime novel inspired by the legendary real-life murder of Kitty Genovese. 

At 4:00 A.M. on March 13, 1964, a young woman returning home from her shift at a local bar is attacked in the courtyard of her Queens apartment building. Her neighbors hear her cries; no one calls for help. 

Unfolding over the course of two hours, Good Neighbors is the story of the woman's last night. It is also the story of her neighbors, the bystanders who kept to themselves: the anxious Vietnam draftee; the former soldier planning suicide; the woman who thinks she's killed a child and her husband, who will risk everything for her. Revealing a fascinating cross-section of America…

214. Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 05

Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 05 by John Wagner & Alan Grant. Illustrated by Mick McMahon, Ron Smith, Brian Bolland, Ian Gibson, Steven Dillon, Colin Wilson, Barry Mitchell, John Cooper & Carlos Ezquerra (US) - (Canada)
Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files 05

Pages: 400
Ages: 15+
Finished: Aug. 4, 2012
First Published: Jun. 19, 2012
Publisher: 2000AD
Genre: graphic novel, science fiction, crime,
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Attention all units! Major disturbance at Sonny Bono Block! Residents in revolt!"

Publisher's Summary: "THE LAW AT WAR!

Judge Dredd rides into action in this fifth volume collecting together some of his most exciting cases. Arch-nemesis Judge Death rises from the grave once again in Judge Death Lives, citizen is pitted against citizen in Block Mania and the apocalypse comes to Mega-City One in the all-time classic Dredd epic, The Apocalypse War. Featuring art by such comic legends as Brian Bolland (Batman: The Killing Joke), Carlos E…

213. Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel

Days With Frog and Toad by Arnold Lobel (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
Frog and Toad (book 4)

Pages: 200
Ages: 5+
Finished: Aug. 2, 2012
First Published: 1979
Publisher: Harper Collins
Genre: children, easy reader, animal fantasy
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Toad woke up"

Publisher's Summary:  "Frog and Toad enjoy spending their days together. They fly kites, celebrate Toad's birthday, and share the shivers when Frog tells a scary story. Most of all, they have fun together—every day of the year."

Acquired:  Purchased a new copy from a homeschool retailer quite some time ago.

Reason for Reading:  Next in the series.  Ds read aloud as his reader.

I can't say much more than I have already said with the previous three books in this series.  This was the last one published but it does not matter which order you read them in.  Once again Lobel proves that the perfect children's book transcends all ages.  Ds and I had a great laugh at the antics of Frog and Toa…

DVD Break: Duma

Duma- (2005) - (DVD) - (own)
 This DVD collection features four films with the theme "boy and animal".  Of all the movies on this collection, this is the only one I had previously seen; on TV and not straight from the beginning.  I told my son I'd seen this one so of course he choose it as the last movie for us to watch. LOL. Duma is one of the best nature movies you will ever see.  This is a genuine film, set in South Africa about an abandoned cheetah that is taken in by a farmer's family and raised to become the beloved pet of Xan the 12 year old boy.  They start off knowing that they will return him to the wild when the time comes, before it is too late.  Many things happen and the boy ends up running away from home with the cheetah going across the country to return the cheetah to where they found him by himself.  This is his adventure.  A very realistic movie with fantastic cinematography of Africa: the desert, the grasslands, the farmland.  This movie also pull…

212. BOOK TOUR: White Lies by Jeremy Bates

White Lies by Jeremy Bates (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 265
Ages: 18+
Finished: Aug. 4, 2012
First Published: May 7, 2012
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Genre: Thriller, suspense
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "The storm began when she was driving north on U.S. Highway 2, almost four thousand feet above sea level."

Publisher's Summary:  "While driving to a charming village tucked away deep in the Cascade Mountains of Washington State, where she is to begin a new job teaching high school English, Katrina Burton picks up a young hitchhiker who turns out to be drunk and predatory. Fearful for her safety, she lies about her destination in order to get him out of the car. But when she later discovers that he is a teacher at the same school, she finds herself feeding that initial lie with more lies. Then Katrina meets a mysterious man. Handsome, charismatic and strong, he is exactly what she needs to extricate her from the expanding network of lies, now spinning out of…

211. The Bionic Man Volume One by Kevin Smith

Some Assembly Required by Kevin Smith & Phil Hester. Art by Jonathan Lau (US) - (Canada)
The Bionic Man, Volume One

Pages: 248
Ages: 16+
Finished: Aug. 2, 2012
First Published: Aug. 7, 2012
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Genre: YA, graphic novel,science fiction, based on TV
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence: "It's ready."

Publisher's Summary: "We Can Rebuild Him! Steve Austin is back and acclaimed filmmaker Kevin Smith unleashes his high-octane vision in this new series from Dynamite. Smith unleashes The Bionic Man into the 21st century as only he can, with an innovative take on this classic character that will show you The Bionic Man with a whole new set of powers and abilities - not to mention enemies! Kevin Smith is joined by Phil Hester, artist Jonathan Lau, and cover artist/character designer Alex Ross (the team that brought you the new Green Hornet series).

This trade paperback collects the ENTIRE critically acclaimed 10-issue story, along with a complete…

210: Saint Angela Merici: Leading People to God by Sister Maryellen Keefe

Saint Angela Merici: Leading People to God by Sister Maryellen Keefe. Illustrated by Augusta Curreli. English translation by Mary Cabrini Durkin, OSU & Patricia Edward Jablonski, FSP (US) - (Canada)
Along the Paths of the Gospel series

Pages: 71
Ages: 10+ (younger as a read-aloud)
Finished: Jul. 20, 2012
First Published: 2002
Publisher: Pauline Books and Media
Genre: Children, Biography, Christian, Saints, Catholic, History
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "In the little lakeside town of Desenzano in northern Italy, stands a huge castle that overlooks the surrounding valley."

Publisher's Summary: "When Angela Merici was a young girl, she loved fun and games. She also loved to read about the lives of the saints. God gave Angela a new kind of mission to carry out. Through her love and her work to lead others to God, Angela became a saint herself! Beautiful color illustrations on every page."

Acquired:  Purchased a new copy from a Catholic Homeschool Company.


DVD Break: Shiloh

Shiloh - (1996) - (DVD) - (own)
 This DVD collection features four films with the theme "boy and animal". This movie is based on the novel by Phyllis Naylor Reynolds which won the Newbery Award and is the first in a trilogy.  I believe all three books have all been turned into movies as well.  I have not read the book, yet, but will someday as reading all the Newbery winners is one of my projects on the go.  This is your typical pull-at-the-heart-strings dog movie.  I don't like dogs, in real life.  In a movie or in a book, I'm far enough away from the things I don't like to appreciate them as a character and I've certainly read my fair share of dog books though I do tend to stay away from dog movies.  All that aside, this was a nice little movie.  The Beagle of course is cute and the movie continuously is pulling at the watcher's emotions.  My son thought it was unreal that a human could be so mean to an animal nor was he impressed with the boys father&…

209. Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires

Binky Under Pressure by Ashley Spires (US) - (Canada)
A Binky Adventure, #3

Pages: 64
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jul. 30, 2012
First Published: Sep. 1, 2011
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Genre: children, humour, graphic novel
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "It shouldn't be here."

Publisher's Summary: "In Binky's third adventure, our intrepid, sometimes accident-prone hero is shaken out of his routine when he's forced to contend with Gracie, a dainty striped foster kitty who comes to live at Binky's space station (aka his home at 42 Sentinel Parkway). Binky instantly resents the new arrival, whose cute face and perfect manners are downright annoying. Indeed, Gracie seems too perfect. So Binky decides to do some undercover investigating and discovers a shocking truth about the family guest. Soon Binky is thrust full-throttle into a situation that puts all his Space Cat skills to the ultimate test! "

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGall…

208. Mike's Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner

Mike's Mystery by Gertrude Chandler Warner. Illustrated by Dirk Gringhuis (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)
The Alden Family Mysteries, #5

Pages: 128
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jul. 30, 2012
First Published: 1960
Publisher: Scholastic Books
Genre: children, mystery
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "The four Alden children could hardly wait to get back to Mystery Ranch."

Publisher's Summary: "The excitement begins when they meet their old friend, Mike.  When Mike is blamed for starting a fire, the Boxcar children know he's innocent.  But can they discover who's really behind Mike's Mystery - before it's too late?"

Acquired: Bookmooched

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.  I am collecting the first original 19 books of this series.

Mike's Mystery could probably be said to have the first full blown mystery for the children to solve.  All the previous books "mystery" was simply finding out the identity of mysterious strangers but this time we have …

207. Scott Pilgrim: Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O'Malley

Precious Little Life by Brian Lee O'Malley. Coloured by Nathan Fairbairn (US) - (Canada)
Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1

Pages: 192
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 29, 2012
First Published: 2004 (Aug. 8, 2012 Colourized Ed.)
Publisher: Oni Press
Genre: graphic novel, college life, 1990s, humour
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "Scott Pilgrim is dating a high schooler!"

Publisher's Summary: "Just when you thought you knew all there was to know about Scott Pilgrim comes Scott Pilgrim Color Hardcover Volume 1: Precious Little Life! The first in a series of brand-new hardcover editions, this remastered, 6"x9" hardcover presents Scott's first "evil ex" battle as you've never seen it before - in full-color! Plus, previously unpublished extras and bonus materials make this mighty tome one that's required reading for Scottaholics everywhere!"

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley

Reason for Reading: I've really paid no atte…

206. Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer

Shine Shine Shine by Lydia Netzer (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 320
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 29, 2012
First Published: Jul. 17, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Genre: realistic fiction, family drama
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "Deep in darkness, there was a tiny light."

Publisher's Summary: "When Maxon met Sunny, he was seven years, four months, and eighteen-days old. Or, he was 2693 rotations of the earth old. Maxon was different. Sunny was different. They were different together.
Now, twenty years later, they are married, and Sunny wants, more than anything, to be “normal.” She’s got the housewife thing down perfectly, but Maxon, a genius engineer, is on a NASA mission to the moon, programming robots for a new colony. Once they were two outcasts who found unlikely love in each other: a wondrous, strange relationship formed from urgent desire for connection. But now they’re parents to an autistic son. And Sunny is pregnant again. And her mother is dying i…

DVD Break: Flipper (1963)

Flipper - (1963) - (DVD) - (own)
 This DVD collection features four films with the theme "boy and animal".  We have never seen this movie before.  I'm actually surprised that I haven't seen this but there you go; I haven't ever seen the TV series or any of the various remakes either.  The movie does show its age both in positive and negative ways.  The stereotypical roles of male and female, but also the freedom and responsibilities of the 12-year-old.  The first comment my son made was the question "When is this supposed to be happening?" to which I replied "about the late 1950s".  The dolphin footage was wonderful, even if they used some of it over and over again.  I think this would have been a fairly "exciting" concept at this point in time.  Ds enjoyed these parts the best.  His next comment about half way through the movie was, "This isn't much of an adventure is it?" and with that he sums up the movie.  It is a p…

Book Tour: Giveaway White Lies by Jeremy Bates

A single white lie. That’s how it all began. But when that lie snowballs out of control, Katrina Burton, a young schoolteacher, is forced into telling another and another.

Suddenly and tragically, her lies lead to a grisly murder. Now she must decide to come clean and confess, which will not only destroy her career, but also the life of the man she loves. Or cover up the murder and hope for the best.

But very quickly, she discovers that she may not have a choice, and that her real trials are only just beginning.

Enter to win below.

Come back Aug. 23 to read my review of this suspenseful book by Canadian author, Jeremy Bates.

Canadian author Jeremy Bates has spent the last ten years traveling the world, visiting more than thirty countries. He was born and raised in Canada (London, Ontario area) and has travelled to the United States, Australia, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines.

Bates is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with a degree in English literature and philosophy.…

Thrill Week

This looks like it will be a lot of fun and I've already added the host's blog to my feeds!
What is Thrill Week It is all about Networking with Bloggers and Authors who love to read and write Thrillers, Mystery, Suspense and/or Horrors. The goal is to find new blogs and bloggers with similar interest in those genres and of course add to our huge TBR and Wishlists. We will highlight authors that write in these genres or new authors with amazing debuts.

189. The Boxcar Children Beginning by Patricia MacLachlan

The Boxcar Children Beginning: The Aldens of Fair Meadow Farm by Patricia MacLachlan. Illustrated by Tim Jessell. (US) - (Canada)
The Boxcar Children, Prequel

Pages: 144
Ages: 7+
Finished: Jul. 10, 2012
First Published: Aug. 15, 2012
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Genre: historical fiction, children
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Henry stood in the doorway of the barn and looked out over the farm."

Publisher's Summary: Before they were the Boxcar Children, Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden lived with their parents at Fair Meadow Farm.

Although times are hard, the Aldens are happy--"the best family of all," Mama likes to say. One day, a blizzard hits the countryside, and a car is stranded on the road near their farm. The family in the car needs shelter, and when the Aldens take them in, the strangers soon become friends. But things never stay the same at Fair Meadow Farm, and the spring and summer bring events that will forever change the lives of the …

DVD Break: The Amazing Panda Adventure

The Amazing Panda Adventure - (1995) - (DVD) - (own)

 This DVD collection features four films with the theme "boy and animal".  We have never seen this movie before.  The cinematography of China is fantastic, even the 12yo appreciated it.  I expressed my desire that I've always wanted to visit China but ds said he would not because they speak a different language there and he felt a little more interested in the idea when I told him that many people there speak English and he could always learn some Chinese too before he visited, if he ever went.  The pandas are absolutely gorgeous, especially at the beginning when they use real footage of real panda's but as the movie progresses and the children interact with the baby panda, a robot or puppet of some sort or combination is used and it is pretty fake looking.  The story itself is pretty dull.  They all have to rescue a baby panda from a bumbling duo of poachers.  Plenty of action though, the kids have a knack for sur…

182. Monocyte by Kasra Ghanbari

Monocyte by Kasra Ghanbari. Illustrated by Menton3 (Canada) - (US)

Pages: 226
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 2, 2012
First Published: Aug. 14, 2012
Publisher: IDW Publishng
Genre: horror, fantasy, Gothic
Rating: 2.5/5

First sentence: The council will now hear the Marquis de Seraphim."

Publisher's Summary: Two warring immortal races rule a scarred world where time has no meaning. Death (Azrael) sits impotent, quietly planning his restoration. He summons Monocyte, a forgotten immortal necromancer who long ago chose sleep in his failed quest to die. With a fatal pact sealed, Monoctye strikes out as Azrael's vicious proxy. The MONOCYTE collected edition is a 224-page oversized 9x13.5" hardcover that includes the series prequel previously only available digitally, all four issues, all eight side stories, and all 12 covers. This includes art by Ashley Wood, Bill Sienkiewicz, George Pratt, Phil Hale, Barron Storey, Ben Templesmith, Riley Rossmo, Christopher Mitten, Da…

RIP: Jean Merrill

Children's author Jean Merrill, who wrote more than 30 books and was best known for The Pushcart War (1964), died August 2, the New York Times reported. She was 89.

My favourite books:

205. The Occultist Vol. 1 by Tim Seely

The Occultist Vol. 1 by Tim Seely & Mike Richardson. Art by Victor Drujiniu (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 136
Ages: 16+
Finished: Jul. 28, 2012
First Published: Jul. 24, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: graphic novel, fantasy, paranormal
Rating: 3/5

First sentence: "Let's have a round of applause ... for Aiden Beck!"

Publisher's Summary: "Rob Bailey must balance responsibilities as a boyfriend, as a college student, and as the new wielder of the Sword, an ancient book of spells that has binded itself to him. With a team of hit mages hired by a powerful sorcerer after him, it’s trial by fire for the new Occultist, as he learns to handle his powerful magical tome, or suffer at the hands of these deadly enemies. But as he fights for his life, our hero wonders whether he’s wielding this enigmatic weapon, or if it’s the one in control."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through NetGalley.

Reason for Reading: Some paranormal fantasy sounded good at t…

204. Granny Han's Breakfast by Sheila Groves

Granny Han's Breakfast by Sheila Groves. Illustrated with photographs (US) - (Canada)

Pages: 24
Ages: 6+
Finished: Jul. 27, 2012
First Published: 1985
Publisher: Overseas Missionary Fellowship (available for purchase here)
Genre: Christian, missionary, non-fiction, short story
Rating: 5/5

First sentence: "They all called her Granny Han - "Han Po Po" in their Chinese language, for she was no longer in America but Taiwan."

Publisher's Summary: "When Granny Han went to her cupboard one morning, her cupboard was bare! Granny prayed for her food anyway, and before she knew it, a large and wonderful breakfast appeared before her eyes. Read the adult version of this true story and the other adventures of Granny Han in Pauline Hamilton's "To A Different Drum" also available from OMF Books."

Acquired:  Purchased a used copy at a thrift shop.

Reason for Reading: I love missionary stories, especially those that take place in China.

A truly beau…

203. Orchid, Vol. 1 by Tom Morello

Orchid, Vol. 1 by Tom Morello. Art by Scott Hepburn (US) - (Canada)
Orchid, Vol. 1

Pages: 112
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 25, 2012
First Published: Jul. 24, 2012
Publisher: Dark Horse
Genre: post-apocalyptic, science fiction, graphic novel
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence: "When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed."

Publisher's Summary:When the seas rose, genetic codes were smashed. Human settlements are ringed by a dense wilderness from which ferocious new animal species prey on the helpless. The high ground belongs to the rich and powerful that overlook swampland shantytowns from their fortress-like cities. Iron-fisted rule ensures order and allows the wealthy to harvest the poor as slaves.

Delve into the first chapter of Orchid, the tale of a teenage prostitute who learns that she is more than the role society has imposed upon her."

Acquired: Received an egalley from the publisher through Netgalley.

Reason for Reading: On impulse actually. I've just re-read the …

202. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn (US) - (Canada) - (Kindle)

Pages: 254
Ages: 18+
Finished: Jul. 25, 2012
First Published: 2006
Publisher: Random House
Genre: thriller, psychological suspense
Rating: 4.5/5

First sentence: "My sweater was new, stinging red and ugly."

Publisher's Summary: "WICKED above her hipbone, GIRL across her heart 
Words are like a road map to reporter Camille Preaker’s troubled past. Fresh from a brief stay at a psych hospital, Camille’s first assignment from the second-rate daily paper where she works brings her reluctantly back to her hometown to cover the murders of two preteen girls.

NASTY on her kneecap, BABYDOLL on her leg
Since she left town eight years ago, Camille has hardly spoken to her neurotic, hypochondriac mother or to the half-sister she barely knows: a beautiful thirteen-year-old with an eerie grip on the town. Now, installed again in her family’s Victorian mansion, Camille is haunted by the childhood tragedy she has spent her whole …