Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paradise by Toni Morrison

ParadiseParadise by Toni Morrison

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Such a compelling read that kept me immersed in its pages and world that it was hard to come up for breath. A tough book to review as I just feel like gushing over it enthusiastically! I haven't read a book by Morrison that I didn't like but I did find this one quite different. It wasn't so raw nor did it deal with such uncomfortable subjects as the other books I've read by her so far that it did make a unexpected, but pleasant, change for me. Each chapter tells the story from a different woman's point of view (though always from the third person) and this is one of my personal favourite devices in storytelling. It is a story of race, as it tells the story of a black town founded on the principles that many original black towns, after slavery, were themselves colour conscience and this specific group of ex-slaves and free men (and their family's) were very dark black, searching to settle down but refused entry to a light-skinned black town. So they found Ruby, a place that disregards "white" ways but has a special grudge against the "light-skinned" of their own race. They find their nemesis in a convent house located outside of their town which is inhabited by a rag-tag of abandoned, forlorn but independent women of varying races which the reader is never made aware of except that one is white. The book starts off with a group of the townsmen descending upon the convent women and shooting the "white one" first. Then we go back in time and the whole story of both the town's founding and present state along with how the various women came and ended up staying at the old convent came to such an ominous state such as where we first find them. A totally gripping read of strong female characters who escape their dysfunctional lives and become independent and bond with each other while only miles away a secluded patriarchal society grows deeper and deeper into believing its own righteousness and thinking itself above the "whitemen's" law. A stunning read. Not my favourite of Morrison's but very close and appealing to see her write something a little different from her usual themes.



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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Testing to see if the "Blog This Review" button from Goodreads works.


The Winter PeopleThe Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


I've only read Dismantled by McMahon and have been anxious to read another book so was excited to sit down with her latest. The Winter People is a book I wanted to like more than I actually did. I kept reading hoping for something elusive that just didn't happen for me. Oh, it was a quick read. A unique paranormal horror story. Perhaps ghost story in a way, though some people are labelling it as zombie. It doesn't really fall in either category and yet it combines both together in a way that should appeal to fans of either genre. However, it is very supernatural, otherworldly and sometimes I just found people's acceptance of what was happening a bit too unrealistic. I felt the people should have been harder to convince and I was very disappointed with the ending. I don't think a girl that age would accept her fate so complacently. However, I did read the book very quickly so it certainly kept me entertained. I always enjoy stories told from different character points of view and/or that switch from past to present. Usually I enjoy the past story more but this time I found myself more interested in the two present stories and how they would end up connecting to each other even after the relation to the past had been planted. Decent spooky story with a living-dead theme.



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Monday, April 14, 2014

HIATUS

CURRENTLY ON A BLOGGING HIATUS

I just need a break from blogging after 7 years with no down time (and that doesn't include my other blogs pre-book blogging!)

I AM STILL READING AND REVIEWING, though, and if you want to keep up with me your two best options are:

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2) Follow my Twitter Feed for links to the best, the really good or unique books I reviewed.