Thursday, February 4, 2016

Book Reports: The Weight of Blood, In a Dark Dark Wood, The Swimmer, and Ready Player One


No idea where I got this recommendation for The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh, but I loved it.  It was perfectly written and somehow terrifying, even though it wasn't a 'scary' type book. I only docked a star bc I wasn't in love with the ending- it was sort of anti-climatic. It was very believable, bc apparently life doesn't often get wrapped up with a bow, but I wanted something a tad more spectacular. And let's add the Ozarks to the list of places I'll never go. Although I sure would love a Birdie in my life.

From the back of the book: People still whisper about Lucy Dane's mother who vanished years ago from the town of Henbane, deep in the Ozark mountains.

When one of Lucy's friends is found murdered, Lucy feels haunted by the two lost women: by the mother she never knew, and the friend she couldn't protect.

But her search for answers, in a place where secrets are easily concealed, leads her to a chilling discovery.

And with this revelation, she must grapple with the meaning of family, the secrets we keep, and the lengths we will go to protect the ones we love.



Next was In a Dark Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.  I just happened to see this near the desk at the library one day and it looked cool, so I snatched it up- that almost NEVER happens for me!! I'm a planner, I hit the library with my list of fifteen books I've already looked up and I usually don't stray at all.  

But this was a quick easy read and it was so good!! So much better than that horrible Girl on the Train. Highly recommend. I figured out whodunit right away, but honestly, that didn't take away from the story for me at all.  And people have been saying how much they didn't like Nora- say wha....?!?! I thought she was fine!! Certainly better than that awful Rachel.  Man I hated that Girl on the Train. 

From the back of the book: Nora hasn't seen Clare for ten years. Not since the day Nora walked out of her old life and never looked back. 

Until, out of the blue, an invitation to Clare’s hen party arrives. A weekend in a remote cottage - the perfect opportunity for Nora to reconnect with her best friend, to put the past behind her. 

But something goes wrong. 

Very wrong.

And as secrets and lies unravel, out in the dark, dark wood the past will finally catch up with Nora.


Then came The Swimmer by Joakim Zander, which I learned about on one of those random facebook articles about NPR's book recommendations or some such nonsense.  It was fine.  My initial review was wishy washy and it still stands: Didn't love it, didn't hate it. Good story, decent writing. Didn't make my skirt fly up, but there wasn't anything really wrong with it. Different strokes for different folks? Sure did make me want to visit Swedish archipelagos though. It reminded me a little of The Expats, but it was waaaaay better than that. 

From the back of the book: On a remote Swedish island, a little girl, Klara, grows up without a father. Now, twenty years later, she discovers a secret: a secret that powerful men will kill to keep hidden. 

On the other side of the world, an old spy hides from his past. He used to be the best agent in the field. These days the only thing he lives for is swimming in the local pool. 
Then, on Christmas eve, Klara is thrown into a terrifying chase across Europe. Only the Swimmer can save her. But time is running out...


And to wrap things up, Ready Player One by Ernest Cline.  Am I the last person alive to read this? Probably.  And the only reason I finally grabbed it was bc I found out Spielberg was directing the movie with my beloved John Williams doing the music, so I had to see what the fuss was about. 

I dunno. It was well written. And I love the main character. But the premise reminded me a lot of Shovel Ready, only Shovel Ready was waaaay better. Maybe if I'd seen the movies they did? Or played a video game? I do think it will make a FANTASTIC movie. I just never got the feeling that it was real world life or death like it was supposed to be. Can't wait to find out who they cast as Sorrento. I, naturally, am picturing Timothy Ophalent from Die Hard Four.

I feel bad that I'm not fangirling all over it.  But there you have it. 

From the back of the book:  In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade's devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world's digital confines—puzzles that are based on their creator's obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. 
  
But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win—and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.
Linking up with Mama Kat's Pretty Much World Famous Writer's Workshop with what I thought was a prompt for book reviews, but I think I got it wrong.  Oh well.  Cest la vie? Edited to add that she did a book review too, so apparently I didn't just make that up! Hooray me!!


12 comments:

  1. Man, I really need to read more. The first two appeal to me so I might have to make a trip to the library. I like mysteries.

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    1. I never thought I liked mysteries, but lately it seems I just can't get enough. Weight of Blood is definitely not for the squeamish, but I think Dark Dark Wood is just general good old fashioned fun. It reminded me of And Then There Were None, and then the character actually makes a reference to it! Made me feel so clever ;)

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  2. I might want to read In a Dark Dark Wood, gonna add that to my Goodreads. Thanks for sharing your reading!

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    1. I don't really know why, but I absolutely LOVED that one!! It was just good old fashioned fun!

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  3. I think I'd probably pass on some of those books because the covers look spooky, and I like my sleep. lol That Ozarks book probably would have me never wanting to visit, too. I'm sure my son is going to want to see Ready Player One. Sounds like it would be right up his alley. I've only read one book recently, so that's the one I did my review on. =)

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    1. Yeah, if you're not really into squeamish mild horror I'd steer clear of Weight of Blood. Ready Player One is going to be an amazing movie, I just know it.

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  4. I guess I will be the last one to read Ready Player One. lol It's been on my TBR forever! Stopping by from Mama Kat's! <3

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    1. Honestly, if it's not your thing, I wouldn't push it to the top of the list. I'm excited about the movie but the book...wasn't fantastic for me.

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  5. These all sound creepily delightful!

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    1. They were. Esp weight of blood. So creepy.

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  6. Ready Player One was one of my favorite books last year. All the Easter Eggs and hidden places in video games. I can't wait for the movie to come out. Everyone in my house will completely love it.

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    1. I think I'll love the movie waaaaay more than the book.

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