Michael Landon The Career and Artistry of a Television Genius by David R. Greenland

Review:

MICHAEL LANDON: THE CAREER AND ARTISTRY OF A TELEVISION GENIUS - Cindy Landon, David R. Greenland

I’m actually a bit surprised how much I came to enjoy this book after I discovered that this book was not so much a Michael Landon biography as a study of Landon’s work both front and behind the camera. This should teach me to check what I request from NetGalley a bit more careful. But then again I did request this book when I was more eager to get books and less cautions to pick books that I probably would like. Safe to say; I have quite a lot to read now thanks to me being a bookaholic and a period of request madness.

Anyway, this is not a book if you want a biography of Michael Landon. What this is instead is a book about his work as an actor, writer and director. Of course much of the books is about Bonanza, Little House of the Prairie and Highway to Heaven. And, projects he did before Bonanza and between the series. He did not start to write until he got the role of Little Joe on Bonanza, but that was the start of a long careers both front and behind the camera. I found the Little House of the Prairie and Highway to Heaven part of the books most interesting. That, despite the fact that I have never seen Highway to Heaven. I had thought I would find the part not that interesting and I was fully prepared to skim read the part, but I enjoyed it quite much and now I really want to see the series. Strangely enough I found the part about Bonanza not that interesting, but I was more of an Adam fan than Little Joe and I stopped watching Bonanza after Pernell Roberts left the show.

I would have loved to read a biography about Michael Landon, but this one was quite good despite being just about his work. It was not a thick book so it didn’t take so long to read it and I was surprised how much in the end I came to like the book. It really showed me another side of Michael Landon.

 

Thanks to Bear Manor Media and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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The Forgotten Girls Sara Blaedel

Review:

The Forgotten Girls - Sara Blædel

A woman’s body is found in the forest, but no one seems to know who she is. Louise Rick then discovers than the woman is already dead, or rather that she was a patient in a state mental institution  and was declared dead 30 years ago. Now Louise and her colleague Eik must find out how a woman can be declared dead and then end up dead for real decades later.

Have you ever read something good, but at the same time revolting to read? You know the kind of engrossing book, but with a really really sick ending? This book is that kind of book. I started to read it yesterday, read it this night when my cat didn’t want to sleep and kept me up and I finished it today. And, it was such a good book, a real page turner.

Louise Rick is the new commander for the Missing Persons Department and I sometimes found her to have a bit of an attitude problem, but slowly pieces from her past was reveled and that made it easier to understand her. Eik her new colleague annoyed Louise quite a lot in the beginning and I can understand that since she had to pick him up from a pub in the morning and he was a bit hungover not the best first impression, but they worked well together when she realized what a great cop he is. The case itself was interesting and as I mentioned quite disturbing. Beside the fact that they have the dead women mystery to figure out, a rapist is also attacking women in the woods where they found her. Louise also has to deal with memories from the past and her best friends problems with her upcoming wedding.

The book was really good and I want to read the previous six books in this series.

 

Thanks to Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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The Determined Heart blog tour + giveaway

Review:

The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein - Antoinette May

The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein

Paperback: 410 pages

Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (September 29, 2015)

 

Frankenstein lives on as one of the most fascinating fictional creations of all time, but the true personal story of the women behind this work of genius is equally as compelling. In her new historical novel, The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein (Lake Union Publishing; September 29, 2015), New York Times bestselling author Antoinette May brings to life the tragic story of obsessive love, betrayal, and redemption that spawned an enduring classic. In a story more dramatic and tragic than anything a writer could invent, the lives of Mary Shelley, her great love, the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and her complex web of family and friends entwine in a chronicle of strange behavior, bohemian attitudes, and unconventional acts as far ahead of their time as the amazing literary work that grew from them.

 

Mary Godwin Shelley was the daughter of two revolutionary thinkers—political philosopher William Godwin and philosopher and feminist Mary Wollstonecraft. An unconventional childhood in an intellectual, if impecunious household would shape the young girl’s renegade spirit. When still a teenager, she ran off with the already-married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, an act of equal parts passion and defiance that led to a life of wandering destitution. Espousing free love, the couple would endure its share of tragedies, each of which would add to their romantic legacy. From the darkness that surrounded her life, though, the brilliant and talented Mary imagined a timeless work of fiction that secured her place in history, if not her happiness.

 

The Determined Heart is a masterful work of historical fiction that reanimates the timeless story of an iconic literary life.

 

“Epic in scope, this is a beautifully written novel about a woman whose story is every bit as extraordinary and gripping as that of the epic character she created, Frankenstein. May’s meticulous research and exquisite prose shine on every page.” —Erika Mailman, author of The Witch’s Trinity and Woman of Ill Fame

“May displays a deft flair for historical fiction…” –BookList on Pilate’s Wife, A Novel of the Roman Empire

 

Review:

 

It’s remarkable to think how young Mary Shelley was when she wrote Frankenstein. Then again, she met Percy Bysshe Shelley when she was fourteen, run away with him when she was sixteen and bore him four children of which only one survived to grow up. What a fantastic and tragic life she lived.

 

Mary Wollstonecraft died in childbirth so Mary and her older sister Fanny grew up with their father William Godwin who later married Mary Jane Clairmont who already had a daughter called Claire Clairmont. She had a troubled relationship with her stepmother and stepsister. She burns all the bridges when she runs away with Bysshe. Bysshe is already married with a child and a baby on its way. But they are in love and that’s all that matters. The problem is that Clair is running away with them and that is the start of a love triangle since Bysshe is all for free love and even encourage Mary to sleep with another man. Still they stay together and their love story will live on after they both are gone.

I read Passion by Jude Morgan a couple of years ago. Passion takes up the women who loved Shelley, Byron and Keats. This book focus on the love story between Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelly, but Lord Byron is also a big part of the story since he had an affair with Claire Clairmont and he was a friend to both Mary Shelley and Percy Bysshe Shelly. It’s an often tragic book to read because, despite the deep love between Mary and Bysshe couldn’t he be truly faithful even though she was the woman he loved the most. Mary had to face a life with a man who truly believed that marriage wasn’t necessary and they would probably never have married if he didn’t want to gain custody of his children with Harriet, the wife he left behind. Also, Mary had to put up with Claire all through her marriage. But the hardest part in this book to read was the death of all the children. One after another died and it’s really tragic to think that of all the children Mary gave birth to, only the youngest Percy survived.

 

I think this book was well written and interest to read. I already have some previous knowledge about the lives and fates of Bysshe and Lord Byron, but I didn’t know that much about Mary Shelley and it was intriguing to learn more about her growing up and her life with Bysshe and after his death. Antoinette May has written a really good book and I felt enriched when I finished the book. Not only did I learn more about the characters in this book I learned more about the time they lived in and I really keen on reading more about Mary Wollstonecraft, a woman I have heard about, but not know so much about.

 

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About Antoinette May

Antoinette May is the author of Pilate’s Wife and The Sacred Well and coauthor of the New York Timesbestseller Adventures of a Psychic. An award-winning travel writer specializing in Mexico, May divides her time between Palo Alto and the Sierra foothills.

 

 

 

 

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Antoinette May’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:

Tuesday, September 29th: FictionZeal

Tuesday, September 29th: The Lit Bitch

Wednesday, September 30th: BookNAround

Thursday, October 1st: From L.A. to LA

Friday, October 2nd: Guiltless Reading

Monday, October 5th: It’s a Mad Mad World

Tuesday, October 6th: Books a la Mode – author guest post

Wednesday, October 7th: Kritter’s Ramblings

Thursday, October 8th: Outlandish Lit

Monday, October 12th: A Chick Who Reads

Tuesday, October 13th: A Literary Vacation

Wednesday, Otcoter 14th: Mom in Love with Fiction

Thursday, October 15th: Just One More Chapter

Monday, October 19th: Reading Reality

Tuesday, October 20th: Mom’s Small Victories

Wednesday, October 22nd: Diary of a Stay at Home Mom

Monday, October 27th: Bibliophilia, Please

Date TBD: Romantic Historical Reviews

 

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SURPRISE! BAD APPLES 2 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

Reblogged from: E.

No more teasers. No more waiting. No more “Coming Soon”. It’s live. Right now! $2.99 for a limited time!

 

Bad Apples 2: Six Slices of Halloween Horror

 

 

 

The minds behind the bestselling BAD APPLES: FIVE SLICES OF HALLOWEEN HORROR return this October with another batch of frightful fare. This time, they brought along a friend – Bram Stoker Award-winning author Kealan Patrick Burke!

Dive into the season with these six Halloween treats:

• Two boys enter a Halloween attraction that holds a devilish secret – but one of the boys has a surprise of his own in Edward Lorn’s HALLOWEEKEND. 

• Halloween was his birthday, and all poor Bob Talley wanted was for his family to be together again. This year, his wish might come true amid whispers of CANDIE APPLE, from Evans Light.

• A deserter seeks to escape the horrors of war and pave a new existence in a foreign land in Jason Parent’s DIA DE LOS MUERTOS. 

• Does something putrid truly reside in a small town’s pumpkin patch, or is it only a local legend? Find out in Adam Light’s TOMMY ROTTEN. 

• An old man and his dog await Halloween visitors with candy and a shotgun in Kealan Patrick Burke’s THE ONE NIGHT OF THE YEAR. 

• Jimmy Stones and his Uncle Shel uncover the dark secrets of Medium, Ohio’s annual Halloween puppet show in Gregor Xane’s DOCTOR PROCLIVITY & PROFESSOR PROPENSITY. 

 

 

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The Good Neighbor by AJ Banner

Review:

The Good Neighbor - A. J. Banner

Sarah and her husband Johnny have a perfect life together. They live on an idyllic street with nice neighbors and now they are trying to have a child. But everything change one night when Johnny is away. The house beside theirs burns down and Sarah is injured and their house is also damaged. Sarah and Johnny have to move away to a new house and slowly try to move on, but Sarah feels that something is wrong. Johnny is acting strange after the fire. Soon she doesn’t know what to believe, is their marriage at risk, or is she being paranoid?

This is a past-paced book with short chapters. Which meant when I started to read it last night was it hard to stop because I really wanted to know the truth about the fire, about Sarah’s marriage. If she was being paranoid or not. So I read half the book even though I was only going to read a little.

 

It’s not a perfect book. I feel the ending was a bit too open for my taste. But still a good ending, I wasn’t disappointed over it. I just felt that, unless there will be a sequel was it left way too open.

But in the end did I find The Good neighbour to be a good mystery book. I enjoyed reading it and I especially liked that it was a fast-paced that was something I needed after having read some heavier books lately.

 

Thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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Wonderland by Jennifer Hillier

Review:

Wonderland - Jennifer Hillier

A body is found on Wonderland on Vanessa Castro’s first day as a deputy police chief of Seaside, Washington. And, if that wasn’t enough; a young boy working at the amusement park goes missing the same day. Vanessa discover soon that more boys has gone missing in the last decade as she investigates the murder and the missing boy cases. Is there someone out there kidnapping and murdering boys, and what’s the connection to Wonderland?

I have to admit; I was totally captivated by the cover of this book and the blurb. Murder at an amusement park? A clown on the cover? I must read this book and I have eagerly waited for its turn to be read. Too bad that the book lacked on important thing: suspense. I mean it was good, I liked the story and the characters, but it was just not thrilling to read. Most of the book was about finding clues to what had happened to the boys, and I usually like finding clues, but most of the book was about that and it was just at the very end that some action happened when the truth came out. And, it wasn’t even thrilling then because I never felt that any of the main characters was in danger. But I was surprised towards the end, Hillier’s manage to twist the story good there.

So why the 3 star rating? I liked the characters, Vanessa, Jerry and Tanner. Never really cared that much for Oz, I found Tanner a much more interesting character. It could be the tattoos. Vanessa’s daughter Ava was OK, but it knew since she had a large part in this story that she would play a big role towards the end. Especially when she started to work at the clown museum. The story was for most part good, it wasn’t boring, just lacking suspense, but the ending was good and I would like to read more about Vanessa and her family in Seaside (or some other town) and know more about her and her family’s past.

All and all, not a bad book, but not a great one either. A thriller that’s not thrilling.

 

Thanks to Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and NetGalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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September Roundup

Less work this month than previous months. On the plus side; a lot of books read! 🙂

29 books read in September, that’s not bad. I think probably on the the best months this year. Not many short stories read; one from Nuslinger (God I have forgotten that one again) and a 5 graphic novels. One DNF Friction by Sandra Brown.

Best books this month:

After You by Jojo Moyes

The Fox by Frédéric Brrémaud

Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham

The Sea Keeper’s Daughters by Lisa Wingate

Worst:

Friction by Sandra Brown

The Apothecary Rose - Candace Robb  The Determined Heart: The Tale of Mary Shelley and Her Frankenstein - Antoinette May  Owl and the City of Angels - Kristi Charish  Harley Quinn Vol. 3: Kiss Kiss Bang Stab (New 52) - Chad Hardin,Amanda Conner,Jimmy Palmiotti  The Mirror - Marlys Millhiser  Shadow Play - Iris Johansen  A Death in the Dales (Kate Shackleton Mysteries) - Frances Brody  A Place We Knew Well: A Novel - Susan Carol McCarthy  The Complete Love Hurts - Kim Anderrson  The Zig Zag Girl - Elly Griffiths  Devoted in Death - J.D. Robb  The Joker: Endgame - James Tynion,Brenden Fletcher,Scott Snyder,Dustin Nguyen  Nunslinger Book 6: The Judgement of Abraham - Stark Holborn  Pretty Girls: A Novel - Karin Slaughter  After You: A Novel - Jojo Moyes  Det som inte dödar oss - David Lagercrantz  LOVE volume 2: THE FOX - Frédéric Brrémaud,Federico Bertolucci  No Place to Die (DI Mike Lockyer Series) - Clare Francis, Elizabeth Webster, Robert Daley, Maureen O'Donoghue  Lady Killer - Joëlle Jones,Jamie S. Rich  The Girl in the Road - Monica Byrne  Close Your Eyes - Michael Robotham  Friction - Sandra Brown  The Sea Keeper's Daughters (A Carolina Heirlooms Novel) - Lisa Wingate  Above the Waterfall: A Novel - Ron Rash  Miss Dreamsville and the Lost Heiress of Collier County: A Novel - Amy Hill Hearth  The Murder Road: A Cooper & Fry Mystery (Cooper & Fry Mysteries) - Stephen Booth  The Chessmen - Peter May  The Fury - Shane Gericke  A Curious Beginning - Deanna Raybourn

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