Joyland by Stephen King

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“I’ll tell you the sad story of the Joyland ghost while you eat, if you want to hear it.”

“Is it really a ghost story?”

“I’ve never been in that damn funhouse, so I don’t know for sure.  But it’s a murder story.  That much I am sure of.”

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

I thought this was a very well written story from King.  I will tell you though, I was a bit disappointed but then not…in a way.  I know you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but the cover very much pulls you in to what you think is going to be another great “scary” novel of King’s.  I was looking forward to reading all about murder and spooky funhouses, when really this novel was more of a “coming of age” novel and was not so much based on the actual funhouse murder.  I’m not going to spoil it for you, as you do get to read about the ghost and murder.  If you are like me, going into reading this book as you think it might be spooky, you will find something else.  I will tell you though, I did enjoy this book, it was very moving!  I am going to recommend this book as it is something different in all it’s entirety.  Stephen King has written a riveting story of love, loss, growing up and growing old and those who don’t get to do either as death comes for them before their time.  Joyland brings people together and pulls unsuspected characters out of the woodwork.

 

 

 

The Wolf By Joseph Smith

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I am the wolf, the taker of life: the predator.

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

The wolf, one of my favorite animals, admired from afar.  The beauty in the creature and the brutal killer it really is.  I would like to thank the author, Joseph Smith for sending me his book for review!  The cover of this book is quite intriguing and the pages are filled with drawings quite the same.  It brings the simplicity out in the book.

We can never really know what a wolf is thinking.  We can watch with our human eyes and see the magic in the creature, but we cannot know, cannot feel the true heart of them.  Joseph writes for us through the eyes of The Wolf.  Winter comes for him, it comes for us, we are cozy in our homes with no worries as he is fighting the deep pains of hunger.  We read through the eyes of The Wolf as he thoughtfully battles through winter and the constant thoughts of life and death.  Finding the opportunity at hunting for food becoming less as winter sets in. He gives a fox the option of life, in return the fox shows him the way to a meal that will keep him full and happy. Along the way The Wolf fights many battles, and in the honest brutality of it all.  One must do what one must to survive.

My favorite part in the book:

Whatever occurred last night cannot be undone.  It was a shock to feel such things but I am still alive and while I have this life no matter how weak I become I will continue forwards.  As nothing can outrun me, no fear or memory will be able to keep pace, to follow the paths I take from here.

The Wolves of Midwinter By Anne Rice

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Nothing is forever with us; it only seems so.  And when it stops seeming so, well, that is when we begin to die.

 

Publishing Date:  October 15th 2013 by Alfred A. Knopf

Series: The Wolf Gift Chronicles

Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

 

Thank you for sending me an advance review copy of this book!  I will share with you all my thoughts on the second installment of “The Wolf Gift Chronicles”.  If you have not read the first book, “The Wolf Gift”, please see my review of it here: https://simpletasteforreading.wordpress.com/2012/10/04/the-wolf-gift-by-anne-rice/

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Anne Rice brings us back to the brilliant location, Nideck Point, where we learn more about the life of the “Man Wolf”, Reuben and his distinguished gentleman who all reside in the mansion along the coast of Northern California.  When this new story starts, it is Yuletide and the weather agrees, bringing along the wet and cold.  Yet, this Christmas will be Reuben’s first as a Morphenkinder.  Learning that they too have their own rituals to celebrate.  As the Midwinter Yuletide draws near, they prepare for a festival deep within the Nideck forest.  As the preparations and decorating for the festival are beginning, Reuben cannot keep focused.  He is being visited by a ghostly presence, whom he cannot understand its warning.  The story brings together the most ghastly secrets, ancient spirits and dark, magical powers.  Who are the Morpenkinder and what do they stand for?  Will they be willing to save their own, blood kin in life and death?  Will they be able to keep their deep secrets hidden from innocent lives saved?  Find out in this next intallment of “The Wolf Gift Chronicles”.  Anne Rice does not disappoint with her unwillingness to pull us into these magical worlds that leave us wondering with the very last page, could this be real?  Outstanding read, I hope you all will enjoy these books as much as I am!

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Featured Author of the Month…Annelie Wendeberg, Interview

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Sierra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Annelie: DO IT! Be thorough with editing. Get a beautiful cover. And publish! Never! Loose! Hope! Be creative, let it out, and share it with your readers. Don’t expect to get rich. Don’t expect much at all. Just share and give what you have. The payoff will come.

 

 

I would like to introduce to you my featured author of the month,  Annelie Wendeberg.  Author of many books, including one that I have reviewed: The Devil’s Grin!  Check out my amazing interview with her and take a look at my review of “The Devil’s Grin”!

Sierra: When did you first start writing and when did you finish your first book?

Annelie: The idea to write fiction was born in December 2011 and my first book was published 9 months later.

Sierra: Tell us a little bit about your first book or the first book in the series.

Annelie: The title is The Devil’s Grin. It is a story about a strong woman who tries to stop an organised crime. In a time when medicine just discovered bacteria as the cause of disease and first vaccines are developed, initial ideas for systematic bacterial warfare are born and the medical establishment isn’t too prudish to use paupers as test subjects. What follows is a complex interplay between hunter and prey, both prepared to sacrifice whatever it takes to get what they strive for, while the chase is blurring the contrast between good and evil.

Sierra: How did you choose the genre you write in?

Annelie: That sounds like I planned much, but I didn’t. The story appeared one December morning, just after we moved into our house from 1529, and wanted to be written. It’s really quite strange…

Sierra: What was your favourite chapter (or part) to write?

Annelie: Chapter seven, because of a short love scene that ends with Anna saying this about her lover:

“To me, all about him was gentle and rough at the same time, and, every so often, he, with his orange mane and his coarse tongue and paws, made me think of a lion.”

Followed by her ruminating about her crazy life:

“I was a woman who masqueraded as a man. I was a scientist and a medical doctor who was occasionally consulted by Scotland Yard. And I was trying to solve a crime of which the Yard had no knowledge, and working on that same case with Sherlock Holmes, while fucking a highly accomplished thief […] I wondered on to which shore life would puke me up some day.”

Sierra: Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination?

Annelie: Good question. The science background and a lot of the historical background is real. I think there are a lot of real life experiences in every fiction book, be it in the shape of a scene or a character. But teasing that apart is rather too private to do in public.

Sierra: Is there any particular author or book that influenced you in any way either growing up or as an adult?

Annelie: I read everything I could get my hands on as I was a child (except school books, ha!). The small library in our village was read through too fast. My mother had a lot of books, too. But I still ended up reading many books several times. My kids cannot get past a book store without going inside, and they make up stories all the time. I guess there is some crazy book nerd gene running in our family. So, to answer your question – no, there is not one or two author or books that influenced me in a particularly strong way. They all did.

Sierra: Do you ever experience writers block?

Annelie: Not yet, but I’m fairly new to fiction writing and quite sure it will happen some day.

Sierra: Is there an author that you would really like to meet?

Annelie: I think Louise Penny, I love her lyric description of light.

Sierra: Will you have a new book coming out soon? If so, can you tell us about it?

Annelie: Yes! The sequel to my first book will be titled The Fall and will be released in summer. I’m about to start a crowd funding campaign together with Carrie from The Stormy Petrels. We want to raise money to be able to translate The Devil’s Grin into German and to pay a top notch editor for The Fall. So hold on to your armchair! The thing will probably hit you like a bomb.

Sierra: If you could go back and do it all over again, is there any aspect of your first novel or getting it published that you would change?

Annelie: Hm… I don’t think so. Uh! One thing: I would have ignored my troll from day one and NEVER replied to her “comments”. Yes, that’s the only thing I would have done differently. And yes, she is reading my interviews.

Sierra: Do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?

Annelie: DO IT! Be thorough with editing. Get a beautiful cover. And publish! Never! Loose! Hope! Be creative, let it out, and share it with your readers. Don’t expect to get rich. Don’t expect much at all. Just share and give what you have. The payoff will come.

Sierra: Is there anything you would like to say to your readers and fans?

Annelie: I’d like to thank everyone who read the book. I’d like to thank the ones who paid for it, the ones who recommended it to their friends, the ones who posted reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and LibraryThing. And guys – you made my days! Before I started writing, I didn’t think much about authors, let alone commenting on their work (who the heck do I think I am to criticize, right?). So maybe you guys don’t know it yet, but your feedback is so very important for me to get it right, to be encouraged to keep going, and to simply put a big fat smile on my face. THANK YOU!

Check out my review of “The Devil’s Grin” here:
https://simpletasteforreading.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/the-devils-grin-by-annelie-wendeberg/

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