Let Raven Kane show you.”
Author: JT Lawrence
This was such a fun read! Totally outside my typical comfort zone, but I’m so glad I decided to try something new. … The glue to this story for me was the characters; they are what truly made this a memorable read in a vast sea of futuristic stories that seem to be all the rage these days.
We pretty much begin with a bang as this book is gripping from page one.
Source: Review: Why You Were Taken
TITLE | We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
AUTHOR | Karen Joy Fowler
STAR RATING | 4
ABOUT | Meet the Cooke family: Mother and Dad, brother Lowell, sister Fern, and our narrator, Rosemary, who begins her story in the middle. She has her reasons. “I spent the first eighteen years of my life defined by this one fact: that I was raised with a chimpanzee,” she tells us. “It’s never going to be the first thing I share with someone. I tell you Fern was a chimp and already you aren’t thinking of her as my sister. But until Fern’s expulsion, I’d scarcely known a moment alone. She was my twin, my funhouse mirror, my whirlwind other half, and I loved her as a sister.”
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | Wholly original in concept and voice — jaunty, smart and heartbreaking — this is one of my tops reads of the year.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who enjoys witty yet emotionally gripping work, especially in the context of complicated family relationships.
FAVOURITE QUOTE |
“One day, a package of junior-sized tampons was left on my bed along with a pamphlet that looked technical and boring, so I didn’t read it. Nothing was ever said to me about tampons. It was just blind luck that I didn’t smoke them.”
TITLE | This is the Story of a Happy Marriage
AUTHOR | Ann Patchett
STAR RATING | 4
ABOUT | A vibrant and moving portrait of love, friendship, work, and the writing life.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | I found her observations on writing as a profession at once consoling and encouraging.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | I would have liked more essays on her writing philosophy and process, but that’s just me.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who appreciates a witty, elegant collection of personal essays.
FAVOURITE QUOTE |
“The tricky thing about being a writer, or about being any kind of artist, is that in addition to making art you also have to make a living. My short stories and novels have always filled my life with meaning, but, at least in the first decade of my career, they were no more capable of supporting me than my dog was. But part of what I love about both novels and dogs is that they are so beautifully oblivious to economic concerns. We serve them, and in return they thrive. It isn’t their responsibility to figure out where the rent is coming from.”
TITLE | The Sisters Brothers
AUTHOR | Patrick DeWitt
STAR RATING | 4.5
ABOUT | An unforgettable tour de force tale — wearing a cowboy hat — about a pair of mismatched brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
WHAT I LOVED ABOUT IT | The complex and compelling narration, and the eccentric cast of characters. Funny, brutal, and ultimately beautiful — I will read anything that DeWitt writes.
WHAT I DIDN’T LOVE ABOUT IT | That there isn’t a Coen brothers film adaptation.
WHO I’D RECOMMEND IT TO | Anyone who doesn’t like Westerns. This redeems the genre in every way.
Paige Nick, author of ‘A Million Miles from Normal,’ ‘This Way Up,’ ‘A Girl Walks into a Bar’ and her latest ‘Pens Behaving Badly’ was kind enough to post her review of my latest novel ‘Why You Were Taken’ on the fabulous Facebook book club The Good Book Appreciation Society.
It’s a goodie. Thank you Paige!
… It’s mostly set in a futuristic Joburg in 2021. Infertility is an epidemic. They have inflatable motorbike helmets and schmeat. Kirsten is a synaesthete (which means she hears and sees in colours and numbers because her senses get jumbled) with a fertility problem. And Seth is a hot-shot chemgineer who works for an underground biopunk truth organisation.
It’s a tightly wound and imaginative thriller. An enjoyable read that ticks along quickly and raises some really thought-provoking and terrifying questions about population growth and the future of bio/chemical/gene engineering.