March Book Purchases

Truth be told I prefer paper to digital books, but the digital are so damn cheap and portable. I may have to slow down the book buying next month. My car needs an inspection and I know new brakes will be involved.

 

Kindle Books

March 1

The Light of the Fireflies by Paul Pen-This was one of the free offerings for March for Amazon Prime members. Hopefully I don’t get duped into reading Christian fiction again.

March 5

Yes Please by Amy Poehler-This has been on my Amazon wishlist since it came out.  I snatched it up immediately at $1.99

March 6

The Ice Storm by Rick Moody-I saw the film years ago and liked it quite a bit. Naturally the book must be much better, right.

March 7

Beasts of No Nation by Uzodinma Iweala-Netflix has been promoting the hell out of the film.  So naturally I bought the book.  Also I’ve read almost no African literature, so it’s probably time to start.

March 8

The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle-Free Sherlock Holmes!

March 9

The Death House by Sarah Pinborough-I broke one of my rules for spending money on a Kindle book. I bought it simply because it sounded interesting.  If I did that every time a book sounded interesting I’d be broke. I guess I figured I’d purchased books for the past five days, so why the hell not.

March 13

Earthbound (The Reach Book 1) by Mark R. Healy-This one was free and recommended by a friend. I’m always looking for good SciFi and Fantasy series.

March 14

Anger is an Energy: My Life Uncensored by John Lydon-Autobiography of a punk rock legend for only 2 bucks. Yes ma’am!

March 17

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare by G.K. Chesterton-A Neil Gaimen recommended author and zero cost.

March 19

Mother’s Day by Dennis McDougal-Recommended by some fellow true crime fans.

The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastards book 1)-Another one to knock of the Amazon wishlist and another recommended fantasy series.

March 22

City of Darkness (City of Mystery Book 1) by Kim Wright-Free and recommended by a friend. Also hooray for a female author!

March 25

Triangle: The Fire that Changed America-A historic tragedy that I’ve always been fascinated with.

March 26

Madam Blavatksy: The Woman Behind the Myth by Marion Mead-She’s a fascinating character and I know almost nothing about her.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman-A great one to knock of the Amazon wishlist for only a couple of bucks.

March 27

Lost Girls: An Unsolved American Mystery-Last but not least. This is another one recommended by my True Crime Book Club.

 

Thriftbooks.com

I had to buy a particular book for my book club. Thriftbooks gives free shipping with a $10 purchase, so naturally I had to get ten bucks worth of books

The Jeffrey Dahmer Story: An American Nightmare-Book club book

Bossypants-by Tina Fey-Between this, Tina Fey and Madam Blavatsky, I’m doing well with fascinating women this month.

The Fever: A Novel by Megan Abbott-Another one of the Amazon Wishlist for only $3.50

 

 

 

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A Surprising Adventure

the woman in white

 

 

I added this book to my TBR pile because it was described as an early example of Gothic Horror combined with psychological realism. The description is spot on. I started reading with the expectation of a spooky little Victorian thriller. What I got was over 600 pages of intrigue, madness, and of course, a love story. The Woman in White is a surprising work of fiction that needs to be made into a PBS miniseries, stat.

Though the story is centered around the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Laura Fairlie, she is not a particularly interesting character. Those that surround her and move the action forward, Walter Hartright, Marian Halcombe and even the insidious Count Fosco, are infinitely more interesting. It is them that move the story from London, all across the English countryside and even to the madhouse (the Victorian repository for inconvenient women). Though there are a couple of slow spots, The Woman is White is, overall, a pretty thrilling read that kept me up later than I should have been on more than one work night.

The Rainbow Man’s kind of a dick

when mockingbirds sing

I picked the Kindle version of this book for free as part of my Amazon Prime membership. The once monthly offer of a free book is nice in one respect because it gets me to read things that are out of my comfort zone. It’s not so nice when you’re a confirmed non-believer and you realize about halfway through the book that you’re reading a Christian novel. I’m sure I selected it because of comparisons to Flannery O’Conner in the reviews but other than taking place in the South and being centered on religion, I really didn’t see much of a similarity. It’s not a bad book overall. If I was any kind of a person of faith, I probably would have enjoyed it a lot more than I did.

Nine year old Leah Norcross has started talking to an imaginary friend that she calls “The Rainbow Man.” The Rainbow Man gives Leah predictions about things that will happen, and when they start coming true, some people in the small town of Mattingly think she’s touched by God. As her visions become darker and don’t pan out the way people think they should, many townsfolk turn against her. Everything culminates in tragedy at the town carnival a week after Leah’s visions begin.

The book was interesting enough that I was fully engaged with it from start to finish but it just wasn’t for me. It’s leans on the old trope of small town folk being mistrustful of outsiders and the main crux of the story seems to be have faith or get yourself smote. But the writing is good and flows nicely. Frankly after several books in a row that I simply couldn’t put down, I was probably due for a dud.