Thursday, October 3, 2019

The End of the World Survivors Club - Review

Idgie Says: 

I loved The End of the World Running Club and was eager to get my hands on the follow up story, featuring the wife, Beth. I wanted to see how she and the children fared and if Ed ever managed to find them, or if Ed would be in the story at all.  

I will admit that I liked Ed more than Beth as a character, as Beth is a bit of a cold fish, but she's a determined cold fish!  When her children are abducted, even the Apocalypse won't stop her from going after them. 

There are characters from the first book in the story, which keeps it running more like a sequel than a second point of view. 

It's a very fast paced read, with little downtime in the action.  You need to make sure that your skeptical cap isn't on and simply enjoy the ride.

I would recommend that you read The End of the World Running Club first, if you haven't already.  You could find yourself a little lost if you don't, but not enough to ruin the story. 

The other book shown below, The Last Dog on Earth, is a completely different story and not tied to these two books in anyway.  I also recommend this book!

Links below to my reviews on the previous books.

https://todaysdeepsouth.blogspot.com/2017/09/the-last-dog-on-earth-review-and-blog.html

https://todaysdeepsouth.blogspot.com/2016/07/the-end-of-world-running-club-must-read.html


For the US, you can purchase this paperback through bookdepository.com with free shipping!  It does appear that you can also purchase the paperback through Amazon, but not the eBook version.


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In THE END OF THE WORLD RUNNING CLUB Edgar Hill ran 550 miles after an apocalypse to try and find his family.

He had it easy. 

This is his wife’s story.

Beth Hill has survived the apocalypse with a baby and toddler in tow. And what’s more she’s done it alone - without her husband’s help. He’s never been any help. But when disaster strikes and someone steals her kids, she knows what she has to do.

The new world might be very different: no government, no law, no infrastructure and a whole lot more ocean than there used to be. But one thing hasn’t changed - the lengths a mother will go to save her family...

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey, Penguin.co.uk
  • (September 5, 2019)

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Hub City Titles - A Wild Eden and Let Me Out Here

A Wild Eden

When Jack Parker's father dies Jack knows one thing: Tom Parker was a good man. Beyond that, decades of distance and silence had kept the two men from truly knowing each other. Jack attends the funeral with the hope he can shovel some dirt onto Tom’s casket, collect a few commiserations, and put miles between himself and the questions he’d let simmer since he’d left home years before. But when a group of strangers appears at the funeral, Jack realizes he has more questions than answers about how his father actually lived his life.

Jack picks up the pieces, moving back home to help his ailing mother and continue work on his father’s many projects. He soon finds himself at the center of a family maelstrom, worsened by his troubled siblings’ lives and continued unearthings of Tom’s secrecy. Haunted by hazy nightmares from his youth and driven by guilt, Jack tries to uncover why his father kept such a considerable part of his life from them all. The secrets Jack uncovers might shake the foundation of the refuge he hopes to create.

Suddenly thrust into a dangerous world of drug deals and violence, Jack is forced to examine his own brutal limits and those of his father. When finally faced with the truth of his and Tom’s past, he realizes that sometimes secrets are best left buried on the river bottom.

A Wild Eden was the 2018 South Carolina Novel Prize winner, selected by Jill McCorkle.

August 2019

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Let Me Out Here

In her debut collection, Emily W. Pease is at work redefining the short story.  

Let Me Out Here explores the underbellies and strange desires of our neighbors, our loved ones, ourselves. A co-ed takes up with a with a mysterious cab driver who’s been calling every night on her dormitory’s hall phone; a family isolated by their faith hikes to a waterfall in search of healing; a mother sets her balcony on fire after an awkward family dinner; a woman befriends the snakes her preacher boyfriend keeps in their shed. This revealing collection offers a deep empathy for people doing the best they can, despite themselves.

Spread over varied landscapes of the South and offering surprising moments of raw revelation, the characters here find themselves at crossroads or alone on an empty street at night. With Let Me Out Here, Pease joins the ranks of Mary Gaitskill, Ottessa Moshfegh, and Kelly Link, and adds to their tradition a deft, singular style and a voice as darkly funny as it is exacting.

Let Me Out Here is the 2018 winner of the C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize.

March 2019

Monday, September 16, 2019

Land of Wolves (Walt Longmire Mysteries Book 15) - Review



Hardcover | $28.00
Published by Viking
Sep 17, 2019 | 336 Pages


The new novel in Craig Johnson’s beloved New York Times bestselling Longmire series.

Attempting to recover from his harrowing experiences in Mexico, in Land of Wolves Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire is neck deep in the investigation of what could or could not be the suicidal hanging of a shepherd. With unsettling connections to a Basque family with a reputation for removing the legs of Absaroka County sheriffs, matters become even more complicated with the appearance of an oversize wolf in the Big Horn Mountains to which Walt finds himself feeling more and more empathetic.


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Previous Review for the Entire Book Series:
Idgie Says:
I was slow to start reading these books, as somehow their absolute awesomeness passed me by.  I met Craig Johnson about 3 years ago and became intrigued with the stories, but still was so busy with review work that I didn't branch out to try books not already on my desk glaring at me to hurry up, read and review. 

My hubby started watching the show about 3 months ago in a delightful binge fashion and I quickly found myself drawn into the characters and plots.  Lots of snarkiness and sarcastic humor, which I happen to love. 

I decided I needed to try one of his books.  I grabbed the first book in the series, The Cold Dish, and was instantly hooked!  The characters, descriptives, flow of the wording... all glorious. I immediately bought the second one after finishing.  I've since been to several book stores and am picking them up a bit out of order as I find them.  The prices have not reduced, not even in the older books, as this is still a top selling series.  

You can read them out of order, but I don't recommend it as there are a lot of background nuances going on that are better understood if you have followed the series as it evolves. I now find myself reading the books and watching the show at the same time.  Of course the show lasted for 6 seasons and there are only 14 books, so while it's similar, it's no longer overlapping. 

I can highly recommend this series and am somewhat glad that I found it late, as I can now binge read instead of impatiently waiting for the next in the series to come out. 










 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Don't You Forget About Me - Review

Idgie Says:
The press release for this novel references similarities to Bridget Jones Diary, and I do agree with that for it's tone and snarkiness.  There's some wonderful dry British humor in this story.   

I will say though, that I found this storyline to ramble off onto sideroads quite a bit.  You could easily remove 100 pages and still have a full novel.  It became a bit frustrating to me. 

But one can always skip over whole chapters and keep to the basic plot!

William Morrow
September 10, 2019

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You always remember your first love... don’t you?

If there’s anything worse than being fired from the worst restaurant in town, it’s coming home early to find your boyfriend in bed with someone else. Reeling from the humiliation of a double dumping in one day, Georgina takes the next job that comes her way—bartender in a newly opened pub. There’s only one problem: it’s run by the guy she fell in love with years ago. And—make that two problems—he doesn’t remember her. At all. But she has fabulous friends and her signature hot pink fur coat... what more could a girl really need?

Lucas McCarthy has not only grown into a broodingly handsome man, but he’s also turned into an actual grown-up, with a thriving business and a dog along the way. Crossing paths with him again throws Georgina’s rocky present into sharp relief—and brings a secret from her past bubbling to the surface. Only she knows what happened twelve years ago, and why she’s allowed the memories to chase her ever since. But maybe it’s not too late for the truth... or a second chance with the one that got away?