Friday, 18 June 2010

A Little Bit of This and A Little of That

It’s a slow day for me today and I am finally going through that pile of book that I have stacked in the corner, you know the one – the one you keep meaning to sort out but keep stepping over or around.

The pile you swear you will read, the pile the kids now consider furniture. yes, that pile.

Here’s are some of the books in the that pile

SHATTERED

Karen Robards 

The past is never over. It just gets dusty.
Lisa Shewmaker was a rising star in a prestigious law firm in Lexington, Kentucky; that is, until the firm went bankrupt and she lost her job. With an ailing mother to care for, Lisa takes the first position she can find: research assistant to District Attorney Scott Buchanan. Scott is as disagreeable as he is sexy, and Lisa suspects the only reason she got the job is because of her privileged upbringing as the daughter of a wealthy federal judge.
While reviewing cold cases in the Fayette County courthouse, a particularly thick manila envelope draws Lisa's attention.

The details of the case are engrossing: An entire family-father, mother, and two children-disappeared more than twenty-eight years ago. Except that's not all: The mother in the photo could have been Lisa's twin, and the toddler in the picture bears an uncanny resemblance to Lisa herself. Before Lisa can learn more about her past, a series of catastrophes strike close to home. Lisa confides in Scott, and their relationship develops into something completely different. Together Lisa and Scott unravel a terrifying web of criminal connections that could destroy the very fabric of Lisa's life-if she lives long enough, that is.

 

My Everything

Denise Skelton

At the age of twenty, Benjamin Harrison's father dies, leaving him to provide for his mother and sister. Years later, his sister is in need of a bone marrow transplant, and Ben seeks the help of Meyer's Investigations to find an unknown sibling to save her. His immediate attraction to the sexy female P.I. sets things in motion, and their relationship blossoms.

Adventurous private investigator Deanna Meyers senses her attraction toward Ben, but she is reluctant to date him after seeing what her best friends go through with their own interracial relationships.

Ben's ex girlfriend Janet and Dee's cousin Terry have one thing in common. They both want Dee out of the picture. But only one will go to any lengths to make that happen. Even kill

The Telling Pool
David Clement-Davies

An epic fantasy set in the Third Crusade, which combines the story of a boy’s coming-of-age with a quest steeped in legend, history and spell-binding magic.

When Rhodri is summoned to the Telling Pool little does he know the consequences this is going to bring not only for himself and his family but also for the future peace of the land.

While his father is fighting in the Holy Wars, Rhodri must confront his own battles at home and be braver and more resourceful than he could have ever thought possible.

Leaving behind his ailing mother, the beautiful Sarah and his friend William, Rhodri embarks on an awesome and epic journey darkened by thieves, rogues, an evil-handed sorceress and his own haunting nightmares. It will take all of Rhodri’s strength, intelligence and maturity to come out of this task alive.

But Rhodri will find help in unusual and unlikely places and the difficult choices he makes along the way will shape his true destiny in this multi-layered and exciting fantasy novel.

 

Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars Volume 1

The first book in the Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars series
Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier

Put to rest any delusions or disinformation you have of the tea-guzzling madman of faux literary history and prepare to expand your consciousness as the saga of Hatter Madigan and his relentless search for the lost Princess of Wonderland unfolds in Volume 1 of the Hatter M graphic novel series! In Frank Beddor's bestselling The Looking Glass Wars, Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan was ordered by Queen Genevieve to take Princess Alyss and leave Wonderland after a bloody palace coup staged by the murderous Redd.

But while escaping through the Pool of Tears (the portal connecting Wonderland to our world) crushing centrifugal force pulled them apart, and Alyss was lost. In this first volume of the geo-graphic parallel adventure trilogy, Hatter finds himself in Paris, France in the year 1859 shockingly separated from the child he had been sworn to protect. Hatter must now embark upon a non-stop quest, crisscrossing the globe for 13 years in search of his lost Princess.

 

Mad With Wonder

The second book in the Hatter M: The Looking Glass Wars series
Frank Beddor and Liz Cavalier

It's a mad, mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's maniacal quest to find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the Glow from London to the battlefields of America's Civil War in search of the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and energy run amok.

The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd's black imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her evil!

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

A book in the Darker Passions series

Amarantha Knight

The second title in The Darker Passions series. In 1993 Amarantha Knight took Bram Stoker's classic Dracula, a tome heavy with the repressed sexuality of the Victorian age, and unrepressed it.

The book was so successful that it spawned a series of seven erotic retellings of Victorian gothic novels, Rife with spankings, whippings, and the discovery of hidden sexualities, this version of Jekyll & Hyde explores the monster of lust that lurks inside even the most respectable characters.

The Last Dickens

Matthew Pearl

Boston, 1870. When news of Charles Dickens's untimely death reaches the office of his struggling American publisher, Fields & Osgood, partner James Osgood sends his trusted clerk Daniel Sand to await Dickens's unfinished novel-The Mystery of Edwin Drood. But when Daniel's body is discovered by the docks and the manuscript is nowhere to be found, Osgood must embark on a transatlantic quest to unearth the novel that will save his venerable business and reveal Daniel's killer.

Danger and intrigue abound on the journey, for which Osgood has chosen Rebecca Sand, Daniel's older sister, to help clear her brother's name and achieve their singular mission. As they attempt to uncover Dickens's final mystery, Osgood and Rebecca find themselves racing the clock through a dangerous web of literary lions and drug dealers, sadistic thugs and blue bloods, and competing members of the inner circle. They soon realize that understanding Dickens's lost ending to Edwin Drood is a matter of life and death, and the hidden key to stopping a murderous mastermind.

A Distant Neighborhood Vol. 1

by Jiro Taniguchi

Who hasn't dreamt of going back to childhood? But who has actually made the journey? Hiroshi Nakahara is a forty-something salaryman returning to Tokyo from an intense business trip. He is tired and somewhat hungover as he boards his train at Kyoto's enormous station. He awakens to discover he is traveling back to the town of his upbringing, not Tokyo. Memories of his mother surface and he realizes he has the same age as her when she died.

Arriving in Kurayoshi he is drawn through his distant neighborhood to the cemetery and his mother's grave. Here, under a late afternoon moon, he is transported back into his 14 year-old body and life whilst retaining all the character and experience of the adult. Will he change his past or be forever condemned to relive each painful moment? That fateful day his father disappeared without explanation, the death of his mother ... would he ever see his wife and daughters again? Master manga-ka Taniguchi at his most powerful with the art individually rev...

Fables: The Good Prince

Fables is the hugely imaginative story of a group of fairy tale characters exiled from their mythical homelands and forced into a secret existence in modern-day America. Featuring such familiar names as Snow White, Prince Charming and Bigby (formerly Big Bad) Wolf, this is hard-edged fantasy in the grand tradition of The Sandman.

As our world?s Fables look on via a magic mirror, Flycatcher reveals his princely heritage and fearsome power, raising an army of the dead and setting up a haven in the Adversary?s kingdom. Could this be the end of the war? Or a tragedy in the making?

 

Election 

Tom Perotta

Tracy Flick wants to be President of Winwood High. She's one of those ambitious girls who finds time to do it all: edit the yearbook, star in the musical, sleep with her English teacher. But another teacher, staunch idealist

Jim McAllister, thinks the students deserve better. So he persuades Paul Warren-a good-hearted jock-to throw his hat into the student council's elections. But that puts Paul's sister Tammy in a snit. So she runs too, on an apathy platform-before starting a real campaign--to get herself kicked out of school.

 

At the Pictures

I am not a big movie or TV watcher but every now and then something comes up that I am looking forward to watching. I am a big fan of comic books heroes and while I am the first to admit the few that have hit the market over the past year or two, nothing so far have jumped out and say yes – that came close to how I imagined it.

But – guess what.

I don’t care – I still love watching them and Jonah Hex, one of my all time favourite comic book hero, next to Batman and Solomon Kane are two movies that are in my plans for the weekend.

None of these have gotten any sort of rave reviews but I am hoping I will have a good time watching them.

7 Speak To Me:

A.B.Gayle on 18 June 2010 at 14:35 said...

That's a heck of a lot of reading there, E.H. I don't envy your "job"!

Blodeuedd on 18 June 2010 at 18:01 said...

The Beddor books sounds good :D

Chris on 18 June 2010 at 19:20 said...

Talk about a varied reading list!!

慧君 on 20 June 2010 at 04:38 said...

More haste, less speed...................................................................

Erotic Horizon on 20 June 2010 at 13:36 said...

@AB..

I do try to spread my wings and see what's on offer in other genre - most times I end up finding something special..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 20 June 2010 at 13:37 said...

@Blodeuedd

Doesn't it just - I can't wait to sink my teeth into those..

E.H>

Erotic Horizon on 20 June 2010 at 13:38 said...

@Chris..

I know - but imagine the fun...

E.H>