Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King is not your average horror novel, by our wonderful master of horror, but a detective novel. Though the book starts off with a horrific event (I don’t want to spoil for those who don’t know it.) the story continues down the path of a retired detective who has the one case that just haunts him. Bill Hodges is drawn back in to the hunt for Mr. Mercedes after receiving a letter from the supposed psychopath. Through-out his investigation he meets an array of lively characters that add a wonderful angle to the story. While I enjoyed the book I did find myself constantly annoyed with Hodges. He continually refuses help and constantly just by-passes a huge clue. I can not say why this annoyed me, really it made the character all the more realistic. The other reason is I could have been frustrated was because we also got the story from the antagonist point of view, so I kind of knew what was going on. These chapters are something that could only be made real through the mind of Stephen King. So if you are a fan of Stephen King’s, a fan of detective novel, or a fan of both check this book out. I enjoyed it and instantly downloaded the next book in the series.
Mr. Mercedes is this first book in the Bill Hodges trilogy.
Mr. Mercedes is being made in to a tv series on the Audience Network.
I listened to Mr. Mercedes on audio book.
This week I am re-reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. It was my pick for book club and I am attempting to get every one on my bandwagon! While I am reading I will be trying to come up with discussion question for the story. I am kind of excited to be doing this since I normally just use whatever is released by the publisher or questions I find online. If you have any tips or if you have read the book and have a question I can also ponder please let me know!
In other news to catch up with reviews for books I have read this summer. This week I will continue with reviews for:
Mr Mercedes by Stephen King
Golden Son (book 2 of the Red Rising Series) by Pierce Brown
I received an e-copy of this book from First to Read in exchange of my review.
Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is about a man Milo who has lived 9,995 lives and only has 5 more to get it right. It is also about his love story with death also know as Suzie. This book while funny and lighthearted at times is about everyone’s struggle with living a perfect life and making it the great beyond. Below is my review as posted to First to Read.
I literally just finished reading Reincarnation Blues and had to log right on to write my rave review. The book starts off as a lighthearted and quirky book about a man and his lives. Though the beginning of the story there is a touch of love story going on in the background as well. Slowly the story becomes about so much more and the love story becomes one of my favorites. One that survives all space, time and lives. I enjoyed all the different short stories scattered through-out the book. Many of them could hold up on their own as full told stories, some of them left me craving more. Not in the way that they weren’t complete, but just that I wanted to know more of the time and place the story was told in. Milo is an extremely relatable character, who is really just all of us trying to make out way through life in an honorable way. Reincarnation Blues by Michael Poore is the perfect book to read during some downtime, but be careful it may encroach into your life until nothing is finished until you finish the book! I can’t wait until I can add a physical copy of this book to my library!
Reincarnation Blues is set to release August 22, 2017
Growing up my family was fortunate enough to have a lake house that we would go to during the summer to enjoy all things lake life. Recently my family made the decision to sell the lake home and I am glad I was able to bring my son to visit at least once. This picture popped up on my time hop today and had me thinking. This is where I grew up, where I learned new words and all about love. Where I accomplished things from fighting dragon and saving princesses, to walking on the moon. This is where I spent nights afraid of clowns and vampires. A place where I cast spells and survived the apocalypse. I look back at the days of growing up and I remember this place. A place I was able to escape and read. A place where I was wasn’t bothered by everyday life but was able to wonder around unencumbered. I was able to explore the wood and swim in the lake; to lay in the sand and build a castle. I believe having only books as a form of entertainment as the night drew near helped grow my imagination beyond the normal. I need to find my new perfect place to read. Where, may I ask, is yours?
So yesterday my lovely book club got together and the topic of why do you read came up. One person mentioned having an outlet for your experiences. So say you are going though something in life and don’t quite know how to handle it, or you feel inappropriate in your feelings during the situation. Reading a book where you can relate to a character and what they are going though can help you process you feelings better and possibly help you not feel bad for crying. Another person mentioned escape, getting out of your current situation and away from where you are. I want to say my answer is about the same. I experience wunderlust and reading is my outlet. It helps me go to places I can’t at the moment. I can read a story about someone in Ohio and though the story isn’t about Ohio, I can feel like I am there and living out this story there. My favorite kind of story transports me to the future where something has happened to change the world. I like to read and learn, to know and be scared by certain possibilities. Think about it, what is the reason you read?
I started this blog a few days ago and I kind of feel like I am Mae just beginning to work for The Circle. For those of you who don’t have a blog and don’t know, and for those of you who do and can relate; there is an endless amount of promotion that goes on across multiple social media platforms. There is tweeting, and re-tweeting, likes and hearts, reading, commenting and following . It can be a bit overwhelming, but in the times we live, it is what must be done. When Mae first starts at The Circle, a giant technology company, she is super thrilled. Slowly though she is consumed with the everyday task and lack of privacy it takes to keep up with the ever-growing company. From an outside prospective I find The Circle to be almost a horror novel. It makes me want to run away to the woods and hide with no technology in sight. If you can’t take a hard look at yourself and the world as it relates to technology this book might not be for you. I did give this book a good rating though because I really did enjoy it. I enjoyed following Mae’s thought processes, meeting her family, and learning her new job. Eggers does a great job of helping you become engrossed in his dystopian future. I recommend this book to anyone who doesn’t think we could end up this way and to the people who are afraid we will. Have some fun and join Mae at The Circle.
“SECRETS ARE LIES SHARING IS CARING PRIVACY IS THEFT”
― Dave Eggers, The Circle
The Circle was adapted into a movie featuring Emma Watson
4/5 *book club pick
Still Alice was a book different from the kind I normally read. Told from the point of view of Alice Howland, who is diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, Still Alice gives you an inside look at what it might be like to lose yourself. Alice is a cognitive psychology professor at Harvard and a world-renowned linguistics expert, she is proud of her achievements and when diagnosed at 50 struggles with what losing her mind will be like. Genova writes a book that is perfect to read with family or friends to help open up the conversation of Alzheimer’s disease and how it affects those involved. The story is well written and often makes you feel sad as you start to notice the main character has just again forgotten something important. Still Alice is an easy to read book and only took me about two days to complete, it is a must read for any book club.
“In the ladies’ room, Alice studied her image in the mirror. The reflected older woman’s face didn’t quite match the picture that she had of herself in her mind’s eye.”
― Lisa Genova, Still Alice
For book club questions visit: http://www.litlovers.com/reading-guides/fiction/987-still-alice-genova?start=3
Still Alice was made into a movie starring Julianne Moore. (The book is better, 😉 )