Monday, September 19, 2011

Manly Mondays- Mini Reviews by the Hubby

Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham
From Goodreads:

Max “the Wolf” is a top notch Boy Scout, an expert at orienteering and a master of being prepared. So it is a little odd that he suddenly finds himself, with no recollection of his immediate past, lost in an unfamiliar wood. Even odder still, he encounters a badger named Banderbrock, a black bear named Walden, and McTavish the Monster (who might also be an old barn cat)—all of whom talk—and who are as clueless as Max.
Before long, Max and his friends are on the run from a relentless group of hunters and their deadly hounds. Armed with powerful blue swords and known as the Blue Cutters, these hunters capture and change the very essence of their prey. For what purpose, Max can’t guess. But unless he can solve the mystery of the strange forested world he’s landed in, Max may find himself and his friends changed beyond recognition, lost in a lost world… 

Down the Mysterly River reads like a long lost story from your childhood.  A truly instant classic.  Though it's a middle grade book, there's enough substance here to engage a reader of any age

Down the Mysterly River, by Bill Willingham
Published by Starscape, September 2011
Copy acquired at the BEA

In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler's Berlin, by Erik Larson
From Goodreads:

The often startling story of William E. Dodd, the first American ambassador to Nazi Germany, and his family. History professor Dodd was an unlikely choice to represent the United States in Hitler's Berlin; indeed, he was FDR's fifth choice for the post. His on-the-job education in the barbarities of the "New Germany" sometimes contrasted with that of his romantic, impressionable, party-loving daughter Martha. Larson places these very personal stories within the context of the ever-worsening events.

In the Garden of Beasts was more intense then anything I've read in fiction as of late.  This book would have blown my mind even if it wasn't based on actual events.  The fact that this actually happened makes anything else pale in comparison

In the Garden of Beasts, By Erik Larson
Published by Crown, May 2011
Copy acquired at the BEA

Damned, by Chuck Palahniuk
From Goodreads:

The newest Palahniuk novel concerns Madison, an eleven year old girl who finds herself in Hell, unsure of why she will be there for all eternity, but tries to make the best of it. 

The author described the novel as "if The Shawshank Redemption had a baby by The Lovely Bones and it was raised by Judy Blume." And "it's kind of like The Breakfast Club set in Hell."

I've read most Chuck Palahniuk books and I think Damned might be my favourite.  Unlike any of his other books, Damned will have a sequel, which is both annoying (because I don't want to wait) and awesome (because I want more).

Damned by Chuck Palahiuk
Published by Doubleday, October 2011
Copy acquired at the BEA

The Last Child, By John Hart
From Goodreads:

Thirteen year-old Johnny Merrimon had the perfect life: a warm home and loving parents; a twin sister, Alyssa, with whom he shared an irreplaceable bond. He knew nothing of loss, until the day Alyssa vanished from the side of a lonely street. Now, a year later, Johnny finds himself isolated and alone, failed by the people he’d been taught since birth to trust. No one else believes that Alyssa is still alive, but Johnny is certain that she is---confident in a way that he can never fully explain.

Determined to find his sister, Johnny risks everything to explore the dark side of his hometown. It is a desperate, terrifying search, but Johnny is not as alone as he might think. Detective Clyde Hunt has never stopped looking for Alyssa either, and he has a soft spot for Johnny. He watches over the boy and tries to keep him safe, but when Johnny uncovers a dangerous lead and vows to follow it, Hunt has no choice but to intervene.
Then a second child goes missing . . . 

The Last Child exceeded my expectations after having first read and loved John Harts newest book, Iron House.  My only complaint is the cover.  Boo!
This doesn't come even remotely close to conveying the tone of this twisted, dark book.

The Last Child, by John Hart
Published by Minotaur Books, March 2010

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