Lincoln O’Neil would not have applied for the job of “Internet Security Officer” if he would have known it was going to be this.
Having accepted the position with images of putting his computer knowledge to work in tasks like fire walls and repairs. He was shocked to find himself working the night shift and basically reading the email exchanges between employees to make sure they were work related; and if they were not, writing up reports on them.
When Lincoln finds the conversations going on between two employees, Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder, he knows he should file a report. Instead, Lincoln finds himself absorbed in their conversations and can not bring himself to put a stop to it. Soon, he finds that he is looking forward to work just to see what the two girls will be talking about, and through the email exchanges, he finds that he is becoming attracted to Beth.
Now Lincoln is in a real pickle. He would love to meet Beth, but now he knows so many intimate and personal things about her, how can he?
I enjoyed reading (quite honestly) the exchanges of the two girls Beth and Jennifer. Much like Lincoln, I too was captivated by their humor and some of the more serious topics they covered. I think that is exactly where Rainbow Rowell wanted her readers, right in the shoes of Lincoln.
It’s funny to say I “read their emails” as I listened to this one on audio. Perhaps that feeling that I was there is chalked up to the impressive narration of Laura Hamilton. She navigated through this book smoothly, easily giving each character their own voice.
Attachments, as all of Rainbow Rowell’s books that I have read/listened to at this time, are worth spending time with. Unique and fun.
West Hall, Vermont has, like many small towns, urban legends. The towns most notorious story is one a woman named Sarah Harrison Shea who in the early 1900′s was found in a bloody heap, dead, just months after her own young daughter Gertie had tragically died. Through the years, in the woods that were a part of West Hall, other mysterious deaths and disappearances had taken place, only adding fuel to the legend. The truth of what had happened to Sarah was never discovered but the elaborate stories were ones told around camp fires and during moonless nights….
Now, over 100 years later, 19-year-old Ruthie lives with her mother Alice and her little sister Fawn in the very farmhouse that once belonged to the infamous Sarah. One morning the girls wake to find their mother Alice missing with no sign of where she may have gone. As Ruthie explores her mother’s room for clues she finds part of a diary under the floor boards that says it is the secret diary of Sarah Harrison Shea. As Ruthie begins to read the diary she finds it is filled with stories of people called sleepers, those brought back to life from the dead. Sarah not only believed it was possible, she explained how she did it for her daughter Gertie, and… even more alarming, how to bring anyone back to life.
Sheila’s observation: Have we learned nothing from Stephen King’s Pet Cemetery? Bringing people back from the dead is never a good idea…
The Winter People brought up reminiscence of The Returned, and yes, Pet Cemetery. How often have we thought if we only had a second chance with someone who had passed away unexpectedly and/or far too young? How far would one go to bring that person back if they could? AND time after time in our literature we have discovered…. they never come back the way they were. (Walking Dead anyone? Just not a great time…. :razz: )
This opening description might make you think this book is dark, but actually it is not so much dark as it is just a very interesting tale that travels back and forth seamlessly between Sarah’s time of 1908 , and Ruthie’s life of current time. As you read, Sarah’s story as told through her diary entries and see her life move forward as Ruthie, reading the diary all these years later follows the book back in time to hopefully find a connection to her mother’s disappearance.
Beautifully narrated by Cassandra Campbell and Kathe Mazur. I found Winter People to be a familiar tale, but told in a different way that was unique and that made it a decent read.
In he year 2044 the earth as we have known it is no more. Now a world of mostly poverty and destruction, people find it is better to spend their time inside a virtual world called the Oasis, created by a genius named James Halliday who has a mad fondness of all thing’s 80′s (ie… arcade games, music, movies, restaurants…) The Oasis is a large virtual world that encompasses many worlds within and to access beyond the first world, real money is used. In the Oasis, you can create an Avatar (an icon or figure representing a particular person in computer games, Internet forums, etc.), to represent you. An Avatar can assume any type of body and look as well as an alias name.
Wade Watts is a teenage student who spends as much time as possible in the Oasis. Here he is more than the overweight slightly acne faced teen… in the Oasis he is Parzival, a taller, leaner, handsomer version of himself. As Wade lives in a very impoverish state, he spends most of his time on the free parts of the Oasis.
When it is announced that the mega billionaire Halliday has passed away and left an elaborate game plan in his will with hints and clues to the ultimate prize – all of his billions of riches and the ownership of the Oasis; the world goes wild. Thousands upon thousands of people are trying to figure out the clues that will lead them to the keys that open up more clues….
and five years go by with no one any closer to the treasure than when it was announced.
Many of the treasure hunters – “gunters” as they are called, have fallen away believing that perhaps this was just the last craziness of a sick old man and nothing more. And then….
Wade figures out the first clue.
Suddenly the news is filled with the mysterious Avatar “Parzival”. Wade’s true identity becomes even more important to keep secret as the hunt inside the Oasis is back up in full force. Not all of those involved are part of the friendly competition. A large corporation called IOI wants the Oasis and all the treasures for themselves and they will stop at nothing to get what they want. Now Wade, and a handful of fellow Avatars that he would like to call friends, are playing for their lives.
Ready Player One?
Yes that is a long synopsis. Yet as I thought about this, this is how I would describe the book to a friend. There is nothing here that gives anything away… not by a long shot. This book is so full of fun twists and turns and awesome (AWESOME!) 80′s references you will not want to stop once you are started.
You do not need to be a gamer to love this book. While I do love games and am an 80′s girl… I was not big into the arcade scene. Let me say that you do need to be to appreciate the book and the dystopian feel to it.
Did I mention that I love this book?
Long time readers of Book Journey may be scratching their head thinking they have heard me RAVE about this book before. You would be right. In December of 2011 I listened to this book on audio and reviewed it then as well. To this day, it is still one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Narrator Wil Wheaton could read the back of a cereal box to me and I would be all like “Go Wil, read about the red dye #5 again!” Yes, he is that great. In fact – earlier today I was looking for other books narrated by him just so I could listen to him again. I would like him to be the voice on my Garmin, the sound of my alarm…. you get the picture.
Two years later, I still love this book. I chose to listen to it again recently when I went the 3 1/3 hours to our cabin in a car alone. I love being alone in a car for road trips so I can listen to audio. It was just as incredible as the first time.
Seriously – I am not the only one raving about this book. If you have read this, please rave with me. If you have not… please grab this one on audio and treat yourself to something AMAZING!
Rumors have it that the movie rights to Ready Player One have been sold.
(And now I am going to go and read my original review which I have not allowed myself to do until I wrote this one )
*Update: Upon reading my original review I found that I had made two predictions in that review… both have come true.
Ethan Searle is a good looking guy by all accounts. With his legs injured in an accident as a child, he feels that when women do look at him it is with pity. Love has been something that has never really worked out for him.
Then one day while leaving church, Ethan catches the eye of two year old Britton and he thinks this beautiful little girl may have just stole his heart away. Unfortunately, one look from Britton’s mother Autumn as she at first cautiously looks Ethan over, and then with pity when she sees his legs, and Ethan knows all to well that familiar rejection.
Autumn, carries her own ghosts. After escaping an abusive marriage that left her miscarrying her first child and then escaping while pregnant with Brit, Autumn has no room in her heart for anyone but her own mother and Brit.
But does anyone know the magic that a two year old blue eyed baby girl holds in the palm of her hand? As Autumn starts to warm up to Ethan and dare herself to possibly dream of a future together, she is unaware of the danger that is approaching. Trent, her ex husband is recently out of jail and he has one thing on his mind, reclaiming what is his…. and what is his in his mind… is Autumn.
I have enjoyed Cami Checkett’s writing in the past. I was first introduced to her writing in Sister Pact that I really enjoyed, and then again in Dead Running. The Broken Road is the first of Cami’s books that I have listened to on audio.
The Broken Road is a sweet listen. It reminded me a little of some of Nicholas Spark earlier works, perhaps a bit predictable, but good all the same. I found Britton to be perhaps me favorite character, sweet and innocent she brought not only glue to Ethan and Autumn, but to the book itself.
Narrator Christy Crevier brought a sweet smooth rhythm to the audio. My only complaint was that the voice of Autumn came across as so young sounding that I found myself considering her age rather than listening, her voice sounded to be around 18 instead of a girl who had been married in her 20′s.
Autumn also comes across as a bit babyish at times, not only in narration, but in actions and words. While not a deal breaker, it was annoying at times.
The story as a whole is a good one. Checkett once again writes three dimensional characters that make for a pleasant reading experience. As I mentioned earlier, fans of Sparks and clean light romance reads will enjoy this one.
Diane Keaton was born Diane Hall in 1946 (two years before my mother was born!). After studying in the arts and graduating she took her mother’s maiden name Keaton as her own. Then Again is a recap of Diane’s years growing up with a mom (Dorothy) who spent her early mom years reaching for something more by entertaining contests (and sometimes winning – Mrs. Los Angelas for Homemakers !). Diane adored her, right through her golden years and her battle with Alzheimer. It was her moms early influence that caused Diane to want to be an actress. It is also about Diane’s battle with food addiction, and of course her movies. She spends time talking about her earlier movies (many I have never seen) as well as the leading men not only on the screen, but in her life like Woody Allen, Warren Beaty, and Al Pacino.
Hmmmm….. I love the movies I have seen with Diane Keaton in them. I have fond memories of The First Wives Club, Hanging Up, Father Of The Bride 1 and 2, Somethings Gotta Give, The Family Stone and Because I Said So. She has always been that actress that is effortlessly funny. Needless to say when I started seeing positive murmurs of this memoir Then Again on the blogs, I knew I wanted to listen to it on audio as Diane Keaton narrates it herself.
Listening to Then Again is like sitting down and talking with Diane. It was pleasant to listen to this as she reads like she is talking, with emotion, and sighs, laughs, and pauses. At times, Diane is a slow steady pace and will list things or repeat sentences, like types of foods, or emotions, (and at one point even her bank account numbers!) which gave me a feeling she was trying to stretch her words.
I did like Then Again. She puts a lot more attention on the movies from her earlier career then the ones that I am more familiar with, but maybe that just gives me reason to watch some of her older movies. She also spends a lot of time talking about her mother, and I was hoping for more Diane, but it was still interesting and I did come out the other side knowing a little more about the person I see on the screen.
The morning held promise. John F Kennedy prepared for his day where he would be in a motorcade in Dallas Texas,on a route that would give him the most exposure tot he people. It looked as though it would be a wonderful day.
Lee Harvey Oswald started his day out early. By the time his wife Marina awoke, a note had been left for her with some cash stating to go and buy something that the children needed. This was highly unusual for Owsald.
As the two mens lives and deaths collide as the morning rolls out and by 12:30 in the afternoon as Kennedy’s motorcade rolls past the Texas School Book Depository a gun shot shatters through the air.
Kennedy, rushed to Parkland Hospital and as the medics try to save the Presidents life, they are to no avail and President Kennedy is pronounced dead within an hour of the gun shot.
As the story wraps around Parkland and Oswald and witnesses and investigations… it is interesting to know that Oswald himself will be at this very same hospital, at Parkland, fighting for him life within 40 hours.
At the time of Kennedys death I was not even a thought yet. Kennedy was gone 4 years before I ever had a breath in my lungs, yet isn’t it amazing how I as well as others of my age and younger still can feel such compassion and pain for the loss of this man.
Parkland, originally titled Four Days In November is about the events that surrounded Kennedy’s untimely death as well as the timeline of Oswald during that same day and the next few days afterwards.
I listened to Parkland on audio and this was one of those audios that kept me in the car in the garage long after I arrived home so I could find out what would happen next. Well done, Vincent is an amazing writer and George Newbern also narrated well for a difficult historic recap of the Kennedy Assassination.
Definitely take the time to listen to this one.
Bliss Marino has waited a long time for her prom, she is the popular girl and with the hot guy she had as her boyfriend, she would rock the event.
Jolene has no desire to have anything to do with the ridiculous outdated tradition of a prom. Seriously it made her want to hurl. There was like a zillion things she would rather due than ever be a part of that lameness.
Meg, quiet and reserved, wants badly to change her reputation of blending into any wall. If she asks to the prom… she will say yes. She will.
There is no reason that these three girls would ever find themselves in conversation or even remotely pleasant to one another. Yet when circumstances around the prom bring these three together… things can really get interesting.
The Anti Prom is a sweet twist on todays YA reads. There is no dystopian dooms day looming, no one has any special powers, and no one is thrown into an arena to fight to the death (although…. that could have been funny in this case). Nope. author Andy McDonald writes about an event that most of us have either experienced (possibly close to the way one of these girls experienced it) or at least were aware of it.
Taking three girls whose personalities could not be more different, The Anti Prom can make you cheer for a crazy life that can turn everything upside down and remind us that friendships are sometimes found in the least likely places.
Enjoy this one!
In a world of excess where we are always updating and upgrading Jen Hatmaker takes a stand. After taking hurricane victims into her home and being told that she was rich due to her upper middle class home and the things within it, Jen decided to rethink her values.
Jen and her family took 7 months, and 7 areas of excess in their lives and worked on them to take a stand against materialism, over excess, and greed that seeps into our lives to the point we do not even identify it as greed.
The seven areas they chose were:
Each area they spent 30 days on around the #7. When they worked on food,they allowed themselves 7 foods for the month.In clothes they allowed themselves 7 pieces of clothing to wear for the month (and donated much to charities), in spending they narrowed their spending to 7 places for a month….
I loved the idea of this book. As I looked around my home, while we do not live to extreme, we are comfortable. When I think of cell phones and e readers and television, and movies I enjoy…. much that I do not need to live, but enjoy.
Seven makes you think. It makes you reevaluate. It doesn’t make you feel bad, but it does make you want to join in the cause of cutting back, and learning that life is just as enjoyable, if not even more so – when a family decides to work together to make a difference in our world and gets creative on how to spend time together when it is not with video games or movie tickets, but instead with time – real-time, together.
It is early 1978, North Carolina. An 11 year old boy, his father, grandfather, and a family friend are arriving at the families remote hunting property for a weekend of male pondering around the deer hunting season. For the boy, this is his first year that he is allowed to hunt with the men. He is ecstatic to be counted as one of them. This is his year.
A poacher is seen on the property in the distance. And the boy, even unknown to himself as to why, yet filled with the adrenaline of a hunt to begin aims his rifle and shoots.
The poacher falls.
And the world for this group of hunters explodes into a whole new unknown world of accusations, fear, family loyalty, untrust, and for the boy….
A friend of mine had read Goat Mountain. Her thoughts on this book brought it to my attention because it was different than anything I had read before. So I found this one on audio and here are my thoughts.
Goat Mountain is a beautiful listen. Yet it is also terrifying and disturbing. As the events unravel over a weekends hunting trip, a fathers anguish, a grandfathers harsh words, the friends panic, but most disturbing – the young boys lack of…
Where this book may have been a win, I found it confusing that this story is being told by the boy many years later, although we are never given a glimpse of what happened between the accident weekend and the current time of the book. Goat Mountain is about a hunting weekend, and I felt that if it was going to be about an event that happened years prior, it should have had something to bond the incident to the current time. Perhaps to others this makes perfect sense, but when it ended it felt to me to be unfinished.
I wish it would have left me with a better feeling but instead I felt as disjointed as the book came to be.
When once asked what advice Corey Feldman would give to parents who are raising kids in the industry he replied, get them out of Hollywood and let them lead normal lives.
Corey’s career began at three when he was in a McDonald’s commercial. His older sister Mindy was is the Mickey Mouse Club and one day someone heard Corey’s gravely voice while he was on his sisters set and he was hired as the voice of the fox in the Fox and The Hound. From there Corey as he grew launched into larger roles and starred as a teen in The Goonies, Gremlins, Friday The 13th and Stand By Me. He built a strong lifelong friendship with Corey Haim when they started appearing in the same movies such as The Lost Boys, License To Drive, and Dream A Little Dream.
While some may think having the opportunities of being a teen star is glamorous, Corey, in his memoir paints quite a different picture. A verbally and mentally abusive mom took all of his earnings and cost him more than one job. His father was not much better, acting as his manager in Corey’s teen years and costing him larger roles by making Corey accept the smaller easy money roles. When Corey put his foot down and told his dad that he could no longer manage him, his father kicked him out.
Corey falls into the traps of Hollywood with drugs and alcohol and even abusive sex. Told in a matter of fact way, Corey Feldman owns up to all of his past failures, painting quite a different picture than the one that we see on the screen. When Corey Haim his friend of many years dies at the age of 38, Corey Feldman speaks strongly about the causes and rumors surrounding Haim’s death.
An amazing memoir of strength and courage.
I grew up with the movies that both Corey Feldman and Corey Haim starred in. Watching them on-screen they looked like your typical fun-loving teenagers and as a teen myself, I wished I could hang out with them. Now, after listening to Corey Feldman’s memoir…. no way I should have wanted to hang out with them! The things that they both went through is enough to make anyone sick and angry…. both boys really were lost boys.
At first I thought it was a little odd that Feldman talks so much about Haim and what his life was like in this memoir. After I thought about it I feel that they were both so close, and Feldman probably knew Haim better than almost anyone. Haim never got to share his story. He wanted to… he just ran out of time. To hear Feldman stick up for his friend when he was sexually abused, rumored to have been gay, and a drug addict is heart breaking.
I flew through this audio. Read by Corey Feldman himself, I found the behind the scenes movie antics to be fun as that was what I like to know about in this memoirs of actors and actresses. Really though, the childhood, the growing up and all the things we do not see, is what breathes life into the story. So often you hear about these child stars lives at home and you are shocked. Corey’s is no exception. This memoir is brutally honest and I for one am glad to know Corey’s story.