October 2021–Part One

Thank you for joining me here!   I hope you enjoy this series and I’d love to hear from you about what you are reading these days.

Book #1:

Feral Creatures by Kira Jane Buxton (Length: 280 pages).   I absolutely hugged this book when I was done because I LOVED it! This is the sequel to Hollow Kingdom (which I reviewed in June of this year) and this is just as good, if not better than the first. Taking over from the ending of the first novel, this novel is written from the point of view of the crow ST (Shit Turd) who is raising the last human on earth post-zombie apocalypse. Just as hysterically funny as the first novel, and is beautifully written. The author has some insightful commentary on the interaction of the animal and human worlds, as well as the degradation of our planet. While I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re easily offended by swear words, I didn’t find the swearing to detract from the writing in any way, and again, I was copying sentences down while reading to share with a like-minded reader friend who also loves clever, laugh-out-loud writing. You won’t regret picking this gem of a novel up!

Book #2:

Lamb by Christopher Moore (Length: 468 pages).  This book was gifted to me by a childhood friend who is pretty religious but who also has a fantastic sense of humor and doesn’t take herself too seriously. This is a clever, well-written novel about the gospel according to Biff, Jesus Christ’s childhood pal. If you are easily offended, do NOT pick this up, but I am not, and I adored this! There is a lot of sarcasm and inappropriate commentary, but this is actually very touching and poignant in parts and I ended up even learning more about the Bible and biblical history than I knew before starting. I’m definitely going to read more by this author.

Book #3:

I Am Pilgrim by Terry Hayes (Length: 801 pages).  I have had this on my Kindle since 2017 and I have no idea why I haven’t read it before this because this is an incredible read! This is a spy thriller set that is mostly set post 9/11 but goes back in time to build the history of a few characters. (There are a few violent scenes but nothing exploitative, in my opinion). The action jumps between NYC, Afghanistan and Turkey, and reminds me of Tom Clancy’s earlier books. The writing quality is excellent with top-notch character development. It is a doorstop of a book (800 pages!) so it’d be fantastic for a long airplane flight because while it’s incredibly lengthy, it’s very propulsive and difficult to put down. I will say the disparate plot threads took a bit to come together (about the halfway point) but once they do, you’ll be hard-pressed to stop reading. Finally, there is a bit of an unbelievable coincidence (regarding the odds of the two major plot points coming together geographically) but if you can set aside your disbelief, you’ll enjoy this one a lot more. The second I finished, I texted my dad because I know he will enjoy this as much as I did.


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