Joe Hill

So, I discover Joe Hill through comic books. His series, Locke & Key, was my first experience with his work. Of course, I researched more about the guy once I loved the series. Turns out that he is Stephen King’s son. Good writing definitely runs in the family. 

I recently finished his collection of short stories called 20th Century Ghosts. Some were better than others and a few had plot twists I never expected. I recommend it. 

Currently, I am reading his second novel, Horns. So far, having already seen the film adaptation of it, the book is so much better. There are more details and more explanation about everything. The movie left out a lot, and the book is immensely engrossing. I’m able it half way in, and I hate having to put it down when return from break at work. I again recommend it. 
Comment Starters:

  1. Have you ever had a book that you recommended to others before you even finished it?
  2. Are you a fan of Joe Hill? If so, what’s your favorite thing about his writing that you love?
  3. Does anyone else get obsessed with certain authors every so often?

Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn


****This review contains spoilers.****

After reading Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, I decided to pick up this novel by her as well.

While I enjoyed the pace of it and throughout the entire book, it was a serious page-turner. I wanted to keep going after every chapter and could have read it in one sitting if I did not have work in the morning.

**Spoiler Alert**

That being said, I am ultimately not as happy with this book as I wanted to be with it. I figured out the killer/s half way through the book. I was obvious to me especially with the clues presented but the protagonist refused to see them as such. It made me quite frustrated with here. I also am mad that I do not know what she carved at Curry’s house in the end. Nothing seemed to come out of the ending of the book except for everyone in the family being locked up for good most likely. I also knew from nearly the beginning descriptions of the mother’s relationship with Marian and the other kids that she had Munchhausen by proxy. In addition, how did Camille not know what that is? Everyone who has seen the Sixth Sense should know because that is how the creepy girl under the bed died. In contrast to that, the hiding spot for the teeth was pure genius.

**End of Spoiler Alert**

Overall, I am disappointed in this book for not being better. That may sound weird, but I do not think it lived up to it’s potential. It was a quick read, and I might even recommend it because it definitely is a good story that is well written, and it ties together well in the end. I’d give this book 3 out of 5 stars if I did that sort of thing.

Comment Questions:

  1. When reading books that deal with murders, are you disappointed at the end when the killer is who you suspected all along? Or do you even try to figure it out?
  2. What do you do when you love one book by an author but another is “meh” by them? Do you try a third before giving up or stop then?
  3. Do you have any books that you have tried to review but ended up ranting like I just did?

The Martian by Andy Weir

The Martian cover photoA while back while I was at the movie theater, I saw the trailer for this book turned movie. I demanded to my husband right then and there that I must read that book before we watch the film. He laughed because I usually say that about all the books turned into movies. The Hunger Games and Gone Girl were one of the only series’ that I actually did it for though. I’m usually the person who watches a movie then decides that I should read the book. I like to think that happens because I did not know that the film was a novel first, but I cannot claim that for all of them.

This one was easy since the film has not hit theaters yet. I decided since it was affordable through my Google Play money earned through the free opinions app that I would buy it as an eBook. It was and probably will be for a long time the only eBook I have ever purchased and read completely on my phone. The only other eBook I have read was the Warm Bodies prequel, The Hunger, and that was because it was not available in the US as anything else at the time, but I did end up purchasing the physical novella when I could get it from a UK site.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had thrills and mystery and humor. I never knew what would happen to the main character any more than he did it seemed. Mark Watney’s personality makes the book superb. I would recommend this book to anyone anywhere. As I said in my GoodReads review, “This book kept my attention and carefully toed the line between technical and laymens terms. This is a wonderful representation of the modern-day realistic sci-fi genre.”

One of the great things I love about this book is the fact that a person would not have to be a lover of the sci-fi genre to enjoy this. It is a great balance of suspense and personality. As previously stated, I would definitely recommend this book. 5 stars.

Comment Questions:

  1. Feel differently about the book? Why?
  2. What’s another book you feel embodies modern science fiction?
  3. If you have read it, do you want to be friends with Mark Watney (I do!)?

Edit: After seeing the film, the book was way better. They left out a few of my favorite scenes and played down the serious science stuff. 😦 I also fell down the stairs of the movie theater as I was leaving. Still nursing a nasty bruise from it  on my leg but otherwise fine.