I have finished a few books out of my Kindle that I thought I would share. These were finished over the last couple of months with the exception of Ticker, which I finished a long time ago, but never did a review on.
A lot had been written about Ernest Hemingway’s wives and Hadley Richardson is often referred to as the Paris Wife because the majority of their married life was spent in Paris in the 1920s. I think that does disservice to Hadley. She obviously held a special place in Hemingway’s heart. His autobiography A Moveable Feast was sort of an homage to Hadley and their time together in Paris. Anyway, The Paris Wife is told in Hadley’s voice and was put together through letters and correspondence and interviews. Of course, the ending is not a surprise, but I think that this really is an interesting look into Hadley’s mind of what it was like to be involved in the life of someone as volatile as Hemingway, particularly as it was on the cusp of his success. I definitely recommend this book.
This book has an interesting format. It is told solely through the viewpoint of the handmaid Ofglen, so you can only discern what is happening by her reactions to what is going on around her.
It takes place in a dystopian society where a strict religious leadership takes over the United States (or at least part of it). The story is told from the point of view of a handmaid, who basically has one purpose in life, which is to provide a child to a prominent childless family in a time when nuclear and past chemical use had left a lot of sterility or the possibility of genetic defects. She is basically a prisoner and she describes what life is like for her and women in general under this regime. It seems like the time period would be about now or may in the early 2000s. It actually makes you think about if it could be possible for something like this to happen and you realize that it really is not that far fetched. Scary, in fact.
Note – if you read the ereader version, make sure you read to the end of the book. There was the usual blurb after you finish telling you to tweet/FB that you finished. Then *after* that was an epilogue to the book. So don’t miss that.
This was a bit of steampunk fluff, so if you like that, you may like this book. This seems like a YA book. Steampunk books are set in the victorian time period with machinery and gadgets inspired by steam powered engines. Really they are fantasy/science fiction and fun. Anyway, Ticker is about Penny Farthing, who is a girl with a mechanical heart that was made for her by a scientist who started going crazy. Her heart is nearing the end of its useful life and Penny and her friends get involved in trying to locate the scientist and rescue her parents from a kidnapping. It’s easy to read and while clunky in spots and heavy handed with dialogue, it’s a breezy read.
I seem to have a thing for the 1920s lately in decor, books, and other things (Downton Abbey). This book is set in 1929 in rural North Carolina. It is the story of a husband and wife team of ruthless timber barons. It’s fiction, but there is a lot of historical detail in this book and the author does a great job with the atmosphere. While both Serena and her husband George are both rather unlikeable in the way they are willing to dispose of workers and basically ruin the land, Serena is particularly cold-hearted, pretty much a sociopath, really. She is willing to do whatever it takes and permanently remove anyone who stands in her way, including the woman who has George’s illegitimate son. The writing is very good and the book moves along at a good pace. In fact, I had some of that “5 more minutes” at bedtime which ended up being 45 minutes. 😀 It’s definitely a dark book, but worth reading. Apparently the movie made from it was terrible, so just read the book.
I find it interesting that my latest books involved strong female protagonists. Just coincidence, but interesting nonetheless.
Currently in my Kindle is Hemingway’s “The Sun Also Rises”. Reading The Paris Wife made me want to check out his books. It’s been easy to fall into so far and I do see why he is so revered as an author.
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