Walk after Me

A romantic story by the later major suspense writing author – published in 1994 – it is one of her early stories and thus more in the line of a Nora Roberts suspense novel than what we later come to expect.

To be honest if this had been my book read by gerritsen i probably wouldn’t have read more despite the strong story with some red herrings and blind alleys, but we did find out he perpetrator too early in the story.

However, if you do like Nora Roberts writing as herself, then you probably would like this one too.

3 stars.

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Enter the Reaper – not so Grim

Angela Roquet wrote a great book reviewed here about Lana Harvey from Reapers Inc.  called Graveyard Shift.

I giggled through so much of it, that my husband said he must read the book too.Grim-Reaper

Take all the mythologies man has ever devised to explain the reason why the world operates as it does and forget what you learnt.

All the gods from all  the religions are still alive – at least as long as someone still believes in them, and the more people that believe, the more power and land/territory they have in the afterworld. and along with their heavens come their hells.

So power comes with believers and they fought, and the Grim Reaper had to settle the war and allocate territories and privileges and set up committees and Ruling Councils and and… and get more Reapers as he was too busy running his new Empire to get out there to bring in the new souls.

Lana is one of these Reapers who live for many hundreds of years and are non-aligned and therefore can have friendships with any religion’s and hell’s inhabitants. In fact in order to undertake her job she has to take classes and be certified by the Academy and be apprenticed to a senior Reaper for 100 years. This is a complete world mythology devised as an Afterworld with many wonderful literary quotes starting each chapter including Benjamin Franklin’s famous:

Beer is living proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.

Now read here from some interesting facts from the book:

Flora the Roman Goddess, owns a flower shop;

Aphrodite has a clothes shop where the mannequins pout and help you chose the shoes;

Lucifer has a daughter named Cindy;

Devils can retire;

Holly Spirit – yes correct spelling – is Jesus’ sister – they forgot to correct the spelling in the bible.

Blasphemous – you bet and all the more funny for that – so don’t read if you are religious  – of any persuasion!

A 5 star from me…

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Tangled Webs and Deception ever go together

‘Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive’.

Marmion by Sir Walter Scott.

Ever since the film about Richard Gere offering a $1 million for someone to sleep with him we have seen some variations on this concept.

Just what would you for that amount of money if you were really out of money? And Options? how far would you go?

This was a new idea on the same theme set in the Lake District, UK based around Windermere – which is a lovely, if very touristic, town on the side of the lake. The heroine is a physiotherapist with an obsessed patient who pays her large amounts to sleep with him.1-windermere-db

The Lake District, as it name implies, has a number of lakes of varying sizes, but Windermere is the largest with a ferry that travels regularly from one end to the other and round the lake as a trip. there is a lovely hotel set at the far end which has a waterfall in its garden. you need to beware the water levels in the Lake as they vary and sometimes it is not possible to get to it.

We have visited the area a number of times especially in winter.

There was for me a British style of writing – down to earth, pragmatic and not over-emotional. The author writes about that which she knows well as she live sin the area and it is very obvious to those of us who have been there. it is geographically accurate and her knowledge of anatomy comes from her own experience. This makes it ring very true.

A Netgalley review 4 stars for The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

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Time travel completed

Here comes Outlander again – and the Bruce… such a fascination for the Scots wild laddies!Men-in-Kilts-kilts-645814_300_400

Come on,let’s have some originality here… and then I might buy more of your books. See below. I’m easily swayed…

I reviewed the first book in this box set of Time Travel Romances on the 4th August – i then completed the whole series of 9 related to just that one book – so it was time to get back to reading the remainder of the set.

Book 3:

An echo of Outlander again with some women travelling through time through these ‘places of power’ eg the stone circles, with some modern healing skills.

The difference being that this time the heroine was born in the 15th century and travelled forwards not backwards.

Book 4:

Again Scotland and again a medic travelling through time, though this time only 100 years, and therefore found herself in the Victorian ea with indoor plumbing and flush toilets!

Book 5:

What’s not to like? Ghosts, ghoulies, occult, vampires, arcane, and time travel all thrown in with a professor and his dedicated student… maybe too much of everything?

Book 6:

This is the original bloodstone book for travel through time.

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In Defence of Uncomfortable Subject Matter

 

 in [Genre] Fiction

Is it ever justified to write about uncomfortable matter in fiction? Whether genre or not? –

Tom Hawking wrote a piece on   august 18, 2015 in http://flavorwire.com/ commenting on a New Stateman’s blog by  Liz Lutgendorff, who has read, she claims every book on a tp 100 of sci-fi list and finds them shockingly full of pervasive sexism. She especially considers rape scenes as being a bad example of this sexism. However, she does not consider, it would seem the necessity to write about very uncomfortable matter in order to being to the readers’ notice the very existence of these happenings and their outcomes.

I am not sure that genre fiction is particularly bad at this, and have read the Thomas Covenant novels she cites and enjoyed them. I was especially impressed that it highlighted the issues of leprosy which is far more of a subject matter that we do not like to think about as it makes us very uncomfortable indeed. Are response has generally been to hide sufferers away from our sight.

I think that it is indeed literature’s role to look at these subjects that make us uncomfortable and even to demonstrate what sexism looks like and indeed rape, incest, or mothers suffering from post-partum depression killing babies or thinking about it. I think we do need to look at these very difficult incidents and occurrences from both the sides – we need to try and understand why they happen as well as the outcomes and his will enable to us understand better how to prevent them and how to help any who have been impacted by these events.

I don’t think that just because we feel things like sexism are wrong that we should prevent them being written about and I do personally feel that some feminists go too far with this – art must imitate life and also expand on life and imagine this life under many and different situations. Artists have imaginations for the rest of us and just reading soft or cosy matter that does not stretch the mind – happy books are a drug that it is nice to have at times, but our emotions are far more involved in darker and more desperate stories. The ones that make us cry!

So let’s cheer for those who write about the subjects that we wish weren’t there and read their books and blog about them and share our thoughts with others. We need this writing as much as we need chick literature and happy historical romances!

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