Sunday, April 29, 2012

13,000 words, and the streets are full of Ellens

Love on a Transfer, Part II, has grown to 13,000 words. Poor Tom's beginning to wonder if every woman in England looks like Ellen, but perhaps it's just the way his feelings for her affect him. Girls and women in pink micro-skirts, skin-tight jeans, long overcoats or even thick jackets over saris, they all remind him of the angel of his dreams. Meanwhile he needs to find an internet cafe so he can catch up on email. Did he but know it, a whole new set of dreams is waiting there.

Meanwhile, many books are waiting to be read and reviewed, so here are just a few, with coffee recommendations and links to my reviews on Gather.... plus a bonus link to a book that's free on kindle today-- 'The House of Women' by Anne Brear, at http://www.amazon.com/The-House-of-Women-ebook/dp/B00557VUN4/ a novel of the Victorian age where a young woman sacrifices her own happiness while fighting for her sister's rights, then finds surprising promise of new hope.

So, book reviews... 

First is Just a Minute, by Wess Stafford, borrowed recently from a friend at church. It's pleasantly inspiring, easy reading, and filled with encouragement to remember, each isolated minute we spend with a child just might make all the difference in how that child grows. Examples range from famous to infamous characters, from Africans missions to American city streets, from deeply religious to simply kind and concerned. Enjoy these short snippets with cups of 1-star mild crisp coffee and expect to dip into this collection again and again.

Next comes a lovely children's picture book, Queen Emily's Enchanted Kingdom by Lee-Ann Graff-Vinson and her daughter Emily Ann Vinson. The pictures are bright, childish and seriously fun. And the story's a deceptively simple tale of streets paved with chocolate and the reason to beware what you wish for. Great fun to share with kids and grandkids, this lively tale should be enjoyed with a 2-star lively cup of coffee.

Slightly older children will enjoy Mike Evers' The Spirit Archer, a thoroughly modern tale of thoroughly old-fashioned values as a young teen, failing in school, follows the legend of Robin Hood to his Yorkshire grave. What ensues is a very pleasing evocation of history, high school, and the way things aren't so different from how they were. Truly enjoyable for kids and adults alike, this elegant novella might best be read with an elegant cup of 4-star coffee.

The short tales in A.F. Stewart's Killers and Demons are definitely not for the young or faint-hearted. But they're definitely intriguing, evocative, and very very scary. Gore, horror, and the sort of twists this author's famous for... enjoy these with a 5-star dark intense coffee.

Meanwhile, for those inclined more to mystery, there's Twice Bitten, Joe Perrone Jr's latest Matt Davis mystery. The bites are all too earthly in this tale, and the hard-bitten New York cop wasn't expecting to find snakes of the reptilian variety in his upstate New York fishing village. Great characters, fascinating contrasts, and well-balanced narration characterize all these mysteries, best enjoyed with 3-star well-balanced cups of coffee.

For a romantic change, Marie Force's Love at First Flight demolishes long-distance relationships and challenges more local ones when a murder trial goes wrong. It certainly raises some intriguing questions about fidelity and commitment, and it's a fun, exciting read to enjoy with a 2-star easy-drinking cup of coffee.

And finally a sweet lunch-time read for the romantically inclined is Lullaby in Lone Creek by Mary Manners, which I reviewed for Nights and Weekends this week. It's the second in her Lone Creek series and every bit as good as the first. Neat characters, pleasing location, and thought-provoking ideas, all packaged with the sort of sincere faith that acknowledges mistakes and believes God provides the chance to move on. Enjoy this one with a quick lunch and a 2-star bright lively coffee.

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