A good book to read while camping: it definitely had a Cormac McCarthy vibe with the sparse prose.
Beautiful writing. Very melancholy. 4 ⭐️
Holy sheep, we have a storm brewing. But I am snug as a bug, with a pot of coffee and a gorgeous book. Loving this new Peter Heller novel.
It‘s wine o‘clock with a new book and my favorite reading spot at the cottage. The entire wall next to the chair is sliding glass doors and a view. 😁😍🍷 and we saw a black bear today!
Another #UnpopularOpinion 😝I found this book slow and torturous😩like being up a creek without a paddle 🚣🏽♂️I was expecting a nature thriller but instead I got 2 dudes in a canoe and some geo fracking 🤪#WrongReaderRightBook #BackToTheLibrary
I really liked the plot and the nature writing! But.....the dialogue was so stiff, (he said, he said, he said, one or two word dorky replies) so much so that Wynn came off as a complete dolt. It could have been the narration.
Rock Creek where my husband caught the trout for dinner today.
When I started reading this book I anticipated a fast paced, intense, heart stopping adventure, what I got was quite opposite on all counts. The author spent a distractingly large amount of space describing the natural surroundings, the equipment the men used, canoe tactics, and the fishing they did. It removed me from the story. This doesn‘t make it a bad book just not what I was expecting and the slow burn plot line became a bit tedious for me.
I read this on my flight back from Amsterdam. I still think about it. I studied art history in college and one of my favorite themes was the “sublime” as it relates to nature. Nature is ambivalent to us; it has the remarkable power to move us to both feelings of awe or terror depending on the moment. Heller‘s book is tense, and shows us our fragility in the face of nature. Heller‘s book also has an emotional depth I resonated with. Bravo!
Two friends take a canoeing trip down a dangerous river. A wildfire and a chance encounter with an arguing couple turns their adventure into a nightmare. Lyrical and lovely the taut prose builds suspense beautifully. Jack and Wynn have a bit of an “Of Mice and Men” feel to their relationship, though the lumbering Wynn is an artist and a scholar. Jack is more cynical and harsh. The story balances character depth with a thrilling plot perfectly.
I listened to this while on vacation in Northern Michigan. It was the perfect wilderness adventure story to accompany me on my runs on tree-lined trails and along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two young men on a canoe trip encounter a forest fire and a possible murderer. The characters are well-shaped and the suspense drives you along. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. Excellent.
Not sure if I would've connected with this more in print instead of audio. There were parts I really enjoyed but a lot I wished had been fleshed out more. Aside from the two protagonists, all the other characters are flat and don't get a lot in the way of motivations. This works best as a wilderness survival story, but I felt like Heller was trying to go for a thriller and a character study as well. It's a short book and could've gone deeper.
Here's my June Wrap-up! I read some of my favorite books of the year so far during June. ⠀
Here are some stats:⠀
*Fiction - 27⠀
*Nonfiction - 3⠀
*YA & Middle Grade - 10⠀
*Audiobooks - 5⠀
*Graphic Novels/Comic Books - 2⠀
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reads: The River; Saga; Volume 3; Lost Children Archive; Front Desk; On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous; The Marrow Thieves.⠀
Do you see any favorites? or any on your July TBR?
This book was a cover buy. It was pretty good, though. Kind of a "survialist" tale and something my husband would probably enjoy. Not bad, but not my favorite.
Phot by Nebojsa Novakovik
Soon the channel of firmament would pool with a star, then three, then a hundred, and it would keep filling and deepening until the stars sifted and flowed between the tops of the trees in their own river, whose coves would mirror the one they were on. He had thought it before, and he loved thinking about the two rivers. . .
They had passed a wide cove with a pair of loons, one was probably nested nearby, and when they stroked past, the one closest tilted back her head and loosed a pitched wail that must have moved the trees like wind. It pierced the haze and echoed off the waiting forest and rolled over the water like any scream, and seemed to carry a pathos so deep it was a wonder a mere world could support it.
Wynn felt like they had paddled this stretch of shore now a hundred times. It felt as if they had spent half their lives paddling this piece. If this were really a bad dream, or hell, they would paddle it for another hundred years. . . A place to revisit, to sustain one like Cezanne‘s mountain. Not.
It started off way to slow and took about 100 pages before the plot started picking up. There was definitely some suspenseful parts but the ending didn‘t pan out for me. The language the author used to describe nature was beautiful and lyrical and those who love nature and stories about survival in nature will love this book.
I breezed through this in just a few days and it had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. All the technical stuff about fishing and canoeing etc. lost me a bit though and the frequent POV shifts back and forth I found confusing even after becoming more familiar with the characters. There‘s one other thing, but I‘ll put it under a spoiler tag. It‘s a major spoiler, so if you haven‘t read this yet but want to ⬇️
1. I love hydrangeas 💙💜
2. I'm finishing up The River right now and I think it might be my fave for the month 🛶
3. I just finished binging The Office this morning! I loved it and now Idk what I'm going to do without it 😭
4. I don't really read poetry so I don't have one 😕
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I‘ve been dying to read The Dog Stars - but any book with even a hint that the dog might die, and I‘m not into it. So I was psyched when this was one released - and I was expecting great things after hearing Anne gush about it on WSIRN. And the writing was fine, the story was fine - but it didn‘t capture me, didn‘t keep me turning pages late into the night. Maybe just not the right book at the right time.
WOW. This packed a PUNCH. Read it cover to cover in an hour because I could not put it down. Two friends decide to canoe down a remote Canadian River over many days. One night they hear a man and woman arguing. The next day they only see a man on the river - no woman.
Heller is a master at capturing the lonely Canadian wilderness and the quiet tension of the situation. He was constantly answering my questions as I thought of them. 5 stars.
I loved this book! My favorite of the year so far! This is the second book by Peter Heller that I‘ve loved, I think I need to start searching his back list. A tense thriller, that also shined with a love of nature.
I loved this book! I‘m ahead of schedule but only because I lowered my total. I usually aim for 50 but then start choosing short books. Hoping to keep my page total the same as last year.
This book was so good,read it almost in one sitting. Felt that I was on the river and would close the book and felt wiped out. Great writing, great story. Highly recommend. Reading a real book let's me use the bookmark made for my daughter's shower...extra fun! Enjoy the rainy day if you're in the northeast!
This is for the same book. Sorry B&N, I love instant gratification but I can't justify paying your prices. Pretty sure this is the last year I'll pay for a membership, too. AND I had to hunt this one down myself bc no one asked if I needed anything. Sorry again, but we're breaking up. 💔
I have been longing for a good action adventure recently and this really hit the spot. It's fast paced, with great characterisation and poetic description of the natural world, modern Jack London. However towards the end there is a point where the author chose to cut away to tell the end of the story in a different way. It felt wrong to me. I am still happy to highly recommend this book though.