There are a handful of contemporary authors that I feel are just master storytellers and Alice Hoffman is definitely one of them. Set during WWII in France and Germany, this story is beautiful, heart breaking, and magical.
The thing that pulls me out of a historical fiction book quickly is inaccuracies. The way the main character here, a noblewoman in 17th century England, traipsed around the countryside on horseback, unchaperoned, 9 months pregnant which she did the entire book, was so unrealistic I couldn't get past it. It just wouldn't have happened. Also the story was bland and predictable.
I enjoyed this so much! Set in Appalachia during the Depression, this is the story of Cussy Mary or Bluet as she is sometimes called, the last of the famous blue-skinned people of Kentucky. (Yes that is a real thing) Characters you love (especially her mule Junia), great story, historically accurate. Loved!
Blackwater by far the best of the month and one of my few 5 star reads this year.
I'm hosting a giveaway on my Instagram in case any of my Litten friends would like to check it out 😍
I picked up this one because I live about an hour north of Biloxi and we drive down pretty regularly. So it was neat to read about a place I am so familiar with. This book is written as a kind of stream of consciousness of a 64 year old recently divorced and retired man. It's not a happy feel good book at all, but I found myself having a lot of sympathy for the main character.
Hubby and I were trying to explain this to our kids tonight. They seriously have no concept of it at all. I told them how my mom would mark on the calendar the day every year that The Wizard of Oz would come on and we'd mark off the days. Then we had to sit down at that time and watch it WITH commercials! They thought we were kidding at first. I was 11 yrs old before we got our first VCR 🤪
This was a fantastic reading experience. Michael McDowell is completely underrated and was an amazing Southern Gothic writer. I cannot recommend this enough. An epic family saga with all the dysfunction of great old southern families and a little bit of supernatural horror thrown in so organically that you sometimes forget this is considered a horror novel. 5 great big humongous stars.
Confusing plot, unrealistic character traits, nearly incomprehensible antagonist - wait, who? What? Should have been 500 pages shorter. It just kept going on and on. Absolutely my least fave SK ever. Probably should have never been published. Skip it.
I'm reading this series in the recommended order. The first two are a collection of short stories that introduce the characters and do some world building. As short stories, some are better than others but overall I'm falling for this story. I cannot recommend the audio narrator, Peter Kenny enough. He was excellent and I felt right in the story with him. On to the next which is the first full length novel 💥
When I heard that the new Netflix adaptation of The Witcher series was going to star Henry Cavill this series zoomed to the top of my TBR. The recommendation for reading order starts with this collection of short stories which I thoroughly enjoyed. The audio narrator is really good. The Comic Con trailer can be seen here https://youtu.be/cSqi-8kAMmM
Everyone knows SK can write great horror. But he is also amazing at creating a sense of nostalgia in some of his books and this is a great example. There is a little mystery here, a hint of a ghost story, but mostly you're taken back to an old school amusement park in the 1970s and a bittersweet coming of age story.