They’re all Incidental…

 

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3 out of 5 Stars

This was your typical ‘hit by a meteor and get super powers’ comic… been there, done that. The characters were ones we’d met before.

The rich guy recruiting them and running the show who recruits the others into a group,

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the girl who has her life turned upside down with her new powers causing her to lose love,

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and the jilted lover with the bad past…

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it was fairly run of the mill. The  art was really well done, I like that gritty older style of it being detailed, but at the same time simple (more focus on a background with the face of the person less detailed, or vice versa) it really brought your focus where it belonged.
The actual dealings with the meteor and what happened to cause them was the highlight of the read and I would be interested to check out more for that,  but the story itself has definitely been done before.

Incidentals is Best Served With

Superman

I know, I know… Mixed superheroes… and not even superheroes with the same origin story!! But, Superman being shot to Earth and the Meteor being shot to Earth just made me think of this! And I invented this one myself from Superman’s colours in his uniform!! Red, Blue, Yellow and White

SUPERMAN

Ingredients

  • 1/3 oz Grenadine
  • 1/3 oz Blue Curacao
  • 1/3 oz Banana Liqueur
  • 1/3 oz Coconut Rum

Directions

  1. Layer each one, in the order listed over the back of a spoon into a shot glass
  2. CHEERS!!

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties

woman last seen in her thirties

4 out of 5 Stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Lake Union Publishing for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book is released on February 27th, so remember to check it out!!

“It’s an age-old story: woman meets man, man woos woman, woman spends her best years believing their love is the everlasting kind. The pair watches with teary eyes as their progeny take flight from their suburban nest, knowing they’ll return in times of crisis or when their laundry needs to be washed and folded. Woman embraces aging with hair dye and ample amounts of wine . Man faces his impending mortality by convincing himself that a younger woman is the answer to his waning energy and flagging libido. Certain their sparkling future is worth the collateral damage, the May–December duo ride into the sunset as our heroine stands in the shadows, stunned by this unexpected rewrite. Yes, mine is a tale as old as time. Beauty replaces the beast.”
When Maggie’s husband leaves her later later in life, she has to figure out once again who she is without him. How do you find yourself after decades of marriage when you’ve always been an “us” and never an “I”? How do you make people see you again as the person you were? How do you make people see you AT ALL??
“When had I ceased to be a human and metamorphosed into a windowpane? Maybe people had been looking right through me for years, and I was only now realizing it. Ladies and gentlemen, the Amazing Invisible Woman has been spotted!”
Now in her 50’s with grown children and a husband who no longer thinks he loves her she has to wonder, “Where was the bright-eyed girl who had dreamed of a happy nuclear family and actually lived to see her dream come true?”
So, Maggie decides to go on her Anniversary trip to Rome that was already booked to try to find herself as her own person again. Learning to put down the bottle and be her best self… or, at least the self that is recognizable once more.
“After seven months of numbing my worst feelings, I was ready to feel them, even the ones that made it seem like life was nothing but a big fat cosmic joke.”
This book is equal parts “Eat Pray Love” and “Bridget Jones’ Diary” all at once touching and funny. I loved the character of Maggie as she was written very real. She wasn’t perfect, but she was strong and she was weak all at the same time. It wasn’t a pretty transition from wife and mother to single woman again, and it wasn’t one of those books where she just fell into the arms of some hunky man who sweeps her off her feet and they live happily ever after. It’s messy and it’s up and down as we follow Maggie on this beautiful journey where she learns that you can always change your mind because “Life is nothing if not full of twists and turns.”

Woman Last Seen in her Thirties is Best Served With

A Negroni

NEGRONI

Maggie’s trip to Rome inspired me to make a Negroni for this book, as she drinks them and I had never tried one.

*WARNING! When you purchase the Campari DO NOT OPEN IT UP AND TAKE A SWIG TO SEE WHAT IT TASTES LIKE!!* 

Campari is VERY bitter, as I learned by doing exactly what I just warned you of above. I will warn you here. Wonderful in this cocktail… DISGUSTING on its own!

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 ounces sweet vermouth
  • 1 1/2 ounces Campari
  • 1 1/2 ounces gin
  • Orange slice or twist for garnish

Directions

  1.  Pour the ingredients into an old-fashioned glass filled with ice cubes.
  2. Stir well.
  3. Garnish with an orange.
  4. CHEERS!!

A Night at Kill Creek

kill creek

4 out of 5 Stars

This is your typical night in a haunted house horror, but DEFINITELY not your typical writing for it. In very vivid prose we get a story of 4 very different horror writers brought to a supposed ‘haunted house’ to be interviewed for a horror fan blog called Wrightwire.

The Mainstream Hack Sam McGarver-

“He had started this new novel at least a hundred times. He had exhausted more first sentences than he could remember. They were single lines on one-page documents, saved on his hard drive in a folder named, appropriately, “Crap.”
And perhaps Sam’s most inspired first sentence: Sam, you suck as a writer and will never write anything that anyone cares about because you are a fraud and your books are shit.”

The decrepit Old Has-Been Sebastian Cole-

“the golden days of Beaver Cleaver and Good Humor Bars and ‘There’s nothing to fear but fear itself’ are over . They’ve been raped and tortured and left for dead. The only thing to fear these days is everything.”

The Christian Bullshit Artist, Daniel Slaughter-

“Do evil, and you will be punished. Only the characters that are pure of heart triumph in the end. Evil never wins in my books. Good does, because it’s from God.”

And the Unforgivably Brutal T.C Moore-

“Horror no longer goes bump in the night. Horror stuffs the bodies of dead hookers in his crawl space and then pulls a twelve-hour nursing shift taking care of your sick mother. Horror sits in his cubicle and fantasises about sucking the toes of the high school cheerleader he plans to strangle after work. Horror stays awake at night dreaming up ways to hurt you and your family and your pets and everything you hold dear. Horror is perversion.”

They all have very different views of what horror means to them…Until that horror starts to prey on them in very REAL ways..

Breathing. It’s like the house is breathing. But softly. Like its realxed. Content.

Content to what? he asked himself.

To be here with us. To listen.”

I think that Sam expresses it best when he says “In horror, there’s no such thing as ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ That thing will be back, and it will take over your life. That’s the root of all fear: the loss of control. Not being able to stop the evil.”

Also, everyone who reads or has read this book HAS to tell me I’m not crazy and that if this is ever made into a movie Wainwright HAS to be played by Matt Smith… Right??Any Doctor Who fans?!?! Skinny pants, wavy brown hair, U.K accent (ok, so they say Irish.. We can work with it) and a weird smooth clay face?? COME ON!!

If you’d like to learn more about Scott Thomas and his writings feel free to check out his twitter account:

@ninjawhatever

Kill Creek is Best Served With

A Modern Cocktail

Well, after reading this book all I could think of was whisky, because it’s mentioned a lot! Lol! (A man after my own heart!) I’m pretty sure that every character in some point in the book drinks some whiskey. So, at first I thought… well, I love me a good ‘ole Whiskey Sour!! But… that was just a little boring for this book.

Then I stumbled across this PERFECT COCKTAIL on Sipsmith London it’s like a whiskey sour with a crazy twist! (just like this book!) It’s ALSO a modern take on a classic (JUST LIKE THIS BOOK!!) So, here we go!!

modern cocktail

Ingredients

  • .25oz freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1oz peaty Scottish whisky
  • 1oz  Sloe Gin
  • 1 dash absinthe
  • 1 dash orange bitters
  • Brandied cherry, to garnish

Directions

  1. Add the lemon juice and sugar to a cocktail shaker and stir to combine.
  2. Add the whisky, sloe gin, absinthe and orange bitters
  3. fill the cocktail shaker with ice
  4. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass
  5. garnish with a brandied cherry. 
  6. CHEERS!!

A Dance With the Devil

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3.5 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Jennifer Dorey has returned home from London to be with her mother after the death of her father, a fisherman who fell overboard off his boat.. or she tells herself that this is the reason.

“I’m not afraid of the darkness. Only what hides in it.”

Returning to her childhood home in Guernsey, a small island in the English Channel,

There was a joke about it: something about sixty thousand people clinging to a rock. At twenty-four square miles it wasn’t quite a rock, but it wasn’t far off.”

she thinks she will slip into a quiet reporter job at the Geurnsey News. Then a girl is found dead on the beach and everything changes…

When Jenny starts to find similarities between this girl and other girls who had drowned in the past she thinks that maybe they are more alike than she’d like and begins to delve into the folklore and history of the island and those who have been living on it

Le Table des Pion, or the Fairy Ring as everyone called it, was a rough table hewn into a grassy plateau, surrounded by a ring of stones. On one side, dense foliage of bracken and gorse formed a natural windbreak, and on the other, flat, grassy headland led to sheer cliffs and beneath them, the sea.

Built as a picnic spot for officials who’d inspected the island’s roads hundreds of years ago, locals preferred the other stories surrounding the place. About witches. And the Devil. The Devil came here, disguised as a goat or a wolf, or a big, black dog and danced with witches. There was a tunnel somewhere here too. Not a real one, at least as far as Matt knew, but according to legend all of the Devil’s cronies used tunnels to get around”

As Jenny delves deeper into the deaths of these girls, with only Detective Chief Inspector Michael Gilbert to listen, she realises that the Devil may never have left the island… and he may be one of the sixty thousand still clinging to that rock closer than  she thinks. Only

This was a nice cosy mystery. It was a little predictable, but I really enjoyed the descriptive way that it was written. It had some very beautiful descriptions that really made me feel like I was actually there:

“London, two years ago. An unpleasantly hot summer, untempered heat absorbed by roads and pavements and then thrown back up in hazy, iridescent waves floating above the sticky Tarmac. No breeze. No whisper of sea spray in the air to cool hot cheeks with its fresh, salty touch.”

“He parked up and walked down to the shoreline , which was swathed in slick brown ribbons of vraic, the islanders’ name for the local seaweed. It covered the wet, leaden sand in thick banks, lighter-coloured branches reaching up out of the piles, like emaciated arms searching for daylight. In the summer, the smell was overpowering, rotting and stale, and the flies were legion. Now, in November, the smell was bearable, almost pleasant, a sea-earth hybrid of salt and vegetation with only the odd sleepy bluebottle taking a break from the tip down the road to hover around a dead fish, scales shimmering between the seaweeds’ fronds.”

My main complaint was some of the mentions that went nowhere. DCI Michael and his affiliation with the Christian Fellowship Foundation, everything that made Jenny leave London, etc. I understand that Lara Dearman was leaving these things open for more books… I assume, and I would like to check out another one if she writes it, it was just that there were things that I felt didn’t have to be mentioned in this book that probably could have waited until they were going to be a focus of some sort.

All in all though it was an enjoyable read for a rainy night!

The Devil’s Claw is Best Served with

Fisherman’s Folly

Ok, so I’ve been told that it may be in bad taste to base my drink of choice off the death of Jenny’s fisherman father… but, it was just too perfect to pass up!! And before you look at the ingredients for this drink..

  1. I did not some of with this one!! I have to give credit where credit is due and I found this on “Tasting Table” at https://www.tastingtable.com/cook/recipes/fishermans-folly-cocktail-funky-fish-sauce-pickle-juice
  2. Yes. I really did try it!! It’s not as bad as it sounds!!

fishermans folly

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • One 2-inch-wide strip grapefruit peel
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • Ice
  • 1½ ounces sake
  • 1 ounce gin
  • ½ ounce pickle juice
  • ½ ounce fresh grapefruit juice
  • ¼ teaspoon matcha tea powder

Directions

  1. Place the salt on a small plate. Rub the grapefruit peel around the rim of a rocks glass. Rim the glass with salt.
  2.  In a small spritz bottle, combine the fish sauce and water. Spritz the bottom of the rocks glass once with the fish sauce solution. Fill the glass with ice.
  3.  In a cocktail shaker, combine the sake, gin, pickle juice, grapefruit juice and matcha powder. Fill the shaker with ice. Shake and pour into the prepared rocks glass. And serve.
  4. CHEERS!!

An Elevator Ride Straight to Hell

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4 out of 5 Stars

I’d like to thank Netgalley and Amazon Publishing for an Advanced Read Copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I don’t think we’re in the office building anymore, Arnold!

What can I say about this book except, Wow…. just Wow.

An elevator full of people who work together in an office building plummet and find themselves? Where? Is this Hell? Some kind of Game? A part of the building we’ve never seen? They all must work together to fight and escape or die trying.

“Is this hell? Maybe, but who knows for sure? What I do know is that there is a path ahead of us. We can choose to take that path and see where it leads,” Arnold motioned towards the patch, “or we can sit here and die.” Moving back to pick up the crest on the ground before picking it up and tossing it to Jiro, who caught it and slid it into his pocket. “I, for one, refuse to die here.”

They each come across a weapon that calls out to them: the rogue, the black mage, the healer, the monk, the berserker, etc. taking on RPG (role playing game) roles like they are within a live game (with deadly consequences) and acquiring skills they didn’t know that they had. Working through the levels they must defeat the monsters and bosses they meet in this hellish place in which they find themselves.

I had a love hate relationship with this book. While it was an amazing story, it was a little confusing having about 14 characters from the beginning all doing things at once. It was a long time before you really got to know any of the characters with any real depth as well because there were just too many of them. The fight scenes seemed jumbled because there was just too much going on at once to follow everything, and there were SO MANY fight scenes that the book almost became exhausting, BUT WHAT A RIDE!

I will warn you readers now… don’t become too attached to any characters! You may have a rude awakening if you do! This story is definitely for those who can handle things like “The Walking Dead” and “Game of Thrones” There are many twists and turns and it’s definitely not a “And they all lived happily ever after” sort of novel. Which, I actually loved! It is a great thrilling read, I highly recommend it. I would have given it 5 stars if it was just a little better organised and edited!

Released on Feb 6 2018 it’s something everyone should be putting on their TBR list!!

Elevator Quest is Best Served With

Health and Mana Potion Shots

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Ok, So maybe it’s a vodka cranberry and a hypnotiq martini… But, It definitely cures what ails me!!

Ingredients for Health Potion

  • 1 oz Vodka
  • 1 oz Grand Marnier
  • Top with Cranberry Juice

Directions

  1. in a highball glass (or a potion bottle) pour in vodka and grand marnier (I like the Grand Marnier for a little twist!) and top with cranberry juice!

Ingredients for Mana Potion

  • 2oz Hypnotiq Liqueur
  • 2oz Vodka

Directions

  1. Fill a shaker with ice
  2. Pour in vodka and Hypnotiq
  3. shake for about 20 seconds until cold
  4. Pour into martini glass (or potion bottle)

It’s definitely Magic!! CHEERS!!

 

 

 

Let’s get THEATRICAL With Fire!

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4 out of 5 Stars

What would you do if you lost everything? I you were at the end of your rope and the bottom of your bottle. That is what happened to Broadway actor Rudy Burns. One night, everything was taken from him. His only option? To become someone else entirely. To REALLY put his acting skills to the test and become a professional boxer because,

“If you want to get rich, sell to the rich. If you want to get FILTHY rich, sell to the dirt poor!”

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I absolutely love the old 20s looking graphic style. Set in the prohibition era it was a great story of love, loss and a man trying to get his life back after it is brutally taken away from him at the top of his game. I highly recommend this and can’t wait for further instalments to see Rudy’s (or the Count’s) life come together.. or come apart.

Theatrics is Best Served With

A Flaming Asshole

Pardon my language! Lol! But, I couldn’t help myself! With the story being called “Theatrics” I felt that I needed a THEATRICAL drink! What is more theatrical than LIGHTING THINGS ON FIRE?! And with Rudy’s new vicious persona  I thought what better drink than a good ole flaming asshole?!

Disclaimer* PLEASE, BE VERY CAREFUL IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE THIS DRINK. I AM A DRINKING PROFESSIONAL (yes, that’s a thing… lol!) BE SURE THAT YOU BLOW THE FLAME OUT OR LET IT GO OUT ON ITS OWN BEFORE DRINKING. USE A LONG LIGHTER SUCH AS A BBQ LIGHTER FOR SAFETY, OR JUST GO TO A BAR AND HAVE A PROFESSIONAL MAKE YOU THIS BEVERAGE.

Now, with the legalities out of the way… HERE WE GO!

flaming asshole

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 oz grenadine syrup
  • 1/2 oz green creme de menthe (if you want to change things up, I accidentally used
  • melon liquer and it was delicious! Lol!)
  • 1/2 oz creme de banane
  • 1/2 oz high alcohol rum (minimum 40%)

Directions:

Layer in this order: grenadine, creme de menthe, banana liqueur, white rum. (Layered over the back of a spoon lightly dipped in the previous layer) Ignite rum before serving. (May take a little while as the alcohol has to heat to a certain temp before igniting)

 

 

 

4 Kids Walk Into a Bank…

4 kids

5 out of 5 Stars!!

I loved this graphic novel!! 4 nerdy, misfit, Dungeons and Dragons playing kids (Paige,Stretch, Berger and Walter) get sucked in to a plot to rob a bank to save Paiges’ father from doing it. It’s illustrations and dialogue are written almost like an 80’s friend flick (like Sandlot or Goonies)

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And because of their wild imaginations and constant gaming they are always imagining things in gaming, pop culture terms.

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This graphic novel was hilarious, dramatic and a read I would recommend to anyone! ESPECIALLY lovers of those old 80s movies and heist movies! It definitely did not go the route that I thought it would and I was very impressed with how authentic and interesting it was. It’s hard to say more than that about something that was 210 pages. So, all I will say is READ IT! YOU WILL NOT REGRET IT!

4 Kids Walk Into a Bar is Best Served With

A Bank Robber

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This is a rough shot. It is not for the feint of heart for sure. It will ROB you of you logic, your money and your dignity…. I kid. But, it will be a lot of alcohol!

Ingredients

  • ½ oz Creme di Casis
  • ½ oz Brandy
  • ½ oz Dry Gin
  • 1/3 oz Rum
  • 1/3 oz Vodka

Directions

  1. Mix in order listed as best you can trying to layer the vodka on top
  2. CHEERS!!

Re-Kindling With The Bard and Barbies

billy shakespeare

3 out of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Season Publishing for an ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

Kate Mireau is a grad student trying to get her P.H.D in English writing a dissertation based on the works of William Shakespeare, as that has been the love of her life… The Bard. Growing up on a hippie Alpaca farm in Washington State with no T.V she had to try to keep herself occupied the best way she knew how.. by reading anything and Everything, ESPECIALLY, the works of William Shakespeare over and over again to the point of knowing them all of by heart.

After finding her fiance in the arms of another woman Kate is forced to find a new place to live, which winds up being on the Upper East Side in New York City right on Park Avenue, living as a sort of live in maid for “Ringleader Barbie” Ari Horowitz.

After moving in, she starts getting calls from Ari’s brother, Gabe,  an actor in California, trying to get a hold of Ari. This turns into some tutoring as Gabe is trying to get a Shakespearean role that is out of his element and Kate is the only one who can help him. But is Gabe really who he says he is? Or will he throw her hum-drum scholars lifestyle into chaos as the two of them grow closer together?

I liked this read, the relationship between Kate and Gabe was ok… it felt a little rushed. But, I enjoyed their conversations and the fact that they started falling for each other sight unseen. I just felt that the whole story needed some editing. While fairly decently written, it contained too many extra people and situations that were unnecessary. Her friend Livvy and Livvy’s girlfriend Aisha for instance. I understand them being there to help her find her place to live, but the personality of Aisha and the animosity between her and Kate wasn’t needed, the proposal was  not needed as nothing came from it, etc… there was just a lot that could have been cut out to slow the story down and to keep the focus where it should have stayed. Or there should have been MORE about these characters that intrigued us, but went nowhere. They also could have focused on Gabe’s sister Ari a little more as well, as I feel like she could have been a good character edition of the story and there could have been more growth between her and Kate and in her personality in general… but, instead she just ran in and out all the time.

It did, though re-kindle my interest in The Bard a little though, and those who know me? That is saying A LOT!!! I fell out of love with Shakespeare in high school when I was always told what to think of his works, and what he meant by certain things like I couldn’t have any thoughts or feeling of my own. This was a man who was poor and wrote to eat. Although, I will not lessen his talent, I don’t know if he would have even thought of half of the things the scholars have read into his plays! I would LOVE to go back and meet him to find out! But, some of the quotes in this book made me want to go back and re-read some of his works to, in my later years, get my own opinions! It was a speech that Kate makes that really made me want to do this, and I think she said it best.

“I remembered that his words were never meant to be read on a page. His words were meant to be read aloud. I never truly understood the power of them until I heard him recite a speech to me while he was preparing an audition piece. That led me to explore modern interpretations of his work. “Shakespeare is not just confined to the Elizabethan world. His works are as real and as universal today as they ever were. And in the hands of skilled actors, they become living, breathing creatures. My hope is that this passion I’ve discovered will be able to draw modern students into Shakespeare’s world so that they appreciate the Bard as more than just a dead poet who talked funny.”

Well said, Kate. Well said.

Searching for Billy Shakespeare is Best Served With

The Barbie Cocktail

I know that this book should be served with a Shakespeare themed cocktail… but I just couldn’t help myself… it was a fluffy book and with all of the mentions of the Barbie Brigade I just couldn’t help myself. You’ll understand if you read the book… hopefully with this cocktail…hopefully on a beach. Lol!

barbie

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Pour coconut-flavored rum, vodka, cranberry juice, and orange juice over ice;
  3. cover and shake.
  4. Strain drink into a glass.
  5. CHEERS!!

 

He May Not be Handsome… But at Least He’s Handy!!

should the tent be burning

So, as promised, My full review of ‘Should the Tent be Burning Like’ by Bill Heavey.

5 out of 5 Stars!!

I know… out of all the books I give THIS book 5 out of 5?! Well, you’ll just have to read it for yourself to realise why. This book was everything; Funny, emotional, interesting, dramatic, and full of amazing characters! I know that being a book supposedly about outdoors stuff like hunting and fishing people may think that the content just isn’t for them but… I’m pleading you, GIVE IT A CHANCE!  I was a vegetarian for 13 years and now I have lived with a hunter for 10 years, so this book was the best of both worlds. Many things reminded me of my boyfriend,

“The hardest part for me is acknowledging that I own more hunting and fishing gear than anyone who has not already appeared on Hoarding: Buried Alive. It’s as if some minister told me at an early age, “We enter and exit this world with nothing. In between, a man’s spiritual salvation depends on getting as much of Cabela’s catalogue into his house as possible”

“I don’t own a single waterfowl decoy, but I do have a huge Primos decoy bag, a perfect place to store my thirty pounds of old tree-stand harnesses. Most are from the torso-only days, before we knew that hanging from your armpits kills you just a bit more slowly than hanging from your neck. The point is that there’s sixty yards of good nylon webbing and seat belt buckles in there. What is I suddenly need to make, say, a really secure canoe seat for a keg of beer? A man wants to be prepared for things like that.”

There were things that reminded me why I came to the conclusion that hunting isn’t as awful as I used to think it was (and is really better than what animals go through before they wind up in our grocery store… but, that’s another story)

“I flashed on the first buck I had killed with a bow. The euphoria of mastery, of besting a wild thing at its own game. I’d dipped a toe into the river that day, been initiated into the mystery and knowledge that all life feeds on other life. It had been both wonderful and terrible, humbling and pride inducing. I remembered being immensely relieved to discover that it hadn’t been wrong to kill.”

“But I had to admit that, like life, hunting was turning out to be a lot more complicated than I’d thought. Memory really doesn’t give a damn what you think. At the yard sale of the mind, memory is the whack job who shows up and ransacks every box-driving off the paying customers- and yelps in triumph at striking gold: an old VFW flyswatter bespattered with its kills. Memory has a mind of its own.”

But, It is a very emotional book as he tells about how an ordinary deer stand can somehow turn itself into a spiritually powerful place, where you can climb in complete strangers and come down hours later knowing things about each other that even your best friends don’t know, and he shares some of these poignant stories of loss.

There is something for everyone in this book and I thank Netgalley and Grove Atlantic, Atlantic Monthly Press for giving me and Advanced copy of this book in exchange for and hanest review. and, honestly, I LOVED IT!

Should the Tent be Burning Like That is Best Served With

Your Best Scotch

scotch

So, I chose an 18 yr Glenfiddich myself, which is smooth with notes of dried apricots, cinnamon, woods and toffee. Feel free to choose any scotch you please and do as you please with it. Some prefer a cube of ice or a few drops of water to open up the flavour, I don’t judge!

This is in honour of Bill Heavey’s friend, Jack Unruh, who was a best friend and hunting partner who always brought the best whiskey on their trips and, sadly, passed away of cancer. There was one of my absolute favourite quotes pertaining to him, so I haope you have your Scotch at hand and have made it this far,

“You never really understand why you love someone. Different as we were, each of us recognized something in the other- some spark, some sense of the divine absurdidty of life. We never spoke of this. The closest we ever came was once when having a cocktail on our motel beds after pheasant hunting in South Dakota. Jack always brought the best whiskey, so I saw to it that we drank his first, an I generally poured my drink taller than his. Being a gentleman, he waited years to say anything. “It’s because you’re an optimist and I’m a cynic,” I said airily. “When a cynic’s glass gets below half-full, it’s kind of critical. He’s worried that there might not be more coming. Whereas you’re pretty sure there will be.”

Cheers! to Jack and to there Always being More!

This Ain’t Your Mama’s Tea!

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3/5 Stars

I would first like to thank Netgalley and Bookouture for giving me an ARC (advanced read copy) of this book.

This was definitely one of those warm and cozy types of books. People always making tea, serving tea, drinking tea with the ones they are close to.

“The kettle was coming to a boil again. More tea, but it was a comforting routine, part of the ritual of friendship, and today, more than any day, they were all prepared to drink gallons of the stuff if it helped Lia.”

A young librarian starts a book club at her library and ends up trying to help out all of the people who join as time goes by… and possibly to help herself.

“Well, I used to think that things were quite simple and then I found myself becoming involved in what was happening in other people’s lives, and I’ve realised just how complicated life can be- how you can be set on a particular path one minute and then something comes along and prompts a life changing decision.”

I felt that this story had distinctly EMMA like qualities about it. A young woman who is trying to guide the lives of others without understanding where her own young life should be going. Her mother doesn’t seem to help either, in my opinion.. while Lucy, you come to realise, has a lovely family, her mothers’ initial prompt on why to make friends is a little wayward to me..

“Being a friend costs nothing – and from what you’ve said that’s exactly what Lia and Oscar need right now. Everything happens for a reason, and maybe if you give them a helping hand, somewhere along the line they’ll help you out too, give you something back in return that perhaps you never even knew you needed. That’s how it works in my experience.”

Now, I get that she probably meant that these people would give her something that maybe she is lacking in her life, social skills, etc. we all learn from our friends. But, I couldn’t help reading that suggestion from a possibly socially graceless point of view thinking “be friends with someone so I can get something out of it in the end??”

Beyond these silly things that I am picking on, maybe I’ve been  imbibing on too much of my own recommended drink,  it was a very sweet story and it was well written with, in my opinion, very relatable characters.

Lucy’s Book Club for the Lost and Found

is best served with:

Blueberry Tea

  • 1 oz. Grand Marnier liqeur
  • 1 oz. Amaretto liqeur
  • Hot Orange pekoe (or any stronger flavoured black tea.. I personally used a David’s English Breakfast) steeped to taste

Heat mug by pouring boiled water into it for a few minutes first so liqeurs don’t cool your tea down after you add it. Add liqeurs to cup and fill with hot steeped tea to taste. You can steep the tea after the fact but you may not get it to your tasting so it’s easier to pull out that teapot! (and cozier)