Category: Adult


Midnight is my first foray into the world of Stephen Leather’s character Jack Nightingale, and I doubt it will be my last.  This was a rollicking good ride.  A great whodunnit with a supernatural twist. Midnight is the second book in a trilogy (the first is Nightfall and the final book, due for publication in January 2012 is Nightmare).

In this sequel,  Jack has just discovered he was adopted at birth and that his recently deceased biological father, who by the way has left him with a huge country mansion in the English countryside, had sold his unborn soul to a devil.  That’s gotta suck! But then he discovers not only does he have a younger half sister, but that she has also befallen the same fate. Some fancy footwork has given him some breathing space with the devil soul collector, but now he decides to go into bat for his mystery sister, who he hasn’t met, doesn’t know where she is, and doesn’t even know her name.

Factor in that Jack is an ex cop and negotiator, who left the force under a cloud and is now working as a private investigator and you have all the elements with numerous twists and turns to keep you riveted to the page.  Leather doesn’t get bogged down in lots of extraneous plot, which can sometimes have the effect of slowing down the pace of a story.  Instead he has allowed it to flow and it works really well.  The ending, is not exactly a cliff-hanger, but very definitely leaves the door open and the light showing for the wrap-up to this plot-line in book three.  A definite page-turner and obviously popular, given that this is a two-week, fast-track book at my local public library.  I will now be putting Nightfall on my to-read list while awaiting the release of Nightmare.

Leather’s website is worth a look, particularly the section on Jack Nightingale.  Very well done.  Also, check out the book trailer for Nightfall – but watch it with the lights on!

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Wow! The Passage is an EPIC page-turner from beginning to end! Named on the top 10 best post-apocalyptic novels list by Time Magazine, this page-turner is an absolutely riveting read, which manages to put a totally new spin on vampire lore.

My favourite novel from Stephen King is The Stand. (also on Time’s list)  This epic struggle between good and evil impacted me strongly when I first read this book some (gulp!) 30 years ago and The Passage has all of the elements that I loved about the The Stand. This isn’t however, a carbon copy of King.  It is fresh and original with a strong emphasis on the characters to tell the story.

If you want to read an excerpt from The Passage you can do that here. I’m thrilled to discover that this is the first in a trilogy planned by Cronin.  He is already working on The Twelve and I’ll be interested to see what  Fox 2000 does with the movie, apparently due for release in 2013.  You can hear and interview with Cronin here.

I loved this book!  It has pace, it keeps you guessing right up until the last page and you feel completely satisfied at the end.  Thoroughly recommended – a must-read.

Some of you may be surprised at this but I’m a sucker for Sookie (excuse the pun!) She’s fun, she’s fiesty and she’s fangtastic and I look forward to each new instalment of her story.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Sookie Stackhouse series, you may have heard of them under the True Blood label.  This HBO series is much more explicit than Harris‘ novels and certainly doesn’t follow the storyline accurately, but the essence of Sookie and Harris’ ability to create the quirkiest characters is in evidence in the TV series.

Me, I’d rather stick to the written word, which I find light-hearted and fun.  Won’t be everyone’s cup of tea and I’m not a fan of the vampire fiction genre per se, but I do love Sookie, and I reckon you might too.

If you’re not sure, click on this link to read the first chapter of Dead Reckoning for yourself http://www.charlaineharris.com/DeadReck_1.html

New Zealand-based author Michael Green has hit a winner here with the first book in a trilogy about a family whose descendants are the only people to survive a fatal flu virus that sweeps the world.  In Bloodline the Chatfield family appear to be the only people in the entire world to have avoided the 100% fatal pandemic that surges around the world before any cure can be found.  However, this does not become the utopia you might think.  More in line with the old adage “you can choose your friends but you can’t choose your relations”. I’m betting if you were in certain branches of the Chatfield family, you would be more comfortable with the friends option.

Green has developed a fast-paced, well-written tale with enough twists and turns to keep you turning the pages and by the end, wanting the next in the series.

 

I was really taken with David Nicholl’s screenplay, adapted from his novel Starter for Ten and have also enjoyed his work on the scripts for the movie And When did you Last See Your Father as well as the Shakespeare Retold: Much Ado about Nothing so I was intrigued enough to give his novel One Day a try.

This has also now been adapted to the big screen, which I will no doubt have to see.  The premise of One Day is following the development of a friendship between two people, Emma and Dexter,  with a snapshot of them both on the same day over the course of 20 years, beginning as they both graduate from university in Scotland in 1988.

I developed a love-hate relationship with this book.  On one hand I was really taken with it and the quirkyness of the plot, but on the other hand I was frustrated by “will they, won’t they” turmoil.  However, that said, this has more to do with me and my expectations than it does with David Nicholls’ well-written novel.  If you like character-driven stories with believeable actions and reactions then I would confidently recommend it to you. I am about to head to my local public library to get a copy of Starter for Ten. 

For more on  David Nicholls take a look at his website http://www.davidnichollswriter.com/home.

I particularly like Emma Morley’s mix tape!