Fall is in full swing here in Kentucky! We’ve celebrated so far, by taking our daughters to Imel’s Greenhouse in Argillite, Ky to shop for mums, pumpkins and gourds. They enjoyed playing on the enormous playground and feeding the cute baby goats.
We also had a date night and ventured to go see “The Martian.” After having read the book, I had an idea of what to expect. First off, the book was awesome. The movie was just okay. The film made me feel as if I were suddenly dropped on Mars, I may have a fighting chance. In the book, I realized quite quickly that Mark Watney was a genius above the par of the majority of humanity, and yet he still struggled in so many different ways in order to stay alive. The mathematics and chemistry involved was discussed in the book, albeit not in extreme detail but enough for me to feel as if I was in a little over my head. In the movie, it looked as though Joe Blow from Kiser Hollow could go pick up some hydralazine, start a fire and make some water in just a few seconds. Make it rain baby, make it rain. If you haven’t read the book, go watch the movie. Chances are, you’ll love it. THEN read the book. Lastly, Mark Watney is HILARIOUS in the book, he’s witty at best in the movie.
First review for this week is on Katherine Howe’s “Conversion.” I loved it. This was another winning recommendation from my favorite local bookstore, Coffee Tree Books. This book transitions back and forth from the past to present seamlessly. In the present, girls at a private school in Danvers, Massachusetts, suddenly begin experiencing strange ticks, seizures, and other inexplicable physical manifestations. In the past, a witch hunt in Salem, Massachusetts. It leaves the reader wondering what connection the girls from the past and present may have with one another. It was a win for me. Shortly after starting this, I realized that I’d read her book “The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane,” a year or so ago and really enjoyed it as well! Now, I can’t wait to read Howe’s new release, “The Appearance of Annie van Sinderen.” I’ve definitely found a new author to go on my favorite’s list.
Next up is “The Suicide Shop,” by Jean Teule. The book is translated from French to English, but loses little with translation. It’s a quirky short tale about a family who runs their own business, you’ve got it: a suicide shop. If the Addams family had a retail store, this would be it. The setting is somewhere in a dystopian future in which suicide is a common occurrence, so common, that a supply store is unquestioned. It’s gruesome, but charming.
“Jackaby,” by William Ritter. I love any take on Sherlock Holmes and this is the first book in a new series, so of course I’m in!
“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”
Ms. Abigail Rook arrives in America in 1892 and is in dire need of a job. By replying to a help wanted ad, Abigail meets investigator, R. F. Jackaby, who we later learn has the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail is extremely observant, a trait which Jackaby immediately picks up on. The chase is then on for a neighborhood serial killer. This was such a fun book, I read its entirety in one sitting. I loved it!
Now for a bookish item that has caught my eye. I’ve been debating for some time on buying my own bookplates, I recently ran across this gorgeous Book Plate Stamp on Etsy!