As usual, I’ve fallen a bit behind on book reviews so today I grabbed a big cup of coffee and sat down to put some thoughts together on some of the books I’ve finished in that past couple of weeks. Hope you’ll enjoy hearing about these books and maybe you’ll find your next read here. If you’ve read some of these I’d love to hear your thoughts too.
First, is Tomato Girl by Jayne Pupek. The author contacted me about her book and I’m so glad I got to read it. This is a heartfelt story about a very endearing eleven-year-old. Ellie is trying to keep things together in her life despite the fact that her mom is losing grip with reality, her father is losing sense of his priorities and amidst all of this, the tomato girl comes to stay with them further disrupting their precarious living situation. Here’s my review.
Author Pupek does an outstanding job with Ellie’s character. This book reminded me of the novels by Billie Letts and Fannie Flagg so if you love those authors make sure to pick up this book. Anna also recently posted her review so check it out too.
The Famous Writers School by Steven Carter is the story of Wendell Newton, the writer-in-residence, founder and director of the Famous Writers School correspondence course and his students. Through a quirky and smart story told via a series of letters we learn about Wendell, his students and writerly ambition.
I thought this story was a lot of fun and Wendell reminded me of Ignatius J. Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces for some reason. I think it’s the self-aggrandizing talk and attitude Wendell portrays throughout the novel, even when his students are starting to figure him out. Here’s my review.
Finally, my review of The Automatic Detective by A.Lee Martinez. While it’s billed as a mix of sci/fi and noir, I thought it really was more sci/fi than anything else. Yes, there is a mystery but this book is clearly more focused on creating a strange world filled with some very odd inhabitants.
We read this one for our mystery book group and I think most people really enjoyed the beginning because it was quite out there from our usual reads but would have liked a bit more “detecting”. Still if you are a sci/fi reader you might enjoy this one. Here’s my review.
And, now I need to get back to my books from yesterday. I did finish one but ran out of coffee and time so that review will come up later. Hee.