by Mary Saums
I've had an excellent reading month so far. Top marks for everything and all highly recommended!
The Seeker: A Mystery At Walden Pond by R.B. Chesterton
Aine Cahill, a graduate student at Brandeis, rents a cabin near Walden Pond to finish her dissertation. She's there to research and corroborate information from a very old diary that belonged to her gr.-gr.-great-aunt Bonnie in which Bonnie writes of her life as Henry David Thoreau's close companion.
Knowing the stir this information would cause, Aine keeps her work secret as she looks through public records to find hard evidence of the diary's stories. She keeps seeing glimpses of a little girl in the woods, and one morning after a snow, a child's footprints are outside one of the cabin windows. The footprints are at the window, but none lead up to or away from it.
Atmospheric, full of spooky goodness, THE SEEKER reads like a classic. It is part thriller, part modern gothic/supernatural/horror, well-paced and twisty to the very end.
LEGION by Brandon Sanderson
This short book has one of the most interesting plots I've read. Stephen Leeds is a multi-millionaire and a recluse. He's famous because he has a strange mental condition. He hallucinates multiple personalities, according to whatever need arises. Each hallucination has special talents or skills. So, whatever question is put to him, he conjures up a "person" who can answer.
He was a guest on all the talk shows, so everyone knows about him. He became so bombarded with requests for interviews or appointments, he soon refused to see anyone. Until one day, a photograph arrived. No note was enclosed, nothing, just the photo. He studied it, consulted a few hallucinated friends, and decided that this person, whoever sent this, he would see.
A funny and thoroughly enjoyable read.
THE EMPEROR'S SOUL by Brandon Sanderson
Shai is an art lover and a young Forger. She's highly-regarded for her ability to copy objects. When the story opens, she's in prison and sentenced to die. But before she's executed, she's given a way out. She will be pardoned if she uses her special talent to create a new soul for the dying Emperor.
Another good fantasy from Sanderson.
JANE CARVER OF WAAR by Nathan Long
What happens when a big tall ex-Ranger biker-chick in California runs from the law? She accidentally gets transported to a strange planet, of course. Thank goodness she knows how to fight.
I loved this book. Funny, outrageous, silly sometimes, very entertaining.
So, this month, not so much mystery, a little heavy on the fantasy. I'd love to hear your fantasy recommendations - any book or any author you particularly like?
Have a good weekend everybody!