Sunday, January 12, 2014

It's Monday! What Are You Reading?

It's Monday! What are you reading? is hosted by Sheila at Book Journey. For this meme, bloggers post what they finished last week, what they're currently reading, and what they plan to start this week.
My comments are not meant to be recaps of the story lines as I include a link to Goodreads for their synopsis of the book. I am merely stating how I felt about the book without giving any spoilers.

We are currently in Mazatlan Mexico so I tend to read two books at a time, a "soft" one on my e-reader and then a "hard" book when lying in the sun.


EDGE - A good lying by the pool read. I like Deaver, but don't think this was his best book. I did enjoy learning the mechanics of being a protection officer as he performs his assignment to protect witnesses.


TOAST - I really enjoyed this biography of Slater as he takes us through his childhood in chapters titled after foods from the 60s and 70s. His mother is a terrible cook. Nigel absolutely hates eggs a dislike of several members of my family.
His childhood is a hungry one in an emotional sense as his mother dies early and his father doesn't know how to cope with a young boy who is starving for affection.

Tabloid City
TABLOID CITY - In a stately West Village town house, a wealthy socialite and her secretary are murdered. In the 24 hours that follow, a flurry of activity surrounds their shocking deaths:

The head of one of the city's last tabloids stops the presses. A cop investigates the killing. A reporter chases the story. A disgraced hedge fund manager flees the country. An Iraq War vet seeks revenge. And an angry young extremist plots a major catastrophe.

The City is many things: a proving ground, a decadent carnival, or a palimpsest of memories--a historic metropolis eclipsed by modern times. As much a thriller as it is a gripping portrait of the city of today, Tabloid City is a new fiction classic from the writer who has captured New York perfectly for decades.

This was a really quick read which surprised me as it ended suddenly but a satisfactory end.
It takes place in 24 hours as a New York tabloid is on its last days due to failing advertising dollars and declining readers and the rise of newspaper websites.
Each chapter is narrated by a character and their lives soon meld together.

The Aftermath

Hamburg, 1946. Thousands remain displaced in what is now the British Occupied Zone. Charged with overseeing the rebuilding of this devastated city and the de-Nazification of its defeated people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund.
But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatized daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere all must confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.
The Aftermath is a stunning novel about our fiercest loyalties, our deepest desires and the transformative power of forgiveness.

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