While A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss appears to be a children’s book about a boy bunny who falls in love with another boy bunny. It is more than that. For adults it has a political feel to it that is very much based on things that are in the news.
There is a bug who runs the yard, and looks like someone who is in the news a lot right now. All of the creatures gather together to find out why he is in charge and what they can do about it.
While the art work if very kid friendly, adults who read this book will definitely recognize some of the characters in here as people who are in the news. There is not a lot to say about this book without giving the plot way, but it is well worth borrowing from the library to read.
As the Crow Flies by Melanie Gillman is one of my library finds. I was happy to find it. This is a graphic novel about a young girl and her adventures at an all girl sleep-away camp, they are going to a Christian feminist holy site. I know sounds like an oxymoron but it fits in with the story.
Charlie is the only non-white person on this trip, and as the story is told about how the site was founded and set up the reader and Charlie begin to realize that women of color are left out of the narrative. It is obvious that they are in the town, they are just ignored. Charlie and her new friend Sydney bond over the wrongs that they see in this story.
Now, I have to tell you about the art work. It is gorgeous, there are places where the art alone tells the story of the hike into the mountains. That alone makes this book worth picking up.
I got Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew Sullivan to listen to on my commute. I thought that this was going to be one of those light books about people in and around a book shop. That is not this book, a young man kills himself, and that starts our heroine down a path of not only self discovery, but unraveling the past.
This is one of those books about consequences, and cruelty that can sneak up on a person. About how the secrets of the past can affect the people of the present. This is also about abuse, murder, and just a touch of madness. Although as a reader and a lover of books I can see where the madness can creep in.
This was an engaging mystery, that for me, while not shocking in the ending, was surprising. I am going to have to see if Mr. Sullivan has written any more books and then check them out.
Written in Black by K.H. Lim is the story of a young man and his adventures across Brunei. Johnathan is a ten year old boy who is attending the funeral of his Ah Kong. He is annoyed at his family because of life changes and he is ten.
His imagination fuels this book as he escapes the funeral and his responsibilities there. He travels Brunei looking for his brother who does not know that their Ah Kong has died. Johnathan meets the poklans, a glue sniffing gang, that he thinks are escapees from a mental hospital. He worries about a lumber jack killer, zombies and other monsters from western movies. He also meet Mohidin and his friend Tok Dodol. I am not sure what Tok Dodol is but it is not human.
What I liked about this book is learning about the funeral customs of this family in Brunei some of them sound quite beautiful, some sound very stressful. However, most life changing events are not without stress.
“And cursing myself all the way that I should’ve just taken the chance with the lumberjack killer back at the sawmill.”
“I had only seen them in books and movies before, they were all Christian-style crossess.”
“Covered in the earth we’ed just pelted at it, it lay nestled in there like a book at the bottom of an old trunk, the story over and never to be read again.”
OMG you all if you loved Scooby Doo you have to read Meddling Kids by Edgar Cantero. It is like reading a Scooby Doo adventure if they found out the monsters are real.
There is a ghost, a dog, two girls, one guy and the monster. There is an escape from an asylum, a strange painted car, a mine, a haunted house, a nearly abandoned town, and dead things. Oh, and spells magic spells. Does that cover everything that is in an episode of Scooby Doo? I think so.
Now because of well, copyright laws and all of that there are some differences. The dog is not a Great Dane but a weimaramer. The kids don’t have the same names as in the show, but it is easy to figure out who they are to represent.
This book made me laugh and creeped me out at the same time. There is a romance in the book and I am not going to tell you who it is between but lets say it lays a rumor to rest.
“Because the orderlies said it’s wrong to play with the catatonics.”
“It was like playing demolitionists but without the years of study or the civil liability.”
“The straw that breaks the camel’s back always looks light enough, until it lands.”
Scourged is the last of the Iron Druid Chronicles by Kevin Hearne. This is a series that I wish I could have erased from my mind so that I can go back and read it all over again. While I love Atticus it turns out that he is not my favorite character. I love Oberon, he is fun and a joy in all of the books. My favorite character turns out to be a crotchety old druid who goes by the name of Owen.
If Owen were real I would hunt him down just to buy him a beer and talk. I would listen to him more than anything.
This is the last in a series of nine books and there is just to much to cover. I should say that there are also short stories, and Oberon has his own books. So, it is not an end per-say but it is, as Mr. Hearne is now working on other books and characters. Ones that I cannot wait to meet.
“Extinctions are sad, lonesome exits by the last few specimens, often silent and always tragic. And they’er still happening. “
I live within driving distance of the prison where Manson was held and not knowing much about him decided to listen to Helter Skelter by Vincent Bugliosoi. I got this as an audio book to listen on my commute and from the first words I was captivated. Not by what was happening in the book, but the way it was read. It was like listening to Jack Webb from Dragnet read the book.
A bit about Jack Webb, he thought that American TV viewers wanted to see realism on TV and with the help of the LA police department started Dragnet. The first TV show to place police in a positive light. He then went on to work on Emergency! about one of the first paramedic units in the US. But I digress.
Of course I knew who Manson was and what he had done, so I don’t think that there are many spoilers to tell. I did have some thoughts when listening to this book, and the one that has stuck with me is about time. I know what Manson did was horrible, and horrendous. However, I cannot help but wonder if the murders happened today would they make the news like they did back in 1969. With what is happening in the world today would he have been a blurb at the bottom of the web site, or would he have made headlines. I think he would have been a blurb.
While the book went described the killings and who is convicted of what it was written from the point of view of the prosecuting attorney so it was very much sterile. It was as Jack Webb’s character in Dragnet would say “just the facts.” It was still fascinating.