Blog Posts by cstoll

Posted by cstoll on 01/28/14
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My favorite authors being Dean Koontz, over the holidays one of my top priorities was to finish two of his novels - Life Expectancy & Innocence
 

Life Expectancy read true to a Koontz book, in that you are introduced to a new set of characters that you will fall in love with and cheer for. The plot has those twists and turns, that keep you on the edge of your seat, not being able to turn the pages fast enough. It’s the story of Jimmy Tock, who upon his birth, his grandfather predicts five days in his future that will have an unexpected impact on his life. A fast paced read, Koontz still keeps to his poetry like prose, which balances the story with a softness which his fans have come to expect and cherish from this amazing storyteller.

 

Innocence was different, not in a bad way but in being honest I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it at first. The protagonist being another strong female character, which I’ve come to appreciate from Koontz’s novels, yet Gwyneth reminds me more of a character from a Stieg Larsson novel. It’s as if she’s Koontz attempt to present a character which readers who live in a more digital environment can relate too, which I’m just not sold on if it worked or not. However, the timeless love story of Gwyneth and Addison, two lost souls who find each other against a cruel harsh world around them, kept me going and in the end did win me over with this novel.

 
Posted by cstoll on 11/25/13
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Having recently assisted at the library’s Chick Lit Book Discussion group a couple weeks back, I came away with a new Chick Lit Author, Jane Green to give a try.  I took home her most recent title Family Pictures.
 

While many of my beloved authors (Marian Keyes, Jennifer Weiner, Meg Cabot), who write in this genre, tend to keep things lighthearted and fun, Green’s story was both full of that playful, fast-paced style yet she weaves in a more serious tone, which I came away appreciating. I was refreshed by the realness of the different generations of female characters she introduces through the two families in this story. Real life issues are dealt with in this story, and yet there’s still enough of that enjoyable escapism that draws me to a Chick Lit story, to keep my interest. You’ll walk away from this book feeling as content as the characters are with the outcome of their life decisions. I’ll definitely be picking up another Jane Green book.

 

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Posted by cstoll on 07/22/13
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One of my current favorite authors, Marian Keyes does not disappoint with her newest book The Mystery of Mercy Close, a Walsh Sister Novel. This time we are brought into sister Helen's world of private investigation, along with a dose of the normal every day drama that seems to come with this lovable Irish family.
 
If you're not familiar with Keyes's books, my suggestion would be to start with Anybody Out There?  One of the more deeper stories in her sister series, it focuses a tragic event in sister Anna’s life.  If you prefer something more light hearted then pick up Last Chance Saloon or Sushi for Beginners – think Sex in the City meets Shopaholic…definitely chick lit, these stories are a guaranteed fun read with some touches of reality mixed in.  You’ll be captivated from the start as I was with the Walsh family and this author.
Posted by cstoll on 04/22/13
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Have you ever read a book that reminded you of another book? I have recently read several books that remind me of novels from my past.  In preparing for author Vanessa Diffenbaugh’s visit to our library, I read her book The Language of Flowers and found it to have similarities to another much-loved book I have read. The strong female lead character Victoria in Diffenbaugh’s book reminds me of Laura, the protagonist in one of my favorite books Lightning by Dean Koontz. Both novels explore how these young women deal with loss of family early in their lives; how they survive the foster system and then continue to overcome the challenges and struggles that their paths’ in life have set before them.
 
Another powerful female getting much attention is Katniss in the currently popular Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. This story also deals with loss and battling through life and reminds me yet again of another past favorite – one of Stephen King’s shorts, The Long Walk. Published originally under King’s pseudonym Richard Bachman in the collected work The Bachman Books. If you’re drawn into the dystopian setting of Hunger Games, King’s walking contest will keep you on your toes till the very end.   
 

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