June reviews:part two

I’m back with a couple more reviews.

The Vampire and The Cowboy

Clark Hays and Kathleen McFall

Pumpjack Press
22nd February 2014

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Welcome to LonePine, Wyoming, population 438, where the best of the west faces off against the rise of the undead. It’s a love story for the ages when a broke cowboy and a glamorous big city reporter fall lipstick over boot heels in love. But she carries a 2000-year-old secret in her veins that will test their unusual romance to the very edge of death, and beyond. Saddle up for a hilarious, existential ride through the dying American west with an army of ancient bloodsuckers in hot pursuit. Let ‘er buck!

Review

I do love a good humourous vampire story.

Tucker (the cowboy) lives in LonePine, Wyoming. Tucker’s neighbour keeps Alpacas who constantly get in to his property; Rex, Tucker’s dog, gave up trying to stop them when they started spitting at him.

Lizzie (the vampire) lives in New York. She’s a reporter for a small magazine.

Lizzie and Tucker meet when Lizzie comes to LonePine to write about cowboys. They fall in love. It’s all very sweet.

And then Lizzie starts researching for an article about vampires – the fake ones, traditional myths etc. One day, sick to death of Goths in fake fangs and plastic tat made in China, she receives an invitation to an event at a swanky gallery. Assuming it’s going to be another round of play acting, Lizzie and photographer Ric (also an ex-boyfriend) go to the gallery.

Lizzie is surprised to see that the other guests are sophisticated, elegant and assuredly not Goths.

Then they kill people.

Lizzie thinks it’s elaborate performance art until she realises that the ‘performers’ are really dead.

Terrified that she will be the next victim of these clearly delusional people, Lizzie runs to Wyoming, and the welcoming arms of Tucker, who whisks her off to a romantic hideaway – his parents old cabin in the mountains.

And thus starts Lizzie’s journey to vampiredom.

I liked this book. The writing flowed, the characters were funny and I enjoyed the plot. It’s never going to be a great work of the genre, but will amuse on the beach,  or help you while away a flight. I do want to read the next one though.

3/5

The Son
Jo Nesbo

Random House UK,
10th April 2014

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SONNY’S ON THE RUN

Sonny is a model prisoner. He listens to the confessions of other inmates, and absolves them of their sins.

HE’S BEEN LIED TO HIS WHOLE LIFE

But then one prisoner’s confession changes everything. He knows something about Sonny’s disgraced father.

SONNY WANTS REVENGE

He needs to break out of prison and make those responsible pay for their crimes.

WHATEVER THE COST

Review

I’ve tried readingJo Nesbo’s crime fiction before and struggled to get past the second chapter. I gave up because I couldn’t get on with the characters.

Not so with ‘The Son’. The intrigue and characterisation gripped me from the start. There was a poetic quality to parts of the narrative, balanced by the gritty realism of the violence. I loved the misdirection and final plot twist, which was unexpected, yet perfectly timed. One hopes Sonny Loftus, Maria, Kari Adel and the rest of the cast will be back in s future novel.

5/5

The Gospel of Loki
Joanne M Harris

I bought a copy of this book, Loki’s version of events, for a Loki-loving friend’s birthday. I read a couple of pages before I wrapped it and loved what I read so much I bought a copy.

This book has kept me entertained from the beginning. It’s funny and intelligent. I love the idea of taking a different perspective from the original poem and telling a new tale.

5/5

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