A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

1. Sunwing

1. Sunwing by Kenneth Oppel
Second book of the Silverwing Trilogy

Pages: 300
Finished: Jan. 1, 2008
Reason for Reading: next in the series. Series challenge. Canadian challenge
First Published: 1999
Genre: YA, animal fantasy
Awards: Mr. Christie's Book Award, Ruth Schwartz Award, CBA Libris Award
Rating: 4/5

First Sentence:

Wings trimmed tight, Shade sailed through the forest.

Comments: Silverwing and other members of his tribe go on a journey and search for his father. Their final destination lands them deep in the South American jungle. What they had hoped to discover is far from what they actually find. I can't go into any more details of the plot as it would give away too much. The plot was based on an amazingly disturbing bit of US military history. (link, don't look if you intend to read the book as it is a major spoiler)

This is a dark story, one that is not expected. The evil creatures are very evil and there are scenes that make you squirm. The characters are compelling and life-like. A page-turner of a book that made me stay up late to finish. All the plot lines left open from the first book were resolved and the book has a complete ending giving no indication that there will be another book to follow. It will be interesting to see where the plot goes in the last book, Firewing.

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