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.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Contest: The Rapture by Liz Jensen (Sticky)

When I received The Rapture by Liz Jensen for review I somehow ended up with two copies! The Canadian edition I had been expecting and then shortly followed by an ARC of the American edition.

I am giving away here the unread ARC of the US edition of The Rapture by Liz Jensen.

Contest will run until Oct. 22, with the winner randomly chosen and announced on Oct. 23. This contest is open to US and Canada only. Sorry, but International postage is too expensive for me.

To enter:

1) You must be a follower (over in the right bar) and let me know you are in your comment.

2) Leave your email address (if it is not in your profile.)

3) For +2 extra entries tell me your favourite apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic book.

You can read my review of the book and while it is not exactly glowing, I do think many people will enjoy the book more than I did. Here is the publisher's summary

It’s a blazing hot summer in the not-too-distant future. Thirty-five-year-old psychologist Gabrielle Fox is painfully rebuilding her life after a terrible accident that has left her a paraplegic, and her lover dead. The effects of incapacitating memories and guilt have led to Gabrielle’s dismissal from her London job. Craving anonymity and a fresh start, she moves to the coastal town of Hadport and accepts the first post she is offered, as an art therapist at a lackluster institution for dangerously psychopathic teens.

Gabrielle’s predecessor is on emergency leave thanks to an unhealthy obsession with Bethany Krall, now Gabrielle’s patient. A punky and precocious wild child with matted hair and kohl-rimmed eyes, Bethany’s claim to fame is that she murdered her own mother with a screwdriver. Aside from a gift for rip-roaring verbal obscenities and a knack for intuiting the inner torments of strangers, Bethany has the uncanny ability to gleefully forecast the environmental catastrophes now befalling the earth at a terrifying rate. Though skeptical at first, Gabrielle finds herself preoccupied with Bethany, her alarm and fascination swelling with every accurate prediction.

Seeking a rational explanation, Gabrielle connects with the big-hearted Scottish geophysicist Frazer Melville, an expert on global weather patterns. Though Frazer is not able to give Gabrielle the easy answer she hopes for, she finds comfort in his presence, and perhaps even attraction. The two begin a tentative romance as Gabrielle realizes that the door to her sexual life may not be closed after all.

Meanwhile, the enormous human cost of each global cataclysm is tallied in advance by a jubilant Bethany, who likes to toss in a few snippets of scripture memorized at the knee of her father, the charismatic fundamentalist preacher Leonard Krall. Gabrielle suspects Krall of having more to do with his wife and child’s ruin than he admits to, but before she can fully investigate, she and Frazer must put their reputations on the line and find a way to warn humanity of the looming apocalypse.

Raved about in The Times as “an unputdownable eco-thriller” and already optioned for film by Warner Brothers, Liz Jensen’s The Rapture once again proves Jensen to be a master of page-turning suspense. Readers will be entertained by the pyrotechnics of this hugely intelligent and wholly original voice, while unnerved by the high-voltage ecological horror story that feels all too plausible in our time.


  1. whoa. Sounds scary, count me in.

    I'm a follower

    bookdragonslair at gmail dot com

    favourite apocalyptic or post-apocalyptic book? No idea. I don't usually remember the genres of the books I read.

  2. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    Okay, now THIS one sounds really good!! I'd LOVE to win it and thanks for the chance so much :)

  3. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    and I follow your blog in Google :)

  4. Mary D
    zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

    +2 my favorite apocalyptic book is actually a funny one (if there is ANY humor to be found in the idea of a hideoous apocalypse, then this book is it LOL) called:
    How to Profit from the Upcoming Rapture!

    Not really too offensive and funny as heck lol

  5. No need to enter me. I'm dropping in to say thanks for the e-mail. I've got this posted at Win a Book for you.

  6. sounds awesome!

    +2 my fav. apocalypitc series is Left Behind series, it has like 23 books in it or something... (i've only read like, two ;)

    i'm a new follower

    haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

  7. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm a follower.

    +2 I read The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan and really liked it.


  8. Hey, I just started reading your blog and I like it very much! I'm also Christian (Lutheran) and I appreciate another point of view. Anyway…

    I follow.

    muchdeepmeaning @ gmail . com

    I would say The Girl Who Owned a City by O. T. Nelson is my favorite post-apocalyptic novel. It's a children's book, but don't think it's not exciting. See, there was a disease of some sort, and the only survivors are children. The ending was a slight let-down, but overall it's a good book.

  9. Definitely interested :)


    The only one that really comes to mind is Carrie Ryan "Forest of Hands and Teeth".


  10. Yes, I will read it. Thanks for entering me.


  11. This sounds like a freaky kinda book. I'm in! Great contest.

    parajunkee (@) gmail.com

  12. +2 I now follow you.

    My favorite book in this genre is "The Road" by Cormac McCarthy.

  13. I haven't read any post apocalyptic or post apocalyptic book? Haven't read one. Would like to though I usually like movies that deal with that.

    I'm definately a follower

    dancealert at aol dot com

  14. I'm a follower:)


    My favorite favorite apocalyptic book is The Stand by Stephen King.

  15. My choice is the Book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.
    Please enter my name in your contest. Thank you.

    I am a follower.

    cyeates AT nycap DOT rr DOT rr com

  16. Looks great! I loved The Left Behind Series!

    Count me in please - I am a follower

    journeythorugh books @ gmail dot com

  17. Enter me please. I'm a follower.

    I believe this would be my first of this genre.


  18. 1) I'm a follower (Anorthite)

    2) rae_sunshine4(at)yahoo.com

    3) I'm a huge fan of the Atherton series by Patrick Carman.

  19. 1. I follow
    2. bratdownstairs@yahoo.com
    3. Th Hunger Games! =)