Friday Finds 7/17

Today is Friday Finds hosted by Should Be Reading. As usual I found quite a lot. Again, I’ll choose three that sound pretty decent.

Tsar – Ted Bell

In bestseller Bell’s rousing fifth thriller (after Spy), Alex Hawke fights the leaders of a new and invigorated Russia, where Vladimir Putin has been locked up in a lethal prison built over a massive radioactive waste site. Evil mastermind Count Ivan Korsakov (aka the Dark Rider) is determined to return Mother Russia to her rightful place in the world order by reacquiring her former colonies, after which he intends to conquer Europe and reign as the new tsar. The only thing standing in his way is Hawke, who, as series fans well know, is more than up to the task of thwarting those who try to take over the globe. Life throws Hawke a curve when he finds himself falling in love with the astoundingly beautiful Anastasia, who just happens to be Korsakov’s daughter. As always, Bell pulls out all the stops with terrific action scenes, fiendish murders, diabolical villains, dramatic rescues and all the cool weaponry the reader could possibly hope for. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Note: I saw this at the local grocery store and just thought it would be interesting. I haven’t read the other previous books but this sounds pretty exciting.

A Monster’s Notes – Laurie Sheck

What if Mary Shelley had not invented Frankenstein’s monster but had met him when she was a girl of eight, sitting by her mother’s grave, and he came to her unbidden? What if their secret bond left her forever changed, obsessed with the strange being whom she had discovered at a time of need? What if he were still alive in the twenty-first century?

This bold, genre-defying book brings us the “monster” in his own words. He recalls how he was “made” and how Victor Frankenstein abandoned him. He ponders the tragic tale of the Shelleys and the intertwining of his life with that of Mary (whose fictionalized letters salt the narrative, along with those of her nineteenth-century intimates) in this riveting mix of fact and poetic license. He takes notes on all aspects of human striving—from the music of John Cage to robotics to the Northern explorers whose lonely quest mirrors his own—as he tries to understand the strange race that made yet shuns him, and to find his own freedom of mind. (Amazon.ca)

Note: I liked Frankenstein back then in the days of Gothic Literature class at college. Thought this one was interesting and a definitely a different twist to the classic story.

Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament – S G Browne

Browne’s black comedy debut brilliantly reinvents zombie culture for the 21st century. Andy Warner reanimates after the car accident that kills his wife, but is too mangled from his injuries to talk. He lives in his parents’ wine cellar, occasionally attending a zombie support group and struggling to rejoin a society that offers the undead no rights, bans them from working and doesn’t even punish those who destroy them. When Andy and his fellow zombies—notably Rita, a sexy suicide victim with a lipstick fetish, and Jerry, a Playboy-obsessed stoner—learn why they’re so driven to consume human flesh, the repercussions are both tragic and hilarious. Browne neatly mixes humor and extreme violence with a surprisingly tender love story, some witty social satire and an extremely strong narrative voice. (Publisher’s Weekly)

Note: I also put this under the Wishful Wednesday meme 🙂

What did you find this week?

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3 thoughts on “Friday Finds 7/17

  1. “Tsar” sounds like it could be a 007 movie.

    “Breathers”, now that looks like an interesting one. I can enjoy black comedy, if it is done right. I’ll keep an eye out for this one.

  2. I have seen Breathers in the bookstore and thought it would be a fun read. Thanks for reminding me — I will have to add it to the TBR list!

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