Published November 30, 1990
These psychic and horror fictions–seven of them short-shorts–reveals Straub at his spellbinding best. Two tales (first installments of his Blue Rose trilogy), are linked to Koko and Mystery and exactingly probe the consequences of boyhood clashes with evil. In “Blue Rose,” sadistic Harry Beevers, 10, hypnotizes and destroys his younger brother; the tale leaps ahead to the ironic verdict in Harry’s court-martial for wreaking atrocities in Vietnam. In the outstanding “The Juniper Tree,” a novelist relives a harrowing, seductive summer when, at age seven, he was sexually molested in a movie house by drifter Stan, a seedy Alan Ladd lookalike. “The Buffalo Hunter” fastidiously chronicles the fixations of a 35-year-old who numbs his fear of women by sucking his coffee and cognac from baby bottles. In the ambitious gothic thriller/academic spoof “Mrs. God,” a fatuous professor is lured to a creepy English mansion crammed with grisly secrets to research the papers of his poet ancestress; dead babies provide a subtheme. Wry and riveting, “A Short Guide to the City” fuses and parodies two genres: the self-congratulatory tourist blurb with a news alert on the “viaduct killer.”
I was soooo let down by this book that I can’t even tell you. I gave it one star on GoodReads and I have never rated a book so low.
Thankfully I had the audio version or else I would have laid it aside to finish later, so as I drove around town running my errands I listened and just shook my head. The stories were just STRANGE, not subjecct or plot wise but ending wise. All of the endings were BLAH. Enough said.
The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered—fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.
But Tris’s new reality is even more alarming than the one she left behind. Old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless. Explosive new truths change the hearts of those she loves. And once again, Tris must battle to comprehend the complexities of human nature—and of herself—while facing impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice, and love.
Told from a riveting dual perspective, Allegiant, by #1 New York Times best-selling author Veronica Roth, brings the Divergent series to a powerful conclusion while revealing the secrets of the dystopian world that has captivated millions of readers in Divergent and Insurgent.
I know that a lot of readers LOVED this series but I just liked it so reading the final book in the series wasn’t a big thing for me BUT the ending was a BIG thing and that made it great. Who knew? It upset a lot of people, including me, but the author made a choice and it’s their right and I applaud it. Even though I know the ending I can’t wait for the first movie to come out because the first was my favorite book of the series.
Postcard-perfect Jar Island is home to charming tourist shops, pristine beaches, amazing oceanfront homes—and three girls secretly plotting revenge.
KAT is sick and tired of being bullied by her former best friend.
LILLIA has always looked out for her little sister, so when she discovers that one of her guy friends has been secretly hooking up with her, she’s going to put a stop to it.
MARY is perpetually haunted by a traumatic event from years past, and the boy who’s responsible has yet to get what’s coming to him.
None of the girls can act on their revenge fantasies alone without being suspected. But together…anything is possible.
With an alliance in place, there will be no more “I wish I’d said…” or “If I could go back and do things differently…” These girls will show Jar Island that revenge is a dish best enjoyed together.
Ten excited co-workers arrive at the beautiful Avondale Resort on a remote island in the middle of the Caribbean, having been told that they are being rewarded for their hard work and productivity. But their relaxing tropical getaway soon turns into a murderous nightmare.
After an extravagant first night dinner, the guests retire to their lavish suites only to be awakened by an ear-splitting bang. They rush to the smoking parlor to find Jordan, the company’s intern, dead – a massive hole in his chest. Giles, the consummate English butler who seems to be in charge, announces that they must solve the crime or be the next victim.
The killer, who has booby-trapped the island and cut off phone and Internet connections, is hiding among them. Is it the HR representative with a penchant for Bloody Marys, the twenty-two-year-old claims processor with the purity ring, or perhaps the head chef of the company cafeteria? The killer plays with their minds, inviting them to explore the beautiful resort, from the infinity pool with the high dive to the white sand beach complete with jet skis and snorkel gear.
Anthony E. Zuiker is the creator and executive producer of the CSI franchise, which includes CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. His mystery reality show, Whodunnit?, is his first foray into unscripted television. He lives in Los Angeles with his three children and his wife, Michelle.
Whodunnit? Murder on Mystery Island is performed by the show’s host/butler, accomplished narrator Gildart Jackson.
I didn’t enjoy this installment of the WHODUNNIT Mysteries as much as the first one because I knew what to expect. All of the guests,except for two,the killer and the winner,would be killed one by one so I expected no great surprise. BUT , I was wrong. At the end, Giles makes a stand and kills the killer so now what will happen to him in the next book? I can’t wait.
Then the associate is murdered, the police discover that her scarf is the probable murder weapon, her roommate develops amnesia about a possible date rape, a close colleague and friend is attacked, there’s a suspicious accident on those slippery slopes, and her significant other starts talking wedded bliss. Carrie’s stress level shoots into the stratosphere as she finds herself dodging not only Cupid’s darts, but bullets and a ski-masked killer with a heart as cold as Vermont black ice.