WWW Wednesday 10/30/13

Stop by shouldbereading.wordpress.com the hostess of WWW Wednesday and Teaser Tuesdays.
To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions:
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading? 
• What do you think you’ll read next?
What am I currently reading? Multiple books at the same time this week.  For reviews and pleasure and well, why not? 
The Unwind Collection: Unwind; Unstrung, An Unwind Story; UnWholly; UnSouled (Unwind Dystology).
I am on book 2 UnWholly.

Rife with action and suspense, this riveting companion to the perennially popular Unwind challenges assumptions about where life begins and ends—and what it means to live.

Thanks to Connor, Lev, and Risa—and their high-profile revolt at Happy Jack Harvest Camp—people can no longer turn a blind eye to unwinding. Ridding society of troublesome teens while simultaneously providing much-needed tissues for transplant might be convenient, but its morality has finally been brought into question. However, unwinding has become big business, and there are powerful political and corporate interests that want to see it not only continue, but also expand to the unwinding of prisoners and the impoverished.

Cam is a product of unwinding; made entirely out of the parts of other unwinds, he is a teen who does not technically exist. A futuristic Frankenstein, Cam struggles with a search for identity and meaning and wonders if a rewound being can have a soul. And when the actions of a sadistic bounty hunter cause Cam’s fate to become inextricably bound with the fates of Connor, Risa, and Lev, he’ll have to question humanity itself.

How Dogs Love Us: A Neuroscientist and His Adopted Dog Decode the Canine Brain by Gregory Berns. I can’t say enough about this book. I love dogs.
I am loving this book. 

How Dogs Love Us answers the age-old question of dog lovers everywhere and offers profound new evidence that dogs should be treated as we would treat our best human friends: with love, respect, and appreciation for their social and emotional intelligence.

What did I recently finish reading? 

The Forest Bull by Terry Maggert. Review will be posted next week.

Three lovers who stalk and kill the immortals that drift through South Florida (tourists are a moveable feast, after all) are living a simple life of leisure- until one of them is nearly killed by woman who is a new kind of lethal. 
What do I think I’ll Read Next?
I found this book from a review and interview by Deanna at Book Lovers Attic.


Scary, Man by Jeffrey Hickey.
Droll and dead-on in its sizing up of contemporary culture scary, man is author Jeffrey Hickey’s wry and singular story of one man, his wife, and their daughter. Together, they embrace a new normal at the turn of the twenty-first century in America, while trying their hardest in the land of the free, and the home of the afraid. As Griffin shuffles from one appearance to the next as a man working in the world of children, he becomes increasingly vulnerable to the fears and suspicions of others. He also has plenty of his own well-earned, obvious flaws that feed into the small-town gum-flapping. At the same time, his wife Samantha, who runs a home day care, is on the brink of her own existential malaise. This propels her to follow her calling as a teacher, going back to school to do so and creating some distance between herself and her family. To add further complexity to family life, their canny, candid daughter Clare is nursing her own identity crisis that’s just about ready to bubble to the surface.

Scary, man is an absorbing work of literary fiction peppered with gay themes and social commentary, this humor-inflected take on small towns, small minds, rumor mills, and rampant paranoia will strike an all-too-familiar chord with readers trying to make their way through the shaky American landscape, while keeping marriage and morals intact, and mayhem at bay. It will leave readers nodding in queasy recognition, while at the same time scratching their heads at the plight of the protagonist who is plenty bright, but who just can’t seem to get it right.

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27 responses to “WWW Wednesday 10/30/13

  1. By the way, with Whispersync on your kindle, you can read and listen to the audio at the same time, or separately. FYI.

  2. Hi there! Have you finished with scary, man? Just wondering how you like it. ~Deanna

  3. OK, dying to know if you settled on reading or listening . . .

    • Jeff, I can’t decide. I am almost finished listening (this has taken me longer) and I must say the book has different flavors between reading and listening. I am trying to collect my thoughts for the review.
      A

      • Totally understand. It’s different for me as well, and I wrote it. When I recorded the audio, certain characters came alive for me in ways I could not anticipate until I heard their voice. Specifically, I think of George, the blood recipient. I did not come up with that voice until the moment of the recording. It was one take. The first take. It felt like I was channeling someone.

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