Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Heart of Darkness

18615474Dark allegory describes Marlow’s journey up the Congo River and his meeting with, and fascination by, Mr. Kurtz, a mysterious personage who dominates the unruly inhabitants of the region. Masterly blend of adventure, character development, psychological penetration. Considered by many Conrad’s finest, most enigmatic story.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Reading Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad was more than just an assignment for a class I'm taking. It was a whirlwind of adventure, oppression, and greed. When Charlie Marlow reflects back on his journey to the African Congo, he reveals how greed spurred men to kill, threaten, and take the riches from the indigenous people.

Marlow is about the only morally good character in the book. He's the narrator of the story being shared, but is not the narrator of the novella. The story is being told by Marlow while on a boat sitting in the Thames, the narrator is one of the crew members who is listening to the story. Marlow is a man of principle and curiosity. He needed work so his Aunt helped him become a ship Captain, charged with traveling through the Congo to find Mr. Kurtz. Along the journey, Marlow witnesses the oppression that Imperialism has caused, leading to death and darkness. 

The thing I found most interesting about the book was the correlation between Marlow's story and Conrad's own life. Joseph Conrad actually did what Marlow describes and I think he was plagued with guilt afterward. Perhaps, more specifically, survivor's guilt. Or even guilt at taking part in such an oppressive operation. I think that Heart of Darkness was an attempt at reconciliation with that guilt through a sort of confession. I could go on and on about this, but I'll just say for those of you literature buffs, if you haven't read Heart of Darkness, I recommend you do. It's an interesting tale of morality in the center of evil. 

Rating: 4/5 Cups

What's Next, Wednesday (19)

  •  To play along share a book you've been looking forward to reading, whether it's new or has been on your reading list for a while.


I'm looking forward to...

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith. Found this sequel to The Cuckoo's Calling at BAM. I enjoyed the first one so I figured I need to give this one a go. A novelist goes missing after completing a manuscript that slashes the reputations of everyone he knows. His wife hires Cormoran Strike to investigate. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Teaser Tuesday (227)


Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm/Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers


Evelyn dear Fender (Kindle 51%)
   - Rodney Jones

What's eating me is the realization, that once I cross the halfway mark, I will not have enough food to get home--it's all or nothing from there. The extraordinary intuition, which got me this far, is nowhere to be found now that the stakes have been raised.

Today, Laura T, winner of the Diary of a Haunting Giveaway last week, is featuring the book on her Teaser Tuesday! Check it out here! 

Friday, August 26, 2016

Where You Least Expect (Thornehill Springs #1)

24621312Navy SEAL Joe MacDermid came to Thornehill Springs, North Carolina seeking peace and quiet and maybe a break from his hectic life. But his next-door neighbor Verna Love seems intent on making sure he doesn’t get any of either.

Verna takes pride in being a nice person, but when it comes to Joe, she just can’t help herself. Getting under his skin gives her an unexplainable satisfaction, and it doesn’t hurt that Joe is the picture of masculine perfection, especially when he’s angry. She’s smart enough to know that he’d never be interested in her, not with all her flaws, but she can’t pretend that goading him isn’t one of the highlights of her day.

But when circumstances force the two of them together, they might find love where they least expect.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Lydia Rowan doesn't hold back in this for-adults-only romance entitled, Where You Least Expect. First in the Thornehill series, this book focuses on Joe and Verna, two people who aren't too sure where their lives are headed, but it does seem they'll get there together, even if sparks fly when they battle wits. 

Verna Love is a nice woman who's uncomfortable in her own skin. She's also about to turn thirty and has never followed her dreams. A lot of readers will be able to relate to Verna because she's written realistically. She has problems, she struggles, but she wants change. However, when it comes to Joe, Verna isn't so nice, nor is she respectable. Verna makes it a point to dig at Joe, call him on his B.S., and she enjoys doing it. She thinks by doing so, she won't be so intimidated by him... and though that helps, she can't push Joe away too far because he's the one who's going to help her change her life. 

Joe MacDermaid is a Navy SEAL who's at a crossroads. He's past his prime and, though he can keep up with the younger guys, he doesn't really want to anymore. Realistically, what else would he do if he wasn't operating in missions? Joe has no idea and this detail makes him relatable to readers. Everyone hits a point where they're uncertain of their next step, so even though many readers haven't been a Navy SEAL, they can still relate. Joe is a good, decent, guy. He's healthy, worries a little too much, and can't seem to stop Verna from getting under his skin. 

The plot makes this novel a quick, entertaining, easy read. Verna rents her friends house which is right next door to Joe, and although Joe thinks it will be the worst thing in history, it turns out being the best. Verna and Joe begin an uncertain relationship but each has their own problem to attend to. Verna wants to follow her dream of being a clothes designer for the people around town while Joe must decide if he's ready to step back from active SEAL duties. Where You Least Expect was a book I flew through in a few hours. It's steamy, blunt, and has a lot of cursing. For readers who enjoy sexy romances with a side of stories, this book is for you.

Rating: 3/5