Friday, February 26, 2010

A Honkytonk of a Book!!!

Honky Tonk Man Honky Tonk Man by Clancy Carlile

This is another of my old reviews I thought I would share. Of course this is one of my favorite books! If you haven't read the book perhaps you may remember the 1982 movie of the same title starring Clint Eastwood. Needless to say the movie of course was based on the book. Clancy Carlile the author of the book also wrote some of the songs on the movies soundtrack. Another great book by Carlile is Children of the Dust. If you've never heard of it here's a link to my review of that book. Scroll down towards the bottom of the page & you'll see it. Underneath the review you'll find the Synopsis also. O.k., now for the Synopsis of Honkytonk Man...

Following a musician taking one final chance at the big time. Red Stovall is a would-be country singer who has been bouncing around the margins of the music business for years. With nowhere in particular to go, Red arrives at the failing Oklahoma farm of his sister for an extended visit, where her son Whit quickly bonds with his uncle. However, it's obvious that Red is in very poor health, drinking heavily & breathing with difficulty, & when Red is invited to audition for the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Whit tags along for the road trip to keep an eye on his ailing uncle. En route, Red & Whit are joined by Whit's grandfather & another hopeful vocalist, Marlene, who like Red is chasing her own dreams of stardom on the Opry. Now for the review....

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I just loved this book! It is easily one of my favorites. A book about dreams, coming of age, life, honkytonks. It was such an interesting & entertaining read. One that will tug at your heart strings & make you want to cry while in other parts you will be laughing out loud. Definitely a book I will read again in the future.

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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Water For Elephants by Sara Gruen (Review)

Though this is one of my old reviews I thought I would share it. This is one of my favorite books.

Water for Elephants Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
6/5/08-Just started reading this book. The first few pages already have me hooked. Can't wait to get to the next page!

This was such a great book! I can't say enough about it! Great story line & such memorable characters. I couldn't wait to turn to the next page yet didn't want the book to end. Very funny, touching story. I highly recommend to everyone. Especially those who like the circus/carnival reads. Definitely a book I will revisit in the future.

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Friday, February 19, 2010

Alley Kat Blues by Karen Kijewski Kat Colorado Series (Review)

Alley Kat Blues (Kat Colorado Mysteries) Alley Kat Blues by Karen Kijewski

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A good read by Kijewski. Part of the Kat Colorado series. The main character Kat is a P.I. The books was entertaining & a fast read. Memorable characters with a good plot. I would recommend this book to fellow who-dun-it readers.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Review)

Curse of the Spellmans (Spellman Series, Book 2) Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz

Another great Spellman book! Just as entertaining, funny & fast paced as the first book! Watch out Stephanie Plum! Izzy Spellman is on the loose! Fans of Evanovich's Plum series should definitely check out this series!

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The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz (Review)

The Spellman Files (Spellman Series, Book 1) The Spellman Files by Lisa Lutz

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Look out Plum's! Here come the Spellman's! Being an Evanovich fan I have always looked for a similar series of books. Although I have found a couple series that I like they are not really comparable to Evanovich's Plum Series. That is...up until now! Within the first few pages I was hooked! Finally another who-dun-it, funny series! My only complaint...I didn't want to see this book end! Nevertheless I was finished reading within two days.

The characters are all funny & entertaining. I couldn't wait to read the second book of the series & immediately ran out & bought it. Needless to say, the next book was also devoured within two days! If you're a fan of Evanovich or like to read P.I. based storylines this book is for you!

Funny, fast paced, entertaining read! Definitely quickly became another of my favorite authors/series!

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews (Review)

Savannah Breeze Savannah Breeze by Mary Kay Andrews

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Another good one for my fellow antique lovers, yard sale-a-holics, junkers & rummage goers! Andrews sequel to Savannah Blues does not disappoint! All your favorite main characters are back...Along with a couple new ones! BeBe Loudermilk (Eloise's best friend, the main character from the last book) is the main character this time. Not to give anything away, let's just say BeBe get's mixed up with Mr. Wrong & vows to right those wrongs. She rounds up a posse made up of Granddaddy Loudermilk, Eloise & Harry (could he be Mr. Right!?) They hit the road to Fort Lauderdale, Florida determined to find Mr. Wrong. It's a fun road trip that you won't want to miss! And of course there's "junking" along the way! Another book I highly recommend!

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