Thursday, June 26, 2008

The Amnesiac by Sam Taylor

James Purdew finds that he cannot remember three years of his life. He is not sure why. But when he trips on the stairs to his apartment and breaks his leg, he has too much time to think about it. His girlfriend Ingrid does not understand what he is going through. He becomes obsessed with it and heads back to England where he believes it all started to a house that holds memories for him or so he thinks. He comes across a manuscript from the nineteenth century about a murder mystery. It might just get him to give him some clues to the time that he has forgotten.

Mr. Taylor weaves a story that is full of suspense. Amnesia, memory, dreams and reality all have a part to play in it. It is a haunting gothic tale that helps you question what is really going on in life. I was surprised with how well it was put together though at times I was a little confused.

This is one story that reminds of me of Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian. And while that was not my favorite book in the world, The Amnesiac is a fantastic story. I was pulled in because I was curious to find out what happened. You really get to look inside the human character and how it affects everything you do. In all honesty, I am not sure I would want to do some of the things I found out James did in the story. I understood why he submitted himself but at the same time, he had horrible consequences later on. This was an intriguing book that I could not put down.

Sam Taylor/Chunkster/ 400 pages/ Gothic Tale/ 4 out of 5

Off to a few more review books, but I would like to get in a few more of my own before the month is through. :)

Friday, June 20, 2008

May Stats and Reads

Death by Ploot Ploot by Dara Joy 05-01-08 C
In Twilight's Shadow by Patti O'Shea 05-01-08 through 05-03-08 A
Sweet and Sinful by Jodi Lynn Copeland 05-03-08 through 05-06-08 A
Sweet Talk by Susan Mallery 05-06-08 through 05-07-08 A+
His Wicked Sins by Eve Silver 05-07-08 through 05-09-08 A
Charley’s Web by Joy Fielding 05-09-08 through 5-11-08 A
Web of Destiny by Al and Joanna Lacy 05-11-08 through 5-12-08 A
Before the Scandal by Suzanne Enoch 05-13-08 through 5-14-08 A
Solar Wind by Carol Ann Lee 05-14-08 through 05-17-08 B
Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana by Anne Rice 05-17-08 through 05-19-08 A
The Queen and the Centurion by Minnette Meador 05-19-08 through 05-20-08 A
Have Mercy by Jo Leigh 05-20-08 through 5-21-08 A
Up Close and Personal by Joanne Rock 05-21-08 A
Nightcap by Kathleen O’Reilly 05-21-08 through 05-22-08 A
The Fire Within by Joely Sue Burkhart 05-22-08 through 05-23-08 B
Something Reckless by Jess Michaels 05-23-08 through 5-25-08 A
Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen 05-26-08 through 5-29-08 A

Total Books Read: 17
New Authors: 14Fiction: 17Non Fiction: 0
TBR: 0
Chunksters: 1
Books I Reviewed: 14
Memoirs/True Crime/Autobiographies:
Romances: 13
Mysteries: 0
From the Stacks: 13
Books I Bought: 3
PBS Sent: 1
PBS Received: 2
Total Pages Read: 4, 771

A Little late but oh well. :)