Category: Standalone Sunday

Standalone Sunday: The Silent Wife

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my choice for this week:

The Silent Wife by A.S.A Harrison

Description from Goodreads:

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Much is at stake, including the affluent life they lead in their beautiful waterfront condo in Chicago, as she, the killer, and he, the victim, rush haplessly toward the main event. He is a committed cheater. She lives and breathes denial. He exists in dual worlds. She likes to settle scores. He decides to play for keeps. She has nothing left to lose. Told in alternating voices, The Silent Wife is about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept. Expertly plotted and reminiscent of Gone Girl and These Things Hidden, The Silent Wife ensnares the reader from page one and does not let go.


I was able to get a copy at my local library sale in October.  I enjoy books with alternating POVs (point of views) and it sounds good, so I am hoping this will be one I will enjoy.

The Silent Wife is A.S.A Harrison’s first novel, though not her first book written.  There is a sadness about the author, she passed away from cancer at age 65 in April 2013, before The Silent Wife was published. It was published June 25, 2013.   It’s sad as she worked so hard to write The Silent Wife and was never able to see it published.

A.S.A. Harrison

Standalone Sunday: The Green Mile

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Here is my selection for this week’s Standalone Sunday:

The Green Mile by Stephen King

Book Description from Amazon:

Welcome to Cold Mountain Penitentiary, home to the Depression-worn men of E Block. Convicted killers all, each awaits his turn to walk the Green Mile, keeping a date with “Old Sparky,” Cold Mountain’s electric chair. Prison guard Paul Edgecombe has seen his share of oddities in his years working the Mile. But he’s never seen anyone like John Coffey, a man with the body of a giant and the mind of a child, condemned for a crime terrifying in its violence and shocking in its depravity. In this place of ultimate retribution, Edgecombe is about to discover the terrible, wondrous truth about Coffey, a truth that will challenge his most cherished beliefs…and yours.


The Green Mile was first published as a serialized novel starting with part one The Two Dead Girls published on March 28, 1996. It ended with part six Coffey on the Mile published on August 29, 1996.  It was republished as a single paperback volume on May 5, 1997.  I remember seeing those serialized parts in Media Play.  The copy I own is the cover presented here today.

I have only read the book once, but hope to read it again some day. I remember when I was reading it all those years ago when I came to the end I was crying and said to myself, “This is s Stephen King novel! I shouldn’t be crying!”  But I was. It later became a movie starring Tom Hanks, David Morse,  and the late Michael Clarke Duncan. It has been years since I have seen that movie. It is just so powerful and emotional.  This is a movie where it is just as good as the book.

 

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Standalone Sunday: Alas, Babylon

Standalone Sunday was started by Megan over at Bookslayer Reads.

What is Standalone Sunday?

Each Sunday bloggers feature a standalone book (one that is not part of a series) that they loved or would recommend. The standalone can also be one you want to read. There is so much focus on books that are part of a series that standalone books seem to be forgotten. They can be just as great as book series!

Without further ado, here is my selection for Standalone Sunday:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

Book Description from Goodreads:

“Alas, Babylon…”

Those fateful words heralded the end. In seconds, the unthinkable nightmare of nuclear war ravaged America. For millions it was instant death; for tens of millions more, it was a living nightmare of hunger, sickness and brutality. Overnight, a thousand years of civilization was stripped away, leaving only maked passions behind.

But for one small Florida town, spared against all odds, the struggle was just beginning. ALAS, BABYLON is the classic story of a handful of men and women of all ages and races, who found the strength and courage to join together to push back the darkness.

The classic apocalyptic novel that stunned the nation with its vivid portrayal of a small town’s survival after nuclear holocaust devastates the country.


I first had to read Alas, Babylon in high school. I believe it was tenth grade English.  I remember really enjoying it.  Years later I found myself thinking about the book, but all I could remember about it was a town in Florida and it was the end of the world.  I can’t remember how I found out the title, but I did.

I listened to the audiobook several years ago and enjoyed it again. The narrator had an extremely familiar voice and then I saw that the narrator is actor Will Patton! If you look him up, you will see he is ‘that guy’! He is an actor who has been in just about everything.  He was the perfect narrator for the audiobook.

Alas, Babylon was first published in 1959, and despite its age it is still a good book.  I recommend it.

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