eReader Sale: The Last Policeman

A few months ago I reviewed Ben H. Winters’ novel, The Last Policeman from Quirk. The book has recently been nominated for an Edgar award and to celebrate, the good folks at Quirk are having a sale! For a limited time, you can buy the eReader version of this book for $2.99. Check out QuirkBooks for more information.

Part 2 (City Countdown) of the trilogy will be released in July, so this sale gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up on the life and work of Detective Henry Palace.


Who Says Vanilla is Boring?

Vanilla gets a bad wrap. “Why eat vanilla ice cream when you could have something with FLAVOR?” It’s a question that so many people ask. And it really makes sense. Vanilla is that “plain Jane,” creamy, white stuff. Right? WRONG.

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A Very ‘Peculiar’ Book Review

A few weeks ago I discovered that my mail was being held at the Post Office. Silly postal service did not get the memo that we had moved. But that’s another story. What matters here is that when I did get my large pile of bills, change of address notices, travel voucher checks, etc. I discovered that I had received my copy of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children had arrived from Quirk Books!

I wish I could say I dug right in and finished the book in a day, but I can’t.  Things have been crazy/busy, so it took some time to dive in. And once I did, I could hardly put this book down. Here’s why:

Notice anything peculiar about the girl in this picture?

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (by Ransom Riggs) is the story of Jacob and his grandfather, Abraham. Like most grandfathers, Jacob’s told stories. These stories were of a particularly bizarre nature. There was the story of a home that orphaned children escaped to during The War (WWII) for protection. This home was a haven for victims of the Holocaust and bombings that had torn their homes — and families — apart.  The children that live in this home, according to Abe, had special gifts. There were siblings who could lift heavy objects with ease, a girl who could hold fire in her hands, a boy with bees living inside of him, and an invisible boy. Not your normal orphan spread. All of these special children lived under the supervision and care of Miss Peregrine, or “The Bird.”

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