Risking the Rapids Book Review from @kleffnotes

Irene O’Garden’s poetic memoir, Risking the Rapids: How My Wilderness Adventure Healed My Childhood focuses a lens on her less than perfect childhood and how a more recent trip with her siblings following a new trauma helped her to work through how her childhood has impacted her life. Through moving prose O’Garden moves between her past and the more recent trip with ease, allowing the reader to relate these periods to each other. Beyond that she allows herself to be completely open with her reader in this touching work. Continue reading “Risking the Rapids Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Boys Who Woke Up Early Book Review from @kleffnotes

The Boys Who Woke Up Early is a memoir-esque read from A.D. Hopkins set in the fictional town of Early, Virginia. His plot is told through the first person perspective of Stony Shelor as he recounts his youth through his senior year of high school. Throughout this fictional person’s story we are given an examination of race in the South alongside a glimpse into the South in the 1960’s. Continue reading “The Boys Who Woke Up Early Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Evil Has a Name @audible_com Review from @kleffnotes

For all you murderinos out there you will understand why I absolutely had to listen to Evil Has a Name on Audible. Seriously, how could I pass up something involving Paul Holes? If you are a little confused, fans of the popular podcast My Favorite Murder are named murderinos and Paul Holes is a criminologist who was this sort of icon of the podcast who has also been a guest. Evil Has a Name: The Untold Story of the Golden State Killer Investigation was written by Paul Holes, Jim Clemente, and Peter McDonnell and primarily narrated by Paul Holes and Jim Clemente. What makes this Audible original so captivating is the use of additional voices, but I will admit the soothing tones of Paul Holes help to make the truly awful crimes more easy to listen to. Continue reading “Evil Has a Name @audible_com Review from @kleffnotes”

Harry Clarke @audible_com Review from @kleffnotes

Harry Clarke is an Audible production of a one person show performed by Billy Crudup. Not only is he the performer in this, but he originated the character at the inaugural Audible Theater live stage venture. Within this particular Audible release there is also a performance of Lillian by the creator of Harry Clarke and Lillian, David Cale.

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Interview with Space Is Cool As Fuck Author Kate Howells from @kleffnotes

I recently posted a review of the very cool book, Space Is Cool As Fuck and as a follow-up to this work I had the opportunity to talk with the primary author. Kate Howells share a bit about herself, the book, and how she came up with such an epic title. I’d like to thank her for her time. Continue reading “Interview with Space Is Cool As Fuck Author Kate Howells from @kleffnotes”

The Haunting of Henderson Close Book Review from @kleffnotes

Henderson Close was once a grim and crime filled place, but in the present day it is a tourist attraction with costumed guides who share the histories of this once dark place. When Hannah decides to make a change and apply for a job as a costumed guide she thought she had found her dream job, but there is something sinister lurking around Henderson Close. In 1891 a woman named Miss Carmichael was murdered and it appears that she is not the only spirit tied to this specific place. What is lurking inside the pages of The Haunting of Henderson Close is something far more evil than just a murderer. Continue reading “The Haunting of Henderson Close Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Junction Book Review from @kleffnotes

A strange change has happened in New Guinea and Japanese nature show host Daisuke Matsumori is pulled into the exploration of a life time. Junction introduces a dangerous new world of the same name that can only be accessed through a wormhole. With a number of countries vying to determine what this area is and how they can control it Daisuke is drawn into a dangerous place full of dangerous people. Continue reading “Junction Book Review from @kleffnotes”

Lone Soldier Book Review from @kleffnotes

Leo M. Rozmaryn creates a complex and tremendously detailed story that finds a way to draw together the ideas of love, self discovery in war through the focus of two young people who connect at a summer camp. Arik and Dahlia are such different people, but as they both discover there is something between them that is stronger than they could have ever expected. Lone Soldier shares their journey and delves into a variety of complex issues including racism, prejudice, and the Arab Israeli conflict, specifically between 1969-1974 with a combination of fictional and true elements. Continue reading “Lone Soldier Book Review from @kleffnotes”

The Upside of Unrequited Book Review from @kleffnotes

Over the holidays I delved into some fun reading catch up and as you might have already noticed based on my two previous reviews, I sought out the Simonverse books from Becky Albertalli. I did accidentally read the books out of order and wound up reading Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda and then Leah On The Offbeat before I read The Upside of Unrequited. Reading them out of order isn’t a huge deal, but Upside is set as the second book and there are references that happen in it and Leah that very clearly show that. Even though I read them out of order I still really enjoyed this book and the characters Albertalli created outside of the more main world of Simon and his friend. Continue reading “The Upside of Unrequited Book Review from @kleffnotes”