About half way through this one… Review to come soon. Interest is still piqued. Imagine if Alice wasn’t the only one to find the rabbit hole.
Hello fellow readers: Considering this is “All Souls Day” I felt it was appropriate to check out “The Book of Life” by Deborah Harness. More information can be found at: Amazon: The Book of Life (All Souls Trilogy, Book 3)
The highly anticipated finale to the #1 New York Times bestselling trilogy that began with A Discovery of Witches
After traveling through time in Shadow of Night, the second book in Deborah Harkness’s enchanting series, historian and witch Diana Bishop and vampire scientist Matthew Clairmont return to the present to face new crises and old enemies. At Matthew’s ancestral home at Sept-Tours, they reunite with the cast of characters from A Discovery of Witches—with one significant exception. But the real threat to their future has yet to be revealed, and when it is, the search for Ashmole 782 and its missing pages takes on even more urgency. In the trilogy’s final volume, Harkness deepens her themes of power and passion, family and caring, past deeds and their present consequences. In ancestral homes and university laboratories, using ancient knowledge and modern science, from the hills of the Auvergne to the palaces of Venice and beyond, the couple at last learn what the witches discovered so many centuries ago.
With more than one million copies sold in the United States and appearing in thirty-eight foreign editions, A Discovery of Witches and Shadow of Night have landed on all of the major bestseller lists and garnered rave reviews from countless publications. Eagerly awaited by Harkness’s legion of fans, The Book of Life brings this superbly written series to a deeply satisfying close.
“Weaving an extraordinarily rich story of magic and science, history and fiction, passion and power, secrets and truths, Harkness delivers an unforgettable and spellbinding finale that’s not to be missed.”—USA Today
“Juicy and action-packed . . . Even at 561 pages, this is one hardcover no one will mind lugging to the beach.”
“Pure escapist summer fun.”
—Jodi Picoult, Parade
“The epic and erudite vampire-witch romance comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion in the action-packed All Souls trilogy ender.”
“A stirring, poignant saga.”
“The charm in Deborah Harkness’s wildly successful All Souls trilogy lies not merely in the spells that its creature characters cast as they lurk pretty much in plain sight of humans, but in the adroit way Harkness has insinuated her world of demons, witches, and vampires into ours. . . . From the novel’s poignant opening, Harkness casts her own indelible spell of enchantment, heartbreak, and resilience. . . . She is terrific at bringing her magic world to life, maintaining a fast-paced, page-turning narrative.”
—The Boston Globe
“This trilogy is a superlative example in a subgenre you could call realistic fantasy—think Harry Potter but for grown-ups or Susanna Clarke’s Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Witches, vampires, and daemons exist, along with time travel. But this world also is recognizably ours, not a wholly made-up setting like George R.R. Martin’s Westeros. When done well, as it is here, this sort of fiction provides characters who are recognizably human in their desires and actions even if most of them are creatures with supernatural powers. Through them Harkness succeeds at the hardest part of writing fantasy: She makes this world so real that you believe it exists—or at the very least that you wish that it did.”
“Harkness has immersed and spellbound readers with her alternative universe. . . . Her ambitious melding of scientific and historical detail is inventive and brings surprising depth. . . . The Book of Life brims with sensuality, intrigue, violence and much-welcome humor.”
—Los Angeles Times
“There is no shortage of action in this sprawling sequel, and nearly every chapter brings a wrinkle to the tale. The storytelling is lively and energetic, and Diana remains an appealing heroine even as her life becomes ever more extraordinary. A delightful wrap-up to the trilogy.”
About the Author: Deborah Harkness is a professor of history at the University of Southern California. She has received Fullbright, Guggenheim, and National Humanities Center fellowships, and her most recent scholarly work is The Jewel House: Elizabethan London and the Scientific Revolution. She also writes an award-winning wine blog.
It’s that time of year everyone, to put on a pot of boiling stew, and to run around your neighborhood streets scaring the pants off of each other. Or in my case, cook a large amount of food, dress up like a six year old, and sneak pieces of candy from my kids baskets when they are not looking. I thought it would be a great time to post a spooky list of books in case you were in a need to be scared. Check out the recommended list below from Andrew and Megan at The Verge.
Happy Halloween and be safe!
10 spooky page-turners for Halloween
Books to keep you up at night
By Andrew Liptak and Megan Farokhmanesh on October 29, 2016 11:45 am
It’s October, and that means nightfall creeps earlier every day and the shadows lengthen from skeletal trees. The fall is the perfect time to start taking on the book list that you’ve had accumulate over the summer. With Halloween right around the corner, it’s a good time to take a look at some great horror novels to crack open.
Our recommendations: (click on the Title for more information)
1. Hex Thomas Olde Heuvelt
2. It by Stephen King
3. The Firemanby Joe Hill
4. Shirley Jackson’s ‘The Lottery’ by Miles Hyman
5. The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
6. Certain Dark Things by Silvia Moreno-Garcia
7. Nightshades by Melissa F. Olson
8.The Amityville Horror by Jay Anson
10. House of Leaves, Mark Z. Danielewski
I’ve never read Joel’s books or listened to his sermons. I happened to come across this book on the website Goodreads and the title caught my eye. I was under the impression the book was about I Am (God). Boy was I wrong. This book is about self-declarations to bring positive energy to one’s life. You say “I am rich” and somehow you will become rich. You say “I am happy” and somehow you will become happy overnight. Positive outlook and thinking are all great stuff but how he claims this is in line with the teaching of the Bible is absurd. Frequently he talks about God’s desire for us to be successful, wealthy, prominent, etc but by not saying “I am this or that” we are keeping this from happening. Is he saying all Christians should be wealthy? Successful? Unfortunately each chapter was the same message over and over; it did not keep my interest.
Find out more here: https://www.joelosteen.com/Pages/Home.aspx
Author: Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church with over 38,000 attendees. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000 seat home — the former Compaq Center which is now the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into television markets across the U.S. where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world. In 2004 his first book, Your Best Life Now was released by Time Warner debuting at the top of the New York Times Bestsellers List and quickly rising to #1. It remained on the New York Times Bestseller for more than 2 years and has sold more than 4 million copies. Most recently, Joel was named as one of Barbara Walters’ “10 Most Fascinating People of 2006” and he was selected as the “Most Influential Christian in 2006” by the readers of Church Report Magazine. The son of John Osteen — a highly respected minister of the Gospel and the founder of Lakewood Church — Joel attended Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma where he studied radio and television communications. In 1982, Joel returned to Houston and founded Lakewood’s television ministry where he produced John Osteen’s televised sermons for 17 years until January 1999 when his father passed away. For many years John Osteen encouraged Joel to preach, but he always declined preferring to work behind the scenes. In early 1999, Joel felt compelled to accept his father’s invitation and he preached his first sermon on January 17th of that year. Little did anyone know that would be the last Sunday of John Osteen’s life. Two weeks later Joel began preaching and later that year was installed as the new Senior Pastor of Lakewood Church. Almost immediately, weekly attendance began to grow at an extraordinary rate and, in 2005 Joel moved Lakewood Church into its present location, the former Compaq Center, a 16,000 seat arena that was once home to the Houston Rockets professional basketball team. Now, with his wife Victoria and the leadership staff of Lakewood, this innovative church is poised for the new millennium. Joel’s extraordinary success can be found in his core message: That our God is a good God who desires to bless those who are obedient and faithful to Him through Jesus Christ. It is Joel’s deepest desire that his own life be an example of that principle and that everyone who hears this message of hope and encouragement would choose to accept God’s goodness and mercy and to become all that God wants them to be.
Osteen (Your Best Life Now) offers a more detailed take on his popular message in his latest book. Where previously he followed his televised message closely—God is good, and he wants you to enjoy vibrant health and material abundance—this book focuses on each individual’s self-definition and the affirmations we make each day that define us. His fundamental assumption of self-determination is easily understood: “Whatever follows the ‘I am’ will eventually find you.” Speak defeat and discouragement, and you attract these to your life. But speak health and wholeness, and these will become realities for you. But Osteen goes beyond the usual prosperity gospel line: “God’s dream for your life is that you would be blessed in such a way that you could be a blessing to others.” Directing believers to look beyond their own needs and wants, Osteen advances his message to a higher plane, advocating a life of reaching out and sharing your blessings. (Oct.)
*Disclosure: This book was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.*
Source: The 10 best books of 2015