Seeing Kermit surrounded and almost buried in leaves kind of reminds me of my relationship with books. I'm pretty much buried in them too! I have no more space in my house for the books I buy and piles are sitting on the floor which isn't good and I can't read them quick enough because I keep buying!!! I've battled to reduce the tbr without success this year but now Kermit and I are embarking on a new plan to reduce the book buying and give me a chance to reduce the tbr at last. The Plan? Download samples and read them and only go on to buy those I liked instead of grabbing everything!
Here is what I read last week!
1) SM Wilson-The Extinction Trials
Lincoln's sister is sick and the health care on Earthasia comes below food and water in a list of priorities, with the continent being overpopulated. The plague killing people is not something the government cares about in the grand scheme of things. Storm likes to relax by swimming with the plesiosaur Milo in the lake, creatures she credits with saving her life after an accident, though her friend Dell doesn't understand her. He is scared of dinosaurs and the worst of them live on far off Piloria.
The sample is very much an introduction to the world that Lincoln and Storm live in, so no actual action. We get a glimpse of the kind of society they live in with constant calls to city hall for unpopular announcements, the latest warning of a population control measure being introduced. It is obviously a harsh environment that you don't want to get sick in. I loved the idea of swimming with Milo and I'm certainly curious about the dinosaurs on Piloria that are briefly mentioned. This sample doesn't give much on the long term plot but I would at least consider looking at the full book if I get the chance.
2) Bill Schweigart-The Beast of Barcroft
Manny from the Public Health Division is no stranger to Barcroft. The residents are up in arms over a local woman who runs a sanctuary for raccoons and keeps it in such a state that rats have invaded the whole community. The people are tired of filing complaints which Madeleine does the minimum to abide by and then lets things go back to being a mess. Mammy is sick of that and now a resident is reporting a wold sighting. Perhaps Manny should have taken that report more seriously as he meets the beast. Ben lives next door to Madeleine who has just recently died but her place is still a mess.
It's really hard to make a decision based on this sample. We get the first attack of the beast which is interesting enough and the background to Barcroft is explained. I'm just not sure what the book is going to be like as a whole so I checked out some reviews before I make a decision. Looking at the negative Goodreads reviews and I'm not convinced that this will be for me if Ben fixates on so many women throughout the book. It sounds like it might be more about life in the town and Ben being less than smart than about the actual beast. I think I'll give it a miss.
3) Riley Flynn-Fall Back
It is September 2027. The Eko Virus continues to spread with a prediction that the whole of America will be infected in ten days and vaccines are running out so are being given only to priority people. A recent cyber attack is making things impossible for the stressed out President who addresses the nation about the need for martial law to try and maintain order. Minutes later, a member of his own cabinet arranges for Air Force One to be blown out of the sky. In Germany Jax has just lost his partner Rachel to the virus and is determined to take her daughter Hayley back to America with him where he is being deployed.
It is quite hard to make a decision based on samples that are just setting the scene. I do like pandemic virus stories. However as I was reading the blurb on the book, it suggests that the best reading plan is to read The Collapse series starting with Perfect Storm by the author which is an introduction to the virus survivors in the civilian population before reading this one which focuses on the military. I already have Perfect Storm so I'll go and read that first then decide if I'm getting this one.
4) Patrick Lacey-Dream Woods
Vince once had a holiday at Dream Woods which he loved but it closed soon after, amid stories of murders and other nasty incidents. So he is surprised to see a billboard advertising the theme park as he drives home one day. He is determined to take his family on a holiday there to get them back together as a unit. Audra is not keen but decides on the trip as one last go for her relationship but she and sons Tim and Andrew are well aware of the stories that are told about the thyeme park. As they get closer to their destination, a puzzled local tells them that Dream Woods has not re-opened but Vince is determined to get there.
This book I am cetrtainly intrigued by and the sample has made me decide to read it. The family unit are in a mess. Andrew is jealous that diabetic Tim gets most of the attention, Audra is ready to leave her husband and Vince just wants his family back together, thinking about the one perfect holiday he had as a kid and trying to recapture it. I feel as if I already know the family. And who can resist an creepy old theme park with a bloody past and a mascot bear called Sebastian?