So intense. Really good.
Good audiobook, fast paced story about 2 friends on a river trip who encounter some bad stuff. Thumbs up and good narration. Thank you @AnneBogel for the recommendation.
You know the universe is on your side when you finish a book and think “what should I read next?” —and your email pings with a message from the library saying your holds are ready for pickup. 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
(And yes. That is indeed a giant mug—the books are not miniature. My friend gave it to me as a joke because I drink so much tea. 🙂)
This wasn‘t as good as I was expecting. I loved the adventure of 2 guys rowing a boat on a Canadian river when a forest fire erupts, but I just couldn‘t get into the story fully. The ending was surprising and heartfelt though.
What starts as an idyllic canoe trip for two college friends through the Canadian wilderness goes awry due to an approaching forest fire, an early fall, and encounters with some sketchy fellow humans. This was an intriguing combination of slow burn and wild ride, character study and nature story. 3.5 stars.
1. Reading it on my phone.
2. National Book Festival tomorrow, ballgame Sunday, and much-needed housework on Monday.
3. Mint chocolate chip
4. Hand bells
Holy sheep, we have a storm brewing. But I am snug as a bug, with a pot of coffee and a gorgeous book. Loving this new Peter Heller novel.
It‘s wine o‘clock with a new book and my favorite reading spot at the cottage. The entire wall next to the chair is sliding glass doors and a view. 😁😍🍷 and we saw a black bear today!
Another #UnpopularOpinion 😝I found this book slow and torturous😩like being up a creek without a paddle 🚣🏽♂️I was expecting a nature thriller but instead I got 2 dudes in a canoe and some geo fracking 🤪#WrongReaderRightBook #BackToTheLibrary
I really liked the plot and the nature writing! But.....the dialogue was so stiff, (he said, he said, he said, one or two word dorky replies) so much so that Wynn came off as a complete dolt. It could have been the narration.
Rock Creek where my husband caught the trout for dinner today.
When I started reading this book I anticipated a fast paced, intense, heart stopping adventure, what I got was quite opposite on all counts. The author spent a distractingly large amount of space describing the natural surroundings, the equipment the men used, canoe tactics, and the fishing they did. It removed me from the story. This doesn‘t make it a bad book just not what I was expecting and the slow burn plot line became a bit tedious for me.
I read this on my flight back from Amsterdam. I still think about it. I studied art history in college and one of my favorite themes was the “sublime” as it relates to nature. Nature is ambivalent to us; it has the remarkable power to move us to both feelings of awe or terror depending on the moment. Heller‘s book is tense, and shows us our fragility in the face of nature. Heller‘s book also has an emotional depth I resonated with. Bravo!
Two friends take a canoeing trip down a dangerous river. A wildfire and a chance encounter with an arguing couple turns their adventure into a nightmare. Lyrical and lovely the taut prose builds suspense beautifully. Jack and Wynn have a bit of an “Of Mice and Men” feel to their relationship, though the lumbering Wynn is an artist and a scholar. Jack is more cynical and harsh. The story balances character depth with a thrilling plot perfectly.
I listened to this while on vacation in Northern Michigan. It was the perfect wilderness adventure story to accompany me on my runs on tree-lined trails and along the shore of Lake Michigan. Two young men on a canoe trip encounter a forest fire and a possible murderer. The characters are well-shaped and the suspense drives you along. The narrator did an excellent job of conveying emotion without overdoing it. Excellent.
Not sure if I would've connected with this more in print instead of audio. There were parts I really enjoyed but a lot I wished had been fleshed out more. Aside from the two protagonists, all the other characters are flat and don't get a lot in the way of motivations. This works best as a wilderness survival story, but I felt like Heller was trying to go for a thriller and a character study as well. It's a short book and could've gone deeper.
Here's my June Wrap-up! I read some of my favorite books of the year so far during June. ⠀
Here are some stats:⠀
*Fiction - 27⠀
*Nonfiction - 3⠀
*YA & Middle Grade - 10⠀
*Audiobooks - 5⠀
*Graphic Novels/Comic Books - 2⠀
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Reads: The River; Saga; Volume 3; Lost Children Archive; Front Desk; On Earth, We're Briefly Gorgeous; The Marrow Thieves.⠀
Do you see any favorites? or any on your July TBR?
Phot by Nebojsa Novakovik
Soon the channel of firmament would pool with a star, then three, then a hundred, and it would keep filling and deepening until the stars sifted and flowed between the tops of the trees in their own river, whose coves would mirror the one they were on. He had thought it before, and he loved thinking about the two rivers. . .
They had passed a wide cove with a pair of loons, one was probably nested nearby, and when they stroked past, the one closest tilted back her head and loosed a pitched wail that must have moved the trees like wind. It pierced the haze and echoed off the waiting forest and rolled over the water like any scream, and seemed to carry a pathos so deep it was a wonder a mere world could support it.
Wynn felt like they had paddled this stretch of shore now a hundred times. It felt as if they had spent half their lives paddling this piece. If this were really a bad dream, or hell, they would paddle it for another hundred years. . . A place to revisit, to sustain one like Cezanne‘s mountain. Not.
It started off way to slow and took about 100 pages before the plot started picking up. There was definitely some suspenseful parts but the ending didn‘t pan out for me. The language the author used to describe nature was beautiful and lyrical and those who love nature and stories about survival in nature will love this book.
I breezed through this in just a few days and it had me on the edge of my seat for most of it. All the technical stuff about fishing and canoeing etc. lost me a bit though and the frequent POV shifts back and forth I found confusing even after becoming more familiar with the characters. There‘s one other thing, but I‘ll put it under a spoiler tag. It‘s a major spoiler, so if you haven‘t read this yet but want to ⬇️