#5Books: Book recs and Ocean’s 8!

#5Books for the week ending 11 June 2018

Has anyone seen Ocean’s 8 yet? I went this past Saturday and OH. MY. GOODNESS.

First, up what a gorgeous cast this is. Cate Blanchett pretty much oozes sex in every scene she’s in and Sandra Bullock walks around with a smile on her face that makes you know there’s so much she’s not telling us (the audience).

PS: did anyone see this hilarious interview with Sarah Paulson and Cate Blanchett on TV? 

How funny is it? Anyway, Sarah Paulson and Rihanna (finally got a good script!) are amazing, and Mindy Kaling is like a little pixie making jewllery and wanting to go to the Met instead of robbing it LOL! The standouts are definitely Helena Bonham Carter and Anne Hathaway who must have had the time of her life vamping it up — seriously, have not been her fan, but I stand corrected lol!

It was a long weekend because it was the Queen’s Birthday, and I took the Friday off, so I had an extra long weekend. Got some shopping done for some kids’ birthdays coming up, and went to the movies, so overall am happy with a long weekend!

And I found some frigging awesome book recs 🙂

The Good Son

Yu-jin is a good son, a model student and a successful athlete. But one day he wakes up covered in blood. There’s no sign of a break-in and there’s a body downstairs. It’s the body of someone who Yu-jin knows all too well.

Yu-jin struggles to piece together the fragments of what he can remember from the night before. He suffers from regular seizures and blackouts. He knows he will be accused if he reports the body, but what to do instead? Faced with an unthinkable choice, Yu-jin makes an unthinkable decision.

Through investigating the murder, reading diaries, and looking at his own past and childhood, Yu-jin discovers what has happened. The police descend on the suburban South Korean district in which he lives. The body of a young woman is discovered. Yu-jin has to go back, right back, to remember what happened, back to the night he lost his father and brother, and even further than that.

The Good Son deals with the ultimate taboo in family life, and asks the question: how far will you go to protect your children from themselves?

Interesting last line isn’t it? The whole blurb is about Yu-jin, but the last is asking from a parent’s POV. Which means Yu-Jin is about to find out exactly what he does when he experiences a black out or a seizure.

The Con Artist 

There’s murder at San Diego Comic Con in this entertaining summer read from a Marvel/DC comics veteran Fred Van Lente, featuring illustrations in classic comic book style.

Comic book illustrator Michael Yoo is having a terrible week. He’s just arrived in San Diego for Comic-Con — the annual nerd Mardi Gras that triples the beachside city’s population with 150,000 fans. Michael hopes to spend the next five days working his booth in Artist’s Alley, where he’ll sign autographs and sell sketches for $40 a pop. Instead he’s implicated in the death of his editor, the widely feared and reviled Danny Lieber. There are plenty of suspects onhand — from rival illustrators to burlesque cos-players. But the most valuable clues might be hidden in Michael’s own sketchbook. He’s spent a good portion of the convention illustrating people he’s met and places he’s visited, and he’s inadvertantly captured some very important information. The devil is in the details, and readers who pay careful attention to this book’s black-and-white sketches will be on the right trail to unmask the murderer.

I’m going to Supanova con over here next week, so I feel this is an appropriate rec (even thought it’s a graphic novel) AND it’s a mystery set in a con!

This body’s not big enough for both of us

From the New York Times bestselling author of Meddling Kids comes a brilliantly subversive and comic thriller celebrating noir detectives, Die Hard, Fast & Furious, and the worst case of sibling rivalry.

In a dingy office in Fisherman’s Wharf, the glass panel in the door bears the names of A. Kimrean and Z. Kimrean. Private Eyes. Behind the door there is only one desk, one chair, one scrawny androgynous P.I. in a tank top and skimpy waistcoat. A.Z., as they are collectively known, are twin brother and sister. He’s pure misanthropic logic, she’s wild hedonistic creativity. A.Z. have been locked in mortal battle since they were in utero…which is tricky because they, very literally, share one single body. That’s right. One body, two pilots. The mystery and absurdity of how Kimrean functions, and how they subvert every plotline, twist, explosion, and gunshot–and confuse every cop, neckless thug, cartel boss, ninja, and femme fatale–in the book is pure Cantero magic.

Someone is murdering the sons of the ruthless drug cartel boss known as the Lyon in the biggest baddest town in California–San Carnal. The notorious A.Z. Kimrean must go to the sin-soaked, palm-tree-lined streets of San Carnal, infiltrate the Lyon’s inner circle, and find out who is targeting his heirs, and while they are at it, rescue an undercover cop in too deep, deal with a plucky young stowaway, and stop a major gang war from engulfing California. They’ll face every plot device and break every rule Elmore Leonard wrote before they can crack the case, if they don’t kill each other (themselves) first.

This Body’s Not Big Enough for Both of Us is a mind-blowing, gender-bending, genre-smashing romp through the entire pantheon of action and noir. It is also a bold, tautly crafted novel about family, being weird, and claiming your place in your own crazy story, that can only come from the mind of Edgar Cantero.

I was enthusiastic about Meddling Kids, though the book didn’t work for me as well as I thought. But, given *this* blurb, I can’t resist!

Last Seen Alive

The Hero

Libby Hall never really wanted to be noticed. But after she saves the children in her care from a fire, she finds herself headline news. And horrified by the attention. It all reminds her of what happened nine years ago. The last time she saw her best friend alive.

The Swap

Which is why the house swap is such a godsend. Libby and her husband Jamie exchange their flat in Bath for a beautiful, secluded house in Cornwall. It’s a chance to heal their marriage – to stop its secrets tearing them apart.

The Hideaway

But this stylish Cornish home isn’t the getaway they’d hoped for. They make odd, even disturbing, discoveries in the house. It’s so isolated-yet Libby doesn’t feel entirely alone. As if she’s being watched.

Is Libby being paranoid? What is her husband hiding? And. As the secrets and lies come tumbling out, is the past about to catch up with them?

So many questions! Why doesn’t Libby want to be noticed as a hero and what does that have to do with her best friend? This is the second book I’ve seen with a house swap gone awry, or is it the third? I feel like this the start of a new genre…

Baby Blue 

Stratos Gazis hates being called a hit man.

What he is, is a conscientious fixer. He fixes problems that few can fix. Things that people are willing to pay handsomely to get done provided he concludes the targets deserve their fate.

The story centers around the blue-eyed orphan Emma, the “baby blue” of the title, a beautiful teenage girl with a talent for card tricks of exceptional sophistication – all the more impressive for her tender years and the blindness that has afflicted her since the age of eight. Emma and her adoptive father, a former investigative journalist, roam the streets of Athens together, earning enough to keep body and soul together by performing Chaplinesque sketches.

When the ex-journalist is brutally murdered, Angelino, a well-connected Athenian underworld figure, takes the girl under his wing and retains the services of Stratos to find her father’s killers. Meanwhile, Costas Dragas, a top homicide cop and Gazis’s best friend, has taken on the investigation of a spate of murders of pedophiles, and as usual, has gone to war with the media.

It slowly emerges that their cases intersect and that corporate interests, more powerful than they could ever have imagined, lie behind the murders they both need to solve. Through a combination of experience and the ability to read the ailing city, its residents and its streets with consummate skill, the case is solved, but not without some subliminal tutoring from a great classic of the cinema.

This is the second in a series, but all I needed to know was a Greek mystery? Set in Athens??? GIMME.

7 Comments

  • Angela says:

    I want to see Ocean’s 8 so bad! It looks so funny and I love all the woman in it, especially Anne Hathaway. I know a lot of people don’t like her, but I’ve always loved her. The Con Artist sounds like a very fun read!

  • I’m super excited for Ocean’s 8. The cast is AMAZING. I’m actually even more excited now that you loved it so much. Must see it!

  • I’m dying to see Ocean’s 8. I’m hoping to go with my mom and sister and make it a fun girls’ day all around.

    Some great book recs here too. I especially like the sound of Last Seen Alive.

  • The movie previews do look good so I’m glad you liked it. I already have The Good Son on my wishlist and I have a an arc of the Conterro book – even though I still need to read Meddling Kids. I hope to get to it this summer – of course there’s lots I’d like to get to!

  • Oh Ocean’s 8 looks so good. That Cast!!!! Oh The Good Son sounds good. Thanks for sharing!!

  • I haven’t read any of these books, BUT I did see Ocean’s 8. I thought it was such a fun movie and I was completely entertained the whole entire time. And you are completely right, Cate Blanchett oozes sex! When she showed up in her jumpsuit I was really taken aback in the best way possible, haha. 🙂 I agree – Anne Hathaway really stood out for me. She seemed to have so much fun with her role. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Sandra Bullock in a movie, so it was nice to see her back in the big screen.

  • I totally want to watch Oceans 8! I don’t know if I’ll get to it while it’s still in the cinema though because I also still want to get to Jurassic World 2 while that’s still on!!!

    Hope you’ve had a good week so far V. Thanks for sharing my review of Just one of the Royals. 🙂

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