#5Books: Book recs, Star Trek and Spock

#5Books for the week ending 3 feb 2019

Star Trek Discovery has recently started airing — so expect spoilers for the first four episode of season 2.

I was surprised when Discovery said they were bringing Spock into the show, but actually open to the idea. I admit to rolling my eyes just a little at Michael suddenly being Spock’s sister when she show first started, but really that was one of the only ways I could think that this show could be anchored with the Star Trek we love, so many years before Kirk and Spock were on the Enterprise.

I appreciate that despite not actually being on screen, Spock is part and parcel of this season already four episodes in — through Michael’s agony at the choice she made that severed their sibling relationship to Pike’s concern for his first officer to Amanda’s determination to find her son no matter who stands in her way. This is the first time I can think of that Amanda is more than a footnote in Sarek and Spock’s story, so I am all for that.

But the visions. I don’t know what to make of a  distinctly paranormal aspect to a sci-fi show. Spock had them as a kid, and now Michael is having them, and they’re interesting, in that I want to see how it all comes together, but again, it still just feels too paranormal for this show.

We shall see at the end of the season I guess.

Also: Captain Picard is going to have his own show, post The Next Generation! I cannot wait! Wonder Patrick Stewart can convince Ian McKellan to guest????

Other things of note:

  • Tilly is a queen, and will be an admiral running the Federation at some point, I just know it. I love watching her humanity in an amongst the officers and the restrictions of Starfleet. And she makes Michael smile, so plus there!
  • Philippa Georgiou or rather the Emperor from the alt verse of last season AKA Michelle Yeoh. I cannot WAIT for her show in section 31. Badass captain, who you don’t quite know whose side she’s on? YES please.
  • Pike is someone I am enjoying so much more than I thought I would. This is a captain who cares about Spock and his crew, and knows when not to take himself seriously.

In other news: book recs!

Run Away 

A perfect family is shattered in RUN AWAY, the new thriller from the master of domestic suspense, Harlan Coben.

You’ve lost your daughter.

She’s addicted to drugs and to an abusive boyfriend. And she’s made it clear that she doesn’t want to be found.

Then, by chance, you see her playing guitar in Central Park. But she’s not the girl you remember. This woman is living on the edge, frightened, and clearly in trouble.

You don’t stop to think. You approach her, beg her to come home.

She runs. 

And you do the only thing a parent can do: you follow her into a dark and dangerous world you never knew existed. Before you know it, both your family and your life are on the line. And in order to protect your daughter from the evils of that world, you must face them head on.

What would make a daughter run from her father? And basically, I’m kind of wanting to know just how much is a father going to risk in order to get her back? Coben is one of those authors whose blurbs I kind of always trust – do you have those authors in your life? 

The Lost Night

What really happened the night Edie died? Ten years later, her best friend Lindsay will learn how unprepared she is for the truth.

In 2009, Edie had New York’s social world in her thrall. Mercurial and beguiling, she was the shining star of a group of recent graduates living in a Brooklyn loft and treating the city like their playground. When Edie’s body was found near a suicide note at the end of a long, drunken night, no one could believe it. Grief, shock, and resentment scattered the group and brought the era to an abrupt end.

A decade later, Lindsay has come a long way from the drug-addled world of Calhoun Lofts. She has devoted best friends, a cozy apartment, and a thriving career as a magazine’s head fact-checker. But when a chance reunion leads Lindsay to discover an unsettling video from that hazy night, she starts to wonder if Edie was actually murdered—and, worse, if she herself was involved. As she rifles through those months in 2009—combing through case files, old technology, and her fractured memories—Lindsay is forced to confront the demons of her own violent history to bring the truth to light.

Ok, when I started this blurb, I thought okay, Lindsey is going to find out what happened to Edienot expecting Lindsey is going to find out if she did anything to cause Edie’s death.

What We Did  

He stole her childhood. She’ll take his future

What would you do if you accidentally encountered the man who once abused you?

And how would you get away with it?

Bridget’s life is small and safe: she loves her husband, her son and works hard to keep her own business afloat. Then one day her world is changed forever. The music teacher who abused her walks into a shop with the teenager he’s clearly grooming. Bridget is sent spiralling back into her past.

Anthony begins to stalk Bridget, trying to ensure her silence – until suddenly, she snaps.

And now Bridget must find away to deal with the aftermath of her actions.

What does she do? And why does the title use the word we and not she? Is her husband part of this? And when she snaps, is it to murder Anthony? Or something else? And yes, that is the last question I have about this one.

The Diary of a Murderer

It’s been twenty-five years since I last murdered someone, or has it been twenty-six?

Diary of a Murderer captivates and provokes in equal measure, exploring what it means to be on the edge—between life and death, good and evil. In the titular novella, a former serial killer suffering from memory loss sets his sights on one final target: his daughter’s boyfriend, who he suspects is also a serial killer. In other stories we witness an affair between two childhood friends that questions the limits of loyalty and love; a family’s disintegration after a baby son is kidnapped and recovered years later; and a wild, erotic ride about pursuing creativity at the expense of everything else.
From “one of South Korea’s best and most worldly writers” (NPR), Diary of a Murderer is chilling and high-powered all the way through.

I am reminded of the creepyness of The Good Son from this blurb, and this makes me want to read this and reluctant to read it at the same time.

Girl Most Likely 

It’s never too late for revenge in this thrilling novel by New York Times bestselling and award-winning crime master Max Allan Collins.

In a small Midwest town, twenty-eight-year-old Krista Larson has made her mark as the youngest female police chief in the country. She’s learned from the best: her father, Keith, a decorated former detective. But as accustomed as they are to the relative quiet of their idyllic tourist town, things quickly turn with Krista’s ten-year high school reunion.

With the out-of-towners holed up in a lakefront lodge, it doesn’t take long to stir up old grudges and resentments. Now a successful TV host, Astrid Lund, voted the “Girl Most Likely to Succeed”—and then some—is back in town. Her reputation as a dogged reporter has made the stunning blonde famous. Her reputation among her former classmates and rivals has made her infamous. Astrid’s list of enemies is a long one. And as the reunion begins, so does a triple murder investigation.

Krista and her father are following leads and opening long-locked doors from their hometown to the Florida suburbs to Chicago’s underworld. They just never imagined what would be revealed: the secrets and scandals of Krista’s own past.

I am not a fan of class reunions. I think in part because high school was… fine. Nothing memorable, and since moving away I haven’t been back to South Africa, so it’s not been on my mind. And yet, I think this sounds fantastic, and the idea of a reunion and all sorts of secrets coming out kind of sounds delicious, doesn’t it? 

Do you like reunions? Which one of these recs are on your radar??


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