Friday, March 31, 2017

Hideaway Fall Swag Bag

Today I got an exciting package in the mail. I love surprise packages. I'd been contacted a few months ago by a new independent publisher, Hideaway Fall. They sent me this charming swag bag to get me in the mood for all the reading I'll be doing.

 Their first title is Broken Branches. I can't wait to get my review copy. I'll keep you posted.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Didn't Get Frazzled by David Z. Hirsch

I was looking for a book that was different from any of the 30+ books I reviewed last year. When I was presented with Didn't Get Frazzled I knew that was it. A novel about medical school-- pretty much as different as I could get. I work with doctors, so I was interested in getting a sense of what the whole medical school experience was like. Hirsch did a great job of introducing characters with the variety of personalities I expected to find in a group of doctor hopefuls.

Didn't Get Frazzled isn't about as much of the technical parts of medical school as it was the personal and emotional toll this unique education takes on the main character Seth. There were quite a few cringe-worthy scenes, so if you have a weak stomach I would recommend you skip it. Hirsch's account of Seth's first gynecology lesson was so real and vivid that I could almost literally feel his instructor's pain. The book was sprinkled with these kinds of experiences which were sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and sometimes a mixture of both.

Unfortunately for Seth, his long-time relationship suffers through his intense schedule and eventually succumbs to the pressure. I felt that Hirsch did an amazing job of illustrating the stress and sacrifice of becoming a physician. 

I recommend Didn't Get Frazzled to anyone who knows a doctor, wants to be a doctor, or wants to relive the insanity of medical school. It definitely gave me a greater appreciation for the doctors in my life.

You can get your copy from Amazon. Be sure to visit the author's website for more information and more reviews.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver by Shawn Inmon

The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver wasn't a requested review. I bought it for my Kindle because I found the plot interesting. Thomas is a middle-aged man who commits suicide and finds himself back in his fifteen-year-old body in 1976.

The book showed a lot of promise. The writing was technically good. The plot was engaging. There were plenty of surprises. However, I found it to be somewhat contrived in places. It's a common problem with stories about people visiting the past. And the musical references were nice--I'm a music lover--but very much overdone. I didn't need to know what the characters were listening to when it wasn't really relevant to the story.

But The Unusual Second Life of Thomas Weaver was thought-provoking. I found myself wondering what I would do if I were thrust back into my teens. And I appreciated the author's concept that Thomas didn't really know what was going to happen because even the smallest changes had a huge effect.

In all, I'm glad I read the book, but I'm not going to bother with the sequel.