Feb 25, 2012

WWW (What What What) Wednesday 22 February 2012

WWW (What What What) Wednesday 22 February 2012:

What What What Wednesday (WWW) is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. It's pretty simple - three questions:
What Are You Currently Reading?
What Did You Recently Finish Reading?
What Do You Think You'll Read Next?

What I'm Currently Reading

Mountain Man by Keith C. Blackmore

Published: 15 December 2011

Source: author

Augustus Berry lives a day-to-day existence comprised of waking up, getting drunk, and preparing for the inevitable day when “they” will come up the side of his mountain and penetrate his fortress. Living on the outskirts of a city and scavenging for whatever supplies remain after civilization died two years ago, Gus knows that every time he goes down into undead suburbia could be his last.

I've read a little of this one and I like the characterisation and the scene is set for....ZOMBIES!!!!  It's been ages since I read a zombie book (ok, like three books ago!).

What I Recently Finished Reading

After the Snow by S.D. Crockett

Expected publication: 27 March 2012 by Feiwel & Friends

Pages: 304 (hardcover)

Source: publisher via NetGalley

Fifteen-year-old Willo was out hunting when the trucks came and took his family away. Left alone in the snow, Willo becomes determined to find and rescue his family, and he knows just who to talk with to learn where they are. He plans to head across the mountains and make Farmer Geraint tell him where his family has gone.

But on the way across the mountain, he finds Mary, a refugee from the city, whose father is lost and who is starving to death. The smart thing to do would be to leave her alone -- he doesn't have enough supplies for two or the time to take care of a girl -- but Willo just can't do it. However, with the world trapped in an ice age, the odds of them surviving on their own are not good. And even if he does manage to keep Mary safe, what about finding his family?

Written in dialect (which I normally HATE), I really enjoyed this book - the character of Willo is so well-drawn it's easily imaginable to see him in the situations he finds himself in, and the writing and story are beautifully bleak.

What I'm Reading Next

The Mistake by Wendy James

Published: 2 February 2012 by Penguin Australia

Pages: 256 (paperback)

Source: publisher via NetGalley

The past isn't dead. It isn't even past …

Jodie Garrow is a teenager from the wrong side of the tracks when she falls pregnant. Scared, alone and desperate to make something of her life, she makes the decision to adopt out her baby – and tells nobody.

Twenty-five years on, Jodie has built a whole new life and a whole new family. But when a chance meeting brings the illegal adoption to the notice of the authorities, Jodie becomes embroiled in a nationwide police investigation for the missing child, and the centre of a media witch hunt.

Did something sinister happen to Jodie's baby the night it was born? The fallout from Jodie's past puts her whole family under the microscope, and her husband and daughter must re-examine everything they believed to be true.

An utterly engrossing exploration of what happens to an Australian family, seemingly just like any other, when a long-buried secret surfaces and a mother's dirty laundry is aired in front of the entire nation. The Mistake brilliantly explores the media's powerful role in shaping public perceptions and asks the haunting question: can we ever truly know another person?

It's time for a bit of adult contemporary drama - particularly as it is set in Australia.  Looking forward to curling up with this one on the weekend!

What are you reading?  Anything outside your normal genre, or something you're liking far more than you thought you would?

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