Review—The Kindness by Polly Samson

When I received The Kindness in the mail, I wasn’t immediately drawn to it based on the cover or synopsis. I’ll admit that it took me reading Samson’s bio (included with the ARC) and learning that she is married to David Gilmour of Pink Floyd before I thought, “Ok, let’s see what you’ve got.”

The Kindness by Polly Samson

The Kindness by Polly Samson

Then, of course, by the end of the first section, I was hooked.

Samson weaves the story of Julia and Julian through the four sections of The Kindness, and she does so by way of lyrical prose. The line that first struck me was about Julian falling in love with Julia:

He couldn’t stop thinking about her. He remembered the leap of his heart the moment he saw her, all sorts of less poetic places leapt too. Kidneys, stomach, gall bladder, bowel. The shape of his love was littered with organs.”

For me, the last line of that quote depicted the visceral feeling that love can sometimes be—both in a positive and negative way. As the story progressed, I learned that Julian indeed felt everything that way: the shape of his love, joy—and grief and despair—were littered with organs.

The story itself is of Julia, Julian, and their daughter Mira. First we learn what it cost Julia and Julian to be together, and then what it cost them to be apart. Throughout the story (which is told in four sections and spans over twenty years), Samson lays bare the reality of marriage and family life—the defining moments, yet also the small ones that make up the everyday. She weaves flashback into present artfully, touching on the concept that what has made us who we are is never far away, and her use of imagery was, at times, stunning. I felt as though she meted out the details of the story in a perfectly measured way, revealing just enough to keep me turning the page, before ultimately delivering a blow that illuminated the irony of the novel’s title.

The Kindness is Samson’s second novel. Her first book, Perfect Lives, a collection of short stories, was published in 2011.

Review—The Iron Assassin by Ed Greenwood

A steampunk tale of political intrigue, mystery, and inventiveness, The Iron Assassin (out the 9th of June) follows the story of Bentley Roper—now Bentley Steelforce—as outside forces attempt to use him and his newfound abilities to achieve their political or personal goals.

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Why I Loved…The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

For months, I was champing at the bit, hoping to get an ARC of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight. The cover is beautiful, I love YA, the title reminded me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the author is a hoot on Twitter. So, I wanted the precious. WARNING: If you have not read the book, this review contains information some may consider spoilers.

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Supergirl: A Bit of Light Amid the Dark — Why That’s Not a Bad Thing

Heather Wheat:

So good. I can’t wait to watch now!

Originally posted on alwayscoffee:

So, the Supergirl trailer debuted yesterday, and the internet went bananas. It seems like there’s no middle ground – it’s either SQUEE or NOPE. I’m in the SQUEE camp, and here’s why: she’s layered and relatable. And she’s a charming badass. Let’s discuss.

The major complaint I’m seeing in that kind of a bumbling goofball, work-wise. But one thing I loved – that I related to – is the idea of working so hard to be normal (aka to fit in). Because I’ve done that. I’ve spent time trying to not rock the boat, to be less. And there’s usually some kind of impetus that shakes a person out of that. For Kara Zor-El, it’s her sister and an entire plane full of people being in danger.

In the pilot, Kara rescues a plane full of people. She flies. She kicks ass. And then has a goofy grin about it…

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The TBR Guilt Problem…Solved (Pt. 1)

I wrote several posts a little while ago about my TBR shelves (you can find them here, here, here, and here). I looked at all of the books I have, and why I have them. Well, over time, I’ve come to realize (though I’ve known all along) that I simply cannot read all of the books I have…and so I’ve decided to do a (slight) purge of my TBR shelves.
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