Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Brokeback Mountain ~ Annie Proulx

I couldn’t find a webpage for the author, but you can find the book at any major retailer or your local library (which is where I found my copy).

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Ennis del Mar and Jack Twist, two ranch hands, come together when they're working as sheepherder and camp tender one summer on a range above the tree line. At first, sharing an isolated tent, the attraction is casual, inevitable, but something deeper catches them that summer.

Both men work hard, marry, and have kids because that's what cowboys do. But over the course of many years and frequent separations this relationship becomes the most important thing in their lives, and they do anything they can to preserve it.

The New Yorker won the National Magazine Award for Fiction for its publication of "Brokeback Mountain," and the story was included inPrize Stories 1998: The O. Henry Awards. In gorgeous and haunting prose, Proulx limns the difficult, dangerous affair between two cowboys that survives everything but the world's violent intolerance.

I want to preface this by saying I still haven’t seen this movie, as crazy as that might seem.  Honestly, I’m glad that I hadn’t caved because I think having seen the movie before reading this short novella would have really detracted from the impact it had on me. 

Over the course of fifty-five very short pages (the book itself is about half the size of your average paperback), you are introduced to Ennis and Jack and from that moment on you watch them become friends, then lovers, and then everything in the world to each other.  Ennis is the reluctant one, the one who tries hard to please his wife and make things work, no matter how much he’d rather have something he can’t name.  Jack, on the other hand, wants what he wants and nothing more.  He’s the free-spirit and unpredictable one.  He’s also the one that breaks your heart at the end.

The ending of this story caught me completely off guard.  I was traumatized and left feeling hollow and empty for hours after I finished it.  I suppose part of the fault is mine, I knew better to be reading unpredictable material at 6 AM, but I couldn’t stop reading.  The majority of the fault lies in the the concise, controlled prose of the author who, with few words and many emotions, weaves a spectacular story that works its way into you and refuses to let go.  Ever. 

Can I say how very thankful I am that my local library has several other books and collections by this author?  She is simply amazing.  Never have I read a love story so timeless and so all-encompassing that you can’t help but relate. 

~Your extremely emotional Crazy Lady

Disclaimer: I borrowed this book from my local library because I’ve long wanted to watch the movie but instead stumbled upon the book. 

Fangs of Anarchy Parts 1-3 ~ Dakota Cassidy

You can find the author here and the books here.

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Irish McConnell would give his immortality for a taste of Claire Montgomery. But the Fangs of Anarchy leader can’t risk his biker club, his vampire clan, or his tenuous truce with werewolf Gannon Dodd, Claire’s pack alpha—and her intended mate. Nope. Vamps and weres don’t mix, and Irish has managed to keep that in mind for five long, lust-filled years.

But now Claire’s gone and done something really, really (really!) bad, guaranteeing her doom if she’s ever found out. Truce be damned, Irish won’t leave her unprotected, despite the fact this is one murder-filled bundle of trouble he doesn’t need.

And unfortunately for Irish, the trouble’s just beginning…

Okay, so I thought I had already reviewed part 1, but I guess I was wrong.  So, I will lump the first three together, which might actually be easier in the end.

The one thing you need to know going into this is that this is a serial novella and that each part (so far) ends on a mild cliffhanger.  Consider yourself warned.

Claire Montgomery is probably the oddest characters I’ve met in awhile.  She’s not only a werewolf, but a librarian to boot.  Which, if you ask me, is pretty awesome.  I like that she’s mostly mild-mannered and non-aggressive unless she needs to be. And if she needs to be?  You had better watch out. 

Irish McConnell, on the other hand, is your rebel – smoking hot vampire biker bad boy.  At least, on the outside.  Little does the world know that he has a soft spot for a certain librarian.  By the third installment, you’ve gotten to know a little bit more about him, giving him more depth and making him just that much more interesting (and desirable). 

The best part about Irish and Claire’s relationship is all the friendly banter.  No matter what is going on or how dire things look, they each are locked and loaded with an arsenal of snarky comments.  Honestly, it reminds me an awful lot of the relationship I have with my husband.  Besides, it really brings a bit of levity into the intense moments. 

Through part three, Fangs of Anarchy has been a funny, sexy and engrossing series.  The cliffhanger at the end of part two made me thankful I had already purchased part three and had it loaded and ready to go!  I really cannot wait to see where Irish and Claire end up and seriously – why the heck did she do it?

Disclaimer: I purchased these e-books with my own hard earned cash because I lurve Dakota and want to support her any way I can. 

~TCL