Review: The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis
4 Stars , Reviews / June 27, 2016

The Wolf Road is a brutal and fascinating story that entrenches you in the mind and personality of Elka, a young woman living in a post apocalyptic world that can be harsh and unforgiving. I found her personality and story both riveting and touching. She is far from a sentimental type, quite the opposite really. She is driven by practicality and survival and gives little thought or need for much of anything else. In all honesty, her character has not had the luxury of being able to experience little beyond this. Lost and on her own at the age of seven, she meets a man she eventually names Trapper. A man who can appear scary to her at times but when it comes down to it, he takes her in, gives her name (Elka) and teaches her all that she knows, takes care of her when she is sick or injured. They live in isolation in the remotes wilds where he teaches her to track, trap, hunt and survive. He becomes not only the largest, but also the only, influence on her as she develops from that lost young girl into a young woman. He also teaches her to fear other humans, solidifying her isolation with…

Audiobook Review: The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble
4 Stars , Reviews / July 28, 2015

The Insect Farm by Stuart Prebble is a fascinating look into one man’s life, and his relationship with his brother. Jonathan is the younger brother of a much better looking, but also simple minded Roger. Much of this book revolves around their relationship and the impact it has on Jonathan’s life. The book is set in the 70s, and honestly, could never be placed in current day. There are a few mysterious deaths, and the use of todays technologies (cell phone signals/localization, security cameras, etc) would completely obliterate some of the mystery, providing investigators with concrete proof, something to work with. But I enjoyed it and thought it worked well. We are never told exactly what is “wrong” with Roger. Honestly, I don’t think Jonathan knows exactly, just that his brother is mentally impaired in some way and not able to function normally in society. But not any way that you would easily recognize, he is someone that can pass as “normal” at least on visual inspection. During their childhood, Roger starts working on the “insect farm”. At first it seems to be a good hobby, something he can work on and be excited about. But then it becomes an obsession…