The Prince with the Silver Hand (Tale of the Eternal Champion, yOriginal movies i will be in my trailer it s all the things i like wilderness survival vengeance epic journeys across uncompromising landscapes girls with potty mouths who are deadly with a knife because say whatou will about trapper he may have raised her rough but he raised her to survive in a world that barely managed to survive itself but it s also about nicer softer things coming of age and coming back to society and human kindness and trust when elka meets penelope theirs is a friendship born of literal life saving exchanges but they also have very complementary skill sets elka has all manner of survival skills and animal instincts but she s never had to learn social skills while penelope can read and navigate the civilized world and she knows how to manipulate which is a wholly human trait elka s only just learning about it s a win win book one part cat and mouse manhunt with blood and brutality one part finding a place in the world that doesn t reuire uite so much blood and brutality plus wolves and backwoods philosophy I don t much like roads Roads is some other man s path that people follow no uestion All my life I lived by rules of the forest and rules of myself One a them rules is don t go trusting another man s path No matter if that s a real one trodden into dirt or all them twists and turns his life has takenit s a gritty and funny and strong debut and i would really like to read her second book Bitter Sun although it looks like it hasn t been published in the US Haram Lokma yet so i guess i can put it off for now AND THIS IS HOW THE SLIPPERY SLOPES HAPPENcome to my blog All I know is that one day all the maps became useless and we had to make our own The old uns called the day the Fall or the Reformation Nana said some down in the far south called it the Rapture Nana was a babe when it happened said her momma called it the Big Damn Stupid Set everything back to zeroAn event has happened that set the world back to a time with no technology Mother Nature is boss and sevenear old Elka learns the hard way when her Nana is lost during a strong storm Elka ends up in the woods alone and starving She gets taken in by a reclusive man she calls Trapper Trapper teaches Elka all he knows about hunting trapping and survival He makes sure she knows to stay away from any person that she might run across out in the woodsHe never lets her go with him on those late night wolf hunts though One day after Elka has lived with him for ears she finds out that the man she calls Daddy is a serial killer She takes off into the woods with just a knife to escape from him Her parents had gone North when Elka was a baby to get rich from a gold rush She heads toward North to find them Told in the first person the book is completely inside Elka s head You might think that sounds boring but this book is anything but that Along the way Elka picks up a shadow in the form of a wolf that shows up when she seems to need him wolf *that shows up when she seems to need him worst She also falls for a * shows up when she seems to need him worst She also falls for a s pretty face She learns uickly to trust only herself Men got one hell of a weakness and when it ain t their arrogance it s the dangling bits She saves a woman from a bad fate and they tag up Agreeing to try and keep each other alive Penelope didn t have no fat on her no reserves for her body to live off tween meals If that was the price for beauty and the desire a men well hell ou can keep it Alive and ugly is better than pretty and deadThey are followed by a woman law officer that is determined to bring in Elka and Trapper who is following Elka on her journeyElka s character is haunted by demons but ou can see that she does what she needs in order to survive She knows what she wants and goes about getting it Smell a baconAin t nothing in this world like it Salt cured sliced thick line a juicy fat crisping up in the pan Anyone what tells ou they don t like bacon is either stupid or lying Either way that ain t no one George V. Higgins you can trustThis book is extremely dark and sometimes mystical There is my warning for the readers that are going toell about how gross it getsCrap I loved this book 45 stars Monsters ain t real cept in kids imaginations under the beds in the closets We live in a world a men and there ain t no good come out of tellin them they monsters Makes em think they ain t done nothin wrong that it s their nature and they can t do nothin to change that Callin em a monster makes em somethin different from the rest of us but they ain t They just men flesh and bone and blood Bad uns truth but men all the same Booksource Netgalley and bloggingforbooks in exchange for review My "FRIEND ZOEYTRON S REVIEW IS HERESHE DIDN T LIKE "Zoeytron s review is hereshe didn t like uite as much as I didbut I still luv her even if she read it wrong SOME SPOILERS I sat high oak branch tween my knees and watched the tattooed man stride about in the snow Pictures all over his face no skin left no just ink and blood Looking for me he was Always looking for me He left red drops in the white fallen from his fish knife Not fish blood though Man blood Boy blood Lad from Tucket lost his scalp to that knife Scrap of hair and pink hung from the man s belt That was dripping too hot and fresh He d left the body in the thicket for the wolves to find It took me uite awhile to decide to read this book I wasn t interested in books about a trapper. Thing but her knife and her wiles she decides to escape his clutches and sets out on a long journey to the frozen north in the hope of finding her long lost parents But as the trail of blood and bodies grows in her path Elka realizes that daddy won't be letting his little girl go without a fight If she's going to survive she'll have to turn and confront not just him but the truth about what he's turned her int. Ntire paragraphs to figure out what the silly fuck Elka was saying Halfway through this novel it changes from The Road meets True Grit to The Revenant meets Calamity Jane I liked the first mash up better Now now brown cow I dig the fuck outta Doris Day and her goofy little western but I wasn t expecting the shift It was a wee bit jarring For 40% of the book I was left waiting for the story to switch back to the awesomesauce that was the first 50% Lewis finally brought everything home in terrific fashion but that doesn t change the fact that she had me worried for almost half the run time I actually look forward to rereading the novel just because I know what s coming now and I can sit back and enjoy the book for what it is instead of what I expected it to beThe ending is both emotionally powerful and fantastically written I was hovering around three stars until the final pages The novel paid off and left me wanting flip back to page one and start all over again the minute I flipped the final page Can t say that about many books In summation While the narrative style can be difficult to read at times and forced me to slow down or to reread certain sections I loved the characters and the chances the author took Elka was far from perfect and the Country MouseCity Mouse interactions in the middle were fun if a little unexpected and jarring But that s kinda my fault I expected one tone throughout and I got about three different tones Not necessarily a bad thing Just unexpectedFinal Judgment Finger lickin good I found The Wolf Road to have a compelling and easy to read style The protagonist is one of the strongest females that I ve read and I found how she survived several early traumas to be mostly believable If Black Brothers, Inc. you are looking for strong female characters and a variety of themou will enjoy this book This was a book that was hard to put down even if it strained my willful suspension of disbelief in several important places Grounding a story in reality is very important to me even when it s a fantasy or a futuristic tale A bit of that grounding and this would have been a five star read for me I know a lot of readers will be able to coast past the things that bothered me For a fast and adventurous read with unusual characters this will be a good summer read for ou Trapper was my family even though I didn t know a sure thing about him Trapper was the kind a family ou choose for ourself the kind that gets closer n blood He was what I chose and I chose wrong An extraordinary novel dark and funny and full of wild energy First novel of this author Beth Lewis and well worth reading It is an apocalyptic story although it does not feel that way and it is hardly noticeable it is not the main part of the story It is a novel about a girl in the wilderness escaping and then hunting Trapper the man who saved her in the wilderness and took her in the man who killed women and children Only comment I have is that I feel the book could have been edited to a bit compact writingBut other than that a very entertaining great story Unusual out of the boxI think this author has up her sleeve looking forward to that Underneath all that grime she said smearing a spot a dirt on my cheek with her finger ou re a diamond Elka clear and "tough and priceless But ou don t know I said in no n "and priceless But ou don t know I said in no n whisper I know enough she said fulfilling my 2019 goal to read at least one book each month that i bought in hardcover and put off reading long enough that it is now in paperbackin the books i didn t read in a timely manner olympics this one is in the running for most shameful karenfail medal because i had this as an ARC and it sounded so great i meant to read it immediately but never got around to it and then when the hardcover came out i loved the cover so much i had to buy it even though i still hadn t read the ARC reasoning well maybe there were errors in the ARC and now i will read it as the author intended but i STILL didn t get to it and then when the paperback came out i loved that cover so much i was tempted to buy ANOTHER copy but i restrained myself because growth and now thanks to setting myself very specific 2019 reading goals i have finally read it and This Many Miles From Desire yeah it was as good as i d hopedit s a western themed novel set in the now even wildernessy wilderness of post Event canada where ouroung narrator elka discovers that the gruff man she only knows as trapper the father figure who has been raising her for the past ten ears is than just a facially tattooed woodsy loner he s a straight up monster a wanted man named kreagar she s been his ward and prot g since she was seven when a storm and storms are serious in post Event canada flung her or less on his doorstep separating her from her grandmother with whom she d been living since her parents left her to make their fortunes in The Gold Prospecting Game Leaving gold prospecting game leaving with only vague memories and a letterwhen elka inadvertently learns the truth about her surrogate father from a formidable lady magistrate with a particular revenge bone to pick with him she decides to set out and find these long lost parents a journey through darkness and danger where she will learn the truth about the world beyond trapper s woods and wait for it AND ALSO ABOUT HERSELFif anyone needs taglines for lifetime. Erything she needs to survive All she knows of the world outside is gleaned from whispers of a cataclysmic event that turned the clock back on civilization by a hundred and fifty ears and reduced governments and technology to shambles leaving men at the mercy of the elements and each other Everything changes when Elka learns that the man she has been calling father is harboring a terrible secret Armed with no. ,
Elka grew up in a world where nuclear bombs fell from the sky and poisoned the earth and the weather can turn deadly in a heartbeat In this apocalyptic landscape she found a home in the wilderness with a man she called Trapper and he was like a father to her Turns out there was a dark side to the person who fed and sheltered Elka Now Elka has to find her real parents who went north Sermons Not Spoken years before And she has to hurry because if Trapper finds her first something terrible will happen Trapper was my family even though I didn t know a sure thing about him but I figured uick i didn t know much bout my parents and they was kin Trapper was the kind a familyou choose for Julia yourself the kind that gets closer n blood pg 21The title of the book speaks to Elka s disdain for taking the regular road through the wilderness in her world that s where the predators findou It s also a metaphor for living the life Dancing with Fireflies (Chapel Springs, you want to live not the one that others expect forou I don t much like roads Roads is some other man s path that people follow no uestion All my life I lived by rules of the forest and rules of myself One a them rules is don t go trusting another man s path pg 85Elka instead forges her own road through the trees and as she goes chooses a new family including a beautiful The Little House in the Woods and Other Stories young woman with a background as mysterious as Elka s own and a lone wolf who appears one day out of the blue But she doesn t trust her own choices because she made such a terrible one by relying on the monster she called Trapper He bolted up stood tall and kinglike towering above me Felt like I d lost a piece of me in that moment like that wolf had stolen something and I had to stick with him always to make sure I d get it back pg 73Written in first person narrative style The Wolf Road is a dystopian coming of age story with some elements of horror and mystery I found the opening to be a bit slow but was swept up in the plot as the story progressed and Elka remembered certain details she had forgotten from her uniue childhoodRecommended for readers who like the thrills and chills of dystopian worlds Copy furnished by Net Galley in exchange for a reviewElka doesn t much like people She don t trust em Raised in the woods by a man name a Trapper all she knows is the wild Her basic credo is one of With the world chock full of assholes I ve made a New Year s resolution to strive to play to my kinder gentler nature One in which I m less apt to point fingers whenever my friends lead me astray Less likely to sling mud or poke fun or call names Less inclined to suggest that everything s ridiculous A new version of self where I can somehow resist the urge to belittle the trolls who posit opinions as facts Naw who am I kidding Where s the fun in that The Wolf Road is a post apocalyptic story set in the near future However after the events of the Damn Stupid that future appears like our recent past befor Find all of my reviews at True Grit meets The Road For maybe the first time in the history of ever the powers that be got it rightThe usual suspects get the credit blame for me reading this one It doesn t take much than that It s been like 36 hours since I have either been told how stupid I am or personally confirmed said stupidity so let me take a second to remind all ofou Between the title and the cover and the amount of time it took me to actually read The Wolf Road my pitiful little brain had decided it was going to be a story kinda like this one I m telling ou So dumb The Wolf Road is a real mind bender Although ou are told that the story takes place after The Damn Stupid and the Second Conflict the world building consisting of the main character s parents dumping her as a baby with her grandmother in order to participate in the gold rush and people living basically in wood shacks with no electricity and huntingforaging for food has The Faceless Ones (Skulduggery Pleasant, your brain thinking of something like this But afterou get the description of man who adopts for lack of a better term Elka after her gran passes It finally sinks in that this is a
whole new Wild Wild West You know but not shitty like that oneAnd thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn when Elka findsnew Wild Wild West You know but not shitty like that oneAnd thennnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn when Elka finds the truth about ol Trapper I suppose it ain t what s different now that s fearful I said it s what stayed the same I don t even know what to say about this one I can tell ou it s different from anything ou ve read and the only reason it s getting 45 Stars instead of 5 is because I didn t read it during the winter so I couldn t uite get Stars instead of 5 is because I didn t read it during the winter so I couldn t uite get cold and miserable as I should have ARC provided by Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review Novel is pert near perfect One slight complaint I got is that some parts is a mite hard to read Made my head spun they done did Cruise willin and the creek don t rise I might give er another read one day See what alls I might of misunderstood cuz it s writ all broke like Writing that first paragraph hurt my heart and soul I cannot fathom writing an entire novel like Beth Lewis wrote The Wolf Road I once wrote a story called "Smitten In This Style "in this style to this day I want to go back and rewrite it In both my story and Lewis s novel the first person hick speak is warranted but Tom Cruise wept it s hard to read at times I honestly would ve given this five stars if I hadn t needed to reread True Grit meets The Road in this postapocalyptic psychological thriller narrated by a oung girl who has just learned that her adopted father may be a serial killer and that she may be his next victimIn the remote wilds of a ravaged land Elka has been raised by a man who isn't her father Since finding her wandering in the woods when she was seven he has taught her how to hunt shoot set snares and start fires ev.