Review: The Night Circus (audiobook unabridged) by Erin Morgenstern, narrated by Jim Dale

TheNightCircusThe circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazement. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night.



What this book lacked in excitement, it made up for in descriptive narrative, but that was not enough to save it .  I found that disappointing. I think a circus setting is magical in an eerie sort of way and the idea of the circus entertainers having the eternal responsibility for it was a quirky twist but it never made it pass the idea stage. The story, sometimes a love story, sometimes a thriller, was more or less just confused.   The descriptions and the Steampunk touch were the highlights of the long slow story.  Okay but not something I would recommend unless you are having trouble sleeping.  Then it might help……But the narrator was great!



Review: Trust Your Eyes by Linwood Barclay

I usually do not give away my feelings for a book till the end of my post but I just have to say this one GRRREAT! I read this book in one sitting last night, all night….

“Trust Your Eyes” is a fast pace thriller that will keep a reader wondering till the very last page.  I have always been a fan of Barclay’s writing but this book may be his best yet.  I know for one thing, he has secured me as a fan that will be anxiously awaiting his next release.


Book Description: Thomas Kilbride is a map-obsessed schizophrenic so affected that he rarely leaves the self-imposed bastion of his bedroom. But with a computer program called, he travels the world while never so much as stepping out the door. He pours over and memorizes the streets of the world. He examines every address, as well as the people who are frozen in time on his computer screen.

Then he sees something that anyone else might have stumbled upon—but has not—in a street view of downtown New York City: an image in a window. An image that looks like a woman being murdered.

Thomas’s brother, Ray, takes care of him, cooking for him, dealing with the outside world on his behalf, and listening to his intricate and increasingly paranoid theories. When Thomas tells Ray what he has seen, Ray humors him with a half-hearted investigation. But Ray soon realizes he and his brother have stumbled onto a deadly conspiracy.

This book is available at the Bullitt County Public Library and Amazon. (Check your local book store or library for availability.)

Review: Susie Q’s Restuarant Bardstown Ky.

Well, since retirement, I have been spending time with my daughter and we have had some real experiences.  I kept thinking that I should let people know about these little local gems that we are finding.  I do book reviews then surely I could expand that to other things… my rattling begins…..

The absolute perfect example of a local gem is Susie Q’s in Bardstown, Kentucky.  Don’t let the simple and quaint overtones fool you.  This place delivers class, quality and heavenly flavors on a plate (with a side order of homemade potato chips.) Whether your taste is for the down home style pot roast or the original style Ruben, you will not be disappointed.

I opted for the chicken salad on a croissant, homemade, of course.  It was divine, with a slightly sweet after taste and a good crunch of pickle and fresh breast of chicken.  Simple and delightful.

Paula, chose the Ruben, the thinly sliced corned-beef was perfect with the homemade sauce. On marbled rye bread it was a work of art. (Per Paula)

Now to my daughter Desiree, who chose the slaw burger and may never stop talking about it.  It was a juicy (yes, you could see the juice running from it) 1/4 lb Angus burger loaded with their own homemade slaw that was made with lettuce, and that, by the moans emanating from Desi, was obviously delicious.

Slaw Burger

Slaw Burger

We are already planning a quick return to try out the meatloaf and the desserts (Oh, did I mention 3-4″ high homemade apple pie with ice cream and caramel, and homemade coconut, chocolate, and lemon meringue pies….shall I go on…). Great food at a great price and friendly service!

Located at 607 West Stephen Foster Ave. In Bardstown, Ky.  Price: $5-$10  502-331-9298