Sunday, February 6, 2011

What's on the Nightstand #9 The Gift

    I have never been so glad to see two weeks without writing come to an end in my entire life. The dreams officially started to freak me out this morning. Last night I suffered through scene after confusing scene until I finally got up in a snit and just started my day.
    First, I was traveling back to visit some neighbors in Hueytown I didn't even like, then I was nekked (that's without clothes for y'all not from the south) in church and finally at a new years eve party with Sarah Booth, who is a lady in a book I'm reading, trying to snatch her man from her. The only thing that would've been worse is if there had been black widow spiders on me.
    I am planning on the coming week being dream free as I pitch myself head-long into work while praying the temperature rises. Not sure about the rest of you but I'm so ready for spring. Aside from the loads of crazy, the backgrounds of all my dreams have been full of daffodils and spring green grass. Here in north Mississippi, the air is entirely too cool for this chick. Thankfully, Spring Break is just around the corner and I couldn't be happier about that.   
     It's been a great reading week in spite of such suckish weather and nocturnal irritations. My reading choices were smaller in length but all big on action and full of awesome writing. Snuggled in with my new blue and pink throw The Auntie gave me for Christmas, I blew through five books and was still hungry for the rest of the story. Now that's how books should be. I'll be combining some of them next week but for now this is a single.
     "G" The Gift is the continuation to James Patterson and Garbrielle Charbonnet's "W" Witch and Wizard I told you about last week. For this second installment Mr. Patterson has partnered with Ned Rust. 
    This story was another work of art in it's construction. I especially enjoyed the dialog in The Gift more than in Witch and Wizard. It seemed more real, more the way a couple of teenage siblings would converse with each other.
Witch & Wizard - The Gift    In this new and awful system of Ones in the New Order, The One Who Is The One has gained so much power he's very close to the ability to control the forces of nature. Unfortunately, poor Whit and Wisty Allgood aren't making as much progress. Despite their best efforts to find their parents and to help rescue all the imprisoned children, the brother/sister magical dynamo are floundering. As a result, the kids left in Freeland who are counting on them to save them, also known as the Resistance, are struggling to survive in what's left of the world as they once knew it. Amid all this, Wisty has somehow become the new poster girl for butting heads with The One. Wisty's new title might seem cool, but in reality, all it's done is paint an even bigger bulls eye on them both. Add to this the fact that her brother is sinking deeper into his own personal sorrow over the loss of love and things are teetering on the edge of a whole lot of bad.
    These stories have actually surprised me. I wasn't expecting them to be as good as they are. After finishing both, I find myself anxious for the next installment. This is my first experience with co-author Ned Rust and I think he brought good things to the table. This series is superb and one I could gladly recommend to adults and kids.
The subject of a Time magazine feature called, "The Man Who Can't Miss," James Patterson is the bestselling author of the past year, bar none, with more than 16 million books sold in North America alone. In 2007, one of every fifteen hardcover fiction books sold was a Patterson title. In the past three years, James has sold more books than any other author (according to Bookscan), and in total, James's books have sold an estimated 170 million copies worldwide. He is the first author to have #1 new titles simultaneously on The New York Times adult and children's lists and is the only author to have five new hardcover novels debut at #1 on the list in one year—a record-breaking feat he's accomplished every year since 2005. To date, James Patterson has had nineteen consecutive #1 New York Times bestselling novels, and holds the New York Times record for most Hardcover Fiction bestselling titles by a single author (56 total), which is also a Guinness World Record.
From his James Patterson Pageturner Awards (which rewarded groups and individuals for creative and effective ways to spread the joy of reading) to his website (which helps adults find books that kids are sure to love) to his regular donations of thousands of books to troops overseas, Patterson is a lifelong champion of books and reading. His first foray into books for all ages was the critically acclaimed Maximum Ride series, which debuted on the New York Times bestsellers list at #1 and remained there for twelve straight weeks. The series has so far made appearances on The New York Times bestsellers lists ninety-four cumulative times, proving that kids of all ages love page turners. He captured the attention of boy readers with the Daniel X series, and his third series for readers of all ages debuted in December 2009 with Witch & Wizard, which spent five consecutive weeks atop the New York Times bestsellers list.
Patterson is the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past dozen years, featuring Alex Cross and including the Hollywood-adapted "Along Came a Spider" and "Kiss the Girls," starring Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. He is also the creator of the #1 new detective series of the past five years, featuring Lindsay Boxer and the other members of the Women's Murder Club, from which the ABC television drama series was adapted. He has authored books behind six films on the Hollywood fast-track, including the upcoming Maximum Ride movie forthcoming from Avi Arad, the producer of X-Men and Spiderman.
He is the author of novels—from The Thomas Berryman Number (1976) to Honeymoon (2005)—that have won awards including the Edgar, the BCA Mystery Guild's Thriller of the Year, the International Thriller of the Year award, and the Reader's Digest Reader's Choice Award. And, he has won a Children's Choice Book Council's Children's Choice Awards "Author of the Year" award (2010).
One of Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100, James made a guest appearance on the popular FOX TV show "The Simpsons" in March, 2007. ( Bio)
For more information on upcoming titles and Mr. Patterson visit his website at

Ned Rust lives in Croton, New York, with his family. He also has collaborated with Mr. Patterson on Daniel X: Watch the Skies. 

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