Of Sorrow and Such by Angela Slatter

Rating: 4.5 of 5

9780765385260But I remember all too well that one cannot put an old head on young shoulders.”

Have truer words ever been written? Or thought by just about any parent, teacher, mentor, adult? We so want to impart the hard-earned wisdom of our life experience and mistakes, and every time hope our young will, maybe this time, listen.

Of Sorrow and Such, my first experience with Angela Slatter, proved enthralling. The world of Edda’s Meadow was immediately believable — from its natural beauty to its residents’ secrets to the undercover witches who healed people they suspected might at any moment betray their trust.

I instantly respected Patience and Selke; both intelligent, strong women who didn’t have to sell each other out to exist. Gilly, even with her youthful arrogance and selfishness, won me over. The villains were equally dynamic, though I would’ve liked to see at least one man use his power for good. As it was, the only “good guys” were portrayed as dimwitted or timid. That, for me, was too black and white. The ending was a welcome surprise.

Highly recommended to anyone who loves dark fantasy starring witches or the feel of historical fiction with witches and magic.

Author’s website | Read excerpts on Tor.com | Buy online

(Review cross-posted on LibraryThing and Goodreads.)

Recommended by fellow Goodreads member Margaret Kingsbury.

The Suicide Theory (2014)

Rating: 8 of 10

movie poster The Suicide Theory (2014)Fate, an inescapable path of predetermined events, is a rather daunting concept. What’s the point of freewill if, no matter our decisions and choices, we’ll always end up in the same place?

Synopsis: “A suicidal man hires a demented killer to assist him in suicide, but he miraculously survives each attempt on his life.” (source)

My thoughts: THE SUICIDE THEORY is dark, disturbing, and heartbreaking. Percival (Leon Cain) wants to die, but no matter what he tries, he just can’t. So he hires Steven (Steve Mouzakis), a sadistic assassin, to kill him. The theory being, if Percival can’t kill himself, someone else may be able to. The strong performances and chemistry between Cain and Mouzakis outshine the pieces of the puzzle that some might see as contrived. In the end, I was thoroughly impressed with this Aussie thriller.

Highly recommended if you enjoyed movies like WRISTCUTTERS: A LOVE STORY or PREDESTINATION.

Check out THE SUICIDE THEORY at Freestyle Releasing | on IMDb | Watch the trailer

(Watched on Netflix 9/29/2015)