3 Current Books with Blind Characters

From time to time I talk about books with blind characters here on Adventures in Low Vision. Over winter, a few finished reads stacked up. Today’s post combines my notes for three of them that you may enjoy. Book #1: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horowitz Horowitz has written quite a few suspense novels, but the only…

What Happened to Holly Bartlett?

Word-of-mouth is a great way to receive recommendations. And it’s how I heard of the AMI podcast, What Happened to Holly Bartlett, narrated and written by Canadian journalist Maggie Rahr and produced by Ocean Entertainment. Recently, Toby Ball of the Crime Writers On… podcast mentioned it. I was interested when he said Holly Bartlett was…

Elevation {review}

Stephen King has a remarkable ability to hold a reader’s interest, build suspense, and animate average Joe’s. His straightforward language is easy to read, but not easy to write. If you discount him as a genre writer, it tells me more about you than him.  King’s latest horror story, Elevation, is set in his fictional…

New Year, Same Dumb Blindfold Idea

Adventures in Low Vision readers know I love Netflix in part because of its embrace of audio description. You may not know I also love Sandra Bullock. Speed, Miss Congeniality, Practical Magic. Yes, please. When Netflix announced a new project, Bird Box, featuring Sandy you may be thinking what’s not to like. It was the…

Have Dog, Will Travel

Note: this review contains light spoilers. When I read a new-to-me writer and the writing doesn’t affect me, I don’t necessarily give up on the writer. Time passes and if another bit of their work enters my literary galaxy, I revisit them. Have Dog, Will Travel is not the first book I encountered by Stephen…

Endurance

I read a lot of books. Most of them don’t feature a blind character. But if one does, I’ll mention it here on Adventures in Low Vision when the writer’s story, characters, voice, or context strikes me, too. Scott Kelly’s Endurance: A Year in Space, A Lifetime of Discovery certainly did. So, here we go…

The Good Daughter

How often do you find in a story a character like yourself? Physically or emotionally, characters embody traits like ours. Maybe you share a haircut or hometown or you both went through breakups recently. Finding similarities fosters a connection, a desire to walk together through the story. After gaining my disability, it was hard initially…

Anne with an E {review}

Note: No major spoilers in this review of Anne with an E. It discusses only the first two episodes of the seven part series. Listening as Mom read chapters from Anne of Green Gables at bedtime is a cherished childhood memory. Old enough (8 or 9?) to read L. M. Montgomery’s book myself, I appreciated…

Life is a Mystery

It’s cold. The evening darkness lasts, encouraging me to hunker down with clever entertainment available without the usual buildup of a television premiere. And so I do. Over the last few weeks I consumed chapters of a new Netflix web series, The OA. Plus, Netflix offers audio description. I can’t say enough about this accessibility…

For the Benefit of Those Who See

Curiosity thrives around what goes unseen. I spent hours under anesthesia for eye surgery. All lost time. No recordings from the OR, but still I wish to watch one. This wish resurfaced when I read about an eye surgery told by Rosemary Mahoney in her book, For the Benefit of Those Who See: Dispatches from…

I’ll Know It When I Hear It

I was stretched out on the couch under a blanket. Twilight. The neighborhood remained quiet, but I couldn’t get back to sleep after letting the dog outside. I queued up a much talked about podcast. Hours later when Stockton woke up and got ready for a bike ride, I was still on the couch listening…

All the Light We Cannot See

 WWII story fatigue sank me after I completed Hillenbrand’s phenomenal Unbroken, but like a shark,  All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr kept circling the deep waters of my To-Be-Read list. Then I heard it featured a blind character named Marie-Laure. I had to discover Doerr’s character development of her. Will she be a…