At the time of reading it, I was entranced by how this could really be true. I've learned a lot since then. A tragic upbringing, a fascinating, bizarrAt the time of reading it, I was entranced by how this could really be true. I've learned a lot since then. A tragic upbringing, a fascinating, bizarre and tortured life dealing with the personalities. How could you give this anything less then four stars? ...more
Are you kidding me...? Patti Smith is such an eloquent writer and her fans (me among them) LOVE her for all that she is--every speck that forms her idAre you kidding me...? Patti Smith is such an eloquent writer and her fans (me among them) LOVE her for all that she is--every speck that forms her ideas, that floats under her skin, in her skin, deep within her head and eyes and that sacred place of the soul. She, Patti, is a pure artist, a muse, and a human being brimming with grace and humility and confidence and we recognized her upon hearing Horses and just KNEW. This beautiful soul, Patti Smith. This beautiful book--a story of her time growing up with Robert Mapplethorpe--I know that kind of friendship and transformation and connection to another. And what struck me in her Tavis Smiley interview was her naturally shying away from the most deserved of compliments. Hell, this is Tavis Smiley recognizing exactly how "Just Kids" is a piece of art. Unimaginably pretty and tough and real and flowing. Patti's soul pouring out words like a baptismal river, making one long poem about life--one that was still too short for me. We've got your back, Patti....more
I read this in 1994. It moved me so much and it remains on my top Ten. Astounding, tragic, riveting, horrifyingly sad. The number one pick of all I haI read this in 1994. It moved me so much and it remains on my top Ten. Astounding, tragic, riveting, horrifyingly sad. The number one pick of all I have read in the last two decades,followed by "Broken" by William Cope Moyers. The depth, drama, pain, and no-holds-barred storytelling are truly for those who want to understand the human condition and the experiences that shape us--the affect on brain and emotional chemistry from that which we experience and interpret--which, try as we might, we cannot surmount by will alone. This is a shattering and beloved book because of it's honesty and it should be a must read for anyone who thinks they're beyond forgiveness and compassion for those among us committing terrible acts. ...more
I'm just starting this one, but I know I'm in for a humbling and learning experience. It's probably the partner to "Broken" by William Cope Moyers. ThI'm just starting this one, but I know I'm in for a humbling and learning experience. It's probably the partner to "Broken" by William Cope Moyers. The Hunpty Dumpty image is a perfect metaphorical image for what addicts, and those of us who have been shattered by life experiences, feel like. To read these stories is to come to understand what puts people over the edge and how they are barely held together. It's great to talk about peace and love, it's quite another story to face the underbelly of human suffering and all that leads to the train wreck of so many lives. Bravo Drew Pinsky. ...more
When your father is an esteemed and hugely popular celebrity journalist and you are brought up with the comforts millions of us were not privelged toWhen your father is an esteemed and hugely popular celebrity journalist and you are brought up with the comforts millions of us were not privelged to enjoy, what could possibly turn your life into a personal decline of staggering proportions?
Broken tells the story of William Cope Moyers with brutal honesty. Riches, comfort and support are no match for the damaged interior of the human mind and the wrong turn made into the world of addiction.
Quite possibly the second most riveting book I have ever read.
I cannot let this book off my shelf or out of my house. It's a stunning, tragic, illuminating and beautiful read. I will be forever changed by this brutally honest account of a broken soul who finds his way back (with devasting losses)and has the courage to speak to all of us--not just those with addictions but those who care for others with addictions--and anyone who wants to explore what can (and so often does) happen to a troubled psyche.
Up there with "Shot in the Heart" by Mikal Gilmore, my other never-leaves-my house read. ...more
This mystery debut by Twin Cities'author Christopehr Valen surprised many with its top drawer quality--it delivers! Addressing a wide range of sociallThis mystery debut by Twin Cities'author Christopehr Valen surprised many with its top drawer quality--it delivers! Addressing a wide range of socially relevant issues, this murder mystery gained four and 5 star reviews from seasoned critics in the field.
Columbian-born detective John Santana investigates the murder of Julio Perez, owner of the largest Hispanic newspaper in St. Paul, El Dia. Before Santana and his partner,Rick Anderson, can question the suspect, Mendoza, about the murder, falls to his death.
The shooting of an employee of El Dia, sexually-explicit photos of one of the murder victims, an illegal alien visa scam, problems inside the police department that don't bode well for Santana, and a killer with Santana as his target create a suspenseful and multi-layered read that keeps us guessing until the end. Thank goodness there is a series in the works. "The Black Minute" will be released in summer 2009. Will John Santana return? "White Tombs" holds that answer. ...more
New authors before writing their manuscript, as well as those wishing to turn a book into a screenplay or those writing a screenplay must buy this booNew authors before writing their manuscript, as well as those wishing to turn a book into a screenplay or those writing a screenplay must buy this book. There are lots of books on theory but none on STRUCTURE and the critical elements that must be included in your screenplay (or book). A must read that is so easy to follow and grasp!
That one can survive panic attacks, relationship break-ups and all manner of self-doubt if you have the ability to analyze yourself and also step backThat one can survive panic attacks, relationship break-ups and all manner of self-doubt if you have the ability to analyze yourself and also step back and laugh--a healthy sense of humor is a great gift. The pursuit (and adventures along the way) of life's meaning and what we're supposed to be doing is a personal and crazy journey for each of us. However you do it--eat, pray and love!...more
If you believe in life after death this is a wonderful book. If you don't, it's still a wonderful book--but it's no-holds-barred instruction is very dIf you believe in life after death this is a wonderful book. If you don't, it's still a wonderful book--but it's no-holds-barred instruction is very difficult to follow, at least for a person like me. Humility; morality; forgiveness; kindness; altruism; understanding why we suffer; and recognizing that the inner attitude is the key to happiness--or at least to being happier--is what this book is about. It's a tough road to refine oneself to become a better person and it is a journey without end. Sometimes I want to avoid facing my many flaws, but to be truly alive it is a prerequisite. ...more
As a new author in the field of paranormal fantasies, Maria Lucia is an up-and-comer with something quite interesting to reveal about our world. Liber As a new author in the field of paranormal fantasies, Maria Lucia is an up-and-comer with something quite interesting to reveal about our world. Liberation is a mix of metaphysical, fantasy, political, and intergalactic elements with a great dollop of truth here. I am pleased to see these reviews:
"FINALLY THE TRUTH! Maria must be very well connected & aligned to bring this in at a time humanity needs an alternative path to the apparent course of destruction we see right before our eyes. I feel the "Andrusian Chronicals" provides the reader with permission to easily evaluate one's own human evolution destiny. There ARE choices we need to make NOW so we can return to what we were intended to be as HEART beings. Thanks for the wake up call Maria!" — Aeron Goldheart, CEO of Tesla Energy Lights
Liberation: Book One of the Andrusian Chronicles" by Maria Lucia, ISBN: 9780984475544, $16.95, www.andrusianchronicles.com Andrusian Press PR: Karen Villanueva Author Services www.authorcare.com 5-star review***** There will be more threat to Washington than simply terrorists. "Liberation" is the first entry into the Andrusian Chronicles following Amora and Gabriel as they face the spirit world and extra terrestrials as they begin to threaten Washington DC, and are drawn into a web of deceit and adventure throughout Earth and the many worlds it's connected to. "Liberation" is an exciting work of fantasy, highly recommended. — Midwest Book Review.com
Review: "If you want to read something that will take you on an incredible journey for enjoyment, information, or wisdom, take the time to read Maria Lucia's new book LIBERATION: Book 1 of the Andrusian Chronicles. It will open your eyes to many possibilities. You will be anxiously waiting for Book II." — Karen Robison, Co-Producer, www.whatifitreallyworks.com
"Many great adventures begin with the heroine finding out she is not who she thinks she is. Liberation takes this ancient theme and retells it for the 21st Century." —Cecelia Sepp, Past President, American Independent Writers and former reviewer for BookLaunchCafe.com 2010
"Liberation' is a really uniquely written novel. The author ties together actual devastating events that have happened in the United States, with real historical characters, and an evil supernatural syndicate. This combination is very thought-provoking and makes you think, “What if?” There are so many natural catastrophic events happening on our planet today, along with ones caused by power hungry, evil humans, that reading “Liberation” makes you believe that the idea for this novel could really be based upon some truth. That is truly a scary thought! I highly recommend this novel. I think that readers who enjoy paranormal fantasies will appreciate the unique ideas that tie the plot together." —Paige Lovitt, ReaderViews.com 2010
"An intriguing and gripping account of a world that sometimes merges fiction with reality. It transports you to a time where the eternal struggle between good and evil is both thrilling and
evocative. The sense of being whirled around in rapid motion, and then thrown onto a beautiful meadow where peace and tranquility reside, is captivating throughout this book...if you enjoy rapid-fire events, merging, twirling and changing into something unexpected, this book will enthrall you!" —Arun Sardana, a reader. “A fantastic novel written to captivate the reader and help you get lost into the story, Liberation is not my normal read however the characters were written into the story well, keeping you interested in what was going to happen next, a nicely written supernatural novel that will keep you interested and pleased throughout the novel. I would recommend this novel to those who would like a light and well put together Novel.” — Thursday, July 29 2010, www.starshadowblog.com
“After reading the manuscript from beginning to end, I was electrified and uplifted by Maria’s storyline. Her characters are both humorous and serious when engaged in their responsibilities in this supernatural reenactment of the Founders returning to force out evil and restore love and harmony to the United States. Maria’s remarkable powers to carry readers from page to page leave them wanting to read until the book ends. Her mixture of intuition, extrasensory perception, and the interweaving of 2009 reality with the future of life on this planet reveal Maria’s commitment to harmony and love in an age when technology has spun out of control. Readers see the spiritual component and the realistic portrayal of characters and are spellbound by her creativity and commitment to peace in the world.” —Judy A. Worman, Former Dartmouth College Senior Lecturer “In her premier novel, Maria Lucia offers her readers a thought provoking journey into the realm of the paranormal and the battle between the forces of good and evil. Her central characters give one hope for a new and promising world, one where love, peace and harmony will exist. They make the reader want to believe there are greater forces at work in the universe, and these beings may even take the time to focus on our fragile planet and right the wrongs that have taken centuries to accrue. For fantasy readers who love their country this is a must read!” —Suzanne Monte, a reader
"Miller presents a storyline not unlike Ludlum or Trevanian...people and places that you will certainly find engagi Not Karen's Review..STEVEN's Review
"Miller presents a storyline not unlike Ludlum or Trevanian...people and places that you will certainly find engaging, especially when viewed alongside today's headlines of a global financial meltdown. When he adds a mystical theme and the enigmatic ingredients of ancient prophecy...all within the context of current events which seem to be uncanny...you get a hair-raising adventure laced with intrigue and political desperation...this is a page-turner worthy of a trilogy, and I hope Miller keeps delivering..." Steven-- reviewed on Amazon.com
5.0 out of 5 stars entertaining fast-paced thriller, February 12, 2012 By Harriet Klausner - See all my reviews (#1 Hall OF FAME REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2000 2001 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 This review is from: Abaddon Rising (Paperback) National News Cable Network reporter Nick Strong is about to expose on his show The Hard Truth that a mysterious person Abaddon is behind the recent officially declared accidental deaths of at least four global financiers. Nick opens up with his teaser of what is to come after the commercial. Instead he becomes the news when he dies during the two minute break. Retired National Counterterrorism Center agent Adam Dekker investigates the Strong allegations. The clues take him from New York to Europe while operatives of Abaddon's shadowy cell try to kill Dekker whose former Army Ranger experience keeps him alive. As he begins to connect the dots, Dekker concludes that Abaddon's thirst for world domination was set in motion centuries ago and traverses a supernatural energy plane that the ex-soldier does not fully comprehend. Still Dekker remains steadfast as the countdown to pandemic catastrophe closes in with the Mayan prediction as the doomsday date. Finally Dekker tracks his foe to the Black Forest; knowing a horde awaits his arrival. This is an entertaining fast-paced thriller that grips readers with the abrupt death of the TV journalist and never slows down as the audience anticipates the confrontation in Germany. The storyline is clever as the paranormal and the Mayan prophecy merge with the international financial and political meltdown. Over the top of The Feldberg, fans will relish this superbly good and avarice action thriller.
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting adventure!, January 18, 2012 By Sheri Slike - See all my reviews, Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Abaddon Rising (Paperback) I am an avid reader and switch back and forth between fiction and non-fiction. I also love science, read Scientific American, have studied ecology and am constantly amazed at how science fiction/adventure writers (like Lawrence Miller) get it right. This book has it all. It combines adventure with the concept that there are "energy highways" (not far from the principles in subatomic physics that say we are all connected) and interesting characters. It's a fast paced roller coaster of intrigue and well written. A fun ride, on a par with Ludlum. Help other customers find the most helpful reviews