ALONE (The Girl in the Box #1) by Robert J Crane is the story of a 17-year-old, female meta-human. I believe this is a series for Teens & YA. I’veALONE (The Girl in the Box #1) by Robert J Crane is the story of a 17-year-old, female meta-human. I believe this is a series for Teens & YA. I’ve become a fan of many even though it has been a few decades since I was part of this group.
Unfortunately, I’m still waiting to be gripped by this series by Mr. Crane. I’ve not written it off entirely, though, and will probably give it another chance with #2 of the series. This, by the way, is no reflection on Mr. Crane’s talent, but simply a matter of taste. I think I have mentioned it before, but I’m never quite certain how to rate—on how much I liked something or how talented the author. I always feel bad for not liking something when someone obviously talented has given so much of themselves to their craft.
In ALONE, the young hybrid’s mother has disappeared and she doesn’t know who, if anyone, she can trust. And there are plenty that seem bent on getting to her!
If you are a fan of this genre, you will probably enjoy it. ...more
THE UNDERGROUND CITY is a short story by Jules Verne that I had never heard of until I stumbled upon it quite by accident in the library. What else caTHE UNDERGROUND CITY is a short story by Jules Verne that I had never heard of until I stumbled upon it quite by accident in the library. What else can I say? It’s Jules Verne! I enjoyed it even though it was short and fell short of his typical works. Still, it was entertaining and pure Jules Verne and for that reason, I gave it four stars. ...more
THE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton is the type of story I adore. I’m a big fan of anyone who can come at a story from so many perspectives and timesTHE FORGOTTEN GARDEN by Kate Morton is the type of story I adore. I’m a big fan of anyone who can come at a story from so many perspectives and times (and still keep it all together and coherent). When I was looking to purchase the audio book and checking reviews on it, I read “an unforgettable new novel that transports the reader from the back alleys of poverty of pre-World War I London to the shores of colonial Australia where so many made a fresh start, and back to the windswept coast of Cornwall, England, past and present.”
There are so many stories within stories here—even original stories in a children’s storybook read within this novel—that I wanted it to just go on and on. Immediately I finished, I wanted to start it over again.
A small child is abandoned with only a little case containing a few clothes and a beautifully illustrated volume of fairy tales. She is taken in, raised in a family, and learns the truth on her 21st birthday. She turns away from her adopted family and begins a search for her birth family.
THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is a beautiful survival story by Charles Martin. In response to the question of where he got the idea for this story, CharlesTHE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US is a beautiful survival story by Charles Martin. In response to the question of where he got the idea for this story, Charles Martin responds:
“A friend and I were climbing the Woody Ridge Trail in the eastern U.S. It gains 3400 vertical feet in 2.2 miles. The conditions were horrible. My friend—who’d made some poor clothing choices—dehydrated a few hundred feet from the top. Started having decision-making trouble and losing fine motor skills. The temp dropped to about zero, snow was blowing sideways, and I figured we needed to get our Florida selves in a tent fast. We did. I got him changed—out of wet and into dry—and in his bag, fed him some fluids, lied to him and told him he was fine, and we listened to the wind try and rip us off the mountaintop. Hovering over my Jetboil in that tent, I began thinking, If a few variables changed, like maybe I was out west where elevation really becomes a problem, then add colder temps, then add being stuck in the middle of nowhere with no way out, then this could get messy. My imagination took over from there.”
Surgeon Ben Payne hires a charter plane after a winter storm grounds all commercial flights. He invites writer Ashley Knox who is flying out for her wedding to share the charter. The little charter crashes in the Utah wilderness.
I recommend this moving, inspirational story to all....more
AGENDA 21 by Glenn Beck is a fictitious story for the purpose of opening our eyes to the potential problems of the real Agenda 21. (Now, if you want aAGENDA 21 by Glenn Beck is a fictitious story for the purpose of opening our eyes to the potential problems of the real Agenda 21. (Now, if you want a real, scary read, start researching the real Agenda 21.)
Mr. Beck presents an excellent narrative in Agenda 21 that held my attention from the get-go! The fact that Agenda 21 really exists, made the story all the more compelling.
Recommended for all who like the genre, or those who like thought-provoking stories, or those who would like to seriously consider just what IS going on....more
THE TWO-TON ALBATROSS by William C. Anderson is wonderful! This is a journey Mr. Anderson takes across Canada in a new travel trailer. He is inexperieTHE TWO-TON ALBATROSS by William C. Anderson is wonderful! This is a journey Mr. Anderson takes across Canada in a new travel trailer. He is inexperienced with the trailer and travels with his claustrophobic wife, two kids, a St. Bernard dog, two guppies, a pet lobster, and a miniature orange tree. His series of misadventures while learning and traveling can only be written from first-hand knowledge, I believe, from my own personal experience.
It is definitely dated (forewarned, Ladies), but should still appeal to anyone interested in travelogues.
This is a quick read, thoroughly entertaining, and should inspire anyone with an itch to travel! I found this in my local library, so hopefully, you will be able to still get it....more
311 PELICAN COURT by Debbie Macomber is part of her Cedar Cove series. What caught my attention was the storyline of a judge ordering a divorced coupl311 PELICAN COURT by Debbie Macomber is part of her Cedar Cove series. What caught my attention was the storyline of a judge ordering a divorced couple to go from home to home rather than the children to continually be uprooted. That would be something if, in the real world, judges would do just that. Rule that the children get to stay in the family home and the parents alternate weeks living with them. Anyway, as usual, with this series, its focus isn’t just one couple or family.
In some ways, I like this, because you get to know a neighborhood, but at other times, I get really impatient. Still, I liked this book and recommend it to all Debbie Macomber fans, all who like this genre, and all looking for ‘clean reads.’...more
CROWN JEWELS by Fern Michaels is a great lesson about life seldom being what it appears to be on the surface. I’ve read some rather disparaging reviewCROWN JEWELS by Fern Michaels is a great lesson about life seldom being what it appears to be on the surface. I’ve read some rather disparaging reviews of this story, but I liked it anyway. I read about anything that catches my fancy and my favorite places to buy books are at thrift stores, library book sales, and Barnes & Nobles (as a last resort when I’m looking for something specifically - they have gotten quite expensive with my appetite! LOL). Different criteria dictates my purchases. A favored author, a collection I’ve started, a recommendation, a catchy title - who knows what will trigger my forking out for the next read. Fern Michaels falls into a couple of categories.
I disagree that it was poorly written or hard to follow. Admittedly, it isn’t Shakespeare or the Bible (which, by the way, are both hard to follow at times, but well worth the effort!). One brother is a self-centered, selfish star while the other, his manager, has to carry the load. Seldom is a person all bad or all good, though. We discover this about the brothers as the story unfolds. I enjoyed the read very much....more
STOLEN INNOCENCE by Elissa Walls with Lisa Pulitzer is Elissa’s experience with the Fundamental Latter Day Saints. The copy I experienced was an audioSTOLEN INNOCENCE by Elissa Walls with Lisa Pulitzer is Elissa’s experience with the Fundamental Latter Day Saints. The copy I experienced was an audio edition from my local library.
A well-told, heartbreaking tale of condoned, accepted, repeated rape of a 14-year-old Elissa, given in marriage to an older, adult cousin, even though she begged over and again right up to the day of the marriage, for more time. She tried to convince all of them that she did not feel right about this and knew she was not ready to be married. She pleaded for even another two years. And I say condoned and accepted even though all concerned deny knowledge that Elissa was actually raped or that it was an accepted way of life.
This is also a detailed account of the way polygamous marriages are orchestrated and of women and children being routinely taken from their husband/father and given to another without warning. The ‘church’ owns and controls every aspect of a person’s life, including their home, property, income. If they become disenchanted enough to ‘escape’, it is empty-handed and without an inkling of how to survive in the real world.
This account is heartbreaking, tragic, and eye-opening. While I’m for EVERY right the constitution and Bill of Rights give us, I found myself wanting the state to intervene on behalf of these children and then, arguing with myself about where to draw the lines between religious freedoms and rights of children. Rape of a child, however, is not a religious right. It is a crime in any context. While the women, and sometimes, even men (when their families are removed for whatever reason) are victims, it is the ‘stolen innocence’ that is the subject of this book. Elissa Wall is a remarkable, courageous survivor.
ONE SIMPLE ACT by Debbie Macomber has much impact for such a small volume. Ms Macomber shares brilliantly simple ideas that will help anyone, rich, poONE SIMPLE ACT by Debbie Macomber has much impact for such a small volume. Ms Macomber shares brilliantly simple ideas that will help anyone, rich, poor, or in between, be able to be generous and make a difference.
Included are many anecdotes, tips, and inspiration. Many require only caring and forethought. This has got to be one of my favorite motivational books.
I so recommend that everyone take the time for this quick read and adopt at least one idea. It will not only touch someone’s life, but make a big difference in your own.
THE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly (audio book from local library) is another Connelly specialty, full of surprises, twists, characters of every kTHE LINCOLN LAWYER by Michael Connelly (audio book from local library) is another Connelly specialty, full of surprises, twists, characters of every kind. First, this is a legal thriller and the title refers to criminal defense lawyer, Mickey Haller’s choice of vehicles, NOT our ex-president.
One of Haller’s fears is that someday he might defend an innocent man and not recognize it. Has that time finally arrived?
Married and divorced twice, a daughter, and still, jaded Mickey lives alone. That’s not to say he isn’t in touch with his exes. One is a prosecuting attorney, the other, his secretary. A lot of curious interaction throughout.
During his defense of Beverly Hills real estate broker, Louis Roulet (Haller’s big financial break), Haller becomes a murder suspect.
This is a must-read for all Michael Connelly fans, suspense junkies, and mystery lovers. Lots of action and surprises (though the ending was almost anti-climatic after all the action and suspense throughout). As an added bonus, interesting courtroom politics and behind the scenes look. And, hopefully, there will be more Mickey Haller stories to come. ...more
THE CASE FOR A CREATOR, Student Edition by Lee Strobel is a little book disputing evolution and recommending further study. Each section gives more reTHE CASE FOR A CREATOR, Student Edition by Lee Strobel is a little book disputing evolution and recommending further study. Each section gives more reference material. It is researched and presented well, though at times, a bit staged as others have pointed out. Still, I recommend this to anyone honestly searching for truth, regardless of your theology, if for nothing else, as a starting point. And, it’s a very quick read! ...more
AS A MAN THNKETH by James Allen is a small book filled with big wisdom. Even though his spiritual ideas rarely match mine, there is wisdom in this litAS A MAN THNKETH by James Allen is a small book filled with big wisdom. Even though his spiritual ideas rarely match mine, there is wisdom in this little volume.
A collection of essays, AS A MAN THNKETH seems meant to make you take responsibility for your life. As I have read before, whether you think you can or think you can’t, you are right and this is rather more of the same. But you can never say this too much or in too many ways. We are a thick headed people and need to hear this as often and in as many ways as possible so we take hold and retain it. Therefore, I highly recommend everyone read AS A MAN THINKETH. As long as we can find something or someone else to blame for our failures, we will never succeed at whatever we are attempting. I mean, if we aren’t at fault, why change. No change, no different results. ...more