super-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers. This is really great. Like many kids, I enjoyed coloring on myssuper-indelible-never-come-off-till-you're-dead-and-maybe-even-later colouring markers. This is really great. Like many kids, I enjoyed coloring on myself with magic markers. Now that I have gotten tattoos, I can see the correlations:
(view spoiler)[ "Oh No," yelled her mother. "You can't go to school if you're invisible.
"You can' go to university if you're invisible.
"You'll never get a job if you're invisible.
"Brigid, you've wrecked your life!" -Purple, Green and Yellow (hide spoiler)]
A great & happy tail told through the eyes of a Wonderful Dog.This book makes me so happy :-) I read this back in 2009 and in 2012 I listened to tA great & happy tail told through the eyes of a Wonderful Dog.This book makes me so happy :-) I read this back in 2009 and in 2012 I listened to the audiobook with the introduction read by Dean Koontz. Read again on New Years Day 2013. Listened/Read again June 2014. Listed below are Trixie's 8 steps of bliss, but I recommend reading the short book or listening to the 1 hour audio so that Trixie can elaborate on each of these steps for you.
1. Be Calm - Reside in Quiet Heart 2. See the World in all it's Beauty 3. Fun 4. Find your True Purpose 5. Love and Live for Others 6. Humility 7. Accept Loss 8. Gratitude ...more
"Calling all Stupids!" Stanley shouted. Mrs. Stupid, Buster Stupid, Petunia Stupid, and the Stupid's wonderful dog Kitty all crawled out from under the"Calling all Stupids!" Stanley shouted. Mrs. Stupid, Buster Stupid, Petunia Stupid, and the Stupid's wonderful dog Kitty all crawled out from under the rug. "The Stupids are stepping out today," said Stanley . . . "Let's go upstairs and get ready," said Mrs. Stupid The two Stupid children climbed onto the banister. "Up we go!" squealed Petunia. They did not move. They wondered why.
........................... Above is just a taste of this Stupid adventure. While I can't rate it 5 stars and call it "Amazing", this Stupid story continues to humor me and I continue to pick it up, smile, chuckle and then do it all again several months later. After reading this today, I requested the two Stupid follow-up books from the library: The Stupids Have A Ball and The Stupids Die. I look forward to seeing this Stupid Family in these other Stupid books. ------
2012 re-reading - here is another fun passage to share - Meeting Grandma and Grandpa Stupid:
"Where's Grandmother Stupid?" asked Petunia.
"Where she always is," said her grandfather.
"She's in the closet."
"Hello children," Grandmother sang out through the keyhole. "How nice of you to come and see me."
It was a lovely visit.
"We must be off now," said Stanley.
"Come again," said Grandfather Stupid at the door, "whoever you are." -Pg 20 of The Stupids Step Out ...more
I think this could have been a good book. It has some interesting characters, ideas and of course set in Colorful Colorado. The stance against scienceI think this could have been a good book. It has some interesting characters, ideas and of course set in Colorful Colorado. The stance against science ruins the wonder. The book does not seem to be a finished work - a poorly patched blanket where things don't quite come together.
A quote from chapter 26: Neither words nor time healed anyone. Only living healed, if it healed at all, living as you were meant to live, as best you could with your learned habits and confused intentions, living through time and finally beyond time, where neither therapists nor surgeons were any longer needed to smooth away the pain or cut it out. long sentence huh? :-)
I must say I do rather like the character of Henry :-)...more
I started reading the Magic Tree House series to my kids in August. We've read many of them but not all yet. I recently skipped ahead to two that haveI started reading the Magic Tree House series to my kids in August. We've read many of them but not all yet. I recently skipped ahead to two that have Halloween as part of the story - this one and Haunted Castle on Hallow's Eve. I must say that A Good Night for Ghosts, a fun and informational story about Louis Armstrong and New Orleans, is my favorite so far! ...more
"Come in, come in! I was just cremating a customer." - Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Chapter 40
New Orleans is such a wonderful setting for"Come in, come in! I was just cremating a customer." - Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, Chapter 40
New Orleans is such a wonderful setting for this story and the storytelling is brilliantly executed. The humor is sharp as a razor's edge. I am so happy to be re-reading this series with other Koontzlanders.
I love this fairytale setting: A white picket fence met white gateposts inlaid with seashells. The gate itself featured a unicorn motif. Under Carson's feet, the front walkway twinkled magically as flecks of mica in the flagstones reflected moonlight. Moss between the stones softened her footsteps. Almost thick enough to feel, the fragrance of the magnolia tree flowers swagged the air. The windows of the fairy-tale bungalow were flanked by blue shutters from which had been cut star shapes and crescent moons. Trellises partially enclosed the front porch, entwined by leafy vines graced with trumpetlike purple blooms.
Favorite Passages: Roy Pribeaux liked to rise well before dawn to undertake his longevity regimen - except on those occasions when he had been up late the previous night murdering someone. ______
She needed to have the rug of routine pulled out from under her, to be tumbled headlong into the mystery of life. Maybe mystery was a synonym for change. ______
When new hopes fail, old hopes return in the endless cycle of desperation. ...more
I originally read this in the fall of 2009, soon after it was published. I read it right after reading Carrie and Duma Key by Stephen King so some simI originally read this in the fall of 2009, soon after it was published. I read it right after reading Carrie and Duma Key by Stephen King so some similarities bothered me. I re-read this in January 2011 when it was chosen as a group read in the John Saul Lit Goodreads Group and the similarities to King story elements didn't bother me as much since considerable time had passed. The first half of the story bothered me because of the extreme attitudes of the characters and all the father figures seemed to be basically the same. I enjoyed the second half of the story better this time around. I'd give the first half 1-2 stars and the second half of the book 3-4 stars.
John Saul did a great job of creating outrage at the way Sarah Crane is treated by the Garveys. Take for example this episode in chapter nine:
"You have no rights at all," she said, her cold eyes fixing on her. "You're here because you need to be brought up properly in a good Christian home, and that's exactly what we are going to provide. Your father is a sinner, and your mother did of sin, and you're headed in that same direction unless you straighten up and start working and praying for your own salvation. Now stop arguing and get back to work."
Sarah's fingers tightened on the knife and she struggled to keep her fury under control. "My mother did not die of sin," she said quietly. "She died of cancer."
"Same thing," Zach said, and reached over for a handful of carrots. It was all Sarah could do to keep from driving that kitchen knife right through his hand, pinning him to the cutting board.
"Cancer is evil made manifest," Angie said, draining the pasta into the sink amid a billowing cloud of steam. "All illness is caused by evil and sin, and if your mother had cancer, it was because she had fallen from God's grace. Hand me that bowl."
I also liked the following from Chapter 22 - it shows how John Saul mixes humor into his horror: "Over the course of a decade, Tarbell had apparently married three young women and fathered five children; only the last wife and one of the children survived. Tarbell according to the notes, had eaten all the others."
Overall, I enjoyed the book once I got past the extreme characters. It was a good story with a fitting title. The ending had closure and the epilogue was humorous. ...more
2011 Update - I'm upgrading this book to 5 stars. I've been planning on doing this for some time because ever since I read Duma Key back in 2009, the2011 Update - I'm upgrading this book to 5 stars. I've been planning on doing this for some time because ever since I read Duma Key back in 2009, the story has stayed with me. As you may very well know, I mostly read Dean Koontz because besides the fact that he is my very favorite author, he writes shorter easier to read books than Mr. King. I've enjoyed Stephen King's short story collections of Just After Sunset and Full Dark, No Stars. Stephen King is an amazing storyteller his books just tend to be rather lengthy :-)...more
A Big Little Life ranks among my top 10 personal favorites by Dean Koontz. In this rare non-fiction work, Dean Koontz is very open, giving us a glimpsA Big Little Life ranks among my top 10 personal favorites by Dean Koontz. In this rare non-fiction work, Dean Koontz is very open, giving us a glimpse at how Trixie changed his and Gerda's lives. This work is filled with much to contemplate regarding the relationship between dogs & humans.
In each little life, we can see great truth and beauty, and in each little life we glimpse the way of all things in the universe. If we allow ourselves to be enchanted by the beauty of the ordinary, we begin to see that all things are extraordinary. -Dean Koontz, A Big Little Life, Chapter One
Other Favorite Quotes:
....we are fictioneers, bleaching the rich narrative of reality into a pale story that we can better comprehend. We go wrong when we don't admit the unknowable complexity of reality, but we go dangerously wrong when we claim that one pale story - or an anthology of them - is truth. We arrive at the paleness to avoid consideration of the daunting truth in all its fierce color and infinite detail. _______
For a dog, the world is an ever-expanding carnival of mysteries. Every new experience enchants, and every morning is full of promise. As children, we share this attitude, but we evict it when we become adults, as if the knowledge that comes with experience needs to occupy that particular chamber of the mind, as if wonder must make way for wisdom. But wisdom without wonder is not true wisdom at all, but only a set of practical skills married to tactical shrewdness of one degree or another. Wonder inspires curiosity, and curiosity keeps the mind from becoming sick with irrational ideologies and stultified with dogma. _______
Seeing through to the truth under the illusions that have shaped you is important, but it can be dispiriting and can tie knots in your wonder. _______
Yes, she was a dog, but not only a dog. I am a man, but not only a man. Sentiment is not sentimentality, common sense is not common ignorance, and intuition is not superstition. Living with a recognition of the spiritual dimension of the world not only ensures a happier life but also a more honest intellectual life than if we allow no room for wonder and refuse to acknowledge the mystery of existence. _______
The world is infinitely layered and mysterious. Every day of our lives, we see far more than we can comprehend, and because the failure to comprehend disquiets us, we lie to ourselves about what we see. We want a simple world, but we live in one that is magnificently complex. Rather than acknowledge the exquisite roundness of creation, we take it in thin slices, and we view each slice through tinted, distorting lenses that further diminish its beauty and obscure truths that await recognition. Complexity implies meaning, and we are afraid of meaning. _______
The mystery of life is the source of its wonder, and the wonder of life is what makes it so worth living.
Better than I expected! This fun collection of five stories by Beedle The Bard offers a window into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While keepingBetter than I expected! This fun collection of five stories by Beedle The Bard offers a window into the wizarding world of Harry Potter. While keeping her promise of not writing another Harry Potter book, Rowling allows Professor Albus Dumbledore to give readers insight and elaboration through his commentary following each of Beedle The Bard's tales (the tales can be compared to the muggle's Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales - although completely different). "The Warlock's Hairy Heart" is especially dark and bloody - parents would be well advised to not read this particular story to young children; it is not a good bedtime story for any age.
After the tale called The Fountain of Fair Fortune, Dumbledore shares in his commentary that Mr. Lucius Malfoy had requested a ban on this specific story and the two had exchanged several letters on the subject. Dumbledore claims: " This exchange marked the beginning of Mr. Malfoy's long campaign to have me removed from my post as Headmaster of Hogwarts...". I found Dumbledore's commentary on "Babbity Rabbity and Her Cackling Stump", to be the most informative, interesting, and amusing of the five stories.
The Tales of Beedle The Bard is a volume of just over 100 pages, extremely easy to read and features not only cover art by Mary Grand Pre (who did the cover art for all the US versions of the Harry Potter books) but also illustrations within the stories by J.K. Rowling herself. Rowling has done a wonderful job on this book and I look forward to reading future works by her - whether they have anything to do with Harry Potter or not; she's a fabulous author....more
This is the first John Sandford book I've read - and I'm an instant fan! Sandford was recommended to my by a flight attendant in 2007 and also by fansThis is the first John Sandford book I've read - and I'm an instant fan! Sandford was recommended to my by a flight attendant in 2007 and also by fans of Dean Koontz looking for similar authors. I will probably start reading Sandford's Prey series but I wanted to try some of his stand alone novels first. I have already started reading Dead Watch and look forward to reading Rough Country later this year.
The opening scene in The Night Crew is extremely intense and the book contains a high-quality of writing throughout. I loved the character of Anna Batory and think Sandford's writing is superb - I like that his writing is so genuine and unforced. I must admit I'm not usually very good at figuring out who did it in a mystery novel, but I thought I had figured out this one - in the end it was someone else.
Here is a sample from The Night Crew :
"I couldn't help noticing that you're carrying a gun." "Yup." She nodded. "You got a permit?" he asked. "Are you kidding?" "Maybe you should give it to me - the gun," he said. "Maybe not," Anna said "I could take it," he suggested. "Cop takes gun from woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered movie actress." She looked over her shoulder at Louis. "Could we get that on the air?" "Are you kidding?" Louis said. "I could sell it everywhere. But it'd sound better if we said, ' Cop takes gun from woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered movie actress, while gangs run wild with assault rifles in South Central.'" "That is an improvement," Anna said. "It'd do okay," Louis said. " But if you could get him to rough you up a little bit, we'd get more than we got for the jumper." "How about it?" Anna said, turning back to Coughlin and batting her eyes. " Do you carry a club or a sap or anything?" Could you push me around a little? I mean, I kind of ... like it." "Louis said, " ' Cop takes gun from beautiful woman stalked by serial killer who brutally murdered glamorous, drug-abusing "90210" actress, abuses her with baton, while gangs run wild with assault rifles in South-Central -- and she likes it.' " Coughlin hunched over the steering wheel and shook his head sadly, "Christ, this could be a long night," he said....more
This world is a world of stories, of mystery and enchantment. Everywhere you look, if you look close enough, a tale of wonder is unfolding, for everyThis world is a world of stories, of mystery and enchantment. Everywhere you look, if you look close enough, a tale of wonder is unfolding, for every life is a narrative and everyone a character in his or her own drama. -Dead and Alive, Chapter 72
The primary reason I enjoy Dead and Alive so much is the introduction of a silly character named Jocko. I love Jocko! I love the bravery of Erika 5. I love the humor and the friendships that develop in the story.
A few quotes:
After all, in an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist. ______
Of all the cops Carson knew, she and Michael had the deepest respect for individualism, especially when a particular individual was quirky and therefore amusing.... ______
The universe is a sea of chaos in which random chance collides with happenstance and spins shatters of meaningless coincidence like shrapnel through our lives... ______
I liked this better the second time around. I feel I am much less critical (and as a result happier) than I was in 2009.
Favorite Lines: Michael, don'tI liked this better the second time around. I feel I am much less critical (and as a result happier) than I was in 2009.
Favorite Lines: Michael, don't you sense there's something more than the grind - some amazing secret you can almost see from the corner of your eye? Last night I saw something I can't put into words. It's almost like U.F.O.s exist. ______
Every city has it's secrets - -But none as terrible as this. ______
Failure is an orphan while success has many fathers....more
I lead an unusual life. By this I do not mean that my life is better than yours. I'm sure that your life is filled with as much happiness, charm, wond I lead an unusual life. By this I do not mean that my life is better than yours. I'm sure that your life is filled with as much happiness, charm, wonder, and abiding fear as anyone could wish. Like me, you are human, after all, and we know what a joy and terror that is. I mean only that my life is not typical. Peculiar things happen to me that don't happen to other people with regularity, if ever. -Odd Thomas, Chapter One _____
This story began on a Tuesday For you, that is the day after Monday. For me, it is a day that, like the other six, brims with the potential for mystery, adventure, and terror. You should not take this to mean that my life is romantic and magical. Too much mystery is merely an annoyance. Too much adventure is exhausting. And a little terror goes a long way. -Odd Thomas, Chapter One _____
While Odd Thomas has never been one of my personal favorites of Dean Koontz, it is quite an impressive volume of literature. Since it's original publication in 2003, Odd Thomas has skyrocketed to become the most popular book by Dean Koontz, surpassing the beloved tale of Watchers. There are 7 sequels to this novel (including the novella Odd Interlude), Graphic Novels and an Odd Thomas Film. I will be re-reading the entire Odd Thomas Series during the first half of 2016 along with other amazing Koontzlanders in the Koontzland - Dean Koontz Goodreads Group :-)
The Odd Thomas Series: Odd Thomas (book one) Forever Odd (book two) Brother Odd (book three) Odd Hours (book four) Odd Interlude (book 4.5) Odd Apocalypse (book 5) Deeply Odd (book 6) Saint Odd (book 7)