This writer, by far, is one of the funniest that I have read in a very long time. Mr. Friedman has a very sharp wit, a caustic sense of humor and loveThis writer, by far, is one of the funniest that I have read in a very long time. Mr. Friedman has a very sharp wit, a caustic sense of humor and loves a good play on words."Road Kill" was a fantastic, fast-paced, lighthearted mystery with plenty of humor thrown in for good measure.
The story takes place in New York, as well as Texas and, later, in Hawaii. Mr. Friedman, writing about himself as a P.I., looks at himself in the mirror one day, seeing a Gypsy staring back at him. The gypsy strongly suggests that he go on a trip with a friend to get out of New York City. That is just what he does. Oddly enough, he gets a call from his old pal, Willie Nelson, who asks him to come on the road with him for a while.Kinky leaves his cat with the two lesbian dancers upstairs. And away he goes...
once on the road, in Willie's bus, the story unfolds and the plot thickens; only then do we find out why kinky is there, obviously to help solve a real mystery , perhaps, save Willie's life.
I won't ruin the story for you, but I will say, that if you pick up this book and read it, you will not be disappointed. If you need a good laugh, read it today. Mr. Friedman writes in a style similar to Paul Levine, another fantastically funny, lighthearted, fast-paced mystery writer. Perhaps, one day, Mr. Friedman and Mr. Levine will consider a collaboration. So pick up this book, settle back, and get ready for a good laugh. Treat yourself today... ...more
A YOUNG BLACK MAN AND THE TURBULENT 60`S !, December 3, 2010 By DENNIS DE ROSE "DETERMINED D" (Middletown , NY) This review is from: A Brownstone in BA YOUNG BLACK MAN AND THE TURBULENT 60`S !, December 3, 2010 By DENNIS DE ROSE "DETERMINED D" (Middletown , NY) This review is from: A Brownstone in Brooklyn (Paperback)
Julius Thompson`s "A Brownstone in Brooklyn" is about a young driven Black man,his family and his Brooklyn brownstone neighbors and friends. Julius has the uncanny ability to write with such intensity that you can`t help but feel that you were actually walking right next to Andy Pilgrim as be experienced,first hand, the love of his family,friends and neighbors and their drive to push him to be all that he can be. Unfortunately, life is not that ideal. Andy experiences some very trying life lessons..the extreme jealously of an old friend to the point of dire consequences; black and white prejudices again with dire consequences; and last, but certainly not least, the race riots of the late 60`s that affected many inner city communities. He witnesses rioting,shootings,death,looting,burning buildings and severe property damage.
As a White man, I knew very little about the late 60`s race riots and Julius has helped me to see, first hand, the extreme feelings and the emotions that people, both back and white, went through during that time. At that time, I was a self-absorbed teenager and I was not affected by those events, so I felt nothing for others that it affected. This book has changed my being. It has provided me with a closer look at Black issues of the times.
There are also some underlying issues that Andy is dealing with during this time in his life. I will not delve into them; I do not want to spoil it for future readers of Brownstone.
Julius Thompson has done a wonderful job with "Brownstone in Brooklyn". If you like it, and I hope you will, I know you will want to read the next two books in the Andy Pilgrim saga. Julius, please keep writing;you are doing a wonderful job... ...more
Dan Fiddler has illustrated and penned a fantastic little book of haiku and watercolor illustrations/paintings to compliment each one. Each haiku/painDan Fiddler has illustrated and penned a fantastic little book of haiku and watercolor illustrations/paintings to compliment each one. Each haiku/painting is a painstaking work of art. Dan`s haiku bites deeply into your soul.
This is, for me, my first experience with haiku and I must say that it`s simply amazing. I was particularly impressed with his next to last haiku/painting about a cat sleeping with one eye open in a red chair fully expecting,almost demanding, to be left alone.
"Haiku 5-7-5"is a must read for poetry lovers. This is a great example of the written word in a 17 style format but yet is jam packed with vivid imagery and color.Dan please keep writing;your haiku is amazing...
This is a great book especially if you like soup. If not, this may not be your cup of tea. The book is well-written and it has a fantastic index. TheThis is a great book especially if you like soup. If not, this may not be your cup of tea. The book is well-written and it has a fantastic index. The publisher did a nice job with an easy to read font, a nice sturdy cover and binding. Fred will gladly autograph a copy and send it to you directly. The cover price is $20. His holiday price is $15 plus a small shipping fee. It makes a great gift. Happy holiday reading.
Weston Locher has written a wonderful side-splitting little book,"Musings on Minutiae". He has dredged up anecdotes from his family life as a young chWeston Locher has written a wonderful side-splitting little book,"Musings on Minutiae". He has dredged up anecdotes from his family life as a young child and decided to share them with us.
If you`re down in the dumps and you need a good laugh, and you can spare an hour or two, then go out and buy Weston`s book. It`s obvious that he loves his family very much. I think perhaps he gets his sense of humor from his dad. I`ll share just one short incident: During a family gathering, perhaps Weston wants to be the center of attention, so he decides to stuff the family cat in a large box just to see what happens. It seems the cat was smarter than Weston. The cat waits in the box, not making a sound. When Weston becomes impatient, he decides to tip the box up and just peek inside. BAM !, the cat flies out and decides to attach his claws to Weston`s lower lip. Now, that`s funny!
All of Weston`s little stories are like that; short,sweet and to the point hilarious. This is Weston Locher`s first book and I guarantee you, it won`t be his last. It was so great I read it in one sitting....more
Mary-Anne Grosse Ivie has written a wonderful quick read, "the faerie folk and she- a tale of friendship and love". I originally thought this story waMary-Anne Grosse Ivie has written a wonderful quick read, "the faerie folk and she- a tale of friendship and love". I originally thought this story was for children, but as I read, I realized that this story is for everyone and that everyone should read it.
Alas, if you're looking for something spicy or adult in nature, you won't find it here. This is a wholesome fairytale; Mary-Anne nudges you back to your childhood page by page with the telling of the story. I won't spoil the book for you, but I will say this. The story is about a young girl who leaves the human world out of necessity and journeys to the world of faerie, witches and warlocks and the like.
Of course, all good fairy tales involve good and evil, often one group of people fighting another group, with all kinds of characters in between and this book does it well. Mary-Anne has a writing style that I found to be somewhat quirky, but unique. It's difficult for me to put my finger on that, exactly. Read the story, and you'll see what I mean. I really liked it and I await her next book. I'm sure there's a sequel here somewhere, after all, Lisa and kindred have just begun....more
Estefania Crespo, what`s in a name? I see a beautiful name for a beautiful girl, a multi-talented girl with the ability to express herself in the prinEstefania Crespo, what`s in a name? I see a beautiful name for a beautiful girl, a multi-talented girl with the ability to express herself in the printed word (her poetry), words through music (singer and songwriter), words through performance (as an actress in several movies) and words via the still picture (as a photographer).
Estefania`s poetry, "When You Feel & Don`t Know How to Say...", is particularly moving. I read this short book of poetry and felt, in one word, 'Ethereal'. I don`t mean that her poems lack substance. Au contraire, her poetry translates to a feeling that`s heavenly and, or delicate. Many of her poems were not easy for me to grasp. I related best to her last poem, "My Darling Angel." It`s about the greatest and most misunderstood human emotion. Can you guess what that might be?
Estefania keep writing, keep singing and acting and playing. Above all, enjoy life and may God bless you... ...more
" Weapons of Mass Destruction and Diabolical Plots Abound! "
"Mexican Madness" is just that... Madness in a world held together by a very light-weight" Weapons of Mass Destruction and Diabolical Plots Abound! "
"Mexican Madness" is just that... Madness in a world held together by a very light-weight fishing line. It all starts with an innocent tuna fishing trip with good friends. The tuna are plentiful and hefty; then one of the guys catches the ' big one". The catch is so amazing that O.R.C.A. , a world-wide agency contracted to combat drug trafficking and Eco-terrorism, becomes involved, at the request of the President.
The story explodes when O.R.C.A. uncovers the plot behind the 'big one' caught on that fateful day,along with the involvement of the Russian Mafia, the Chinese Triad, Mexican despots, and South American drug cartels.Enmeshed in all this is a very slick substance we call oil,also known as "Black Gold".
O.R.C.A.`s directors, particularly Reef,Nici, and Alexis, are tenacious bloodhounds that let nothing ,short of a bullet, stop them from unravelling this jigsaw puzzle. This is truly a story ,within a story ,within a story with so many twists and turns. From time to time the trail becomes quite faint but the TEAM never falters.
In the end, justice prevails, all plots are unmasked, the good guys win and the bad guys pay big time for their diabolical schemes and their threats to use weapons of mass destruction. I won`t give the plot away but i will say this much, with two questions. What is the worst thing you can think of? My thought was the end of the world. How about you? Now, what is the second worst thing you can think of? My thought was..., no, I can`t mention that.
This is Andrew Rafkin`s third Madness novel. I have had the honor to read and review all three. I hope there will be many more in the future. He has the uncanny ability to engage the reader in a complex,heart-stopping, action-packed novel that would make a fantastic first-rate flick.
The O.R.C.A. team ,that he has fleshed out here, are all very caring and dedicated to a fault. Even though some of the members become romantically involved, this never inhibits their mission. The team concept is very strong here, as well as, super vital.
Andy Rafkin`s writing style is unique and his word usage is,perhaps, slightly above that of the average reader ,but the words do flow smoothly, making the convoluted story-line easier to follow than I originally thought it would be. Mr Rafkin pays a lot of attention to details and that`s what makes his novels stand out. I tend to be the same way; i don`t want to miss anything. I couldn`t even find one misspelled word, and that`s very unusual. I want to thank him (and his editor) for doing a super job. I am definately looking forward to his next 'Madness' novel and I highly recommend Mexican Madness to any action aficionado. ...more
You Have Always Been More Than My Grandma, You Are My Friend!
Jerry Elliott Howard is not just a poet; he is a very good poet. Mr Howard is deeply in tYou Have Always Been More Than My Grandma, You Are My Friend!
Jerry Elliott Howard is not just a poet; he is a very good poet. Mr Howard is deeply in touch with his body, his spirit, his belief system, his family, and his friends. It is very difficult to write about a life, especially your own. It`s even harder to do that well in the form of poetry and prose; Mr. Howard has done just that in "Rewritten Lives". He writes so heartfelt about his grandma in 'Do You Remember'. I read that over and over, thinking about my Gramzer and yes, I cried. The deep love he has for his wife is evident in 'My Rose'. That really pulled at my heart strings. It meant very much to me; I can relate to that in a very special way. 'The End in the Beginning' is a very deeply moving poem about his belief system (and mine), our Creator. So by all this I mean to say that good poetry should touch you in a very meaningful way. Mr. Howard has done just that so he is a very good poet. Please keep writing Jerry, and I mean that from the bottom of my heart. ...more
Patrick Shannon has written a real whopping, wailing winner with "Letters from Wheatfield". If you`re looking for a great laugh in an easy read, thenPatrick Shannon has written a real whopping, wailing winner with "Letters from Wheatfield". If you`re looking for a great laugh in an easy read, then this book is for you. I read this book rather quckly in the smallest room in my house. Where was I? I think this book was written with that in mind; of course this book is small and very portable so you can read it anywhere or anytime. I laughed at every turn of the page.
Patrick writes in the form of Fred`s letters to his cousin, Amelia, who lives in the Big City, New York. She is writing a book about small town life, and he has offered to help her.
Each letter is packed with side-splitting small, rural town events or tid bits of local color pertaining to Wheatfields` eccentric inhabitants. We are introduced to characters like Carla and Darla, a pair of nutty twins; Thelma, the terse barber; Ned, the whacked-out retired forest ranger and a slew of other oddest odd balls.
Wheatfield`s town telegraph, or local gossip, is fondly known as ' The System'. Here is a good example...Fred gets a package in the mail from a company that publishes mathematical mind bender puzzle books. Within an hour he is labelled a math professor from Columbia University , or is it Colombia University.
This is a must read howler of a book. Mr. Shannon, got a sequel coming up? I sure hope so. ...more
Shelley Workinger has a fantastic imagination. Just imagine the US military performing secret genetic experimentation on 100 unborn babies. That's whaShelley Workinger has a fantastic imagination. Just imagine the US military performing secret genetic experimentation on 100 unborn babies. That's what Shelley did."Solid" is a fast exciting read, well-written, a real page-turner. The book is easy to read with very easy-to-read type, bright white pages and nice clear printing.
Imagine a demented military doctor attempting to genetically enhance 100 children while in utero. Perhaps they will be able to hear better, see better, jump higher, seem to disappear, etc.
The story takes place 18 years after their birth. The US government, it seems, has decided to group them all together and study them to decipher their abilities; it appears that the demented military doctor died several years before. What lengths will other demented people go to in order to fulfill that doctor`s dream? Who will survive? Who will get hurt or even die?
The upside is the strong bond formed by six of these "misfits"and the adventure they have while trying to get to the bottom of this mystery, their destiny.
Shelley has created a fantastic book and I eagerly await the sequel,"Settling".I can easily rate this book 5 stars. Way to go Shelley..... ...more
"Caterwauler" by Chris Masuda is an out-there book. If you're looking for a book jampacked with philosophy and the "whats and whys' of life, then this"Caterwauler" by Chris Masuda is an out-there book. If you're looking for a book jampacked with philosophy and the "whats and whys' of life, then this book is for you.
Story takes place primarily in a sex shop, involving a young man searching for himself, with an emphasis on his ups and downs along the way. He meets a young girl, she works in the same shop, and slowly his life begins to turn around. But the book does have a positive message though.
One section bothered me; it involved the young man speaking to an old man of the streets. Those 60 pages waxed and waned too philosophical for me. I had a lot of trouble wading through that.
Overall, "Caterwauler" is very different from anything I've ever read. I rate this book 4 stars only because I had a tough time dealing with all the philosophy. Mr. Masuda keep writing, your stories are unique. ...more
"Kayla and Emma"by Carrie Williams is the perfect little book to read to your children and or grandchildren. The illustrations have the appearance and"Kayla and Emma"by Carrie Williams is the perfect little book to read to your children and or grandchildren. The illustrations have the appearance and color consistency of children's crayon drawn pictures. They will remind us all of the types of pictures that we drew when we were children.
As I read this book to myself, I had a very good feeling inside. It reminded me of all the fun I had taking my children on summer adventures. And now I think of all the fun I'm having taking my grandchildren on similar adventures during the summertime, like camping, going to zoos, visiting relatives far away and a whole bunch of other things.
In "Kayla and Emma,"Carrie tells us from their viewpoint about some adventures they had, probably during the summer. I won't give away the complete storyline, but here is just a tad. Kayla and Emma are visited by their grandfather; he rides a big motorcycle. They, along with their dad and grandfather, visit the zoo for the day. They also spend time at the local fair; we all know how much fun that is. They go camping together, probably for weekend and they also manage to visit with relatives far away. Kayla and Emma have some wonderful adventures and, carrie, with her writing style, make you feel that you are right there along with them having just as much fun.
Carrie, please keep writing; I'd like to know more about Kayla and Emma's adventures. You've done a wonderful job with this book and, by the way, I must say that it was very well edited. Children will have no problem understanding every single word that is read to them or that they will read themselves. Carrie M. Williams
BOOK EDITED AND REVIEWED BY DENNIS AKA MONEYSAVER EDITING DDEROSE@HVC.RR.COM ...more
Mr Flores has packed a lot of punch in his little book, "Seven sins,Seven Stories". Each story either takes place in Puerto Rico or has a Puerto RicanMr Flores has packed a lot of punch in his little book, "Seven sins,Seven Stories". Each story either takes place in Puerto Rico or has a Puerto Rican character. Being white, and unfamiliar with Puerto Rican beliefs and customs, I learned something and I was entertained at the same time. I thoroughly enjoyed his little stories about Anger, Avarice, Lust, Envy, Sloth, Gluttony and Pride.
I will not ruin the book for you by giving away each plot but I must say that Ronald has a wonderful sense of humor and is very insightful.His story about a boy,Papo, and his very good friend,Walter, is very funny...until the end; that will grab you.
In one other story, Ronald takes you on a world class Puerto Rican food feast free-for-all. I had a very strong urge to head out to my nearest Mexican Restaurant; around here that is the closest you can get to PR fare...too bad.
So grab a copy of Ronald`s "Seven Sins, Seven Stories" today. It`s an enjoyable quick read, perhaps on a trip or the trip that we all make once or twice a day within our homes. Hint...it`s usually from a larger room to a much smaller one. For the careful reader, the editing was fantastically well done. Ron, your stories were super;let me know when you write another compendium....more