50 perspectives on Lahaina, Maui that you don't see in the tourist brochures! Writer Everett Peacock, a long time Maui and Hawaii resident s...moreFull Color.
50 perspectives on Lahaina, Maui that you don't see in the tourist brochures! Writer Everett Peacock, a long time Maui and Hawaii resident shows you parts of Lahaina, at dawn, that you might have missed!(less)
A great sampler from Hawaii author Everett Peacock.
Here some of the same Tall Tales and Short Stories his friends hear at those infamous beach bonfir...moreA great sampler from Hawaii author Everett Peacock.
Here some of the same Tall Tales and Short Stories his friends hear at those infamous beach bonfires. You can almost taste the salt on the breeze, smell the plumeria sneaking up from behind you and sense the large sea animals swimming close by.
Some stories are pulled from previously published works and some are newly released classics.
A short story moving from the jungles of Hana, through the beach town of Paia and up to the heights of Haleakala. Sogni moves as easil...morea 30 minute read
A short story moving from the jungles of Hana, through the beach town of Paia and up to the heights of Haleakala. Sogni moves as easily between dreams of his family, and reality as he does these beautiful Hawaiian locations.(less)
In this day of thousands of free books, distractions beyond count and in the middle of writing another of my own books, I found myself getting drawn b...moreIn this day of thousands of free books, distractions beyond count and in the middle of writing another of my own books, I found myself getting drawn back to this story.
I started it knowing it would be a choppy reading experience, what with all the things I had going on. That alone could easily kill a lesser story. And, it did kill a few. But REMIX continued its initial promise of FUN, ADVENTURE and that lovable British version of English (yes, I'm American).
I've already downloaded the sample to Replica and look forward to it filling the spaces in the next couple of weeks. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!(less)
liked it. Adopted some of it. Liked that it reinforced some ideas I was wanting to experiment with. Experiments so far are working. Need to wrap my head...moreliked it. Adopted some of it. Liked that it reinforced some ideas I was wanting to experiment with. Experiments so far are working. Need to wrap my head around his belief in blog posts that he Tweets about.
Basically, works out to writing relatively well (not necessarily great), interacting with your fan base (growing and managing a fan base) and keeping the books coming! ....and getting four or five books published BEFORE even attempting to build a big fan base.
I had no idea he and I had spent two decades on the same Hawaiian island, never having met in the same idyllic s...moreThis book introduced me to Mr. McKay.
I had no idea he and I had spent two decades on the same Hawaiian island, never having met in the same idyllic seas, he on his sailboat and me on my surfboard. I imagine I may have once spotted his sails full of a brisk tradewind off of Diamond Head that textured my waves as well as his with the same magical thrill, the same shared space in paradise.
Yet, we never formally met, until I read The Kinsman. There I found his conversation quite witty, his storytelling quick and filling and his mark on his world unique, compelling. That world, that slice of society, both his and his adopted, are places I honestly never knew existed. That alone made it a highly interesting read, but there was quite a bit more.
Every chapter moved quickly into the next, as if it were pushing me from behind, hurrying me along in a child-like game of wild-eyed exploration. I was late to several appointments and got a lot less sleep the week I read it, or rather the week it held me hostage to an intoxication of curiosity. It was one of those rare books where I found myself adamantly avoiding the last page, yet I turned to it faster than any of the others when its time came.
Now, that both he and I have left that Hawaiian island for farther shores I find myself feeling a bit of a loss at not having run into a small crowd surrounding him at some dinner party somewhere, discussing some adventure of his. I will imagine though that I did see his schooner catch the same ocean swell my surfboard did one afternoon under a dazzling tropical sun, he surfing an ocean roller and me sliding over a shallow reef.
Good storytelling like this enhances our limited world experiences, letting us live quite a bit larger than would ever be possible. Those stories we would be wise to revisit. One day I will re-read "The Kinsman" remembering how Gardner McKay introduced me to the thrill of sailing in much the same way that Hemingway showed my the magic in fishing the Gulf Stream. (less)
review of "Murder on Tiki Island: A Noir Paranormal Mystery In The Florida Keys" Kindle version.
I read the previous work by this author, Murder Behin...morereview of "Murder on Tiki Island: A Noir Paranormal Mystery In The Florida Keys" Kindle version.
I read the previous work by this author, Murder Behind the Closet Door, and was an automatic pre-sold reader of whatever he might do next. I was not disappointed, in fact I like this novel much better.
It was refreshing and exciting to meet yet again Detective Riggins, as a younger man. It's the 1950s and he is already growing into a heroic figure, wrestling fiercely with his own invited demons of alcohol and lust. Yet, those are only youthful demons, and don't yet dominate him but rather colorfully twist teasingly around his solid moral compass. Detective Riggins is no saint, far from it. He is though a strong soul you can share too many drinks with at a remote tropical bar and in the morning depend on to have your back in a Key West alley.
Character development is ensured and rich and that alone would sell me on this book, but wait, there's more! I especially liked, and have yet to see it before, an opening prior to the show where Mr. Pinto takes an important step in storytelling. He offers up a musical playlist that the adventurer might enjoy while reading the story. I did indeed purchase those songs and played them while I read, my Fedora hat comfortably on my head, my feet propped up on an old leather footstool, an evening cocktail at my side. His research into the time period shows an understanding of a slice of Americana only our parents or grandparents enjoyed. And, Mr. Pinto takes us there, deeper than those black and white polaroids we found in the attic recently. We feel the world as a younger, fresher old friend, one that we now know better because of hearing a little history, a little backstory.
In the 'whodunnit' style of good mysteries, I found myself choosing the bad guys incorrectly at first, and then later when discovering the real "bad guy" found I could empathize with their circumstances. Often, we learn over the years a better way to distinguish dramatic crimes as either children of pure evil or good people put into impossible positions. Murder on Tiki Island has both, and eventually shows us which is which. It doesn't preach or condemn the characters and their behavior but lets the reader take up those tasks on their own.
Lastly, being a Tiki fan of the first order, I enjoyed the weaving of that theme throughout the book. This book frames quite a picture: the tropical heat, the thunderstorms offshore dancing with the sea and a little island beneath it all. It fit very well with the islands of Florida, a favorite place of mine since the late 1950s. I have often wondered what the world misses now that those hardy souls, those lucky souls, enjoyed prior to massive development and tourism. My guess is that they enjoyed some, hated some and lived it the best they could. Murder on Tiki Island took me there for a few hours, showed me the good and the bad and in a very subtle way entices me to await the next adventure from Detective Riggins.
Initially I gave both of these books, The Dinosaur Games, and its sequel, The Dinosaur Games - Revenge of the Gladiator to my 10 and 12 year old child...moreInitially I gave both of these books, The Dinosaur Games, and its sequel, The Dinosaur Games - Revenge of the Gladiator to my 10 and 12 year old children.
On the Kindle they ran through them both pretty quick and that got my attention, so I had to see what all the action was about!
When I say action, I'm not talking about cowboys and indians, I'm talking about young adults, maybe older kids taking on tasks that would intimidate any adult. Like piloting flying dinosaurs in battles that would make most cowboys cringe.
The action is remarkably fast paced, and thus it kept my attention riveted to the pages, as well as it most likely did for my children. The pacing and plot move along hand in hand, sometimes pulling the other, but always tightly gripped.
I had a great time reading it and sat for a moment after finishing the second book, wondering, if things had worked out differently...how might I have handled piloting a Pterosaur? (less)
Being from Honolulu myself, I really enjoyed the references to some of my old haunts in Necromancer. However, I never knew so much intrigue was going...moreBeing from Honolulu myself, I really enjoyed the references to some of my old haunts in Necromancer. However, I never knew so much intrigue was going on!
The story takes tropical everyday and twists a nice dose of magic into it so convincingly you'll swear you've seen it yourself. The characters grow into personalities that showcase Ms. Richter's talent for infusing life into her story. They all move in their own directions, set loose by her words and pace.
Get this on the Kindle, take your sun hat to the beach and enjoy!
When I first moved to Hawaii as a teenager, this was the book I began that first week. Required reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in...moreWhen I first moved to Hawaii as a teenager, this was the book I began that first week. Required reading for anyone with more than a passing interest in Hawaii. However, it will consume several hours to finish it.(less)