Aces Wild by Amanda Carlson is exactly the book I was looking for and I loved every bit of it.
I’ve been focusing on “classics” lately. I just finishe...moreAces Wild by Amanda Carlson is exactly the book I was looking for and I loved every bit of it.
I’ve been focusing on “classics” lately. I just finished Pride and Prejudice and am part way through Les Misrables. With that on my reading list I wanted to step into something different, something more contemporary, lighter – something fun. Aces Wild was perfect on all counts.
Aces Wild is a short book and “A Sin City Collectors Novella.” In this ongoing series each book is intended to have different characters and different authors, but existing in the same literary world. That’s a great concept, except that I now want more of THESE characters and THIS author.
I loved the action, the characters, and the story. However, as with many good novellas, I think the book could have benefited by additional length and depth, but then again, that would be missing the point of a novella.
Possibly the highest praise I can give for this or any book is that before finishing I already wanted more. I’d like to visit these characters again. Regardless, I am making plans to read further in the Sin City Collectors series, and more of Amanda Carlson, especially her Jessica McClain series – Full Blooded, Hot Blooded, and Cold Blooded.
I thoroughly enjoyed Aces Wild and recommend it.
One final caution, I recently passed though Las Vegas and I didn’t see any supernatural creatures there. Maybe I went to all the wrong places, or maybe they’re there and just didn’t want to be seen. (less)
Lincoln, A Cinematic and Historical Companion, is a beautiful, wonderful book.
I originally chose this book simply for the photographs and illustration...moreLincoln, A Cinematic and Historical Companion, is a beautiful, wonderful book.
I originally chose this book simply for the photographs and illustrations celebrating the Steven Spielberg film. It is a large volume and can make for a great coffee table book. I planned to skim the text before setting it our and quickly found myself reading and studying every single page.
As you might expect, a sizable portion of the book is about the making of the film, and it would be a fine book if it stopped there. However, the real value of the book is where it goes beyond the film to the history behind the story. While I’ve read, studied, and watched dozens of programs/books about Lincoln and the American Civil War, this book help me make connections I’d not seen before. As much as I enjoyed the film commentary of the book, my real love of this is the history portion.
Lincoln is among the most important presidents in United States history. This book not only helps readers better appreciate what went into the making the film, it helps readers better appreciate what went into the making of a nation.
Most movie companion books are pretty lame. This book is a whole different and higher class.
If you enjoyed the film, or would like to better understand this time in American history, I recommend this book.
The New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, a memoir by Elna Baker, is wonderful! I love it!
First off, I love the title, even when nine time...moreThe New York Regional Mormon Singles Halloween Dance, a memoir by Elna Baker, is wonderful! I love it!
First off, I love the title, even when nine times out of ten I stumble over the words and have to say it three times to get the pieces in the right order.
I also love the story. It’s about a good Mormon girl trying to make her way through New York City, and other far reaches of the globe. It’s about an awkward child who blossoms into a beautiful woman. It’s about trying to hold on to your faith while also trying to experience the best the world has to offer.
I’ve never been a woman, never lived in New York City, and never lost 80 pounds in less than a year, but there’s still a lot here I can relate to. While it’s true that Mormons are well known for not swearing, not smoking, not drinking, and not having sex before marriage, this shows that doesn’t mean Mormons never think about those things.
This book is about an ordinary girl with ordinary problems. Like all of us, Elna struggles with who she is and who she wants to be. Though her words, life in the city becomes a wonderful adventure I almost want to join her on. We cheer for her successes and laugh at her failures. It’s very funny and one of the sexiest books about virginity I’ve read in quite a while.
I hope Elna’s working on a second book. I want to catch up and discover what she’s been up to lately.
Elna, have you thought about a screenplay, a sort of Mormon Bridget Jones Diary?
The Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone is a wonderful book!
Its one of those rare titles I didn’t know I wanted and now I can’t live without.
Whet...moreThe Influencing Machine by Brooke Gladstone is a wonderful book!
Its one of those rare titles I didn’t know I wanted and now I can’t live without.
Whether it’s the “liberal media” or “the lame stream media,” we’ve all heard about “media bias.” Most of us now expect our news to be flavored to suit our taste. Isn’t that why we have Fox, MSNBC, CNN, and NPR? So, everyone can partake of the kind of news they like. Brooke Gladstone, however, turns most of our media expectations wonderfully upside down. She takes us back to ancient times and many different cultures to show how we got to where we are today. She then shows what we’re getting from the media today with a clarity we don’t usually see in the news. She doesn’t just preach ideology, she gives us countless examples with names, faces, quotes, and, most importantly, context.
It’s a history book worthy of using as text for a college course on the media, AND it’s a graphic novel that’s genuinely fun to read. The Influencing Machine is original, fascinating, and entertaining.
The day I finished reading The Influencing Machine I immediately handed it to my teenage son for him to read, and soon we’ll be passing it further for someone else to enjoy. And, if they’re not careful, they might just learn something before they’re done. (less)
The God Engines is the first John Scalzi book I’ve read. I’ve been aware of him for a while and I’m looking forward to reading Red Shirts soon. So, wh...moreThe God Engines is the first John Scalzi book I’ve read. I’ve been aware of him for a while and I’m looking forward to reading Red Shirts soon. So, when I saw a copy of The God Engines and read the provocative introduction, I jumped at the opportunity to read it through.
The story is part science fiction, part dark fantasy, and part religious critique and allegory. Captain Tephe and Priest Andso are leading a ship without an engine as we know it. In their fleet, ships are powered by captive gods. Most of these gods are docile, but what do you do when your ship’s god refuses to cooperate – refuses to help you carry out the mission set to you by your Lord.
This isn’t the strangest book I ever read, but it is the strangest book I’ve read this week. Overall, I liked it and found myself later trying to work out the ethical dilemmas in my head. What would I do in the same situation? And, what do these ideas mean to me?
If you like Scalzi, or you’re intrigued by the book jacket and description, give this a try. (less)
I am a perfect expression of perfect Life, here and now. Every day I am learning more of my true nature and of the power I’ve been given over the wor...more I am a perfect expression of perfect Life, here and now. Every day I am learning more of my true nature and of the power I’ve been given over the world of appearances. I am deeply grateful, on my journey, for the parenting and guidance of my highest self. Richard Bach, Hypnotizing Maria
Jamie Forbes is an experienced flight instructor who finds himself guiding a non-pilot to a perfect landing after her husband loses consciousness in flight. The woman later tells the world that he “hypnotized” her into believing she could fly. This idea transports Jamie back years before to remember a time when he had been hypnotized into a series of strange beliefs.
Hypnotizing Maria is classic Richard Bach. If you love Jonathan Livingston Seagull and Illusions, chances are very strong you will love this one too.
As with Bach’s other books, “the best mysteries are the ones whose answers lie in front of us, in plain sight; the best solutions are those moments when all of a sudden we realize what we’ve known all along.” (less)
This is a truly amazing book. To explain that this is a thick graphic novel retelling the stories of the Bible's Old Testament cannot possibly do it j...moreThis is a truly amazing book. To explain that this is a thick graphic novel retelling the stories of the Bible's Old Testament cannot possibly do it justice. It is an amazing piece of work. The detail, attention, and effort showing in this can't be understood without seeing it. To those faithful or critical of the Bible this book is inspiring, funny, wonderful and wrong all at the same time. I know a lot of people who will really enjoy this interpretation of these classic stories. I also warn that this is not for everyone and some readers will likely be offended.
For me, the only thing missing would be a few pages explaining the process required to create this book. How did he make these pictures? How many bricks did it require? Did he need to modify any bricks to meet his needs?
Looking forward to The Brick Bible - The New Testament.(less)
When I originally brought this book home I intended to look at the many glossy photos and then place the book on the shelf to thumb through again some...moreWhen I originally brought this book home I intended to look at the many glossy photos and then place the book on the shelf to thumb through again some other time. However, I quickly found myself reading every page of every section before me. This is a history and analysis or Tim Burton's films, life, and influences from birth through Alice in Wonderland. Although well illustrated, this is more academic than I had expected and I'll admit that turned me off at first. But while I found myself disagreeing with the author on some points, I was quite interested to discover the author's thoughts and reasons.
This book is not ideal for the causal Tim Burton or film fan, but film students and those honestly wanting to better understand Tim Burton and his work will like enjoy and benefit from this book.
No compensation or consideration given, not even a complimentary copy of the book. (less)
Indian Summers, A Memoir of Fort Duchesne 1925-1935, by Virginia Carlson Parker, was for me a wonderful discovery and great surprise.
At first glance...moreIndian Summers, A Memoir of Fort Duchesne 1925-1935, by Virginia Carlson Parker, was for me a wonderful discovery and great surprise.
At first glance it may appear to be one woman’s personal family history, written primarily for her own children and grandchildren. However, while I am not part of her family, I found part of my own family within the pages and a wonderful unique story of growing up in rural America of the last century.
I found this book while searching online for information about my own great-grandmother and was pleased to find an entire chapter dedicated to “Aunt Phoebe.” I knew my great-grandmother when I was very young and had heard many stories shared informally over the years. Indian Summers, however, brought those stories to life more vividly and shared parts of Phoebe’s story I had never heard or understood before.
Indian Summers is the true story of a young white girl spending several summers with her family living at Fort Duchesne, Utah. At the time, Fort Duchesne was the United States government offices of the territorial Ute Indian Reservation. Parker lovingly tells youthful stories of a simpler time with homemade root beer, children’s picnics, and Forth of July celebrations. Because of the location, she also tells of both positive and negative relations between the whites and Utes, of exciting native Pow Wow dances, and frightening tribal issues.
While not as literary, aspects of the book remind me of Little House on the Prairie, The Great Brain, or the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
I purchased the book expecting a simple family history. I found an enjoyable story helping me understand my state and my family better. I have now recommended this book to family and friends and look forward to reading it again. (less)
I have fond memories of rushing home from school in the afternoon to watch Dark Shadows on television. I remember tellin...moreFirst off – I loved this book!
I have fond memories of rushing home from school in the afternoon to watch Dark Shadows on television. I remember telling the other guys I knew that we HAD to watch this show. It may have been (part) soap opera, but I had many of the neighborhood boys gathered in my home each weekday watching it faithfully before going outside to play ball, cops and robbers, or whatever.
I’d been away from Dark Shadows for many years, but after seeing the recent Tim Burton / Johnny Depp Dark Shadows movie I’ve been steadily re-immersing myself in the world of Barnabas and Collingwood. Some of the books, videos, audios, etc., I’ve discovered have been fun, but with very little real content. While others have been confused, confusing, or downright boring. Dark Shadows, Return to Collinwood by Kathryn Leigh Scott and Jim Pierson has been my favorite of all the Dark Shadows support / celebration items I’ve found.
Thanks in part to Scott’s being a member of the original Dark Shadow’s television cast, this book is informed and interesting. She not only shares a love the program, but also shares many little known or behind the scenes stories that make a book all the more enjoyable. The format is full and glossy, filled with facts, stories, memories, and beautiful personal and promotional photographs. Although definitely not an academic study of a cultural phenomenon, this book is rare in its ability to address the depth of Dark Shadows lore. It features series development, movies (old and new), backstage, locations, and television reboots (both seen and unseen).
Dark Shadows was something special, sometimes hard to explain or define. Like the series, this book is special. It is clearly written and presented with love by someone who knows the show well for those of us who share that love. I highly recommend this book to life long fans and those newer fans wanting to learn more. (less)
Photographs symbolize the beauty that resides in all things, the spirit that inhabits all objects, the temporal nature of life experiences. – Douglas...morePhotographs symbolize the beauty that resides in all things, the spirit that inhabits all objects, the temporal nature of life experiences. – Douglas Beasley
Because of my love of photography and the natural world, I was recently given a copy of Earth Meets Spirits, A Photographic Journey Through the Sacred Landscape, featuring images by Douglas Beasley. I love it! It’s a beautiful collection of inspiring photographs.
Beasley is the founder of Vision Quest Photo Workshops and uses his own creative vision to capture the spiritual aspect of people and places from around the world. In this collection Beasley focuses mostly on images of the American wilderness, such as the plains of North and South Dakota, but also travels as far as Peru and Ireland.
The book divides its photographs into sections,
Sacred Sites of the Lakota Silent Witness, Genocide and the Landscape Disappearing Green Space The Sacred Landscape
The images are both beautiful and intriguing. I find myself both quieted by the book and questioning my own ideas of “sacred” as I journey along with Mr. Beasley.
I look forward to seeing and experiencing more from this artist.
This is the story of Richard Bach as he’s invited to attend the birthday party of a little girl about to turn five. The book and the message within is...moreThis is the story of Richard Bach as he’s invited to attend the birthday party of a little girl about to turn five. The book and the message within is his gift to her, and a gift to each of us.
This simple picture book is about time and place, love and friendship, distance and attachment. The words are simple, yet profound. This is classic Richard Bach philosophy disguised as a children’s story. It’s an excellent companion to Bach’s better known Jonathan Livingston Seagull but stands on its own in beauty and impact.
The wonderful new paintings by H. Lee Shapiro enhance the story and help make this a book to save, to share, and return to over the years.
I was intrigued to discover that the little girl in the story is real, although much older now. Imagine how it would be to have a favorite author write a book from their heart directly to you.
The important thing … is for you to know the truth.”
“But remember … that not being known doesn’t stop the truth from being true.” (less)