This is a seminar series on cultivating things in our lives that really matter, getting rid of the blame game, and being more authentic in your every...moreThis is a seminar series on cultivating things in our lives that really matter, getting rid of the blame game, and being more authentic in your every day life. Brown is hilarious! Her stories are mostly from personal experiences but she also adds in stories from her research subjects.
This was recommended to me and I've recommended it to several others already. Granted, it is 6 hours long but it is so worth it! (less)
please see review at my website: it's a jungle out there. normally I would copy it from there to here but my laptop is out for repairs and I am not ov...moreplease see review at my website: it's a jungle out there. normally I would copy it from there to here but my laptop is out for repairs and I am not overly proficient with my tablet.(less)
This book is decent - rather predictable and a little outside the realm of realism but guess we don't read fiction because it is something that could...moreThis book is decent - rather predictable and a little outside the realm of realism but guess we don't read fiction because it is something that could really happen.
The writing is true to the other Nevada Barr books and good for an afternoon read. I might be done with this series because, like the Maggie O'Dell and other series, it has pretty much run its course.
I started and finished this book today. I had come up with a similar idea several months ago after having a nightmare about a man who made dolls in th...more
I started and finished this book today. I had come up with a similar idea several months ago after having a nightmare about a man who made dolls in the likeness of children he murdered. While doing research, I came across this book so figured I should read it – plus it is by Amanda Stevens whose Graveyard Queen series is one of my favorites.
It is obvious to me that I could not write this story even a tenth as well as she did so I had to give up on the idea. Stevens does an excellent job dealing with the topic – I was caught up in the story the moment I read the prologue.
The writing takes you to New Orleans’s French Quarter and briefly touches (thankfully) on the whole devastation of Katrina. I know it was a major event but I do get a little tired of the whole Katrina thing showing up in books though I suppose it is hard to ignore if one is to do the area justice. Still, I appreciate how Stevens kept it to a minimum.
At any rate, the story was well told – I was sufficiently creeped out by the Dollmaker and his motives for kidnapping and killing children. It pains me to think there might be such sick individuals out there.
I give the book an A. The relationship between Claire and Dave is one that a person would envision between a couple whose child was kidnapped and the consequent divorce/hard feelings that went with it. I liked Claire’s sister, Charlotte, and thought her part could have been expounded on but that would have been more involved, I suppose.
I read on Amanda Stevens website that she has two new Graveyard Queen books coming out next year. I certainly hope that is true – I get so tired of waiting for books in series. I’m getting to the point that, if a book is going to be part of a series, I won’t read it because I hate the wait. I prefer stand alone books that I can think about, mull over and then move on from.
As this was a novella, I was able to read all 120 pages at work tonight. Dean Koontz used to be one of my favorite authors, I read everything by him....moreAs this was a novella, I was able to read all 120 pages at work tonight. Dean Koontz used to be one of my favorite authors, I read everything by him. Over the past ten years, that has changed because he has changed. Gone are the days of Watchers, Whispers, Midnight and Phantoms.
This novella is one that I found predictable and not the least bit surprising. I almost stopped part way through because I am not a fan of stories involving devil worship or child sacrificing but, as it was just a novella, I pushed on.
If you take away the dark side of the story and look at the characters, Crispin is a likable character, as is the dog Harley. I thought it jumped back and forth between the past and present too much to be comfortable reading - especially for a novella.
Overall, I can honestly say I wish I hadn't read the book - I hope it doesn't affect my dreams. I give the story a C because it is wallows in predictability. No gore though so that kept it from getting a D. :-) (less)
I couldn’t decide which book to start with and decided on this one because I had already read the first in the series. Quite frankly, I didn’t like wh...moreI couldn’t decide which book to start with and decided on this one because I had already read the first in the series. Quite frankly, I didn’t like where book one left off so decided to see how things were going in book two. I do admit to liking Alan though I have to say I find his progress and the people he meets along the way more than a little factious. I’m very skeptical at how a person could reach the distances he claims to have reached in such a short time – however, that aside, I do find the book fascinating and fun.
The writing is well done and one can’t deny the Christian aspect of the story. I like that it is free of gore and violence, though the man does get stabbed three times at the end of book one. Still, it is a good story and well worth the effort. I will enjoy the next book and have to say it doesn’t take long to read one – about 2 1/2 hours for over 300 pages.
I can’t say I love the series as much as my sister did but they are good and I will finish the series. I like Evans bent towards Christianity and find his writing refreshing in that area. I easily give the book an A. (less)
Started this book at B&N earlier when I stopped for coffee. B&N lets owners of a Nook read a book for free for one hour every day. Normally I...moreStarted this book at B&N earlier when I stopped for coffee. B&N lets owners of a Nook read a book for free for one hour every day. Normally I don't carry my Nook with me but I happened to have it today so thought I'd read something while I sipped my latte. My sister told me this book was good so I settled on it.
The hour went by very quickly. When it informed me around page 75 that I was out of time, I was disappointed enough that I bought the book so I could continue reading. I had an $8 credit on my account so it worked out well.
This book grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. I felt Alan's pain when his life fell apart and how grief stricken he was. His decision to take off and leave the same day was rather far-fetched - most people would need to make a few arrangements but he just happened to have every single thing he needed in his house. But whatever, it is fiction which means anything can happen. His working up to 30 miles a day within a week of starting his journey seemed hard to believe too but again, it is fiction.
What grabs is the questions he asks as he goes along, the life he wonders about, the pain, the people he meets, and how he realizes more and more that life has to be lived to be appreciated. He talks in there about "life-huggers" and it is rather descriptive of most of our lives. We hug life so tight that we don't really take the time to live or appreciate it.
Evans writing style is easy to follow, his descriptions are engaging, and the story flies along. I have no doubt I will read the entire series - I believe there are five or six books in all. I even think I may be inspired and learn something along the way. :-) I give the book an A+. (less)
I'm afraid this book failed to excite me whatsoever. I don't know what it is about Koontz lately that seems to make me go "blah" when he used to be on...moreI'm afraid this book failed to excite me whatsoever. I don't know what it is about Koontz lately that seems to make me go "blah" when he used to be one of my favorite authors.
The character seemed a compilation of several previous characters of Koontz - there was no originality that I could discern. I suppose this happens after writing dozens of books.
The ending was abrupt and left me disgusted - I will not buy the book that this was a prequel for (Innocence) because I wasn't impressed with the work that went into this novelette.
Sorry, Koontz, but you slide further down my "favorites" list all the time - write like you did in "Watchers", "Phantoms", "Cold Fire", "Whispers"...etc., I miss that author.(less)