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New Day, New Me

Well, back in the writer’s chair again. As my co-author types away nearby, and I just adopted a new pet from my favorite addictive site, I feel that it is time that I do something productive with my time, other than workouts, running errands, and shopping.

Time to catch up.

Well, as you may know, it’s been some time since I got much of anything done here. And I should probably give a little background and perspective. I owe it to somebody, I figure.

When I decided to detox from GoodReads and move away from their new interface, I didn’t have any idea how that would affect me, both as a writer, a reviewer, and most importantly a reader. I wound up reading very little, and doing more loafing. It didn’t help much that my medication is constantly being adjusted by my doctor, and I have had ALL KINDS of stuff going on in my personal life that I just wasn’t handling very well.

In short, I was all:

Detox

And, oh yeah, we also got this nasty virus on the laptop I had come to rely on for EVERYTHING (thanks to some selective content viewed by my consort) so it was down for the count for a long while. It still does not connect to the internet from home (Thanks, Windows. Thanks, Dell.). So I had to look for an alternative, and can I say now:

Toughbook

Yeah.

Mine may not be an Ultimate, nor is it even remotely new, but it has survived alot of harsh environments, treatment, and even something like this (with Dr. Pepper):

Water

So now here I am, back for all your smart-ass needs in reviewing books. And movies. And whatever else comes up. ‘Cause baby, “You can’t keep a good dog down!”

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And now, on to the long awaited reviews:

Summer Update

Hi all! Sorry I’ve been MIA again… It’s been a cray-cray year so far, and things have gone from one bad thing to another so fast that most times I feel like I can’t keep up…

But I haven’t been lax. I’ve kept doing whatever it is that I do, just a bit slower than usual.

And I have a new project that has been taking up quite a bit of my undivided attention. I’d love for you to take a chance and check it out…

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/645968498/five-for-the-road-an-adventure-story

Alot of time has been going into editing this book, so I’d love it to get a little attention.

On another note, it is our local library system’s Summer Reading program, so stay tuned for updates from my reading list – I’m behind on posting my reviews, but not on writing them. Tomorrow I’ll share images and updates on my shelves and reading stack…

Also I’ve been hitting the learning curve hard as I find myself in crash courses about computer updates and such while dealing with a connection issue on the borrowed laptop I use, and have found myself returning to “Ol’ Trusty”, my old heavy-duty Toughbook. I find myself amazed at the issues of Windows 10, and the durability of Windows XP.

Finally, I learned today that I was supposed to have taken a language class. I don’t know when that was, so I’ll find out more tomorrow. I may be opening a new chapter (pun intended) in my reading life! How exciting!

Anyways, just wanted to let you all know I’m still alive and still reading! Stay tuned for tomorrow’s update and be sure to check out the Kickstarter!

Star Wars Countdown and Reviews

Are you counting down for the new Star Wars movie yet?

We already bought the tickets! (Even if they have all been gifted already… wound up with some last-minute tag-a-longs for the movie… don’t you just love when that happens?) But since they are all already given out, we may actually go and see it opening night, before the presents are given!

SO, to go about preparing for this, I am going to do (and have done) alot of Star Wars-based reading…

Lets start with this short story…

The Passions of Greedo

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Forgive the image, it was the only one on the page, and not mine. I think if it were mine, it would have turned out worse. Read the story by clicking the title above, or here. Read my review on GoodReads here.

And remember, The Force is with You!

Old Review, New Review, Movie Night

So, tonight was de facto movie night, and I watched two films while cleaning out my email Inbox, and realized that I had missed out on doing the review for one of the books that one movie was based on –

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I Am Number Four…

Read my review on GoodReads here. Read IMDB’s review here.

The other movie was Hank Williams: Honky Tonk Blues.

(The cover on IMDB is not nearly as pretty as the cover on the disc I got from the library. I might update this to match, but then, maybe not.)

Hank was a country music legend, and this documentary not only featured his music and original recordings, but so much that I didn’t know about the man – that I’m sure many don’t know. It was sad to hear how much he suffered, and how loved he was by those who knew him. We can all only wish to be as loved and remembered as Hank Williams was.

It was also very humbling to hear a recording of him using a phrase my Pop used to use all the time – a phrase that apparently Hank used just as often…

“Lord willing…”

A Featured Review

Sharing the excitement, that yesterday I had a featured review on Powell’s:

Today’s Dose by E. from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Walking Dead Volume 1, Days Gone By (13 Edition)

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E.’s Comments:

“‘The Walking Dead.’ It’s a thing now, and has been for the last few years, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I read the graphic novel that started it all….This. Was. Incredible.”

Publisher Comments

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

Review

“Taking a well-worn genre — flesh-eating zombies overrun the world and the unlucky surviving humans must deal with the gruesome aftermath — and approaching it from a purely character-driven point of view propels this series into the spotlight from out of nowhere. This collection of the first six issues of the ongoing series opens with police officer Rick Grimes awakening from a gunshot-induced coma….Forceful scripting that gives the book a strong grounding in reality, crisp b&w artwork, a shocking final sequence and brisk, gory proceedings elevate this book from the trash heap of pedestrian horror comics.” Publishers Weekly

Review

“This series features the finest example of the dystopian hero: the survivor. The continuing story of police officer Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse, this is a nuanced portrait of human nature, fear, hope, and desperation. Yes, it’s violent, but it is brilliantly written and illustrated and an absolute must.” Library Journal, Starred Review

 

 

Read the long review at GoodReads here. Or read the full review on this site here. Be sure to check them out, and let me know what you think…

New Reviews Up

New reviews are up –

The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator)

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This Week’s Reads

The New 52

Read: 09 September 2015

Outcast

Read: 08 September 2015

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The Chef

Read: 07 September 2015

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(click here for review on GoodReads)

Mud Season

Read: 06 September 2015

May I Bring A Friend?

Read: 05 September 2015

This Week’s Reads

So, in keeping with my current updates (I realized that the only way anyone could see what books I was reading, was to scroll through the pages and hope to see what was new, or to follow me on GoodReads), I am adding all of this week’s books, and linking them to the GoodReads page with my short review for that book.

So far this week we have:

Code of the Wolf

Read July 23 2015

 

Les Animales du Zoo

Read July 24 2015

 

Black Horses for the King

Read July 25 2015

 

A Fly Went By

Read July 27 2015

 

Sleepy Dog, Wake Up!

Read July 28 2015

 

The Hedge Knight

Read July 29 2015

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Updates for these books and more this week to be added soon!