Great Philosophy

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go..."-Dr. Seuss

Monday, June 18, 2018

From A Buick 8 by Stephen King

22076As you all probably know, I am a huge Stephen King fan. I have been a little slack in reading his books (trying to read other books as well), but I am catching up.
This to me was a sweet novel about a wicked car. The car does horrific things to people, but is a relative quiet soul parked in Shed B at the police station.
The novel starts with the car being driven into a gas station, back in the day, and the attendant asking the driver about gas and oil. The owner says he needs to use the restroom and tells the attendant not to worry about the oil.
The owner never returns to the car. The area is checked, the stream in the back is inspected, no owner. The Buick then becomes the property of the State Police in Pennsylvania. It sits in Shed B and has moments of destruction and production of creatures. The temperature in the shed always goes lower when things are going to happen.
There are certain officers that seem to have more interest in finding out more about the Buick and when things come out of the trunk, have even dissected them to find out more information.
One of those officers is Curt, who ends up dying by being hit by a drunk driver. His son, Ned, then becomes a mascot at the station and wants to know more about the car. He is constantly at the station, doing chores and eventually learning the intercom and handling the incoming calls.
This is where the story takes off. We learn of the history of the doings of the car and all of the officers of the past and present.

I really did like this novel. It doesn't have all the flash and gore that a lot of Mr. King's novels have, but there was a lot of soul in this story. I was so drawn to the characters, each having their own real personality. I really think this novel is so character-driven.

Monday, May 28, 2018

The Pilot's Wife by Anita Shreve


Jack, Kathryn & Mattie Lyons have learned to live with a schedule that is not easy or normal. Jack's flights keep him away from his family for days, sometimes weeks, at a time. Mattie and Jack have a most loving relationship as father and daughter. Mattie sometimes rebels a little at her mother and seems more at ease with her father.

At one in the morning, Kathryn has to answer the door to a man who informs her that Jack has been involved in a crash over Ireland and that they have lost him and 104 others on the plane. Kathryn's world has fallen apart.

There are rumors that Jack committed suicide and therefore took the lives of the others on purpose. Kathryn can not fathom that that could be true. So she starts to do a little bit of soul-searching and researching on her own.

Her world then starts really crumbling. She finds out things about her husband that she never knew. And was she married to the man that she thought he was?

Really good writing. This book had me gripped from the very beginning.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

The Wonder by Emma Donoghue


Lib is a nurse who has been assigned to watch a young girl in Ireland who is supposedly living, but not eating anything. Lib has been hired to watch Anna 24/7, along with another nurse. This could be a miracle!

Lib is determined to find out if this young girl is getting food some other way. She consistently checks the room, visitors to the room, etc for signs of food being given to Anna. 
Anna is purposely not eating as a sacrifice to God. Lib just doesn't really understand why. Lib gets to really like this little girl, but can't quite figure out what is really going on. 

I really was intent on giving up on this book, but am glad I stuck with it. The ending makes it worth the read.

Friday, May 4, 2018

Winning The Wallflower by Eloisa James

This is a rather cute little novella about Lucy Towerton, the wallflower of the ball, who stands heads taller than most of the men. She has recently inherited some money, so her mother is wanting to put her "back on the market". She is currently engaged to Mr. Cyrus Ravensthorpe, who never truly asked for her hand.

She despises the fact that her mother would have her searching for another man, knowing that the reason they are seeking her is her money. She decides that she would prefer to keep her engagement to Cyrus, as he is the best looking and taller than she.

She decides she is going to compromise Mr. Ravensthorpe so that her engagement will stick. She gets him alone and they definitely "compromise". She becomes a little enamored of him and learns more about him.

I'll let you read the story to learn if they work things out.

Cute, cute story. Lucy is no quiet little woman.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

History of Wolves by Emily Fridlund


Mattie/Linda is a young girl growing up in a cabin in the woods formerly housing a commune. Things got uncomfortable with that venue, and everyone moved away except for Mattie and her parents. There are problems with the heat, an outhouse instead of a bathroom. Mattie lives most of her life searching and learning the woods.

Soon a family moves in across the lake in a house that is more like a mansion than a home. A couple and their young son. Mattie becomes the babysitter for this couple. The father, Leo, is not there too much, so Mattie becomes close to the mother, Patra, and the young boy, Paul.
Paul seems to have mental issues and is just a little bit protected. He is sometimes a little alarming in his behavior.

While Mattie is attending school, a classmate, Lily, claims that their teacher, Mr. Grierson, attacked her and she has become pregnant. This seems to fascinate Mattie. It is almost as if she wishes this could be her.

I almost gave up on the book 6 chapters in. That is usually my cut-off point if a book hasn't captured my interest. I kept reading, though, and was taken with the loneliness you feel in Mattie and her yearning to be something, to feel important. 

I thought the book skipped around a little too much, with no real understanding of what was really going on. There was a lot of switching the story from one point to another, without a clear understanding of why.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King


Did I learn how to write by reading this book? Not really, but this was an enjoyable book to read by one of my favorite authors of all time. 

I thought he did a great job of helping someone who was inclined to want to write with the mechanics of doing so. And letting people know that this is what works for him. 

My enjoyment of this book came a lot from the personal things involved. His history early, his accident (which really bothered me) and his list of books that he has read during this time period. So much personal information that made my like of this man stronger.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

A Big Distraction: A Different Look On Obesity by Dan Galanto


This book was written by my nephew, so I may be a little slanted with my review.

Dan has done a lot of thinking and research about the stigma attached to the word obesity. Society has a lot of disregard for people who are overweight and could that be the reason that people fail to try to stay healthier or slimmer? As he states in the book, there are those who try some of the "miracle" ways to lose weight, fail, then keep trying, keep failing, so they give up.

Parental influence, television, peers, etc all play a role in forming a persons image of what they should be. In other societies, weight is a sign of happiness, wealth, general pleasure.

The book is very well researched and definitely makes you think about the absolute stigma attached to weight.