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

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Edge of the Known Bus Line by James R. Gapinski


Our passenger gets on a bus to go to work. The banner on the bus says Out of Service, but she does not really think too much about that. She is on the bus with a man who stares at her ass, a man who carries a newspaper, and a woman who naps. The bus proceeds on its normal route, but then takes turns that are NOT normal. The passengers are then taken into a very dark tunnel and end up in a very strange world. No sunshine, people attacking the passengers as they are let off the bus.

While the people who are attacking are not really going for the individuals, but the items that they have with them. They use these items for strange things. Our main passenger is now in a town of zombie-ish individuals who eat rats, ravens, spiders, and any human remains that exist.

There are separate "factions" of this new world, each with their own beliefs on eternity and getting out of this place.

Our passenger is tough, doesn't really give in too much, and becomes an explorer, trying to get out of this place.

Well written and fun to read. Makes you think. If you were to end up in a place like this, would you give in or try to escape? 

This book was sent to me by the author through Early Reviewers group on for an honest review

Sunday, July 29, 2018

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin


Saul & Gertie Gold are the parents of 4 children, Varya, Daniel, Karla & Simon. Saul is a tailor of great reputation. Simon is the youngest child and has more to do with his father's business than the other children. When Saul passes away, it is assumed that Simon will carry it on.

The children sneak away one day to visit a psychic who they believe can tell them the actual date of their deaths. When they reach the woman's apartment on Hester Street, each child is allowed entry alone. So they are given the dates without anyone else knowing what they have been told.

We then proceed to get to know each child for a short period before their endings. Simon and Karla decide that they do no want to stay where they are and leave for California. While Simon is only 16, he already knows that he is attracted to men. Being in California opens that up for him, as it is during the late 70's, early 80's. Karla is the magic woman, taking points from her grandmother, who was not talked much about at home. She is very into magic and doing her grandmother's famous rope trick involving using her teeth to hang on to ropes. Daniel is a medical person. He works for the military and feels strongly about that. Varya is a scientist and has her own quirks.

I kind of didn't like that you only got to really know each character for a very short period of time before their demise. The characters were all very likeable in their own sense. You definitely fell in love with each, no matter what their particular quirks were. 

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

Lilac Girls

Caroline Ferriday, Kasia Kuzmerick & Herta Oberheuser. Three women whose lives intertwine eventually. 

Caroline Ferriday is a socialite in New York, whose work involves sending care packages to French children in France who are suffering from the effects of Word War II. Kasia Kuzmerick is a teenager in Poland who is plucked from her life doing underground work against Hitler to be put in a camp for women called Ravensbruck. Herta Oberheuser is a German medical student who wants to study surgery.

These characters are written so vibrantly. Two of them are actual true people, Caroline & Herta. Martha Hall Kelly definitely brought these characters to your heart and you feel all of the heartache and joys that these women experience.

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.