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, 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. 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


An absolutely bewitching novel! I have not read Practical Magic, and will now probably do so. The book is enchanting and you absolutely fall in love with Franny, Jet and Vincent and all of the other characters in their lives.
This book is so charming and draws you right in.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

The Dog Next Door edited by Callie Smith Grant


This was a collection of short stories about peoples relationships with their canine companions. Some were good. Most had a religious mention, which is fine, if that is how you feel. I just didn't really pick up on the warmth that I was expecting to read about. Then, again, I am not a true "dog person" and have always owned cats. 
Wonderful collection of writers for this volume. Just didn't really make me want to go acquire a dog, like I really thought the book might have done.

Couldn't find a website for the author.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

The Murder of Laci Peterson by Cliff Linedecker


This book was published in 2003, so the news is a little old.

Laci Peterson was pregnant with her baby boy, Conner. She had no clue that her husband was having an affair with someone else. Laci disappears on Christmas Eve and much money and time is spent looking for her and her unborn son. 

Scott Peterson should carry this guilt until the day he dies.

The author does not have a website.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

My Tiki Girl by Jennifer McMahon

My Tiki Girl

I thought this was such a wonderful book about the need to feel loved, whether it is by a friend, someone who needs that same feeling at a given time, etc. 

Maggie has survived an accident that killed her mother. She now walks with a gimp and considers herself "Frankenstein Girl". She was once one of the most popular girls in school, but has retreated, and her classmates have sort of pushed her aside, maybe because they don't know how to deal with her loss and change. 

Maggie comes to recognize the alienation of a girl who is new to the school, Dahlia. She approaches her and they slowly become friends. Maggie becomes involved in Dahlia's rather strange home life. Maggie's mother is very weird, with dolls that hold witching powers, Dahlia's brother is 10 and considers himself a wizard, dressing as such. 

To me the essence of this book was the feel to be wanted and understood by somebody. It brought to the forefront teenage angst and just needing to have someone care about you.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Storm of the Century by Stephen King

Storm of the Century by Stephen King

A small island off the coast of Maine, Little Tall Island, is expecting a very bad winter storm. Before the storm actually starts hitting, a man enters the home of an old lady and kills her, then sits in her rocking chair watching TV. 

A young boy is walking by the home and sees the front door open. He proceeds to enter the home and makes the discovery. He runs and informs the authorities about it.

The storm of the century is proceeding and other nasty things take place while the islanders are trying to prepare and protect themselves from the ravages, not just from the storm.

This is written as a screenplay and it is really neat to envision the things taking place.

I am a huge Stephen King fan, just don't know that this is one of my favorites. There is a lot of violence and not a lot of understanding of why that is happening.