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

Sunday, September 23, 2018

The Colorado Kid by Stephen King


A body is found by a couple on a beach on an island in Maine.

What follows is a mystery. Two newspapermen from the local paper are the only ones who seem to be interested in solving the mystery surrounding "The Colorado Kid" being found dead on the beach.
Steffi is their intern and they fill her in on the 25 year old mystery of this still unsolved case. Dave & Vince are testing Steffi about her true calling to be a reporter.

In essence, this novel is really about the mystery of mystery and how we are all attracted to trying to solve sometimes unsolvable things. Sometimes that is the truest test of ourselves.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Sea Glass by Anita Shreve


Sexton is a salesman who sells typewriters and Copiograph machines. He goes to his bank and falls in love with the teller, Honora. They end up marrying and moving into an abandoned house on the beach in New Hampshire.

Vivian is a well-to-do woman who likes to party and ends up involved with Dickie, although their relationship is less formal.

Alphonse is a young boy who works at the mills in Ely Falls. There are many children that are working to help support families.

McDermott is a strike organizer and is attempting to get the workers to join a union for better wages and benefits.

These people all come together, haphazardly. The personalities are all very different, but when they end up together working to unionize the mill workers, we glimpse the way people are drawn to each other, no matter what the difference in personalities.

Honora is a collector of sea glass and has a platter full of all the pieces that she has collected. Very symbolic of the collection of characters in this novel.

Anita Shreve passed away this year, so I don't believe her website is available.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

His Garden: Conversations with a Serial Killer by Anne K. Howard


Anne K. Howard took on a daunting task: get to know and understand a serial killer.

William Devin Howell murdered seven individuals and dumped their bodies behind a strip mall in New Britain, CT. It took years to discover all seven victims. Some of the victims had been missing for years.

Anne's writing is good. And I can definitely feel the trepidation she has in confronting and talking to a man who was so violent to his victims. I get the feeling that she probably liked him, other than the fact that he did such horrendous things.

I don't leave the book liking the man. Or even finding anything about him that makes me want to like him. I don't believe that there is anything about what he did that can be found "likable".

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Finding Me: A Decade of Darkness, a Life Reclaimed by Michelle Knight w/Michelle Burford


Michelle Knight had a rather unsettled childhood. Parents never seemed to care about feeding her, clothing her, housing her. She eventually ran away and ended up pregnant. She went back home with her baby boy, Joey.

She did not have many friends, but knew a few girls and some of their parents. She is raising her son to the best of her ability and seeking jobs. The father to one of her friends has offered her a ride to find his daughter and he brings her to his house on Seymour Ln, Cleveland for a supposed short stop to pick something up. He lures her into the house with the promise of puppies.

From that point, Michelle's life becomes one of pure torture. Ariel Castro chains her, takes her clothes, beats her, and keeps her a prisoner for 11 years.

I think this is one of the strongest women I will ever know about. This woman does so much for other victims and I think she is amazing.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Injustice Is Served by Reena Jacobs


These are very short stories about injustices being served. 

A surgeon taking revenge upon her daughter's rapist, a thief being served his justice, a mother who abuses her child serving her justice, etc. 

The stories were a little gruesome in parts, but the injustices were certainly served.

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.