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

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King


There is a werewolf loose during the full moon of each month in Tarker Mills, ME. January has a railwayman killed, February is a woman in her bedroom, etc. Little bit of gore in description, but not too bad.
This book is written with each chapter being the month, for one year. Each month the citizens of the town are in fear when the full moon takes over.
My absolute favorite part of this book is how Stephen King describes a grandfather clock: Ticks solemn ticks and tocks solemn tocks.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Who Killed Polly by Frank Spiering


On October 30, 1993, twelve-year-old Polly Klaas and two girlfriends are enjoying a slumber party at Polly's home at 427 Fourth St in Petaluma, CA. They are getting ready for Halloween and deciding what they are going to be. While doing this, a man marches into the bedroom and threatens Polly and her two friends.
He asks the question: Who lives here? and Polly answers that she is the one who lives there. The man starts tying her up with cloth and electrical cords. Polly offers him $50 that she has and he rejects that, although he stated that he was doing this for the money.
The man takes off with Polly, and immediately the two friends and involve Polly's mother. The police are called and a description given of the man involved.

Less than an hour later, twenty-five miles from where Polly was taken, a woman encounters a man having that same description, on property that belongs to a woman that she babysits for. Police are called, but the man is released after the police find nothing untoward about him, other than the fact that he has been drinking beer.

Richard Allen Davis is the man who is eventually identified as the man in both instances. He has a history of kidnapping, burglary, etc. He has a very long prison and arrest record.

This book gets very detailed about the case itself. There are undercurrents of this being much more than is known by the press and the public. I certainly hope that his indications aren't the truth, but you really have to read the book and his take on this case to make that decision for yourself.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Twisted Vengeance by Jeff Bennington


Rick is a police detective investigating some murders of individuals who have died in horrendous ways, with no evidence to be found about the person who may have committed the crimes. He has help from the police force and also, his brother's widow, Stella.

He is in love with Stella, but had made a promise to his dead brother, Roger, about not getting involved with her.

There is a common thread to the deaths, all the victims were men that used violence with the women in their lives. This is brought to Rick's attention by a young boy, Benji, who keeps seeking him out and leading him to more murders.

This book was such a mish- mash of different genre's, almost like the author was trying to make the most of them without really doing so.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng


The Richardsons live in Shaker Heights, a suburb of Cleveland and a very "planned and ordered" neighborhood. Colors, lawns, roads, etc are all perfectly done. Elena (Mom) is the ultimate embodiment of everything that Shaker Heights entails. She is a journalist and her four children, Trip, Lexie, Moody & Izzy attend the local schools, which are "perfect".

Enter Mia and Pearl Warren. They are the newest tenants of Elena's two family house in the area, just not as close to their home as is comfortable.
Mia & Pearl have been a wandering pair. Mia is an artist and goes with the creative flow. Pearl is an intelligent free spirit.

The Richardson children become friendly with Pearl and really fall in love with her and her more free-spirited personality. Then they get to know Mia, and learn to love her just as much.
Then a friend of Elena's adopts an Oriental child who was abandoned at a fire station. 

This is when the riff between the Richardson's and the Warren's begins to unfold.

This is a good, soft story. You are inclined to feel comfortable with all characters. Celeste Ng certainly makes you feel all sides of this story and all the ways that the characters are feeling.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Fame: The Hijacking of Reality by Justine Bateman


While Justine Bateman says this is not a memoir, it kind of is. There is a definite attempt to define what FAME is and all the down and up sides to it, but the book is full of circumstances about things that happened to her, with the FAME and then without it. 

Personally, FAME doesn't sound like anything I would want or any of the downfall after FAME has gone. Like she states, be who you are and do what you want, be good at what you do.

This book was sent to me by the publishing company via and the Early Reviewers Group for an honest opinion. 

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.