Sunday Reviews: Horror Short Stories

Sundays are for book reviews Horror Short Stories (Edited by Joanna Blythe) ☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I was excited when I purchased this hardcover book as I love horror shorts and longs. On one hand I was excited about the possibilities, on the other hand after I read the book I found that I had read virtually all the stories and had almost all of them in other books and collections I already owned. This was a little disappointing and hence the 4 of 5 starts. With that in mind though each of the stories is fun and enticing, and I feel that the selection done by the authors is appropriate for many audiences.

My favorite of the authors, Guy DE Maupassant did not disappoint and of course Poe, Lovecraft, and many others were great as always. A super collection, but still a reprint for the most part.

Sunday Reviews: The Dishwasher – A Gift from God.

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The Dishwasher: A gift From God by Leslie Karsten

☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

This was an impulse buy as I met the author at another book signing. We discussed a great deal about theology, philosophy and life as we talked about the new book by D.A. Reed: “All the Things we Didn’t see”

I was fascinated by the thoughts and bought the book and it shipped very quickly. This is a tough rating as the book content is good and works for what it was intended, a bible study guide and series of points to incite thought, but it was not so good because it was fare too short.

I was impressed with the stories and approaches, and enjoyed the witty statements and sometimes pointed questions. I also enjoyed the story from the title as I hate doing dishes as well. So, a fun read and worth the time, and worth it for a study group to go for weeks and get some people moving forward, but in the words of Andrea True: More More More.

Sunday Reviews: Simple Things

Simple Things by assorted authors ☆☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I must start by stating I gave this 5 of 5 stars even though some people will see spots in it that are not for them, and some people may see items that are not as pleasing as others. For me this was a presentation of talent and passion in the time of Covid. This will be something to remember.

(It is also nice that there are two stories in her by some guy named Andrew Smith that are pretty cool.)

Simple things is an anthology written by various authors. The prompt was simple, a positive piece on gratitude in a time when there were not so many positive things going on. I was impressed by the writing and approach by so many authors. Some wrote slices of life, some wrote short stories of fiction, some wrote from their existing books, and some wrote poetry and prose meant to inspire.

No matter how you approach this book, it works. It is full of positive positions that seek to inspire and incite, and even though a few had an air of negativity, they were positive in the end. This group of authors came together and made a statement as one: we will overcome the negativity and start something better.

A significant amount of writers gives this book something for everyone.

Sunday Reviews: Meltdown

Sunday Reviews: Meltdown by Rick Tuttle ☆☆☆ ☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I have to start by saying this was a fun book and I probably would have given it a much higher rating if I had reread it a few times. This apocalyptic tale takes place, well, it could be taking place now. I found many of todays more political turmoil in the book and we could easily experience the same or similar and in some cases may be seeing it now.

The author describes “The Cascade effect” and in that effect the normalcy of the world began to crumble. The main character, a pastor, was fully prepared and prepared to protect his family. What follows is an elaborate series of events that push and pull you along as the pastor and his family survive. There are also numerous chapters covering the greed of people, the government, and much more.

On one side I was impressed with the approach of this book and the sometimes powerful messages it conveyed. On the other side the book seemed a little too focused on the faith and sometimes it is my opinion the story was directed to prove a point, but not necessarily as a character would have reacted. This is very true with the president and politics in general. The house built to survive was well thought out, and I was surprised in many cases by the direct approach of the author.

In the end this was still an enjoyable read, and in reading it I saw a world as it could play out now, and the potential approach we should take to survive.

4 of 5 stars and a fun and enjoyable book!

Sunday Reviews: The John Wayne Code: Wit, Wisdom and Timeless Advice

Media Lab Books: ☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I bought this book on a whim because I was in a thoughtful mood and it looked nice. The binding is leather and the books is a worth it for the cover alone. (Well, my opinion).

I was a fan of John Wayne and love the fact that he was larger than life both on and off screen. As I read this book I was torn. Not because it was a bad book but because I wanted more. For what the book was written for it is impressive and there are many enlightening statements and insights.

I only wish they had put more with and wisdom in this book. (It was not as in depth as books like Bruce Lee’s Striking Thoughts) John Wayne is known for quite a bit and they did not go as far down the path as the could have and focused more on quotes that were on the side. Still, I had fun, enjoyed the book and it will be an amazing keepsake for a long long time.

Worth the time and the read but a little light in my opinion.

Sunday Reviews : Summon the Tiger

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Summon the Tiger: by Wendy Sura Thomson

☆☆☆☆1/2 of ☆☆☆☆☆

I have to start by noting a few provisos. I have read a lot of biographies and autobiographies, and I know Wendy. Both play a part in this review, and I will not add spoilers or plot pieces except where necessary. As a fellow Tiger I can say with certainty that Wendy is a powerful force, and her tenacity in and for life is truly inspiring outside of this book.

The book reiterates the same.

In Summon the Tiger Wendy shows that anything can be overcome if you try. From the physical and beyond Wendy demonstrates that excuses are not necessary, but instead a clear course of action makes a difference. From her early memories that are clouds of dust to her to more modern memories, challenges, tribulations, and elations.

I walked away from reading this book feeling sad and angry. Angry at how people treat each other and sad that so much more could have been accomplished if only people opened their minds and eyes. (In either order). I was also not fully aware of the issues the handicapped had at TSA’s hands. I was sad for a simple reason I find myself considering in life often: What would her life have been if someone supported her 110%, and loved her without pause. This question echoes in my mind often as so many people in the world end up in complex relationships where one person wins, and the other has to be superior to survive.

There was a lot to digest, and I found myself occasionally referring back to the early parts of the book to look up something I was sure was done or said, and in the process was engrossed in a series of events that could only normally be seen on reality TV. After all, this was a book about reality. In the end as I reached and read the last pages the book could be summed up by some wonderful lessons, and those were enlightening.

Take your time, read, and enjoy. This book is a great pastime and a fun read with little tidbits everywhere to keep you interested. Thank you Wendy for sharing part of yourself.

Sunday Reviews: All the Things We Didn’t See

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All the Things We Didn’t See: by D.A. Reed

☆☆☆☆ ☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I have to say I am a fan already of D.A. Reed even though she writes across many genres. (We both do and some other people I know do not do so as effectively) That being said D.A. does so skillfully and with an air for quality that few strive for in the art.

In her book All the Things We Didn’t See D.A. approaches a tough subject, teen suicide. The book is well written at a level that would be suitable for almost any age provided they can deal with the subject. For parents I recommend reading the book with under 12s so you can read together and perhaps discuss some of the more complex ideas in the book. (If possible)

The story is approached in a solid manner (No, I do not give spoilers, sorry) with driven characters that develop well. The main character, Astrid, has depth and complexity and is an unassuming hero in my opinion as she tries to understand and unravel the past with the help of her sisters journal.

It is a tough journey and many people do not understand the depths of what she is going through, and some do not see the complexities that people face being bullied, overlooked, or worse. In the end the characters go through many changes, and the books ties up loose ends quite nicely.

I consider this a positive read for young and old alike. The writers showed great empathy in making sure everyone understood there is a why to suicide and that people need support from friends and family. I enjoyed both the premise and the story and the message.

One last item. For parents, jump to the back when you read the book and pay attention to the questions that are posed by the author, and the author statement. We as a society do tend to ignore mental illness until it is often too late. Perhaps armed with this book many can open a door to a new era of seeing past the physical and making a difference to everyone.

Sunday Reviews: The Octobers

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The Octobers: by Avah Rivers

☆☆☆☆ of ☆☆☆☆☆

I was not sure how to approach this book. It deals with a complex person and a complex personality plagued or blessed by DID. As a journalistic view of a person suffering from this disease it would be hard to follow if you did not understand the nature of the disease, or the depth of the intensity inside.

In my opinion you can approach this book in two ways successfully: You can read it and try to understand the conflict going on in the writer; you can read it and enjoy the different approaches to each word and item in the book.

I decided to approach it with both in mind as the book reads a little like an anthology of separate minds even though it is one physical person. There was imagery I was in tune with, and some that I was not in tune with but in the end it was still a good read, and a good ride. Still the book is a wonderful interlude and I enjoyed the read. It may not be for everyone, but I feel strongly that voices need to be heard, and books as this are a worthwhile read at any time.

Keep reading and enjoy your day!