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Michael's Book Babble

I'm an indie author and a scribbler of inane babble. I talk about books I've read/liked. Or at least, that's the plan.


Most of the reviews will be considered "mini-reviews." Usually, it's mostly my reaction to what I've been reading. There are people who are far better at doing full and helpful reviews. But I still have fun doing them, and hope you enjoy them!

Currently reading

Hitch-22: A Memoir
Christopher Hitchens
Progress: 90/1054 minutes
Wait for Signs: Twelve Longmire Stories
Craig Johnson
Progress: 105/184 pages

Here's a silly picture of Buster


Caught him in mid-yawn. :)


Well...it only took me less than a minute and a half to log on to my dashboard. I guess that's an improvement!

Busy, Busy!

I've been quiet again. For a few reasons.


1) This place takes FOREVER to load now. No joke, it took me three minutes before I could get to my dashboard. Color me unimpressed. And it breaks my heart, because I used to absolutely love this place. If this is how it's going to be from here on out, then I may be here less and less.


2) I've been writing like crazy. I even wrapped up a rewrite of a short novel I've been working on since 2004. I sent it in for editing and I'm a nervous wreck! I normally write short stuff. This will be my first *gasp* novel. o.O (or at least the first one I'm admitting)


I miss my Booklikes family. I wished I could be here more. I haven't forgotten you, so please don't think that. I hope things settle down here and it'll be back to the good old days, but I have my worries and doubts just like anybody else.


I don't really have a permanent home. This was sort of it. So I'll have to figure out a Plan B. I am on Tumblr, but very little--although that'll change if I can't post here anymore.


And I'm also on Twitter.


That's all for now. I miss you all!

You guys...

Skeleton Crew - Stephen King

...you seriously need to pick up the audio book edition of this. It just came out and has all sorts of good names.


Will Patton's excellent and chilling reading of "The Mist" is worth the price of admission.


SUPERNATURAL: My latest obession

So, I finally started to watch Supernatural about a week ago or so. I've seen it referenced on so many of the Doctor Who pages I like on Facebook, so I figured why not? I need something to keep me busy until Doctor Who returns.


Holy crap, is it awesome.


I'm still only on Season 1, but I'm loving it. A lot darker than I expected.


I bought these yesterday.


Yes. I may have a problem. I don't care.


A thrilling, exciting, and bittersweet conclusion to an excellent trilogy

End of Watch: A Novel - Stephen King

My hat's off to Mr. King. He still has it. I never thought he lost it. Sure, a few of his newer works may not always hit the mark, but one thing is certain: the man loves to write. He could've called it quits long ago. You can tell it's not about the money. He loves to tell stories, and he loves to find new and inventive ways to tell them.


End of Watch concludes the "Mr. Mercedes" trilogy. I remember being shocked after reading the first one and saw King announced that it would be a trilogy. I enjoyed the first book so much, I was excited to see where else he'd go with the characters. And as soon as I got to End of Watch, both excitement and dread followed me.


I was listening to the audio book. I started it maybe a week or two ago. And as soon as it got down to the last two hours, I had to take a break. Not because it was bad. Not at all. It was so friggen' good.


I just didn't want to see it end. And I feared for the characters I came to know and love. King isn't afraid to do away with characters you grow fondness for, and I knew nobody was safe in this last installment.


Unfortunately, I can't really go into the story all that much. Because doing so would give major spoilers away from the first novel (of course, if you're reading this you've probably already read the other two). But that's okay. Me mumbling and stumbling about trying to explain the story would do no good. Just know that this is excellent. It's everything the third book in the trilogy should be, and then some.


King didn't disappoint. Not for one single second.


The only disappointment I felt was when it was over, because I knew that was it. But you know what? It was a damn good ending to a fine series. I loved every single one of these books. Finders Keepers, the second in the series, is still my favorite because it especially appealed to the writer/book lover in me.


I loved listening to the audio book. Will Patton, once again, gives a flawless reading. I'm so happy he was able to do all three.


If you haven't read End of Watch, do it now. NOW!


I hated seeing this wonderful trilogy end, but I loved the way King ended it.


5 stars

I am friggen' obsessed with this track from the latest GoT score. If you've seen the finale, I'm sure you'll know why...


I have it on a loop now. It makes for excellent writing music.

A little piece of my childhood

Sideways Stories from Wayside School - Louis Sachar, Adam McCauley

I adored these books as a little kid. I remember my teacher reading the stories out loud to us in class, along with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark. I think these books are responsible for me being the short story lover that I am today.


Sideways Stories from Wayside School is a wonderful piece of nostalgia. Like revisiting a long lost friend. As soon as I read the first story, I felt like I was a little kid again. These stories are silly, odd, and excellent. The first two tales have to deal with teachers (one meanie who turns bad children into apples, and then the replacement who first sees her students as actual monkeys). The others focus on specific students in the class, many of them with odd quirks.


Since the audience is very young readers, the sentences are simplistic and straight to the point. Yet there is no shortage on imagination here. If you've never read it this as a child, it may be lost on you as an adult now. However, if grew up with these stories, chances are it'll take you back to when you were a child. And if you have little ones of your own, I highly recommend introducing this to them.


5 stars

Hello, old friend...


Now that I’ve finished my writing for the day, time to revisit a long, lost friend. Boy, does this ever take me back to my childhood. This, along with Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, is responsible for me being the short story writer/lover I am today.

Random Babble 6/22/16

The bad news is we're under a tornado watch.


The good news is I have plenty of whiskey.

UPDATE for WORD Preorders

Reblogged from Lornographic Material:

The proof of WORD came in today and I am thrilled with the final product. For those of you who ordered a copy, here's a glimpse at what you're getting.



Signed copies are still available for preorder until July 1,2016 HERE. $25 w/free shipping to the US. Book ships August 18, 2016.

An engaging nail-biter that slowly creeps up on you...

Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

I’m a big fan of King’s recent works as of late. Revival is probably my favorite King novel at the moment, and I loved Mr. Mercedes. I was surprised to find out that he’d make it a trilogy. And let me tell you, Finders Keepers delivers. At least from where I stand.


Almost like a love letter to books and writing, with bits of blood and gore sprinkled here and there, King delivers a thoughtful and engaging thriller that doesn’t rely on non-stop action. Lots of character development. Once again, King delivers the goods when it comes to creating a horrible yet frighteningly real bad guy.


Even though this is known as The Bill Hodges Trilogy, you may find yourself surprised that Bill, Jerome, and Holly are in this very little. The meat of the book deals with Morris Bellamy and young Pete Saubers. My heart broke for Pete and his worries, and I was absolutely disgusted and intrigued by Morris.


It could be the book lover in me, but I actually think I might’ve enjoyed this one a little better than Mr. Mercedes. This one definitely spoke to me more. And I totally want King to come up with fake Jimmy Gold books now.


Will Patton does a terrific job with the audio book once again. I highly recommend going this route. Hell, it might’ve even influenced my rating just a tad.


I’m not sure if I’m mentally ready for the last book in the series, which just came out. I don’t want this to end. I’ve found myself invested in the characters. Finders Keepers is another winner from King and it shows you that he hasn’t run out of tricks yet. He’ll continue to write things you won’t expect. And thank gawd for that!


5 stars

Reading progress update: I've read 321 out of 371 pages.

Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

This is getting crazy-intense. I love it! Love it, love it, love it! Love this fantastic series.


I'm not ready for End of Watch. I don't want this to end. I want them to go on forever...but sadly, I have a feeling that's not gonna happen.


I've heard rumblings about the third one...nothing concrete. I've avoided spoilers. But from the little bit of reactions I've seen, it's supposed to be pretty damn emotional.


But I am loving the hell out of this. And Will Patton just nails the audio book.

Yes, I needed the paperback version


Because it's that friggen' awesome. Love, love, LOVE this book.


Reblogged from Hol:

Reading progress update: I've read 186 out of 371 pages.

Finders Keepers: A Novel - Stephen King

I completely forgot that the new book came out earlier this week. I'm behind.


Bad Mikey. Bad, bad, bad!


Anyhoo, I'm listening to this audio book. It's read by the one and only Will Patton.


To say that I'm enjoying the hell out of myself with this one would be putting it mildly.

A wonderful and frightening winner

Coraline - Neil Gaiman

Like the book, I'm keeping this review short and sweet. I absolutely loved Neil Gaiman's Coraline. It's a magical and wondrous tale about a young girl who finds a door in their new apartment flat that leads to another world. Her parents are there in this other world...only they're not really her parents. These other parents have buttons for their eyes. And the Other Mother wants Coraline to stay in their little world forever.


But this world is a false one. And if Coraline wants to even have a chance at getting out in one piece and find her missing parents, she's going to have to be brave.


I loved everything about this book. It's creepy and it's wonderful at the same time. Gaiman's storytelling is so crystal clear that the pictures in your head will linger, and a lot of these pictures you're going to want to forget. Because they're that terrifying. And awesome.


I listened to the audio book, which is read by Gaiman himself. He is one of the very few authors who can read his own work and make it exciting. I could listen to the man read anything.


A very short read/listen, but that doesn't take away any of the magic. If anything, it makes it even more impressive. 


5 stars