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!
Me: I really need to write. I need to read, too.
Brain: WATCH TWIN PEAKS! DRINK MORE WHISKEY!
Brain: CHECK CALENDAR
*goes to the calendar, sees it's still 2017*
*drinks whiskey, watches Twin Peaks for the billionth time, sobs, repeat*
Man, Stephen King really goes deep with character development in this one. I love it. And Steven Weber reading the audio book is flawless. I love, love, love his reading.
I regret it took me this long to finally get around to Stephen King's It, but I am really digging the audio book.
Been meaning to get to this book for the longest time, but as I said before I have a hard time sticking with longer books since I'm a slow reader. This is where the audio book is perfect. Definitely makes the commute to work and home easier.
Okay, I am not going to get political here. If you know me, chances are you probably know where I lean when it comes to politics. But I'm not going to talk about that here. I'm here to talk about this excellent book by Al Franken.
Keeping it short and sweet: This book is funny, filled with heart, and is thought provoking. Franken knows his stuff and definitely proved he's more than a comedian playing the part of a politician. He's extremely passionate, straight-to-the-point, and most of all funny. A bunch of this book had me and my wife laughing.
The audio book is fantastic. Franken gives a great reading.
I've always liked Al Franken, and this book made me love and respect him even more. I'm sure we're all at the point where we're on political overload these days. If you like Franken, I highly recommend it.
And if you don't like Franken and don't want to check it out, that's okay too.
Oh! Um... hello.
Yeah, I've done really bad behind the "I'm not going to be a stranger here anymore" thing I might've said a few months back. So! Let's pretend I never said that. If I said that. I don't even remember if I said that...
Anyhoo, I am finally... FINALLY reading Stephen King's It. And by reading, I mean listening to the audio book that is wonderfully read by Steven Weber. He is amazing in this. He nails all of the voices, and I love how he reads it.
I stayed away from this book for the longest time because the length always intimidated me. If you know anything about me, you know that I have a hard time finishing books sometimes. Because I'm a slow reader, and also because I always find something else I want to read even though I'm in the middle of reading something.
I love the character development in this. It's so rich. Right now, there's not too much about Pennywise. We're learning more about the kids.
Really enjoying this. I'm sorry it took me this long to finally get to it, but I love that this is the way I'm doing it.
So, I just finally got around to watching Twin Peaks. I had such a blast watching it. So gleefully cheesy, over-the-top, and downright bizarre.
Finished the season two finale yesterday. WHAT THE SHIT?!?! :D
Yes, I loved it. I don't know what the hell I watched, but I loved it.
Today, I plan to watch the movie prequel. And then I will finally be able to start the Showtime Revival.
Ah, yes. That Saturday night feeling got me like:
So much for me saying I wouldn't be much of a stranger these days. Sorry. :P
I've been busy with writing. Also, I've been limiting my time on social media...because reasons.
Haven't really finished reading a book in a while. I keep getting distracted. Keep switching back and forth between short story collections.
2017 is truly the year for disorganization, and I'm not just talking about me.
Anyway, I'm here! Sorta.
NOW DON'T BURN THE HOUSE DOWN WHILE I'M AWAY! :P
Neil Gaiman’s Norse Mythology was exactly what I needed. The real world has been bumming me out lately, so this was the perfect escape that I needed.
As I mentioned in my previous update, I knew very little about the myths of Odin, Thor, Loki, etc. The little bit that I did know comes from the comics, and just recently seeing some of the Marvel superhero movies.
Knowing that this has Gaiman’s fingerprints all over it, I couldn’t resist. I figured this would be a great way to introduce me to their world. And I was right. The tales in this book feel like a whole novel when you read them all in order, yet some in here are so entertaining and well done that they can stand on their own. He gives you a little background on the main players, setting, and so on at the very beginning of the book without hammering you over the head (see what I did there? eh? eh?) with endless amount of details to slow it all down. He gives you enough to get the feel of it all.
Some of my favorite tales in here were “The Treasures of the Gods,” “The Master Builder,” “Freya’s Unusual Wedding,” “Thor’s Journey to the Land of the Giants,” and “Hymir and Thor’s Fishing Expedition.” They’re all good, but those are my favorites. (Try reading/listening to "Freya's Unusual Wedding" without ever cracking a smile or laughing...)
If you listen to audiobooks, then I highly recommend getting it for this. Neil Gaiman once again delivers a flawless performance. If you’ve listened to his readings before, then you know you’re in for a treat.
These stories are filled with excitement and humor. And they can also get rather dark. I loved this journey that Gaiman takes you on. The only real bummer was finishing it so quickly. I never wanted it to end.
I know it’s early, but right now Norse Mythology is my favorite book of 2017. Even if I do read something else that takes its place, it’ll remain on my list of favorite reads of the year. A winner in every way.
I am loving this. Such a perfect escape with all of the crap that's going on lately in the world. I admit that the very little I know of Thor, Loki, Odin, etc. comes from Marvel comics and movies. In fact, I just started catching up on some of the superhero movies that I've been putting off for a while now. That makes this even more enjoyable, as I can actually picture those actors in the roles while I read/listen to this.
Neil Gaiman reads this flawlessly. I highly recommend the audiobook.
I'm so bummed that it's almost over. I don't want it to end. I don't want it to ever end. I know it's early, but this is definitely one of my favorite books of 2017.
The world is a scary place these days.
But I have wine. So that makes it a little less scary.
Or I'm just drunk.
Fine by me! Whatever makes the world less scary is A-OKAY in my book. :P
Decided to dive right into this after enjoying god Is Not Great. Fascinating so far.
In fact, I think his reading of this is far better than the previous book. Since this is a more personal piece, he takes his time. He doesn't read nearly as quick, avoiding that "rushed" tone. I really wished god Is Not Great was read in the same manner since I'm sure that I missed a bunch of stuff.
Anyway, I'm enjoying Hitch-22 right now. I think that was my point. Did I have a point? What are points? Who are you and why are you eyeing my wine collection?!?!
I'll be honest, there's not a whole lot I can add to this. And I'm afraid if I go into too much of a lengthy review on this, it might upset people. That is not at all my intent.
Full disclosure: I'm not very religious. Wasn't brought up with religious beliefs. I am not anti-religious by any stretch of the imagination. My feeling has always been this: If it works for you and you're not trying to force-feed your beliefs on others or using your beliefs as an excuse to cause harm to others, whether physically or mentally, groovy.
That being said, I really enjoyed god Is Not Great by Hitchens. I can imagine how this book would upset people. The title alone should be a pretty good indicator as if this should be something to add to your TBR pile, or dismiss it outright.
All I can tell you is that I enjoyed the book. And I also enjoyed listening to Hitchens read it. He reads very fast, and at times this can prove frustrating as you might end up missing a few things. A few times I found myself drifting, but for the most part I looked forward to it and regret that I finished it so quickly.
I cannot tell you if this is something you should read. That's always been my stance. Whether I'm reviewing fiction or not, something that's controversial or not. All I can tell you is my honest experience with the book. I really enjoyed it.
The dogs are barking outside.
They've come for my wine, I know it.
NOT GOING TO FUCKING HAPPEN!!!
(this update might've been fueled by wine...)
I've been wanting to say that I started the audiobook for this a few days ago, but alas. I have a lot of friends and family who'd give my status the "angry face" emotion if I were to post this on Facebook. However, for whatever reason I feel okay to post this here!
I am really enjoying this audiobook. The man could ramble when he wanted to, and I admit there are times where I feel myself drift a little, but for the most part I am loving this.
I understand, this is controversial. That's why I'm keeping this update very brief.
But I wanted to say I was reading/listening to it. I needed to tell somebody.
There. I feel loads better now. :D
A huge weight has been lifted...
Funny thing. I HATE getting political. I rarely do on my Facebook page. Every now and then, I have to speak up. But for the most part, I keep it light.
My Twitter feed, however? Holy HELL! The difference is night and day. I'm re-tweeting like a mad man.
Why is that?
Perhaps because I follow a lot of people I love and admire who can explain WTF is going on better than I ever could.
Also, I have very few followers on Twitter. Most people who follow me are other authors who are hoping for a follow-back (and when I don't, they usually unfollow me).
Maybe that's why. :)
Anyways, not getting political here. I swear! Just a funny observation.
This is my first time reading Craig Johnson, and this is my introduction to his Longmire series. I have to say this is a great start! A great intro.
Of course, I picked it up first because it's a short story collection. And we all remember how much I LOOOOOOOVE short story collections! :D
I've enjoyed every single story in it so far. Some are funny. Some have action. Others are slower, but still great.
A quick read, too. I'm getting through this pretty fast. Not that I'm complaining!
I'm definitely going to check out the other books in the series.
I'm so glad that this place seems like it's working like it did in the old days. I was so worried that things were only going to continue to go downhill. Extremely happy that this wasn't the case.
As I said in my earlier entry, it was hard for me to get on here. It was hard for me to get on here to begin with because at work this site is blocked (along with Facebook, Twitter, etc.). I used to do most of my updates and whatnot during my lunch breaks. So when that happened, I could only do it once I got home.
And then there was a point where it seemed like the site's future was uncertain. The last few times I tried to log in last year, I couldn't get it to work. Got to a point where I threw up my hands and gave up. (I wasn't doing much reading anyway)
But now it feels good to be back. And boy, do I ever need this place. More than ever.
I can't stay on Facebook for long periods of time these days. Or Twitter. I won't go into it, but I'm sure you can probably figure out why that is...
Feels great to have a place where I can babble about books, writing, etc. I really want to get back into the habit of checking in here.
Was there a point to this entry? I don't know. I'll be honest... I needed to beef up my word count for the day!!
No, no... (well, that kind of was the reason) But seriously, it feels great to be back. It feels great to know this place still exists.
Now more than ever, I need this place. I need the escape.