Monthly Archives: February 2013

My Problem With Doors by Scott Southard

Today I am doing a review of My Problem With Doors By Scott Southard.

 

DOORS

 

Blurb: Jacob’s life changed in a single moment when, as a toddler, he walked through his bedroom door only to find himself in the office of a British officer in Capetown, 1870. This would begin a thirty-year journey which would take him from ancient to future civilizations, and innumerable places and times in between. Through all of his travels, Jacob seeks for the purpose of his predicament, the significance of his life with all of its joys and suffering, loneliness and impermanence.

My Review: This is a most compelling book. It pulls you in to a fascinating concept from the beginning  Jacob at the age of three goes through the door of his bedroom to another time and place. This starts him on a life long journey through time as another door opens time and time again. He has many trials and few good times. He finds his Love only to loose her as another door opens to another time and place. He finds many dangers. The author does an excellent job of working great historical detail into Jacobs life. From his influence on Lord Byron and the poet Shelley to the events on September 11 at the world trade center. It is a fascinating and original concept. I Give this book 5 stars.

 

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Make a card awesome! by Mahe Zehra Husain

I am reviewing a crafts book today. Make a card awesome! A step-by-step guide to creative card making techniques(Green Crafts) by Mahe Zehra Husain.

 

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Blurb: Have you ever wanted to give a handmade card to the people you love? There are numerous occasions throughout the year when a little handmade love goes a long way. We’re talking about Birthdays, Anniversaries and Valentines. The birth of a baby, an opportunity to say you’re sorry or a job well done! These are all special moments that deserve to be celebrated with love – handmade love.

“Make a Card Awesome! A step-by-step guide to creative card making techniques” is the only book you’ll need to start a wonderfully creative journey and finally learn how to make a card. And you won’t learn to make just any card! You will get to turn trash into treasure. In this case you will take ordinary card scraps or paint chip samples and turn them into little works of art. All the scraps that have been left over from previous craft projects will be put to good use and you will also discover what a versatile crafting supply paint chips can be.

Make a card and save the world one card making project at a time. Join millions of other crafters from all over the world who are trying to do more with less and embark on the creative journey called ‘Green Crafting’.
My Review:  For someone who loves to do craft projects this is great. Not only are their easy step-by-step instruction but video as well. I can tell a lot of hard work went into this. Who doesn’t like turning trash into treasure. There are great ways to make beautiful cards using all those paint sample cards you picked up in one of your decorating crazes. It so nice to find something to do with those instead of trashing them. One of my favorites was the circle cutout and monogram. I can see kids getting a kick out of making the one with buttons. This book would make a great birthday or mothers day gift. Let the kids make a card and then gift a book. Anyone who enjoys crafts should have a copy. I give this book a 5

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CancerDance – A love Story By Sheri Dixon

To day I am going to review a work of non-fiction.  CancerDance – A love Story by Sheri Dixon.

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Blurb:  ‘CancerDance- a love story’, is a journal written while navigating the nightmare existence a perfectly normal family becomes embroiled in once the Big C enters their lives, changing everyone forever.

Spanning almost a decade, ‘CancerDance- a love story’ is a testament to the sheer power of love, a reminder that we’re all much stronger than we think we are, and a warm embrace to those dancing along with us…

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I wonder whatever happened to “normal.”

I asked my son yesterday if he could even, in his ten year existence, remember a time when our family life didn’t consist of hospitals, operations, recovery, repeat. And though he made light of thinking it over, he was serious when he said, “No. Not really.”

I’m trying to come to terms with our new reality. Not our beloved old knock-around house at the edge of Brownsboro TX (pop. 756)—chickens in the yard, turkeys on the porch, drifting off to sleep to the chorus of hundreds of spring peepers down by the pond—but this hotel room in the middle of Houston (4th largest city in the US of A), the non-stop cacophony of helicopters and ambulances rushing to the hospital district glowing just a few blocks away.

And, as crushing as living here with no set ending, no date we can circle on the calendar, is, we refuse to leave without Ward. He’s here. We’re here. They tell us it’s going to be a “very, very long haul” but that’s fine as long as we’re all here and all together.

I’ve known Ward for 16 years and we’ve been a couple almost 15. This is not my first go-around on the relationship/marriage train, but this is the only time I can honestly say there’s never been one minute, one second, that I’ve ever thought, “Hmmmm, this just isn’t working out.”

Ward’s the best friend I’ve ever had, the best father I could ever imagine for Alec, and truly the Love of My Life. And even though I’m surly, argumentative, and difficult, for some reason he feels the same way about me.

But while other couples—even those who still love each other deeply—stagnate and flounder a bit under the day- to-day child raising and working and bill paying, wishing for some excitement to knock the dust off of their routines, we crave the opposite:

Quiet. Normal. Boring. Stay-at-home Life.

I know, from tuning into every morsel of his being, which is wrapped up, trussed up, invaded, and hooked to machines that surround him carnivorously, that he can hear me. I hold his hand, and talk to him, and at sensible times there are signs—the twitch of his hand in mine, the raising of an eyebrow, the flicker of an eyelid, the rising or lowering of his blood pressure—that tell me he’s fighting as hard as he can. That no one wants to go home more than he does.

So we wait. And I keep him company, holding his hand and reading aloud to him in an almost insane caricature of normalcy. I pretend not to notice the nurses and others coming in and going about their medical business—the business of keeping my husband alive till his body is strong enough to once again keep itself alive.

And outside the hospital walls, I meet other people who complain petulantly about the irritating habits of spouses, or the boredom of their jobs, or the tiring, mind-numbing chores inherent in the raising and training of children, and they look at me like we’re all in the same secret club and ask, “Yanno what I mean?”
I think of what I wouldn’t give right now to find beard hairs in the bathroom sink, or a collection of half-empty soda cans abandoned around the house, or even to simply be at home in our own bed—together.

And I can’t even feign thinking about it before answering, “No. Not really.”

My Review:  I don’t get too many non-fiction requests. I guess most people prefer fiction where you can control the events that happen to the main characters in your book. Unfortunately real life gets messy and spins totally out of your control. This book, written in journal form, kept by the wife of the cancer patient as they go years of trial both in and out of the hospitals certainly portrays that fact. First of all you get to know the deep fierce love that this family shares even before the grim diagnosis of cancer. The steadfastness they show to one another throughout the ordeal should be a example to all of us. The pitfalls that you can fall into even in the best cancer center in the country is laid out in horrifying detail.  Every one should read this and heed the caution as they approach health care.  After all providers are human and do make mistakes often with very dire outcomes. The family does make it through and forges stronger bond than before. There is no real ending because this is life and it only ends one way. A great book for anyone especially those faced with the health challenges that so many of us have in our life’s. Inspirational. I give this book a 5

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Chains of Loss(Hero’s Chains) by Robert Sier

Today I am doing a requested review of Chains of Loss(Hero’s  Chains) by Robert Sier.

 

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Blurb:  He spent yesterday collecting space debris to sell.

He woke up this morning crashed on an Earth that shouldn’t exist.

He has no idea how he got there, what he’s doing, or what the bloodthirsty orcs who are screaming for his death are saying.

He’s a prophet’s pawn, a potential savior, an average guy cyborg of a 35th-century stellar colony.

He’s Derek, and he really wants to know what’s going on.

My Review:  I didn’t expect to enjoy this book as much as did. I found myself really caring about the two main characters Derek and Myach. The story takes place in a very distant future of Earth. Derek gets propelled somehow from his home planet to Earth light years away. Even though his people had left Earth eons ago this like nothing he knows. There seem to be many races here now Orcs, Vampires elf types and others. Derek is as innocent as a newborn babe in this world. Mycah happens onto his wrecked spacecraft and helps him find his way around. While innocent of the street wiles he needs his technology is far advanced  With a suite that does everything from regenerating body parts to being a weapon he appears magical to the peoples of the Earth. It is a a good story and moves at a good pace. I would have liked to learn a little more about the cities and races they introduced I felt it ended too soon. I think there will be a sequel and I would like to read it.

This book gets a 4

 

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Key Inheritance(The Key Legacy) By Jen McConnel

I am reviewing Key Inheritance(The Key Legacy) By Jen McConnel.

 

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Blurb:  Ten years after the trip to Scotland that changed her life, Lou is back in the misty, magical country. This time, however, she’s not on vacation: Lou is there to settle some distasteful and depressing family business. When Brian, her old Highland fling, turns up, Lou is forced to wrestle with a past that she thought was dead and buried. As tension between the former lovers mounts, something wicked is stirring in Scotland. Lou must use all her strength to handle the increasingly desperate situation, but will she be strong enough to battle both a vengeful ghost and her heart?

The Key Inheritance is a novella that takes place a decade after the events of The Burning of Isobel Key. This contemporary story crosses into the supernatural as Lou discovers evidence of a long-dead spirit who refuses to rest in peace. Lou may have thought that she was finished with the witch Isobel Key, but her inheritance is more than the young woman can handle alone.

Review:  This book is the second in a series the first being The Burning of Isobel Key. I haven’t read the first yet but that no way detracted from this book. I found it engaging from the first with just the right amount of mystery revolving around Lou. Coming back to Scotland after ten years to wrap up her cousins estate and running into a old love is hard enough but she must deal with left over ghosts of the distant past relatives. Using her faith as a witch to help. Now I must go get the first book and get filled in on the details of that past. I found this a pleasant read. In all areas I give it a 4.

 

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Strong Blood(Last Moon Rising) by Dale Ibitz

Today I will review the second book in this series Strong Blood(Last Moon Rising) by Dale Ibitz.

 

STRONG BLOOD

 

Blurb:  The war between nature’s gods continues to rage on Eyidora and Haley, descendant of the Air Eyid, struggles with her own battles.

She’s mired in a battle with Ian, the Fire Eyid descendant, over the lost Eyid stones. She needs the stones to stop the war, and he needs the stones to destroy Eyidora. She knows where the Land Eyid stone is hidden, and she races to Tamoor to find it before Ian does.

Haley still doesn’t trust Tuggin, the stone-faced Eyidoran assigned to protect her. As a Menta witch, he’s fully capable of lying, mind-controlling, and killing. Even though Haley is starting to believe that Tuggin may be serving more than one master, she continues to battle her feelings for him, never sure which duty he feels most inclined to serve.

But Haley’s biggest battle of all comes when she meets Luke and Telsa, twins with undeniable strength. Haley invites them to join her on her quest to find the Land Eyid stone. Has she put her trust in someone who may be just as dark and dangerous as Ian, the descendant of Fire himself?

 

My review:  This second book picks up a little while after Haley has been in her home training in some of the control techniques she needs to try to survive while she searches for the stones needed to bring harmony back to the seven globes. She still isn’t too sure who she can trust and doesn’t make very good choices n that score. This book I found more interesting than the last although that one was pretty good too. Now that she has went on the adventure and found the Land stone and some allies I must wait till the next book to find out more. Will the Fire Eyid-emos be her undoing or will the twins who are suppose to be her protectors betray all. This book is well done without near as many editing errors as the last one had. I feel that the author has grown in the writing and recommend it as good read.

Editing 4

Plot 5

Continuity 5

Over all 5

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Almost a month.

Well it’s been almost a month since I started this blog. I have to admit I was skeptical about starting a book review blog. I was bullied into by my daughter who is an author. She knows that I read. I read a lot and I read fast. I consume books like some consume potato chips. I was always running out of books to read. I haunted garage sales, second hand stores and friends and relatives books shelves.  She convinced me that it would be great to give feed back too authors and other readers on books. I thought no one cares what I think about a book.  I must say that the response has been great.  I love the variety of books that I am ask to review.  I don’t like getting stuck in  one genre,  I like them all.  Some have been great , some have just been alright and some have  disappointed.  I do appreciate all the hard work put into even the smallest book.  All have left me with something to file away for knowledge.  So keep them coming. I will keep reading and give you the most honest, in my opinion, review that I can. Thank you all.

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