Friday, September 28, 2018

Friday's Flicks

Hi gang,
It's TGIF! I know there are a lot of books out there that have turned into movies.
I thought I would use Fridays to talk about them. I hope my book will be turned into one someday. hehe
I know most of us prefer books over movies. But, is there a movie(from a book) that you really really liked, maybe even better than a book? If so, please mention it in the comments.

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I'm a Scifi fanatic, so I'll start with a Scifi Classic. Dare I say, one of the greatest booktomovie of all time? Feel free to debate this.

The book and movie was actually written together by Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick. It also has one of the greatest theme songs ever, IMO.

Here is the 2001: A Space Odyssey's A Beautiful Blue Danube
A Space Odyssey

This book is about an Alien race who uses a monolith to search the galaxy for intelligent life. 4 million years ago, it shows up in Africa and helps the ape-men to make tools to kill animals, than one learns to kill another ape-man.
Then in the future(1999), they are on a spaceship with an intelligent computer named Hal. A few Astronauts die because of the computer. Bowman, the only Astronaut left gets pulled into the monolith and finds other ships and worlds in it. He becomes an immortal "Star Child" and returns to Earth to detonate a nuclear warhead.

I always loved the idea of an Alien species being the one who helps humans become who they are. I know there has been a lot of debate about that subject. Like is "GOD" an alien.
It is definitely something to ponder.
And what would you do if you were Bowman? Would you be willing to stay on a spaceship with an intelligent computer, or would you try to find a way out, even if it means death?
Honestly, I'm not sure what I would do.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend! I can't believe it's almost October already?

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Wednesday's Wishes

Hello gang,
I just realized that I can do more than just book reviews on a book blog. Not sure why I didn't realize that before. Good thing, since I can't read that fast. I'm hoping to get my eyes checked soon, so I can get glasses. Maybe, that will help me read faster? lol
Anyhow, I don't know about you, but I have a huge list of books I wish I had. So, I decided each Wednesday to talk about a few of them.

What about you, how big is your list? Please feel free to share your's in the comment section. Thanks!  I'm always looking for more to add to mine. LOL

My favorite author these days is Janet Evanovich. She is such a hoot. Which help when I get in my anxiety funk. I can read one of her novels in one evening and feel so much better.
She has many series out these days, wish I knew how she writes that fast.
I do feel bad tho, her Heist series is a bit hard for me to get into, and I just can't figure out why. I feel disloyal for even saying that.
Do you ever have that issue?

Thanks to life and lack of funds, I got behind on my reading. And yes, I know about the Library, but I'm ashamed to say I have a fine I can't' pay yet. *shakes head at myself*

If you haven't read any of hers, I recommend reading the Stephanie Plum novels first. The good thing about her series, is, that you don't have to read them in order to understand.

She also has a wonderful way of putting two different series together. Like the first book I'm mentioning, Diesel is from the Charmed Series, but he sometimes ends up having the same case as Stephanie Plum, so they end up working together.

So, my wish list for this week is:

Hardcore Twenty-Four  is about Stephanie Plum, who is a Bounty Hunter. She works for her Cousin, Vinnie's Bail Bonds.  This time she has to find out who is stealing headless bodies from Morgues and Graveyards. Plus, Diesel(from another series) is back, causing more mayhem in her love life.

Look Alive Twenty-Five Stephanie Plum goes undercover, to find out why the Managers from a popular deli goes missing.

Dangerous Minds, is a sequel to Curious Minds. You do not have to read them in order either, but it does help a bit. This series is about Emerson Knight who is a rich eccentric, he hires Riley Moon to help him solve cases. In Dangerous Minds they are helping a Buddhist Monk find his lost island of solitude. They go to places like Yellowstone National Park and Hawaii to find clues.

Happy Reading!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Snow White is a.....What?!!!

This is an ARC that was given to me by L.M. Shukraft to read for an honest review.

Dead Princess Walking is a different take on Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. Whatever you knew about fairy tales, will be changed with this story. It does help for you to know some of the fairy tales, especially Snow White and Sleeping Beauty.  This will be written as a series. Snow White and her friends go on a quest to help save the Magic Kingdom. They have 7 quests to go on.

I loved the new elements to this story. Especially the story behind Snow White, and what she really is. The Characters are pretty cool, most of them are not what you think they should be. There’s Princess Snow White(main character) who finds out what she really is, and learns about her past. She was originally going to run away from the Evil Queen on her own, but somehow Hunter the Huntsman joins her. There is a little flirting, and you hope in the long run they get married. Hunter is great eye candy, so to speak.
She also befriends a bunch of pixies, the head of them, Binks, is such a hoot. I love the language he uses, he’s not afraid to say what he thinks. Then there are the cave goblins. Definitely interesting creatures along the way.
The world building is amazing, you almost hope it gets turned into a movie or tv show, so you can see it.
I’m really hoping this gets turned into a series, I love reading series. And this has been one of the best books I’ve read this year. I’m putting it in my top 3 right now.
It’s just a really fun read and I even laughed out loud a few times, always a plus in my book.
I will keep you posted when this becomes available.

Friday, September 14, 2018

the Business of American Injustice by Sydney Williams

The Business of American InjusticeThe Business of American Injustice by Sydney Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I read this for

The Business of American Injustice by Sydney Williams is about the injustice of the American system. He tells his story about how he and his wife had to go to prison for a technical violation of a statute they did not realize was a crime. Sydney Williams mentions how the system works in the prison as well as in the court room. He talks about the mistreatment in the prison, like not getting healthy food to eat, and how the workers prey on the inmates by selling them food and such. He also tells his story about how they confiscated all their belongings at their home. Sydney Williams said his story was still ongoing.

I thought that The Business of American Injustice by Sydney Williams was a fascinating story full of hope. I liked how he gave us the definitions of the terms of why he went to prison. I admit I’m still a bit confused on some of them. Sydney Williams went into great details of his incarceration, which were horrifying. It’s hard to imagine people treating other people like that. He explained what went on in the hearings too, which was shocking to read. I never had any love for the government, no matter what the party is, but now I have even less love for it. I do hope that he never gives up and that he and his wife are still together. I have always wondered if true love exists and, thanks to them, I know it does. I hope it turns out well for the author.

View all my reviews He was nice enough to give me some really good feedback: Renee, Your review really touched my heart, I have been very blessed with a loyal and supportive wife. All the adversity has made us stronger and I know there is so much purpose in our story to share. Your words "Horrifying and Shocking" are on point to our story. American people need to know that it can happen to anyone. I know your review will have an impact and people will want to read my book. Many Blessings, Sydney Williams P.S. True Love does exist in the Universe and it will come for you!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

I got a copy of the Goblin Crown by the Turner Publishing Company for free, to review.
I won a copy of the Fallen Star(book 2) from a Turner Publishing contest.

One of my all time favorite tv writers is Robert Hewitt Wolfe. He did shows like Star Trek DS9, Andromeda, and my latest obsession, Elementary. He is a genius when it comes to storytelling and world building. He recently wrote a trilogy, called Billy Smith and the Goblins. It’s about three teenager, two boys and one girl, who gets thrown into the Goblin world. One of the teenagers was bullying the other two. But thanks to their new fate, they have to find a way to work together to help the Goblins, so they can go home. Turns out one of them is the King and another one is a Fire Wizard. Originally they had tried to get the Crown(which glows when the real king puts it on) on one of the guys. Turns out they had the wrong guy, and not only that, they were sentenced to death. But they find themselves in an area where humans and wizards lived, and learned new skills.  Over time they managed to get the crown on the right person, with lots of twists and turns. Even tho you know there is a second book, you still keep guessing as to what their fate is. The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, and some of the Goblin songs is mesmerizing. I have to admit, I usually don’t read young adult books, and had a little trouble getting into it. But, I’m glad I did. I can’t wait for the third book to come out(not till next Spring, unfortunately). I think this book would be great for teenagers to read, and learn that being a bully only hurts you in the end. It’s better that you become allies instead. I think it would be a great learning tool. I know in this day and age, with all the school shootings, if we can find ways to reach out to the kids and teach them that being different is ok and that bullying is not, then maybe, just maybe we’d have less school shootings.  I think reading books like these with your kids, would be a step in the right direction.

This was written for
Garden Walks: Hand in Hand-Poems to relax by, by Gary William Burns, is a book of poems about Gardens, love, and a little pain. Gary William Burns uses a relaxing rhythm and cadence to calm you. Even the photos have a calming effect. He shows you the beauty and wonder of Nature and love. Even the pain is shown as beautiful. He describes the scenery in great detail. It almost sounds like music. It’s a lovely book of poems, and should be read in the Garden, for even more effect. It’s a short book with many short poems, that can be read in one evening.
I thought Garden Walks: Hand in Hand-Poems to relax by was a lovely read. Gary William Burns does a wonderful job with the rhythm and cadence. I like that it had short poems and the book could be read in one evening. I think it’s a great way to relax, especially with a nice cup of tea. Gary William Burns does a wonderful job with world building as well. I can literally see the Gardens and flowers he describes. I was impressed at how I can feel the love. If I had to choose a favorite, I think it would be Garden Nova, but honestly, it is hard to decide. I loved how peaceful I felt afterwards. I had wished I had a Garden after that. I think that the next time I need to relax, I will resort back to this book, instead of an app.

I got some lovely feedback from Mr. Burns:
Excellent Reviewer! Your sensitivity to the poetry is outstanding. Your grasp of the totality of the book as a calming and relaxing expose is superb. The composition is very nicely structured and flows well. Gratus Aeternum. Your humble poet 5+

Why Reading Janet Evanovich is Better than Medicine

I have been battling Anxiety issues for 40 years. I have tried many ways to manage it. One of the best ways to deal with an “episode” is to read. It helps you take your mind off of whatever is bothering you. They say laughter is the best medicine, and I highly agree. That is why I started reading Janet Evanovich’s books. Little did I know, her books would become an addiction. I started reading her Stephanie Plum series, and fell in love with Stephanie and her family and friends. Most especially, her friend Ranger. Stephanie had to overcome a divorce and being jobless (just like me) but finds out she can be a Bounty Hunter,(ok, I’m not that brave, unfortunately) thanks to her Cousin, Vinny. She goes after many bad guys, even mobsters. Luckily, she has help with her boyfriend, who is a plain clothes Cop. She also has Ranger, another Bounty Hunter, who tries to seduce her many times. Stephanie also has a family, that isn’t quite normal. Her Grandma is such a hoot, who has a lot of spunk. Makes me hope I can be like her someday. I have to admit, I got behind on her series, she’s up to 25 now. But I have been reading some of her other series too. I hate to say this, and I actually feel disloyal for saying it, but I couldn’t get into her Heist series. I feel so ashamed. Maybe, I’ll try again. But all of her series are such a fun and quick read. I would suggest you not read them in public, cause you will be laughing out loud. Some people might look at you, like you are a crazy person. Seriously tho, her books are so much better than medicine. By the time I finish one, I feel so much better. After laughing a few times, and by the end of the book, you feel full of hope, like you can tackle anything. It’s just what the Doctor ordered.

Small Feet on the Run by Sieglinde Martin

I got this book for free to review. This was written by one of my best friend's Mom.  Thanks to them, I learned that I can do book reviews for a living.

Small​ ​Feet​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Run​ ​is​ ​a​ ​WWII​ ​book​ ​written​ ​by​ ​Sieglinde​ ​Martin.​ ​She​ ​had​ ​asked​ ​16​ ​people​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​their​ ​stories​ ​about​ ​growing​ ​up​ ​ ​during​ ​WWII.​ ​
All these stories had hope in them.  The children would find ways to amuse themselves.  Like Annemarie would dress her Aunt’s dog in dresses and scarves. Ingrid, found watching the activities at a Makeshift hospital new and exciting. Surprisingly, they would also collect bomb shrapnel to trade like baseball cards. Even in an air raid shelter, they can find amusement. Like this one gentleman had to use a pot for a helmet, and had trouble getting it off. The kids found it amusing, though the parents, of course, did not.
They also had to travel long distances by trains that were so packed, you could only carry a few things, and no facilities, only when the train stops and they can use the outdoors. One little girl, Anna had to travel alone. Her parents had to leave her behind at a hospital, since she was too sick to travel.  She had gotten some money from her Father, and was able to use that for a ticket. She had help from a couple of lovely ladies as well.
I liked how the kids thought the American Soldiers were nice. The Soldiers would even give some of them candy.
At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​each​ ​story​ ​she​ ​asked​ ​the storytellers if  the​ ​war​ ​affected​ ​them​. ​It​ ​was​ ​nice to​ ​hear​ ​how​ ​they​ ​coped​ ​afterwards,​ ​kind​ ​of​ ​like​ ​a​ ​sequel​ ​to​ ​their​ ​stories.
She even gave her own story, which I thought was a nice touch.
Ms.Martin​ ​was​ ​kind​ ​enough​ ​to​ ​have​ ​a​ ​map​ ​and​ ​gave​ ​details​ ​about​ ​the​ ​cities and regions,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​nice when​ ​you’re​ ​not​ ​very​ ​good​ ​at​ ​geography.​ ​She​ ​also​ ​gives​ ​definitions​ ​for​ ​German​ ​or Russian​ ​words,​ ​in​ ​case​ ​you​ ​didn’t​ ​study​ ​those​ ​in​ ​school.
At​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​book,​ ​she​ ​goes​ ​into​ ​great​ ​detail​ ​about​ ​how​ ​the​ ​war​ ​would​ ​affect​ ​the economy.​ ​Some​ ​of​ ​those​ ​numbers​ ​seemed​ ​staggering,​ ​you​ ​wonder​ ​if​ ​Politicians​ ​really understand​ ​the​ ​complexity​ ​of​ ​it.  
She​ ​even​ ​talked​ ​about​ ​how​ ​it​ ​would​ ​affect​ ​the​ ​climate​ ​change,​ ​which​ ​I​ ​found​ ​fascinating.
You​ ​wonder​ ​how​ ​people​ ​can​ ​go​ ​to​ ​war.​ ​I​ ​mean​ ​we​ ​are​ ​all​ ​humans,​ ​how​ ​can​ ​we​ ​just​ ​kill innocent​ ​people​ ​like​ ​they​ ​did​ ​in​ ​WWII?​ ​They​ ​hadn’t​ ​done​ ​anything​ ​wrong,​ ​yet​ ​they​ ​still get​ ​punished.​ ​And​ ​the​ ​Governments​ ​don’t​ ​seem​ ​to​ ​care ​about​ ​stuff​ ​like​ ​that​ ​when​ ​they go​ ​to​ ​war.
I​ ​agree​ ​with​ ​Ms.​ ​Martin,​ ​we​ ​should​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​war.​ ​But​ ​that​ ​may​ ​never​ ​happen.​ ​Maybe​ ​if we​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​all​ ​the​ ​weapons?​ ​But​ ​that​ ​seems​ ​like​ ​a​ ​daunting​ ​task. Maybe​ ​someday​ ​we​ ​can​ ​live​ ​in​ ​Peace.​ ​But​ ​for​ ​now​ ​we​ ​can​ ​only​ ​hope. No​ ​more​ ​war,​ ​is​ ​a​ ​slogan​ ​Ms.​ ​Martin​ ​uses,​ ​maybe​ ​we​ ​should​ ​all​ ​start​ ​saying​ ​it.
I had learned a lot from this book. But the main thing I learned, is that people are resilient. No matter how hard things are in life, there is always a silver lining.  People learned to make due with what they have and know exactly what is important, mainly their family and health. As long as you have both of those, you can overcome anything. Even if you don’t, you still push on, no matter how tired you are.
If​ ​you​ ​are​ ​a​ ​fan​ ​of​ ​History​ ​or​ ​a​ ​WWII​ ​buff,​ ​then​ ​I​ ​would​ ​highly​ ​recommend​ ​reading​ ​this book. And​ ​even​ ​if​ ​you​ ​aren’t,​ ​it​ ​is​ ​a​ ​fascinating​ ​read.​ ​It’s​ ​like​ ​sitting​ ​with​ ​your​ ​Grandparents and​ ​listening​ ​to​ ​them​ ​telling​ ​their​ ​stories​ ​of​ ​their​ ​past.