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Blue Devil On Defense

In yet another attack on controversial mascots, the Duke Blue Devil has been put in the crosshairs of a group claiming the devil is hurtful.  Lucifer Smythe, a demon from the blue man coven, said recently, “Everytime I watch college hoops I gotta see this oversized Blue Devil on television.  I find this representation of my blue devilish heritage offensive!”  Asked whether he and the other two members of his coven were going to file a lawsuit he answered, “We’ve been in touch with the Southern Poverty Law Center and the ACLU and they think we may have a case. I’d like to give Duke a chance to fix this without going to court, though I’d like to make some money out of this.”


The Martian: A Novel

“For the record…I didn’t die on Sol 6. Certainly the rest of the crew thought I did, and I can’t blame them. Maybe there’ll be a day of national mourning for me, and my Wikipedia page will say, “Mark Watney is the only human being to have died on Mars.” And it’ll be right, probably. ’Cause I’ll surely die here. Just not on Sol 6 when everyone thinks I did.”


Invisible Man

“am an invisible man. No, I am not a spook like those who haunted Edgar Allan Poe; nor am I one of your Hollywood-movie ectoplasms. I am a man of substance, of flesh and bone, fiber and liquids—and I might even be said to possess a mind. I am invisible, understand, simply because people refuse to see me. Like the bodiless heads you see sometimes in circus sideshows, it is as though I have been surrounded by mirrors of hard, distorting glass. When they approach me they see only my surroundings, themselves, or figments of their imagination—indeed, everything and anything except me.”


Win Bigly: Persuasion in a World Where Facts Don’t Matter

What happens when you combine one of my favorite cartoonists, a heated election, and a prediction of a Trump victory.  In Win Bigly, author Scott Adams tells the story of how he predicted very early on that Donald Trump would win the election.  It is very unusual for someone famous to appear to side with Trump or any Republican for that matter.  Before Adams got too far into the book, he did take some time to establish his politics…I guess you’d call him Libertarian-ish.


A Haunting Homicide

I purchased this Halloween Cozy Mystery Boxed Set as they are often just as advertised…cozy, not too intense, but a nice read.  This four box set sat in my queue for a while, months actually before I started the series.  The first novel, Calamity Jayne and the Haunted Homecoming was the only book that I read.  It was just okay for me so I didn’t read any of the other books.

In this story a reporter gets a tip about a famous author returning to her roots.  This reclusive author seem to take her privacy to the extreme…working only through her assistant with emphatic “no”s.



#YouFirst

I know that I have very few readers, but that doesn’t stop me.  My family doesn’t even read my posts…still doesn’t stop me.  I’ve moved this site from mostly political to mostly book reviews as that’s what I enjoy…reading.  It also serves as my database on which books that I have read.  Reading over a book a week makes keeping track a bit difficult.

Every so often, politics get to the point where I feel that I need to weigh in.  With some of the crap going on in our country now I am feeling a bit fed up.  From never-Trumpers against anything Trump (even when his policy aligns with their views) to millionaires like Bernie Sanders telling us why they need to confiscate our hard-earned money.


Murder Theory

Murder Theory is the third in Andrew Mayne’s The Naturalist series featuring Dr. Theo Cray who is a computational biologist and serial-killer hunter.  If you hadn’t read the first two novel, I would as they’ll give some background on the whole nerd/killer hunter label.  Dr. Cray is lured back to the scene of the Toy Man killings when there are more murders at that scene.  Are the killings just coincidence or a new killer afoot?  Once he is on the scent, Dr. Cray, as you know, will stop and nothing to find a killer.


The Stupidest Angel

“Pine Cove, sleepy California coastal village—a toy town, really, with more art galleries than gas stations, more wine-tasting rooms than hardware stores—lay there, as inviting as a drunken prom queen, as Christmas loomed, only five days away. Christmas was coming, and with Christmas this year, would come the Child. Both were vast and irresistible, and miraculous. Pine Cove was expecting only one of the two.”

When Archangel Raziel gets his big chance to deliver a Christmas miracle he really messes up…hence the title of the book, The Stupidest Angel.  When he grants a wish to young Joshua Barker, Raziel really isn’t aware of the breadth and scope of that wish.  This holiday will not soon be forgotten in Pine Cove…unless it is?


Eat, Pray, Die

“So when the Taste Society invited me to apply for a classified position that paid a hundred grand a year from the day of the first assignment, it seemed like a no-brainer. Of course, at the time, I didn’t know anything close to the truth about the job. Or the Taste Society. In fact, I still didn’t know much about the Taste Society.”