Framing the Dialogue

Archive for August, 2010

The Lions of Lucerne

WOW!

I had heard good things about author Brad Thor’s novels featuring U.S. Secret Service agent Scot Harvath.  Rather than read the latest volume, I went back and bought his first novel. The Lions of Lucerne lived up to what I had heard, but it grabbed me and pulled me in like I love novels to do.  The Secret Service’s main role is to protect the President, however, powerful forces pull off perhaps the crime of the century killing all but one of a Secret Service detail.

Hunky Dory

Before I start, I want to ensure you that since I am at least 75% Ruthenian and/or Slovak I have the proper standing to use the term “Hunky.”  I really never considered the label as derogatory and I always took some pride in calling myself a Hunky.  

The homelands of my ancestors have changed names so many times, I often hesitate when answering a question about my nationality.  I guess in today’s PC world I would be a Slovak-American, but an American none the less.  I got a shot of native homeland pride recently when I read an article about one of the home countries, Slovakia.

We The Living

In most of my reviews I try very hard not to betray the story and allow you to discover it on your own.  In fiction I rarely tell more than what you might read on the inside cover and usually even less.  The fact that We the Living was Ayn Rand’s first novel blows me away.  She admits that many of the characters were influenced by her life.  From her Forward;

Summer’s Out Of Reach

Nobody on the road,
Nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
The summer’s out of reach.
Empty lake, empty streets,
The sun goes down alone.

 

While summer doesn’t officially end until September 22 this year for all intents and purposes summer is pretty much over for us.  We have recently been blessed with some needed rain, cooler temperatures, and a great deal of sun.  I can go outside before 7:00 PM without breaking out in a sweat and our windows are open to the fresh air since the humidity level is now bearable.  I think I can count on one hand the number of times left to cut the grass.  That may be wishful thinking, but there cannot be too many more than that. 

Googling Herself

A while back I was dismayed by an editorial/comment by one of the editors of the Costco magazine regarding Al Gore and Glenn Beck.  I took exception to a membership magazine disparaging Beck while hoisting Gore on a pedestal to schlep his most recent book.  My post, Costco Disconnection was perhaps my most read and certainly most commented on article.  You can follow the link if you want to read the original posting. 

Who Let The Dog Out?

The mascot of our local school district happens to be a dog.  Needless to say there aren’t many sports games played that the famous song by The Baha Men isn’t blared over the loudspeakers ten years after the song was popular and 9.5 years after it was tolerable. 

The “dog” in this post is none other than our esteemed VP, Joe Biden.  For the life of me I cannot understand why he is not kept under wraps.  Even the lame-stream media cannot smother all of the things that come out of his mouth.  Maybe his freedom is part of a “contrast” strategy whereby Obama looks bright and measured by comparison.  A more likely scenario is that by shooting off his mouth, BHO can always jettison him before the next presidential election in favor of a more “suitable” running mate.  By “suitable” I mean Hillary (she is famous for wearing pants suits).

The Night Manager

“You know the old saying:  Two people can keep a secret provided one of [them’s] dead.”

I guess you could call this excerpt from The Night Manager a theme of this thriller by John Le Carre.  I feel a little odd reviewing a novel by an author who has been writing thrillers as long as he has.  I guess my angst comes from the fact that I felt this novel was lacking.  It was enjoyable, but it could have been so much more.

Cleveland Rocks

The Mini Getaway series is about some of our mini vacations of no more than a long weekend:

Being from Pittsburgh we have many nicknames and jokes about Cleveland or the Mistake On The Lake.  When my wife first suggested a trip to Cleveland I wondered what she had been drinking and how much.  We had been there a few times for my son’s high school crew races, but we were in and out and didn’t really do any sightseeing.  It was one of the nicer races for spectators.