Framing the Dialogue

Archive for February, 2019

#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.”

The Cow in the Parking Lot

“Even though he is the human embodiment of patience and compassion, the Dalai Lama himself has admitted that he gets angry. The object of this book is not to eliminate anger but to place it and our expression of it in a different context…A fair summary of this book is: You are hitting your hand with a hammer. If you stop, you will feel better.”