Framing the Dialogue

Book Reviews

Bloodsucking Fiends

Imagine waking up under a dumpster, disheveled, arm burned, seriously thirsty…oh and having superhuman strength.  The burn from an arm being left out in the sun…though not sunburned.  Jody was made a vampire by a very old beast that felt lonely and his presence puts her in danger as he tests her ability to survive in her new form.  Jody is forced to learn very quickly or perish so she enlists the help of an overnight grocery clerk, C. Thomas Flood.

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.

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.”

Assegai

In Assegai by Wilbur Smith we meet young Leon Courtney who is a young officer in Britain’s King’s Rifles.  When his successful life and death struggle to survive a brutal native attack actually ges him arrested he becomes disillusioned with military life.  His high-ranking uncle convinces him to stay and participate in a special spying mission to try to learn what Germany is planning on the eve of what will be World War I.  Taking a job as a hunting guide is the perfect cover.  All goes well until he meets the lover of a German industrial giant and things start to unravel.