Friday, February 21, 2014

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Faces: Delores

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Delores, Melrose Plantation, Louisiana, 1950. Photo by Carlotta Corpron


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Monday, February 17, 2014

Book Review: Chronicles of the Host: Exile of Lucifer by D. Brian Shafer

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Chronicles of the Host: Exile of Lucifer by D. Brian Shafer
Rating: 3/5

If you are familiar with Christianity or Judaism you probably know the story of Lucifer/Satan/The Morning Star/The Anointed Cherub (or other names given to this biblical character), and the archangels Michael and Gabriel. Or perhaps you've seen various movies which talk about Satan in the biblical context like The Prophecy, The Ninth Gate or Dogma, etc.

I say all that to say, many are familiar with the basic story. Lucifer was a beloved angel living in Heaven with all the other angels until one day he got the idea that he wanted more power or to be as powerful as God. So he hatches a plan to gain control of Heaven, but surprise, surprise, the plan fails because, well, he was going up against God (remember he's all powerful and all knowing and all that). So he's kicked out of Heaven with his cohorts to reign terror and strife on earth. The end.

But this novel, tells the story from the viewpoint of the Angels. It gives us details about life in Heaven and what "really" went down with Lucifer being kicked out of heaven.

I found this novel rather intriguing (even though the writing at times is a bit flat and many one dimensional characters) because it's like reading a story you generally know, but with extra details, so it makes it a quick read and you're interested in how this author will spin things. I also liked that this novel wasn't all "preachy" about right and wrong and all that religion stuff (not that there's anything wrong with that, but just not my cup of tea).

So if you're a fan of angels, and want the back-story of what went down in Heaven, give it a go.

Oh yeah, do I even have to mention, this is fiction (for some reason I feel like I have too).

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Book Review: Boogeymen (Star Trek: The Next Generation #17)

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Boogeymen (Star Trek: The Next Generation #17) by Mel Gilden
Rating: 3/5

Oh Wesley Crusher, your anxiety, curiosity and intelligence will destroy The Enterprise one day, I swear!

The crew is faced with the two separate dilemmas which suddenly become mixed together. Will they survive? Will the Enterprise be destroyed? Did Troi really come up with the solution? Is Beverly going to hook up with the Captain towards the end? My friends, you will all find out if you read it...

Ok, ok, this is NOT the greatest TNG novel, nor is it the worst. It's pretty average on the cusps of being slightly bad. It starts pretty well, but towards the end of the novel the events get more and more ridiculous. I already mentally giggled every time Captain Picard said the word "boogeymen."

Thursday, February 13, 2014

these are the facts...

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these are the facts:
cigarettes will kill you
yes does not always mean yes
how kind you are to people
sometimes does not matter
coffee is bad for you
8 hours of sleep should not be a goal
it should always be a reality
green vegetables will keep you
young for as long as you eat them
nothing will ever be as beautiful
as your solitude
breathing deeply can calm you down
in any situation
mediation will center you
but only for a short time
love will hold you together
when you are falling apart

- Esperanza Friel, The Truth


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Sunday, February 9, 2014

Book Review: Decadent Dreams by Ty Langston

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Decadent Dreams by Ty Langston
Rating: 2/5

A really simple and short story. A girl meets a Russian guy on a dating website called "A Foreign Affair". They chat for over 6 months until she decided she wants to meet him in person. He travels to New York City and that's when the erotica comes in... I have to say, on the erotica scale, this was pretty tame. FYI - As of writing this review, the ebook is free on amazon if you have a prime account.

Friday, February 7, 2014

A horse in the rain...

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Book Review: How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

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How to Marry a Duke by Vicky Dreiling

Rating: 4/5

Spinster, Tessa is a matchmaker for wallflowers, that is, until she meets Tristan, the Duke of Shelbourne who requests her services to find him a bride. Tessa comes up with the novel idea (today it's a reality TV show called The Bachelor) of gathering 24 girls from whom Tristan can select. But! While Tristan is trying to fulfill his legacy by getting an heir he finds himself attracted to his matchmaker - oh, what the scandal!

Meanwhile, we learn more about Tessa and find out she has a secret in her past...

At times (about half-way in) I found it difficult to put the book down, I just really wanted to know how this was going to turn out and what secret Tessa was harboring. The author did a good job telling a good story.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Miles Davis' Hand

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

The people you love...

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"The people you love become ghosts inside of you and like this you keep them alive"

i get this.

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