2019 Reading Challenge

2019 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 0 books toward her goal of 200 books.

I’m on VACATION!!!

So you’re going to have to entertain yourselves for the next little bit – I’m on vacation. Here are a few pictures of some of my favorite vacation spots, in case you need something to look at while I’m gone… (They cover Aruba, Mexico, Myrtle Beach, Virginia Beach, Aachen, Brussels, Bruges, London, Upstate New York and Arizona, if you’re curious.) Or, of course, you could go through my back catalog of reviews and fiction and ramblings – whatever you prefer! Have fun and I’ll see you back here on August 19!

Book Review: The Last Christmas by F. Paul Wilson (YES – More Repairman Jack!)

Hooray – Repairman Jack is back and as strong a character as ever! Honestly, I didn’t expect to see more from Wilson’s Repairman Jack series. There are a lot of books in multiple series that all interweave into this fabulous and incredible world, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed them all. The last appeared some time ago, and given how things were tied up (well, as much as they ever are/were in Jack’s world) I rather assumed that was the end.

What a delicious surprise it was to find a new title announced on here, and I jumped at the chance to request/review it. I was a little apprehensive – not that I expected nonsense from Wilson, mind you, but because it had been a while since I’d read them all and they were VERY involved and intricate plots, interwoven across storylines in such a way that I wasn’t sure I’d be able to fall back in without a significant time-commitment for a refresher course. Not so at all! Continue reading Book Review: The Last Christmas by F. Paul Wilson (YES – More Repairman Jack!)

Book Review: The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard

Whoa. If you are anything like me, you are going to freak out a bit when you read this one (and irritate everyone around you with the fun facts you can’t help but retell – but it’s completely worth it because it’s FASCINATING!

It may come as a surprise that the deadliest human predator on earth is the size and weight of a grapeseed, and one all of us have skirmished with: the mosquito. With an estimated death count of 52 billion, the mosquito has killed nearly half of all human beings who have ever lived by spreading lethal diseases like malaria, yellow fever, West Nile, and Zika. Last year, mosquitoes slaughtered 830,000 people (the lowest annual total yet)…dwarfing any other assassin, including other humans, snakes, and a myriad of other celebrated killers.
Continue reading Book Review: The Mosquito: A Human History of Our Deadliest Predator by Timothy C. Winegard

Book Review: The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning

Okay, here’s a cool new one for you – and rather than me attempting to explain it, I’m going to use the author/publisher version. Then I’ll give you my review, then a bit about the author. Enjoy!

About The Book
Beatrix, a spirited but abused acrobat in a traveling circus, seeks more than her prison-like employment offers. More than anything, she wants to know her place in the world of the halcyon 19th century, a time when the last dark corners of the map were being sketched out and travel still possessed a kind of magic.

One night in Switzerland, the mysterious Colonel James Bacchus attends Beatrix’s show. This larger-than-life English gentleman, reputed to have a voracious appetite for female conquests, is most notable for traveling the world in a four-story hot air balloon called The Oxford Starladder. Continue reading Book Review: The Colonel and the Bee by Patrick Canning

Introduction to DEWDROPS by Dan Flanigan

>Today I’d like to introduce you to a new collection of three stories by Dan Flanigan. Dan is a novelist, poet, and playwright, as well as a practicing lawyer. He has also written the full-length plays-Secrets (based on the life of Eleanor Marx) and Moondog’s Progress (based on the life of Alan Freed).

Growing up in the cold war era; struggling with self-destruction and addictive behavior; waiting for just one thing to go right…
Dewdrops, Some Cold War Blues, and On the Last Frontier (the stories that comprise the collection) reflect on the past, pull at the
heartstrings, and evoke something all too very familiar for so many of us. The book is a must-read for lovers of beautifully written literary fiction and storytelling that really pushes emotional boundaries and makes you think.

Without further ado, I’m delighted to introduce the stories…

Continue reading Introduction to DEWDROPS by Dan Flanigan




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