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The Fireman by Joe HIll

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The Fireman by Joe Hill


                The official name for the infection was Draco incendia trychophyton but most people simple referred to it as Dragonscale. You can see it on the skin, black lines swirling across the body with gold flecks. It becomes really apparent when someone has it if they happen to burst into flames or simply start smoking. The first burner Harper saw was outside of the school where she worked as a nurse. School closed after that incident. Then Harper decided to volunteer at the hospital which was severely understaffed after the outbreak. It wasn’t until after Harper found out she was pregnant that she saw the black lines on her own body. Her husband Jakob was disgusted with the thought of contracting the infection and even more disgusted with the idea of Harper keeping the baby. He leaves furious and returns with the twisted notion to take both of their lives. The Fireman had other plans. Harper had only made his acquaintance on one occasion while working at…

I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb (1998)

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I Know This Much Is True by Wally Lamb

                Dominick and Thomas, the twins. Different in so many ways. Identical in nature and yet opposites in life. Dominick the teacher turned house painter. Thomas the paranoid schizophrenic that cut off his right arm in a public library to try and stop a war. This is Dominick’s story, his narrative, his examination of how his life turned out the way it is. Failed marriage, the guardian of his crazy brother, the man who never even knew who his father was. Dominick is the man still fighting for answers and to fulfill his last promise to his now deceased mother, to protect her favorite and to watch over him. But at what cost! Was he supposed to sacrifice his own sanity after fighting so hard to not be Thomas?                 From the very first page of this novel I was hooked. Dominick was a very straight forward character who told it how it was and didn’t pity himself. What I loved most about his character was that he was fighting for his b…

Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with Andrew Shaffer

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Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal by Erin Gilbert and Abby L. Yates with Andrew Shaffer


                Erin and Abby have come a long way since being known as “Ghost Girls” at their high school. They want you to know just how far that is. In Ghosts From Our Past: Both Literally and Figuratively: The Study of the Paranormal Erin and Abby start from the beginning of their fascination with the paranormal to their current standings. This newly revised and somewhat updated version included their current finding and techniques while still holding true to the information in the original publication.  
                I’m not sure what I was expecting from this movie tie-in but at the very least I was entertained. This book “written” by the characters of the 2016 film “Ghostbusters” is meant to have an in depth look at their methods, their history and the history of paranormal findings around the world. I like the way the book was structured. I…

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch


                Have you ever wondered what your life could have been if you changed one simple thing? If you hadn’t taken that class, went to that bar, introduced yourself to the person who would be the love of your life? Jason Dessen has had those thoughts and wondered about how different life may have been. But he lives a good life now with his wife, Daniela and his son Charlie. But all that is taken away from him. He had simply went to meet an old friend of his and on the way home was forced into a car at gunpoint and made to drive to a location he didn’t even know existed. He awakes to find himself in a warehouse where everyone has been anxiously awaiting him. No one had seen him in 14 months and there are so many questions? But he doesn’t know any of these people. He has never met any of them in his life. His home is completely different than the way he left it and it’s obvious that whoever lives here, lives alone. There is no Daniela or Charlie or eve…

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (1997)

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant


                Many people have heard the biblical story of Jacob, the man who fled from his home after stealing his brother’s blessing. He fled to his mother’s family and met Rachel by the well. He offered to work several years for Rachel’s father, Laban, in exchange for her hand in marriage. He would eventually sire many children through many wives but it was Rachel’s only child Joseph who would eventually be sold by his brothers into slavery, rise in the ranks to eventually become an adviser to the king. This story is the one that is known. The Red Tent is the story people don’t know. This is the story of Dinah, Jacob’s only daughter and the last child of his first wife Leah. But this is not only the story of Dinah, it is the story of her mother, her aunts and the many other women she met while sitting in the red tent. The tent where women gathered with the changing moon and the coming of their life’s blood. Where they made sacrifices shared stories an…

Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt (1996)

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Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt


                Francis McCourt was born in America to his mother, Angela and his father Malachy. His father was a drunk who would spend any money he made in bars and leave his wife at home with the kids. Eventually they would have to move back to Ireland where both of Francis’ parents were from. But the cycle of his father’s drunken stupors continued and the children would live in unbearable conditions. This is the childhood of Francis McCourt, Frank. His story is sad but his experiences speak of time when many others new loss and it was a struggle to survive and many children would never make it to adulthood. Told through the eyes of Frank himself we see his story unfold.                 This novel was full of lows and blows. It starts off unveiling the devastating circumstances of a horrible childhood, with an irresponsible deadbeat father. His mother is always pregnant, then depressed and it becomes an endless cycle of hunger, dire conditions and los…

From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell (1995)

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From Potter’s Field by Patricia Cornwell


From Potter’s Field is the 6th book in a crime series revolving around forensic pathologist Dr. Kay Scarpetta. In this novel an old foe by the name of Temple Gaunt is back to haunt and terrorize Scarpetta. The first body is found in Central Park on Christmas Eve. From there the bodies continue to add up and the connection between the case, Gaunt and Scarpetta continues to add up. Not only his her life in danger, but that of her niece who developed an artificial intelligence computer system known as CAIN. Scarpetta must work quickly to catch Gaunt before she finds herself or her niece in harms way.                 This started off really strong. Scarpetta was in a high powered position, well respected, good at her job and was a character with a lot of wit and humor. I instantly liked her. The action started off right away and I was instantly intrigued. As the story progressed I found my interest waning. The action stayed constant and the plot kep…

Mama's Curse by T.M.Morris

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Mama’s Curse by T.M. Morris


Full Disclosure: I know the author, T.M. Morris, personally. She has been a part of my life since I was a young girl and she is ingrained in my world as a mentor, friend and aunt. I am mentioned in the book and listed in the acknowledgements. My personal relationship with Morris has no standing on the review to follow.


                Within the pages of Mama’s Curse there are stories that needed to be told. It is the story of a young girl who watched her mother struggle to raise three children. It is the story of young woman finding herself while she watches her brothers’ struggle with drug and alcohol abuse. It is the story of a woman making her way in the Los Angeles Police Department. It is the story of a wife and mother working hard to balance her family and a career. This isn’t the story of one woman’s fight against cancer. It is the story of a life lived with love, courage and the strength to continue to endure even when faced with repeated bouts of a…

The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache kid and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton

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The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache kid and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History by Paul Andrew Hutton



                What do you remember learning in history class about the late 1800s? More specifically what do you remember learning about the settling of what would become the Western United States from the 1860s to the 1890s? If you are anything like me then you aren’t very aware of the dark history that inhabits that entire time period. You may have heard some of the names, like Geronimo or the Apache Kid. And you are more than likely aware of the reservations that exist or existed at that time. But the history as I remember learning it, is nothing like the history revealed within the pages of The Apache Wars: The Hunt for Geronimo, The Apache kid and the Captive Boy Who Started the Longest War in American History. Hutton offers an in-depth look at the lives of the many different Native American tribes settled in the Arizona/New Mexico area…

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

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The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson

                He called her Maya, but that wasn’t her name. That was the name he gave her, after he tattooed the butterfly on her back. He gave all the girls names. That would make them his after all. They would be his from now on. They would stay with him in his garden, preserved in all their beauty. She knew him as the Gardener, as did the rest of the girls. That’s what Maya is trying to explain to the FBI agents now that they have been set free. She tries to explain how they were kept, how their lives were taken away from them, how they all wore the butterflies on their backs, how no one had ever left, how they had been abused, how it was they continued to live. How they were all Butterflies in his Butterfly Garden.                 I’m not sure where to begin with this review. Do I start with the extremely haunting and unsettling tone of this novel? Or do I begin with the incredible world building and eerie imagery? What about the main charac…