Or, Speeding Up the Reviews Not the primary reason but one of the reasons I decided back in April to take a hiatus from the web was because I wanted to give my brain a break from all the nonsensical chatter that was cluttering it so. I have been having what I collectively call chemo … Continue reading Slowing Down the Synapses
BOOK | FICTION | THRILLER USA, Inc. (A Mike Wardman Novel: Book 1) by Larry Kahaner RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ When acclaimed and prolific author, investigative journalist, and private investigator Larry Kahaner reached out to me to see if I would be interested in receiving a copy of his latest thriller, USA, … Continue reading A First-Rate Fish Tale of a Thriller: USA, Inc. – A Review
Let's do this. ALT BEST PICTURE: I've only seen one "Best Picture" nomination -- "Arrival" and I thought it was mostly Zzz... -- so out of all the 2016 movies I have seen, not just those nominated, which still are only a handful... or, would it be an "eyeful?"...my Alt-Oscar for Best Picture of 2016 … Continue reading The Alt-Oscars*
Well, my bold Westworld binge-watching bonanza proclamation turned out to be nothing more than a bunch of ballyhooed BS... I only got through the fourth episode before running out of time. Consequently, I can't provide anything much in the way of a review. But I can provide a bit of feedback that might mean something … Continue reading “The Way” of Technology
IN THE HEART OF THE SEA FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ At least that seems to be the math formula used to come up with the cast list. I suppose, though, to get the full sum of major characters, we would have to carry the new James Bond … Continue reading Games of Thrones + Peaky Blinders / Harry Potter = In the Heart of the Sea
In addition to trying to shake out as many donation dollars as possible from you... I may discuss and further expand upon interesting comments you leave for me in reaction to on one of my Relating to Humans blog posts or pages. I may end each episode with a scrolling credit sequence of all recent … Continue reading The Promotional “Devices” I May Employ To Hook You Onto My Nascent #VBLOG
In my last post “Hey Reader, What’s Your Angle,” I invited you all to share a link to a book that you’ve reviewed that provides some insight, via your writing, as to how you apply your critical thinking strategy towards the books you read.
I’m so happy that MB BLISSETT was kind/brave enough to take me up on the offer; for, not only did he introduce me to THE FEVER by Meg Abbott with his interesting and insightful review of her work, he introduced me to a new eclectic world of creativity and intellect that can be found all throughout his website.
After reading his review that I introduce here, I strongly urge you to then head straight to his About page as it is most interesting and entertaining – I read it and I feel a strong kinship with his outlook toward writing and his literary taste.
Comments are closed here so that you can share your thoughts directly with MB at his website.
Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs posits that when base needs are met, then your desires become more refined. Which usually means that your fears probably work on the same level. If you’re not risking death every single time that you give birth, then you’re worried that they will live to be healthy adults and when they’re healthy adolescents, you’re worried about any number of factors. Within the haunted house of parenthood and adolescence, Megan Abbott knows where the ghosts live and shows them to you.
The Fever ably captures the beauty and passion, the terror, the contradictory desire for freedom and privacy, the secrets that women keep from themselves and one another. She uses social media and how it intertwines and defines the worlds of young people subtly and effectively. In the iconography of the modern world, the online video is the sermon, the blowing of the whistle or in this…
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Somehow I managed not to share this (age is a possible factor) very kind recommendation for Poems from the River that was posted by our good friend at Chronicles of a Blogaholic, who, with her daily musings and photography, brings us all a little bit of sunshine and happiness.
“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.”
There’s a blogger I’ve been following since I began my blog. He’s one of the first bloggers that found my blog and liked one of my posts.
Ever since that day, I’ve been following him daily. His stories and photographs are an inspiration.
Last week I ordered his book of poetry, Poems from the River, which arrived yesterday. His collection of poems are tender and beautifully written.
If you’re interested in visiting Kurt’s blog and buying his book, please check him out at: Kurt Brindley. I believe Kurt Brindley is and will become quite a prolific poet.
THE REVENANT FILM | MOVIE | STUDIO | DRAMA RATING: ★ ★ ★ ★ Since I didn't know off the top of my head what the word "revenant" meant, I had thought, in the spirit of Shakespeare, it was a word created specifically for Art's sake by combining the words revenge and covenant. Seeing the … Continue reading THE REVENANT: It’s Really Good (for a laugh)
So, I just created a new page called "Writing Resources" where I've listed all the books in my library that I consider as resources critical to my self as a writer. Check it out - hopefully you'll find some use out of it. And I'm always looking for new books to further my development so … Continue reading What’s On Your Bookshelf?
As you may be aware, Paul’s work is not unfamiliar to this site, as his THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA is reviewed here and is my favorite Indie Author read to date.
I strongly encourage you – it’s for your own good, believe me – to visit with Paul at both his literary review site and at his author site paulxylinides.com to check out the intellectually intriguing work he does. Make sure you follow his sites so you don’t miss out in the future.
To read my review of THE WILD HORSES OF HIROSHIMA, click here.
To read more of Paul’s writing found on this site, enter “paul xylinides” in the search box.
Short Verses & Other Curses
(Haiku, Senryū, & Other Poetic, Artistic, & Photographic Miscellany)
A Warrior Poet’s Hard-Won Epiphanies
Self-made and/or naturally insight-endowed, Kurt Brindley has the soul of a poet; further, he has the soul of a warrior poet. He makes passing reference to the martial tradition that has also been a part of his life in the poem “If I Were A Samurai:”
I would know
when to bow
and when to ignore
when to speak
and when to be silent
when to eat
and when to fast
when to think
and when to meditate
when to advance
and when to hold
when to strike
and when to parry
when to kill
and when to die
All writers — the serious and the not-so-much — inevitably find themselves in a battle, as often as not Biblical in proportions, for the human…
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It's less than easy to articulate why I like... #notetoself #criticsarepeopletoo
You may have heard that Dr. Wayne Dyer has died. And you may have seen several of my posts where I discuss how much Dr. Dyer has meant to me over the recent years. And you may have noticed that I often referred to him, this man who has meant so much to me and … Continue reading Volume IV Selection for the Indie Author Book Selection & Review
You know, seeing how we already have robots writing poetry and composing music, I assume we will soon have robots taking over as reviewers and editors, as well. I yearn for that day... You see, months and months ago -- essentially an eternity in our hyper-paced, brain-frazzling, tele-connected, continually-morphing-right-before-our-eyes day and age -- in an … Continue reading At least when the robots take over they will be much quicker in rejecting one of my stories…
I was going to post this on Saturday, seeing that August 8 was the last day for submissions to this volume of the Indie Author Book Selection & Review, but when I went to check my post office box - something I do only infrequently or when one of you kind folk email me to … Continue reading One of these Fine Looking Books will be our selection for the IABS&R Volume IV…
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I love caustic writers. They write how I think except they're more witty. And incisive. And, um, better writers. Here's an example of what I mean. Check out Chuck Wendig's piece called Dear guy who is mad because I wrote a gay character in a book. Or try John Hartness, entitled: Why your self-published book … Continue reading I HAVE NO VOICE AND I MUST WRITE: A Guest Post by Author K. D. Rose
This reveal comes from the second package of books I received the other day from my significant haul at the PO Box. The first package of which I revealed here. Subsequent to this haul I received another package from author K.D. Rose, so I will be revealing her book sometime next week. In the interim, … Continue reading A NEW HUMAN & A MULTI DIMENSIONAL PARADIGM by Avril Meyler: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal
Oscar Wilde, in his famous preface to The Picture of Dorian Gray begins, “The artist is the creator of beautiful things.” But I’ve been struggling to understand what he means by that. Do all artists create beauty? Are all of those who create beauty artists? E. L. James recently published another book in the … Continue reading THE CREATOR OF BEAUTIFUL THINGS: A Guest Post by Author G.N. Boorse
Quite the haul from just one visit to my PO Box, wouldn't you say? Makes me feel like a kid at Christmas... Well, we kind of kicked off the IABS&R Volume IV with this, so what do you say we go ahead and get this party started? We'll start off by revealing DON'T TOUCH THE … Continue reading DON’T TOUCH THE GLASS by G.N. Boorse: An IABS&R Volume IV Book Reveal