Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Essays in the Art of Writing:

Essays in the Art of Writing By: Robert Louis Stevenson
Non-Fiction: Writing 46 pages
Book Count: 5

This short book is about how Stevenson wrote his stories and his thoughts on the art of writing.  I found the part about his writing which is the second half of the book interesting.  The part on the art of writing was not at all what you would expect from someone that is known best for writing adventure stories about pirates. It was very much about the "art".  There were times that 1 sentence took up nearly 1/2 a page.   Some of the ideas about use of letters and sounds repeating in works might be useful in poetry, but most of it wasn't practical information for writing as much as ideas on the ideals of the written word.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Ghost College:

Ghost College (The Ghost Files #1) By: J.R. Rain and Scott Nicholson
Fiction: paranormal, short story, e-book

This series of stories are about a couple that investigate hauntings and remove the ghosts.  The wife is very sensitive to the paranormal after talking with her dead father as a child.  The husband is very logical and doesn't actually believe in ghosts, even after working in this line of work for some time now.  In this case they are investigating a haunting at a small Christian college in California.  The school has a long past as a seminary, orphanage, school and college.  Before they even finish talking to the school's president a ghost of a Victorian girl manifests, but it's clear that there is something much darker there too.

Saturday, January 21, 2012


Cursed! By: Scott Nicholson and J.R. Rain
Fiction: Mystery, Paranormal, E-Book

Albert Shipway is having the worst day of his life.  When on his way to lunch a little old lady curses him with his worst fear (and she seams to know about the mouse that killed his best friend as a kid.)  When he gets back to work the cops are there because his ex-girlfriend is dead, and it looks like his crazy not quite ex wife killed her and took his child (which he didn't even know about.)  From there things get weird. 

Earl Lindquist: Accountant and Zombie Killer:

Earl Lindquist: Accountant and Zombie Killer By: Victor Methos
Fiction: Short Story, Paranormal, E-book

This story starts out as your average person during the zombie outbreak story type.  This one with a bit of a humorous take on it.  But then half way in the story completely changes in a way that to say anything would give things away.   Still a good story, just a bit more touching then I expected, but as a plus Samurai swords!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable:

Zombies at the Door, Planning for the Inevitable By: Charles M. Pulsipher
Non-fiction: humor  68 pages
Book Count: 4

This short book is a how to guide for what to do when the zombies attack.  It includes directions of things that you need to do ahead of time (which are mostly useful emergency information, first aid kits and supplies.)  It also has information on what to do once there are zombies. (Hint: no matter what you do, DO NOT go to the mall.)  As well as basic information on zombies and why the author feels that it would be the most likely correct ideas, if there were zombies.


Fiction: Short Story, E-book, Paranormal

A forensic psychiatrist is haunted by a case of a woman that killed her own children.  She clearly isn't sane, but she seams to be more then just insane, like evil itself is inside of her.  (Note : title is written as it is on the book.)

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

The Manga Guide to Electricity:

The Manga Guide to Electricity By: Kazuhiro Fujitaki Art by: Matsuda
Non-Fiction: Manga, Science 200 page
Book Count: 3

This book teaches high school/beginning college level electrical science using manga. Its storyline is about a girl from an extratresteral land called Electopia who gets sent to earth to learn about electricity and moves in with an electrical engineer. It covers all the basics about electricity; types, circuits, battery types, generators, AC/DC, conductors, diodes, transistors, currents, waves, volts and the equations connected to them. Most of the information is presented as part of the manga but there are also sections after with just the science and math.

Monday, January 09, 2012

The Curse of the Holy Pail:

The Curse of the Holy Pail (The Odelia Grey Mysteries) by: Sue Ann Jaffarian
Fiction: Mystery, Cozy 384 pages
Book Count:2

This is a book about old Westerns, collector lunch boxes, and murder.  As the title points out it is part of a series of books that star Odelia Grey; who is a middle aged, curvy, paralegal that is always in the wrong place at the right time. 

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Desperate Housedogs:

Desperate Housedogs By: Sparkle Abbey
Fiction: Mystery: cozy, chick lit  202 pages

Book Count: 1

This book is the 1st in a series written by 2 mystery writers about a pet therapist.  Their pen name is taken from the name of their pets. 
This book deals with the death of the owner of two German Shepherds who Caro Lamont works with.  She was also one of the last people to see him alive.  Do to an odd fight that she has with a cousin over who inherited their grandmother's broach, she also "breaks" into the dead man's house the day after he died to find the jewelry.  Because of this she meets an aging rocker who loves dogs (and her friend), and finds a little black book, filled with all the secrets of the neighborhood (only it's in a code.)  From then on she is determined to solve the case.