Thursday, December 31, 2015

Hexes and X's:

Hexes and X's: (Z & C Mysteries#3) by: Zoey and Claire Kane
Fiction: Mystery, E-Book

This is book 3 in the series, but is a stand alone story.  In this book they are dealing with missing people, murder, witches, a horrible storm, and a pirate treasure.  Also there is a river of poop, because some how the traps, clues and other things set up by the original owner of the antique house they are in, did not get changed in any way.  This includes the part that is connected to the cities sewer system, because that is realistic.

New Year's Resolutions:

As I stated yesterday, I will not be making resolutions that could not be done by the Amish, because then the machines won't win.  At least not this time.

1.- Required weight lost goal-  Less cheat days/foods.
2 - The spiritual goal - To read 12 books/essays/pieces by saints, religious leaders, and/or others on the subject.   Note to my kindle: Just because I loaded you up with things that fit this, doesn't mean that I don't have a supply of paperbacks that could work just as well, so don't get any ideas.
3- The writing goal- To work on at least 3 pieces this year. Note to the computer: I can write this with paper and a pen, given the attitude that the printer has, I might just start out this way with them.

So for my IRL friends, there is the list of things that you can bug me about this year.  Now I just need to eat all this junk food before midnight.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Last Year's Resolutions:

As you might remember from my earlier post, computers have decided to turn on me this year.  So almost everything that I had planned to do, I gave up on after having to deal with crashes, breaking and disappearing data.  So I  did manage to read the 12 books that I wanted too, and I think they all ended up on the FB list with rating, but besides that, I think this next year none of my resolutions should be dependent on electronics.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

A Night of Horrors:

A Night of Horrors:A Historical Thriller about the 24 Hours of Lincoln's Assassination by: John C. Berry
Fiction: History, E-book

Yes, this another book that deals with an historic event by writing a novel style story based on the facts and information written by people that were there.  In this case it is the story of the events surrounding the assassination of Lincoln, and the plot to kill other members of the government at the same time.  This story is told from many different point of view, including that of Booth.  It also deals with what is happening in multiple places at the same time, so that you can read about what the president and other government and military members were doing at the same time as what Booth and the others working with him were doing.

Friday, December 18, 2015

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island:

The Lost Tribe of Coney Island: Headhunters, Luna Park, and the Man Who Pulled Off the Spectacle of the Century By: Claire Prentice
Non-Fiction: History, E-book

1st- We are back from our month(ish) of writing, and then gift buying. (We did finish a non-Nanowrimo piece today.)
2nd- This title was so long that I had to look up the book on-line to read it all.
3rd- All computers hate me, it is the only reasonable answer for this year, I do not know what I did to anger them, but they are mad.
4th- A review of the book. . .

This book is about the true story of when America first gained control of the Philippines and became enamored with the native peoples, especially the Igorrote tribe that were headhunters from the interior of the country.  They were first shown in the World's Fair in America and then Truman Hunt, got the idea to make money by showing them around the USA.  This started with a place on Coney Island, and ended up with them touring any county fair or amusement park that he could find, as he mismanaged funds, lied to governments, and kidnapped the tribes people after the one year term of their contract with him ended.  It is written in a novel format, but is based on all of the records that the author could find.  It also ends with more info on what happened to all the people, or at least all of the info they could find on them, as many of the records were lost, or there were not necessary much records to begin with. (For example, the records of people that went back to tribal life are almost nonexistent.)  It also deals some with other people that showed tribes people around America and Europe and the degrees in which the either also mistreated them, or treated them well, as well as the issues that this brought up