Aiden Reid, author of Pathfinder and Sigil, both fascinating novels, has written a long short story or a short novel which is another story about the hero of Pathfinders. In the story, Stephen finds a crystal that has special powers that turn his life around and change him from a slacker/loser to a very successful person. How this is all accomplished, where the crystal came from, and what happens to the mysterious crystal is the focus to this attention-grabbing, interest-sustaining narrative. It is sci-fi at its best with bits of philosophy and life-lessons tossed in for good measure. It is a quick read, but one you won’t want to miss!
Autumn is an exciting time of year for my dogs, mostly because there is a significant increase in the number of squirrels running around in the park.
When my dogs encounter a squirrel, they experience a level of excitement beyond that which humans can cognitively process.
I could win the lottery, be offered a free luxury round-the-world cruise and discover the secret to eternal youth, all within the space of a single hour, and still not come close to scraping the surface of the excitement that my dogs experience when they see a squirrel.
Upon seeing a squirrel, my dogs become so excited that they are no longer completely in control of their bodies.
All they can do is run around, barking manically, their movements and actions controlled by the all-consuming power of their base instincts.
At this time of year, the squirrels are collecting food in preparation for winter…
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Lauren Child’s charming chapter book, Utterly Me, Clarice Bean was not my first encounter with the girl of the title. Several years ago, I found a book at Half Price Books for my Little Free Library (LFL) entitled Clarice Bean Spells Trouble which was about a kid who couldn’t spell if her life depended on it and a teacher, Mrs. Wilberton, who couldn’t understand why Clarice “just didn’t try.” This book, Utterly Me… is evidently the first in the Clarice Bean series. Clarice and her best friend, Betty Moody are “utterly” (Clarice’s favorite word) hooked on the Ruby Redford series (think Nancy Drew with James Bond gadgets and Batman’s butler).
Not only do Clarice and Betty follow the books (of which excerpts are included throughout), they write to the author and use the girl detective’s methods to solve a mystery in their own classroom, much to Mrs. Wilberton’s dismay…
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At the risk of repeating myself, allow me to give a little background on King’s “Dark Tower” series. When the first book of the seven volume series, The Gunslinger, was published, it was an extraordinarily hot Texas summer. My Better Half and I checked out the unabridged CD of King’s novel, our first foray into audio books. As the over one hundred degree afternoons droned on, we listened to Roland’s (protagonist’s) story while letting the fan blow across us on the bed. The reader’s voice did NOT drone on and on, and we were caught up in the exciting, action-packed narrative, filled with King’s exquisite imagination.
The same reader read through Book III of the series, then died. King said (in a newspaper account) he would never let anyone else read that particular series, so readers were committed to reading in print themselves the rest of the saga. Wizard and…
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