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review 2017-10-14 15:06
Flying away here.....DNFing this novel
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison
I just couldn’t do it. This novel made no sense to me so after 98 pages, I gave up. What frustrated me the most as I read was why no one revolted or tried to leave, it was as if they enjoyed being held captive. This would be all fine and dandy but why make it sound all horrible once they are finally found. It just irritated me. The way Maya described the Gardener and his son, Avery putting their hands on them and so forth and how it disgusted them, I just didn’t understand why they didn’t do something about it. Then, what was up with Maya’s attitude when she was being questioned by the police. I just didn’t understand this. I guess also, I was upset that I was hearing about what happened with the Gardener and the butterflies through the eyes of Maya. I just didn’t think she told an accurate picture of what the other girls might have thought or felt. This just wasn’t a good-fit novel for me.

 

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review 2017-09-12 21:50
This has all the makings of a country song...
Best New Artist - B.A. Tortuga,Brian Hutchison

There was a time when JT and Jonah loved each other, but JT wanted fame and fortune. Jonah just wants to make music. Both men are heartbroken when Jonah decides he needs to walk away from their relationship leaving JT to pursue the life he thinks he wants. 

 

Years later JT has a very public melt down and heads back to Texas knowing that what he thought he wanted was neither what he wanted or needed. He finally reconnects with Jonah and as JT starts to realize how much Jonah meant to him and to put himself back together he begins to realize just how much Jonah truly means to him and that what he wants is the man who walked away from him. But things have changed for Jonah and it's going to take all of JT's patience and love if he wants to get back what they lost.

 

Nobody does cowboys and rednecks like B. A. Tortuga. I love the men she shares with us. Their willingness to fight for what they want to give the person they want all that they've got and JT and Jonah are perfect examples of this. It's been 10 years since these men have parted ways and when JT reaches out to Jonah in need of a place to safely rebuild his life, Jonah in spite of what he's been through knows that helping JT is something he needs to do no matter how much it might hurt his heart because he also knows that JT would never knowingly hurt him and this is a chance that they both need to take if they're going to truly heal themselves.

 

For me this was an enjoyable and angst free read. I loved that JT and Jonah were both willing to talk to share with each other there were no miscommunications and in spite of the fact that JT didn't initially know the details of what had happened to Jonah he knew that Jonah needed love, patience and understanding and he was willing to give it, but he was also willing to take the risk of gently prodding Jonah to give them another chance and I loved all the dogs!!! So many dogs and can I just say Nana beats Kujo for dog names any day of the week. 

 

'Best New Artist' also gave me the chance to listen to a new narrator...or more accurately I should say a new to me narrator. Brian Hutchinson was the narrator for this story and I definitely enjoyed listening to him add color, depth and emotion to this story with the voices he gave to these characters.

 

I have to admit I'm not a big fan of country & western music but when it comes to stories I'd rather read about a couple of singing cowboys than rock stars 9 times out of 10 and this one was definitely one of those nine. I loved the characters and the story was a slow and sweet reunion of two men who both wanted and deserved a second chance...this one was purely delightful.

 

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An audio book of 'Best New Artist' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2017-05-13 22:52
My Review of The Bug
The Bug: Complete Season One - Barry J. Hutchison

The Bug by Barry J. Hutchison is a story about mysterious bugs using people as hosts and causing said hosts to do evil and bazaar things.

 

I couldn't get into this story as much as I thought I would, though this was a bazaar story with quite a bit of creepiness. I just had a problem with the execution. It felt a bit choppy to me.

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review 2017-05-05 03:10
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

I was intrigued by the initial concept of this book but I wasn’t all that into it. It was okay, but there were too many things that didn’t work for me, although I may have trouble articulating all of them.

 

The premise is that the FBI has caught up with a serial killer who has been imprisoning girls, tattooing them with butterfly wings, keeping them around for a while, and preserving them when they die. Maya, one of the survivors, is set up as an uncooperative victim who tells her story to FBI agents, who question how much of her story they should believe because they think she’s not telling them everything.

 

This isn’t really a novel about FBI agents or a thriller, really. It’s all about Maya, and she’s really not that uncooperative because she talks for pages and pages and pages. The book jumps from the present day (in the present tense, too) to her story (told in the past tense) but after a while her story didn’t seem like she was telling a story. It seemed like what you’d get in a television program where someone is telling a story, then you fade into their flashback and continue to watch the scenes play out rather than actually continue to listen to a story. It was more about Maya’s story than the FBI agents supposedly trying to interrogate her, although some lip service is paid to the device. There was just something off about the whole thing.

 

Hearing about all the different girls and what they were good at or what their personalities were like got tiresome after a while too. And the whole thing with Desmond strained credulity. Finally, for such a dark book, the ending was super fluffy.

 

So I don’t recommend it, but I’m sure some people would really like the book.

 

I read this for the start square (free read) for booklikes-opoly. At 276 pages, this gives me another $3 for my bank, which gives me a balance of $59.

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review 2017-04-02 02:39
REQUIEM FOR THE AMERICAN DREAM by Noam Chomsky
Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 P... Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power - Noam Chomsky,Peter Hutchison,Kelly Nyks,Jared P. Scott
  Very timely. Very interesting. It's the companion book to the documentary by the same name. I liked that he went back 50 years to put what is happening today in our government and society in prospective and giving us the history of what has led up to today. He gives examples as well as excerpts of his source materials. This is written so it can be understood by everyone. I learned a lot. There is a lot to think about in these pages.
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