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text 2017-05-09 23:57
Holy Crap

Trump just fired the FBI Director, James Comey.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/09/us/politics/james-comey-fired-fbi.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region&region=top-news&WT.nav=top-news

 

Well, who needs a new season of Game of Thrones, when we have it going on in DC?

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text 2015-04-16 19:06
Well, This Could Suck

I think my kindle's battery just died.

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text 2014-09-13 04:16
Adding more to Mount TBR (part 1)
David Copperfield - Charles Dickens,Jeremy Tambling
I Have a Bad Feeling About This - Jeff Strand
Ancient Enemy - Michael McBride
Midnight Harvest - Elias Anderson
The Harvesting - Melanie Karsak
Mary Hades - Sarah Dalton

 

Three of these were freebies, David Copperfield, Midnight Harvest and The Harvesting. Fantastic prices for I had a bad feeling and Ancient Enemy, they've been on my wishlist for a while. I picked up Mary Hades due to a great review by The Moonlight Library (Nemo), there's also a prequel to this called My Daylight Monsters, this has gone on my wishlist.

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review 2014-03-01 00:00
I Have a Bad Feeling about This
I Have a Bad Feeling about This - Jeff Strand I never got to go to any kind of summer camp in the woods when I was a boy. Maybe that's because I practically grew up in the woods, so it would have been kind of redundant. Reading Jeff Strand's I Have a Bad Feeling About This, I wonder if I would have wound up in the "wuss" category that Henry Lambert finds himself in--by decree of his own father no less.

Henry is meek and mild, to the point even that he makes Clark Kent look like Bill O'Reilly. He's sixteen with one real friend in school who is way more psyched about spending a week in the woods to test his burgeoning manliness. There's not a lot he could do to get out of it though, and even less to escape it once he realizes the camp is a little less impressive than advertised. The accommodations are rustic to say the least, and the counselor is about as congenial as Bill O'Reilly when someone messes with his teleprompter--too many O'Reilly references? I'll stop, I swear.

Anyway, it's not all bad for Henry. He's getting better at archery, in so much that he isn't missing by so great a distance any longer, plus he made a new friend while sleeping outside as punishment, a very cute friend from a neighboring camp. But things turn dangerous before long, even more dangerous than teaching clutzy kids how to handle firearms, when a trio of gangsters show up looking for the counselor whom they believe owes a great deal of money.

Jeff Strand writes this fast-paced novel with the quippy forthrightness that you might expect from an angst-ridden and terminally awkward teen boy. The humor permeates through every paragraph, but there are moments where it goes one punchline too many. Some of the jokes are meant to be bad, so there you go. Henry's brain--since it's his story for the vast majority of the novel--is a hornet's nest of hypochondria. One sentence barely finishes before he's worrying about something else in the next. If you find that kind of narrative hard to take at the beginning, it isn't going to go any easier for you for the rest of the story.

If you have a soft spot in your soul for those old 80s movies like Meatballs or Revenge of the Nerds and Adventures in Babysitting, I'm guessing you'll find a fair bit to enjoy with I Have a Bad Feeling About This.
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review 2013-12-19 21:55
I laughed my way through survival camp - favorite read
I Have a Bad Feeling about This - Jeff Strand

Two weeks of survival camp is not what Henry had planned for his summer vacation but his parents feel this is what Henry needs. Not being an outdoorsy type of person, Henry prefers his video games over any type of physical exertion.  Just like Henry, his best friend Randy prefers relaxing and he gets winded just eating “corn on the cob too quickly”. Randy is also committed to going to camp but he’s excited to attend as he discovers an all-girl’s camp is close by.  As the boys meet the other campers they discover that the other attendees are not as numerous as they had hoped for. It’s a small group and as Max the camp leader gets the campers under control, Max means business!  Max wants to run a tight ship, yelling ordering and making these two- weeks miserable for the boys. With each boy having their own personality, own expressions and wittiness, you never know what is going to occur.  As Max tries to lecture and critique the campers, I was laughing at the boy’s thoughts and responses.  I thought the author nailed these, they were perfect.  Henry was doing a lot of thinking and I was giggling out loud and shaking my head.  Henry, Henry, Henry, it’s a good thing that Max could not hear your thoughts or you’d be doing a lot of push-ups.   Boys will be boys and sometimes the humor was dry but it was so perfect for this situation.  Max has other issues besides the campers.  When the thugs come to collect on the debt, they didn’t expect to run into a bunch of adolescents.  This reminded me of Home Alone: its kids against the thugs. Home Alone has great memories for me and I enjoyed this part of the book as the battle rages. Oh, yeah…. the all-girl camp.  It’s there and Henry has a story to tell you.    It’s only two weeks…. the campers can make it, right?

 

I really needed a book like this.  Something fun, enjoyable and entertaining. What I enjoyed the most was the reality of the book.  Henry didn’t want to go to camp, he knew from watching the video what he was walking into but he went because his parents made him.  His assessment while there and the actions/remarks made by the other campers made me feel like I was a fly on the wall. I didn’t feel that there was one dominating character in the book; each character had strong and weak traits which supported the other individuals. Sure Henry was the main character but the book is not all about him.    To laugh all the way through a book is a great accomplishment and I truly have to commend the author for his ability to carry that speed and endurance. I could tell you some funny parts but there are so many: the shelters was great,  the conversations were funny, the boy’s training; words cannot explain this experience, there’s so much more plus you’ll have to read  the book to find out how they do in The Strongwoods Survival Camp Survival Games.  I will definitely be reading this book again as just thinking about it now, brings a smile to my face.

 

“Each crack sounded like a cannon going off. Henry suddenly felt significantly less courageous. Crap! He was going to freaking die.  Why didn’t life have a restore function so he would take back the last thirty seconds?”

 

Thanks NetGalley for providing me with a copy of this book. 

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