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review 2018-10-17 22:30
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF CHARLES MANSON by Jeff Guinn, narrated by Jim Frangione
Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson - Jeff Guinn

This is a fascinating look inside the head of a monster.

 

I especially liked the observations regarding how Charlie used a little bit of knowledge from all sorts of different subjects and wove them together to manipulate specific people. During his many prison stints, he met and listened to Black Panthers, Scientologists and he even picked up some tips from Dale Carnegie's book, HOW TO WIN FRIENDS AND INFLUENCE PEOPLE. He melded TOGETHER bits from of all them, depending on his audience. The result was often striking-as a professional actor he might have done well, but as a professional musician he did not. There lies much of the frustration that ended up helping to fuel his attempt at "Helter Skelter."

 

Jeff Guinn writes excellent, detailed biographies, (I especially enjoyed his Bonnie and Clyde and Jim Jones books), which work well as audios. I'm not sure if I would have liked them all as much in print, but audio works perfectly for me. (There is so much detail included that I feel like I may have become bored in actually reading these books.) The narrator here, Jim Frangione, did an excellent job and helped keep me interested, especially when detailing the actions of various family members.

 

A warning for sensitive people-the descriptions of these brutal murders is graphic and unflinching. It's uncomfortable to listen to. Even after reading hundreds of books, (both fictional and non), about murders and horrific happenings, it never fails to bother me and I never fail to try to imagine how someone could do such things. Guinn attempts to tell us in his excellent biographies, but somehow, the answer to the question "Why?" is never fully answered in any of them. But I can't keep myself from continuing to try to understand.

 

Finally, one thing I wouldn't want to forget to mention is the ridiculously random nature and brutality of these crimes. I think that often gets lost in the mysterious aura that surrounds Manson and his "family." It would be an extreme disservice to forget: the very pregnant Sharon Tate and her friends, Jay Sebring, Abigail Folger, Wojciech Frykowski and poor Steven Parent, (who was just a young man trying to sell a clock radio), the LaBiancas, Shorty Shea and Gary Hinman. May they all rest in peace.

 

Highly recommended to fans of true crime and detailed biographies.

 

*This fits the "Slasher Stories" category for Halloween Bingo 2018 here at Booklikes.*

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review 2018-10-17 00:54
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster
The Lemoncholy Life of Annie Aster - Scott Wilbanks

This was a bit unexpected. Based on the title and the author’s definition of the word “lemoncholy” I thought this was YA. It is not. See? Unexpected! Having shifted gears to adult novel mode and noting that the book isn’t listed as romance, I thought myself safe from insta-love. I was not. Unexpected! I enjoyed the little bit of romance anyway, though I confess my eyes did roll a little. Unexpected! (The enjoyment, not the eye-rolling.)

 

Seriously now, I did enjoy this for the most part. Some of the “coincidences” were hard to swallow (but you get that with time travel) and were visible from miles and decades away. The ending was saccharine-sweet with nearly every sub-plot happily resolved and tied up with neat little bows, and yet at least two things that I can think of never got explained, one of which is really bothering me. So it was a mostly satisfying read that tried too hard at the end but still left me with a pleasant buzz.

 

I do wonder, though, with all that vintage Victorian clothing piled around Annie’s house, wouldn’t the whole place smell like great-grandma’s closet? And who stores vintage clothing in piles in the first place?! Take care of that stuff! Sheesh!

 

I read this for the Halloween Bingo 2018 Supernatural square.

 

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text 2018-10-16 21:38
My Least Favorite Books So Far This Year

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I have come for the airing of grievances. I have come to beg the Book Gods to give me a break and have me stop reading books that totally do my head in. I have asked for characters to stop being too stupid to leave. I am on my knees declaring an end to love triangles and information dumps via third parties.

 

1. Whitney My Love by Judith McNaught (Whitney My Love Review)

Hey you don't want to read a book where the hero is violent towards the heroine, but somehow it is always her fault? This book is pretty famous in Romance Land. 

 

2. How the Light Gets In by Louise Penny (How The Light Gets In Review)

Honestly, the continuing adventures of Armand Gamache in this one didn't work for me. You have so much mess going on with Jean Guy that this book did my head in. At this point I have no idea why Gamache continues to trust Jean Guy anymore. And I got really tired of constantly reading about the supposed corruption in the police force that only Gamache could root out. 

 

3. The Lying Game by Ruth Ware (The Lying Game Review)

Do you want to read about rules to a lying game that never really gets shown throughout the book, instead the author just has chapter headings about it? Do you want to read about the lead character and her constantly dragging her infant daughter with her while she purposely seeks out dangerous situations? I also had a hard time with the lack of character development and the secret that this woman and her supposed friends (she hasn't seen in person in years) kept. 

 

4. The Burial Hour by Jeffrey Deaver (The Burial Hour Review)

I have 100 percent given on on reading about Rhymes anymore. It's just gotten to the point that the character has gotten to a really unbelievable stage and the plots don't make much sense to me anymore.

 

5. Not Ready for Mom Jeans by Maureen Lipinski (Not Ready for Mom Jeans Review)

I just got over this book after the constant bashing of working moms and women who are overweight.

 

6. Dune Messiah by Frank Herbert (Dune Messiah Review)

A thousand times no. I will never get the time back from trying to muddle through this book.

 

7. The Silent Corner by Dean Koontz (The Silent Corner)

I cannot get over newly published books by Dean Koontz. This one was really bad IMHO. Reading a book that is barely horror (though it's touted to be) with the main character as a Mary Sue. No thanks. 

 

8. Where the Past Begins by Amy Tan (Where the Past Begins Review)
This memoir rambled and skipped over a lot of things. 

 

9. A Million Little Things by Susan Mallery (A Million Little Things Review)

All three characters we follow in this one are very flat. One situation that arises in this book had me rolling my eyes and also not finding the ending very realistic. 

 

10. Sisters Like Us by Susan Mallery (Sisters Like Us Review)

Doesn't really follow sisters, follows two sisters, and one sister's daughter. The one sister's romance was beyond frustrating and I hated the male hero for saying he wasn't ready for a relationship but trying to force himself into their lives anyway. You don't get to be half in. I kind of threw in the towel on the Mischief Bay series after this one.

 

11. Happiness: The Crooked Little Road to Semi-Ever After by Heather Harpham (Happiness Review)

This memoir tried too hard and just didn't work for me at all.

 

12. Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (Burn Bright Review)

I have never had so many discussions around one book in my life. This put the nail in the Alpha and Omega series for me. I can't go back and read anymore. I am still feeling a bit uneasy about continuing with the Mercy Thompson series.

 

13. Bonfire by Krysten Ritter (Bonfire Review)

Way too many plot elements going on and read like a Lifetime murder mystery.

 

14. The People We Hate at the Wedding by Grant Ginder (The People We Hate at the Wedding Review)

Trees died for this book.

 

15. Perfect by Judith McNaught (Perfect Review)

The absurdity of this whole book was made worse by the alpha males in this one. 

 

16. First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (First Grave on the Right Review)

The main character, writing, and flow were awful. Could not continue with this series.

 

17. The Long Way Home by Louise Penny (The Long Way Home Review)

A filler book that was just written to kill off a main character. Nothing about this one makes any sense at all. I also ended up hating the character of Clara.

 

18. The Art of French Kissing by Brianna R. Shrum (The Art of French Kissing Review)

Reading about two teens acting like jerks didn't do a thing for me. The main point of the book (the cooking competition) should have taken up more space than it did. Most of the book was just reading about how nasty Carter was being to Reid.

 

19. My Husband's Wife by Jane Corry (My Husband's Wife Review)

I don't know if I disliked this one more than The Girl Before or not. They both just suffer from could not happen unless heroine had a total brain transplant.

 

20. The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews (The High Tide Club Review)

Didn't know if it wanted to be a romance or a romantic suspense book. Neither one really works. The main plot of needing to hire someone to track down old friends doesn't work out really well and I loathed how the characters who were POC were portrayed. 

 

I will update this list again in December. 

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review 2018-10-16 20:21
Slothilda
Slothilda: Living the Sloth Life - Dante Fabiero

I Picked Up This Book Because: Totally sucked in by the cute sloth on the cover


The Story:

This book Killed Me Softly. Really, it tells my whole story with its words/drawings. This is super cute and funny. It’s not often I wish I had a hard copy of a book but I definitely wish I had one of this one and a coffee table to display it on.



The Random Thoughts:

I'm so tickled that she has a dog named Peanut.


5 Stars

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url 2018-10-16 15:59
Esoteric Mystical Knowledge Methods or How to Read Ancient Manuscripts
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Tree of Life - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Spiritual Symbols: With their Meanings (Alchemy of love mindfulness training) (Volume 8) - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Mindful Being - Nataša Pantović Nuit
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Esoteric Mystical Knowledge Methods

How to read Ancient Philosophers and Manuscripts

 ArticlesAlchemy of LoveSymbols and Signs

 

Researching Metamorphoses of Psyche, Un- and enlightenment

done by Nataša Pantović

“Only by discovering  have I clearly understood that the Unconscious is a process and that ego’s rapports with the unconscious and his contents initiate an evolution, more precisely a real metamorphoses of the psyche…”

Jung quote about Alchemy

In our wish to relate to omnipotent, omniscience, and omnipresence , we use art, music or poetry to express since Ratio has no unobstructed pathways towards .

The Mystical knowledge is gained either through contemplating art or comprehending Air / Earth / Water / Sun as the most immanent physical sources of life. These are different spiritual paths to  from the Himalayan monk meditating, through the fisherman out in the open sea, to the artist composing a masterpiece.

 

Isaac Newton 1642 – 1726

 

Isaac Newton 1642 – 1726, at Manchester UK, Library

 

How to read Ancient Philosophers and Manuscripts

Forgetfulness and Unconsciousness

Until recently we couldn’t quite understand our neighbors even if we tried… the first Polyglot Bible was published around 1570 containing text in five languages: Hebrew, Syriac, Greek, Latin and Chaldean.

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/229/esoteric-mystical-knowledge-methods
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