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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-03 16:52
The ending sucks
I, Michael Bennett - James Patterson

I should have read the reviews before buying this book.

 

It is crap.

 

The ending is so full of shit that one would feel cheated for read to the end.

 

The big bad escaped from the court house.

 

How could it happened? Are the police that useless?

 

Two women wanting this jerk? Seriously? There isn't much build and suddenly two women have hard on for Michael. Michael was chasing after Tara while taken Mary C for granted. 

 

All this setup is bullshit. No romantic. Just trying to make the main character, a sexist jerk. look better.

 

The only bad is that he has adopted children and they are relying on him.

 

There should be more insight in the working of the police. Or a better alternative in dealing with drugs. And all this main characters suggest is to use violence to fight violence. 

 

It would not work.

 

Regret to get this book in the first place. The threat against him should be taken more seriously from the start. There isn't much professionalism demonstrated in the story. 

 

Lesson learned. Check review before buying. 

 

OK. What's it all about.

 

A drug lord has came to land on US soil to attend a university gratulation. The police knew he is coming and knew he was meeting up with close friend. 

 

So the police and NEA ambushed him. Got him and put him in custody to stand for trial.

 

In the meantime, the drug lord wanted to get revenge.

 

Both sides seems a bit too hot headed. The overall speed is uneven. Some chapter seems not related or at least not moving the story along. 

 

The tension is not there. The children were supposingly in danger but no adults seems to be aware. Michael still go on a date, leaving the children alone with the nanny until 1 AM. The nanny got jealous but for no good reason as they were not even dating yet. Walked out at 2 AM. 

 

Adults acting silly while there is threat on the children lives seems irresponsible for these characters. 

 

Not a good one. 

 

 

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text 2018-05-03 07:40
Reading progress update: I've read 275 out of 416 pages.
I, Michael Bennett - James Patterson

So wrongheaded. 

 

The priest character in the book is a completely jerk that insulted all the single mothers in the world. Kids could not brought up with a man? Are you kidding me? What a piece of lowlife sexist Catholic piece of shit priest! 

 

Still reading on and hope this sexist Catholic priest got tortured  and murdered by the either the gangs or the drug lord or by anyone that had overheard his insults to mothers. 

 

The main character Michael is a hotheaded cop who still gave respect and quoted some shit that jerk sexist rapist Bill Cosby said, the very same one who is now on trial for sex assault. 

 

There is no depth of the thinking of crime, or how someone could get away with so much crimes. 

 

This is going to be worst book I read so far this year. 

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text 2018-05-02 02:30
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 416 pages.
I, Michael Bennett - James Patterson

James Patterson is a very famous writer that I have not started reading until very recently. This is the second book I have on shelf, and not sure if it is a good representation of his work. As this is a co-authored with Michael Ledwidge.

First 100 pages. 

 

There is a big bad. He is coming to to town for a meeting.

 

This is the one chance that the police, and the NEA to get this big bad drug lord.

 

And Michael Bennett is right in the middle of it. 

 

He caught the guy, but with great loss as his best friend was shot and killed during the shootout. 

 

Now the big bad is in custody and ordered to send message with guns to those involved by showing up in the wake.

 

Isn't there rule anymore? 

 

The not so good part of it is scene at church and such. Not related to the story and make the character more stupid to have believe in fairytale. 

 

I got this on a book sales for USD13 for 4. So, I didn't check any review before buying. Think I might regret this as I dislike books with religious preachy tone unless it is part of the plot twist. 

 

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review 2016-04-11 15:50
F*ck Feelings / Michael & Sarah Bennett
F*ck Feelings: One Shrink's Practical Advice for Managing All Life's Impossible Problems - Michael Bennett MD,Sarah Bennet

The only self-help book you’ll ever need, from a psychiatrist and his comedy writer daughter, who will help you put aside your unrealistic wishes, stop trying to change things you can’t change, and do the best with what you can control—the first steps to managing all of life’s impossible problems.

 

In this brilliantly sensible and funny book, a Harvard-educated shrink and his comedy-writing daughter reveal that the real f-words in life are “feelings” and “fairness.” While most self-help books are about your feelings and fulfilling your wildest dreams, F*ck Feelings will show you how to find a new kind of freedom by getting your head out of your ass and yourself onto the right path toward realistic goals and feasible results. F*ck Feelings is the last self-help book you will ever need!

 

 

Life sucks and then you die.

But what you do about it in between those two events will make a difference to how you feel about that statement. Are you ready for straightforward advice about what you can change and what you can’t? If so, pick up F*ck Feelings and start figuring it out.

I expected to enjoy this book far more than I did. It is written by a psychiatrist father and his stand-up comedian daughter and while it definitely has its moments, I found myself skipping large portions of each chapter. Apparently the regular readers of self-help books require generous doses of repetition to drive home even the simplest point. I soon found myself by-passing their examples, the “quick diagnosis” sections, and the suggested scripts to make your intentions clear.
By and large, I found the advice dispensed to be highly sensible. Common sense really, which as several of my friends like to remind me, is not all that common. I do find myself thinking about the warning that if brain wiring or brain chemistry are working against you, all the struggle in the world may not get you anywhere. In situations like these, it may be best to just find a way to cope with the way you are wired and move along.

Also sensible: you can only be responsible for your own behaviour. Trying to control other people is an exercise in futility. Decide if the person you are trying to change is someone that you can live with just the way they are or whether you are best off backing away from the relationship. If you decide to disengage, back away slowly and quietly, not making a big deal about it. In other words, just fade out.

Plus, don’t ask questions that you don’t want the answer to. Bugging a quiet person for more input is likely to produce information that you didn’t want to know. Sometimes, silence really is golden.

And yes, Assholes exist in the world. Just about everybody knows at least one. You can’t change them either. Do the fade out if possible, but if they are a permanent fixture in your life (i.e. a co-worker) then you are wise to not engage them in any sort of warfare. Ignore them to the best of your ability and do your own work. Drama accomplishes nothing.

Basically, stuff that I can’t believe that people need a psychiatrist to tell them. I did appreciate that Dr. Bennett did say that therapy is only recommended if you have a specific issue that you want to deal with and only for as long as it takes to deal with it. Don’t waste your money on messy, nonspecific therapy where you just muck about in the past “seeking insights.” That kind of muddy groping about for that “je ne sais quois” can actually make you less happy, more confused, and can even cause harm.

If there is someone in your life who still hasn’t figured out the basics of life, this book might be helpful for them (unless they’re an Asshole, but you know that). Not entertaining enough for the rest of us. Give it a pass if you’re basically happy with your life and aren’t really into the self-help genre.

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review 2015-12-21 17:45
Children's Review: Baby Penguin Slips and Slides
Baby Penguin Slips and Slides - Elizabeth Bennett,Michael Teitelbaum

A picked this book out from our library. This is a great book for those that are learning to read as the words are really easy. I really liked how we are given actually pictures of penguins and not drawings. A really enjoyed the baby penguins and would comment on how tiny he was. I thought the fact stops were pretty neat to read. I think toddlers would really enjoy this as it is about animals and the words are not very long on the pages.

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