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review 2018-08-21 01:24
After Words
After Words - Nina Mitchell

This has been the best in this series so far. I related to this woman on a spiritual level. She suffers 2 strokes in her 20s and loses her mobility and speech. This story chronicles her come back. I feel this because I have chronic migraine which is on the spectrum of strokes. I have been known to lose my sentences halfway through, zone out, slur my words, see glitter or lens flares, and smell burning wires. It is horrible to be trapped inside your head, to know what you want to say and be unable to communicate. Or sometimes be unable to even think of the most basic words. I've cried more than once because me, the writer, couldn't remember what a brontosaurus was or who Ewan McGregor was, either. 

 

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review 2018-07-06 22:54
AVP: War
Aliens vs. Predator: War - Chris Warner,Randy Stradley

I was happy to get back to the Perry's. But this book was a total letdown. The first 50 pages were a rehash of a flashback scene from the second book, but details were changed to completely distort the outlook. Several plot points were changed which made the second book pretty much impossible. It makes me wonder if this book is supposed to be canon or not. It also doesn't make any sense to me why you write 2 books in chronological order then go back and write a book that falls in the middle but is full of continuity issues. I don't get it. At least Noguchi was still a bad ass.

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review 2018-06-08 23:43
AVP: Prey
Prey - Steve Perry,Stephani Perry

This was a surprising gem. When you read these movie tie-in's, they can be hit or miss. And I have read some really bad ones, especially in the Aliens fandom. But wow, this was fun. I definitely see where they took some of their inspiration for the first AVP movie. The strong female lead, the warrior predator, the queen battle, the Blooding. As much as I enjoyed the movie, this book would have made for a much better story. 

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review 2018-05-16 04:01
Beyond Belief
Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape - Jenna Miscavige Hill,Sandy Rustin,Lisa Pulitzer

A few things I believe about Scientology:

 

1. L. Ron Hubbard was a con man and this was the ultimate con. He laughed all the way to the bank.

 

2. Dave Miscavige is an egomaniac and he beats his employees. 

 

3. Dave's wife has been missing for over a decade, only heard from through a lawyer, and I'm pretty sure she's dead.

 

4. I feel really bad for people that actually believe in this "religion". And that's coming from someone who believes in the invisible sky daddy. 

 

Jenna's story was so awful that at times it was hard to believe. But then you look up stories of people that escaped this cult and you learn it's an all-too-common tale. From working like a mule her whole childhood to having no true education to the constant paranoia that is the self-policing of Scientology, it was one huge nightmare. I mean, just saying you wanted to call the police was enough to get you a High Crime. A High Crime! They could beat you senseless (which they have done before) and if you say you are calling the authorities, you become the enemy.

 

I'm glad Jenna escaped. I was disappointed her husband wasn't so easy to convince to leave, but I am happy he did eventually go with her. I think books like this need to be shared so that others do not fall prey to cults. As Jenna herself said, Scientology may say to think for yourself, but it encourages the opposite. Brainwashing at its finest.

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review 2018-05-13 03:57
This is just my face
This Is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare - Gabourey Sidibe

I apparently have a lot in common with Gabourey. I, too, have crippling anxiety, depression, had bariatric surgery, recovered from an eating disorder, and went through my parents' divorce. I'm also too funny for my own good and tend to offend others with my humor.

 

Read this book. She's THE BOMB, to quote Obama.

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