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text 2018-04-25 22:55
Reading progress update: I've read 9%.
How To Be Brave - Louise Beech

I'm only an hour in to an eleven-hour book but I'm not sure this one is going to be for me. The story seems sound - nine-year-old-girl dramatically passing out and being diagnosed as having Type 1 diabetes, a mother having to cope with the consequences alone and the perhaps ghostly intervention from a dead but still inspirational great grandfather.


This book is semi-autobiographical and I can feel the authenticity of the experience but  the pace is a little slow, the language is a little over-written while still managing to sound flat and the sentiment verges on Hallmark


I'll give myself another hour before I decide to listen or leave.

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text 2018-04-25 16:03
lolsob (non-book post)

I had some guys come by my office today to try to fix my temperature. After much investigating, they discovered that the thermostat that controls the temperature in my office is in a completely different room. Because that totally makes sense. It also controls the temperature in the room its in, which generally runs from "okay" to "too warm." They tinkered with the vent in my office a little, so hopefully the blast of cold air will at least be less powerful (54 degrees Fahrenheit today, whee).


Our two offices are also the only ones in the entire building with lights that are controlled by the main building switches, so when the lights are shut off for the public, they're also instantly shut off in our offices. My office has no windows (well, one window facing a hall, but that's pointless when the lights are off), so if people forget I'm still around and shut the main lights off, I find my phone by computer monitor light and use my phone flashlight to find everything else.

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text 2018-04-25 15:02
BOOK REVIEW - Damaged Beyond All Recognition

Damaged Beyond All Recognition (Infinity's Trinity Book 1)


Alan Felyk

Print Length: 361 pages


Publisher: Alan Felyk; 1 edition (January 1, 2018)

Publication Date: January 1, 2018

Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC







Reviewed by Dr Wesley Britton


I admit it. Alan Felyk has an imagination I simply envy. The tag line for his new Damaged Beyond All Recognition is “Extending the literary traditions of Kurt Vonnegut and Douglas Adams ...”  Vonnegut, certainly. Adams, well, from time to time. It’s certainly true that this novel is going to appeal to readers who like high-minded humor laced into a complex, layered yarn.


Three unusual protagonists anchor the proceedings.  First, there’s Paul Tomenko who is a famous writer chronicling events in the counter-culture in Colorado in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. Suddenly, he finds himself traveling to and from God's library somewhere outside the Universe. That’s the current God, the less than omnipotent being in a long chain of less than omnipotent beings.


For example, there’s no longer an afterlife for humanity to ascend to. Humans can no longer access memories from their past lives in previous versions of the Universe or acquire new memories. So who can replace God when he dies as he is coming very close to that point?


It’s Paul who has to find the solution to this dilemma with the help of his two lovers, the genius genetic Maggie Mae Monahan and the Sci-Fi novelist Allie Briarsworth who intuitively senses events from the past and future.


Paul’s brain creates some unusual supporting players like the gatekeeper to God’s archives who is a doppelganger for Cher and the very helpful librarian who is a doppelganger for actress Katharine Ross. Clearly, these women came from Paul’s unfulfilled carnal wishes. Toss in Gronk and Grita, two six-year-old neo-Neanderthals who are the most intelligent humans on Earth due to reconstructed DNA. Did I mention the story includes traveling across multiple planes of existence or a species of aliens who want to obliterate humanity so they can become the supreme creations of the cosmos?


Metaphysics have rarely been treated with such originality or irreverence. This is entertaining science fiction with a cerebral framework, lively tone, well-drawn characters (with overly restrained sex lives, sad to say), and the unexpected on nearly every page. You should probably make a point of not missing this one as you too might be a figment of Paul Tomenko’s imagination. Wait till you find out where you’ve been. Talk about a Big Bang . . .


This review first appeared at BookPleasures.com on April 24 at:


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text 2018-04-25 14:38
Reading progress update: I've read 15%.
The Poisoned Crown (The Accursed Kings, Book 3) - Maurice Druon

At this point, I think I've spent more time on the footnotes than I have on the actual book. Name the last book you read with footnotes that were more interesting than the book. I know I can't. 


Another one of my favorite things about this book is the way the author will kind of go off and be like "Hey, don't get too attached to this guy. He's not going to make it to the end of this book. Also, watch out for this guy. He's planning something."



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text 2018-04-25 11:00
Facts About Me: Reviews

I read reviews. *ducks for cover* Some break your heart and others mend it. One of the first things an author has to do after publishing their first book is to decide if they're going to read reviews. It's hard not to be curious, but it's even harder if you end up reading something that hurts you. The best lesson I ever learned in publishing was never to reply to a review. It can only lead to disaster. Now, I just sit back, sneak a peek at them as they roll in after release and then I don't read any more, after that. I like to see the initial reaction, but try not to obsess about it, too much.



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