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review 2019-04-16 18:45
THE NEST by Gregory Douglas
The Nest - Gregory A. Douglas

 One of my favorite sub-genres of horror is the creature feature, and boy does this one deliver! On a small island off the coast of Cape Cod, something is happening in the middle of the island's dump. There's hissing and movements, then someone's dog dies and so begins THE NEST.


I'm not going to make like this book is some kind of literary achievement, because it's not. (Does anyone really pick up a giant cockroach book and think it's literary? I guess it's possible, but it's not the case here.) What this book IS is....just plain romping and chomping F-U-N!


Set on an island in my home state-the isolation makes for a cockroach feast! And that's basically what we get: cockroaches feeding on this one and on that one, in increasingly inventive and gross ways. (See my previous statement: F-U-N!)


Being that this was originally written back in 1980 we also get: some preachy scientist talk, some man-splaining, a smidge of schmaltzy romance, a wee bit of anti-feminism, and a tad of classism. Did I mention the gross cockroach kills?


Okay, so this isn't the "great American novel" but what it is is a lot of gross out laughter and chills, and a few hours of mindless entertainment. In these political times, who couldn't use that? I would have given this three stars based on the writing alone, but I added a half star because of the FUN factor!


Recommended to fans of 80's horror and creature features!


Valancourt Books has teamed up with Grady Hendrix and Will Errickson (Co-Authors of PAPERBACKS FROM HELL), to bring you an entire line of horror books from the 70's and 80's called the PAPERBACKS FROM HELL series.


Find out more about the series here: http://www.valancourtbooks.com/paperbacksfromhell.html


*I was given an e-ARC of this book in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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text 2019-04-16 16:10
The 2019 Pulitzer Prizes, or Why I Feel So Unjustifiably Proud with Myself
The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke - Jeffrey C. Stewart

Amidst the heartbreaking coverage of the fire at Notre Dame cathedral, I almost missed the announcement of the 2019 Pulitzer Prizes. As usual, most of the attention has been toward the journalism awards (and perhaps a bit more so this year, given that our presidunce has set himself against anyone who exposes the truth about him), but of course there were the also the book prizes, the nonfiction winners I always look forward to seeing.


And among this year's winners was Jeffrey Stewart for his biography of Alain Locke.


I cannot tell you the feeling of pride that I felt when I saw that he had won. This wasn't because I had anything to do with its genesis, production, or publication, of course, but because I interviewed him last year for a NBN podcast. Seeing his book receive the recognition it so richly deserves leaves me feeling like someone who purchased an artwork before the artist became famous, or discovering a local restaurant before it received its Michelin star. And while I claim zero credit for all of the acclaim that he has received for his book, I do like to think that I helped bring some attention to a book that truly deserved it.


Now I have to decide whether I am going to buy a copy of David Blight's Frederick Douglass biography, given that just about every library I know has a copy of it.

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review 2019-04-14 22:27
Patient Care
Patient Care: Death and Life in the Emergency Room - Paul Seward
I’m glad that I listened to an audio of this novel, as some of the medical terms and jargon that was used, I know that I would’ve had a hard time pronouncing had I read the novel. I enjoyed listening to this novel as Dr. Seward recalls his medical practice and he shares stories about working in the ER.
Seward describes some of his most interesting cases that he has had the opportunity to experience in his lifetime. These cases are not always his most successful cases but they’re ones that meant something to him. The novel teaches, the novel shows you what it is like to be on the other side of the table, and the novel shows you the emotions, that are not only one-sided. Great book and a short one also.


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review 2019-04-13 10:21
Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King
Haunted Heart: The Life and Times of Stephen King - Lisa Rogak





















If you truly want to find out why Stephen King's the greatest Horror fiction writer of all time, then you should definitely read this book. If you truly want to find out more about Stephen King and his childhood and adulthood, then you should definitely read this book. However, if you don't want to read the story of Stephen King's life through the prism of his works in a very descriptive detail, then I'd strongly advise against it, for as rich as this book is with the story of Stephen King's life and his works, it's way too detailed, for it shows to its avid reader way too big of a glimpse inside of Stephen King's character and Stephen King's personality and especially Stephen King's life. 

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review 2019-04-12 23:10
Carl and the Meaning of Life
Carl and the Meaning of Life - Deborah Freedman
Poor Carl! Carl was living a happy, content life until one day a field mouse came upon him and asked Carl a question which he didn’t know the answer to. Carl never knew why he did, what he did but now, the question was out there and he needed an answer.
Carl talks to many animals as he makes his journey. Crawling over many miles, Carl’s tone begins to change as his journey is beginning to take forever. Everyone that Carl is talking to seems to know their purpose except for Carl. Finally, when Carl hears the cry of a beetle, he gets the answer to his question.
I love how the author put this novel together. It’s not a fact-telling story, it’s a story about helping others and being part of a larger picture. It’s about a community, about being needed and how each individual is important. I liked the simplicity of the illustrations. They were beautiful to look at and I enjoyed watching Carl as he traveled over the fields.


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