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Fashionably Dead

Fashionably Dead is the 1st book in the Hot Damned series by Robyn Peterman

Astrid is a teacher at a senior center, teaching art to a bunch of highly opinionated and misbehaving seniors. She also needs to stop smoking, while trying not to graze like a cow on speed. Unfortunately, the visit to a hypnotist at the local strip mall isn't quite what...


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Metamorphosis

I first became familiar with Franz Kafka after a visit to the Czech Republic with my wife in 2017. We both fell in love with the country, especially Prague. I had heard of Kafka before that visit but had not read any of his work. We saw a large mechanical bust of Kafka while in Prague and then began to see other homages to the...


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Scythe

I would like to give this book a short synopsis before delving into my review of the actual book. I will try to avoid spoilers at all cost during this review and warn the reader if a spoiler does slip in.

Synopsis: In a utopian world there is no more crime, politics, war, or famine. Thanks to the most advance version of...


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Shibumi

shibumi (渋み) (noun)
A particular aesthetic of simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty.

Shibumi means 'Effortless Perfection'. Shibumi is anything that is quiet in refinement, noble and fulfilling in a manner that is not shaped exclusively by analytical thought.

The novel Shibumi, by Trevanian (the pen name for Rodney William Whitaker), is a novel published in 1979 about an...


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Horror

This is book #8 in the Iron Druid Chronicles. It stars Atticus O'Sullivan, who is a 2,000 year old Druid,and his loyal Irish wolfhound, Oberon. He makes a potion he calls Imortali-tea that keeps them both alive. It makes them young again. They are battling with an old vampire,and his followers, who wiped out the rest of the Druids when Atticus was a fairly new druid


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The Mouse That Roared

A classic but enjoyable from start to finish. It's the story of the Duchy of Grand Fenwick, desperate for aid after their chief export is copied, they plan an invasion of the United States and a swift defeat, knowing that the US rebuilds countries it conquers. There's one problem, the Duchy wins the war. They arrive in NY during a massive air raid drill with the...


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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

Quite possibly the greatest thing this collection has to offer is not the short stories it contains, but a look into the creative process of the author himself. Before each entry, Mr. King provides the reader with some insight into the evolution, spark of an idea, and/or history of the story you are about to read. That is not to say that the stories are lacking....


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The Screwtape Letters

I recently had the opportunity to read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis, and I am delighted to have done so. Lewis has a particular way of writing that immerses one into his world and allows you to see your own from a new perspective by introducing you to a collection of interesting characters. There is a particular scene that Lewis paints within his story that...


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Mere Christianity

One of my colleagues in the office recently bought a box set of books by C.S. Lewis. I was familiar with Lewis through his “Chronicles of Narnia” and his masterpiece “Till We Have Faces” but I had never before read his philosophical works. My first book of this kind by Lewis was “The Screwtape Letters” of which I have done a review for, however this second...


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Ahsoka

I wanted to love this book, I really did. Maybe a small part of me even loved it a little, however, it was a love one might have for a relative they barely know. You love them out of sense of family but it goes no deeper than that. To me, that is Ahsoka. Now to be fair, I hated Ahsoka the character the very first...