22. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest, Vol. 3: The Return of Maharaja by Sean E. Williams, read by Brian, on 07/21/2014

fairestI enjoy reading the FABLE stories and spin that is put on them.  These stories focus on strong female characters.  Prince Charming is the focus and the writing of the character was blah.  I was bored from the beginning.

 

21. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Thriller/Suspense

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 07/21/2014

mr.The thing I love about Stephen King is his character development and how he paints the setting so vividly you think your life is part of the book.  Mr. Mercedes is about a man who drives a Mercedes into a crowd and backs up and does it again.  Years later he taunts the retired detective who could not solve the crime years ago.  Allying himself with two unlikely characters, the detective tries to track down Mr. Mercedes before he kills again.

 

21. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags:

Year of the Storms: The Destructive Kansas Weather of 1990 by Howard Inglish, read by Brian, on 07/20/2014

stormsBack in 1990 the state of Kansas experience some of the most destructive weather ever recorded in the state.  Inglish brings these storms back to life and tells the tales of the people who survived them.

 

21. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Fantasy, Fiction

Angelic by Kelley Armstrong, read by Brian, on 07/19/2014

angelicKelley Armstrong is the author of the popular Otherworld series.  She likes to write short stories between her novellas.  Angelic is about Eve Levine a half-demon warrior who is used by the Fates to fight evil.  In her latest battle, Eve must battle the djinn, demons who do not have leader and have gone rogue.

 

 

16. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Drama, Fiction

A Face in the Crowd by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 07/15/2014

faceA Face in the Crowd is a short story about an widower who is learning to  live on his own.  He attends a baseball game where he starts to see people from his past and each person is stranger then the next.

 

16. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

Mile 81 by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 07/16/2014

mile 81Mile 81 is a short book by Stephen King. Mile 81 is a broken down abandoned rest stop on the Maine Turnpike.  A perfect place for teenagers to hangout that’s until a Malibu Wagon knocks down the barricade and rolls in making the abandoned stop not so abandoned.  Get too close to the open door of the car and it will be the last thing you will do but maybe scream.

15. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags:

Nightmares in the Sky: Gargoyles and Grotesques by Stephen King and f-stop Fitzgerald, read by Brian, on 07/10/2014

nightThis book, Nightmares in the Sky, is a fascinating look at the gargoyles looking over us every day keeping the evil out of our buildings.  It’s amazing their beauty and mystique.

 

14. July 2014 · Write a comment · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Horror

Riding the Bullet by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 07/13/2014

ridingRiding the Bullet was originally an audio book and a short one at that.  It was eventually expanded into a full length novella.  The premise of the story is a college student’s mother is dying and he must hitchhike to her hospital.  Along the way he takes a ride with young talkative man who just happens to be dead.  They have a long discussion about the Silver Bullet, the best roller coaster ever made.  The hitchhiker chickened out when he was a kid.  The driver,  gave the young man a choice, either he could live or his mother could live…a real life silver bullet.

 

10. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Short Stories

Smoke and Mirrors by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian, on 07/10/2014

neilNeil Gaiman is a wonderful writer who can write any genre.  Smoke and Mirrors is a collection of his short stories.  The stories range from science fiction to horror to normal life.  I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good read.

 

07. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction, Self Help · Tags:

Grieving the Death of a Mother by Harold Ivan Smith, read by Brian, on 07/07/2014

motherAnyone who has to deal with the death of their mother knows you never get over just deal with it a positive manner. Smith’s book is written in an honest and kind way.  I thought I was prepared for my mother’s passing but after she died I was fill with so many emotions my mind became a jumbled mess.  This book helped me realize my jumbled mess is normal and showed me how deal with the sorrow.

01. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Romance

Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh, read by Brian, on 06/10/2014

blueI have read the graphic novel and seen the award winning movie of Blue is the Warmest color.  I found both to be great in so many ways.  In it’s basics, the novel is about love and friendship and how others react to the relationship.  Clementine is a junior in high school and trying to figure out her life.  The boys she meets don’t really have a connection for her and she is looking for more.  At a gay bar, Clem meets an electric artist named Emma.  Clem are drawn together instantly a connection some people never have and their relationship grows into a friendship and then a sexual one.  The characters are charming and the story has so much feeling it is beautiful.  The book ends differently than the movie [I liked the movie}.

 

01. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

In the Tall Grass by Stephen King and Joe Hill, read by Brian, on 07/01/2014

grassWhen it comes to Stephen King, I prefer his Novels over his short stories.  In the Tall Grass takes place in Kansas, a brother and sister pull over at a run down rest area where they hear the cries of child in the tall grass. It’s a good old fashion horror story and predictable.  I did enjoy the story as it was well written.  I listen to the book and was read by Stephen Lang.

 

30. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, How To's, Humor, NonFiction · Tags:

Box Lunch by Diana Cage, read by Brian, on 06/28/2014

boxBox Lunch is an adult oriented book.  It deals with the taboo subject of sex.  Why sex is taboo is beyond me. Oral sex is the subject matter of this piece of work.  This could be one of the funniest books I have read and yet instructional too.  If you do not like explicit sexual books then stay away from this one.  Diana approaches Box Lunch from her own experiences.  If you’re not familiar with the author it’s because she edits and writes for the lesbian magazine, On Our Backs.  I would recommend this book.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Lazarus, Vol. 1 Family by Greg Rucka, read by Brian, on 06/25/2014

lazarusIn the future, there is no government and no countries.  The families with the most win.  Each family has Lazarus a family member brought back from the dead to protect the family.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror · Tags:

Cycle of the Werewolf by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 06/25/2014

cycleStephen King’s short story is fast paced and entertaining. A werewolf terrorizes a New England town and local search for the creature to destroy it before the town is destroyed.

 

26. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Signal to Noise by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian, on 06/26/2014

signalSignal to Noise is a book that needs to be read twice.  This a story of a dying man trying to create his legacy.  Dave McKean’s illustrations are not only spellbinding but confusing.  This is art mirrors life.

 

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner by Scott Cuningham, read by Brian, on 06/13/2014

wiccaCunningham has written numerous books on the subject of Wicca and anything that relates to it.  This book is more then about magick, Cunningham wants the reader to realize how important it is to have a relationship with earth.  Wicca is an earth oriented religion.  This is not Scott’s best work but is a decent introduction for those with no experience at all.

 

23. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Horror

The Plant by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 06/22/2014

plantThe Plant is an unfinished serial novel by Stephen King published as an e-book in 2000.  The premises of the book is a small publishing house struggling to survive has an editor who receives a manuscript from what appears to be a disturbed man. After receiving a rejection notice the author goes on a rampage wanting revenge on the editor.  He sends the editor a plant with unique qualities.  The whole story is written with office memos, letters and correspondence.  I would have liked to see a longer story but did enjoy what I read.

 

17. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Science Fiction, Short Stories

Last Night of the World by Ray Bradbury, read by Brian, on 06/17/2014

esq-ray-bradbury-1966-lgThis is one of Ray Bradbury’s shortest but most meaningful stories.

 

12. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Award Winner, Brian, Contemporary Fiction, Paranormal, Romance

O My Darling by Amity Gaige, read by Brian, on 06/12/2014

darlingO My Darling was described to me as one of the best supernatural books, a comedy and a romance.  I saw no comedy, a hint of the supernatural and did see the romance even in a tragic sense.  The writer wrote with great imagery which made it a joy to read.  There were parts I thought were not necessary and other parts that confused me.