24. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Happy by Grant Morrison, read by Brian, on 02/13/2014

Grant Morrison, known more for Batman graphic books, has written a series entitled, Happy!  It’s about a corrupt cop/hit-man, Nick Sax, who’s drunken life has led him down a path of destruction.  After a hit goes wrong and Nick is shot in the side, he has to evade both the cops and mob and at the same time track down an insane Santa.  Nick is encouraged along his journey by a tiny blue horse called, Happy!happy

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Biographies, Brian, History, NonFiction · Tags: ,

Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson, read by Brian, on 02/07/2014

stormI am a weather freak and I love to read Erik Larson, it’s almost like a perfect storm.  The book talks about oddities in weather but more importantly Isaac Cline and is ill fated hurricane prediction that destroyed Galveston, Texas.  This was one of the worst natural disasters in America’s history.  Nature beats arrogance every time.

 

11. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel · Tags: ,

New Deadwardians by Dan Abnett, read by Brian, on 02/09/2014

It is post-Victorian England, most of the upper class has voluntarily become vampires to fight off the poor who are zombies.  Chief Inspector George Suttle, investigates murders, of course almost everyone is already dead, so go figure.

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07. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Science Fiction

William Shakespeare's Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope by Ian Doescher, read by Brian, on 02/06/2014

bardIan Doescher takes one of the all time great movies, Star Wars, and retells the story in the language of the famous Bard of Avalon, William Shakespeare. What you get is a creative and entertaining tale the Dark Lord and the Jedi Knights.  This is not Much ado about nothing.

 

07. February 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Humor

Vader's Little Princess by Jeffrey Brown, read by Brian, on 02/05/2014

vaderVader’s Little Princess is a witty book about Vader raising his daughter Princess Leia.  The book covers topics from the Star Wars series in a new and funny way.

24. January 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest in all the Land by Bill Willingham, read by Brian, on 01/23/2014

fairestBill Willingham writes these wonderful novels based off fables and he puts his own twist to it which makes is so much fun. Willingham takes these characters who live in Fabletown and delves into their secret pasts which is mighty surprising and fascinating. 

20. December 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags: , ,

Magical Housekeeping: Simple Charms & Practical Tips for Creating a Harmonious Home by Tess Whitehurst, read by Brian, on 12/08/2013

8395989Magical Housekeeping is book to help a person clear clutter from their lives.  The thinking is, too much stuff fogs up the mind and makes it harder to make decisions.  The book talks about by getting rid of old stuff you open yourself up to newer better things is so desire. There is also advice and how to set up the furniture in your home for the appropriate amount of energy.

 

21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Humor, NonFiction

Grumpy Cat by Grumpy Cat, read by Brian, on 10/20/2013

If you decide to read the Grumpy Cat book, you are stupid and no one cares.  This book is filled with unwanted and provoked sarcasm and I love it.  Finally an opponent worthy of my wit.  If you’re not miserable then you are not living your life right.  I hate morning people…I hate mornings and I hate people.   Frankly, I hate this cat.

21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fairy Tales and Folklore, Fantasy, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Fairest, Vol. 1: Wide Awake by Bill Willingham, read by Brian, on 10/10/2013

I enjoy reading the FABLES graphic novels. These stories have a great balance of humor, action and horror.  Fairest explores the secret past of Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzul, Cinderella, The Snow Queen, Snow White, Thumbelina and others.  Forget Disneys’ Once Upon a Time and read Bill Willingham’s FABLES.

 

 

21. October 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Dystopia, Fiction, Teen Books

Divergent by Veronica Roth, read by Brian, on 10/03/2013

divergentDivergent, is Veronica Roth’s first book in a trilogy. Beatrice Prior lives in a dystopian world of Chicago, where society is divided up into five fractions: Candor is the honest people, Abnegation is the selfless, Dauntless is the brave, Amity is the peaceful and Erudite are the intelligent .Every year on a special day, the sixteen year old children must decide which fraction to belong to.  Many stay with the one they grew up in but others leave to a stranger environment.  Beatrice leaves her family to try to become a Dauntless.  After going through a very tough initiation, Beatrice renames herself and begins the very hard journey into this new world.

 

 

27. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Horror · Tags:

American Vampire by Scott Snyder, read by Brian, on 08/17/2013

American Vampire is the first in series about a new breed of vampire in America.  This breed is more cunning and vicious compared to most vampires portrayed in literature, hence, they don’t sparkle in the sunlight.  Stephen King wrote this novels with long time graphic novelist Scott Snyder.

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26. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Batman: The City of Owls Vol. 2 by Scott Snyder, read by Brian, on 08/08/2013

City of Owls in a continuation of the Night of Owls in volume one this Batman series.  The Court of Owls have been in Gotham City from the very beginning of Gotham’s existence.  Their power is something Batman has not really seen before and by crippling Batman they have their chance to take over Gotham City by using an elite group of fighter called the Talons.  This book is fasted paced and comes very close to hitting a home run.

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26. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Paranormal

Joyland by Stephan King, read by Brian, on 08/23/2013

I’ve got the Joy Joy Joy Joy down in Joyland. Where? Down in Joyland.  Stephen King has once again delivered another masterpiece of a short story.  Joyland isn’t scary or sexy but more of a mystery.  Sure there is a ghost a bad guy and a pretty lady but this story has a sweetness to it and heartache as well.  Character development is King’s greatest strength and I thank him for it.  The carnival has always been a fascination with me.  It is mysterious and creepy and even though I’m a rube, I just love the atmosphere of it.

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26. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction, Science · Tags:

Wolves Unleashed by Andrew Simpson, read by Brian, on 08/16/2013

Wolves Unleashed, is a nonfiction book that takes the reader on an incredible journey into the lives of wolves.  Andrew Simpson is our guide on this journey. Andrew is an animal trainer for Hollywood and his animals have been seen in numerous films.  Besides the story, there are fascinating pictures of the wolves.  This is a must read for anyone who enjoys animals.

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26. August 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Hawkeye: My Life As a Weapon Vol. 1 by Matt Fraction, read by Brian, on 08/26/2013

Who is Clint Barton?  Hawkeye, of course, the sharpshooter from the Avengers fold.  Clint doesn’t have special powers, money to build super cool toys, he just has skillz.   In this novel, Clint, with the help of ex-Young Avenger, Kate Bishop is recruited by the S.H.I.E.L.D. to intercept a package before it damages his reputation forever.  The reader is allowed into Clint’s past to see what makes him click.hawkeye

22. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Science Fiction

Under the Dome by Stephen King, read by Brian, on 07/19/2013

Under the Dome takes place in Chester’s Mill, Maine, a town King uses in his novels from time to time.  The lives of the people of this small quaint town are abruptly torn apart when a giant dome falls over their town.  No way in and no way out and it’s worse if the dome came down upon you.   Like caged animals, you learn the true nature of your fellow neighbor when there is no place to hide.   How did the dome come to life?  Is it a government study or maybe aliens…man made or mass hysteria…read and find out.

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22. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Adult Books, Brian, Fantasy, Fiction

Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman, read by Brian, on 07/11/2013

I finished this book around the midnight hour and after I read the last page, I yelled, “More! More! More!”. Gaiman has the most vivid imagination of any writer today.  His books always makes the reader yearning for his next novel.  This book takes place Sussex, England, where the narrator, a middle aged man, tells the magical story of his youth.  We are told about a nasty nanny, dangerous bird like creatures and an unusual family who has an ocean on their farm.

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02. July 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel

Bullet to the Head by Matz, read by Brian, on 07/01/2013

Bullet to the Head, is a graphic novel of crime and suspense.  It’s a political thriller where two cops are tracking down two killers.  The story is about revenge so it is no surprise the novel is violent.  This is not Matz’s best work but still gives you a satisfying read.

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24. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, NonFiction · Tags:

We're Having a Kitten by Eric Swanson, read by Brian, on 06/23/2013

Eric Swanson has written a book about kittens.  He explores the history of the cat, if you should have a cat and what to expect when you are expecting a cat.   This self-help book is a good as a refresher for those who have already owned feline critters and a huge benefit for those new parents of kittens.

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06. June 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Apocalyptic, Brian, Fiction, How To's, NonFiction · Tags:

Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks, read by Brian, on 06/04/2013

If you are a hardcore zombie fan, this book is for you.  Max Brooks wrote the popular World War Z, where the world had to fight off zombies to survive.  He takes a fiction/nonfiction look on what to do to survive such attack and the other humans still hanging around.  You learn how the living undead move and survive, the best way to fight depending on where you live, what the best weapon is to use and many more things.

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