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Saturday, May 29

Great Finds Issue #34


What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?
Two words – Thrift Shop!

Hardbacks:

The O'Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life
The O'Reilly Factor
by Bill O'Reilly

The Ark
by Margot Benary-Isbert

Seekers: The Quest Begins
by Erin Hunter


Paperbacks:

Shattered
by Dean Koontz

Tales from the House of Bunnicula #2
by James Howe

Stephen King's Danse Macabre
Stephen King's Danse Macabre
by Stephen King

Sweet Valley High #63 The New Elizabeth
by Francine Pascal

Insomnia
by Stephen King

Halloween Night (Point Horror Series)
Halloween Night
by R.L. Stine

The Hellfire Club
by Peter Straub

Jack Sparow #9 Dance of the Hours
by Rob Kidd

Goosebumps Presents TV Episode #3 Welcome to Camp Nightmare
by Megan Stine


Monday, May 24

It's Monday, What are You Readng?




It's Monday, what are you reading is hosted by Shelia at One Persons Journey Through a World of Books.

Currently Reading:

Sixteen Brides
Sixteen Brides
by Stephanie Grace Whitson


Just Finished Reading:

Buying Time
Buying Time
by Pamela Samuels Young

Reading Next:

Somewhere to Belong (Daughters of Amana)
Somewhere to Belong
by Judith Miller

Hearts Awakening
Hearts Awakening
by Delia Parr

Sunday, May 23

Book Review - Buying Time

Buying TimeBuying Time
BY: Pamela Samuels Young
PUBLISHED BY: Goldman House Publishing
PUBLISHED IN: 2009
ISBN: 978-0-9815627-1-1
Pages: 419
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

“Buying Time” is author Pamela Samuels Young’s fourth novel. Waverly Sloan is your typical nice guy being disbarred from his job - a lawyer. Afraid of losing his high-matinance, younger wife, Deidra, he takes a job as an insurance broker at Live Now, a new insurance company.

At his new job, Waverly signs on terminally ill people in exchange for quick cash to pay for medical bills, house payments, and other expenses. Investors, some of them doctors, advance the cash, and then those investors become the sole beneficiary of their life insurance polices when the client dies.

Waverly gets a broker’s fee for every deal he makes. Within a few months, Waverly has paid off all of his debts, and he has finally gotten the home that Deidra has always dreamed of. Life is good, until his clients starting dieing off, one by one.

Angela Evans, a U.S. Assistant Attorney, starts investigating Live Now and Waverly Sloan.

Waverly starts questioning his new job and wants to find out why his clients are dying so fast.

“Buying Time” is fun thriller to read. The plot is cleverly written, and the characters are entertaining enough to keep you turning the pages. The main character Waverly Sloan is very likeable, but at times can be a little annoying. He’s suppose to be an ex-lawyer, but he had no clue what was happening to clients at the insurance company. Why would an ex-lawyer join Live Now to begin with is beyond me? Besides this little silliness, I enjoyed the book. If your into thrillers, you should give this book a look.

Note: I would like to thank the author for sending me a copy to review.

Saturday, May 22

Xxtrandinary Thing Award

Rules:
Share one extraordinary thing that's happened to you then pass this award along to 5 Xxtraordinary bloggers.


1 Xxtraordinary Thing:
I've been sick for the past week, and tonight I found out I was given this award last week. Nothing really Xxtraordinary has happened to me lately. I've been on a streak lately, finding some cross stitch (yes, I'm a straight guy who stitches) books at the thrift store. As a kid I was a big of fan of Garfield and TMNT, and I've found a few cross stitch patterns of both.


I am honored to pass this award to these five XXtraordinary bloggers:

1. literaryasylum.blogspot.com
2. bookblabbing.blogspot.com
3. maryinhb.blogspot.com
4. the mindfulmusingsbookblog.blogspot.com
5. collettaskitchensink.blogspot.com

Great Finds Issue #33

What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?

Two words – Thrift Shop!

Hardback:

Brain
Brain
by Robin Cook

Paperbacks:

A Christmas Gift
A Christmas Gift
by David Saperstein & James J. Rush

The Canterville Ghost: By Oscar Wilde
The Canterville Ghost
by Oscar Wilde

Saturday, May 15

Great Finds Issue #32


What to do when you don’t live close to a book store?
Two words – Thrift Shop!

Paperbacks:

Frankenstein: City of Night: A Novel (Dean Koontz's Frankenstein)

Dean Koontz's Frankenstein Book Two: City of Nights
by Dean Koontz

Sweet Valley High #1: Double Love
by Francine Pascal

Friday, May 14

Book Blogger Hop

Jennifer from Crazy for Books has created this meme.

If you'd like to participate, here's Jennifer's instructions:


Every day I seem to find another book blog that I start following. In the spirit of the Friday Follow, I thought it would be cool to do a Book Blog Hop to give us all bookies a chance to connect and find new blogs that we may be missing out on! It will also give blog readers a chance to find other book blogs that they may not know existed!


So, if you'd like to participate, just repost this on your blog, sign MckLinky and check out other blogs in MckLinky! Let's connect and make new book bloggy friends!! So, if you consider yourself a book blogger, come join the fun!

Book Review - The Ranks of Jody Brae


The Ranks of Jody BraeThe Ranks of Jody Brae
BY: Jonathan Michael Cullen
PUBLISHED BY: Block Island Books
PUBLISHED IN: 2009
ISBN: 978097681691
Pages: 294
Reviewed by Billy Burgess

Long before cell phones, computers and other electronics, police officers used only their know-how to solve cases. In “The Ranks of Jody Brae,” a Boston cop, Jody Brae, is one of those officers. Set during the 1960s, abandoned buildings are being burned by an unknown arsonist. The Arson Squad has determined that the fires are accidental, therefore the media is ignoring the incidents.

Detective Jody Brae, a Korea war veteran, begins investigating the fires on the same day he gets up the nerve to ask out the lovely Ruth. He’s assigned a new partner, a black man, Detective Harrigan. While Jody relationship with Ruth scorches, so does the streets of Boston. The arsonist strikes again, this time taking innocent lives.

Soon, Jody is abandoned by his own police department. He must go into the dark underworld of the Boston streets to solve the mystery of the fires, and his own past.

Jody Brae is your typical hero character with a troubled past. Unlike other mystery novels, this is set during the 1960s, and just like I mentioned before, there are no electronic gizmos to help Jody out. The dialogue is cleverly written, and so is the descriptions of the Boston streets. I didn’t care much for the love story, it’s been done to death. Overall, this is a entertaining read from a debut author. I recommend reading it.

- I would like to thank the author for sending me this copy to review.

Thursday, May 13

Thursday Ramblings



I'm disappointed to hear that the new television show, Happy Town, is probably being cancelled after three shows aired. The show is a cross between American Gothic and Stephen King's Needful Things. The show isn't perfect, but I like the mystery of it. Hopefully ABC will air the final five shows.

Buying TimeThe Ranks of Jody BraeI'll be posting a review later tonight for The Ranks of Jody Brae by Jonathan Michael Cullen. I currently reading Buying Time by Pamela Samuel Young. Keep an eye out for the review on here.



Hearts AwakeningSixteen BridesI received the books Sixteen Brides by Stephanie Grace Whitson, Hearts Awakening by Delia Park, and Somewhere to Belong by Judith Miller last Saturday. I'll start reading them as soon as I finish Buying Time.
I also got the books Blue-Eyed Devil and Dead in the Family in the mail this week.
Edge of DarknessTooth FairyI bought the DVDs of a Tooth Fairy and Edge of Darkness. The Tooth Fairy was a cute family film. Edge of Darkness is a good movie, but I didn't like the ending. Looks like I'll be buying more movies. My local video rental store (the only one in town) is going out of business. I'm not surprised. In January, the store raised it's rates and quit offering coupons.

My local Walmart Super Center (the only one in the county) is getting rid of their fabric section. Everything is half off. It's a shame, and stupid if you ask me. I don't sew, but my mother does, and I know other people who do. There's even a Mennonite community in the county. Now they have nowhere to go to get fabrics for their quilts. I'm still pissed that Walmart got rid of their DMC thread a few years ago.