Friday, 24 September 2021

[Review] - Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

I grew up watching the James Bonds on TBS in the late '80s and early '90s, a time when cable television played good movies, so I was already a 007 fan when Goldeneye arrived in theatres in 1995. Despite my love for reading, I never attempted to own copies of the original Ian Fleming novels. Though I recall looking at a local library, and they didn't carry any of the titles. The only 007 book I read during my teenage years was the novelization of The World Is Not Enough by Raymond Benson in 1999. It wasn't until many years later that I started to run across 007 books at thrift stores. Since then, I've picked up paperbacks of Casino Royale, The Man With The Golden Gun, Doctor No, and Goldfinger.

{Book Blogger Hop} - Do You Prefer Traditional Publishing or Self-Publishing?

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{The Friday 56} - The Noise by James Patterson & J.D. Barker


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Their ruined clothing, sopped with dark, pulpy blood, twisted with crushed remains of their flesh.

page 56, "The Noise" by James Patterson and J.D. Barker

My Thoughts

Little, Brown and Company was supposed to have sent me a review copy of The Noise by James Patterson and J.D. Barker. Two weeks after the book's release date, I still hadn't received a copy. I contacted my PR contact and - nothing! I never received a reply. I ended up buying the book. Three chapters in, and I can already tell it's a YA story, even though the marketing stated it's an adult thriller.

Thursday, 23 September 2021

[Review] - Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life

Self-help books are a dime a dozen. There are way too many authors giving their opinions on how we should live our lives. Don't get me wrong, some of these books can be very helpful. And, the others are nothing more than a time-waster. Now, this brings me to Spiritual Wisdom for a Happier Life, a book that's been sitting on my desk collecting dust for nearly four years. Revell, a division of Baker publishing group, had sent me a paperback copy in autumn of 2017. Upon receiving it, I read a few chapters, became bored, and put it down. I didn't pick the book back up until September 2021. 

Tuesday, 21 September 2021

[Review] - The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner

I have had a paperback copy of The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck in my possession for quite a long time. I've attempted to read it on several occasions but lost interest within a few chapters. The author, Bethany Turner, is a fine writer. My major issues are with the characters and the pacing. My goal for this month was to review the stack of books piled up on a desk, and The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck happens to be one of those titles. So, I forced myself to read the entire thing.

Sunday, 19 September 2021

{Sunday Post} - Fire and Blood, Star Trek: Coda, and Retrograde

Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer!

Good Morning, Everyone! 


This past week went by super fast. Not a whole lot happened, except for the $20 Walmart-brand coffee machine quit, and I had to replace it with a $35 Farberware. So far, so great! It brews a cup of coffee in about a minute. Besides finding the purple Halloween t-shirt in my size, my week has been incredibly normal.

Friday, 17 September 2021

{The Friday 56} - Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder


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Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
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La Forge knew better than to push that particular line of discussion any further, always careful to respect her need to maintain confidentiality with respect to the crew and whomever she might see as a patient.

page 56, "Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder" by Dayton Ward

My Thoughts

Besides the cool-looking cover, I don't have any thoughts on Star Trek: Coda: Moments Asunder. Why is this? It's because I received a review copy this afternoon from Gallery Books and haven't had any time to look at it. I do know it's a three-part crossover series featuring characters from The Next Generation and DS9. I'm not for sure if any Voyager characters appear, but I wouldn't be surprised.