Dean Koontz’s One Door Away From Heaven

Overview: After years of bad decisions, Mickey Bellsong has moved in with her eccentric Aunt Geneva Davis. It’s only to be long enough for her to get back on her feet. Then, they meet their newest neighbor, Leilani Klunk. She has such an interesting, if not horrifying, tale to share. If even half of what she accuses her step-father of is true, then she needs some serious help. Too bad they are heading after another close-encounter witness. Didn’t I mention that Preston Maddoc, Leilani’s step-father, is obsessed with extraterrestrials?

Story Telling: It’s a pretty straight forward story. I do have to admit that the first few chapters from Curtis’s point-of-view can be rather confusing.

Likes: Mickey was a pretty strong woman. She may disagree, but someone as truly weak, as she believed herself to be, wouldn’t have pursued her enemy. Aunt Geneva was a trip as well. And I honestly never considered dogs to be as close to God as they were shown.

Dislikes: How does a woman like F.W. Bronson end up as a social worker in C.P.S.? Oh boy, a girl is afraid that she is going to die, but the honorable Preston Maddoc would never do anything wrong. Or how about Darvey? Who would really take someone who isn’t joking, dead serious even, and thinks that he/she is a good reason to never have children?

Favorite Character: Now, I don’t know how to do this one. Our finalists are: Noah, Polly, Cass, Aunt Gen, or Mickey. And they all have good reasons to be a contender, or a winner.

Favorite Quote: Let’s go with Aunt Gen to Mickey. “You come home.”

Favorite Scene: Call me vindictive, but my favorite part would be when Curtis and Preston meet. But it should be read to the end of the scene. When Mickey and Leilani meet up again, on the road was pretty good too.

Conclusion: This was a fun book. The hopeless gained hope, and the monster got his dues. Great story. And as always, the good guy wins again. You got to love Dean Koontz.

Tony Robbins’s Money Master the Game-7 Simple Steps to Financial Freedom

I received this book for the purpose for a fair review.

Overview: Mr. Robbins has spent his life from the depths of poverty to the heights of the wealthy. Using this history and the experiences of his life, he offers those who are interested a chance to climb the economic ladder.

Story Telling: This is just an economic form of the weight-loss self-help books.

Likes: Mr. Robbins is trying to help others learn how to handle their money.

Dislikes: I don’t think that I like self-help books. They always seem to be obsessed with getting the reader to focus on themselves.

Favorite Character: There are many stories about several successes here.

Favorite Quote: Here’s a good one for those who should remember to try. “To avoid criticism, say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.” Aristotle.

Favorite Scene: My favorite bit of advice was to use a savings account (if you can get any interest of any use). And then there was the difference between an investment broker and a financial advisor.

Conclusion: This is good for those who wish to make more money. For the most part however, the ideas–at least the more risky but financially profitable ones–are tailored for, and aimed at, the rich–or those who could play a convincing role. The read is worth your while.

When I Grow Up I Want To Be…in the U.S. Army

I received this book courtesy of Wigu Publishing for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Jake has a new class project. He has to tell the class what he wants to be when he grows up.

Story Telling: This was done well. There were little tables for explaining some of the more interesting bits of Army lore.

Likes: What was really cool was the fact that Dad was teaching Jake about the Army. This also made it so that it wasn’t just an advertisement. It wasn’t left to the book, or the teacher, something that maybe schools and parents should consider.

Dislikes: There wasn’t anything, that I could find, wrong with this story.

Favorite Character: Jake’s Dad was pretty cool. It’s not every book where the parents are involved with their children’s lives.

Favorite Quote: The quote this time comes from one of the educational sections. “There is nothing so likely to produce peace as to be well prepared to meet the enemy.” President George Washington.

Favorite Scene: The best part was when Jake found out what Hannah wanted to be.

Conclusion: This is a great book. I think that your child will enjoy it, and learn something in the process.

Jonas Karlsson’s The Room

I received this book for a fair and honest review.

Overview: Bjorn is a fortunate man. He has been given a job at The Authority. While there, he discovers a truly amazing sight. There is a room that doesn’t seem to fit in with the architectural style. But why does his colleagues seem to regard him as if he has some kind of problem?

Story Telling: This isn’t a bad story. It was translated from Swedish, so there may be a bit of a cultural clash in this instance.

Likes: I like how Hakan tried to help those who have just moved to the company. Even Karl was willing to try to make it easier for Bjorn.

Dislikes: Umm, I hate to say it, but I couldn’t stand Bjorn. He was either nuts, or one heck of an actor.

Favorite Character: I think this would be Hakan.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the team meetings.

Conclusion: It’s probably just the disparities in the translations, but this book was not for me. I hope you enjoy it.

Dean Koontz’s The Vision

Overview: Mary Bergen is a woman with a special gift. When she is asked to hold on to an object belong to, or even when she just touches a victim she can begin to see the killer. Of course, this gift isn’t always used for catching killers. Sometimes Mary can find lost objects for people. But, this is different. Mary has always had to touch something or someone in order to have her visions. And she has never felt the pain of the victims before. What is going on? And can she do anything to stop this killer before she is next on his list.

Story Telling: This is a fast paced novel with many breaks. Please be forewarned. This book came out in 1977. So there are some dated ideas here. Ideas like the extra Y-chromosome being a prelude to becoming a killer.

Likes: Other than the fact that this is a Dean Koontz novel, I liked how Mr. Koontz used one extraordinary phenomenon to hide another extraordinary phenomenon.

Dislikes: I hated what happened to Lou. He was a cool guy. Alan was really out there. And John Patmose needs to find a new line of work. Being skeptical can be a good thing, but this was idiocy.

Favorite Character: Lou Pasternak. He might be a bit of a grouch, but I contend that it is all a smokescreen.

Favorite Quote: This sums it up in spades (whatever that is supposed to mean). “ “I don’t want him to kill again,” Max said. “But he isn’t our responsibility.” “If not ours, whose” she asked.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part is a toss up between when Erika’s father called the King’s Point police Department over his daughter, or when Mary found the strength to stand on her own.

Conclusion: Who says a thriller has to be completely up to date? This is another great read by Mr. Koontz.

Laura Lynn Ashworth’s Letters to Loretta From the Radio Shack

I received this book courtesy for Ms. Ashworth for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: During the years 1942-1945 Salvatore “Slabs” had an extensive correspondence with a young woman that he grew up with. These are his and Loretta’s letters.

Story Telling: In a way this is a slice of history. There are a lot of letters here. You can feel Sal’s emotions fairly well.

Likes: This is a view into the life of the average Navy sailor, in a way.

Dislikes: This story was just the letters and a few headlines/military information concerning Sal’s ship. My problem is that there was no real conclusion. Aren’t you supposed to have that in a love story? (At least a confirmation would have been nice.)

Favorite Character: I liked Sal. He seems to have been so devoted to Loretta here.

Favorite Quote: I got a kick out of Sal’s poem.
“I never kiss, I never neck,
I never say hell, I never say heck,
I’m always good, I’m always nice,
I play no poker, I shake no dice,
I never drink, I never flirt,
I never gossip or spread the dirt,
I have no line or funny tricks,
But what the hell–I’m only six!”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was when Loretta was telling Sal about her aunt teaching her how to cook.

Conclusion: It’s a pretty good story. I just wish that it had a definitive ending.

Edward Dreyfus’s Mickey And the Plow Horse

I received this book courtesy of Dr. Dreyfus for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Mickey is looking forward to a peaceful summer full of books and video games. Uh-Oh! Mom and Dad have decided that it’s time for his first sleep-away camp. While there Mickey meets Jackson, the camp’s plow horse. It could be the beginning of a terrific friendship.

Story Telling: This is a good middle grade book. Dr. Dreyfus has written a book that’s comfortable to read.

Likes: It’s a story about a boy and his horse friend, enough said.

Dislikes: There’s not a whole lot that I dislike here. Except the bullies.

Favorite Character: Let’s go with Jackson. After all he is the horse.

Favorite Quote: Here’s my favorite quote. “George’s eyes narrowed a bit when he spotted a huge clump of leafy greens sticking out of Mickey’s back pocket. Then an eyebrow went up. “Carrots? he said.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the horse race.

Conclusion: It’s a good story, one worth the read. Hope you enjoy it.

David Alan Morrison and H.L. Melvin ’s Guild of Immortal Women

I received this book courtesy of Mr. Morrison and Ms. Melvin for the purpose of a fair and honest review.

Overview: Welcome to The Bastille, home to a group of remarkable women and a very special tapestry. Oddly enough, the bodies of two women have been found out on the premises. Both show signs of advanced age but with a few odd details. Details of say, tattoos and piercings that no eighty-year-old would ever be caught with. It’s up to Detective Matt Mathers and Lynn Swanson–Abbey’s therapist–to find out what’s going on.

Story Telling: Urban or Contemporary Fantasy can be a hard sell. With all of today’s technology, adding the magical can be difficult. Especially to add the elements in a believable way. Mr. Morrison and Ms. Melvin have managed to pull this off in a excellent way.

Likes: This was a great thriller. You have to keep turning pages to see if Robert get what he should.

Dislikes: I didn’t care for the attitude that the women had. Right and wrong is very important to me. Also, there was no explanation for why men didn’t make good wardens of the tapestry.

Favorite Character: My Favorite character position is a tie this time, mainly because of her leave ‘me alone with my Wii’ attitude. She loses points for her language, though. Ruth is my style of woman. She always has food for guests and prefers to be cooking. But she loses points for diminished capacity in regards of recognizing danger.

Favorite Quote: This was the best quote for me. “Eleanor set her knitting down and raced to the door. She hadn’t heard Ruth sound so panicked since the cancellation of M*A*S*H.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was when Matt saw that Eleanor was in trouble.

Conclusion: This is a great story. The witches weren’t to bad. Don’t blink or you might miss a bit of Arthurian legend.

David J. DeWitt’s Handwriting Analysis: Discover Your Own Vocational/Career Potential

I received this book courtesy of Dr. De Witt for a fair and hones review.

Overview: Dr. De Witt Has spent years in the graphologist field. This has given him the skill and confidence to show us how to analyze our own handwriting.

Story Telling: In this book we have tests, we have tests, examples, trait identifiers, as well as some of the jobs certain people will fit in.

Likes: I liked the whole idea of the handwriting analysis. It was fun for me to play with. I will continue to play and learn from it.

Dislikes: I disagreed with the strongest job that the tests said that I was suited for. My eyes and brain doesn’t see the invisible lines that artists and hair dressers need to see. I’ll stick with my writing.

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the characteristic traits visible in the writing.

Conclusion: This is a great book and I love the subject. I hope you enjoy playing with it as much as I did.

Lisa Occhapintis’s Novel Living Collection. Decoration, and Crafting with Books.

I received this book for a fair and hones review.

Overview: Ms. Occhipinti loves books. She likes to protect them, cover them, conserve them, and decorate with them.

Story Telling: There are patterns for book shelves, tips for conservation, and tips for thinning the library.

Likes: I appreciate the tips for conservation. At least now I can see how to replace covers, and end papers for my favorite books. I also liked the shelf patterns.

Dislikes: I didn’t care for the crafting section that much. Too much book destruction.

Favorite Quote: My favorite quote was this: “Novel Living is a hymnal to actual, physical books, their forms and their functions.”

Favorite Scene: My favorite part was the conservation chapter.

Conclusion: This is for all the book lovers. I plan on using this book well.