Archive for November, 2014

Book Review: The Brothers Karamazov

Posted November 30, 2014 By Jandy

The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor DostoevskyIn The Brothers Karamazov the defense attorney says about the prosecuting attorney, “”Also, he goes in for rhetoric too much, and those long sentences..”

For the modern reader, that statement is one of the problems with Fyodor Dostoevsky’s work. It is extremely true of The Brothers Karamazov. This is an interesting Russian novel – or would be if abridged in about half. When the action is moving and the characters are interacting I enjoy reading The Brothers Karamazov. Then Dostoevsky goes off into philosophical discussions that go on and on and on. The worst is the religious discussion discourse Ivan Karamazov has with his younger brother Alexi about a third of the way through the novel. I was determined to read every page of this book but that was one of the times I was sorely tempted to skip ahead.

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The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August by Claire NorthOver the years of science fiction, time travel, reincarnation, and immortality has been studied in many ways. Claire North has taken the different ideas and melded them together into an interesting, intriguing adventure.

Harry August is a kalachakra. When he dies, he is reborn back at the time he was born originally. Harry was born January 1, 1919. When he died the first time, he was born again on January 1, 1919. By the time he was three to four years old he started having memories of his previous life. In his third life, Harry tried to tell someone what he was. That didn’t go well. In his fourth life Harry finally hooked up with the Cronus Club. The Cronus Club was already established back in early Egyptian times. The members are there to help each other. Once a member recovers his or her memories, that person can contact the club for assistance – perhaps a “scholarship” to a private school or some other cover.


Book Review: The Bat by Jo Nesbo

Posted November 19, 2014 By Jandy

The Bat by Jo NesboInspector Harry Hole works for the Oslo Crime Squad. When Norwegian woman is raped and killed in Sydney, Australia, he is sent there to observe the investigation. The woman had been a minor celebrity in Norway. When he arrives Harry is given strict instructions to stay out of trouble and that he doesn’t have any authority.

Harry is not a sidelines type of guy. He makes friends with the lead detective in Sydney, Andrew Kensington. Andrew is an Aboriginal Australian who knows Sydney and some of the more colorful neighborhoods and residents of Sydney. Despite instructions, Harry keeps investigating with Andrew and other detectives. As they dig, they discover that the woman may be the most recent victim of a serial killer.

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Book Review: Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Posted November 16, 2014 By Jandy
 Dead Ever After by Charlaine HarrisWhen a devil approaches a prominent businessman in New Orleans, Sookie Stackhouse is in trouble. The construction business owner had not fared well after Katrina. Copley Carmichael decided Sookie was the cause of his trouble with his daughter and now she must pay. At the same time, another unholy partnership is struck by two other men from Sookie’s recent past. They also decide she is the cause of their trouble, so return to Bon Temps, Louisiana, to “right their wrongs”.

Sookie’s personal life isn’t faring well. She can’t reach Eric, her vampire lover. When she finally does, he is cold and distant. Sookie realizes he must be accepting his new vampire marriage. Where does that leave her? Yet he also send another vampire to watch over her every night. Sam Merlotte, Sookie’s boss and close friend, has acted strangely every since she rescued him.

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Book Review: Evermore by Lynn Viehl

Posted November 13, 2014 By Jandy

Evermore by Lynn ViehlIn Orlando, Florida, there is an attraction for visitors to experience “the real” medieval England. What they don’t know is how realistic and correct the entertainment is. Knight’s Realm is run by Darkyn who were living six hundred years earlier when they became Kyn. Aeden mac Byrne  is the suzerain of the realm and the region. Jayr is his seneschal, the only female Kyn in a high position. She was 17 when she saved Byrne’s life and he accidentally turned her into Kyn. Visitors often mistake her for a boy.

Jayr has been Byrne’s seneschal since he took on his suzerain position. She runs the Realm and keeps Byrne supplied with what he needs – organization, schedules, clothes, women, and blood – like any good personal assistant. Her secret is that she has been in love with him ever since they first met. But after he turned her he treated her with utmost respect. Now he is keeping a secret from her. Byrne is stepping down from his position. He wants to get away into isolation.

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Nighttime Is My Time by Mary Higgins Clark“I am the Owl and I live in a tree.”

Stonecroft Academy, an exclusive high school in Cornwall-on-Hudson, New York, is celebrating the 20th anniversary of a prestigious class. Alumni include a playwright, a television producer, a television actress, a well known children’s psychiatrist, a famous comedian, a real estate magnate, and a historian/famous author.

Jean Sheridan, the historian who is a professor at Georgetown, is of two minds whether to come to this reunion. She had a terrible home life growing up in this small town. As a senior, she fell in love with a West Point cadet and got pregnant. He was killed in a hit-and-run auto accident just before graduation and never knew about the baby. She moved to Chicago, had the baby, and gave Lily up for adoption. She never forgot her baby but also never went looking for her.

The Owl has been killing for years. He has targeted the group of girls who sat together in the cafeteria mocking him ever since second grade when he flubbed his lines in a play.

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Practically Finished

Posted November 12, 2014 By Jandy

Wow. It’s been three? four? years since I took the first step to move my website from HTML to WordPress. It’s been a journey.

First I hired a web design company to help set up the new site. That was a good decision at the beginning, but it went downhill after that. Most of what was set up was undone in later stages.

One of the things I wanted from a company was to convert my HTML pages to WP. But according to the web design guru, that wasn’t just an easy switch flip. I had to copy and paste EVERY page from HTML to WP. I try not to know how many pages there really are on this site, but it seems I saw a number between 2300 to 2500 pages at one time. Read the remainder of this entry »