Book Reviews, non fiction 0 comments on A Venetian Affair – by Andrea Di Robliant

A Venetian Affair – by Andrea Di Robliant

A Venetian Affair by Andrea de Robliant

A Venetian Affair was written by Andrea Di Robilant. It is about two lovers from back in 1750’s. His family has a connection to one of the lovers – an ancestor named Andrea Memmo. Andrea Di Robilant’s father found a pile of very old letters that had been abandoned. Eventually, the letters were woven into a story about what happened to Andrea Memmo and Guistiniana Wynne.

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Book Reviews, horror 0 comments on If It Bleeds – By Stephen King

If It Bleeds – By Stephen King

An orange book cover says "Stephen King" in large black letters. Below it is what appears to be the head of a black cat. Look closely, and you will see the nose of the cat is the head of a mouse. Below the cat/mouse are the words "If It Bleeds".

If It Bleeds is a collection of four “short” stories by Stephen King. The cover of the book has a gold background with the words STEPHEN KING at the top in large font. Below it is a blurb from The Washington Post that reads “Filled with startling, sometimes unsettling pleasures… compulsively readable”.

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Book Reviews 0 comments on WOOL – by Hugh Howey

WOOL – by Hugh Howey

Wool by Hugh Howey is on a red and orange cover that almost looks like a fire has started. The word WOOL is in capital letters and appears to be burning away.

Wool by Hugh Howey, is what I consider to be a dystopia. It involves a huge number of people who have been living in a (mostly) underground silo for as long as anyone can remember. There are more than 100 levels, and many are filled with families. There are large cafeterias, a sheriff’s office, a nursery, schools, shops, and more. The lower parts of the silo have gardens and mechanical areas that keep the place running.

The people who live in the underground silo absolutely do not want to go outside. They have been taught that the outside is toxic (which seems to be the truth). Sometimes, however, there will be someone who insists that they want to go outside. They end up in the sheriff’s office, in a cell, as they await their doom.

Wanting to go outside is considered a form of treason (for lack of a better word.)

Those unfortunate few are held in the cell until it is time for them to get what they asked for – to go outside. The Sheriff’s office (which is ground level) has an area where the person is helped into what amounts to a space-suit like outfit. The inner door of this “room” is closed as the outer door opens.

The person is expected to do a cleaning – which means wiping off the dust and debris that has gathered on the upper windows of the silo. Some insist they will not do a cleaning – but everyone seems to do it anyway. They use wool to scrub the windows clean.

The person who has now gone outside is looking through a visor on their helmet. It makes the outside world look absolutely beautiful. Bright blue sky, green grass, this sort of thing. After cleaning, the person usually will take a walk – thinking they are in a beautiful place.

Not long after that, the space-suit starts malfunctioning. The person starts to asphyxiate from their own Co2 levels that they breathed out. They typically fall over when they reach what they thought was a green hill, which, after they take off their helmet, realize the land is brown and scorched.

Somewhere in the silo, underground, is an IT department. The man in charge is disagreeable and does a number of despicable things to other people. I’ll leave you to find that out when you read the book.

There’s also a woman who works in mechanical. She is on a list of three people that could become the next sheriff. It takes some convincing for her to accept the position. What eventually happens next is unexpected. She goes outside.

Thanks to some help from her friends, she is able to walk farther than anyone else has. Which leads not only this character, but also the reader, to understand more about the world these people live in (and who has been controlling it). This leads to changes – for the better- in the silo she came from.

Book Reviews, fantasy 0 comments on Kitty And the Midnight Hour – by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty And the Midnight Hour – by Carrie Vaughn

Kitty Norville is an overnight, Midnight Shift DJ for a Denver radio station. One night, she got tired of the lame song requests, and accidentally ended up starting “The Midnight Hour” talk radio show. This proved to be a big hit! Unfortunately for her, some people in her life aren’t thrilled about the show.

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Book Reviews, fiction 0 comments on Elevation – by Stephen King

Elevation – by Stephen King

The title of the book is "Elevation". The word is floating in the night sky with a colorful burst of color behind it.  Tiny letters under that say "a novel" In larger print, towards the bottom of the book, it says "Stephen King"

Scott Carey has a problem. He has discovered that he is losing weight – but not in a way anyone could have predicted. Scott chooses to confide in his friend (and former doctor) Dr. Bob Ellis. Scott Carey asks to be weighed on Dr. Ellis’s scale. Dr. Ellis is retired, but kept his highly accurate scale. The results are alarming!

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Book Reviews, fiction

The Inner Circle – by T.C. Boyle

An orange rectangle at the top of the book says "T.C. Boyle" (the name of the author. Below it is a green rectangle that says the title of the book "The Inner Circle". Below that is a black and white photograph of two young people who are "necking" inside of a very large car.

The Inner Circle is a work of fiction that also includes some real facts about Alfred Kinsey, the man best known for the Kinsey Reports. The entirety of the book comes to the reader through the mind of a fictional character named John Milk. Author T.C. Boyle makes it very clear that John Milk is a fictional character and not a historical person.

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