Thursday, July 19, 2018

Literally the Best Reviews: The President is Missing

The President is Missing -- Bill Clinton & James Patterson
Little Brown & Company and Alfred A. Knopf
528 Pages

It is extraordinarily rare for me to review a book when it’s still on the New York Times Bestsellers List, let alone when it’s occupying the Number One spot. I generally tend to let the dust settle before diving into that list. That’s partly because the wait at the library for these books oftentimes takes quite a while, and partly because I generally don’t fall for the hype. Once the dust settles, I check again to see how the book holds up under scrutiny. However, this book was just a little bit different. It’s in the news, and many people are divided on it simply over political views than actual content.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Book Reviews Reloaded: The Slap

This article first appeared on East Niagara Post on February 3, 2015. It is repeated here as I work to put all my book reviews in one place. They will be posted on Thursdays or Fridays and only be altered from the original in that I will add publisher information and pages. Hopefully, by revisiting these reviews, other people might find a book they'd like to pick up for their own enjoyment.

The Slap -- Christos Tsiolkas
Penguin Books
496 pages

What would happen if you were at a party where an adult slapped a child who was not their own? What if it was your own child who was struck? How would you react? The Slap, by Christos Tsiolkas attempts to answer that very question. This novel is told from eight separate points of view, each with their own, differing opinions about the event as well as the child and adult involved.

Shenanigans Episode 36: That's Some Interesting Beer, Rocketman

We wished Howie a happy birthday, and there was some surprise that he still isn't 40. What are the marijuana laws in Indiana? Packages full of pot are showing up on stranger's doorsteps and the Church of Cannabis is not allowed to use it in their sacraments.  If you're driving in Florida, make sure that there is no one riding on the hood when you take off on I-95. Cell phone users!!! Please stop recording events with your phone. Use the phone to call for help, and we beg you, do not block our view of the concert while you film. There's a brewer making some beer with some very interesting ingredients. They should get together with some beer brewers in Newfoundland. The boys investigated whether something massive smashed into Uranus. The Donald arrives and gives us his rendition of "Rocketman" by Elton John. It's so worth the wait.