Quick Book Review – Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

hpssWell, hardly a review since Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is a book that needs no review.  Anyone who doesn’t live under a rock knows Harry Potter.  Strange, though, how many rock dwellers I’ve met.  People who haven’t seen the movies or read the books perplex me on how they could exist without having partaken of the world of Harry Potter.  I weep for them but am also jealous because they get to read/watch it for the first time.  How exciting!

I guess I haven’t read the book since it was first published in 1997 (Has it really been that long?) because now that I am reading it I almost don’t remember all the extra stuff that wasn’t covered in the movie.   It’s kind of like reading it for the first time.

I also decided to read it again because I just can’t seem to find any books that can keep my interest long enough to enjoy and finish them.  The HP series is always an incredible page turner.  I look forward to reading it rather then wishing it was over.  After all, it was the book that taught the world to read again.  The world sure could use another one of those right now.

Surely you don’t need me to tell you the premise about a boy who finds out he is a wizard and is swept away from his abusive aunt and uncle to a world of wonder where he battles ultimate evil with the help of his friends.  It should strike a nerve for all of us who are doomed to live a mundane life in our mundane jobs and mundane houses with no friends or future.  It’s the ultimate escape if nothing else.

I’ve you’ve never read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, then get out from under your rock and do it now.  Seriously!  What’s wrong with you?



Quick Book Review – Year Zero

yzroThe aliens of the universe were never very good with music.  It wasn’t until they discovered an early broadcast of The Welcome Back Kotter theme song that they have heard anything good.  Year Zero represents the beginning of time with real music.

The aliens realize that they have been enjoying earth music for decades without paying for it and approach the earth looking to buy license to play it throughout the Universe.

The premise sounds really interesting but after forcing myself to read 25% of this book I was unable to keep my interest.  As most books these days, it was just too slow and descriptive.  Maybe it’s my AT&T but I need more concise writing.  This book rambled away at unimportant things until I was worn down.  Maybe this book is good for you but it didn’t work for me.  I hate to abandon a book with a good premise but I had to let it go.

I should start a business that fixes story lines to make books more awesome.   It’s a shame to waste a good title.  No offence to the Author.

If you like details and a lot of story then maybe Year Zero is for you.  Don’t take my word for it.  I’m special.


Quick Book Review – A Man Called Ove

amancalled-oveIt has been a while since I’ve done a book review.  Mostly because the books I’ve read have been rather…Meh. Finally I found one that I enjoyed reading rather than wishing it would end soon.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman was a rather enjoyable book about a crusty, bitter old man who is constantly interrupted as he attempts to kill himself.  Interrupted by neighbors who need his help repairing radiators and windows.

Through flashbacks to his earlier life, we learn about his younger self, the love of his life and why he now wants to end it all.  I don’t want to give it away.

I was able to relate to poor old Ove as I expect to eventually be a crusty old lonely man one day.  I hope my life ends as nicely as Ove’s does.

Looking for a nice, easy, enjoyable read?  Get A Man Called Ove.



Quick Book Review – Robinson Crusoe

rbnsncrusoBelieve it or not, I was not forced to read Robinson Crusoe in school.  Wasn’t that required reading?

I like the idea of being stranded on an island so I thought it might be a good read.   It’s basically and old version of “The Martian“.

A guy is stranded alone on a deserted island and manages to put together everything he needs to just just survive but to flourish.

Of course all is good until other people come along.  You can’t even be alone on a deserted island anymore.

If I were dropped onto this particular island, I would be completely happy and never even think about trying to get back to “Society.”  I would live perfectly fine until I died.

The only thing that really bothered me about this book is the old-timey language.  It was a major struggle to make sense of what he was saying.  I’m not sure if that’s the way they spoke and wrote in 1719 or what but be sure to have a dictionary handy when you read it.

Get it at amazon.com

Mein Kampf

mnkmf2I just saw on the news today that Germany is finally allowing Hitler’s book, “Mein Kampf” to be sold in bookstores.

I have to tell you that I have been quite curious to read this book but have been holding back.  I’m already borderline racist and angry so I worry that reading this book might push me over the edge.

Personally, I don’t think Hitler was the bad guy everyone made him out to be.  History is told form the point of view of the winner.  Sure he killed a lot of people but there was method in his madness.  He was working to improve the world.  Consider the awesome Utopian society we would currently be enjoying if he hadn’t been stopped.   Everyone living the good life.  There would be no racial tension.  No religious war.  Just one planet of similar people working toward the space age future we should be experiencing right now but aren’t.   I feel cheated.

I guess I’ll have to read it otherwise I will never know.  Maybe they should make a movie.


Quick Book Review – Lightning by Dean Koontz

lghtngIt took me forever but I finally finished reading Dean Koontz’s “Lightning“.

I had no idea what to expect.  Amazon recommended it and it I’ve read Dean Koontz before so I knew it had to be decent at least.

It is a rather long book so if you are an ADHD reader you might move on but if you like long and detailed novels with lots of gunplay, car chases,time travel and Nazis then this is a rather worthy read.

This story tracks Laura Shane’s life from the day of her birth, through school and life thereafter.  She is quite often saved from death or worse by a strange man who shows up a the opportune time to bail her out.  You’ll never guess where he came from.

I enjoyed reading this book and recommend Lightning.  Get it at Amazon.

Quick Book Review – Day of Wrath

dyofwrthI just finished reading William Forstchen’s “Day of  Wrath.”  A short novel based on reality, the story follows the highly probable attack on the United States by ISIS jihadists.  The remorseless slaughter of children in schools and people on the highways paralyzes the country plunging it into chaos and change.

The scary thing about this book is that it is highly plausible and quite immanent.  ISIS has already threatened our nation and due to the lack of border control, and are already in the country waiting for the signal to begin.  Reviews have said that reading this book could save your life.   Maybe.

I worried as I began reading that I might become a bit freaked out but later, as events unfolded, I decided that such an attack would not affect me personally.  Not having kids in school or going out driving on the freeways all day means I would not be bothered much by the event itself.   I would not totally freak out like the parents in the book do and in result, make things worse.   I would be watching it on TV thinking about the excitement that something interesting is finally going on.

Of course, the aftermath would be highly effecting on my life as well as others.  The declaration of martial law and the implementation of millions of stupid laws further reducing our freedom in the name of “protecting the damn children” will make life rather unpleasant.

If you liked Forstchen’s previous book, “One Second After“, chronicling life right after a Electromagnetic Pulse takes down the power grid, (also a highly probable scenario) then you’ll like Day of Wrath.

Should something like this happen, you had best be prepared.  It absolutely could happen.