Dec 29, 2012

Cure

Cure (Jack Stapleton & Laurie Montgomery, #10)Cure by Robin Cook
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The low rating is because a dog was needlessly murdered. Dogs do not get to choose their owners.

Laurie is back from maternity leave and her first case appears to be natural causes, but with time on her hands Laurie delves further into the case to the dismay of the mob. The Mob Capo decides to kidnap her son (JJ) to distract her from the case. Laurie and Jack hire Kidnap Experts to retrieve their son.

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Dec 22, 2012

One Shot

One Shot (Jack Reacher, #9)One Shot by Lee Child
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book.

The police have an open and shut case against James Barr in the slaughter of five people in the town square, the only problem is he is innocent. Barr knows his one chance to prove his innocence is to get Jack Reacher. But no one can find Reacher.

Seeing the massacre on the news and hearing the purported killers name Reacher heads to town to make sure this time Barr pays for gunning down innocent people. But when he receives a hostile reception due to the misconception that that he is there to "help" Barr, Reacher takes another look at the evidence and uncovers a conspiracy to frame an innocent man for a crime he didn't commit in order to cover up the murder of Oline Archer. Now Reacher must rescue Barr's sister from "The Zec" and discover if the dirty insider is the cop Emerson or the D.A. Rodin.

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Dec 19, 2012

Life of Pi

Life of PiLife of Pi by Yann Martel
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I found the writing style tedious. We learn how Pi got his name and about his early childhood in India. Eventually his family chooses to immigrate to Canada, but their ship sinks on the way. Pi is the sole survivor and he has two accounts of what happened after the ship wreck. One involving Zoo animals including a Bengal Tiger called Richard Parker. The other a gruesome story of murder and cannibalism.

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Dec 18, 2012

The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Found it annoying as it switched between the voices of Anne of Cleves (who seemed to be the smartest of the 3 and managed to escape Henry VIII with her life), Katherine Howard ( who was your typical flighty 16 year old) and Lady Jane Rochford.

Still not sure if Jane was a calculating bitch or crazy. The one thing the three had in common were that they were puppets for power hungry men. Only Anne had the courage to seek independence and a life without a man.

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Dec 15, 2012

Today I am sad

Graphic by Gracie
I am heartbroken for the families who have lost their loved ones due to the senseless shooting in Connecticut. I hope one day we can have common sense laws that keep guns out of the hands of those who would kill innocent people. I hope one day we can have health care that allows those with mental problems to receive the help they need to lead happy productive lives instead of senselessly harming themselves and others. 

Dec 14, 2012

The pathetic, sewer-mouthed Gina Miller

 Gina Miller spews hatred and vitriol against any she deems unworthy.

This week she has chosen to go after COMEDIAN Bill Maher, after Maher twitted that he would no longer listen to Andy Williams Christmas music not because he didn't like the music but because of Andy Williams political beliefs. Apparently CONSERVATIVES believe in boycotting anyone with beliefs differing from their own but get their panties in a wad when the other side does the same.

Then she went after Hillary Clinton. Apparently the Miller's of this world believe Israel should get a free pass to treat the Palestinians any way they wish. I am not a fan of the Clintons but in this case Hillary is correct, until Israel shows some empathy and generosity toward their neighbors there will be no peace in the Middle East. Anyway you slice it the Palestinians got a raw deal when the British   announced that they would be ending their control of Palestine in 1947 and enabled the Palestinian homeland to be stolen by the Zionist. Sadly the unrest in the Middle East and the terrorism that plagues us today was predicted.

Former Undersecretary of State Dean Acheson also opposed Zionism. Acheson’s biographer writes that Acheson “worried that the West would pay a high price for Israel.”

Another Author, John Mulhall, records Acheson’s warning: “...to transform [Palestine] into a Jewish State capable of receiving a million or more immigrants would vastly exacerbate the political problem and imperil not only American but all Western interests in the Near East.”

Secretary of Defense James Forrestal also tried, unsuccessfully, to oppose the Zionists. He was outraged that Truman’s Mideast policy was based on what he called “squalid political purposes,” asserting that “United States policy should be based on United States national interests and not on domestic political considerations.”
 ~The Real Story of How Israel Was Created

Until we acknowledge that the Palestinians were treated unfairly and have justifiable grievances we will be unable to find solutions to the problems in the Middle East.

The final attack was on Bob Costas whose outrageous crime in Miller's eyes was daring to suggest that easy access to guns played a part in the murder/suicide of Jovan Belcher and his girlfriend Kasandra. Perkins.

Dec 12, 2012

The Twelve

The Twelve (The Passage, #2)The Twelve by Justin Cronin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this harder to get into then "The Passage", lots of new characters introduced and jumps around a lot between past and present, and if you haven't read "The Passage" you will be lost as it refers frequently to events and relationships in the previous book.

Hollis has turned into a criminal and works for Tifty Lamount. We eventually discover that Tifty is a friend of Lucius Greer (who is now a prisoner because he went with Peter and Amy in "The Passage").

Alicia (who is turning into a viral due to the bite she received in "The Passage") is sent to investigate a mysterious outpost of humans. She is only suppose to observe but when she sees prisoners about to be executed she intervenes and is taken prisoner.

Peter and Michael are reunited on the oil fields. Peter is escorting the oilers back to Kerrville when they are attacked by humans, including a mysterious woman. When the human attackers release virals into the skirmish most of the "oil party" is taken prisoner or killed. Peter, Michael and Lore (Michael's girlfriend) escape. When they return to Kerrville they discover that Lucius Greer has escaped and disappeared with Amy. Colonel Gunnar Apgar tells Peter (off the record) about the mysterious outpost, Alicia's secret orders and encourages him to use his friendship with Hollis to get him to introduce him to Tifty and gain his help reaching the outpost.

Sarah has been at the mysterious outpost for 5 years and has given birth to Hollis' daughter there. Red Eyes (humans who have drunk the blood of virals in order to extend their lives) and Cols (human collaborators) have raided human settlements to provide slave labor and "food" for the virals. Sarah joins the insurgents along with Eustace and Nina (Tifty's daughter).

The Twelve minus Babcock who was killed in "The Passage" plan to retreat to the "outpost" where the Red Eyes will protect them while the human population has a chance to rebound. The virals are in danger of starving since they have killed so many humans. Alicia, Greer, Amy, Peter, Hollis, Michael and the Insurgents will work together to kill "The Twelve" and rescue their friends and family.

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Dec 8, 2012

Like this Tile

Don't know if it will work with my brick though. I did read you can tile over brick. Would love to do that I hate my brick.

Dec 7, 2012

Sun Room with Porch

Traditional Porch design by Portland Maine Architect Whitten Architects

Thinking something like this although I don't want glass all the way down. 
Maybe something more like this

 I would like to have window seats with some storage inside. Maybe a built in table. 

 But at the moment it looks like this. 



Dec 3, 2012

A Wizard of Earthsea

A Wizard of Earthsea (Earthsea Cycle, #1)A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. Le Guin
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Ged lets his pride lead him into making a foolish choice that nearly kills him. But with the help of his friends he learns to heal the wound and make himself whole again.

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Dec 1, 2012

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual VacancyThe Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

J.K. Rowling's brings the prejudice and meanness of Pagford to life in her book The Casual Vacancy.

The death of Barry Fairbrother impacts various people in the town of Pagford. For his best friend Gavin it means a chance to pursue Barry's widow. For the Mollison Family it means a chance to rid Pagford of "The Fields". For many of the kids in Pagford Barry's death gives them a chance to get even with their parents by hacking the Pagford website and posting secrets as The_Ghost_of_Barry_Fairbrother. For Krystal Weedon, the loss of her mentor has catastrophic results.

I started off not liking Samantha Mollison, but her character shows signs of maturing at the end of the book.

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