Feb 28, 2013


RedcoatRedcoat by Bernard Cornwell
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cornwell delivers his usual terrific novel that makes you feel like you are in the thick of things.

Sam and Nate Gilpin (twin brothers) joined the British Army and the only escape is death though Nate longs to run away with Maggie (Sargent Scammell's wife) and start a new life in America. Sam is content being a solider and fears for his brother's life if he attempts to escape (desert) the army. When Same and Nate are captured by the American Rebels they meet Jonathan Becket (Rebel) who received a grievous wound to his leg, and are ordered to treat him. Learning of Nate's desire to run away and join the Americans, Jonathan offers to help if Sam will capture the horse that has appeared in their mist. While Sam is trying to capture the horse, the American lines are overrun by the British and Sargent Scammell shoots Nate in the back. Jonathan is taken prisoner by the British and Scammell further wounds his leg.

Captain Vane sees Sam with his horse and when Sam attacks Scammell for killing his brother intervenes and makes Sam his servant. The British have taken over Philadelphia and the Tories (Loyalist) rejoice. Jonathan's widowed sister Martha (Rebel spy) goes to Sir William to beg for his release so she can get him medical treatment. Captain Vane falls for Martha and helps expedient her brother's release into her care. With Sam's help Jonathan begins to make a full recovery.

When Martha rejects Captain Vane's romantic advances he spitefully helps Abel Becket (Loyalist and Jonathan's Uncle/Guardian) remove Jonathan from Martha's home. Abel Becket hopes that Jonathan will die under his care before he turns 21 so he will not receive his inheritance. When they learn that Jonathan is ill and expected to die. Sam realizing he can cure the illness devises a scheme with Caroline (Rebel spy and Jonathan's fiancee) to sneak into Becket's home and treat Jonathan. Scammell attacks Sam & Caroline but they manage to escape.

Captain Vane obsessed with punishing Martha for her romantic rejection decides that Scammell can help prove she is a spy. Sam realizing that Caroline is in danger risk everything to warn her.

I hope that Cornwell will continue Sam and Caroline's story in a sequel.

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I also hope he will get busy on The Starbuck Chronicles The Bloody Ground was written some time ago.  

Feb 26, 2013

Things that make you go hmmmmmmm

A public  school in Cocoa, Florida has a  policy that no clothing may bear a message that has "sexually explicit or oriented wording" or that "infringes on the rights of others." Sounds good and you would think the Christians would be all for it, right? Wrong they are up in arms because this message

"Don't drink and park... accidents cause kids," 

was prohibited by the policy. According to Gina Miller it's because it's a Christian Message. Really the message sounds sexually oriented to me. I mean what else would kids be doing if they park? and what else would cause kids? While I applaud the sentiments maybe wearing the T-shirt to a school that has a policy that prohibits sexually explicit or oriented wording wasn't the brightest idea.

Apparently the Gina Millers of this world have a problem when policies are applied fairly and exceptions aren't made for her religious group. NO SEXUALLY ORIENTED MESSAGES, MEANS NO SEXUALLY ORIENTED MESSAGES.

Feb 21, 2013

Buckley's Story

Buckley's StoryBuckley's Story by Ingrid King
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Wonderful Book very inspiring and heartwarming. This is the story of a little cat, Buckley, who lived her life to the fullest. Even though she only had three years with Ingrid and Amber she made the most of them and hopes to come back in a new body to spend more time with them.

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Feb 18, 2013

Cold Days

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)Cold Days by Jim Butcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

My favorite wizard is back from the dead and ready to save the world with his usual irreverent sense of humor.

Demonreach is under attack and THE WARDEN (Harry Dresden, who else) has to prevent the prisoners from escaping. The attacker known as Nemesis isn't of this World and Nemesis has managed to infect Maeve, hence Mab's order to her Winter Knight (Harry Dresden) to kill her. Unfortunately Maeve had managed to convince Lily (The Summer Lady) that Mab is the one that is infected and that Harry can't be trusted. Lily is working with her to destroy Demonreach but Maeve as usual is willing to turn on allies just as quickly as friends. Thinking that Sarissa (Maeve's sister) is the only vessel on the island capable of assuming the mantel of one of the ladies Maeve kills Lily and Sarissa becomes the Summer Lady, but to late to prevent it Harry realizes there is one other vessel on the island, just as Karrin kills Maeve.

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Feb 13, 2013

Don't Deny Women Life Saving Treatment Due to Others Religious Beliefs

Apparently some people do not realize how risky being pregnant is for a woman and that multiple pregnancies increases the risk of complications. That is why birth control is considered preventive medicine.

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends spacing pregnancies out by at least 18 months. Having pregnancies to close together can lead to dysfunctional labor, preterm labor, premature birth, miscarriage, more difficult labors, higher incidence of C-sections and a loss of fertility. 

Each pregnancy increases a woman’s risk of heart attack and stroke as well as for postpartum bleeding and hemorrhage, which can lead to death.  

Multiple pregnancies can lead to Placenta Previa, Uterine Prolapse & Rupture, Gallbladder Disease, Anemia & Nutritional Deficiencies, Blood Clots, and Intestinal Disorders. 

Postpartum psychosis and postpartum depression are also caused by pregnancy.

One would think that the anti-choicers who claim to care about women would applaud Obama Care for providing women with guaranteed preventative women's health services, instead of insisting that Reproductive Healthcare infringes on their religious rights. 

Allowing women to space pregnancies out and have fewer children can prevent these serious conditions. 

Providing women with access to Reproductive Healthcare will also cut down on abortions, something the anti-choicers claim to want. No woman should be refused lifesaving treatment like Savita Halappanavar who was only 31 or be denied preventive care due to someone else’s religious beliefs.

Birth control has allowed women to become healthier more productive members of society. It is past time that our insurance covered it.  

Feb 11, 2013

The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club

The Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking ClubThe Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club by Duncan Whitehead
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I found the constant changing between different characters voices annoying and never felt like I got to know any of the characters. I actually didn't even care which of the 4 who had contracts out on them got killed. The plots were not well developed and the major one was downright implausible.

The book revolves around the 4 ladies who make up the Gordonston Ladies Dog Walking Club. Thelma Miller is dying of cancer (dies in Chapter Two) and her imminent death has the two younger members of the club plotting how to snare her husband after her death and the eldest member plotting to kill him.

Heidi Launter (implausibly the niece of Adolf Hitler) resents The Jew Elliott Miller for stealing her Uncle's stories for children, and takes a contract out to have him killed.

Carla Zipp the Ex Vegas Showgirl, married a Florida Banker only to become tired of his constant cheating on her. She found a "creative" way to end his cheating and is equally determined to pay Tom (Kelly's husband) back for dumping her after his wife returns from Paris. An old Vegas chum helps her arrange the contract on Tom's life.

Cindy Moppet opens her home to her nephew the con-artist Billy. Kelly (Tom's wife) takes a contract out on him when she realizes Billy is the Italian Count she slept with in Paris. Cindy fearing Elliott Miller will choose Carla as his wife takes a contract out on Carla.

Unbeknownst to the inhabits of Gordonston both "the Director" who chooses which contracts to accept and whose contract will be taken care of first and the Contract Killer lives in the neighborhood.

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Feb 7, 2013

According to Gina Miller

According to Gina Miller it is perfectly acceptable for legislators to impose laws on their constituents that a majority of their constituents oppose as long as the laws are those the RIGHT WING NUTCASES WANT.

Thankfully House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, R-Braxton choose to honer the fact that the personhood initiative was  rejected in 2011 by Mississippi voters.

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/02/04/4447920/some-reproduction-bills-set-to.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://www.sunherald.com/2013/02/04/4447920/some-reproduction-bills-set-to.html#storylink=cpy

Feb 5, 2013

Kill Alex Cross

Kill Alex Cross (Alex Cross, #18)Kill Alex Cross by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Fast paced thriller although I don't really think that Alex was ever in any danger. A Muslim Terrorist organization (The Family)is terrorizing D.C. "The Family" keeps their operatives in line by threatening the couples children, and forced suicides are a regular occurrence until one operative fights back. "The Family" also takes credit for kidnapping the President's children but Alex believes the kidnapping was more personal. But when Alex fingers the school nurse there may be no legal way to link him to the crime in time to save the children, so Alex, Ned and Sampson take matters into their own hands.

When Ava mugs Nana Mamma she winds up with a home in the Cross household and Damon is away at boarding school.

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