Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 28, 2013 – Annie Wilder, Leslie Rule and Val McDermid

Yep sorry, still on the paranormal trip!  Join in!

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Trucker Ghost Stories and Other True Tales of Haunted Highways by Annie Wilder – ebook

For some damn reason the title page in my ebook says “Author Unknown”.  Actually the damn reason is probably that some ebooks are just screwed up (see my review of Val McDermid’s The Distant Echo).

These are true stories from the highways and byways of America. These firsthand accounts are as varied as the storytellers themselves—some are detailed and filled with the terror and suspense that made people feel they had to share what happened to them with others; others are brief and straightforward retellings of truly chilling events. (see Amazon.com synopsis).

My answer to this synopsis?  Pffffffffffffffffffft!  You know what’s more frightening than the stories in this book?  Well, just about anything really.  I was going to say something about flushing the toilet at a friend’s house and it backs up on you but that really is frightening.

The story I remember most was one where a trucker was convinced that a demon was attempting to enter his truck but was unable to because he (the trucker) played the Passion of Christ CD really loud all night long.  You need to read this to yourself in a voice like Mick Jagger uses in The Girl With the Faraway Eyes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyK1bZZ7E-s) HONEST – Go listen.  If you don’t want to listen, here are some lyrics which should give you an idea:

I was driving home early Sunday morning through Bakersfield
Listening to gospel music on the colored radio station
And the preacher said, “You know you always have the
Lord by your side”

And I was so pleased to be informed of this that I ran
Twenty red lights in his honor
Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Lord

Now go to the site I gave you and listen.

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Where Angels Tread: Real Stories of Miracles and Angelic Intervention by Leslie Rule – ebook

Yes, another angel book only this one was well written and a good read.  It may (or may not) interest you to know that Leslie Rule is Ann Rule’s daughter.  She has written a number of books on the paranormal:  Coast to Coast Ghosts, Ghosts Among Us, When the Ghost Screams and Ghost in the Mirror.

I recommend the first three ghost books but not Ghost in the Mirror as it just wasn’t written as well as her others.  I would also recommend the angel book if you have any interest.

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The Distant Echo by Val McDermid – ebook

Four Scottish friends accused of murder in 1978.  Twenty-five years the murder is still unsolved and one by one the friends are being killed off . . .

This might be a good book.  I wouldn’t know.  First off the author annoyingly uses undefined Scottish slang in her/his? books which makes for unsure reading unless you want to look up every fecking word on Gooogle.

I say her/his as frankly I’m not sure.  Google says her.  I say judge for yourself:

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Secondly this was a very badly scanned or edited ebook.  Every time the word “the” was used it was printed as “die”.  At least I think it was the word “the”.  Then there was the time a main character was threatened with “The Val McDermid truth!”  Huh?  Response to the police, “Every minute you spend concentratirfg on us is a minute lost.”

Yeah I’m kinda running quotes together but I just want you to get the general idea.  Not doubt the actual book reads better but I’m disinclined to find out. 

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October 20, 2013 – Yitta Halberestam, Phil Cousineau and Mark Victor Hansen

I’ve been a little slow lately getting my posts up but frankly I’ve been too busy playing with my new Kobo eReader.  It has a built-in light which is the main reason I bought it.  I can also browse the internet, etc.  Would I recommend it though?  Nope.  It needs major tweaking.  First, you can bookmark pages but once you’re past the bookmarked page you no longer have access to the bookmark and have to flip through the entire book again.  Even my ancient Sony eReader has working bookmarks.  Secondly, you can press the screen for ages trying to turn a page and nothing happens, but accidentally brush the book as you momentarily place it down and suddenly you’re chapters in.  Return it?  Nah.  I bought it at a local book store run by a friend of mine and it’ll work well enough for my needs.  I confess to looking at the latest Kindle Fire but I really don’t know who has the best eReader or tablet.

The three books I’m covering today I consider to be related:  Miracles/Angels/Coincidence.

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Small Miracles: Extraordinary Coincidences from Everyday Life by Yitta Halberstam & Judith Leventhan, copyright 2008, published by Adams Media

“Incredible-but-true” stories of miracles and supposed synchronicity experienced by the authors.

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Coincidence or Destiny? by Phil Cousineau, copyright 1997, published by Conari Press

Collected episodes of synchronicity that defy explanation from the lives of real people.

According to Wikipedia, Synchronicity is the experience of two or more events as meaningfully related, whereas they are unlikely to be causally related.  The subject sees it as a meaningful coincidence, although the events need not be exactly simultaneous in time.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synchronicity)

What these authors call synchronicity in their books I’m inclined to put down to luck or happenstance.  However, I’m willing to admit (or perhaps hope) to the possibility.  I enjoy books of this sort.  The stories or short and often intriguing.  Carl Jung believed in synchronicity and even coined the term so ’tis said.

If I had to chose, of the two I consider Mr. Cousineau’s book to be the better read as it covers stories contributed by many people, not just personal encounters.

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: Angels Among us by Mark Hansen, Jack Canfield and Amy Newmark, copyright 2013, published by Chicken Soup for the Soul Publishing – eBook

101 supposedly inspirational stories of “miracles, faith and answered prayers”.

I may be a confirmed atheist but I love reading these stories.  I just disagree with the religious slant.  To me it’s more paranormal then an act of God or of angels.  What if it’s just your great granddad come back to take the piss out of you or give you a helping hand?  How do these people know for sure it’s angels except that they believe in angels and therefore it must be so.

“Children often have imaginary playmates.  I suspect that half of them are really their guardian angels.”  – The Angels Little Instruction Book

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What if more than half of them are really demonic entities?

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My husband believes I should just take it as fact that the paranormal and God exist, but as I keep saying, I’m a disbelieving believer.  I enjoy reading this genre but I’m still looking for proof.  SO if any of my readers have a story they’re willing to share in the comments that would be great!

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October 15, 2013 – James Patterson and Amanda Lindhout

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Cat & Mouse by James Patterson, copyright 1997, published by Vision

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Pop Goes The Weasel by James Patterson, copyright 1999, published by Warner

Okay, okay I confess.  I’ve become a Patterson junkie.  I’m pretty sure that Patterson is actually Carolyn Keene.  After all he writes about wardrobes and meals just the same.  The only difference between Nancy Drew and Alex Cross is that Cross has sex.  Lots of it.  Mr. Cross seems to be always thinking to himself that he never felt like this about a woman before.  Except for the last book and the book before that.

You might note I didn’t put in a synopsis of the plots.  You know why?  Because I’ll be damned if I can remember what these books were about.  Alex Cross solving murders – as usual.  Oh, and having sex.

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A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout

What’s most striking about Amanda Lindhout’s harrowing, beautifully written memoir, A House in the Sky (4 stars out of four), isn’t that she survived 460 days as a hostage in Somalia. Or that she endured gang rape, beatings and starvation at the hands of her teenage captors. It’s that she was able to forgive them.

An aspiring journalist, Lindhout’s plan was to go to Somalia, dubbed “the most dangerous place on earth,” to put her on the fast track to establishing herself in the news industry.  (see USA Today http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/books/2013/09/07/a-house-in-the-sky-amanda-lindhout-review/2758935/)

What’s most striking about Amanda Lindhout is she willingly put herself in that situation.  Aspiring to go from small potatoes to owning the whole farm is not a good reason to go to Somalila where you know you might get your ass killed.  This book was picked by the non-fiction book group I attend so I pushed myself to finish it.  Frankly I quickly tired of little miss poor me and would have thrown the book across the room (except I was disinclined to destroy my new eReader).

Is she brave?  Yup.  Is she a survivor?  Hell yes.  But mostly she is S-T-U-P-I-D.  I’ll enjoy the next James Patterson more.

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October 6, 2013 – Ginnie Siena Bivona and Cassandra Eason

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Haunted Encounters: Ghost Stories from Around the World edited by Ginnie Bivona, Mitchel Whitington and Dorothy McConachie, copyright 2004, published by Atriad Press

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Psychic Suburbia by Cassandra Eason, copyright 1994, published by Foulsham

I really enjoy paranormal (aka new age) books, especially those with multiple stories.  They’re fun and they’re a quick read when you need a break from The Perfect Storm.  The stories in Haunted Encounters are all by different authors, many of them quite good.  The author of Psychic Suburbia is British and covers the topic of mediums, spiritualism, out of body, near death, etc.

These are both books I would recommend for anyone who enjoys this genre.

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October 5, 2013 – Robert Lesslie M.D., Ozzy Osbourne

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Angels in the ER:  Inspiring True Stories from an Emergency Room Doctor by Robert D. Lesslie, M.D., copyright 2008, published by MJF Books

Urgent care physician Lesslie believes that emergencies are opportunities to demonstrate God’s grace! Here he shares stories of the miraculous from his 25 years in the ER. You’ll witness the handiwork of angels—friends, doctors, nurses, strangers, and unseen “others; learn to hold onto faith during tragedy and triumph; and embrace the healing balm of hope.  (http://www.christianbook.com)

The fact that I got the above synopsis from a Christian site, it’s obvious that Angels in the ER is a God book.  Having bought it on sale in Barnes & Nobel and not reading the inner sleeve synopsis closely enough (yet again), I failed to realize this until I opened the book and saw all the scriptures starting each chapter.

Having pointed that out, aside from the scriptures this was an enjoyable book.  I found many of the stories to be, and I almost hate to use this word, touching.  This is not a genre for everybody but for those who enjoy angel or paranormal books I would say try it but get it on loan from the library.

In finality I re-wrote the following scripture because it was wrong:

All man are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers in the field.  – ISAIAH 40:6

My version:

All men are like grass, and need to be mowed down every week or two.  – ELVEGA 1:43 AM

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Trust Me, I’m Dr. Ozzy:  Advice from Rock’s Ultimate Survivor by Ozzy Osbourne, published 2011, published by Grand Central publishing

This is not an autobiography.  This is based on his columns in the Sunday Times and Rolling Stone wherein idiots would write in and ask “Dr.” Ozzy for medical advice.

I have never bought a Black Sabbath album nor watched The Osbournes and yet people kept recommending this book to me.  Having become annoyed with The Perfect Storm which I’ll cover in another post, I reserved this from the library.  My husband was busting a gut in the passenger seat all the way home from the library, and I confess to having had a few LOL moments myself.

My friend G. flipped through the book during dinner at Risky Business yesterday and proclaimed that after a chapter or two, the book would get boring.  But as Captain Tenneal from dubbed Japanese game show MXC would say, “Well, you’re wrong!”  If you’ve never watched MXC you should, right after you finish watching The Young Ones.  Captain Tenneal – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JzCc5qpycTc

I’m going to share a few of my favorites so you won’t have to read the book but what the hell, give it a try.  I’m glad I did.

DIY Surgery – What NOT to Try. . .

Self-circumcision with a pair of old nail clippers.  A bloke in Hertfordshire tried this in 2009 an ended up in the emergency ward with a plaster cast on his knob.  “This is something we would advise men never to attempt,” said the hospital.  No fucking shit, man.

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Dear Dr. Ozzy:

I want to look like a celebrity but can’t afford the high cost of getting my acne scares removed by a surgeon.  If I buy my own silicone on the Internet, could I simply treat the scars myself (I’ve seen how doctors on reality TV shows do the injections)?

No, no, fuck no, absolutely no way, and NO again.  Times a million.  I saw Neil Armstrong land on the moon on the telly, but that doesn’t mean I could pilot the Mars Rover, does it?

ozzy cat

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