The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe

By Daniel Defoe

Rereading this after many decades I’m far more impressed that this belongs on a must read in your lifetime book list.

The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1808)My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Four Stars, recommended as a classic.

In summary, this is written as an autobiography of an English youngster, born in the year 1632, in the city of York, anxious for adventure against his family’s advice. He sets upon the sea to satisfy his adventure yearnings. He endures some hardships, some enslavement, and some fortune obtaining a plantation in South America. To enhance his fortune he voyages to find laborers to work on his plantation, slaves. (He had been a slave to moslems for some years during his adventures, this isn’t a controversial point in this 1600s novel)

During his voyage he is shipwrecked and is the sole survivor on a deserted island for some 27 years when circumstances change to allow him to return to England. There after are some other minor adventures, re-obtaining his properties and monies he had entrusted to others before he vanished at sea.

The meat of the novel is his adventures as a sole survivor on a deserted island. Continue reading “The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe”

Don Quixote

by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

There are good reasons “classics” are classics. Don’t miss Don Quixote

Don QuixoteDon Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found a list with the top ten best classic books and Don Quixote was at the top. I read the Kindle edition and listened to an Audible edition, alternating and sometime simultaneously.

Any blurb anywhere (Goodreads, Wikipedia, Amazon, book cover) can give you a more in depth summary of the stories. Everyone, even those who have not read the book know of the gallant Knight Errant… The Renowned Don Quixote De La Mancha attacking windmills with his faithful squire Sancho Panza right behind him.

The book is so much more. First thing I would note is the fact I laughed to tears, stopped reading (and laughing), then laughed some more.

If laughing until you cry isn’t encouraging, the wisdom and quantity of puns streamed together by Sancho Panza is surpassed in wisdom by Proverbs which also makes more sense — but does not have the reach of Sancho who may have expressed every pun under the sun. Continue reading “Don Quixote”

The Art of War

by Sun Tzu

Reading it might improve your life if you only learned that 2500 years ago folks had already learned about morality and discipline.

The Art of WarThe Art of War by Sun Tzu

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I read The Art of War by Sun Tzu translated by Lionel Giles in 1910 as it had been suggested to me in a variety of ways for decades and this afternoon I thought, just do it and get it off this list of things other people think I should do.

Chapter one caused me to remember As A Man Thinketh by James Allen. For the record that actually is one of the best “self-help”, “spiritual-growth”, “wisdom-obtaining” books in the last century and I suspect there have been 2000 books written every year since that says what “As A Man Thinketh” says, except they didn’t say it as well or as concisely.

After chapter one of The Art of War my natural habit of “thinking” kicked in to high gear and I started asking myself, “What?” and “Really?”
Continue reading “The Art of War”

Love and War

by David Archer

Love and War (Sam Prichard, #3)Love and War by David Archer

 

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Again, I really liked another Sam Prichard Mystery. This book. That would be four stars. I liked its writing, and Mikael Naramore’s reading of it. I’m reviewing both the ebook and the audio-book.

In this book we open with Sam singing in the shower with joy of his upcoming nuptials. Which reminds me of a review of the previous Sam Pricharcd novel, “ Death Sung Softly”. I’m reminded because I mention the previous novel is a “musical”. This book is also a musical in the same ways. The audio-book sings, the ebook has the lyrics and links to the singing, but it isn’t as extensive a musical as “Death Sung Softly” where Sam became the lead singer of band who hired him as a private investigator to find their missing lead singer.

I digress. Continue reading “Love and War”

Wraith (Debt Collector #10) 

by Susan Kaye Quinn

Wraith (Debt Collector #10)

Wraith by Susan Kaye Quinn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story, as short as it is, remains exciting. This book is very much about establishing Wraith, who she is. I give it three stars for some “internal-editor” reason I may remember to mention, but I do recommend the season and all the books in it as I’ve grown to respect Susan Kay Quinn as a person trying to do some remarkable things with her writing. I do pray I will write something about this at length at some future time.

This second season likely will be about Wraith’s “growth”, if my editor-critique-gut is working. This “Season” will be about Wraith going from being a mainly naive debt collector to accepting the reality of actual “good guy” debt collectors (as far as such a thing can be imagined). While Wraith will have some exceptional qualities, the events will shape her from one barely surviving situation until the next until she finally “gets it”- and my great hope is that Susan Kaye Quinn allows her to survive the entire season. I do know for a fact that Mr. Quinn does have the writer’s courage to make remarkable literary decisions, even as monumental as killing off primary characters. Continue reading “Wraith (Debt Collector #10) “

Back to War

by C. G. Cooper

The young man was five feet away and had a look on his face that Shorty wasn’t expecting. Shorty thought the young man would be scared shitless. Instead, his pursuer looked stone cold determined without the smallest trace of fear. What the…? Shorty thought.

Back to War (Corps Justice, #1)Back to War by C.G. Cooper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Explicit LanguageBack to War is the title of a book about Cal Stokes, a recent honorably discharged Staff Sergeant in the Marines who had been awarded the Navy Cross. Engaged to his beloved Jessica they were attacked while on a date by a local gang.It was an initiation for a new member of the gang and was otherwise meaningless.

The gang intended to do some harm, but not kill the couple. Beating the guy was definitely in the plan, what they would do to the girl wasn’t clear. The gang initiate, “Shorty” was armed with a knife and a mallet. The attack was well planned. Cal and Jessica were at the wrong place at the wrong time.

When the gang member grabbed Jessica and dragged her into the alley, Cal was instantly “Back at War”. The other gang members moved in and blocked the alley so “Shorty” could do some damage to the pursing Cal. Dante West, the gang leader was already in the alley to evaluate the new recruit in action. Continue reading “Back to War”

Patternmaster

by Octavia Butler

A year without a major Clayark attack on any sector of Patternist Territory. A luxury. Rayal had known enough years of fighting to be glad to relax and enjoy the respite. Only Jansee could still find reason for discontent. Her children, as usual.

Patternmaster (Patternmaster, #4)Patternmaster by Octavia E. ButlerMy rating: 4 of 5 stars

Patternmaster is after the Octavia Butler’s intentionally “unpublished” Survior book (Patternmaster #4) So you read “Clay’s Ark” (#3) then on to Patternmaster (#5). (Survivor can be obtained… I have it, just didn’t read it. If Octavia hated it and didn’t want it in the series, I figure she would be the best advisor on the series)

Patternmaster is a considerable jump into the future of the series, chronologically. Clay’s Ark, the previous book establishes that time jump. In this conclusion of the series, every character you have connected with previously in the series is “history.” Just back story and not much relevant except YOU would know it.

The “Patternmaster” established in Mind of My Mind has evolved with even more zeal than Doro, (Wild Seed, Mind of My Mind) ever imagined. Doro’s evolved plans, carried on by “Mary” has swept the globe… with the exception of the Clay’s Ark “issue” which has become a war with another segment of the devolved/evolved species of humans. While this “Clay’s Ark Humans” vs “Patternmaster” people is a subplot is it barely worth noticing. Continue reading “Patternmaster”