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”

A Public Folder

Our path for Reading Classics.

Reading Classics

As a matter of public service Sagely Fox has a Public Folder where he stores some classic audiobooks and epub books.

You’re free to download them or share them with your friends as one of my friends or followers.

Here is the link to the Public Folder.  In that folder you will find a link to the Reading Classics Folder and some free utility programs that may be useful. Continue reading “A Public Folder”

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”

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”

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”

Suck My Cosmos

by Steven Campbell

I did not consider myself a great lover. In fact, epic poems had been composed about how bad at intercourse I was.

I knew my strengths and I knew myweaknesses. I prided myself on that.

When I spent the night with Malla, it was clear something was wrong based on my prowess in the bedroom. Throwing around cars, sprinting across the city screaming, that was nothing compared to my acrobatics and stamina in bed that night. I started to believe that Malla had been sorely regretful about seducing me.

Stephen_Campbel_Suck_comboIts_the_best_Skm_CosSuck My Cosmos by Steven Campbell

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

5 stars. Recommend to Sci Fi Humor fans. I believe everyone would enjoy Steven Campbell’s wonderful creation “Hank” and the wonderful sense of humor that comes from Hank’s point of view.

Suck_My_Cosmos_Rate_ChartFolks who make honest attempts to review a “later” book in a series of books and do not want to include spoilers are stuck with saying little more than, “Wow, this is another good Hank book.” There’s little to say that won’t spoil it for other Hank fans. It’s pretty much “more of the same” but different, like Steven Campbell has proven he can do expertly.
Continue reading “Suck My Cosmos”

Behemoth

by Scott Westerfeld

Alek clenched his fists. “I can’t do this without you! Not any of it!”

“I’m afraid you must.” Volger saluted with his saber. “Good-bye, Alek. Make your father proud.”

But my father is dead … and you’re not.

BehemothI_get_it_BehemothScott_WesterfeldBehemoth, by Scott Westerfeld
Book 2 of the Leviathan Trilogy
Rating 3 of 5 Stars

I like it. It’s a young adult fantasy of an alternate world war one history.

It is evident Mr. Westerfeld did a great deal of research into the “story” or “trilogy” if you like. I would be critical of “historical” parallels in this story but it would be like debating if Superman is from Krypton. It’s an imaginary alternate history. Mr. Westerfeld has based some of his story on some of the popular beliefs about world war one. In that way I recommend this to young people more than I might otherwise. Perhaps it may spur some youngster to investigate the real facts of history.Behemoth_Rating_Chart

I dread the fact our current actual “history” is too often transformed into fictional stories presented as true as the fictional histories of Dune, The World of Tiers, or Ringworld. So it is at this point I pray all young people ache to attend Hillsdale College. One of the last lights upon a hill that refuses to teach nonsense when it comes to history.

I digress… I liked Mr. Westerfeld’s story. Let’s get started… Continue reading “Behemoth”