Daryl Reads

I love books, too much. I could never read all the books I have but keep buying more if they sound good...

Legends of the Realm Book One

— feeling amazing
Emissary - Thomas Locke

This was a fantastic novel that I enjoyed thoroughly... Thomas Locke (aka T. Davis Bunn) is really a great writer. It is hard to utter any complaint about this novel but my only one would be that the plot happened so fast! This may have been my own perspective as it has been a very busy month and I have not been able to focus on reading as much as I'd have liked to. I would love to see more world-building.

Cannot wait to grab myself a copy of Book Two: The Merchant of Alyss.

The Hanged Man: Tales of Dread: Book One of Maps in a Mirror - Inc. Blackstone Audio,  Inc., David Birney, Don Leslie, Orson Scott Card, Scott Brick

The stories are very well written and engrossing but they are at times too disturbing and gruesome (although that was the point...) for me. An excellent writer for creating an atmosphere of suspense and horror.

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man - David Fisher, William Shatner

This was a very interesting look at both the lives of William Shatner himself and of Leonard Nimoy. It seems a very honest portrayal of their interpersonal and life struggles . The audiobook was especially impacting to me because of Shatner's own narration of his book. The end left me saddened and heartbroken...

 

 

Death of a Greedy Woman - M.C. Beaton, Shaun Grindell

Standard fare for the Hamish MacBeth series but always enjoyable.

Celebration of Discipline: The Path to Spiritual Growth - Richard J. Foster

A fantastic read for those seeking to follow Christ. A great challenge!

Not sure why Booklikes is showing I've read 3 books when I've only read two... Not sure what I've done....

— feeling smile
C. S. Lewis: A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet - Alister E. McGrath

This was a very interesting look into the life/writings of Lewis. I have always loved his writing and I found this book a joy to listen to.

Our Bible: How We Got It and Ten Reasons Why I Believe the Bible is the Word of God (Colportage Library) - Charles R. Leach, R.A. Torrey

This was a brief overview of the history of the Bible along with Torrey's short essay. I found it wonderful although now I am hoping for something of greater length. 

 

It was written over a hundred years ago and I suppose I need to read something more recent as well.

Prayers of a Stranger: A Christmas Story - Davis Bunn

I really enjoyed this Christmas story. Very hopeful and vibrant. I enjoyed the writing style.

Reblogged from BrokenTune :

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Apologies to Star Wars and any fans out there.

The 2015 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

I shared this last year and we had a lot of comments cracking up at Deadspin's article. So here is 2015 with some excerpts.

 

Item 91-5729801 - TARTAN TABLECLOTH ($103.96-$127.96)

The 2015 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog

 

Copy: “Yarn-dyed linen/cotton edged in grosgrain ribbon. Imported. Forest (NEW!) or red”

Drew Says: Gotta have that grosgrain. Oh, is your tartan tablecloth NOT edged in the grosgrain? Then that’s not proper tartan. That is wrapping paper, and you should go to hell. My REAL tartan tablecloth was hand-woven by an angry Scottish barbarian named Hamish who personally dyes his yard-dyed linen in the blood of live ewes. Accept no substitutes.

 

 

Item #91-4004149 - TRUMAN ROUND BAR CART ($999.00)

 

 

 

Copy: “Features a steel frame, inset glass shelves, and high gallery rails to secure glassware in transit.”

Drew Says: That’s a thousand bucks for a bar cart. How could I possibly need this unless I live in the coach section of an airplane? Furniture is already a gigantic ripoff, and that’s for USEFUL shit like couches and chairs. Fragile glasses and whiskey bottles were not meant to be wheelable. My guests don’t need that extra flourish. They’re not invalids. They can make the 10-foot trip to the damn bar. GET UP AND GET YOUR OWN GIMLET, BRADLEY.

 

Item #91-832522 – ASSORTED GINGERBREAD MUG TOPPER ($19.95)

 

Copy: “Handcrafted gingerbread cookies perch on the rim of mugs. Set of three.”

Drew Says: How am I supposed to drink my hot cocoa when there’s a fucking house in the way? Like, if the point is to present the mug WITH the cookie house hanging off of it, and then you take it off to drink it, why put the cookie house there to begin with? I could go get a pound of Murray Ginger Snaps for two bucks if I want. Three of these idiot houses are $20! There’s not even a fourth one for Daddy. My mug is NAKED without it.

Source: http://adequateman.deadspin.com/the-2015-hater-s-guide-to-the-williams-sonoma-catalog-1746862116#_ga=1.175313762.1315386922.1449697251

Surprisingly Well Done

A Skeleton in the Family - Leigh Perry

I thought for sure this book would be 'over the top corny' but it was a surprisingly well done cozy mystery. I thought the concept would be too much to be anything but cheesy but I will definitely be reading the rest of them!

Great book, great writer.

The Poisoned Chalice - James Swallow

This was a great star trek novel. Very dark. James Swallow is an amazing writer and I have always loved his novels. I look forward to more!

They Are Coming...

How to Survive a Robot Uprising: Tips on Defending Yourself Against the Coming Rebellion - Daniel H. Wilson

At times remotely amusing, this book tends to be very dull. I was surprised to learn that this book was written before Wilson's novel Robopocalypse but I can see the genesis of that novel

The Blood Cell

Doctor Who: The Blood Cell - James Goss

Excellent writing, great plot and although I have not seen Doctor Who with the newest Doctor, the characterization in this book is so interesting that it makes me want to see the show. 

Reading progress update: I've read 93 out of 379 pages.

— feeling bad smell
Aftermath: Star Wars - Chuck Wendig, Marc Thompson

I rarely put a book in the "Did Not Finish" pile but I am getting so mired down in this book that I may give up on it. 

 

I am finding the writing style to be so 'foreign' that I cannot stay interested. The multitude of characters I cannot keep straight. Is it possible that because I have not read any (?) of the 'new canon' SW books I am lost?

 

 

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