If you are an aficionado of historical fiction like me and appreciate a well-crafted murder mystery and courtroom drama I recommend "Chinawoman’s Chance (Portia of the Pacific Historical Mysteries)" by Jim Musgrave.Read More
The underlining theme of Full Circle by Regina Timothy is friendship, and some of our friends may surprise us in our darkest state of being.Read More
With the loss of a parent I can imagine being devastating for any child, the challenges for Jake in “Jake, Lucid Dreamer by David J. Naiman seems overwhelming for any middle schooler, but Jake is an impressive resilient young man navigating life four years after his mother’s death. David J. Naiman writes vivid dreams and imageries that rounds out the story for enjoyable reading.Read More
“I liked that J.H.M. Okthos brilliantly engages in writing about people with depth and imperfections not just adding characters with no importance, a pleasing change of pace for my summer reading.”Read More
Stache Publishing returns to A Bastard's Indie Book Reviews ( check out my review of GUNPOWDER WITCH by Jordan Williams ) with a comic anthology series featuring some talented artists and writers with "Colossal Chaos from Out of the Blue", 26 strange tales in all with plenty of imaginative short stories and impressive illustrations for collectors of up and coming publications putting out great independent books.Read More
“What is summer reading without a self-help book to motivate me to complete my summer "To Be Review" list or having answers for my friend currently seeking employment?”Read More
“As Gen Xers, we grew up with the consistency of being bombarded by things of yesteryears directly influencing our culture with a mixed feeling of admiration (civil rights, music, anti-war ) and disdain (the 70s, 80s greed, and more war) for "baby boomers." Gen Xers are the disrespected middle child caught between the world made by the baby boomers and the world inherently for millennials ( not a diss on Gen Y or Gen Z ). For a Gen Xer like me, I am still fascinated with 60s culture and movements, furthering my awe by reading "Something's Happening Here: A Memoir of the 60s" by Dennis Hicks, perhaps the most personal glimpse of innocence lost and heartfully written books about "baby boomers."Read More
5 Stars: Thoughts She Weaves (Amazon Giveaway Ends July 12 )
With my summer reading I have to balance from long books with many chapters that drag down a novel, short books that get to the point or a short book that is too short to have point, my mantra is maintaining reading as a euphoric experience rather than the feeling of being overwhelmed by accepting books to review. I haven't failed myself because my selections have been laser sharp. "Lachesis' Allotment: A Short Collection of Notes, Observations, Questions, and Thoughts" by Diana R.A. Morris as she correctly puts it weaves together a collection of short essays and short screenplays with insightfulness of fulfillment, dream chasing, the journey of immigrant parents and applications we can apply to our lives. Take a peek into Diana R.A. Morris's writer's mind you can collect ideas and writing structures for the writer in you.
Building a library of go-to books for writers when facing writer's block on the top of my list is "The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle by Steven Pressfield and a few others I will read a few times a year. I can now add "Lachesis' Allotment: A Short Collection of Notes, Observations, Questions, and Thoughts" because of it's thought-provoking nature of friendship, one inquiry compose in this collection that I found intriguing was when do you realize that a relationship has to end. I return to the States from China for summer vacation I found myself analyzing long-term friendships wondering what the point is in sustaining them. Parts of Diana R.A. Morris screenplay touches on what happens when we lose touch and reconnect with someone, how doesn't always go as planned. It left me with a particular state of mind of being unsure; maybe I don't contact certain friends this time around and lay the blame on me living 8000 miles away. Chasing a dream is another topic Diana covers with tidbits of James Cameron's life in film vs. his naysayers, we face these people who tell us you can't, and some lives disprove the negative, it is always fascinating to read more importantly is to find a way to inject inspiration into our brain.
Easily one of the best books I have read this summer and A Bastard's Indie Book Review's Amazon Giveaway for July, please enter with this link. https://giveaway.amazon.com/p/1e77db65855173a2 Winners, write a review, that is the kindest thing you can do for authors. If you are really into crafting short books download "Lachesis' Allotment: A Short Collection of Notes, Observations, Questions, and Thoughts" by Diana R.A. Morris on Amazon, it is $.99!
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Reading "A Life Worth Living: The Journey of an Authentic Soul" by Carla Feagan I was expecting a guide for me to achieve an "authentic soul," but instead I got a sensory-rich memoir, with poetry that gives the book an artistic flavor. The poetry between chapters and within chapters are the highlights of this book striking your senses with smart details, a wise choice by the author in a very personal and brave journey.Read More
“In our reality where we remain clueless or apathetic of places like this, and the people that yearn to escape the violence are not giving a platform to plead for our understanding; they stay nameless so easily discarded like the victims that die around Adi, this book provides you clarity.”Read More