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Books Read in Feb. 2014
|Books I Read in February 2014:
1. The October List by Jeffery Deaver (Stand Alone) 2013
2. Total Control by David Baldacci (Stand Alone – First Novel) (1997)
3. The Kill Order by Robin Burcell (A Sydney Fitzpatrick novel) 2014
4. Cross My Heart by James Patterson (Alex Cross Novel) (2013)
5. Absolute Truth by David Baldacci (Stand Alone – First Novel) (1996)
6. Fear by Jeff Abbott (Miles Kendrick Mystery) (2007)
7. Taking the Fifth by J.A. Jance (A J.P. Beaumont Mystery)
8. Running from the Law by Lisa Scottoline (Stand Alone Novel) 1996
9. Deliver Us From Evil by David Baldacci (The Shaw Series) (2010)
10. King and Maxwell by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2013)
11. Sixth Man by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2011)
12. First Family by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2009)
13. Cold Case by Robin Burcell (A Kate Gillespie novel) (2004)
I recommend Robin Burcell highly, as well ad David Baldacci; but the most intriguing and marvelous example of novel writing is "The October List" by Jeffery Deaver. The book is written in reverse.
Everyone who considers themselves a novelist should read this book for the education.
February 28, 2014 at 10:22am
Great Book by Jeffery Deaver
|I just finished reading the most amazing book by Jeffery Deaver. Those who are familiar with Mr. Deaver's writing will know Lincoln Rhyme and Katherine Dance, but this book "The October List" does not have either one as main characters.
This novel is written in reverse and bound in reverse as well. It starts with Chapter 36 and ends with the index, cover page, etc. It is the most ingenious book I've ever read. At first, it was a bit frustrating. In fact, I laid it down and started another one. But I came back to it, and I am so glad I did. The more I got into it, the more I was drawn to the way it was written. I would recommend it highly to those who like the mystery/thriller genre.
I won't say anymore because it would give away too much; but if do read it, I would sure like to hear what you think of it.
February 21, 2014 at 10:36am
Grandparenting - NO!
|I don't think I am cut out to be a grandparent or godparent if the past few days are any example. And the object of my grandparenting or godparenting is a little black and white dog that belongs to my husband's worker, Sam. Babysitting someone else's little one is not for me, but I promised.
I took little Duke to get his balls cut off (neuter surgery), and now he has to be restrained from running and jumping for 7 whole days beginning last Wednesday. His whole basic life goals are to jump and run, so it's kinda hard to keep him from doing so. The instructions also said to keep him from licking his sutures, but again, licking what was once his balls is second nature to male dogs. I was not/did not buy a cone to put on this head for this purpose. He would have destroyed it sooner rather than later.
So, no more grandparenting for me - ever. Especially not human ones. I don't much like kids at all and certainly don't want them around for more than second and not even then. I can tolterate dog kids for only for a short time unless they are mine own.
February 19, 2014 at 12:52pm
|Over the past few months, our smallest cat, Baby - who will be 10 in May - has been staying in my office at night. She has many places to lie down and has catfeeder and water bowl. She even has two ring-neck doves to drool over, if she should so choose. But is that enough for her? No! Emphatically, no!
First, she started knowing my portable mouse onto the floor. Some times the back would fly off and the batteries go wherever. There is still one battery I haven't found. Fortunately, I have more AA batteries and even a back up portable mouse if I should so need. Okay. So Baby has a mouse play toy which is not my idea of a good thing. I tried just putting it behind the computer. Too easy, Baby said.
Second, I put my glasses on the desk, so they are where I can find them in the morning when I come to the computer. One morning when I was in a hurry to go somewhere and needed my glasses, they were no where to be seen on the desk. I looked on the floor and did not see them. I got down and looked some more and then stood up and took a step - uh, oh! Glad I did not make a heavy step because under my foot were my glasses.
That was it!!!!! I began to hide my glasses and mouse in a drawer in the dresser in my office. That took care of that. No more play toys for Baby. Wrong! She found my keys and took them over to the closet door. Now my keys are in the little drawer where I keep my gun.
So, now no more play toys for Baby. Huh! You think? She started then to make ball point pens disappear even though they are in a little white basket on my desk. I still haven't found the one or two she has taken as her own. I'm not going to hide the pens because we have a good supply of cheap give away pens from the bank and other places.
February 17, 2014 at 1:43pm
Spooky Spies are Everywhere
|It's been since Feb. 4 that I've written here. Life has gone on behind the scenes since I am still here plugging away putting a plug in the wall like the little Dutch boy, so the rushing waters won't wash everything away and take my life in it's racing rivers.
So, what is so important to write in this blog? What do I want to expose? Those are questions I have to ask myself before I blab and tell something I don't want everyone in the world to know, especially NSA and those spooky spy people. They look and listen everywhere. You never know; you might be sitting by one of them now or have a microphone on you listening to your every word, catching the inflections and nuances of your verbage. Or a camera shining down on you taking your picture and sending it to some spooky spy guy in real tiime. They are everywhere like weeds in the garden and yard. They keep popping up no matter how much you try to dig them out and cut off the roots.
So, I don't think I'll share anything intimate or real about my life since Feb. 4. Too dangerous. No, I am not paranoid. I KNOW they are out there watching and waiting - maybe not today or tomorrow; but they are there like fleas on an old hound dog. You feel like scratching and don't know why. Don't turn around; they might be back there. Or maybe that's why dogs often turn in circles before they lie down for a nap. They are making sure no one is spying on them. It's a good idea for people to do the same thing.
February 4, 2014 at 11:02am
Doctor's Appointment Today
|Doctor's appointment today. Dread the drive into the big city on the highway and byways of which I am not acquainted.
February 1, 2014 at 11:41am
Books Read in January 2014
|The books I read in January 2014:
Deadly Legacy by Robin Burcell (A Kate Gillespie novel) (2003)
Fatal Truth by Robin Burcell (A Kate Gillespie novel) (2002)
Every Move She Makes by Robin Burcell (A Kate Gillespie novel) (1999)
Simple Genius by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2007)
Hour Game by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2004)
Split Second by David Baldacci (King and Maxwell Series) (2003)
The Dark Hour by Robin Burcell (A Sydney Fitzpatrick novel) 2012
The Whole Truth by David Baldacci (The Shaw Series) (2008)
True Blue by David Baldacci (2009)
Calico Joe by John Grisham (2012)
Look Again by Lisa Scottoline (2009)
Dead Even by Brad Meltzer
Cold Service by Robert B. Parker (A Spenser Novel) (2003)
Face of a Killer by Robin Burcell (A Sydney Fitzpatrick novel) 2008
Back of Beyond by C. J. Box (Cody Hoyt novel) 2011
January 30, 2014 at 10:55am
One Day at a Time
|January 2014 is almost over. That is evident to anyone who has a calendar which is most everyone. I wonder if there are those who do not have access to a calendar of sorts.
I don't have startling revelations or news to report. Life is what it is right now. Most of the country is fighting cold, some more than others. Even though we have not been to the minus degree here in south Texas, we have had our winter challenges. Taking it one day at a time is the only way.
January 20, 2014 at 9:03pm
Signed On for Another Year At Least
|Well, I signed up for another year. Guess this means I think I'll be around for at least 12 more month. Downgraded to an Upgraded. Can't afford a Premium. It was a gift from some secret pal last year. I am grateful. Upgraded should do the task.
So much going on in real life. No time to blog.
January 14, 2014 at 11:36am
Update of Sorts
|Okay, so I'll blog a bit just to keep my memory in front of those who choose to look my way. Nothing much to say. Bad sores in my mouth. Hurt like hell. Going to FP doctor today.
Got an appointment in February for the auto-immune syndrome FP doc thinks I have. Need to see a Rheumatologist for the possibility (probability) of Sjogren's Syndrome. No, I don't know how to pronounce it either, but it's a bitch - that I can say definitely. Sorta puts a kaboosh on the quality of life factor. But maybe the Rheumatologist will have some miracle drug to give me which will make all things better. We'll see.
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