Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Still Reading, Still Touring. Still Dividing by Zero.

Click on this link for an excerpt from Divide by Zero posted on Gather today as the Divide by Zero blog tour continues. I hope you'll like it. Plus, “Divide by Zero”'s slated for a free promotional day on Kindle on October 28th, so you might want to mark your calendars and tell your friends...

Meanwhile, I'm still reading and writing book reviews, and drinking coffee. Don't forget, the coffee ratings are for writing style, not quality. I still don't believe I'm qualified to judge another writer's quality, even if most of the book review sites insist on a quality rating. But I'm definitely qualified to judge coffee!

This week's list starts with an excellent non-fiction book. Part self-help, part memoir, Don't Let Anyone Know, by Helen Cochran Coffey, tells a tale for our times of living with someone who suffers from a mental illness. How do you get help? How do you force someone you love to accept help when they tell you everything's okay? How do you forgive yourself when you weren't there for them? Nearly all of us are affected by mental illness at some time in our lives, whether in ourselves or in someone dear to us. This starkly honest memoir is filled with well-researched suggestions and the sort of questions that accept failure and beg for more without throwing out daggers of blame. Drink a well-balanced 3-star coffee with this beautifully balanced book.

Next is Tell a Thousand Lies by Rasana Atraya. Set in India it tells the tale of a young women whose dream of getting married and having children is suddenly shattered at the bridal viewing for her beautiful fair-skinned sister. Pullamma, the dark twig of the family, learns fame isn't all its cracked up to be, and riches aren't worth the loss of love. Tragic, haunting, evocative, this is a beautiful novel to curl up with while enjoying a 4-star elegant complex coffee.

Returning abruptly to the US, Oscar Velikovksy's A meaningless sequence of arbitrary symbols is an odd mix of graphic novel, episodic novel, computers and video game design theory. It's actually quite intriguing in a very odd, irreverent sort of way, very culturally "Gen-Z slacker-dood" American. Enjoy with several cups of bright easy-drinking coffee, but if it's not your sort of thing it might be seriously un-easy reading.

And finally, just for October, there's the Zombie Cookbook by J. O. Osbourne. Brains with a splash of blood--lettuce with a splash of tomato, recipes for kids, adults, alcoholic beverages and bloodshot eyeball soup... plenty for your Halloween party, whoever you've invited. I wished there were pictures inside though the cover's nice and, there again, thinking about the titles of the foodstuffs, maybe I'm glad there aren't pictures. Gruesome fun to enjoy with a 5-star bold dark intense cup of coffee.

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