Just Horsing Around

The Very Worst Riding School In The World by Lucinda E. Clarke is a short (27 Pages) non-fiction account of an almost love affair between the author and horses. It is available free from Amazon and probably qualifies to be listed in the category “chapbook.” The very catchy title attracted my interest as did the author’s opening declaration best described in her own words. “Who, in their right mind would start a riding school when they didn’t know how to ride, was terrified of horses, had no capital, no insurance and half the stock was at death’s door?” (loc 25-26). This short account might be of interest to young adult readers (or any readers) who have entertained the idea of owning horses, whether for commercial reasons or not, and have really not thought through completely the pitfalls that such ownership might encounter.

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A Best Seller–Not

Diary of an Angry Old Man by Rick Minerd has a title that demanded my attention. I can sometimes be an angry old man but mostly I’m not. There might be survival tips here. There might be shared experiences or new perspectives on growth and new experiences as a senior citizen. I began reading the book with high expectations. The first few pages were a bit puzzling as far as organization. Minerd started the story with this title: Chapter Six? This was followed by Chapter Seven?, Chapter Eight?, and Chapter One. Minerd explained why he began the book at Chapter Six. He didn’t explain the question marks.

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Crime Non-fiction

Joseph Paul Franklin: The True Story of The Racist Killer by Jack Rosewood & Dwayne Walker is as the title says, a non-fiction crime account. It is available as a free book from Amazon, not through Kindle Unlimited (although you could download it that way) but at a price of USD 0.00. As an ex-law enforcement type, I am drawn to non-fiction crime novels because I like to compare police procedures from different States and Municipalities.

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Worst Maritime Disaster Ever

Ship of Fate by Roger Moorhouse is the story of a ship named the MV Wilhelm Gustloff. It was a luxury ship but not designed as a playground for the rich, instead, it was to be used to provide cheap, heavily government subsidized vacations to the workers of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich. In this way, it was a propaganda tool for the National Socialism (Nazi) philosophy. As is pointed out in at least two places in the book, the history of the ship and that of the Third Reich are mirrored in time. Launched in 1937 when Hitler’s government was at its height of power when the conviction of the German populace was the dawning of a new world order, the ship sank in 1945, at the same time of Hitler’s death.

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A Brother’s Death in Vietnam

The Girl in the Photo by Gaspar Gonzales is a 42 page Kindle Single available through Kindle Unlimited (KU). Published in January 2015 by Amazon Digital LLC, the story is about one person’s attempt to come to terms with the loss of a loved one in Vietnam. Couldn’t it also be about coming to terms with the loss of a loved one in any war? The reader can decide.

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An Editing Nightmare

Book Marketing for Authors                         by C. A. Price

It is unusual for me to start a review with a quote from the author, but it is appropriate here.

“You want to definitely make sure your book has been edited well and an excellent cover. If not, the reviewer will bash you on it.” Book Marketing for Authors (Kindle Locations 427-428).

Let the bashing begin. As the author noted, reviews should be constructive. The author will have to decide whether this one is.

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Education Chinese Style

I was prepared to open the book and immediately read about Chinese Education in Singapore. I work at a Chinese university in Indonesia and one of my lecturer colleagues is from Singapore, so I was looking forward to a pleasant read that would further social discussion with my expatriate colleague. This book will do that, but not in the way I expected. It is non-fiction, occasionally dense, and certainly supports my idea of “Read Everything.”

Chinese Education in Singapore                               by Zhang Zhixiong

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