Sometimes Children Aren’t Grateful

Daddy’s Little Girl by Julie Frost is a short zombie tale. The story is short, not the zombies. The cover is interesting. These are the words a reader will encounter on the cover. “Daddy’s Little Girl Digital Horror Fiction Short Story by Julie Frost A Largely Deceased Short Story.” This is a very busy cover for such a short, 25-page story. I thought I had discovered a new genre, but no, Digital Horror Fiction is the name of the publishing house; it is repeated at the bottom of the cover. It is free as a Kindle Unlimited download and, at 25 pages, it should not crowd your KU download limit of ten books at any one time.

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Take Time To Reflect

Impressions by Dan Groat is a very impressive (sorry, I know better but I couldn’t resist) collection of short reflections on the daily grind of our lives, also known as existence. This is one of those collections that is valuable to keep around for when you are feeling just a bit down and unfocused. It will, at the very least, redirect your attention to things that are a bit more meaningful than immediate routines we are forced to go through on a daily basis. This was selected as a Book of the Day (BOTD) by the folks at OnLine BookClub on 11 January 2017. The following comments are about some of my favorite selections. There are 55 reflections; there is no way I will comment on each of them. Buy the book; it will make you happy.

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Fantasy, Illusion, and Family Friendly

In Shadowline Drift by Alexis Razevich, we meet Jake, a hero with a humanitarian bent who works for World United, an organization dedicated to solving global humanitarian concerns. What could be more important than solving the problem of world hunger? Jake has found a group of indigenous people in the Amazon forests who possess a secret. Use the concoction they have found and there will be no more hungry people in the world. But there are consequences; not all solutions are happy ones for all participants. This novel, a masterful combination of fantasy, illusion, and (possible) reality will entertain readers and provoke thoughts of a huge moral dilemma.

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Shopping and Spending Addiction

In the Red by Jessica Pishko is a short novel about trying to overcome shopping addiction. It is a Kindle Single available through Kindle Unlimited. Published by Little A in November 2016 this short novel might be of interest to those trapped by all types of spending addictions. Pishko mentions in the latter part of her book that addictions have a commonality. She reflected on the similarities of her addiction to binge eating.

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Why Is Laura So Smug?

This short psychological horror tale, 1:15 by Jacob Rayne is approximately 27 pages long and is a great use of a Kindle Unlimited (KU) subscription.

Terri dreams a lot and her dreams are the type that comes with a warning you see on television. Her dreams are not for young people. In fact, she is worried that she kills young people; that is what one of her recent dreams was about. The boy dies first, then the man who arrived and expressed disapproval of her actions. Then she wakes up.

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The Enigma and Code-Breaking

Capturing The Enigma: The Unsung Heroes of HMS Bulldog by Patrick Spencer is a 28-page historical introduction to an important code-breaking event of WWII. Published in September 2016 by MouseWorks Publishing, this work provides a springboard for younger readers unfamiliar with code breaking to select lengthier, more detailed works on the personnel, equipment, and technology associated with this important development. Spencer’s writing style is faithful to historical events while at the same time entertaining to contemporary readers.

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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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