Mind and Body; Abstract and Reality

This is a collection of short stories. Mind and Body by Lucas Carpenter is a book I received from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program in return for a review. The first three stories possess their own appeal; there is not much of a link to what follows. But starting with PERIMETER look for the linking devices of Stafford College and a character name Rutledge. It will be fun.

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Violence and War in Lesser Developing Countries

This is a collection of short stories that I received from the Library Thing Early Reviewer Program in exchange for a review. The book is Dangerous Obsessions by Bob Van Laerhoven. My comments are about each story. Some of them are translations; some were written in English by the author.

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Living with the Loss of Alzheimer’s

Many stories start out with a setting of a protagonist in a dysfunctional family. This novel reverses the trend. In The Worst My Life, So Far, by M. A. Harper, the core of this family, the mother and father, are completely in love. Neither parent is cheating on the other. If there is any problem at all, hinted at in the beginning of the story, it is that the mother is slavishly devoted to the husband. He is her hobby. But that is OK, mom has his total support as well. So the children shouldn’t really have any problems. Not so.

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Don’t Touch Miriam

Blackbirds is a Chuck Wendig book. It should probably come with a warning. Strong language, weird sexual language, and situations which will offend everyone at some point or the other. Despite that, books as fast paced as this are why the audiobook format is a great medium. Wendig’s books are so fast paced a reader can miss some really great, subtle stuff. A reader can’t miss points with an audiobook. The reader is automatically paced by the narrator, especially when the narrator is as good as Emily Beresford. You can’t get ahead of the narrator; you can cheat and rewind when you realize you have heard a clever phrase and want to reconsider it. With a print or eBook, successive good points don’t release their grip and the reader can miss great turns of phrase.

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Thirteen Reasons to Die for

It might take the reader a chapter or so to get used to the organization of presentation. Once fixed in the reader mind, it can still become confusing. Think of things in italics as tape transcripts. They are not really transcripts because these are the words Clay Jensen is hearing, but we have to present them in some way. Clay is listening to tapes and reacting primarily to his own thoughts and remembrances of what Hannah Baker is describing. Hannah is not around for questioning; she committed suicide. She had made tapes (7) with each tape side containing anecdotes of her relationships with one individual which led her to suicide. Seven tapes, 14 sides, but the last is a one-sided tape. (Check the title). Thirteen personal stories of individuals who had done something which led Hannah to her demise.

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A Psycho Stalker Sex Crime with Humor

Carr is an ex-cop. Not because he wanted to be unemployed but because of the kid he had shot. To atone for this, he constantly seeks places out of public view to apply lit cigarettes to his foot. Other than that he is normal except for a weird sense of humor and acceptance of strange things that happen to him. The dead cat that was thrown through an office window was weird. That he would wander around the office stepping on broken glass for many days after shows the acceptance that Carr has for unexpected events.

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Partners In Crime

Tommy Black and Eddie Creech were bad guys always seeking instant gratification throughout their dysfunctional lives. When they didn’t get it, they would remove the obstructions to their goal; if that block was human, they killed it. This did not go unnoticed by the law, after capture they were sentenced to life in prison. Immediately after sentencing, they were to be transferred to Big Sandy federal prison. Marshals Andy Rolfe and Bill Wallace were tasked with the transport; they wanted to get going immediately so they might arrive at the distant facility before a huge blizzard arrived. Due to a perfect storm type of scenario, snow and drifts would cut off various areas of Kentucky completely; all roads impassable, electrical lines down, no cell phone service. The road to the prison went through mountainous areas of a national forest.

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