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Friday, July 17, 2015

Humor, Poetry, Sci-Fi and Mystery--Enjoyable Reading!

Looking for something interesting to read? Here's a few great books I recently finished reading and thought I'd share the best with you. 

Maybe It’s Just Me-by Barry Parham

Parham’s satirical and politically incorrect book is attempting to make sense of the media hoopla surrounding and influencing our daily lives. You’ll laugh aloud at his strange but funny analysis of our health care system, social media, black Friday and newly enacted laws. He touches on insanely important topics such as aging and air travel while wondering why a popular singer wearing a meat dress is considered cool but prayer in schools isn't. Touch√©, Barry! You’ll read about ‘whack biscuits’ or ‘schizo-burger side-orders’ and wonder whether you know someone who might fall into those categories as long as they’re not a ‘lobotomized cypress’ or a ‘Binkie’.  Don't ask. Then there are the lists of worst jobs, bad Christmas songs and top ten reasons to move to a different city. This book is worth the price simply to get his list of acronyms with a twist. Overall, it’s a riot. I learned that not everyone uses Crown Royal bags for Scrabble and he definitely doesn't want to play Candy Crush Saga. Dang.

Irrefutable Proof by Abby L. Vandiver

Justin is an archaeologist and she also writes fiction books. Someone didn't want her second book to hit the shelves and it seems there are people after her regarding some enlightening information in her novel. Fiction or not, her book has some unusual insight about the history of modern civilization and the fact that she’s working on deciphering a papyrus scroll and traveling to unusual libraries for research, has peaked the interest of government officials knowing the truth. Or do they? When a priest comes to pay a visit with a suggestion about focusing on the Voynich Manuscript rather than translating the scroll she’s been working on, things take a turn into the danger zone. Will Dr. Justin Dickerson find the irrefutable proof she’s looking for? Only one way to find out—buy this exciting book and read it today!

Kaleidescope Poetry by Carole Anne Carr

This anthology of tender, heartfelt poetry takes the reader from England to Africa with vivid descriptions, colors and sensitivity. Imagine a frosty weekend at a writer’s retreat or contemplate issues of the soul upon finding an old rosary and dig even deeper upon reflections of one child’s poverty, as he stares longingly into a shop full of fancy shoes. See the sparkle change from one poem to another in this lovely collection, this kaleidoscope by Carol Anne Carr.

Shadow Over Avalon by C.N. Lesley

This is a futuristic book with a warrior woman/cyborg facing many adventures under scrutiny--in Avalon, where thoughts and feelings are monitored and downloaded into a large computer database--plus everyone is pierced with a band of black or gold. It’s heart thumping action and a lot of plot twists that went straight over my head. A well-written book for any lover of sci-fi and fantasy.

Dry Bones by Carole Morden

Do you like cozy mystery novels that spin tight little webs that leave you breathless? This novel, Dry Bones wanted to take me for a ride to a high school reunion but too many things began happening along the way. Exciting things-- that needed figuring out and Jamie, the main character and also a Pastor’s wife is determined to find out what happens even if she almost jeopardizes her life. After all, a murdered friend just left her millions, her husband the Pastor, is out of town and her mystery club from high school doesn’t have the deeply rooted, ambitious desire to solve the case now that they are all grown up and only Jamie is the suspect. With help from her alcoholic friend Rachel who seems to know a few things about computers and detective Scott, they try to look for clues that might help clear Jamie’s name. Everything points to another friend who is losing friends and relatives faster than a blind man losing money at a roulette table. Jamie just wants to go back to making pies for the congregation but first she’s chased around town by Volvo lady and kidnapped by her high school principal. This fast-paced story builds up to a clever climax that will surprise even those who are champions at Clue with unanticipated twists and turns that will make you a lifelong fan of Carole Morden.

Mexican Humor 201 by Linton Robinson

This is extremely politically incorrect Mexican humor but I found it fascinating. There’s a common theme mainly portraying the macho man and the curvaceous woman, in short vignettes and slapstick style wordplay.(Excuse the pun.) My favorite joke is called The Bicycle (a relatively clean joke) and the cool thing is everything appears in two languages! It’s like getting two jokes for the price of one! Anyway, there’s a lot I don't “get” but maybe that’s okay. I recommend this book to anyone working near San Diego or El Paso who wants to make people smile!

What have you been reading?
 Any of these sound interesting to you?


  1. Quite a variety! I am reading a couple of these- though time seems to be of a premium at the moment and in extremely short supply!

  2. Still trying to read books again. it is a slow relearning.
    I really want to read Carol Morden 's book. I remember her old blog and how I found it. Whick was just pure luck. Plus I loved the quote and header photo.
    I'll past on the Mexican humor book. I have my reasons but this is your blog and not mine.

    cheers, parsnip

  3. Greetings Eve,

    Yep and lucky you, it's me reporting in from lil' ol' England at almost three in the morning.

    You certainly have a wide range in the books you read. Politically incorrect books are just what I need to read. Of course, our dogs likes reading "pawlitically" incorrect books.

    I have no time to read books! I'm too busy reading blogs posts!

    Have a good Sunday.

    Gary :)

  4. "Maybe it's Just Me" sounds like a fun read. Thanks for the reviews, Eve.

  5. Barry is one of the funniest writers I've ever known. Lin, well, what can I say? He's smart, funny when he wants to be, and tells it like it is. I also loved Carole's book--nothing like a good mystery!

  6. Hi Eve, I had to rush over to tell you it’s the March House Books website that’s closing my blog will continue. I would hate you to stop visiting because you think I’m not there!
    I’m reading Cuckoo Song a chillingly dark fairy story by Frances Hardinge.