Moody

Work is wicked slow. Going in for the first time in almost a week. I’m tired of winter and life is just bleh.   I’m moody…

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Thank goodness April is just around the corner. It can’t come fast enough for me.

 

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Book Blogger Insider Tag

Tagged by Lashaan. Feel free to riot and mob, as long as you do it at his place, not mine!

 

1) WHERE DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE YOUR BLOG POSTS?

Sitting on our couch, looking out at the gray and drab weather! If that view doesn’t cheer you up, you’re obviously not a good enough pessimist.

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2) HOW LONG DOES IT GENERALLY TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK REVIEW?

About an hour, maybe 2 if I get distracted. Either I’ll go down a rabbit trail of blogs or start paying attention to whatever I have playing on the tv in the background.

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The Magic Box told me to put this picture on my blog…

 

3) WHEN DID YOU START YOUR BOOK BLOG?

This particular one I started back in ’13 when Goodreads started hiding or deleting reviews that didn’t meet their intentionally vague and pro-author/pro-selling guidelines, that they introduced without actually telling anyone.

My original book review blog is at Bookstooge.blogspot.com and that was started in 2005. However, even that blog underwent a name change to the Bookstooge brand and honestly, I can’t remember what it USED to be.

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4) WHAT IS THE WORST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

The Invisible Reader. It depresses me more than some jackass writer expecting me to be his editor because I agreed to review his indie book. I simply don’t understand those who follow but won’t interact.

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But they don’t “like” me, whahhhhhhh!

 

5) WHAT IS THE BEST THING ABOUT HAVING A BOOK BLOG IN YOUR OPINION?

The countless horde of followers that I can unleash at a moments notice to wreak havoc across the ENTIRE INTERNET!  Fear me, Internet, you have met your doom.

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Also, a little flattery for your Great Leader goes a long way these days

 

6) WHAT BLOG POST HAVE YOU HAD THE MOST FUN WRITING SO FAR?

Definitely the Bookstooge Confessional and follow up Saint Bookstooge Gives Answer.  How can you resist a post that ends with such a horrifying gif?

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Even now, I shudder at this nightmare inducing visage!

 

 

7) WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE TYPE OF BLOG POST TO WRITE?

Probably my reviews. They aren’t necessarily as fun or exciting to write as Tag posts or the misc posts I manage to spew out, but I couldn’t write misc posts 3 times a week, every week. I just couldn’t do it. This kind of post is icing ON the cake but my review posts are THE cake for me.

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8) WHEN DO YOU TYPICALLY WRITE?

Saturdays and Sundays and whenever inspiration or desire strikes during the week.

 

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Yep, that’s my mind, just exploding with pure awesomesauce!

 

10) HOW DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? WITH A CUP OF COFFEE OR TEA? WITH NETFLIX? CUDDLED WITH YOUR FUR BABY?

Usually with the tv going in the background playing something from Prime. If it’s a Saturday, there will probably be a Bang next to me. Caffeine helps my brain run more efficiently you know.

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Super Creatine means this is a good as medicine, honest.

 

11) WHEN DO YOU WRITE YOUR BOOK REVIEWS? RIGHT AFTER FINISHING THE BOOKS? TWO WEEKS AFTER FINISHING THE BOOK?

Usually within 3 days of finishing the book. It might not post for 2-3 weeks, but if a review isn’t written within 5 days, all the salient details are GONE from my mind, just like the wind.

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12) HOW OFTEN DO YOU POST?

3-5 times a week.  Pretty regularly unless Life happens, then it’s anyone’s guess.

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And that about wraps everything up. Cheers!

 

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Merry Christmas!!!

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Joy to the World:

♪Joy to the World , the Lord is come!
Let earth receive her King;
Let every heart prepare Him room,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven and nature sing,
And Heaven, and Heaven, and nature sing.♪

♪Joy to the World, the Savior reigns!
Let men their songs employ;
While fields and floods, rocks, hills and plains
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat the sounding joy,
Repeat, repeat, the sounding joy.♪

♪No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.♪

♪He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love.♪

 

I pray that Christ will find welcome in your hearts this Christmas.

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This is My Genre (Tag)

I was tagged by Norrie at Reading Under the Blankie.  You can read all the fake rules at her place if you so care. She also credits the creator, so there is no need for me to. Not that I would anyway 😉

I’m busy and tired and some easy to do posts are saving my bacon right now.

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1) What is your favorite genre

Fantasy, pure and simple

 

2) Who is your favorite author within said genre

Man, that is TOUGH! Brent Weeks springs immediately to mind. Ian Esslemont does as well. It probably helps that I’m in the middle of waiting for both of them to wrap up their current series and have been buying them in hardcover as they come out.

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I would kill for a chin like that!

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I think Weeks likes bacon more than I do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) What is it about said genre that keeps pulling you back

Escapism. Fun, exciting action, convoluted plots, memorable characters, those all matter but it really comes down to escaping this current world for just 30-60min.

 

4) What is the book that started your love of said genre

I don’t know.  I suspect that the Chronicles of Narnia had something to do with it, as my mom read those to me before I could read for myself. So the idea of books holding the fantastical within their pages has always been a part of my life.  I suspect that by the time I was old enough to realize what genres were, I was already hooked.

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This is the set my mother used

 

I do remember reading an excerpt from a collection of short stories that a friend of mine had borrowed from the library. It was about a young boy who learned some magic from his weird aunt and then saved his town from invaders by calling up fog and leading them astray. Years later I read the full novel, A Wizard of Earthsea, and loved it just as much.

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I love that woodcut style cover

 

 

5) If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

If it was a young person, I’d recommend the Hobbit.  It is short, filled with everything you could want in a fantasy book (dragons, dwarves, orcs, wizards, humans, hobbits, etc), tells a fascinating story and has the added luck of being a standalone story that actually ties into a classic trilogy for when they are slightly older.

For a more mature reader, I’d go with either something by Brandon Sanderson or Adrian Tchaikovsky’s Shadow of the Apt series.

 

6) Why do you read

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What a joke. Idiot thinking like this? That’s what’s destroying our world.  You don’t get to be a Ranger or Special Forces or a SEAL because you think you can but because you actually CAN. And I don’t read 150+ books a year because I think I can but because I put in the hours to do so.

 

Because I enjoy it immensely. Not everyone is going to enjoy reading like I do, I understand that.

I also read because I’m an introvert and interacting with people wears me out. Reading helps me to recharge my battery so I don’t stick a fork through someone’s eye.

Reading also allows me to review and get these words out of my system. Unlike, say, Britchy,  I don’t have a vast store of stories to amuse you all with. I have some, but I have to release them like a miser so I don’t run out 🙂  Reviews allow me to remember stories from my past, while creating current stories and it all comes together to be my memory.

 

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So there we go. A nice little tag all wrapped up in a bow. I don’t tag people, as most of you know. I do encourage anyone who reads this to take it for themselves and use it for some of those dry times when writing a review just seems a bit much.

 

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Stomach Flu

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I have been out of commission this week due to having gastroenteritis.  It started Monday morning about 4am and I ended up in the ER by Tuesday.  I’m on 2 antibiotics that make me sick to my stomach and I can pretty much only handle rice and applesauce in small quantities. I don’t feel any better than I did Tuesday so I’m giving it until Monday (when the antibiotics run out) and then I’ll make another appointment with my doctor.

Thankfully, I’m not throwing up or other nasty symptoms, just not hungry and a slight pain in my lower left abdomen.  Do you have any idea how boring it is to eat white rice multiple days in a row? And we’re talking about 1/4cup or less of the stuff, just enough to help make me not feel nauseous when taking the meds? It is BORING!

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On the plus side, I’ve lost about 5lbs and gotten some quality reading time. But I won’t be real active here online, as you might have noticed.

 

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The “I’m Bored so I’m going to make everyone Else suffer too” Tag

Found this over at Britchy’s.  Not a book review site and yet I haven’t stopped following.  The creative juices still aren’t flowing, so I figured I’d try something like this to jumpstart them. We’ll see if it works.
1. Do you like blue cheese? 
Absolutely.  Well, I like blue cheese dressing. The best place for blue cheese is on a burger. A local Mex-American restaurant has a killer bluecheese burger and that is what I get every time we go there.  We’ve been going there, sporadically mind you, for about 5 years and so far, no exploration for this one!

 

2. Coke or Pepsi? 
But diet, I can handle either.  I’m pretty open and accepting that way. Just call me a Soda Justice Warrior.
3. Do you own a gun? 
Two in fact. My first gun was/is a 22 rifle. Great for getting rid of squirrels in the backyard back in the 90’s.
This year I bought my first pistol. A Sig Sauer P938.  It’s a sub-compact,  technically might even be a micro-compact, but it fits my hands perfectly. I can shoot through 50-100 rounds at the range and have zero hand and arm fatigue. That’s the way it should be!
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Sig P938 Combat model with the extended magazine in 9mm.  A dream to handle.

4. What flavor of Kool-aid?  
Fruit Punch. Me and the Koolaid Man, busting down those walls, yo.
5. Hot dogs? 
Hebrew National kosher beef dogs. If I’m going to eat the leftovers of a cow, I want to know its the best of the worst 🙂
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6. Favorite TV show? 
Don’t have one.
7. Do you believe in ghosts? 
Demons masquerading as spirits of the deceased yes. Actual deceased people in incorporeal form, no.
8. What do you drink in the morning? 
A Bang Energy drink.  7 days a week.
9. Can you do a push-up? 
I used to do 100 every day back in the day. Then I got “frozen shoulder” in both my shoulders and now not so much.
10. Favorite Jewelry?
My wedding ring. The only piece of jewelry I own.
11. Favorite Hobby? 
Reading, come on!
Then, playing Magic the Gathering.
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12. Do you have ADD? 
No.
13. Do you wear glasses? 
Yes.
14. Favorite cartoon character? 
Nothing springs to mind. Maybe Yugioh if you include anime?
15. Three things you did today? 
Wake up at 0630.
Drink a Pina Colada Bang.
Write this post.
16. Three drinks you drink regularly? 
Water.
Bang.
Water.
17. Current movies?
Antman & the Wasp. Liked it enough that I’ll be putting it on my Christmas wish list this year. It was almost as good as the original Antman and I loved that movie.
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18. Do you believe in magic?
Technically, yes.
19. Favorite place to be? 
On the couch reading.
20. How did you ring in the New Year? 
2300 hits and I’m fast asleep. Forget midnight anymore.
21. Travel? Where would you go?  
That is Mrs B’s department. I’d be happy to never leave my town.
22. Name five people who will most likely read this?  
Ronald Reagan
Larry Correia
You
Beyonce
That squirrel I have sworn blood vengeance against (he likes to know where I am so he can live another day)
23. Favorite movie?  
Die Hard
Matrix
John Wick
24. Favorite color?  
Forest Green
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25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets?  
In the summer yes. In the winter, it’s flannel all the way!
26. Can you whistle? 
Not even a sleazy wolf whistle 😦
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Mrs B is pretty devastated that I can’t wolf whistle at her. The trials that poor woman has to endure.

27. Where are you now?  
My “Favorite Place”
29. Favorite food?  
It’s a real tossup between homemade chicken potpie and pizza.
Of course, 4 cups of Cap’n Crunch has its own appeal in the summer.
30. Least favorite chore?  
All of them.
31. Best job you can think of?  
Being the lead model for Ultra Sexy Hairy Man dot com.
It’s a dream come true for me.
32. What’s in your pockets?  
Hahahaha, jokes on you.
I’m not wearing any pants so no pockets!
33. Last thing that made you laugh?  
The fact that I didn’t buy a lottery ticket (mega millions) and nobody won last night, so the prize is now 1.6 BILLION (or 900 million cash up front). Obviously, it is a sign that I am the Chosen Won (I am so freaking clever in the morning!), meant to win this prize beyond mortal comprehension.
34. Favorite animal?  
All the dead ones.
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35. What’s your most recent injury? 
Walked through some thorns the other day and scored a 4inch long gash on my hand and forearm. Good times.
36. How many TVs are in your house?  
TV’s are an abomination unto Bookstooge. They are conduits of pure evil and mindless drivel. They destroy brain matter and warp reality itself.
So, we only have one.
37. Worst pain ever?  
When I had the frozen shoulder and was pulling a dead tree out of the way. It snapped, which snapped my arm back and it felt like lightning going through my shoulder.  I just lay on the ground for about 10min until I could think again. That’s when I finally went to the doctors and started in on physical therapy.
38. Do you like to dance? 
No.
39. Are your parents still alive? 
Well, they’re supposed to come up here for Christmas, so I sure hope so. Fighting zombie parents on Christmas is just about the worst ever.
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40. Do you enjoy camping? 
Yes.
Nothing makes me more excited than to sleep on the hard ground, skip a nice warm shower and eat food that is only technically “food”. Oh, and putting up a tent, totally within my skillset as a male model.
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PS
Sorry about the lack of spacing. That is what happens when you copy/paste from a source you don’t know. )Not Britchy by the way)  I’d probably have to redo the whole post to get it right and that’s just not happening.
My apologies.

Best Friends for Life ★★★★☆

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Title: Best Friends for Life
Series: ———-
Author: Michael & Judy Phillips
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback

 

Synopsis:

The Phillips tell 4 different true stories (with particulars changed for anonymity’s sake) about young couples they knew and how they proceeded through their dating, into marriage and how those marriages turned out.

The Phillips are convinced that “dating” has such an abysmal track record when it comes to marriages that last after dating that they want to explore other avenues. Their suggestion? Marry your best friend. Basically, make being friends with the opposite gender a higher priority than romance and really know what you want in a spouse instead of letting it all hang on hormones and feelings.

What does God, through the Bible, say about what is important in a marriage? The Phillips use very few specific Bible verses but count on their audience already having a decent grasp of Scripture. They are writing for someone who already wants what is best according to God’s will and is searching that out.

 

My Thoughts:

I read this originally back in 2000. At the time, I had graduated from Bibleschool. Mrs B was still in highschool and we hadn’t a glimmer of the others’ existence. I was mad to marry and was reading all the advice books I could get my hands on. I wasn’t going to be an “old” man like my dad when he got married. For the record, he was married at 28. I ended up being 30. Ironic isn’t it? So I figured if I could get all that advice then Mrs Right would fall into my lap and whammo, we’d have the perfect married life because obviously we’d have BOTH read all kinds of these books and know exactly what to do and what things to NOT do.

The funny thing is, I actually was friends with Mrs B long before we ever were romantically involved. I met her on Xanga, a blogging site (not sure how much traction it still has any more). She’d written a post about going to a medieval wedding and ended her post with “Have a good Sabbath”. I asked her what she meant by “Sabbath” as I was a Saturday Sabbath keeper and it turned out she was a 7th Day Adventist so she kept Saturday as well. We were friends for a couple of years online but figured we’d never meet. She was in California, I was on the East Coast. I didn’t like to travel and she had nothing to draw her to the East. But then a friend of mine, who I’d gone to Bibleschool with, decided he was going to get married. In California. He was in the Navy and would soon be shipping out in a Sub (subbing out?) and I didn’t know when I’d see him next so a group of us all went to California. I informed Miss Librarian and invited her as my plus one. Her brother, Sir Grumpsalot, came with her to chaperone and my friends were at the wedding, so it was safe all around. After the wedding that night, I asked her if I could court her. I called her mother that week and a year later we were engaged and 6 months after that we were married. Now, 10 years later, we’re STILL happily married.

Now, when I read this book back in 2000, I couldn’t have predicted this set of circumstances. In fact, I didn’t WANT those set of circumstances. I wanted somebody else. She has since gotten married to a wonderful christian man, has a family and is a bedrock of Faith for her family. But she wouldn’t have been right for me nor me for her. It took God to bring the correct Mrs Right into my life. That is what this book is about more than anything. It isn’t a hard and fast set of rules that the Phillips promise will bring you the right spouse. But they give solid advice about involving your parents, your friends, and most of all, not letting your hormones and feelings be in control. They are right.

They also give several examples of how people have changed what they’ve suggested to work for their particular set of circumstances. Some of the things they suggest simply weren’t viable for Mrs B and I, such as having family time with each other’s families while we were courting. The Phillips are very open that what they are suggesting isn’t the end and be all but they do strongly advise young people and their parents to put much more effort into the whole process than just “Oh, we’re in love”.

Reading this again, for our 10th Wedding Anniversary, it is uncanny how much God drew us both down this path in our relationship with each other. I for one am thankful for that. Our marriage is strong, we are happy and content with each other and while our lives together haven’t been what we’ve expected (Mrs B was diagnosed with crohn’s disease in ’10), our foundation of friendship has taken us through the times of hospitalization, lack of work, etc.

The book is a bit dated in regards to things they call out in American Culture, ie, what they considered a cliff is only a mere step compared to the moral cliff America has chosen to step off of now. It was eye opening and a good indicator of just how fast our country has gone down the path of immorality.

But ultimately, God Himself is in charge. He has taken responsibility through Jesus Christ and one day He will return and make it right again. I want to be ready for that and I hope you will be too.

★★★★☆

 

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