The JigSAW Book Tag

Here we go. Not going to link to the creator, per usual. Thankfully, there don’t appear to be any silly rules that I need to ignore either. That’s a good way to start a book tag

1.) You wake up in The Room, who wakes up with you?

Someone You Choose –
The Brains –
Tyrus Rechs from Galaxy’s Edge. Took a nuke to kill that guy. If he could escape the Savages, Jigsaw should present no problem
The Brawn –
Spawn. He might be stupid as a brick, but his superdevil powers make him a force to be reckoned with.

Someone Jigsaw Would Choose –
Little Dorrit. Because no one would ever suspect a little girl in a room full of big strong men, never!

Someone On The Outside Looking For You –
Thraxas. Promise him a beer and he’s a detective you can count on!


2.) You’re starting the game and the first puzzle takes someone out; who dies first?

Thraxas. The beer was poisoned, just in case the hidden Mastermind got thirsty and wanted to chug it. It was worth a shot, right?

3.) You’ve made it to the steam room. You need a partner to go through the maze while you switch a lever to shoot hot steam for them to make it through. Who is your partner?

Tyrus Rechs. His armor will allow him to navigate even if he can’t see. Plus, we’ve come up with a clever plan to hunt the hunter.

4.) Oops, your partner died! Now you are strapped to the Shotgun Carousel. Who do you shoot in the face?

It’s all going according to plan. Little Dorrit gets a face full of lead. Because if movies have taught me anything, it’s that innocent looking little girls are usually what kill you in the end.

5.) You and the last character are about to escape. Then Billy the Puppet strolls in and tells you it’s up to a coin toss to see who survives. Heads you survive, tails the other character survives.

Surprise! Tyrus pops out of a hatch and shoots Billy with a lazer gun. Spawn teleports away to where the Mastermind is hiding and brings him back to the torture chamber. We tie him in front of a tv and put on My Little Ponies: The Power of Friendship, ON LOOP, and slow-motion walk away. Yeah, we’re that bad ass.

You don’t mess with The Bookstooge, MoFo’s!

Remember Bookstooge.com?

Way back when, many moons ago, I went DotCom to get rid of the ads on my site and to see if the ego boost was worth it. Sadly, I had so many unsolved problems with following myself and some other people that I gave up. It only took me Six Months to Decide to Un-Dotcom 😦

I’d heard about Site Scalpers, jackasses who buy up recently unused site names and jack the price up for those idiots who have remorse and want their site back. Well, I kept an eye out to see if any jackasses did that to bookstooge.com. Of course they did, because they’re jackasses. When I first checked Bookstooge.com was being offered for $3,000. what a bunch of idiots. Over the months it has steadily dropped until recently it was available for just under $700. What a deal, eh? I just had to roll my eyes. What do these jackasses take me for, some jamoke right off the turnip truck?

Anyway, that’s pretty much the end. I just needed to get some words out and I found this whole situation amusing. Kind of. Because I hate speculators and I’d gladly take Jimbo the Desperado’s hatchet to appropriate parts of their anatomy, virtual or otherwise.

Jimbo says “Just say no to jackasses

[Repost] About

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Here are some things to know about me that might make your interactions a tiny bit easier. If you still have questions,  you can always email me:

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1) I am a pretty devout Christian. Weird personal mix of Baptist and 7th Day Adventist. To over-simplify it, that means I believe in the Bible literally and I go to church on Saturday instead of Sunday. It also means that it influences what I read, how I read and how I review.

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2) I am a Man. I cannot state this boldly enough or enough times. Be prepared. Mancakes Ahead!

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3) I like Science fiction, Fantasy, Classics [1900’s and earlier] and manga. As I’ve gotten older, my tastes have broadened though, so chances are pretty good you’ll see more than what I listed there..

4) I tend to read 100+ books a year.

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5) Of the 5 Love Languages, [quality time, words of affirmation, gifts, acts of service, or physical touch] my main one is Words of affirmation. Or just words 🙂 Which means that I tend to post and comment quite a bit. I am NOT a once a week poster.

6) To go along with #1, I graduated from a non-accredited Bible school, so I’ve got a working man’s knowledge of how to be a Pastor, just not the actual degree. Or the temperament.

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7) I am NOT a people person. People wear me out, even online. Then I say things that later I sometimes regret. Then I need chicken fingers to recover!

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8) I am happily married to Mrs Bookstooge. So I’m sorry ladies, but I am not on the market.

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9) If you disagree with something in my posts or reviews, feel free to say so; IF you want to actually have a conversation with someone who disagrees with you. Most times I will try to move such conversations to email.

10) I am a land surveyor. I work outdoors year round in New England. The picture below is of me. It typifies why I like being a surveyor.

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11) I went dotcom in 2021 with WordPress.com for just over half a year. Their service was horrible and so I went back to the free plan. That means there is a swathe of links that are dead or don’t work from that time period. I apologize and if you come across any, feel free to leave a comment and I’ll add it my work list of things to do on the blog. Thank you!

[Repost] Bookstooge’s Star Ratings

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Since Star Ratings can by mysterious beasts to some, I thought I would explain what each Star Rating means, roughly, to me.

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5 Stars:

An Epic read that I will buy in hardcover and read again and again or a book that has profoundly changed my life.

4 Stars:

A book that I thoroughly enjoyed but am not sure I will read again. It ‘might’ not hold up to the Me I’ll be in 10 years.

3 Stars:

A completely average book that I enjoyed. Nothing really special but nothing bad to note either.

The majority of what I read falls into this category.

2 Stars:

Did not enjoy this book. It might have been grammar, editing or plot issues. It might also have been Religious and Philosophical in nature.

1 Star:

Crap. Probably could not finish. Most likely Blasphemous in one way or another. Could also be that the skillz of the writer were of a 3rd grade level.

Half Stars:

Whenever a book is a Strong or Weak X Star Book, I tend to go for the half stars. They make my life so much easier!

A History of ….. Book Reviewing

I have touched on this subject tangentially when I talked about my History of Journaling and Reading but have not done a “A History of ….” post for this specific subject. After some digging it would appear that I did write on this back in ’16 when I was still at Booklikes.com. That post, “16 Years of Book Recording” had as much to do with my journey to finding Booklikes as anything. A lot of the contents from that post will be included here but since many of you weren’t around then, it will be all new. And if you were around, do you REALLY remember one single post of mine from 5 years ago? I didn’t even remember it for goodness sake! So without further ado, the next entry in Bookstooge’s A History of …… Series.

In April 2000 I began tracking what I read. I started with a little Mead 3×5 spiral notebook, much like one of these:

In it, I simply noted the date/day, title, author and genre.  Mind you, this was before Goodreads was even a thought [that I’m aware of] and reviews tended to be either word of mouth or by professionals in a newspaper. I wasn’t reviewing but simply recording what I’d read, so that I wouldn’t spend “precious” reading time reading the same thing over by mistake. That had happened several times in Bible School. As my mortality was now within my gaze (I did a lot of growing up during those 3 years], I realized that I didn’t have time to accidentally re-read books, and this was before the plague of indie dreck inundated the reading world. It was also a natural outgrowth of my journaling every day during those 3 years.

In 2004-5, blogging hit my social group and we all began our own blogs and for about a year it was an explosion of words. Things began to wind down and I thought about how else I might make use of blogger. It was also at this point that my notebook began falling apart and I realized I needed to replace it. The thought of writing it all down, AGAIN, was not a nice prospect. So I decided to start typing it, at least that way it would stay online. Thus began a journey that was messy and that I’m still cleaning up today. I ended up doing one big monthly post and then at the end of the year combined them all into one ginormous annual post. Separating them into individual posts is what my Under Construction project here at WP has been all about (aye yi yi, the things you learn as you go along!)

In 2007 I joined Devilreads but didn’t really start utilizing it until 2009. Even then, I never made more than a literal handful of friends and I think it stayed in the single digits. In 2012 I actually stopped Recording my books at Blogspot and started using Devilreads exclusively. I had some real adventures while on that platform, like an author calling me out to fisticuffs and a fan telling me to stick my hand in a blender, plus some other crap. However, in ’13, with the free speech ban, I left GR. No platform that is about book reviewing gets to tell its users what must or must not be in their reviews.

When I left Devilreads, I found a new place called Booklikes.com. Having learned my lesson however, I also joined up with WordPress, Librarything, Leafmarks and began recording my reviews at blogspot again. WP, LT and Blogger were all backups and I didn’t actually interact on those sites. Booklikes was a combination of Book Reviews with a Database and Blogging all rolled into one place. It was absolutely great, until it wasn’t. Over the next couple of years the owners pretty much abandoned the site and it began to become non-functional and taken over by spam accounts. A lot of devoted fans poured their heart and energy into trying to make it viable but by late ’16 I’d had enough. Leafmarks had Folded by June 2016 as well. By November I made the Jump to WordPress full time.

I began using LT in 2013 as a backup and when Booklikes and Leafmarks folded, I began trying to be social on LT. Over the years I tried time and again to make LT my social site but its socialness is based on groups and I do not interact well with groups. It has culminated in me simply giving up on LT for any sort of social interaction. The one good thing about LT is that because it is a book database (unlike WordPress), you can export/import reviews as CSV files. I did that in ’16 which led me to yet another backup plan, but this time offline.

Calibre. An offline ebook manager which I had been using for years. Turns out, I could re-purpose it to store my reviews and back them up. Because it is a database, I can search it so much easier than any of my online places. And it has a cover grid so I can simply look at covers and jog my memory that way too. I use it a LOT when searching for specific books or authors or date data. It is a wonderful utility to have under my belt. No way I could reference books the way I do without it.

I created my WP account in 2013 and mirrored my reviews from Booklikes. In late 2016 I moved and began blogging here full time. It soon became evident that the foundation of my blog, the reviews, were in a real right mess. I began Working on the Site in 2018. Since then I have cleaned up and edited my reviews from the present all the way back to 2003. Just a couple of more years worth of data to manage and then I can think about some other blog and book related project.

Just in case you were wondering how an old review looks compared to a new one, here’s a link to the first book I recorded reading back in 2000 and one for the latest that I posted at the beginning of this month:

And that should be a wrap. If you have any questions, or want to leave a comment, by all means, please do so.

[Repost] My Review Policy

“It seems that you’ve been living two lives. One life, you’re Thomas A. Anderson, program writer for a respectable software company. You have a social security number, pay your taxes, and you… help your landlady carry out her garbage. The other life is lived in computers, where you go by the hacker alias “Neo” and are guilty of virtually every computer crime we have a law for. One of these lives has a future, and one of them does not.”

Agent Smith to Neo
~ The Matrix

Your book does not have a future in the Bookstooge world. So take that blue pill and wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe about your book, because if you took the red pill, I’d rip your book to shreds and make you wish you’d never entered Wonderland. So for your sake, there is no red pill.

While the above might seem a bit harsh, especially considering that I follow several authors and some authors follow me, I have found that a scorched earth policy is the best policy. The one time I didn’t adhere to this rule it turned out just as bad as I feared.

My REAL Promise To You

Mr Bojangles. THE Tap Dancer!

This first paragraph is going to be me tapdancing and covering all my bases so I don’t hurt anyone’s feelingz. Because I hold feelingz in as high regard as anyone. In fact, My middle names is Feelingz. Bookstooge Feelingz Kickyourassrightnowsosuckitscumbag. (yeah, makes filling out paperwork a real bear!) So, let the tapdancing begin. This post was not written with anyone but myself in mind. I am not applying this to post to anyone but myself. I am not applying this post to other bloggers or trying to tell anyone else how to run their blog. This post is to tell you how I run my blog. Period. Ok, stop the music Vincent, I’m done dancing.

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I went Dotcom in January to get rid of the ads and the damned “native sponsored” posts by WordPress, posts inserted into free wordpress blogs that are just gigantic ads you can’t do anything about. I didn’t want anyone following me to be subjected to seeing such things on my site. So I paid and went to dotcom. Hopefully, now if you ever visit my site you will not see ads of any kind. That is why I went dotcom.

I did not go dotcom to make money in any way, shape or form. I am not a part of WordPress’s Adsense Program. I do not use affiliate links for any products I review. I do not have any sort of donation widget setup. I am not writing this to say that that makes me a “better” blogger than anybody else.

No it isn’t. Which is why I don’t pimp my blog

I blog because I have to write but I do not want to be an author. I’ll leave that tortured lifestyle to those that want it. Me, I just want to blab and have some fun with people. So my promise is that you’ll never be used by me to collect money for myself. That is what my job is for.

Outstanding Blogger Award 2021

(Thanks to Cupcakes&Machetes for nominating me. Nothing I say below reflects on her in ANY way.)

The Rules

  1. Provide the link to the creator’s original award post. (very important: see why in step 5)
  2. Answer the questions provided.
  3. Create 7 unique questions.
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers. Ensure that they are aware of their nomination. Neither the award’s creator, nor the blogger that nominated you, can be nominated.
  5. At the end of 2029, every blog that ping-backs the creator’s original post will be entered to win the 2029 Outstanding Blogger Award! And everyone else can wallow in being a total loser.

Gosh, The Bookstooge is just so, like, you know, totally honored?!? * swoon * When The Bookstooge was a little boy in elementary school and everybody else was saying they wanted to be nurses, or firemen or astronauts, The Bookstooge wanted to be an Outstanding Blogger. Never mind that the internet as we know it didn’t exist and blogs sure as shooting didn’t exist, The Bookstooge knew what he wanted and I had a Dream!

So today is the proudest day of The Bookstooge’s life. My Dream realized and my very life justified. Some random stranger made up a popularity contest and by mere chance The Bookstooge was selected. * cries into hankee * The Bookstooge would like to thank nobody but myself, as the Academy has done squat all for me and my dream.

Second, those “Rules”. What is with bloggers acting like little Castro’s every time they vomit up another meme/tag/award? You are nobody and nobody cares about you, or your flipping rules and adding “important” reminds me of a 3 year old saying “and this is vewy importnt!” Stop trying to micromanage how I do posts on my own blog. Needless to say, I am ignoring Das Rulez. I mean, The Bookstooge is doing all of that, not me.

With all the crankiness and vitriol now out of my system, I can actually begin this post. Aye yi yi!


Would you rather travel to the deep sea or outer space?

Outer space. My couch is not designed for underwater excursions.

Are you artistic?

100%!!!! You should have seen the stick figure drawings I did in Bibleschool. Van Gogh would have cut off his other ear in pure jealously if he was still alive.

How many books did you read last year?

156. I could have easily read at least 10x that amount, but Certain Movie Blogs I follow are always tempting me down the path of movieness. Shame, shame, shame!

If you could live any one historical figures life, which would you choose?

Which? Are people now things? Is someone’s life more important than the person themselves? WHO I would choose is George Washington. Then, because Washington was a Free Mason (and we know they hold all the secrets of everything), I would time travel to now and lead a Second American Revolution. I’d have my portrait painted of me standing on a tank that was crossing the Delaware. Snazzy, eh?

Spring, Summer, Fall or Winter?

Definitely Fall. I like the air to be cool enough that I need a light jacket to keep my body heat in but not cold enough to need a hat.

Which character in a book would you most like to be?

Captain Wentworth from Persuasion maybe? While I enjoy reading ABOUT the characters in my SFF books, I would not want to experience what they deal with. Wentworth at least, I think I could deal with the situations Austen puts him in.

Since I have done this, I am now an Outstanding Blogger. Shower me with adulation and gifts (preferably cash) and I might deign to notice your pitiful existence!

Dr Lord Bookstooge Has Been Subsumed

Yes, this sad day has finally arrived. Dr Lord Bookstooge is no more. After #wordpress.com began Whoring Us Out, I’m sure you all realized this day would come too. I also realize it has been a mere 10 days since I wrote about it and maybe I’m over reacting. In that 10 days, I’ve seen more of the damnably evil “native sponsored posts” on active users blogs and I don’t want that on my site, period. I will do what I think is necessary to prevent that. Hence this post giving you all the heads up.

I have gone Dotcom. In my defense, I did use the promo code “FLASH50INSTANT” at checkout so I saved 50% for this year. I don’t know how long that code will last but I am thankful it worked for me. I have been using free blogs (blogspot since ’05 and wordpress since ’13) for years but the cost of free has become too high for me.

This is exactly the outcome WP had in mind when they started those NSP’s and it makes me feel dirty, used and manipulated to do this. But the other choice was to stop blogging. I don’t have the “oomph” to fight the fight of blogging on dotorg and as I’ve mentioned before, I like the security and comfort of the ecosystem here at WPdotcom. So here my butt remains. Plus, my Blogging Project has pretty much nailed me down here.

To commemorate this momentous occasion, not to qualify that with a rejoicing or crying, I have put away such childish names as Doctor and Lord. Today, before your amazed eyes, of which you can tell your children and grandchildren about, The Bookstooge was reborn!

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if you notice anything hinky, let me know. The Incredible Bookstooge (you won’t like me when I’m angry) doesn’t like hinky and wants it dealt with promptly. Thanks.