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Friday, July 14, 2017

Book Review #32: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 3, FLIGHT FOR LIFE
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Diverse Rainforest, the City Life, and of course Matica and her Birds!

            Okay!  You will definitely love this story as I enjoyed it very much these past four days of my life.  Matica returns in this epic adventure with her birds and this time she and her father make a long, eventful trip on foot to the neighboring village of Bambamarca and the city of Cajamarca from their village of Pucara all within the South American nation of Peru.  Crayn, her father, needed to get to Cajamarca to make arrangements for their family’s anticipated big trip to their home country of Australia as they are missionaries originally from there.

            The thing about this book is that it was so colorful and exotic with all the strange creatures Matica and Crayn saw as they traversed through a jungle then a rainforest before arriving in Bambamarca.  There were multicolored macaws, toucans, and monkeys and nut-eating piranhas.  There were also some really beautiful but different plants and flowers like the giant lobelias that Matica did not fancy once she touched them.  I tell you, the author of this book, Gigi Sedlmayer did her research extremely well or was delineating each of these things from experience as this book is like a biology textbook with all the knowledge Crayn had of them.  It was a really nice read I have to say as it started slow in the beginning but eventually became interesting and amazing by the middle and end parts.

            And all through the book, Sedlmayer adds bits and pieces of her Christian faith with Matica and Crayn relying on it and Biblical knowledge to help them get through the journey.  If you are looking for one that is family-oriented and speaks like good old-fashioned children’s books of back in the days, this series are the books to order.  I won’t spoil the fun for you as I had my own fun of discovering so much from this book through its pages it left me in awe afterwards.  And if you’re wondering about the birds, especially Talon who this series is based on, yes, he is a huge big deal in here too.  I recommend this book highly for children and adults because aside from the innocence, there is also Sedlmayer’s excellent literary skills to note.  Also, her editing skills are superb.
 
So from me to you, get this book for your home library or for your e-reading device.  You won’t regret it, I promise!

Friday, July 7, 2017

Book Review #31: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR by C.P. HENDERSON


TITLE: FED UP! A RELATABLE MEMOIR 
Author: C.P. HENDERSON
SELF-PUBLISHED
Date of Publication: 31 JULY 2016
Genre: BIOGRAPHY/ MEMOIR
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE

A Struggle with Wits, Humor, and Positivity

            Carol P. (C.P. for short) Henderson is a fighter and a hard worker.  She followed in her father and sister’s footsteps of joining the United States Air Force right out of college.  But in this eventful memoir of hers, she had to stand her ground and earn her place through all of her employments in the federal government.  Being an employee of the federal government is a blessing right?  Not according to her in here.  In here, she tells all, right from her racist supervisor in the military to her devil incarnate boss at a job in the state of Maryland to dirty and sleazy co-workers she encountered in Arizona.  All of it with her own wit and sense of humor that will make you read on for laughs and for pure entertainment.

            What I really loved about this book was the fact that C.P. never backed down while in the middle of all her hardships.  And add to that her mocking tone in her side comments for each of the occurrences she so deliciously inputs in this sad but positive account of her experiences of being employed by the federal government.  I also acknowledge her family and boyfriend for being there for her in her times of need.  I think this memoir is meant to inform C.P.’s audience of the struggle she went through and how she arrived at the current place she is in at the moment (as this book was published last year in 2016, we don’t know if her situation has changed, like advanced on to better things or not).  I have to tell you, the working life has its own positives and negatives and that everyone’s journey is various.  This is just a glimpse into what C.P. went through and if we are ever to come across the likes, then we should summon up memories of this account and see how C.P. dealt with it.  It’s so funny I had to laugh out loud while resting on a couch because her sense of humor is very extreme and there’s always that sense of “girl bye” attitude in her tone!  Hahahahaha!

            I recommend this book to people who love a funny story and are looking for laughs.  It’s got all of the juicy details that can make one stay up all night to find out what her destiny would be because for one, it is a struggle and we all love to read about struggles to get inspired by.  Secondly, it is witty and hilarious.  I was impressed by every comeback she had for every smart-mouth or jerk she had to put up with at each of her jobs.  We all want that in a story right?  YES!  So take it from me, get this book for this upcoming weekend if you’re planning to stay in and rest or for that stroll in the park on Sunday you’re looking forward to.  I read this all in two days and boy I felt empowered by C.P.’s careless and fighter attitude.  All through this book, she never mentions any moment where she backed down during hard times.  Her wit and courage make her story shine through.  It is a memoir worth your entire day.  Get it today!  Hooray!

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Book Review #30: TALON 2, ON THE WING by GIGI SEDLMAYER


TITLE: TALON 2, ON THE WING
Author: GIGI SEDLMAYER
Publisher: AURORA HOUSE
Date of Publication: 16 MARCH 2014
Genre: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Available from AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE

A Remarkable Tale of One Girl’s Adventure with her Condor Friend

This exciting tale is the second part of a series of books about a ten-year-old sandy-blonde girl by the name of Matica who has a special condition that has stunted her growth, making her remain at the height level of a toddler.  She is special in this book because of her remarkable relationship with a family of condors that live in the mountains nearby her home in Peru, South America.  She and her parents Mira (mom), Crayn (dad), and younger brother Aikon are originally from Australia but moved to Peru due to Crayn’s occupation.  In part one of this series, Matica was able to save an egg of two adult condors who was being eyed by a bunch of ruthless poachers.  From this saved “egg” came a dear friend, Talon, whom which this series of books are about.

Now in this book, Matica had a dream that she was able to fly on Talon’s back across the Andes Mountains of Peru, where she was then abruptly dropped with Talon not making an attempt to help her at all.  She woke up in time and proceeded to relay her nightmare to Aikon and her parents who took it lightly except that Mira thought she should be careful because you never know…  This book is different from part one in that it introduces a bunch of new characters all eager to hear about Matica’s relationship with Talon as well as seeing her fly on his back.  We have to consider the fact that this is something “extraordinary” and that no one has ever flown on the back of a bird in the skies or been recorded down in the history of the world.  (I think.)  There is a plot twist here where one of these new characters resents Matica because he had someone dear to him with her condition abandoned due to thoughts that this beloved person was of no use to society anymore.

I read this book with anticipation waiting for that lesson that part one had.  I felt that the same moral was being played out here where Matica once again proved to her surrounding community that her disability and her friendship with Talon tells all those who have a friend or family member with her condition to embrace that person because they might come in handy someday.  And all through the book, the Peru Indians were very thankful and adamant to listen to Matica’s tales of her friendship with these condors especially the title character, Talon.  It gave them a reason to embrace these birds, Matica’s condors, knowing that they have a valid place in their environment and must be protected at all costs from poachers and all those who threaten to hunt them down for trading and consumption purposes.

I recommend this book to grandparents and parents who are looking for a book for that special, dear bookworm in their families.  It will instill in him or her a sense of duty to look out for our friends in nature and teach him or her also the values of love, compassion, friendship and leadership.  I also recommend this book to teachers who are searching for titles to add to their classroom libraries.  Trust me, your students will enjoy this tale at story-time because the notion of a disabled girl befriending a bird (just like with a dog or a cat or a turtle) and showing it all of her tender love and care is something very kind and sweet that they can relate to.  So what are you waiting for?  Order this dear today!  You will get your money’s worth!

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Book Review #29: HEAVEN HELD by SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY


TITLE: HEAVEN HELD
Author: SUZANNE GENE COURTNEY
Publisher: STRATEGIC BOOK PUBLISHING & RIGHTS CO.
Date of Publication: 9 JANUARY 2017
Genres: RELIGIOUS & SPIRITUAL
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

The Beauty of Heaven As Told By Daniel

            The author of this book, Suzanne Gene Courtney, had a son named Daniel Robert Sayre, who died back in August 26, 1997 in Hawaii when he fell from a mountain ledge there.  Courtney tells in the preface of this book how she was heartbroken and how she and her remaining family went through a series of supernatural experiences where they felt his presence in dreams, how a photo of him would “continually fall off the wall at his grandmother’s house, and a shooting star on the night when he went missing.”  This book is an account of her communications with Daniel from beyond through a Christian medium she and her other family members talked to because of signs from Daniel from heaven where they (including the medium) believe he is at in his afterlife.

            Heaven Held’s entire body is made up of a dialogue between Courtney and Daniel where he tells her his experiences in heaven with the angels and the children that die and come there as their place for eternity.  He talks about how there is nothing but sweetness and glorious colors and happiness in heaven.  He reveals that the souls of children who have just made heaven their home go through a passage in order to achieve angelhood.  While reading about this, my heart sighs with wonder and awe thinking what it would feel like to become an angel in the kingdom of the Lord, basking and existing in the light of His aura and never experiencing any more struggle like it is here on Earth.  This book is very short but speaks volumes to how magnificent and blessed a soul (child or adult) will be when they are admitted to heaven and pass on to become beings known through history as all-good and all-loving.  It makes this book a must-read for everyone who has lost a loved one, especially a child.

            I recommend this book to anyone who believes in heaven, God, and angels.  I also recommend this book to those with a lost loved one questioning where and how his or her beloved is faring after death.  Just reading about the goodness of heaven and the angels in this book will assure you that the kingdom of God is one we ought to strive to achieve once we depart this world of ours.  Because when we are made aware of heaven and God and angels, we will not die unhappy but die happy knowing we will be in good hands after all.  Get this book today as it is Sunday and I know you are in need of positivity to get on with this temporary life we have down here on Earth.  God bless.  


Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Book Review #28: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS by ADDISON D'MARKO


TITLE: PARALYSIS: BEATING THE ODDS
Author: ADDISON D'MARKO
Published Independently
Date of Publication: 28 MARCH 2017
Genres: HEALTH & FITNESS
Available from AMAZON.

A “Stay Strong” Account from a Hemiplegic Teenage Girl

            Addison D’Marko is a strong-spirited, diligent, and hemiplegic teenager who experienced a stroke at a very young age and therefore got paralyzed on her whole left side.  The book starts off with her in the hospital right after she went through brain surgery to stop her seizures that she had since she was three years old.  When she found out that her whole left side was paralyzed, she did not cry or feel bad about it.  Instead, she had a fit of laughter and that, to me, showed she was a positive go-getter.  That she took bad news and processed it into something humorous.  As much as it seemed sad, D’Marko did not let this fact slow her down from enjoying her life.  And that is why this book and account is a must read for anyone out there with a permanent/temporary disability to rise above it and make sure that he or she won’t surrender to its debilitating complications and so and so.

         This book is filled with what D’Marko did after she was paralyzed on her whole left side.  In it, she tells of the time she was in the hospital to the time she went back to finish her high school requirements to the time she was working at various places to the times when she was going through physical therapy to recover from her disability.  D’Marko’s storytelling skills are so easy to read and comprehend that it makes this book a quick read as I read it in just two days.  It can really provide encouragement for anyone who thinks that his or her disability is the endpoint of his or her life.  It makes one want to get up and do something in his or her life to succeed.  D’Marko’s spirit is very strong and she is a very independent individual as well.  Her employment that she tells about in this book, all part-time, heartens my heart that with the will and self-motivation, one will land a job no matter what one feels about a job.  All that matters is that you have a job and you are earning money and you are paying your bills.

         I recommend this book to everyone who is in a situation that has set him or her back from reaching a goal or realizing a dream.  With D’Marko’s independence and hard work, you will look at your hardship a whole different way.  The fact that she even wrote this book with the help of an editor, despite her paralysis, should tell you that you can do anything, you can be anything no matter your level of ability.  She proves in here that you are the key to your own success.  That you must not let your disability hinder you from getting on with your life.  If she can do it then we all can do it no matter our disabilities or shortcomings.  Get this book now for your own personal growth.  I really urge you to!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Book Review #27: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4 (THE FINAL ETERNITY) by TWE STEPHENS


TITLE: THE UNIVERSES OF GOD 4: THE FINAL ETERNITY
Author: TWE STEPHENS
Publisher: CREATESPACE
Publication Date: 25 OCTOBER 2016
Genre: CHRISTIAN FICTION
Available from AMAZON or BARNES AND NOBLE.

Brilliant Except for Bias

            The Universes of God 4: The Final Eternity here is so brilliant, you’d have to call the writer Stephens a genius for his Biblical knowledge and vast imagination.  I think for someone to write an entire book, let alone, a quadrilogy set for the most part in heaven is worthy of praise and respect.  As a Christian and a Holy Bible lover, I thought this book stood right up there with such masterpieces as Avatar and the whole Star Wars series.  I mean, this book resembles movies as those in that they are set entirely in a universe apart from our Earth here.  I laud Twe Stephens for his work here, very well done and thank you for this contribution to Christian literature.

            The book follows the events that are detailed in the Biblical book of Revelations with citations included.  It tells of the time when the holy and the blessed are celebrating the Son of God with all the angels and the heavenly creatures magnifying his name to the unfaithful and the unholy having to labor for their sins and disobedience of the laws of the Lord.  There is a slight change in the retelling as Stephens’ added his own flair to it by giving the apostles of the Lord different names, names that are earned through their having achieved the kingdom of God and for their righteousness.  There is Yeshamiel (Matthew); Ophaniel (Thomas); Morael (James the son of Zebedee); and others called Mariah (this one is male and is supposedly the new version of Judas); Raquel (Matthias); and Pesagniyah, Jazel, etc.  There are also names for those who were damned and followed satan such as Zillah, Freiel, Aarel, etc.  They are the ones who chose to stand with satan and his “synagogue.”

            Now there is a pet peeve about this book that ruined it for me.  This book puts the Jews and Catholics in a bad light and considers those people as allies of the devil.  I guess this is because Catholic practices include veneration of the saints and the Virgin Mary and the Jews were the ones who persecuted the Christ when He lived as a man during His days on earth.  I didn’t like that about this book because that’s “hate” right there and hate is a property of the evil one.  Also, when the Blessed were chastising the damned, they used swearing words like “stinking” for example which I personally felt was unnecessary since they are Blessed and the children of God so they should only speak beautiful, heavenly words instead of foul words like that that only should come out of the mouths of the wicked.  I don’t know, maybe it’s just me.

            All in all, I advise those who buy this book to read it wisely as this is biased and holds a dangerous view against groups of people that if taken too seriously could lead to some grave consequences.  But other than that, job well done Mr Stephens.  Your writing skills are amazing!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Book Review #26: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE by ISHAM COOK


TITLE: AMERICAN ROCOCO: ESSAYS ON THE EDGE 
Author: ISHAM COOK
Publisher: MAGIC THEATER BOOKS
Publication Date: 17 MARCH 2017
Genre: ESSAYS
Available at AMAZON and BARNES AND NOBLE.

Engaging Essay Collection You Have to Read!

            If there was a collection of essays as interesting as the Monalisa, this one is surely it!  It was assigned to me to be read and reviewed and just by the title itself, I knew I was in for a treat since I love all things art.  From the first essay about the hidden dangers of smartphones to the one about love that preaches: “hate between a man and his wife can help their marriage.”  Very interesting right?  That and many other views of his made me read this collection from cover to cover.  His thoughts and ideas can make you go “oh really?” to “wow, I didn’t think of that before.” 

            The title essay made me smile when he talked about the “variety” of customers that shop at Walmart and how the “obese” are praiseworthy for their carelessness about their appearances.  I rarely go to Walmart and when I do there’s always a shortage of shoppers or the “uniques” are absent but this is not the first source of this idea that I stumbled upon.  It tickled me that Cook brushes aside the negative side of it and lauds these people for their confidence in their bodies.  Heck, I would do so too since I am not perfect and whoever polices people on their shopping looks ought to be chastised for their shallowness.  Who gives right?  This is why I trust Cook and his essays the more.  (Also, he goes on to compare fatness with the rococo style…haha).

            I recommend this collection to everyone who wants to learn a new angle about certain topics.  I recommend it to those readers who love the arts too since there is a good ladle of essays about music and the visual arts in this gem.  I assure you the ideas and views of this author will force you to keep on reading to discover fresh points of views.  I guarantee you that you will not be wasting your money and that once the book is over you’ll smile, shake your head, and acknowledge Cook for his interesting views.  I did and it was a great feeling on this sunny day of June 2017!