The Genome: A Novel by Sergei Lukyanenko–An Exciting New Sci-Fi Book To Be Released For Sale at Bookstands 12-02-14!
Uncategorized / October 21, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      “‘It is simplicity itself,’ said [Sherlock Holmes]; ‘my eyes tell me that on the inside of your left shoe, just where the firelight strikes it, the leather is scored by six almost parallel cuts. Obviously they have been caused by someone who has very carelessly scraped round the edges of the sole in order to remove crusted mud from it. Hence, you see, my double deduction that you had been out in vile weather, and that you had a particularly malignant boot-slitting specimen of the London slavey.’ […]      “I could not help laughing at the ease with which he explained his process of deduction. ‘When I hear you give your reasons,’ I remarked, ‘the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning I am baffled until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours’” (Bohemia. 1.12-13). (The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.) [2]  [3]      In the above-passage, we get to see Watson [Sherlock Holmes’ Assistant] react to Holmes’ reasoning. The…

GRAPHIC NOVELS: An Exciting New Graphic Novel by Jim Butcher, THE DRESDEN FILES: WAR CRY, Available at Bookstands on Veterans’ Day, 11-11-14!
Uncategorized / October 16, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      You’re in trouble and need a private eye. Looking in the newspaper want ad section you spot an advertisement for a private eye–oddly enough, it is not in the private eye section of the paper. Instead, this private eye is listed under “Wizards.” Should you call this, Harry Dresden?     You consider for a moment whether or not you should call; you look and see that the advertisement says that the rates are reasonable and that he offers “consulting & advice.” That sounds good, and you also notice that he conducts “paranormal investigations.” That is definitely a plus. You make up your mind to call this Dresden fellow…then, in the middle of dialing Dresden’s number you see it. Well, shoot. Maybe he’ll do it anyway…the phone rings and is picked up. You introduce yourself and ask him, “Mr. Dresden, my wife and I would like to book you for my grandmother’s birthday celebration–she’s turning 95, you know.” [2]      There’s silence on the other end of the phone, so nervously, you continue, “We’d like you to hold a seance to contact her husband who passed away 4 years ago.” You…

Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson–The Book-to-Movie Comes to U.S. Theaters 10-31-14!
Uncategorized / October 11, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers.      We’ve all seen the movies where the handsome young playboy spends his time looking for a beautiful young woman to take home for the night. One such light-hearted comedy is one set in the lush, tropical paradise of Hawaii. Adam Sandler meets a beautiful young woman, Drew Barrymore, and spends an enchanted day with her. They spend the night together, and when the next day arrives…she acts like she’s never met him. She wakes up next to a man she doesn’t know, freaks out, and starts screaming.      Henry (Adam Sandler) tries to crack the mystery about why Lucy (Drew Barrymore) has no memory of him and the fun times they’ve had together. Henry discovers that he wants this vivacious young woman, and…that he loves her and wants to leave behind his womanizing days. So, every day he tries to win her over to loving him; hence, the name of the movie: 50 First Dates. In this movie, Lucy, has had a terrible automobile accident which has left her with amnesia, or short-term memory loss. Lucy simply forgets the previous day and has no memory of it, so how does Henry (Sandler)…

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks–This Book-to-Movie now out in DVD & Blu-ray!
Uncategorized / October 6, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. ” The romantics would call this a love story: the cynics would call it a tragedy. In my mind it’s a little bit of both, and no matter how you choose to view it in the end, it does not change the fact that it involves a great deal of my life.” –Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook.     As The Notebook, opens, we see a beautiful older couple, now at the twilight of their lives. The husband sits and reads to his wife from a notebook filled with memories of their lives together. He reads to her to remind her of events lost due to her Alzheimer’s disease. [2]      He reads to Allie from her notebook about Allie’s first love and an enchanted summer of love. The story continues as Allie and her love are forced apart because Allie’s family disapproves of the young man, Noah, and because of “socio-economic realities.” As they separate, Noah writes many letters to Allie, but none of them are answered, so in a final letter to her he professes his undying love and decides to escape her ghost and leave. Eventually, Noah, like so many young men…

Bathing the Lion by Jonathan Carroll–This New Book Now Available on Bookstands!
Uncategorized / October 1, 2014

[1] Book Review by: Sharon Powers. “Dreams feel real while we’re in them. It’s only when we wake up that we realize something was actually strange.”  –[Cobb from the movie, Inception.] [2]      A skilled thief by the name of Dom Cobb accepts a job to, not steal, but, plant an idea into the subconscious mind of a man–a feat he calls, “Inception.” The impossible-sounding concept can only be accomplished when the target is asleep, deep within the dream state. To help Dom’s team know whether or not they are within the dream state, they each carry a totem to keep them in touch with their reality. [4]      The “dream team,” (Sorry about the silly pun, but I just couldn’t resist!) enter the dream state and begin their work to plant the idea. As the team enters the dream landscape, immediately surreal things begin to happen. A train plows through the middle of a traffic-congested street, the hotel spins on its axis as gravity shifts, where the floor becomes ceiling–and then back, again, and even snipers shoot at the team from a nearby rooftop. [3] [5]      In the movie, Inception, the dreamer did not know someone…