Book Review ~ “The Pianist in the Dark”

Title: The Pianist in the Dark
Author: Michèle Halberstadt
Genre: Fiction ~ Historical
Rating Out of Five: 4

Maria-Theresa von Paradis, the only daughter of the secretary to the empress of Austria is a musical prodigy. By the age of seventeen she is full-fledged virtuoso, playing for high society, including the royal family. She is renowned for her beauty and her talent but most known for the fact that she is blind. Her father is unable to accept her blindness despite how well she plays the piano and for years has subjected her to all kinds of testing and procedures to cure her blindness. After promising his daughter no more he “subtly” seeks the help of Franz Anton-Mesmer, a doctor and practitioner of occult-like medicine. He is a man who loves a high social position and lets his pride run his life, his decisions. He has worked hard what he has achieved and he sees this blind girl as the means of winning over his colleagues once and for all with his questionable methods of treating illnesses. The last piece he needs to reach that élite pedestal. Maria-Theresa agrees to let Franz Anton-Mesmer attend to her blindness at the bidding of her father simply because she wants to get out from underneath her father’s thumb.

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Book Review ~ “Hounded”

Title: Hounded
Author: Kevin Hearne
Genre: Fantasy (Urban)
Rating Out of Five: 5

Atticus O’Sullivan is the last of the Druids and for the last decade he has lived peacefully in Arizona running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting with his Irish wolfhound, Oberon. While he appears to be in his early twenties he is actually over 2,000 years old, he can draw power from the Earth, and has in his possession a magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer. Now the sword is the reason that Aenghus Og, an angry Celtic God, has been hounding Atticus for centuries and up until recently he has been able to stay hidden. But now Aenghus has tracked him down and, of course, he wants nothing but power and destruction over all mankind.  So Atticus, with the help of his vampire & werewolf attorneys, a bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and the help of a goddess of death, he is gonna kick some Celtic arse!

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Book Review ~ “Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty, and Other Alarming Things”

Title: Night Terrors: Sex, Dating, Puberty, and Other Alarming Things
Author: Ashley Cardiff
Genre: Humour ~ Bio
Rating Out of Five: 3.75 (almost a 4!)

A book of humourous, sarcastic essays dedicated to, more or less, sexuality in some form.

She talks about porn, masturbating, religion and many other topics with its influence on sex and human interaction.

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Book Review ~ “Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Words”

Title: Amazing Words: An Alphabetical Anthology of Words
Author: Richard Lederer
Genre: Non-Fiction ~ Language, Linguistics, English
Rating Out of Five: 4

A book dedicated to interesting words in the English language!! It takes a more in-depth look at these words and shows some things that majority of people would never even consider looking at if not purposely sought out. So much I didn’t know shoved into this rather tiny book!
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Book Review ~ “Dear Girls Above Me”

Title: Dear Girls Above Me
Author: Charlie McDowell
Genre: Humour
Rating Out of Five: 5

I only ever lived in an apartment once for a year and it was not an experience I enjoyed very much at all. It is the kind of living that can be super awkward, frustrating, enraging, hilarious or even intriguing. It is very easy to eavesdrop without even making an effort as the walls and floors aren’t even remotely sound proofed. So you can overhear a ridiculous conversation that would make you laugh your face off or have someones sub-woofer shaking your bookcases. Unfortunately, my apartment living was nothing like the experience in this book as there was very little humour involved with mine. The perspective is something that I understand though and that said, this book was quite funny!

The author, Charlie McDowell, shares tweets and stories overheard from his female neighbours living in the apartment above his. They aren’t very bright, like to drink all the time, sleep around, stay on top of all celebrity news and are (for the most part) completely ignorant of present day news, issues, musical lyrics and grammar!!

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Book Review ~ “GSP: The Way of the Fight”

Title: GSP: The Way of the Fight
Author: George St. Pierre
Genre: Sports ~ Slightly Autobiographical
Rating Out of Five: 5

Wow ~ where to start with this book! I really, really enjoyed it!

George St. Pierre talks about innovation, balance, routine, knowledge, openness, fear, & more and how it all works to make you a better person if you let it. How you can always become more if you are open to learning as someone else will always be better at some things than you. It, also, looks at his approach to training and his routine and what kind of fighter/martial artist he is striving to become. You do get some comments from five key people in his life through each of the five sections in the book as well.

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Book Review ~ “The Silence of the Lambs”

Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Author: Thomas Harris
Genre: Fiction
Rating Out of Five: 3

Another serial killer is on the loose, going by the name Buffalo Bill, who is accumulating girls parts to make a body suit for himself. Enter Jack Crawford and the recruited FBI student, Clarice Starling, with some help from Hannibal Lecter.

I feel like this story is better as a movie than a book….and I haven’t even seen the movie yet. I just couldn’t get into it at all, I actually found it kind of boring.  I wanted to enjoy it, especially as they made a movie out of it, but I really disliked Clarice.  She just didn’t do anything for me at all (aside from be irritating), plus I really liked Will Graham and would have preferred he stay as the ‘sidekick’ instead.

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