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Book Review: The Mystery of Being

By Ely North, published on Jul 22, 2013

I picked up this book thinking it was going to be a mystery novel, a light entertaining whodunit that I could mindlessly read on a relaxing summer afternoon. What I got instead was a heavy philosophical treatise on Christian existentialism which delved deep into the question of existence, of what it means to “be.”

Have you ever read a philosophy book? It’s not ideal for a relaxing summer afternoon, unless your idea of relaxing involves slogging through dense confusingly worded arguments for and against obscure metaphysical concepts that hurt your brain to think about, exasperatedly... (more)

Tags: humor, review, book review, funny, book, the mystery of being, gabriel marcel

Book Review: One Hundred Years of Solitude

By Ely North, published on Apr 24, 2013

I’ve read this book twice, and had completely different reactions to it.

The first time, I hated it. It told the long bewildering history of a wild family. The plot was indecipherable: a series of impossible/supernatural events were treated as normal everyday occurrences, and none of them seemed to have any point. The narrative jumped around between time periods, which was confusing. Also confusing was the fact that all the characters (through several generations) shared the same handful of names. The book structure was aggravating: long run-on sentences and paragraphs that... (more)

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The Sessions

By Barbara MacDonald , published on Mar 18, 2013

I just watched such a beautiful movie that I felt I had to pass this on. It was not a main stream known movie, but rather an independent drama written and directed by Ben Levin. The Surrogate , debuted at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival , where it won the Audience Award (U.S. Dramatic) and a U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Prize for Ensemble Acting. It was later named The Sessions. Helen Hunt was nominated best supporting actress (2012) for her role as the sex surrogate.

Based on the true story of the life of Mark O'Brien, a journalist, poet, and advocate for the disabled... (more)

Tags: inspiration, review, the sessions, helen hunt, john hawkes, real life...

Book Review: Leaves of Grass

By Ely North, published on Mar 12, 2013

Poetry sucks. With its flowery language and vague phrasings, you have to study and interpret it just to extract any kind of meaning from it. Then, invariably, some “literary expert” – like my high school English teacher – will tell you that your analysis is wrong, and condescendingly enlighten you as to the “true” meaning of the poem. Who needs that kind of aggravation? Outside of dirty limericks, I have no use for this entire literary genre. Poetry sucks.

As I was drunkenly spouting off this distaste for poetry one night, a friend of mine (a high school English teacher –... (more)

Tags: humor, poetry, review, book review, funny, leaves of grass, walt whitman

Book Review: The Art of War

By Ely North, published on Jan 30, 2013

One sad rainy Wednesday during my lunch hour at the office I went to retrieve my leftover Kung Po Chicken from the refrigerator in the break room, only to find it had disappeared. I was pissed! A mystery colleague had broken my trust and stolen my Chinese food. Thoughts of swift decisive vengeance flashed through my head, but my calmer mind prevailed and I decided to let this minor trespass pass. I saw little benefit in raising hell over two dollars worth of old food. The sting of the stolen lunch and empty belly slowly faded, and I forgot about the incident. Then a few weeks... (more)

Tags: humor, review, book review, funny, the art of war

Movie Review: The Big Lebowski

By Ely North, published on Jan 16, 2013

Set in early 1990’s Los Angeles, The Big Lebowski is a comedy follows the misadventures of a jobless loser called The Dude, whose life revolves around smoking marijuana, drinking white Russians, listening to Creedence, and bowling. His sweet carefree life is disrupted in a case of mistaken identity, when a pornographer’s idiot thugs pee on The Dude’s rug because he happens to have the same name as a crippled millionaire whose ex-pornstar trophy wife owes the pornographer money. Seeking restitution for his soiled rug, The Dude gets drawn into a convoluted mystery involving the kidnapped... (more)

Tags: movie, humor, comedy, review, funny, the big lebowski

Book Review: The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

By Ely North, published on Dec 31, 2012

My life had always been spiritually empty. I was a godless infidel with no sense of anything greater than myself – and I liked it that way. A hedonistic heathen, I tried to fill my spiritual void with superfluous thrills: late nights in sketchy locales, bottomless bottles of booze, fast women with tight clothes and loose morals, knife fights with manic homeless dudes, and Russian roulette contests in the trunks of stolen cars hurtling down the highway piloted by half-blind elderly immigrants. My life was totally out of control, but I truly believed that I was happy. I realize now that I... (more)

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Review of Lucy Dakota by C.S.Shride

By Allbooks Review , published on Jul 26, 2012

...pulls together a story that draws you in like no other.

In conclusion, I believe that Rocky Mountain Beginnings is a wonderful book that tells a story any preteen or young adult would enjoy. Page after page it fills you and allows you to relate to the main character and empathies with the tale she tells. Filled with adventure, friendship, love and enthusiasm this is a great book to get and I truly believe that everybody should have the chance to enjoy this book.

Lucy Dakota: Rocky Mountain Beginnings is highly recommended by Kirsten Bussière, Allbooks Reviews International

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Review of You are Everything Everything is You

By Allbooks Review , published on Mar 6, 2012

... helpful as it is too advanced in information and thinking, and would suggest it is more for the advanced seekers of enlightenment.

Michele Doucette lives in Newfoundland, Canada. She is the author of several books She is an avid researcher who is very worried about the radioactivity that is leaking into the ocean and air from the Fukushima reactor. She feels the earth is in great turmoil both naturally and with man’s obsession with war and greed. This book was written to inform and awaken the masses.

Recommended by Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Review.

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Review of Flawed Perfection by Ray Spengler

By Allbooks Review , published on Mar 3, 2012

FLAWED PERFECTION: Is that an absolutely compelling title or what? Well, I’ll tell you this: it certainly hooked me. With that, and having previously read and reviewed a couple of other Ray Spengler novels, I anxiously plunged in. Starting with ominous overtones, it takes a while to get into it because there are lots of seemingly unconnected characters and an intricate, multi-layered plot, but eventually it all knits together nicely. Trust me. Like his other books, this one excels in two areas: dynamite plot and a completely satisfying ending.

With his wife in a seemingly hopeless coma,... (more)

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