A Haiku and Some Ramblings

A long journey starts

Pages flipped, a story told

Now it’s concluded


I just finished reading The Passage Trilogy and I have to say, Whoa!, what a great and powerful set of books. If you haven’t read them then you should. The stories aren’t just a unique take on the Vampire legend. They are stories about love, survival, and a will of the human race to not be laid asunder by these new monsters. I think the first book is probably the best, but all three are great and there is a section of the story in the second book that you (I don’t care how busy you are) will not be able to put down. Great writing. Great stories. Great characters. I can’t recommend these books enough. So, have you read them? 

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • This thrilling novel kicks off what Stephen King calls “a trilogy that will stand as one of the great achievements in American fantasy fiction.”

I haven’t reviewed a lot of stuff on here lately. The reason? I honestly just don’t enjoy doing it all that much. It takes up too much time. I get few likes. No comments. It seems like nobody is reading them when I do them, so I stopped. However, there are a few things I’ve seen recently that I have to talk about.

First and foremost, Spider-man: Homecoming. I’m a huge Spider-man fan, but this one left me kind of flat. I felt like there was too much Avengers stuff in this movie. It seemed like Spidey instead of fighting crime was just sitting around waiting on Tony to call. Iron Man also showed up too much, and saved the day too much. I did like the new suit, but it felt more like an Iron Man suit than a Spidey suit. Gripes aside, this was still a great movie from start to finish. A lot more things worked than didn’t work and I would rank it probably fourth in the recent Spider-man movies. The Amazing Spider-man, Spider-man 2, and the first Spider-man in that order being better than this one. So, your thoughts? I also watched Logan (great movie) and The Lego Batman Movie (also great, and funny). I also have gotten hooked on The Flash TV Show. Somewhere now in the mid part of the second season. I don’t binge watch shows, but this one has me watching it sometimes up to three times a day. Supergirl is also churning along nicely in its second season. Okay, so I’ll zip it here. Have a great weekend.


E-Book Review: The Ghost of Christmas Past


Amazon Review: “I could not stop reading this story. Unique, different, and compelling. I can’t recommend this one enough.”


If you need a great story to read this Christmas season then this one should be for you. Find it at the links below.  Merry Christmas!



E-Book Review: Vampire Miami


“I was surprised by how quickly I was sucked up into this story. It moved quick and fast and the book had a very interesting premise that worked. I would recommend this to anyone who likes Vampires or just a solid ride that never lets up. There were a few errors here and there, but the story was so strong that they didn’t slow down my reading experience. I now want to read the rest in the series. I have to find out what happens next. Thumbs up. Nice job Phil.”

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E Book Review: Chasing Nonconformity


I just finished reading this and I thought I would post my Amazon review for it. Highly recommend both books in this series.

“The first one in this series was great and so is this one. Michelle has crafted a book that you could honestly read from start to finish without stopping. I would recommend this one for anyone who is looking for something unique, something different, and something original. I honestly don’t know where she comes up with some of this stuff. Great read. An easy four stars. Can’t wait for the third.”



Book Reviews: Angel Time and A Few Short Story Collections


This was a book I didn’t mean to own. I asked for the rest of The Vampire Chronicles series for Christmas a few years ago and I wound up getting this one as well. I am glad I did. This was a great read from start to finish. I am always hesitant to read new books by Anne because she has been hit or miss, but this one is well worth the time. I think Prince Lestat wasn’t as grand as the others in the series because she has moved on from writing about those kinds of stories. You can tell by reading Angel Time that she is passionate again about a certain kind of subject matter. Believe me, it shows. I am now curious about the others in this series. I might have to check them out.


I also read these three short story collections recently and didn’t write a review for them. I thought I would give them a nod so you can check them out for yourself.


Of the three I read, this one was my favorite. Unique and different with very original stories. There isn’t a bad one in this collection.



Most of these stories were amazing, King at his best, and a few even reminded me of the old King back when he wrote “It” and “The Stand.” There were also a few that I wouldn’t read again and one long poem that I read purely because it was King. If it had been anyone else I would have skipped it. If you like King (like me) then this is a must read. Even when he is off he is still great at what he does.



This is another great collection of short stories. It is a quick read, but there are some really good ones in here. I would recommend it, especially for the upcoming Halloween season.


E-Book Review Haiku: Dune

A desert planet

Filled with valuable spice

One man holds the key


(5 Stars out of 5)

I just finished reading Dune for the very first time, and I hate that I haven’t tried to read it sooner. I honestly didn’t mean to read it, but when I bought it for my wife’s kindle I was able to read it on mine. I thought I might try it out just to see what all the hype was about. I am glad I did. This turned out to be a great reading experience. The story just sucked me right in. If you haven’t read it, you should. It is well worth the time.

So, have you read Dune? Have you read any of the sequels? Have you seen the movie? I would love to hear your thoughts on all of it.



“Unique…I know nothing comparable to it except Lord of the Rings.”–Arthur C. ClarkeHere is the novel that will be forever considered a triumph of the imagination. Set on the desert planet Arrakis, Dune is the story of the boy Paul Atreides, who would become the mysterious man known as Maud’dib. He would avenge the traitorous plot against his noble family–and would bring to fruition humankind’s most ancient and unattainable dream.A stunning blend of adventure and mysticism, environmentalism and politics, Dune won the first Nebula Award, shared the Hugo Award, and formed the basis of what is undoubtedly the grandest epic in science fiction. Frank Herbert‘s death in 1986 was a tragic loss, yet the astounding legacy of his visionary fiction will live forever.



Find out more about Dune and its sequels here: www.dunenovels.com

I also can’t post about Dune without dropping in this great song by Iron Maiden. This song finally makes sense to me now after reading the book.

Book Review: Dawn of the Chupacabra


The fourth chapter in the award-winning Chupacabra Series follows an A.W.O.L. Confederate soldier, who is hunted by a demon sent to avenge the innocent of his heinous crimes. AMAZON


My Amazon Review: (4 Stars out of 5) Another solid entry in the series. Michael just knows how to craft a very readable story. It moves quick, fast, and has you turning the pages to find out what will happen next. I highly recommend this book and the others in this series. Bravo!