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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

#AmReading Harry Potter Again

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This Christmas we got the first Harry Potter book for my oldest son. A lot of his friends are reading them too. He just started to like reading for the first time last year, but now he loves it. He looks for time to read more Harry Potter. It didn't take him long to finish the first two books and he's already a good way through the third one right now. So I am re-reading them myself. I love the books myself and read through all of them for the first time at the beginning of 2015. I listened to the audiobooks on my commute and it took me about four months to read them all. They totally consumed me and when I finished the series there was a huge hole left in the place it filled in my imagination. I couldn't believe it was all over. It took me several days to get over it. 

I just finished the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, today. I was crying like a baby at the end of it. The characters are so lovable. The adventures they go on are so much fun. The world is so rich and interesting. I can't wait to read these books again and for the first time do something I've dreamed of ever since my boy was born - talk about books we're reading together.

Have you read the Harry Potter books? What do they mean to you? Did you read them when they first came out or later in life like me so you could barrel through them all in a row? Have you read them more than once? What did those subsequent reads bring out that you enjoyed or didn't notice the first time through? I'd love to hear your thoughts on the series in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Have you not read the Harry Potter novels yet? I don't how old you are, you will thoroughly enjoy them! Go get the book for yourself and start the journey with us!

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Friday, January 13, 2017

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 55
Hollow World by Michael J. Sullivan

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In this 55th episode, I review the book "Hollow World" by Michael J. Sullivan. Listen to hear why I think it's an instant science fiction classic. This is a book that really made me think and made me laugh. The future the protagonist visits in this time travel novel was pretty amazing and not what I was expecting. 

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

Help Me Name My Book


I'm writing a novel. Will you help me with the title? Here's what it's about:

When a realtor, who desperately wants to become a house flipper, stumbles on some magical items that can get rid of ghosts, he uses them to try to and finally become a successful house flipper. The items include an invisible sword and the ghosts turn out to be demons with swords because they're fallen angels and angels have swords. He finds haunted houses for sale, buys them for almost nothing, duels with the demons until they are forced to leave, renovates the property, and then sells it for a hefty profit.

So, which title do you prefer?

Or do you have another suggestion? Please leave your votes, new title ideas, etc. in the comments. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

The Dark Tower III: The Waste Lands by Stephen King
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This was a pretty incredible book. If you liked the second one in the series you'll enjoy this one. That said I had my reasons for rating it as I did (3/5 stars). If the ending hadn't been... what it was I would have given this book a 4/5 stars. Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, but this book is just nuts. I think it's him letting his imagination run full tilt and just seeing what happens. Lucky for us King is a bit of a genius so a lot of great story happens. I really liked this book, but I did find the middle pretty slow and drawn out. Also, there is a part of one scene I really didn't care for in this book. I found it disgusting unnecessary. 

I'm trying not to spoil anything but my favorite characters in this book were Jake and Oy. While I like Roland a lot now, Eddie and Susannah were getting a little old. I like them more with Jake around and the way they interact with Jake. Oy the billy-bumbler is awesome. That said it's also been cool to see the character growth in Eddie and Susannah in this book. Thanks to the ending I have no choice but to immediately start the fourth book in this series. Sheesh!

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

The Library

You may have noticed a new tab on the website called The Library. This is where I am going to post links to all of my stories. Most of them are available for free. There will be over a dozen stories to choose from. It's a work in progress but I'll be posting the links until they're all there in order of publication date. Thanks for stopping by!