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Friday, October 28, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 51
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien



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In this 51st episode, I review Tim O'Brien's book "The Things They Carried." Listen to hear why I got it as an audiobook for its amazing narrator Bryan Cranston, but stayed for the great writing and story telling by Tim O'Brien. 

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The Things They Carried (Affiliate Link)
Written by Tim O'Brien
Narrated by Bryan Cranston


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Thursday, October 27, 2016

The Dispatcher by John Scalzi | Book Review

Wow this was one original story. It was awesome. For how short it was there was a lot to it and it was a very satisfying story.
 
I really liked the characters in it. It's sort of reminds me of a modern day Raymond Chandler book without all the flowery descriptions and with a bunch of cool genre fiction stuff thrown in.
 
In a world where no one dies if they are murdered, our protagonist kills people for a living. They call it dispatching. When they kill them their bodies up here back at home safe and sound. When one of these dispatchers goes missing the main characters life gets complicated quickly. I really enjoyed the buddy cop aspect of the main character with the police officer in this story.
 
The flow and plot of the story were really fun to read and provided a great arc and satisfying ending. Even though the story flies by because it's fun to read, when it's over it feels like you read a lot more than the length of the story because it was so well told. It was a very complete story even though it was short which was awesome.
 
This is the first book I've read by this author, now I'm excited to dive into his back list. I will be reading many more of his books. It's really cool that Audible made the audiobook version of this novel free. That's how I picked it up. I thought the narration was great and enjoyed all of the different character voices that the narrator used.
 
I laughed a lot, was very intrigued, and even cried once while listening to this deep yet short story. The crazy fantastical idea behind how death works in this story was very creative. Five stars all the way. 
 
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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

A Classroom Full of 5th Graders Are Reading My Book!

And it's not even published yet! I'm still cranking out the illustrations for it and I have yet to finalize the text. But here's the fun story:

I have a book, my first try at a chapter book, out to beta readers. It's called The Case of the Missing Snowman. One such beta reader is a 5th grade teacher. At our softball game last week she told me she's reading it to her whole class and I'll be getting a book report with feedback from each one of them! They're the target audience! This is so cool! She said so far they've laughed a lot and have commented that it has good sensory detail. I was very excited to hear this news and am thrilled they're reading and that I'll be getting their feedback. It's so cool!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 50
The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells



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In this 50th episode, hey we got to 50 everyone!!! In this 50th episode I review Dan Well's book "The Devil's Only Friend." This is the best book I have read this year! In this special 50th episode I'm reviewing a book I just finished reading instead of the next one on the list from about 2 years ago. Listen to hear why I thought this book, even though it's not in the genre I typically read, was so good! 

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The Devil's Only Friend (John Cleaver)

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Written by Dan Wells
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Friday, October 7, 2016

The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells | Book Review

This is the fifth book in the series, but the first of a new trilogy in the series. This was a well planned well thought out book. It's what I've come to expect from Dan Wells. He always took the story in a way I wasn't expecting and really got creative to make this book an immensely satisfying read. I don't usually like dark books. I'm all about adventure stories with happy endings, but this may be the best book I've read all year. I kind of just want to stop writing this review and go read it again. 

The protagonist John Cleaver has always interested me. He's a sociopath who makes rules for himself so he doesn't follow his desires and kill people. He wants to be a good guy. So he uses his skills to get close to demons so he can learn their weaknesses and figure out how to kill them. Then the special government task force he works with kills the demon. The idea of a sociopath who you as a reader like and are rooting for seems almost impossible to write. Dan Wells pulls it off brilliantly again.

This book kept surprising me. I couldn't guess where it was going to go next or how the problems that arose were going to be solved. They weren't always solved, this was a brutal book, but the answers to the questions were always clever and kept me reading. Without giving anything away I'll just say that the climax of the story was riveting and smart and creative.

This book, though very dark, kept me laughing all the way through. When I wasn't grimacing I was either on the edge of my seat, thinking hard about the situation the characters were in, or suddenly busting out with laughter.

The characters were fantastic in this book. A really cool assortment of people with very scary specialties to hunt and kill demons. They were all interesting and all had a great personality that made them stand out from the rest of the team. Dan Wells used the character's strengths and weaknesses well when they interacted with each other and with demons.

I am going to start the next book in the series right away. I can't wait to start reading it! Sometime after the last book in this second trilogy comes out I'll have to read them all in a row. Man this book was good. I'm so glad Dan Wells didn't stop writing in this world with the first trilogy.

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dan Dan The Art Man's Book Reviews | Episode 49
The Green Mile by Stephen King



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In this 49th episode, I review Stephen King's book "The Green Mile." This book blew me away. It's easily one of my favorites. Reading back through my review of it made me want to read it again. Listen to hear why I thought it was so great. 

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Written by Stephen King
Narrated by Frank Muller


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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The Drawing of the Three by Stephen King | Book Review

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Wow. What a difference from the first book. I did not care for "The Gunslinger," the first book in this series at all. It took me four tries to finish it. I thought it was boring and abstruse. This book however really hooked me. I think it was the fact that we got to visit a time in the world we as readers can relate to. And we were given the character Eddie, someone from our modern world, to see the strange world through. It made it a whole lot easier to relate to the story. That made it easier for me to invest myself in it. 

It was really fun journeying with Roland through this mind trip of a story. It was so creative and imaginative. It was also like nothing else I have ever read. I now know why people love this series so much. I can't wait to see what else King can come up with in book 3 and the rest of the series.

I found this to be an amazing and extremely creative and original story. I loved the characters and the brilliant way Stephen King had them interacting with their world, each other, and the strange thing that was Roland taking over their minds and bodies when he went through a door into their world. This was like The Chronicles of Narnia on crack. It was weird and crazy, but it was also really awesome and well done. I am so glad I didn't stop reading The Dark Tower series after book 1. I am now very invested in Roland, Eddie, Susannah, and Jack and I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

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The Dark Tower II: The Drawing of the Three

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