Book Review: “Strictly G.I.: Letters of Cpl. Wanda M. Renn” 4/5 Stars

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Overview: Letters written by Cpl. Wanda M. Renn, a member of WWII’s WAAC company, to her mother back home. They cover her life from boot camp, to living in French North Africa, with more information about her life after the war.

Opinion: The introduction to what was going on and who the woman was in relation to the author was great, but it was the steady stream of letters that was sort of a let down. The letters themselves were wonderful and amazing to read, but they were only from Wanda so there were some gaps. If there was information that explained somethings in the letters or perhaps letters that she received from her mother and sister, it would have made for a better read. It was great to be able to read these letters and see through her eyes what it was like for women in WWII, and it shines a light on history and how far we have come with women’s  rights in the military. The author is her granddaughter, and is able to give firsthand information from her family about what they would go through waiting for letters or what the responses were but that is where the book falls short.

Recommend: Yes

Location of book: http://www.amazon.com/Strictly-G-I-WWII-Letters-Wanda-ebook/dp/B004V02GCA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1411204310&sr=8-2&keywords=Strictly+G.I

Book Review: “Dead Highways: Origins Book 1″ 4/5 Stars

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Overview: Jimmy is a 22 year old virgin that lives with his grandma, in the upstairs apartment of their bookstore. His only friends consist of secondhand books, the old lady customers who pinch his cheeks and a drug addict he gives change to occasionally. Then he meets a prostitute and everything starts changing fast. He has to buy a gun, a strange event happens across the county on the West coast, but rapidly spreads to his home town in Florida and around the world. He and a handful of others are the only known people to still be uninfected. They band together to survive, but no one really seems to know how to handle the situation.

Opinion: For my very first zombie book, it was pretty good…though I have nothing to compare it to. It was heavy in over used phrases and pop culture references, which isn’t bad but it is a gamble on people knowing or not knowing them. That aside, the story was fast paced and full of suspense. Nothing really did grip me until the zombies finally appeared and am left wanting more because they don’t seem like normal zombies.

Recommendation: Yes.

 

http://www.amazon.com/Dead-Highways-Origins-Book-1-ebook/dp/B00CC6CVF2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1409922187&sr=8-1&keywords=dead+highways+origins+book+1+by+richard+brown

Birthday Weirdness

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My birthday is December 23. I (and am sure many others) find it interesting to see who else I share a birthday with. It is kind of cool to know that someone famous was born the same day as you. So I was goofing around and looked it yesterday, and found some cool people, like Alexander I Tsar of Russia. I find that awesome, because I was always a little fascinated with the story of their family.

With the good, also comes the bad. It’s going to happen, but it puts a damper on your birthday if you know you share(d) the day with a notorious serial killer. For instance, I share my birthday with Kurt Meyer aka Panzermeyer. He was an officer in the Waffen-SS. A bad dude to share a birthday with, it could have been worse but still bad.

Then I also noticed a pattern, I could just be crazy and it is a coincidence, but there were also a lot of writers throughout the years born on December 23. I also looked up my cousin’s birthday, to see if a pattern could be fashioned, and he is no musician or politician but there were tons of both on that day (August 29). That is where the pattern fell apart, but I think that if he took better care of himself he could be a good politician.

If our birthday were to depict the type of profession we enter, than I could be a writer or a murderer (among other things). What would you be?

You be Beethoven and  I’ll be Bach,

Courtney M. Wendleton

Update

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The following pictures are from my front porch. The clouds are parting on the side the storm is coming FROM and building where it is going TO. Here is the kicker, Iselle hasn’t even fully hit yet. I don’t think my house is going to get anything but a little wind and rain.

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Hurricane Iselle

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Thought I would pop in and say, so far everything is fine. Iselle is coming but not until late tonight. My only issue at the moment is humidity, and I don’t so well with humidity. Tend to break out in hives! Will try to update later, but may lose electricity. Stay inside and y’all enjoy the air conditioning I don’t have :( lol

You be Beethoven and I’ll be Bach,
AbraRhea

Book Review: Vampire University (Book 1)

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Overview: Taylor is starting her freshman year at university of course she is nervous. Her bubbly roommate Hannah is out going and very forward, unlike Taylor, but become fast friends from the moment they meet. While attending a “Welcome Dinner” the girls meet twins Eric and Joseph. Eric is the typical bad boy instantly enthralled by Taylor, and Joseph is dark, brooding and kind of scary. Despite warnings to stay away from Eric, Taylor goes on a date with him that ends in her and the Resident Adviser being taken hostage at knife point. From then on Taylor’s world is flipped upside down and she is not sure what to believe any more.

 

Opinion: Awesome! The characters are so relate-able and the incidents are quite plausible. Everything that happened could happen…of course that would be if the creatures were real. Fast paced, I read it in just a few hours and kept trying to read more not wanting the book to be finished.

 

Recommendation: Yes!

 

http://www.amazon.com/Vampire-University-Book-One-ebook/dp/B004X6UHDM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1407136477&sr=8-1&keywords=vampire+university