Holy Crap: Review of Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents

She died in 2006. That said, I intend no exaggeration when I say Octavia E. Butler saw Trump and his enablers/supporters coming. Ten years after she died, Trump was elected. Within these pages, there is a destructive and incompetent politician, Andrew Steele Jarret, who actually says he wants to Make America Great Again. No lie.Continue reading “Holy Crap: Review of Parable of the Sower and Parable of the Talents”

Project Hail Mary

Quick question to ponder: What happens when our sun starts to dim? And that solar dimming is being caused by material, aptly named Astrophage, literally sucking the life out of it? And it’s happening at such a rate, Earth will find itself in an ice age and all the fun disaster that comes with itContinue reading “Project Hail Mary”

Inspired by ‘The Song of Achilles’

It took author Madeline Miller ten years to write The Song of Achilles. And her hard work paid off. Although it was released in 2011, the novel still pops up on the NYT Bestsellers list and it’s 2021. Ten years of work followed by another ten making its mark! This epic story about the greatestContinue reading “Inspired by ‘The Song of Achilles’”

Inspiration: ‘Whisper’ by Lynette Noni

Science fiction in Sydney, Australia! Stranger Things crossed with The Fortress crossed with X-Men? For two and a half years, Subject 684 — “Jane Doe” — has been locked underground in a secret government facility, enduring tests and torture. In that time, she hasn’t uttered a single word. Not even her real name. Jane choosesContinue reading “Inspiration: ‘Whisper’ by Lynette Noni”

Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr

I’ll be blunt. A Million Things by Emily Spurr will break your heart. But know the following: even as you lie on your kitchen floor shattered and ugly crying into a dish towel after reading this remarkable book, you will be better for it. We all need a reminder that we aren’t alone, even ifContinue reading “Inspired by ‘A Million Things’ by Emily Spurr”

Art inspired by ‘Under The Whispering Door’

The above are illustrations created by me based on TJ Klune’s latest novel Under The Whispering Door. Released on September 21, 2021. Description of book: When a reaper comes to collect Wallace Price from his own funeral, Wallace suspects he really might be dead. Instead of leading him directly to the afterlife, the reaper takesContinue reading “Art inspired by ‘Under The Whispering Door’”

Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’

I found this memoir after looking at the NYT Bestsellers list. I went into it not knowing who Bobby Hall aka Young Sinatra aka Bobby Tarantino aka Sir Robert was. But I had heard of Logic, who rapped on Sam Smith track I liked a few years back. I remember thinking “wow, he really elevatedContinue reading “Book review and art inspired by ‘This Bright Future: A Memoir’”

Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman

Who knew death could be so much fun? What a creative and unique world Neal Shusterman invented for us through his Arc of the Scythe series. I ate this post-mortality concept up. How did he do this? I’ve read a lot of dystopian literature, and I think this one might be my favorite. It gaveContinue reading “Inspired by the ‘Arc of the Scythe’ Series by Neal Shusterman”

Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family

Well, damn. The true story of the Galvin family is as mind blowing as it is tragic. Quick note: I conduct Pre-Sentence investigations for the Court. Family of origin and mental health is always a big part to research for the report. These are serious crimes I cover, and at the end of the reportContinue reading “Review of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family”