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I'm not only an avid reader i am also an happily married father of two!! Aside from reading whatever i can get my hands on and spending time on Booklikes, I also am a huge fan of professional wrestlin

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Making me believe all the more!

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back - Todd Burpo, Lynn Vincent

Myself, who never had religion (of any kind) in my household growing up, i was always curious about god but always shunned church goers or bible thumpers if you will as strange. However after recieving life shattering news on April 10th 2010 i found god and accepted our saviour Jesus Christ into my life, and now i pray twice daily ever since then. Still... I am always enduring the battle within my own thoughts as to is he real or not? I am thinking i am more of a person who needs hard evidence (I know that their has been some outstanding evidence, such as Colton's trip to heaven as detailed in this book)Needless to say i sometimes think it would take Christ or God for that matter to actually show themselves to me, before i would then finally settle this internal strife, putting to rest all the disbeliefs i have floating around in my noggin.

  Well after reading this book, i believe more now then i used to! For one, Colton Burpo was at the time after his serious operation for an apendicitis, only 4 yrs of age. Now i know kids lie or like to tell fish tales for that matter, but the stuff he claims to have seen really got to me as well as getting to his father and author of this story, Pastor Todd Burpo. I have read other poster/reviewers of this book and alot although liking it say that Colton, was a child and they are like sponges, having two children of my own i know this to be true and Todd (even though he swears that he had never discussed any of the certain scriptures that Colton seems to be nailing bang on so to speak, at all with his young son.) That being said i'm sure their is alot of discussions he had with his wife that young Colton was within an ear shot to soak up. I believe Colton actually has gone to heaven as you will read within the pages, yes he is 4 yrs old but describes in great detail the goings on that occur there.

  I have to suggest this book to anyone, who much like myself are on the middle of the fence as to whether God or Jesus in fact exists? Me, I am going to keep on believing this as i want to be assured when it comes my time to pass, that i will be going on to a better place as so many has said in the past! A great and fast read!

A tale of the world of drugs in 1 year of the life of Nikki Sixx

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The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star - Nikki Sixx

After reading quite a few fiction based novels i thought about what my next read would be and thought that i haven't read any rock biographies lately the last one being Marilyn Manson's The Long Road To Hell.  Looking through Chapter's thorugh their biography section i was actually shocked on how many new ones their were!  This is where i saw The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, I, being a life time fan it seems of Nikki's band Motley Crue, i couldnt pass it up.  After finishing the book i have to say i was shocked on how much of a problem the year 1987 was for Nikki in particular let alone anyone who was close to him during this time frame. Like i said i'm a fan who have seen The Crue live twice during the 80's once during the Theatre of Pain tour and then again during the tour that is spoken about mostly within this book the Girls, Girls, Girls tour both times being at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. Needless to say neither time did i at all (although under the influence myself both of the times) see any descrepencies with his bass playing always seeing to be flawless as usual.

 

  Who would've known? Well apparently Nikki wants to use his heroin and cocaine soaked years from pages he found from a diary he kept during that tumultous (Excuse my spelling) period of time, to teach and possibly stop what may be a verging rock star or even any average Joe on the street who may be thinking of giving 'H' a go.  Not only did some of the scary scenerios Sixx found himself in intrigue the hell outta me, I like in many of the bio's i have read was also highly intrigued by the content concerning the lifestyle f the rock stars during the 80's that he hung around many of them my fave bands at the time and some still are. Sixx writes alot about his father abandonung him and not seeming to want him, a main reason he legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx, something i though about doing myself numerous times whilst growing up as my father abandoned me as well. So needless to say i related to that quite well.

 

  This book, with no secret considering the title of the book, is immensly about Sixx's heroin addiction and the spirals of hell he had to make it through to become the devoted father and musician he is today. Fantastic read!

A tale of the world of drugs in 1 year of the life of Nikki Sixx

The Heroin Diaries: A Year in the Life of a Shattered Rock Star - Nikki Sixx

After reading quite a few fiction based novels i thought about what my next read would be and thought that i haven't read any rock biographies lately the last one being Marilyn Manson's The Long Road To Hell.  Looking through Chapter's thorugh their biography section i was actually shocked on how many new ones their were!  This is where i saw The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx, I, being a life time fan it seems of Nikki's band Motley Crue, i couldnt pass it up.  After finishing the book i have to say i was shocked on how much of a problem the year 1987 was for Nikki in particular let alone anyone who was close to him during this time frame. Like i said i'm a fan who have seen The Crue live twice during the 80's once during the Theatre of Pain tour and then again during the tour that is spoken about mostly within this book the Girls, Girls, Girls tour both times being at Toronto's Maple Leaf Gardens. Needless to say neither time did i at all (although under the influence myself both of the times) see any descrepencies with his bass playing always seeing to be flawless as usual.

 

  Who would've known? Well apparently Nikki wants to use his heroin and cocaine soaked years from pages he found from a diary he kept during that tumultous (Excuse my spelling) period of time, to teach and possibly stop what may be a verging rock star or even any average Joe on the street who may be thinking of giving 'H' a go.  Not only did some of the scary scenerios Sixx found himself in intrigue the hell outta me, I like in many of the bio's i have read was also highly intrigued by the content concerning the lifestyle f the rock stars during the 80's that he hung around many of them my fave bands at the time and some still are. Sixx writes alot about his father abandonung him and not seeming to want him, a main reason he legally changed his name to Nikki Sixx, something i though about doing myself numerous times whilst growing up as my father abandoned me as well. So needless to say i related to that quite well.

 

  This book, with no secret considering the title of the book, is immensly about Sixx's heroin addiction and the spirals of hell he had to make it through to become the devoted father and musician he is today. Fantastic read!

Fantastic ending to a very good trilogy!

Bad Moon Rising - Jonathan Maberry

Just finished book 3 in Jonathan Maberry's Pine Deep Trilogy 'Bad Moon Rising' and what a finale it was! When we as readers first picked up book 1 'Ghost Road Blues' it was only the tip of the iceberg as it only truly gets better. Clever storyline that has Halloween getting closer and closer along with Ubel Griswald's Red Wave.  When it does arrive it is nothing less then an apocalyptic battle between good and evil i was very impressed and it was nice to read a trilogy through and not be dissapointed by the finale. I also really enjoyed Maberry's epilogue at the end, it was awesome how he finished everything off. It's very hard to review this book without delivering spoilers so i'll stop here and just suggest the crap out of this series as it one of the best series i have read in a while!

Part 2 in the Pine Deep saga!

Dead Man's Song - Jonathan Maberry

Well just finished part 2 in the Pine Deep trilogy and immediatly jumped to book 3 in what i'm expecting to be one whallop of a finale.  For those that have read Ghost Road Blues, book 2 begins right after the events of book 1 (A feature whilst reading a trilogy that i very much enjoy) This time around as the town of Pine Deep's claim to fame pre-halloween night party is in full tilt, our hero Malcolm Crow accompanied by a reporter from the Marsh Sentinel Newton head out to where it all began 30 years ago, Ubel Griswold's farm, a trek that can only be accomplished on foot as it's way too foresty and bushy for an automobile.

 

  Along the way the pair go against unknown forces causing them to flee for their lives. Back at the Guthrie farm things are not well between Mark Guthrie and his wife Connie, ever since being attacked in book 1 by the evil Karl Ruger, their marriage has been in shambles leaving poor Val Guthrie to introvene and sometimes referee the two.  Mark and the two women once again face off with one of Griswold's evil soldiers Kenneth Boyd.

 

  Bible thumping evil doer Towtruck Eddie is still out to get young 14 year old Mike as he believes he is hearing from Our Lord himself God and believes to be God's sword and who has commanded him to destroy young Mike as he is a demon in disguise.

 

  Who does that leave us with? Oh yes! The chief villain in this trilogy none other then Karl Ruger who after being killed for the second time and having his body stolen from the city morgue is now partering up with Griswold slave and child and wife beater Vic as the two are commanding all their evil soldiers to get ready for the ultimate face off known to them as the red mist (book 3)

 

  This book cliffhangers it's reader, so better have 'Bad Moon Rising' on deck as you will want to continue reading to find out what happens and goes on during the ultimate showdown of good vs evil! A fantastic series so far, and i'll be sad when it finally comes to an end as i have enjoyed it immensly!

Excellent little beginner to what will be a cool trilogy!

Ghost Road Blues - Jonathan Maberry

Fantastic little beginning to what is known as The Pine Deep trilogy! When i first read this the edition i had had no reference to any more books being continued and i was like boy Maberry left us with a cliffhanger of sorts so i hope Maberry writes another one. well a few years went by and i had had almost completly forgotten about this gem of a novel, even donating my copy of the book to a xmas book drive at my wife's place of business, when the storyline happened to just appear in my mind and i was like damn! I want to re read that again. Low and behold after searching around i found out it had spawned two more sequels whilst being out of my mind.  Needless to say i now have all 3 downloaded into my Kobo and of coarse i had to re-read Ghost Road Blues again!
  Wow it took me little and no time to fall back into this gripping little page turner that is written similarily to Stephen King's way of writing so if you are a fan of his stuff, you should have no problem with Maberry's works.  The storyline is very suspenseful, the town of Pine Deep is known by one thing majorally and that is its fantastic Halloween spirit also looking the part with it's spooky forest areas and farmer's fields. Years ago an evil spirit took hold of one of it's citizens Uber Griswold and possessed him to begin a murdering spree eliminating alot of Pine Deep's citizens, mostly children. Enter The Bone Man a young african american who seeks forth the evil in Griswold and eliminates him, only to be blamed later by the racist townspeople who believed him to be the murderer only to be lynched by them himself succombing also to death.
  Many years later.. it seems that the evil spirit that once inhabited Uber Griswold is back and comandeering through thougts and dreams a whole new host of nasty men to do his evil bidding. Malcolm Crow a favorite of then Pine Deep townspeople, who also runs a Halloween seasonal hayride that apprently is the best in the nation. Crow is the warrior chosen to face the evil of days gone by, although un beknownst to him, He fights the baddies to save his girl and hopefully save Pine Deep from succumbing to evil!

My first Jim Butcher read, wont be my last!!

Storm Front - Jim Butcher

In my immense list of books that i have read, I have what is known as my safe group..It is a group of authors who i will basically see their name and immediatly pick it up and read away! No questions asked! Well after recieving my first Kobo Ereader i have been looking through the Kobo bookstore and finding books that are related to subjects that i myself enjoy reading from.  That's where i was introduced to author Jim Butcher who is an author of what i'm thinking is going to be quite the cool little series centering around main charector Harry Dresden aka The Dresden Files. 'Storm Front' was book one in that series so naturally i started with it.  I for one do not like to read any series that i find is a series in the beginning as i like to start fresh and get every thing into my mind by reading book A-Z i know however from reading the reviews on other complete series i have previously read that alot of folks out there in reading land have no problem with reading the series not nessecarily in numerical order.

 

  To me that's like starting a work day late or arriving to a movie as it's 5 mins in..I just feel like i have missed something important for some starnge unknown reason?  Anyhow all that being said 'Storm Front' was a pretty good start to what i think will be a adventure/sci fi series right up my alley. Harry Dresdin is a wizard who works independantly, although sometimes working with the local police dept and detectives, although most humans fins his line of work 'crap' he is very important in the realms of crimes commited by the use of magic and the phenomenon.

 

  After getting a call from Murphy , Dresden's main police contact, he is summoned to overlook the bodies of a couple who were killed during a passionate session of love making by what Murphy quietly tells Dresden were killed by magic as both her and Harry believe could not have been done by any normal person as their hearts were literally ripped out of their chests.  After much egging on by Murphy and with little and no choice Harry gets involved in this case now making him not only the target of the would be murderer but also the target of the ancient council, a council that all magic using wizards must adhere too, more or less their own little policing dept. Who know how powerful Harry is and think that only he could have done this vicious killing with the amount of power used.

 

  Harry has to battle fellow wizards, demons, vampires before facing a rogue wizard who uses the storms as his power source.  A great start to what will be a cool series of short reads that feature along with a cool storyline, alot of humour that had me laughing at times out loud, something i do during movie watching and hardly ever whilst reading books! For any fans of Cassandra Clare's Immortal Instrument series (Which i am a huge fan of) Stephenie Meier's Twilight books and others who enjoy sci/fi slash fantasy world reads!

No slowing down of this story that's fer sure!!!!

City of Lost Souls  - Cassandra Clare

Just finished Book 5 'City Of Lost Souls' and having read many a series in my time may i say that Cassie Clare's Immortal Instrument series is one of the greats!  Like all her books in this amazing series do she always leave's us with a cliffhanger (As to which i'm glad as the time i finish reading one of these books and it all ends...let's just say it would be highly dissapointing!)  Book 5 takes off roughly two weeks after the goings on in book 4 'City Of Fallen Angels' The clave have just about given up on searching for the now missing shadowhunter Jace and have put their full concentration on remaining to search out the evil brother of shadowhunter Clary Fray, Sebastian.

 

  After hearing of this latest of Clave decisions she immediatly goes to meet with the rest of her shadowhunter/downworlder freinds, Izzy(Isabelle), her shadowhunter brother Alec, the head warlock Magnus Bane, her best freind in the world, vampire Simon and amongst them they decide to 'quietly' remain searching for their freind Jace. Noone seems to know where he is, even the eerie Silent Brothers who know and see all. Magnus has performed spell after spell all to result in the same outcome...where is Jace?

 

  This book portrays everything that you could want in a fantasy adventure teen read. It's got vampires, werewolves, warlocks, fairies (although not nessecarily the good type as we have come to know them) and shadowhunters who have been put on this earth to police off the greater demons as they arise.  Cassandra Clare has once again penned out yet another great instalment in this series with more to come (So her website tells us).

 

  These books beat out Harry Potter, Lord Of The Rings, Twilight and day of the week in my own unprofessional opinion!!

 

 

Now ready for Book 5 'City Of Lost Souls'

City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Just finished re-reading City Of Fallen Angels and although no surprise rather, From beginning to end i was very compelled. That  my freinds is the contents of what make a fantastic book when you can read and re-read again with just as much enthusiam as you did the first time!  I had picked up book 5 not to long ago and started to read it, however was a little lost as far as storyline goes as to the goings on as Book 5 takes place roughly two weeks after the events that ended book 4. So that's why i thought it would be better to re-read book 4 and it was a good idea as i am now ready for book 5 completly refreshed!

 

  If you havent read any of Clare's 'Immortal Instrument' series then you definatly do not want to start here rather you want to start with book one 'City Of Bones' which i took a chance on way back, at the time being a huge fan of Stephanie Meier's Twilight books (the movies sucked) reading the synopsis for book one i'm like what the hell take a chance...Little did i know that what i would be introducing myself too is one of the best series i have read quite simply put...ever!!!

 

  If any haters out there put this series alongside Meier's Twilight books i adamnatly declare not too as these books aside from having vampires are nothing in comparison!  This time round after the major battle in Idris Simon is still dealing with his newfound vampirism which has severly upset his life at home with his sister Rebecca and his mother. After getting an offer to stay with a new bandmate and freind Kyle he meets a head vampire named Camille who offers to take him in and train him in the arts of vampiring hopefully filling in all the blanks for him

 

  Clary is all excited about being trained as a shadowhunter and her relationship with Jace which is a rollercoaster of an relationship to say the least. Someone or thing is murdering shadowhunters in a bid so start a war with the downworlders so its up to Clary, Isabelle, Alec and Magnus and let's not forget Simon and Jace to come up with who is at fault here and put a stop to it.

 

  If any reader takes a chance on Cassy Clare's books you are getting the best of all world here...Vampires, werewolves, fairies, warlocks she installs into thise series something for everyone!!!

Re-reading to freshen up before 'City Of Lost Souls'

City of Fallen Angels - Cassandra Clare

Briowsing through our local Chapter's the other day i noticed they had a section for Cassy Clare! Walked over and much to my amazement (I knew it was coming out but didnt know when..i know bad fan..bad!!) it was book 5 in the Immortal Instrument series 'City Of Lost Souls!' So i slapped me money down and brought it home. Started to read right away and felt totally lost(storyline wise) so i decided that re-reading book 4 couldnt hurt at all... This way i can jump right into book 5 and continue on with this most excellent series! Reviews on both book 4 and 5 coming soon!

I missed reading King!!!!!

11/22/63 - Stephen King

For those of you who have been following my reviews(And i thank you for that kindly!) know that as of late i have been on a James Patterson spree.  After finishing one of his books and being inbetween reads at the perfect time low and behold i see 11/22/63 on the shelves at our local Wal-mart and its the paperback edition (Sorry Stephen, as i always wait for the paperback editions as they are wayy cheaper) so i thought too myself..self..i havent read King in awhile (the last book of his i read was in the summer of '11 when i read 'Duma Key') and 11/22/63 ever since reading the cover synopsis when it originally came out in the hardcover edition and being a huge history buff expecially the events surrounding the '63 Kennedy assassination felt this was pretty much everything all tied into one that i could want or expect from a book of my choosing.

 

  Although a little skeptical as this wasnt King's ordinary way of writing i was more then pleased at the outcome after finishing this fine novel. The storyline was not only fantastic but gripping as hell with loads of plot twists and turns that kept me up late some nights as i just couldnt put some chapters down!   Don't let the title fool you, for those of you that have as it has a little something for all fans of novels. King has incorporated into the story a little love story for those who like the romantic books, action, sci-fi (Main charector Jake Epping/George Amberson travels through time) some historical assassination type stuff and so much more. So like i said don't let the title fool you and pick up this most excellent read!  BTW....To my review followers and fans you can expect to see a few more King novel reviews as you know me...once i like something...

Along Came a Spider - James Patterson
  I read the whole Michael Bennett series and am halfway through the woman's murder club, so i decided i needed a change in charectors and decided to start Patterson's Along Came A Spider. Although a good read after finishing this the 1st in the Cross series i'm stil a little leary on if i am going to take to this charector or not? I do have the big screen adaptation on stand by which i am going to watch real soon. Probably will like the book better as that's usually the case. A good read although with loads of plot twists and turns in it
Along Came a Spider - James Patterson
  I read the whole Michael Bennett series and am halfway through the woman's murder club, so i decided i needed a change in charectors and decided to start Patterson's Along Came A Spider. Although a good read after finishing this the 1st in the Cross series i'm stil a little leary on if i am going to take to this charector or not? I do have the big screen adaptation on stand by which i am going to watch real soon. Probably will like the book better as that's usually the case. A good read although with loads of plot twists and turns in it.

#2 book of Patterson's also #2 dissapointment

Season of the Machete - James Patterson

This was the second book ever written by James Patterson and as i had said in my last review for his first novel "The Thomas Berryman Number" I am not a particular fan of his earlier work, but also went on to say that his work does get better, this i know!  "Season Of The Machete" follows that pattern exactly, a little bit better however not great.  Although overall understanding the plot i had times where i was confused as to which way this novel was going?  We have two hired assassins, The Roses, Carrie And Damian, a husband and wife team who get hired on by the local criminal element to supposedly to liven up things on the Carribean island of San Dominica by commiting a huge variety of murders using a machete. Why anyone, even the mafia, would think this was a good idea to liven things up is beyond me?

  Can't discuss the plot anymore then that as it's either too confusing or I don't want to deliver any spoilers, the court is still out on that one. Overall wasn't a fan of this book at all.  I' am a completist so i finished this book however as i had said in his first book's review, had i only read both book 1 and 2 of his i probably would not have read anything else of his. Patterson still remains my favorite author presently and i dont hold those two books against himas we all had our beginnings.

The Jericho Commandment - James Patterson

Not my cup of tea that's fer sure! I guess i am not a fan of Patterson's first books although i am now reading book #2 in his bibliography "Season Of The Machete". Being a WW2 and historic events enthusiast i was only too pleased to see a swastica on my cover (I ordered this book from Abebooks.com and recieved an original softcover edition, which i believe was an UK edition of this book the title is the original title for this novel " The Jericho Commandment) Why books are revised and retitled later on in the game i do not know?

  I hate to say that Patterson looks for cash grabs however what else can the reader think when a book is retitled and re issued. What i can hope for is it was just a case of Patterson liking the story so much he just reformatted it so more people would get to read which is perhaps a forgotten story. Well at least he did.

  The first pages and chapters i read it sounded like it was going to be a cool fictatious story on a secret society of Jewish holocaust survivors that band together to Nazi hunt.  The further i got in this novel it started to lose me. Patterson is infamous for his plot twists within his writing projects however the much anticipated twist within this was just ridiculous let alone confusing as hell.

  I will say the last couple of chapters were the most entertaining of the whole novel. The Patterson book i read prior to this was his very first novel "The Thomas Berryman Number" which i hated. See How They Run/The Jericho Commandment was the 3rd book he wrote and it is a little bit better so i see a pattern here he learned as he wrote. Although out of sequence my next read is Patterson's 2nd book "Season Of The Machete" I'm hoping i'm right on his pattern that he is gets better as he goes along as i know the books i have read much further down his bibliography line are all excellent.

The Thomas Berryman Number

The Thomas Berryman Number - James Patterson Constantly through all my reviews on Patterson books I have continually said that i have yet to find a bomb so to speak. The Thomas Berryman Number was my 21st Patterson novel and how ironic the bomb i would find planted within the Patterson bibliography would be his very first book ever??!! Now everyone sets out in life in their chosen profession on a trial and error basis, given that I am no way at the point where i would say well that's it hands down...no more Patterson however if The Thomas Berryman Number was the very first book i had ever read of Patterson's i would've definatly thought really hard about reading anymore of his work. This book was so hard to follow i can't even with a clear head come up with a proper review on the synopsis as i usually do. Black Senator has been elected...assassination plot... an author who is writing about Berryman the killer??? So sorry i just can't. This was once again for the record James's first novel, and hell..i have never even attempted writing a book let alone how many he has so whom am i to criticize? In my journey through his books from A-Z I have enjoyed every single one of them up to reading this..he definatly gets a pass this time round! So in short if you are, like me, reading through his works you can either pass this, as i should've, or read it just to say it's done, as i did also, but just be forewarned tis all!