After reading The Ice Man: Confessions of a Mafia Contract Killer, a few years ago, I was looking forward for more Philip Carlo's writing, but it seems like he is one hit wonder with The Ice Man. The author doesn't really go in depth with Gaspipe and his other book, The Butcher. Unlike his first debut best seller (Richard Kuklinski's story), it seems like he wrote the two latter books just because to fulfill his contract with the publisher . Unlike The Ice Man, there is no compelling reason to read Gaspipe and his other titles.
I will probably be giving up on this author because the lack of enthusiasm shows in his writing.
After reading my review on Gaspipe, you should know which book you should be reading from this author and which books to avoid.
I won't be reading anything else from Carlo in the future, but Kuklinski's story is a must read.
Over the last five months I've been consumed with the Outlander series. Ever since Audible had the first book as one of their Daily Deals, I've been addictive with Claire, Jamie, Brianna, Roger, and Frank. Now that I came to the end of the journey, I find myself going through withdraws and hope that the author will write just one more, #9 and hopefully #10. While we are at it, let's make it a baker's dozen, #13.
In the meantime, I will try to listen to all of the novellas to keep the urge at bay. I've been told from my friends that the novellas are like Methadone for Diana Gabaldon addicts. I'm getting ready for daily meetings, my new sobriety birthday and rehab because this is one of the best series that I've listened to.
"Written in My Own Heart's Blood (Moby)" is Bloody H. Christ, Good! I almost couldn't get through "An Echo of the Bones", but "Moby" just had it all for me. #8 and #3 (Voyager) are my favorite books in the series. They really stood out.
I really enjoyed how Gabaldon introduced General Washington and General Lee during the Revolution War. The wedding night with Ian and Rachel is probably the best scene that I've listened to in my entire library. Auntie Claire giving Ian advice was classic, "Oh God." Very funny.
Let's not forget the explanation about the time travel from Brianna, fire, deaths and finally, Claire facing her predator.
I need to thank my friends for forcing me to read this series. We had many discussions in our book club with numerous theories on what will happen next. Perhaps, Diana Gabaldon will write another series with Jem and Mandy to get a childhood prospective of the stones? Or maybe Claire will time travel 60 years in the future and be apart of the Civil war?
Whatever the next story might be, we don't want it to end at "Moby."
It was a pleasure at listening to Davina Porter's performance. During the last four hours of #8, I put the audio back onto normal speed to save the last bits of words as long as possible.
As I mention before, this is one of the best series that I have listened to and if Dr. Fraser was real, I would want her to be my PCP.
The information that is presented in "City: A Guidebook for the Urban Age" is jumble together. The author has no organization skills. The book jumps from topic to topic with no cohesiveness. I don't mind text book writing, but I would hate to see the index of this book because the audiobook wasn't well put together. I don't know what Peter D. Smith was thinking, but the information of the topic is so random, that you feel that you are playing Trivial Pursuit. Poorly written in all counts.
I think if I didn't read the last 7 books in the previous months, I would had appreciate "The Space Between" more, but I'm getting ready to start "Written in My Own Heart's Blood" very soon. So, I don't really have the excitement to wait for #8 to come out since its already published. There is a 5 year gap between "An Echo in the Bone" and this novella. I would had been ecstatic to get "The Space Between" if I needed to wait for Diana Gabaldon to continue on with Outlander, but I'm about to be caught up with the entire series within 6 months. Not too sure how important is #7.5 or Joan MacKimmie has any role in Moby. I give this one 3 stars because I like seeing Diana Gabaldon writing more side stories from Outlander.
Finally, a book that support being carnivores and why we should eat meat, butter and cheese in our diets. I've read my fair share of books on modern dietaries and they all have something in common. Making fat to be a sin to our bodies and we should avoid eating meat. What they are purposing is not really viable for most of the world, especially under develop countries.
For example, if you are under nutrition and offered a bowl of rice or a steak, which one would you pick? "Your eyes are bigger than your stomach."
"The Big Fat Surprise" defends how we have eaten since the cavemen era. I haven't seen any illustrations of cavemen eating a salad. It's always been a meat bone in his hand and pulling his woman behind by her hair. Nina Teicholz also explains that there is little correlation of fat and diseases. Yes, any kinds of abundance can be bad for you, but research shows that a person's lifestyle plays a bigger role than what they consume.
The argument of what is healthy will go on for ages. They will tell us that something is good for us today and then tomorrow, they will tell us something else. Tap water is way more beneficial to babies because of the minerals, but yet as the infant becomes a child, we give them bottle water.
I don't understand why do we choose to deprive ourselves from fats. When did fat became a sin? It's refreshing to know that there are research out there that says fats are good. Also, eating beef in moderation is as healthy as forking a chef salad.
Having fat in your diet has become a stigma of being unhealthy. Some people sees the act of eating to be an involuntary chore. While others sees food as a gathering and being enjoy.
I have to admit that I always liked math when I was in school. Numbers made more sense to me than words. Kinda ironic that I became a reader over the years as a hobby. Besides knowing basic arithmetic for monetary purpose, everybody should know statistics. We use statistics all the time. Knowing your odds in Vegas to, getting treatment from your doctor.
There are stats all around us that we use everyday. "Naked Statistics" is a great introduction to this math problem. Charles Wheelan does a good job an explaining the basic stats that we often overlook. The numbers don't lie when you know the probability and base on the variable, we can decide which course to take.
Not too long ago, I read "Command and Control" by Eric Schlosser, about nuclear weapons and shortly after that, I finished "Fukushima", about the recent meltdown in Japan. I thought that I had my fair share of nuclear disasters, but obviously this is becoming a trending topic.
James Mahaffey does an outstanding job in "Atomic Accidents" by explaining the technical side of running a nuclear power plant and also displaying the human tragedies of handling radium. This book reads almost like a horror story. Our bodies can only handle so much radiation. We often hear cancer patients having a hard time with chemotherapy. Imagine a blast of radiation that is worst than getting cancer, and your body falls apart instantly.
Manhattan Project to the recent meltdown in Fukushima, they all have a common string. Accidents does happens, but the blast goes by miles and miles. I live less than 50 miles from San Onofre and when that plant pops, life will be over for many.
Man will always fail from human error and natural disasters is just apart of life. No matter how many safety measures that we improvise and no matter how strong the structure we build, we are always at the mercy of man and nature. If you only want to read one book on the danger of having nuclear power plants, "Atomic Accidents" has the most detail and stories on pop nukes.
This is an awesome book for someone like myself that likes informative content. I don't think that the author wrote this book as a scare tactic because the rate of being struct by a nuclear bomb is less likely than a plant blowing up and contaminating the area.
Read Steve Dublanica's other book instead. "Keep the Change" is more informational than "Waiter Rant." This book is a blog post from a disgruntled waiter that likes to complain. This is my second time at listening to "Waiter Rant" and its still interesting to hear what servers goes through, but it was very redundant. If I didn't liked my job, I could had written a book on being on a hamster wheel, just spinning and spinning.
So far "An Echo in the Bone" is my least favorite in the Outlander series. I think that I could had skipped Echo and read Moby instead. Maybe the author is trying to introduce new characters to stretch out Outlander as long as possible, but the 7th book was in complete shambles with no conclusion for each sub plot.
I didn't care to hear about Lord John. Claire became an old woman that needed glasses. Jamie was non existing in the entire book and where was the class cloud in their relationship. The only reason to read "An Echo in the Bone" is for Brianna and Roger. They finally use the stone to get help for their daughter and the letters from Claire and Jamie was most interesting.
I finally understand those letters from Claire and Jamie from the past to Brianna, but also left me more questions about the time travel. My friends and I wished that Diana Gabaldon would gone more in depth on the theory of time travel throughout the series. We are not sure why Gabaldon avoids the mechanics of time travel, but it's a mystery.
"An Echo in the Bone" is like an assorted bag of jellybeans. There wasn't enough black licorice to keep me from asking for more. I don't have to like each book to enjoy the series, but hope for more in Moby.
I think that I was a fisherman in my previous life because subconsciously I've read a lot of books about the sea. Like "Moby Dick", "Endurance" and "Perfect Storm", and I gave them all solid stars. I've also read “Railsea” by China Mieville, which is somewhat like Moby Dick and Mad Max. That is a good one also, if you like science fiction.
When my friend told me that I need to read "In the Heart of the Sea", about Essex the whale boat, I put it off. I should had trusted my friend a lot sooner because Nathaniel Philbrick's book about the whaleship and the crew is beyond 5 solid stars. It is something that you have to read before the movie.
Holy jeez, most of the crew turned to cannibalism and started to eat their own to survive?
No matter how bad it gets, you never hear about man eating man nowadays to live. More importantly, Herman Melville would have never written about the great white whale if the wreck of the Essex didn't happened.
This has to be the best survival story that has been untold. Maybe because most of the crew that were eaten were mostly Black, that we don't talk about the Essex?
As for the technical side of this audiobook, Scott Brick does a good job, but I agree, it needs to be recorded with better bit rate. It seemed like Penguin Audiobooks converted from a cassette tape. They might want to record this one over before the movie is out.
Wil Weaton should had been the narrator of "Have Space Suit - Will Travel." Mark Turetsky got annoying to listen to because of his funny candor. The first part of the book was okay, with the 1950 space suit, but it became too out of this world after that. Besides the reader, the story became too much like Star Trek and Mother Thing. I should had enjoyed it more because it's by Robert A. Heinlein, but it felt too much like a comic book with more pictures than words.
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