I got into the John Ceepak series when I noticed it recommended as pick on Audible. I loved the Mad Mouse and just burned through the next three books in the series. I was looking forward to Mind Scrambler, anticipating the book would follow Ceepak's no good father to Ohio. Instead, we went to Atlantic City where Ceepak and Danny run into ex-girlfriend Katy. It is fun to follow the untwisting knot of relationships and motivations as they are revealed thread by thread. It is this understanding that Danny is beginning to understand. Danny is pressed to make decisions based on his assessments of the human beings. Danny's skill matures enough to enable him to bring John Ceepak from the edge of murdering someone himself.
The Audible recording is narrated by Jeff Woodman who does an outstanding job. I highly recommend the audible version of the entire series.
Nothing Better than a John Ceepak Mystery to capture Summertime Fun. Chris Grabenstien gives reality TV (nod to Jersey Shore) its due with this tale of a raunchy reality TV show in the summer tourist destination of Sea Haven. The mash-up of John Ceepak, ex-marine stand-up guy, and Danny Boyle, local grown, never-thought-he-would-amount-to-much, just works for me. It is a fun ride and now that we are on Book 7, a nostalgic ride that I look forward to as a summer destination. Keep them coming Chris!
I often wait until the series is finished before I begin a trilogy. I hate having to wait for the next book. This series gets more intersting as it develops in this, the second book. The storyline matures and the dystopian theme expands beyond teenagers into a battle within different factions of a society and the interdependence among them. The stage is well set for an exploration of the meaning and construction of society in the next book. The narration was excellent. The teeage tone brought more out of the story than I would have embellished in my own imagination. I wish I didn't have to wait...
Another teenage dystopia saga...and I still liked it. Hunger Games had more intensity, but Divergent has enough to hold my interest. Beatrice decides she is not good selfless enough to remain a member of the faction that values selflessness so she chooses to leave her family and join the faction of society which values bravery above all else. The story is clearly building and I like the underlying premise of genetic influencing value systems vs. cultural development of values. It is a different approach to the nature vs. nurture discussion.
This book and its telling si a gift beyond entertainment. John Green's insight into human mortality is powerful and meaningful. Teenagers forced to face mortality by the challenge of cancer when their understanding of self and life are yet undiscovered is bold, painful, and genuine. It was a story that chose John Green for the telling. It was an eleven year struggle to deliver this book. I am thanful for John Green's apprciation of the augmentation of the story that could happen through a spot-on narration and for Kate Rudd who delivered it wonderfully. John Green gets the power of the "numbers" in the story of cancer. Agustus has a diagnosis of bone cancer with an 80% chance of survival. The non-cancer patient will wonder why you shoud be worried with numbers like that. But Agustus chooses a burial plot and a "death suit." I recall the the doctors revelation of my childs prognosis with a diagnosis of melanoma at age 19. 85% chance that the cancer could be surgically removed and 100% cure. If the melanoma had spread (15% chance), then the chance of survival was 5%. Cancer robs teenagers of their immortality. I adore the characterand spirit of Hazel Grace. I rarely read a novel more once. I will reread this book as I know there willl be more to aborb on a second go round.
This is a fun and funny for a zombie story...I enjoyed the Seattle setting, but now I see zombies all around Seattle.
Allie Larkin explores the the ways we screw up our relationships through miscommunication and misinterpretations. She explores ties of culture, family and friendship as Savannah "Van" Leone comes into her own as an adult.
As a consequence a pitcher sized Kool Aid and vodka cocktail, Van buys a Serbian trained 5 mos old German Shepherd puppy on the internet. Joey becomes Van's non-judgmental companion and family. Van has to learn what it means to be a dog owner/parent. She even cooks for her pup. The result is a vitamin B (thiamine) deficiency from an inadequate diet. Luckily it is treatable and the event brings Van back into contact with Joey's vet.
I don't fully understand the attraction of a fry cook and his special ability to see the lingering dead. Odd just gives you hope that even though the mysteries of the universe are unfathomable, things will work out.
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It wouldn't be Odd Thomas without his voice.
No one explores the intentions and deeper motivations than John Hart. I grew up in a disrupted family short of the level of violence in this tale. I connected with the power of family as a motivator for life long actions for each character.
The plot was cliche but still plausible. There were deeper layers to discover if you allowed yourself to find them. John Hart doesn't state the obvious and I appreciated discovering my own understnading of the charcaters.
The last 90 minutes were filled with emotion.
some have objected to the level of violence and it was off putting. It was necessary for the plot to come full circle and to the karmic conclusion.
I loved the subtleties of the individuals perceptions of the same events and how varied they can seem...until you really stop to examine things from the perspective of the other in the relationship. Motivations are the start, but personality and character are more important than values. Gillian Flynn accomplishes this extraordinarily well.
Spoiler alert: Sharing the discovering the contents of the wood shed with Go and how Gillian Flynn conveyed the layers of human reactions as poignantly as the discovery itself.
A marriage is made up of two and each were equally well performed.
Not mind boggling, but a fun summer read...or just right for a long drive in heavy traffic. You just need books like this sometimes. :)
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