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If your spouse leaves you it is because you eat too much wheat. If a war starts in Africa it is because you eat too much wheat. Ok that is an exaggeration. The first 98% of this book is spent telling you all the health problems caused by wheat. They run the gambit of diabetes, hair loss, cataracts, wrinkles dowager's humps, aging, intestinal, obesity, bone density, brain disorders, pimples, rashes, psoriasis, several skin diseases, impotency and etc.
Doc, you had me at big belly. I just wanted to know how to get rid of this thing. After telling you what wheat causes, then he tells you how easy his diet is. (NOT) Then as an after thought you are told his diet, what to eat and what not to eat. It is eat raw vegetables, eggs, meat and cheeses. Also nuts and oils. Don't eat everything else, Don't eat out, don't eat prepackaged. You need to learn how to cook. This part all goes by pretty fast. Listening on audible, you will need to rewind and rewind if you are trying to write it all down and when going back it is easy to confuse don't eat with eat. He is fairly confusing on oats. This was confusing to me, because a couple of years ago I was on a diet by Jackie Warner, which told you not to eat sugar. On that diet she loved Oatmeal. I lost ten of those hard to lose pounds with that diet. I ordered the hardback copy which came in the mail yesterday.
So my wife and I have been on the diet one week. Believe me you can not do this without your spouses involvement. We both work lots of hours, so this took co-operation between the two of us concerning dinner. We went to the farmers market and bought vegetables, mushrooms, buffalo meat, eggs, etc. That was a fun experience. Who ever got home first cooked dinner. I stopped eating oatmeal for breakfast. I have a terrible sugar habit and still had some dark chocolate raisins to get rid of. Raisins are not good for you, they cause a sugar peak. Dark chocolate is only good in the high cocoa range. Most dark chocolate is chocolate flavored sugar. With the exception of a few hand fulls of these raisins a day I stuck to the diet. It was actually fun, but not easy. It takes time and planning. My wife is a long distance biker and must carb up for that and even Dr. Davis agrees with that. Last night we went to a pizza joint. I was going to go off the diet for one night and have pizza. They had a gluten free pizza, so I order that. It tasted all right, not as good as the regular, but I can live with it.
After one week I have lost three pounds. At one point I had actually lost six pounds, but three of them came back. My wife has lost about the same.
With the exception of doing away with whole wheat, this diet is pretty much the same as most others.
The doctor says you will not get hungry on his diet. On the first week I found some days where I was hungry all day. Now that just may have been my mind which is used to grazing all day, I don't know. When hungry I did find that a couple handfuls of almonds helped.
In a couple of months I will review, Venice A. Fulton's Six Weeks to OMG, in that review I will update you on my progress with this diet.
LEAVE OLD PAINS ALONE.
This is the next series after the Farseer Trilogy. Some people are going to be confused as all the books in this series have the word Fool in them and the first book in the trilogy that takes place after this also has Fool in the title. If you are not already a fan and you have not read and loved the Farseer Trilogy then you will not like this. This is for fans only. Most of the book is remembering the past and very little takes place. Most of the book is narration. If it was not for the fact that I am in love with Hobb's brain, I would not have listen to all of this. I love the writer, I like the characters and I want to read the rest of the series along with the series that follows, so I had no choice, but I was not happy. There is only about five hours of story in this 24 hour epic.
A MAN WAS WHAT HE MADE OF HIMSELF NOT WHAT HE WAS BORN.
This phrase is repeated and is one of my favorite thoughts. The Bastard repeats it to the orphan, yet it is kind of ironic that he is so faithful to the farseer line, simply due to birth.
PEOPLE SEE WHAT THE EXPECT TO SEE
I expect the story to pick up in the next two books, so I will continue the series. If you have not read Hobb, I would suggest starting with the Liveship Trader series, it is my favorite. In this story we do visit the Treasure Island that we first visited in Ship of Magic and she is hinting that it may play an important role in the next book.
SLEEP IS THE GREAT HEALER
In the intro, MJS admits that he is not that great at writing short stories, but says he put more effort into this one having good character development and a good rounded story. He was correct and it was funny on top of that. If you don't know if you want to read the Chronicles, then start with this short story. If you like it I know you will like the books.
THE MAN WHO RIDES A TIGER, FINDS IT HARD TO DISMOUNT
Cruising the used book stores, I started coming upon these old series in paperback. I thought it might be cool to collect them. Like John Norman's Gor series. I picked up a couple of these with the half naked girls on the cover. I am finding out that there is a reason many of theses did not make it to hard back. They are bad writing. This is no exception. I found it to be very boring and Jim the Impatient will listen to NO boring book.
I do like George G. Gilman's Edge series (the most violent westerns ever printed). Maybe someday they will appear in audible.
This book doesn't even have a good cover, skip it.
I enjoyed this from start to finish. The first three chapters sound like closely related Mark Twain Stories, but then, what seems to be short stories, gels into a great western story. The characters are well developed and you take an invested interest in them. The whole thing is smartly written and very entertaining. This is only my second Joe ledger book or story, but I want more.
This was okay, but nothing to get all excited about. I am certainly glad it was free. I have read the first book in both of the series he has out right now and I like them and will continue the rest of those two series. I just believe MJS does better in the long form then he does in short form. It is free, so your only investment is 54 minutes and it is certainly worth that.
His pet was a man with his arms and legs cut off, eyes gauged out and tongue cut off.
This was the most disgusting, gory, violent, mindless, torture filled, intense, twisted book I have ever read. It was totally sick.
I loved it.
A SOCIAL WORKER CAN NOT SHOW WEAKNESS
This was released by audible on 10/10/12 and up to this point not one person had rated it, meaning no one had probably bought it. I had run into this author in used book stores in the Science Fiction section. This by the way is not Science Fiction, nor Modern Detective or suspense. I not sure were it fits. It is different. I am sure a lot of people think it is a sex book. It has a lot of sex in it, but it is not a sex book. I would consider it to be a satire on the sixties. I grew up at that time, although I was too young to enjoy all the free love that was going on, but I strongly remember educated people talking and acting like this girl. I found it to be humorous in that respect. It seems like the whole nation was going through it's teenage years in the sixties.
HER BEST FEATURE IS HER COMPASSION
This girl has a skewed view on how she can save society, by screwing her poor clients. Since she is a beautiful well educated woman, she is helping them to feel better about themselves, since they are able to screw such a beautiful smart woman. As the story goes on, we see that she is mostly making herself feel better. Often she is screwing married men and she does not understand when their wives don't understand. Once she thinks to herself, as she is screwing an ugly guy, that he will most likely dream about her as he plays with himself ten years down the road. Her father encourages her in her work and her screwing around. He is dropping out of society, but he does need her money. This dropping out of society was a big thing in the sixties. If you did not live through the sixties or are not interested in the sixties you may not like this. I think it is interesting to see what our society was going through.
HUMANS ARE MORE THAN THE NEED TO SURVIVE
If asked to choose between Ender's Game and this book as my favorite, I would have a problem. This is so brilliantly written, so engaging, so entertaining, that it is hard to choose. Ender's Game is about space and I am more Sci-fi then Fantasy, but Ender does have some dead spots where this has none.
PARENTS, THE BANE OF EVERY SCHOOL
This is considered a Teen book, cause there is no sex and very little violence and the main character is sixteen. This 55 year old man loved it. It takes place at a University. It is pro learning for learning sake, not for grades. The teachers love teaching and I saw my wife who is a math teacher in some of these characters. (especially the geometry teacher who was compared to teaching his class like a coach giving a motivational speech. A teacher who continued to teach, even after the end of the year exams, because learning is so much fun!) Another cool concept which happens early in the story, is a teacher dueling another teacher, no violence involved, hard to describe, you must read to learn how. The result is better teachers, cause at anytime a teacher who is set in his or her way can be challenged by an upstart and the more knowledgeable will win. (Not that the more knowledgeable always makes the best teacher, some PHD's make terrible teachers.) The concept just blew my mind.
The book has some twists in it, that surprised me. Sanderson could have also taken the easy, popular way out in one incident, but he was above that, which in my mind, even though I wanted the character to get what he wanted, made the story more real and a much better story, which Sanderson made up for later. (A kind of George R.R. Martin Moment.)CHOCOLATE IS THE GREATEST INVENTION OF ALL TIME. Melody, is a character who you don't care for at first, but who you will end up loving. She is a total opposite to Joel, but she helps him to grow and he helps her in return. You will be routing for Joel to kiss her by the end of the book.
CHALKLINGS WERE TWO-DIMENSIONAL
I love the alternate world Sanderson creates. If there is a weak point it would be the chalklings themselves. I found it hard to get scared over two-dimensional creatures and I was never sure of the size of these things. I believe they were only a couple of inches long. The audible comes with a PDF, but the map of the United Isles is not in it. That is in the hard cover. You will want a copy of the hard cover, it is a beautiful book, illustrated by Ben McSweeney. Like Card's map in his Hat Track series, it alone is interesting. You also must get this recording, for the voice of Michael Kramer. Kramer made famous for The Wheel of Time series is perfect for this book and he better do the sequels. Some reviewers have mentioned that the whole story is not complete. I disagree, all but one loose end is tied up and life goes on, does any story really end. I am 55 and my story is still going on. Joel and Melody are only sixteen, they have a lot of story to go.
NOT HAVING ICE CREAM, SHE PROCLAIMED, IS THE CULMINATION OF ALL DISASTERS!
I am more Science Fiction then Fantasy, but this little novel grabbed my attention. It is certainly not a great book, yet I found it to be different. I guess I am a sucker for talking skulls, such as in Butcher's Dresden books and Kadry's Sandman Slim books. Niven wrote his book before those two. I enjoyed the attempt to capture the Moon and the whole book was an escape.
I may continue the series, just to see if it improves. The last book in the series just recently came out.
This is written in 2000, but it could have been written 100 years ago. That is to say it is a very simple, predictable plot with cookie cutter cut out characters. It could be a satire on so-so writing. It is not terrible, just not above average. Dusty Rhodes and Cormac McCarthy have written the best westerns I have read so far and they have totally different styles.
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