Book Review: “Dragonmark” by Sherrilyn Kenyon

This fantasy novel was published in August 2016 and written by Sherrilyn Kenyon.  The story is about Illarion, the dragon who can transform into a human.  He takes on Edilyn to be his wife, partner, and love for the rest of their lives and permanently bonds himself to her as she does to him.  However, her brother, […]

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Movie review: “Hell or High Water”

This was my second attempt to see this movie.  The first time, something happened to the computer and no one knew how to fix it.  At least, I got a rain check for that.  This week, I couldn’t find any new movies that interested me, so I went to a movie that had been out for […]

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Movie Review: “Sully”

The wounds of 9/11 were still fresh for all of us when this incident happened.  I was at an airport waiting for my plane when I saw this on the news.  A plane went down in New York City on the Hudson River.  My first thought was that it was another terrorist act, but then I […]

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Essay Review: “Splitting Up” by Joseph Adelson

This essay was published in “The Blair Reader,” third edition, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell.  The purpose of the Reader was to build critical reading skills among students, but those of us who are older still need the practice, so I’m writing this blog post to help both my reading and […]

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Book Review: “Wedding Cake Murder” by Joanne Fluke

This book was written by Joanne Fluke as part of the Hannah Swensen Mystery series and was published in 2016. Hannah Swensen is the owner of a bakery called the Cookie Jar in Lake Eden, Minnesota and she has a knack for getting involved in murder mysteries in her small town.  While she loves baking cookies and serving her […]

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Book Review: “Thank You, Goodnight” by Andy Abramowitz

This book was written by Andy Abramowitz and published in 2015.  It’s hilarious.  I don’t usually read this genre, but I needed a change of pace. The story is about Teddy Tremble, the former lead singer of a rock band and is now a lawyer.  The group had one hit album and even won an […]

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Movie Review: “Mechanic: Resurrection”

I believe this movie was a take-off of the previous Mechanic series with Charles Bronson.  Jason Statham stars as the mechanic, the assassin Arthur Bishop.  He’s retired from the business and lives in Rio, but an old ‘friend,’ Riah Crain played by Sam Hazeldine, recruits him.  Crain needs Bishop to eliminate three men who are his competitors in weapons […]

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Essay Review: “The Sanctuary of School” by Lynda Barry

This essay was published in “The Blair Reader,” third edition, edited by Laurie G. Kirszner and Stephen R. Mandell in 1999.  The purpose of this anthology was to improve critical reading skills for students.  As an older adult, I find I need the same thing, except I don’t do homework.  Instead, I write this blog. […]

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Movie Review: “War Dogs”

Jonah Hill and Miles Teller star in this movie about two arms dealers working with U.S. government contracts.  As a small business, AEY Inc. makes a living off the smaller contracts of war items needed for Iraq and Afghanistan.  Their first contract is proves their ability to handle a contract and establishes their reputation.  Their […]

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Book Review: “Inside Man” by Jeff Abbott

Written by Jeff Abbott.  This book was published in 2014 and is another of his Sam Capra books.  If you like thriller novels, this book doesn’t disappoint. Sam Capra owns a number of bars around the world and works clandestinely for an organization called the Round Table.  A former CIA operative, he takes on missions […]

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