2015 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 630 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 11 trips to carry that many people.

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Time Is On My Side


That right there is my 2016 calendar in front of my laptop’s desktop, I have a bit of a thing for Doctor Who. There is something about a fresh calendar taking it’s place on your wall, and I like that I get one every year from my parents. ¬†There is something comforting about having the faces of the Doctor keeping track of time for you, a poetic beauty of having a Time Lord show you what day it is.

The beauty of a new calendar is that it holds so much potential within it. We have no idea what will happen as we flip from one month to the next, all we can count on is what day our birthday is on, when holidays will occur, and what order the months will slip past us.  Continue reading

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The Universe Versus Alex Woods by Gavin Extence

I must have liked this one a lot seeing as how I stayed up until 6 a.m. finishing it. I got in a groove of really wanting to see it play out, so I had to stay up, it just happens.

Alex Woods is a normal kid until one day a meteor crashes through the ceiling of his bathroom and strikes him in the head. He survives, but is in a coma for two weeks, and finds that he is plagued by seizures as well.

After some time he has his seizures under control enough to go back to school, but there he has to deal with everything that comes with that, namely, bullies.

Through various circumstances he befriends an older man, a man with the reputation of being gruff and keeping to himself. The friendship grows, Alex figures some things out, but then of course something happens, something that will have a great effect on everyone in Alex’s life.

I thought this was a well written book that found various ways to keep my attention while making me want to keep turning the pages. I really enjoyed it, and maybe you will too.


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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

Okay, this right here, this was a great book.

An alcoholic woman with a broken heart from a failed marriage rides the train into London and back home every day. The train takes her past the house she lived in with her husband before her marriage fell apart. The train she rides usually stops a few doors down from her former house and she has made up a backstory for the couple that lives there. She doesn’t have a job anymore, but she makes the trip so that she won’t tip off her roommate. Things go south when the woman a few doors down goes missing.

Who did it?

What happened?

What does she know that can help?

There are embarrassing circumstances that occur throughout the story, and there is a woman who wants better than what she has, or what she allows herself, but it doesn’t seem to click for her.

Paula Hawkins does a great job of weaving a story together that is well organized in an interesting way that lets three separate characters tell us the story of what happened, and what is happening now.

I really enjoyed trying to figure this one out, finding the red herrings, and being surprised by some things as I went along.

Hell, I must have enjoyed it if I found myself staying up until about 4 in the morning because I HAD to finish it.


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Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, #1) by Eoin Colfer

I can see why this is a popular series of books, and I wonder why it hasn’t been made into some kind of show or movie or something like that.

I decided to read something light, but also entertaining, and that is exactly what I got with this book.

Artemis is a 12 year old genius criminal mastermind who might have a little bit of a conscience in there somewhere, but not enough to get in the way of things.

He concocts a plan to steal fairy gold to restore the wealth his family once had. And somehow he has figured out exactly how to find the information he needs to do just that. Will it play out like he hopes?

The Fairy military is an interesting group, and uses a play on words in the title of the branch of forces as well.

Actually there is a lot of clever wordplay that I smirked at when I read it, and I liked the intelligence that the book holds behind all the fun that is had when reading it.

I might just have to read some more of these books, somewhere down the road.


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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I was looking for something a little different than what I had been reading, and I do believe I found it. A nice little venture into a horror like realm that had a new quasi-vampire, adding inscapes to the mix was fun as well.

Vic finds out early on in her life that she can access a covered bridge that takes her to where she can find something that is lost.

Manx is a man that takes children away from their families, often utilizing an accomplice to take care of a parent, and brings them to what is known as Christmasland.

Christmasland is not a bright shiny place where everything is Santa and gingerbread cookies, it has been tainted in a way, a way that puts pure evil into the season.

Vic and Manx cross paths when Vic is a teenager, and their lives are never the same again.

There is quite a lot to this story that I really shouldn’t go into as I don’t want to ruin it for you, but it was a fun read, and just creepy enough, all things considered.

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The Curiosity by Stephen P. Kiernan

There is a company that finds small animals that have been flash frozen in what is called “hard ice”, ice that is formed under the perfect conditions at the poles of the world.

This company has been experimenting with reanimating these animals, bringing them back to life, and getting more and more successful as they do.

This book starts out during one of the this company’s retrieval missions, and everything is going according to plan, until they find a large mass in the berg they have been taking readings from. Continue reading

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