Friday, January 16, 2015

Book Reviews 1/16/14

Book Reviews
Traci Kenworth

Book One: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: It’s taken me a long while to get to these. Yes, I know that it came out in 1995, but that was the year of my disastrous marriage and in the years that followed, dark times for me. Anyway, it was well WORTH the wait!! My kids had been through these books years ago (grins) and I don’t know why I waited so long to take the plunge. I know the majority of you have read these but for the rare bird like me, RUN to get your copy. It is a charming, magical read!! I loved it so much, in fact that guess what book two’s review is?

Book Two: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: I think I would’ve been thrilled to have friends like these in high school. Oh, wait!! I did. Not with the magic of course, but still, Hermoine reminded me of my best friend, Colleen. I didn’t have close to a Ron or Harry though there were a few boys who dared to hang out at my table, lol. I knew J.K. Rowling had to do something special to warrant such mega-attention with these books and I have to say she really amazed me with her voice. I’ve just started the round of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so that’ll be in a future review.

Book Three: Storm Front by Jim Butcher: This is the first book in the Dresden Files. It too, had a wizard in it. Harry something Copperfield something Dresden, (sorry about the something, I’m awful about names in real life, so it’s hard to remember that many) is a part-time consultant to the police and a full-time private investigator. If supernatural is your problem, call him!! This time he finds himself embroiled in a mystery that’s a little too personal for him when a toad demon is sent to kill him. This is a clever, magic-filled adventure with a touch of horror. It reminded me a tad of James Bond. Another winner!! I will definitely be looking into more of this series.

Book Four:  Writing Monsters by Philip Athans: This book was invaluable to me in my craft study of horror. It takes you through everything you need to build a monster from the ground up including setting and point of origin. It gives a lot of examples from different horror writers such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, H.P. Lovecraft, Mary Shelley, etc. I definitely have a better understanding of what it takes to create a monster. Highly recommended if you’re at all into horror.

Book Five:  Zen of the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. What does writing teach us? First and foremost, it reminds us that we are alive and that it is a gift and a privilege, not a right. Second, writing is survival. I heartedly agree!! Writing is what pulled me through life when the storms were determined to destroy me. It gave me hope, joy, and love to begin again. If you haven’t read this gem, I recommend that you hurry to do so. Ray Bradbury needs no introduction to most. He inspired me from the first time Something Wicked This Way Comes crossed my path. He is a giant, a legend in the story mines. Here, he teaches us the methods that worked for him throughout his career. There is a gift alone in that.

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