A Lucky Read: A Review of Tom Pointer’s “One Lucky Fool”

Book Reviews

Firstly, do not let the length of Tom Pointer’s “One Lucky Fool” deter you from reading it. While it may appear a tad too long, I assure you that once you begin reading, you will forget about the length. Remember when you first watched Titanic and thought to yourself how you’re going to make it through a 3 hour plus movie, and then before you know it Kate Winslet and Leo DiCaprio are murmuring love nothings in the frozen Arctic water? Hold on to that feeling.

William Brown, who also goes by “Rooster” just sort of shows up to start a new life for himself in the opening pages of the novel. While this would not necessarily cause any major reverberations had the story been set in New York City or Toronto, but in a small Texan town in the 1950’s, well, lets say it causes the townsfolk to start talking… and speculating.

Seemingly free of any familial ties or financial bearings, Rooster rolls into town and upon his first interactions with the towns’ residents results in attempted murder. And it doesn’t stop there.

One Lucky Fool

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Walk This Way: A Review of Peter Bailey’s “Walk in the Flesh”

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There is not one minute allowed for the reader to get comfortable with the complicated plot in Peter Bailey’s thriller “Walk in The Flesh.” Soon after the readers first introduction to Neil, the novel’s protagonist, Bailey begins to unravel a hastily-paced and original literary domain unique to this genre.

The novel is clearly an indisputable satire of the prevalence of technology and its capacity to essentially ruin lives. However, what Bailey does so interestingly in his richly detailed and realistic dialogue is he allows the construct of Science to have a conscience. This refreshing take on the oft-depicted malevolence of the scientific realm is what drives Neil’s journey to survive in a world of terrorism.

Walk in the Flesh by Peter Bailey cover

It’s All Beginning To Come Together

Random Musings

I am most definitely not someone who writes about the Illuminati or other such conspiracy-type theoretical constructs, however, I came across something on the internets today that I knew I had to share.

Now many of you have probably read about what I’m about to share in your many adventures and dalliances with popular culture. I, a true self-proclaimed pop culture junkie and fiend, am slightly embarrassed that only this morning brought about my exposure to this undeniable likeness and its subsequent visceral Oprah ‘A-Ha’ moment.

Doesn’t this certain pop stars domination of the entire world now make a whole lotta sense??

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And…

T-Swift

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Cheerleader Death Squad: CW Drama Could Live On In ‘Different Form’

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The one show I was genuinely excited for wasn’t picked up to series….

TVLine

Cheerleader Death Squad, an hour-long drama about a former CIA agent who trains high school cheerleaders for covert missions, seemed like a perfect fit for The CW — but when pickups for the 2015-2016 season were announced, there was nary a pom-pom in sight.

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A Quick Read: A Review of Justin March’s “Quick Save”

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Doesn’t it seem that fictional characters with supernatural powers are often born, raised, or come of age in small town America? Is their something in the water in the deep plains of Texas or in the sands by the Mississippi River?

Justin March’s “Quick Save,” a bright and spry tale, has such a character. The protagonist in the novel is navigating the often turbulent waters that comprise the high school existence. Tapping into the angst and verve that encompasses the teenage experience, March richly develops characters who are both at one caustic and endearing.

Craig, now entering his junior year at Buckton High, finds himself friendless but not entirely unhappy. Fortunately, a new student enrolls in Buckton, Craig finds himself befriend by the effortlessly cool Quinton. Quinton, from California and who oozes charm, takes Craig into his inner circle and the two form a special friendship.

The two new friends couldn’t be any more different. Craig is shy and semi-geeky, while the exotic Quinton practically has a personality that oozes off the pages of the book. However, in due time, Craig soon discovers that Quentin’s seemingly unattainable coolness gets even cooler: the boy can predict the future.

Quick Save

A Review of David Workman’s “Letter From Alabama”

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Reading a novel based on a true story could turn out either really amazingly well (see Into the Wild) or very, very bad (well, I don’t want to get into trouble so let’s leave this one to your imagination). David Workman’s richly detailed “Letter From Alabama” fortunately falls into the former type of novelization, and I was very thankful for that discovery.

“Letter From Alabama” is a timeless piece of fiction. Telling the true story of a letter published in a small town newspaper in May 1952, Workman successfully manages to keep a neutral point of view in the often myriad of plot developments that can sometimes be difficult to endure. Tackling the overarching and weighty themes that are often depicted in many modern literary masterpieces, Workman’s weaving of the power of forgiveness and unconditional love of family demonstrates his clear talent of storytelling.

Book Cover of David Workman's

Book Cover of David Workman’s “Letter from Alabama”

The Ripley Book Series Will Be Adapted for Television

Random Musings

I’m very excited about this, provided that Gwyneth Paltrow does not make an appearance.

TIME

It’s been more than 15 years since a film adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Talented Mr. Ripley raked in nearly $130 million at the box office with Matt Damon playing the title role. Now Highsmith’s entire Ripley series—five novels also known as the Ripliad—will be adapted for TV by Television 360, Endemol Shine Studios and the publisher Diogenes.

The remake doesn’t yet have a writer, director or major star attached, and, according to the Hollywood Reporter, its producers will likely wait until talent is locked in to find the series a home.

This is not the first time Highsmith’s work will be adapted for television. The Talented Mr. Ripley, a psychological thriller about a con artist, was adapted for TV in 1956, the year following its publication. Parts or all of the Ripliad have also been adapted for radio and theater.

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Even Taylor Swift’s Mom Thought That Line Was ‘Starbucks Lovers’

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I think it would be easier at this point if she just changed the lyrics permanently and got Starbucks to sponsor her tours.

TIME

Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” includes one of the great misheard lyrics from the last year: “All the lonely Starbucks lovers.”

The real lyric does not include any product placement—“Got a long list of ex-lovers,” Swift sings on the track—but that hasn’t stopped people from latching on to the incorrect version. Even Swift herself acknowleged the “Starbucks lovers” lyric on Valentine’s Day of this year.

To which Starbucks responded:

But now, months later, it seems Swift’s own family is on Team “Starbucks lovers.” Swift posted this on Saturday.

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