Category Archive: Books, Food, Movies

Jul 14 2016

You know what grinds my gears?

I’m usually a pretty tolerant guy, but some things just tick me off. I’m pretty sure it’s not just me.  It must be just about everybody else too, right? Why does the movie based on the book ALWAYS suck?  In related news, why is the sequel kinda crappy and the threequel even worse than that?  …

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Jun 15 2016

A Shade of Vampire sucks! Read this instead.

I love a good book as much as the next guy, so when Beth asked me to read this book hailed as the next great thing since Harry Potter, how could I refuse? She wasn’t telling me because she’d read it, or even knew someone who has, just that she knows I love books and …

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Oct 23 2015

Review of “Dead Men Kill”

I’d read two books for Galax Press, publishers of the fictional works of L. Ron Hubbard, in the past, so when they offered to send me a third to review, I jumped at the chance. These books are marketed as from the Golden Age of storytelling.  These stories are all from the 1930s and 40s, …

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Jul 08 2015

SOMEBODY KNOCK MY SOCKS OFF!

  I read all the time, but I have to be honest, it’s been an awfully long time since anything has really blown me away.   I want a knock-your-socks-off kind of book!   The last two books to do this for me were To Kill A Mockingbird and The Martian.   I just finished Finders …

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Sep 30 2014

On My Bedside Table

I’ve just finished three books. All were recommendations given to me when I reached out to the internet a few weeks back. Here’s a progress report:

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Sep 12 2014

Applachian Trail: A Dream

As a native New Englander (I’d say Mainer, but I was born in New Hampster and didn’t move up here until I was a few months old), I have always had a special place in my heart for the Appalachian Trail.  I think that comes from being at the very end of the darn thing.  …

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Sep 03 2014

8 Books In 6 Weeks

Here’s the true litmus test as to how hectic I perceive my life to be: how much reading have I gotten done? When things get really crazy, I retreat into the world of literature. Fiction, mostly. An avid reader, I get almost panicky when I’m finishing a book and don’t yet have the next one …

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Mar 23 2014

That’s Some Good TV Right There

We watch a lot of television. And by watch, I mean pay some attention to while fiddling with our iPads and folding laundry in the evenings. There are shows that everyone likes (Good luck, Charlie) and shows that are more selective in their audiences, like Pawn Stars (Liv calls it “that show where people by …

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Mar 22 2014

What’cha Reading?

I love all things pop culture. I can’t even lie about it. I pride myself on knowing a little bit about EVERYTHING!  But living in the sticks with three kids who go to bed at 8:00 doesn’t leave a lot of time for museums, theater, or fine dining, but it’s custom made for the guy …

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Jan 20 2014

I Have A Crush On Gillian Flynn

I have a crush on Gillian Flynn. There, I said it.  Not personally, of course; I’m married.  But she’s a heck of an author. Granted, I’ve only read 1 ¾ of her books, but I can’t get enough of this woman. Has anyone else had this experience? I read Gone Girl, because I’m a student …

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Dec 30 2013

BigCalfGuy Book Club Review: I Am Malala

I read “I Am Malala” after seeing Malala Yousafzai on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She was so poised and confident, despite her small stature and even smaller voice. I was compelled to learn her story. Especially after she told Jon that she didn’t even hate the man who shot her in the face. …

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Dec 01 2013

BigCalfGuy Book Club November: Carly’s Voice (Nov ’13)

This book was recommended to me by my friend Dawn Pray.  She had heard about it and wanted to read it.  At the time of the recommendation, she hadn’t even read it.  It did look interesting, so I decided to use it for November’s Book Club. I’m glad I did.  It was an awesome book …

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