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Books, reading, literature of all things

Hero to Zero

Hero to Zero by Zach Fortier – Review 6-12-2013

Hero To ZeroHero To Zero by Zach Fortier

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I received this book from Zach Fortier as thanks for having read and reviewed his previous efforts.

Hero to Zero tells the stories of real life “hero” cops, and how they came to be viewed as great officers in their departments and their communities. Fortier then details their falls from grace, their loss of their police credentials and their careers. The causes? Usually greed, ego, or just plain stupid decisions – just like the rest of us. The stories are each fascinating in their own way, as are the behind-the-scenes details of life in law enforcement. Fortier has put out another excellent work with this book. I would give it 5 stars but for editing issues (easily fixed – hope his publisher does this ASAP!). Good work, Mr. Fortier!

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Alice in Deadland

Alice in Deadland: The Complete Trilogy

Kindle Price: Three complete books for just 99 cents!

Or currently FREE for Amazon Prime Members Via the Kindle Lending Library
Text-to-Speech and Lending: Enabled


Alice in Deadland was released in November 2011 and quickly became an bestseller, selling more than 50,000 copies in its first three months. It was followed by its sequel, ‘Through The Looking Glass’ and ‘Off With Their Heads’, the prequel to Alice in Deadland. Now, get all three novels in the Alice in Deadland Trilogy in one single omnibus edition and imme
rse yourself in this bestselling adventure.

Alice in Deadland

Civilization as we know it ended more than fifteen years ago, leaving as it’s legacy barren wastelands called the Deadland and a new terror for the humans who survived- hordes of undead Biters.

Fifteen year-old Alice has spent her entire life in the Deadland, her education consisting of how best to use guns and knives in the ongoing war for survival against the Biters. One day, Alice spots a Biter disappearing into a hole in the ground and follows it, in search of fabled underground Biter bases.

What Alice discovers there propels her into an action-packed adventure that changes her life and that of all humans in the Deadland forever. An adventure where she learns the terrible conspiracy behind the ruin of humanity, the truth behind the origin of the Biters, and the prophecy the mysterious Biter Queen believes Alice is destined to fulfill.

A prophecy based on the charred remains of the last book in the Deadland- a book called Alice in Wonderland.

How could this not be an awesome series?


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What’s new in the world of books and reading and stuff:

Holly still wants a Kindle Fire for Christmas, New Year’s, Thursday, whatever. My poor regular Kindle, as well as my archives on Amazon, are filled to bursting. Naturally, they keep sending me “helpful” emails about price drops. That is not much help when one doesn’t have two nickels to rub together.

I did get an Amazon Local deal – $1 for a full price Kindle book off their select list. I jumped all over my Wishlist, and found one I was REALLY wanting that was on their list. Whee!

Now I need to get #2 and #3 in the series. I will start reading this one as soon as I am done with The Books of Rachel and the companion book The Lives of Rachel. Very very good so far, well researched and all that.

I’m alsoworking on reading some books about blogging – to improve the experience here on Intellectually Promiscuous, and about how to work this WordPress thingie in general. Also on tap are a couple of books about minimalism, since I definitely need to focus back on what is most important in my life.

Of course, my stash of sci-fi, historical fiction, paranormal, and smut just continues to grow exponentially. I am starting a library of Wicca and Pagan stuff, too, as they become available in the free department. At this point, I would have to read a book a day for 10 years straight to get through them all – luckily many are short stories or novellas. I’m not sure how I feel about those yet. 

In any case, read, read and more read. Even the kids at juvenile detention read everything we put in front of them on the book cart, and beg for more. Thank goodness the local library provides us with a paperback program. Now you know what happens to the paperbacks you donate! I think we have every James Patterson book ever printed at work.

Back to reading and growing my brain!



There are no words to express my sorrow and horror at the events in Newtown, CT Friday.  A friend of mine perhaps said it best, so I repost her words. I trust she will understand.

Goddess Danu, Mother of All, help me to be of help.

Use me to comfort the comfortless; give me Your grace.

Make me peaceful and soothing, for I, too, am a

Mother. So Mote it Be.



What are we reading right now?

12/11/2012  Currently reading:

The Books of Rachel: I am only about 15 % into it, but so far it is very good. From the blurb:  The Books of Rachel is a fictional microcosm of 500 years of Jewish history. Since the 15th century, in the Cuheno family, the first daughter born to the family is given the name Rachel and a heritage of faith and courage as precious as the family diamond. A saga sweeping from the Spanish Inquisition to the birth of a Jewish homeland.

The Facility: From the blurb: In a near-future dystopian Britain, democracy has been undermined. Emboldened by new anti-terrorism laws, police start to “disappear” people from the streets for unspecified crimes. But when unassuming dentist Arthur Priestley is snatched and held prisoner at a top-secret facility, his estranged wife, Julia, and a brave but naive journalist named Tom Clarke embark on a harrowing quest for the truth. Following a trail that leads to the very top of government, they soon find themselves fighting for their lives.

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am about 50% through it, and quite impressed.  The book is creepy, given the current political state of our world. It is too true, or too probable.

Next on the fiction platter is Bone Machine, another book I received free in exchange for an honest review. From the blurb:

War. Poverty. Hunger. Are over.    Humankind hasn’t changed, but the way we work has. Welcome to the brave new world of the Artificially Conscious Androlibra, a humanlike robot that acts like a personal clone, helping to bring balance to our lives.

Grayson Cornel doesn’t sleep much anymore. His life is in shambles. His father is teetering on death. He was recently promoted by The Libra Robotics and Cybernetics Corp, but his predecessor, Zoe Asher is wanted for murder and is now targeting him. On top of that, his first assignment in his new position has ended in disaster.

The last of the world’s sweatshops in Haiti had finally placed an order for Libra Corp robots, and it was Grayson’s job to make sure that the order was filled. But when the robots arrived, something went horribly wrong. They disappeared, leaving only dead bodies in their wake. No Libra Corp robot had ever killed anyone before, so Grayson is sent to Haiti to figure out what went wrong.

What he discovers begins to unravel a dark secret Libra Corp has been keeping from the public. Something so shocking that Grayson risks ending utopia to put a stop to it.


Bookish Stuff

12/1/2012 Highly recommended.

Alda Book

Alan Alda – “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself”

Beloved actor and acclaimed author Alan Alda offers an insightful and funny look at some impossible questions he’s asked himself over the years: What do I value? What, exactly, is the good life? (And what does that even mean?) Here, Alda listens in on things he’s heard himself saying at critical points in his life–from the turbulence of the sixties, to his first Broadway show, to the birth of his children, to the ache of September 11, and beyond. Reflecting on the transitions in his life and in all our lives, he notices that “doorways are where the truth is told,” and wonders if there’s one thing–art, activism, family, money, fame–that could lead to a “life of meaning.” In a book that is candid, wise, and as questioning as it is incisive, Alda amuses and moves us with his uniquely hilarious meditations on questions great and small.


Warning: Addictive. Should be a black-box label on the thing.


Kindle Touch 3g. I spent $80. The new and improved Paperwhite version is at Amazon for $179. Probably even more addictive. E-hoarding should now be in the DSM as a legit diagnosis.


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If you read no other book in the next month, read this one:Communion of Dreams by James Downey. James is a long time friend of mine, this is his debut fiction outing. It is very deep and insightful, extremely well researched, and leaves the reader wanting more. It is considered sci-fi, I would also include philosophy, ethics, drama and speculative fiction to the list. Even if those topics are not usually your cup of tea, take this book out for a spin. It will be well worth your time. Visit Downey’s home page, too, for updates on his latest work and works in progress.

If you read a second book in the next couple of months, read The Prophet’s Way by Thom Hartmann. Hartmann is heard on Sirius XM radio, Armed Forces radio, and on the Current TV network. His many books are all extremely well researched, well thought out and imminently readable. The Prophet’s Way examines Hartmann’s personal spiritual journey. It is fascinating on an individual level, and also provides wonderful lessons for all of us on our own quests for meaning in life. Visit Hartmann’s web site for many morewonderful titles.

Finally, it is time to get caught up on Game of Thrones, in preparation for the next season (starting in January on HBO). Get your copies of the series books, by George RR Martin here. And get to reading!