Augie & The Green Night by Zach Weinersmith

Augie & The Green Knight by Zach Weinersmith, Illustrations by Boulet; 2015; $35.00; 219 pages; Breadpig, Inc; 978-0-9785016-9-3; backed on Kickstarter, July 2014; 11/27/16-11/29-/16

Why did I read this?  This was a book I backed on Kickstarter back in 2014.  I backed it because the main character was a young girl and I thought it was something my Granddaughter Nola and I could read together.

Augie is exploring in a forest behind her home when she encounters the Green Knight and begins a year long adventure with him, complete with the Knights of the Round Table and all kind of imaginary nonsense characters.  The main story is not bad, but there is so much extraneous nonsense that it detracts from the story.

Grade–C-

A Lowcountry Heart by Pat Conroy

A Lowcountry Heart, Reflections on a Writing Life by Pat Conroy; 2016; $25.00; 300 pages; Nan A. Talese, New York, NY; 978-0-385-53086-6;purchased through smileamazon.com; 11/23/16-11/27/16

Why did I read this?  Because Pat Conroy is the man, and always will be the man as far as I am concerned.  He is the author who has shared a life with me and has a wonderfully awesomely splendiferous way with words and I would read his to do list if they published it.

Pat Conroy passed away in March of 2016 and the world is not as beautiful as it was.  This book came out on what would have been Pat’s seventy first birthday.  The chapters are blog entries that Pat had shared online with his readers, covering all kinds of topics about his books, his friends, his readers and more.  It also includes a interview with him, an introduction by his wife the novelist Cassandra King and the eulogy that was delivered by his best friend.  When he left he took a piece of my heart.

Grade-A

Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko

Rogue Warrior, Curse of the Infidel by Richard Marcinko and Jim Defelice; 2013; $26.99; 367 pages; A Tom Doherty Associates Book, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-3294-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Woodstock; 11/17/16-11/23/16

Why did I read this?  Because I find the author amusing and the books are full of fantastical action.

Coincidences abound in this latest installment in the supposedly fictionalized accounts of incidents in the authors life.  Radical Islamic terrorists, corrupt financial institutes, illegally produced pharmaceuticals,  colorful personalities and lot of action and Mr. Murphy all play central roles.  The plot is convoluted but easy to follow and there is no way to explain it, but if you are a fan of Scott Horvath, or Mitch Rapp, here is the source of some of what they do.

Grade-B, the colorfulness of the characters is starting to gray the plots are getting more and more fantastical.

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz

The Rains by Gregg Hurwitz; 2016; $17.99; 349 pages; Tor Teen, New York, NY; 978-0-7653-8267-2; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Gresham, Young Adult Fiction; 11/16/16-11/17/16

Why did I read this?  Because I have read many of Gregg Hurwitz work and really enjoyed them.

Red Dawn meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers meets Dawn of the Dead.  Asteroids rain down upon the earth, split open and infect everyone of the age of eighteen.  Men become mappers, women become chasers and kids have to save the earth.  Things change the moment you turn eighteen so be careful of the person who turns eighteen tomorrow.  Patrick and Chance Rains are orphans, raised by their aunt and uncle, who lead the fight in their small rural town.  They and Patricks’ girlfriend Alex are the main characters, along with a surprisingly diverse supporting cast.  There is all kind of action here within the kids community and as they try to figure out what is going on.

Grade-A 

Wrestling with the Devil by Lex Luger

Wrestling With The Devil, The true story of a world champion professional wrestler-his reign, ruin and redemption by Lex Luger with John D. Hollis; 2013; $22.99; 227 pages; Tyndale Momentum, Carol Stream, IL; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Midland, 796.812 L9512w; 11/12/16-11/16/16

Why did I read this?  Professional Wrestling is my secret guilty pleasure and Lex was one of the biggest names and physique in that world in the 1990’s.

Lex Luger had it all and then lost it all, he had fame, family and physical fortune.  Then he got involved in drugs, alcohol and promiscuity he lost his fame, his wife divorced him, his children didn’t get to see him, he became a convicted felon, spent time in jail and was paralyzed for a time.  If you saw him today you probably would not recognize him.  He credits his redemption to some Christians (including Sting) who simply loved him into a relationship with Jesus, they didn’t badger him and witness with vain and empty words but showed him what it meant to follow Christ.  Today he spends his time training people physically and spiritually.

Grade-A

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