Halt finds Will

Ranger’s Apprentice, The Early Years, The Battle of Hackham Heath by John Flannagan; 2016; $18.99; 346 pages; Philomel Books, New York, NY; 978-0-399-16362-3; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Rockwood; 1/18/19-1/21/19

Why did I read this? Because I have read most of the rest of the Ranger’s Apprentice series.  I missed two Ranger’s book and a Brotherband books, so I am catching up on the books.

The evil Baron has retreated to the mountains and enlisted some almost mindless man beasts to fight with him against King Duncan.  Halt goes up the mountain to find out what he can about the Baron’s plans and about the troops he is assembling.  Through an awesome battle and through some great reconnaissance Halt becomes the most respected Ranger in the kingdom.  This is another great story of the Kingdom of Araulen, Halt, Crowley and introduces us to Will Treaty.


What is with the title of the review?  The main character in the main Ranger’s Apprentice series is Will Treaty, and we get introduced briefly to him at the conclusion of this story.



reading in two parts

Stamped From The Beginning, The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi; 2016; $32.99; 515 pages; Nation Books, New York, NY: 978-1-56858-463-8; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 4/26/18-5/8/18 & 6/30/18-7/2/18

Why did I read this? I wanted to read a complete history of the United States racist ideas.  So many times I tended to think they began with the advent of slavery in the United States and that the racism was predominantly in the Southern United States.

Ibram Kendi shows how anti Black racism (and other isms)  predate even the founding of the United States.  He traces the racism using cultural touch points (people) to show how racist ideas we either cemented or fought against my multiple people in the history of the United States.   Cotton Mather, Thomas Jefferson, William Lloyd Garrison, W.E.B. Du Bois and Angela Davis are the people he uses to trace  the history of racism in the United States and show how prevalent is in the United States.  It would be interesting to see this book in another 10 or 15 years with chapters focusing on how racism in currently expanding its public face in the United States.  The most recent election seems to have released the Kraken of racism and it is trying to devour whatever gets in its way.  This book is a great teaching point and most of those who need to read it most will never hear of it.  This book makes me ashamed of some ideology that i have held in the past.



Secondhand Summer by Dan L. Walker; 2016; $12.99; 182 pages; Alaska Northwest Books, Portland, OR; 978-1-943328-42-0; given to me by my sister in law, Dana Paperman; 4/12/18-4/15/18

Sam, lives with his Mom, Dad, brother and sister on Alaska’s coast, where they eke out a living fishing.  Sam has grown up in the same town and has grown close to his friends as they are going through middle school. Sam’s father passes away from a heart attack and his mother moves what is left of the family to Anchorage.  Sam has no friends and is unsure of himself and his is plunked down in a new town and a totally new situation.  He make three new friends that take him into several questionable situations.  One of them suffers a trauma that Sam is able to help him through.

Grade 10/10

What is with the title of the review? One of the themes of the story is what is missing from the life of the characters.  Each of the characters seems to be missing something in their lives.




it goes to eleven

Long Way Gone by Charles Martin; 2016; $25.99;308 pages; Thomas Nelson, Nashville, TN; 978-0-7180-8471-4; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Central; 2/7/18-2/11/18

Why did I read this?  When my sister, Melodie was home I had lunch with her and Kevin Nichols and we got to talking about books and Mel recommended this.  So I picked it up and I am glad I did, the writing was so good that there were spots that I read the book out loud to Ruthann.

The soundtrack for this would be awesome.  As I read I would be hearing the music in my head from Hymns to classic rock.  An itinerant widower preacher and his son travel all over preaching to the masses, until they have a very big falling out and the son goes on a journey of self discovery.  He climbs to the heights of the country music but then loses it all to a corrupt music producer.  After falling about as low as he can  go he returns to his hometown and begins to rebuild his life. He reconnects with old friends, the memory of his father and his heavenly father.

This is the story of the prodigal son, set in our current time.


what is with the title of the review?  Music is an important part of the book and the intensity of the book goes to eleven.  I cried at various places in the story.

King Cheeto

Yuge, 30 years of Doonesbury on Trump by G.B. Trudeau; 2016; $14.99; 110 pages;Andrews McNeel Publishiing, Kansas City, KS; 978-1-4494-8133-9; checked out from Multnomah County Library, Troutdale; 2/5/18-2/6/18

Why did I read this?  Because I like Doonesbury and dislike Trump.

30 years of making fun of Donald Trump, although he often opens mouth and inserts foot.  He also says things that are easy to make fun of.

Grade 7/10