Book Title: Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers
Author: Rod A. Walters
Category: Adult Non-Fiction
Length: 228 pages
Publisher: Omega Man Press
Release date: November 2016
Tour dates: Feb 12 to 23, 2018
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Content Rating: PG-13 + M (Mild and indirect innuendo to both sex genitalia, a short essay about the fictional “AssBook,” an essay on current health-care talk, a teaser “is his cord long enough?” to get readers to choose a short piece on electric cars next, etc.)
Written to make Dave Barry, Lily Tomlin, and Ben Stein laugh, Golden Gremlin: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers delivers the experience of a balanced life, and the wisdom to like most of it, and then laugh at the rest of it. What the heck, Barry lives in Miami, habitat of geezers, and Ben Stein is one. The world really needs that push, vigorous or gentle, from misanthropes & geezers, the world’s most valuable golden gremlins. Misanthropes pretend to not like or need other people, but in reality, they merely prefer their own company much of the time. Geezers, aside from that silly name, also like their own company quite well. Both share the virtue of seeing the world calmly. You get pointy bite-sized life pointers from these experienced gremlins, told in easy bite-size chunks. Laughter included in the price! Two out of three wouldn’t be bad either.
Life is good! So laugh a little at yourself on the way through these pointy essays, and that will buy your laughing at the world’s simpler parts, guilt-free.
Golden Gremlin comprises about 70 short essays bundled into six topic areas:
NATURE: boys, ugly drivers, and coffee cups in the ‘fridge.
WORDS: the real meaning of Caucasian and Genre.
BUSINESS: deafness at the economics conference, and getting on AssBook.
KITCHENS: sushi chefs, and truth about manna.
HISTORY: when Hell froze, and Attila the Honey.
Golden boy gets to be GOLDEN GREMLIN: experience overcomes certainty.
What things could possibly be more important!
To read reviews, please visit Rod A Walters’ page on iRead Book Tours.
Firstly I would like to thank both the author and iRead Blog Tours for providing me with a copy of this book.
I enjoyed reading the humourous opinion pieces in this book. GOLDEN GREMLIN: A Vigorous Push from Misanthropes and Geezers made me laugh out loud numerous times while reading and nothing is better for the soul than a good laugh.
This book was written with the silver-haired set in mind. Author Rod A. Walters has taken the wisdom he has learned through his long life and turned that into essays, stories, poetry and even songs. My favorite piece is a short poem about dog poop which you will need to buy the book to read.
This book will both inform and entertain readers and is a fun and funny read.
I rate this book as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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(Ends March 3, 2018)
Author: PERRIN BRIAR
Genre: FICTION, HORROR
Length: 60 PAGES
Publisher: AMAZON DIGITAL SERVCES
Type of Book: EBOOK
Release Date: JANUARY 4, 2018
Price: CURRENTLY FREE ON AMAZON
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Athlete Beth once ran for glory, now she runs for her own survival.
The undead can run, and run fast. They do not tire, do not slow, do not rest. And they never stop. Ever.
Beth is alone on a quiet country road, a zombie on her tail. With an injured knee and safety more than ten miles away, can she make it? Or will she be the zombie’s victory dinner?
Second place is dead last…
Before the EMP pulse that crippled humanity, and the zombie virus that flourished in its aftermath, Beth was a long-distance runner, and a damned good one.
Ha! Ha! “Damned,” how appropriate for this story.
The story begins with Beth running down a country road. Chasing her is a zombie, a very fast zombie.
Beth’s philosophy had always been: “The second you showed weakness to your opponent was the moment you were doomed.” She is determined to outrun the zombie, but is hampered by an injured knee.
This race has dire consequences if she loses.
Even though this is only a short story, I enjoyed it very much. The ending will surprise most readers which I think is awesome.
I rate this story as 4 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Perrin Briar was born in Huntingdon, in the UK. He has worked as a bookie, salesman, factory hand and stock counter. He eventually got into TV and worked on various shows in the production and development departments. He currently teaches English in South Korea.
The Blood Memory books involve a group surviving at sea in a zombie-infested post-apocalyptic world. The first book follows Jordan Grant, who wakes up knowing nothing about the virus or the world as it now is. During the first season Jordan unlocks key memories in his past that have a dramatic effect on the world now.
The Z-Minus Trilogy follows Chris and Maisie, a father and daughter with a bad relationship. Unlike other zombie books, in this series the virus takes eight hours to spread throughout the host’s body. In the first book Chris uses this time to get his daughter somewhere safe. In the second book Maisie is infected and Chris must get her to the cure. The final episode sees Chris taking Maisie to the research vessel where they can harvest the cure from her.
The Swiss Family RobinZOM series is a tongue-in-cheek zombie apocalypse based on the original Johann Wyss stories.
He now lives in South Korea.
To learn more about this author, visit the following links:
Title: THINGS SHE COULD NEVER HAVE
Author: TEHMINA KHAN
Genre: FICTION, SHORT STORY COLLECTION, LGBTQ, MULTICULTURAL FICTION, DIVERSITY, CANADIAN LITERATURE
Length: 121 PAGES
Publisher: MAWENZI HOUSE
Type of Book: SOFTCOVER
Received From: THE PUBLISHER
Release Date: OCTOBER 2017
Price: $20.95 CDN
Rating: 5 OUT OF 5 STARS ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Accomplished, sensitive, and often disturbing, these stories take us into the lives of modern Pakistanis—privileged and poor, gay, trans, and straight, men and women, in Karachi and Toronto.
“Whisperings of the Devil” takes us into the mind of a mistreated maidservant’s boy who gets seduced into the role of a suicide bomber.
In “To Allah We Pray,” two privileged and educated young men, one of them home from Toronto, gallivant through the streets of Karachi, finally walking into a doomed mosque.
“Things She Could Never Have” is a love story about two young trans women living in Karachi.
“Born on the First of July” opens the door into the home of a Toronto girl who has left to join ISIS and the devastated family she leaves behind.
“The First” will astonish many readers by its depiction of sexual encounters of young college girls in Pakistan.
These and other stories link us into the complexities of a sometimes troubled and often misrepresented Muslim society.
I am aware that the stories contained within this wonderfully written collection are fiction, but it is all too easy to see that they contain at least a degree of truth.
First-time author TEHMINA KHAN has crafted tales that are so believable that you will find yourself wondering if some of them are actually non-fiction. This is the mark of a truly talented writer.
In the story, BORN ON THE FIRST OF JULY, parents of a Canadian born young woman are shocked when she leaves to join ISIS. They “…become news junkies… [and] scour the internet for news on ISIS, Syria, Iraq, and Turkey.” “For us, she dies again and again. She is reborn again and again. There is nothing as cruel as hope.” She has taken a topic that is taboo and somehow made it relatable. Great job!
All of the stories in this collection are wonderfully written and will entrance the reader. This book was impossible to put down and I found myself thinking about each of the tales, long after I finished reading them.
Tehmina Khan has given a voice to those people whom modern day literature shuns and ignores. From transgender youth to Muslim women, readers are sure to read about characters they might otherwise never encounter. It is story collections like this one that are necessary now more than ever before.
I rate this book as 5 out of 5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ and I highly recommend it. Tehmina Khan may be new to the publishing world, but I am sure we will be hearing more about her in the near future.
*Thank you to Mawenzi House Publishing for providing me with a free copy of this book.*
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Tehmina Khan was born in Karachi, Pakistan, and holds degrees from Kinnaird College, Lahore, and Faculté des Sciences Humaines et Sociales de Tunis.
She has her home in Toronto, where she lives with her husband, two children, and a cat. She is currently working on a novel.
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ABOUT THE PUBLISHER:
Mawenzi House is dedicated to bringing to the reading public fresh new writing from Canada and across the world that reflects the diversity of our rapidly globalizing world, particularly in Canada and the United States.
Our focus is on works that can loosely be termed “multicultural” and particularly those that pertain to Asia and Africa. We publish 6-8 titles of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction (literary criticism, history) per year.
Among our achievements: we have played a role in the formulation of the Indo-Caribbean identity through the publication of several ground-breaking titles; we have kept in print books by major Caribbean writers Sam Selvon, Ismith Khan, and John Stewart; we have published provocative and perceptive social and literary critical works by Arnold Itwaru, Arun Prabha Mukherjee, Chelva Kanaganayakam, and others; the introduction of the important Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera; the first historical and critical study of Chinese Canadian writing in English; the first anthologies of South Asian Canadian literature, South Asian Canadian women’s poetry, Chinese Canadian stories, and South Asian Canadian and American women’s fiction.
In 1981, a group of young people, who had been in North America for just over a decade, decided to take the plunge and start the magazine they had always dreamed about as students, at a time in which Naipaul had to be ordered from bookstores, let alone Narayan or Ngugi or Soyinka. The result was The Toronto South Asian Review, which later became the much broader-based The Toronto Review of Contemporary Writing Abroad and helped entrench a generation of new writers. As an offshoot of this literary magazine, in 1985 TSAR Publications published its first title, a book of essays on South Asian Canadian literature, followed by a book of poetry by Sri Lankan Canadian Rienzi Crusz. Mawenzi House finally emerged, a uniquely diverse and knowledgeable publishing house based in Canada. (“Mawenzi” is the name of the second peak of Kilimanjaro.)
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***This book is part of my #2018AtoZChallenge on Ginger Mom’s Blog***
SHIRLEY’S BOOK OF HORROR
Author: Shirley McLain
Type of Book: Audiobook – Unabridged
Narrator: D. Gaunt
Length: 1 hour, 21 minutes
Genre: Short Stories, Horror
Release Date: June 23, 2015
Publisher: Shirley’s Books
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars ⭐⭐⭐
* I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
This audiobook consists of five short psychological horror stories. The entire audiobook only takes an hour and a half to listen to, but even though it is short, I still enjoyed the stories.
Story #1 – WEBS – Mary and Dan rent a secluded cabin in the woods as their perfect honeymoon getaway. What happens on their honeymoon could never have been anticipated.
Story #2 – HOLESOME HOUSE – Mary Vance and her husband decide to move to a tiny town to start saving money. Her husband is a long-haul trucker but wants to open his own business to be able to spend more time with his wife and to start a family. The neighbors are very welcoming, but their idyllic new life becomes anything but.
Story #3 – THE FOG – Mandy and her friend go on vacation in London, England and run into someone they never thought they would meet.
Story #4 – CATS – This is supposedly a true story. Reminiscing on a childhood spent in carefree wilderness adventures in a time of horse drawn wagons. A neighbor named Mr. Hodge is sick and dying.
Story #5 – ECK, BILL and LACK-LACK – Bill is the King’s chief poison taster. Eck works in the refuse/offal pit. The pit is home to Lack-Lack whose appetite and knowledge are both legendary.
Narrator D. Gaunt does a terrific job of infusing each story with just the right amount of suspense. I rate the narration as 4.5 out of 5 stars.
The only disappointing thing about this audiobook was that I heard many errors that an experienced and/or thorough editor should have caught before the book went to press. These were not errors by the narrator, but were instead errors in the writing itself.
The most glaring errors were in the switching from past to present tense. This happened so many times in HOLESOME HOUSE that it started to irritate me and actually hampered my enjoyment of that story. I am reducing the number of stars for this audiobook by 1 star due to these editing errors. Therefore instead of a 4 star rating, I am rating this audiobook as 3 out of 5 stars.⭐⭐⭐