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New Book Day

Summary

Title: One second after
Author: William R. Forstchen
Genre: Apocalyptic
Summary (via GoodReads):
New York Times best selling author William R. Forstchen now brings us a story which can be all too terrifyingly real…a story in which one man struggles to save his family and his small North Carolina town after America loses a war, in one second, a war that will send America back to the Dark Ages…A war based upon a weapon, an Electro Magnetic Pulse (EMP). A weapon that may already be in the hands of our enemies.

Months before publication, One Second After has already been cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read, a book already being discussed in the corridors of the Pentagon as a truly realistic look at a weapon and its awesome power to destroy the entire United States, literally within one second. It is a weapon that the Wall Street Journal warns could shatter America. In the tradition of On the Beach, Fail Safe and Testament, this book, set in a typical American town, is a dire warning of what might be our future…and our end.

The people who will like this book
Nut jobs and masochists, I think. Not sure which I am.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List Preparedness, or at least to have an idea of how easily everything could fall apart.

Why it’s on My Reading List See people who will like this book. And like may be a strong word…

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What a Shame!

Alright so I tried to get you all to start visiting the other site I’m running for the last two weeks so it’s time to venture out into another book. I didn’t see a comment when it was time to start up the next one so I went with a book that has been on my list of books to read for a while now. Actually It is one of those books that is on my shame list. You all know what this list is right? We all have one, and usually have one for books, music, and movies at least. This is that list of (we will stick to books for this article) that the world adores and loves and people speak highly of. You probably know what the title is and that is a great treasure of knowledge and insight. Alas you have never bothered to enjoy it for yourself. Like I said don’t worry we all have one and when it comes to books they can be very long and hard to even begin to tackle.

Now see you would think that this here is the point at which I would reveal that the next book is. Oops you almost got me there. Alright My list as said is quite long and while I could just you the name of the next book. I think it better that you have some onsite first into the organization that is the book list of shame. Firstly this list started long before goodreads was part of my life and before this site and podcast were conceived. So my list is tailored towards my reading goals of wanting to get through as many of the books on it as I can. I have no end date of completion for this. It’s just a goal I have. So it started rather simple. I was thinking what are the books I have always enjoyed but never read. This got me started listing out the James Bond books. Half way through I also thought man I like the Dirk Pitt Novels I have read a few but never made my way through all of them and have forgotten what happens in some. So I was up to two list of books to read. Well if I’m on this road might as well figure out the greatest Sci-Fi books and list them out. Three easy lists with a total of about 60 -70 books on it. Thats a great start and you should get started now right. Nope you would be wrong. so i scoured the web and found two more that were collected onto my spread sheet. Thats where these list currently live.

Let me say that the first of these is very respectable. It is simply 63 books that everyone must read. There is no line drawn in the sand about your background or any authors. just these are books everyone should read. Because they are just great stories. The other one is not at all like this. It is 75 books that all men should read they are books that pertain to and are meant to be for men about how life is for us. I have ventured to this list for inspiration but once. Don’t get wrong I like Jack London books. However, I still have yet to finish the tale of John Barleycorn. Maybe someday I will but for today we Are instead venturing into the list for everybody.

There are so many great choices on there too. Many I have read and one for sure I know i can’t stand. Okay I hate it, but I have my reasons and they are good to me. Still even though I hate Les Misérables I have read it once. That was enough and I will not read it again. Many on this list though are those that are treasured by many. I still want travel and adventure for the summer though so here you go you ready for my next book? Les… No what are you not paying attention? They can go be miserable somewhere else. Me I’m going to buddy up with old jack Kerouac as we go On the Road. Oh I almost forgot the down side of these books is that sometimes people are full of poo. (We are family friendly) So all I’m going to about this book is it better not suck.

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The Longest Journey ever!

Ok, so I am a few days late.  Sorry, I have been quite busy and I also wasn’t sure what to write on.  I have been reading a lot, but nothing short and sweet that I can just tell you about and be done with so I will have to take a page from Josh’s playbook and do them bit by bit.  I like the way he does this, but I am not sure I am any good at it.  So here goes:

One of the things I am reading these days is the Old Testament of the Bible.  Now I am not here to preach to anyone or tell you that you should read it, but I feel that this book is important whether you believe in anything or not.  It does have a literary past and it is important in society because so many do believe in its contents.

Having said this I am now in Deuteronomy and if you have ever read the first few books in the Old testament you will know that this is some hard reading as it does go through the beginning and then is mostly Moses and the Children of Israel wandering for 40 years and currently for me that feels like infinity.

If you are interested in trying to read the Old Testament I have one tip for you.  One chapter a night to begin with just so you don’t get burned out and if you miss a night don’t make it up by reading 2 the next.  Anyways, I don’t really have many more thoughts on this, but if anyone has ever made it through the entire thing please let me know what your thoughts were.

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New Book Day

Title: William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: Verily, a New Hope
Author: Ian Doescher
Genre: Science Fiction
Summary (via GoodReads):
Inspired by one of the greatest creative minds in the English language—and William Shakespeare—here is an officially licensed retelling of George Lucas’s epic Star Wars in the style of the immortal Bard of Avon. The saga of a wise (Jedi) knight and an evil (Sith) lord, of a beautiful princess held captive and a young hero coming of age, Star Wars abounds with all the valor and villainy of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. ’Tis a tale told by fretful droids, full of faithful Wookiees and fearsome Stormtroopers, signifying…pretty much everything.

Reimagined in glorious iambic pentameter—and complete with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations—William Shakespeare’s Star Wars will astound and edify Rebels and Imperials alike. Zounds! This is the book you’re looking for.

The people who will like this book
Young adults, Star Wars or Shakespeare fans.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List
It’s Star Wars. It’s Shakespeare-ish. It’s humor!

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Déjà vu or Predicting the Future

Have you ever had a horrible dream that woke you up making you think that it was real? Or what about that dream that wakes you up with a startle because you thought you were going to go off a cliff?  What about those dreams where you kinda forget about them and then a week later the same exact thing happens leaving you with that eerie sense of déjà vu?  Well in Harvey’s Dream, a short story by Stephen King in the Stories after Sunset collection, it seems just that happens only in very quick succession and his wife is only too in tune with what he is saying.  For a quick 10 page read every minute is gripping.  You just want to find out what his dream was all about.  I don’t know about you but I always find relief when I wake from a bad dream and realize it wasn’t real.  How would you feel if you woke with that relief only to find out an hour later that you were completely wrong?  I love the scary reality of this story and I wonder at times if our minds are capable of more than we are aware.  Can we predict something in the future?  I think to a certain extent we can with close attention to our surroundings and the people in our lives I am sure each of us predict how something will turn out on occasion.  I just wonder if there is something more our brains can do.  Only Dreams will tell!

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New Book Day

Summary

Title: The Dragonet Prophecy (Wings of Fire #1)
Author: Tui T. Sutherland
Genre: Fantasy
Summary (via GoodReads):
The seven dragon tribes have been at war for generations, locked in an endless battle over an ancient, lost treasure. A secret movement called the Talons of Peace is determined to bring an end to the fighting, with the help of a prophecy — a foretelling that calls for great sacrifice.

Five dragonets are collected to fulfill the prophecy, raised in a hidden cave and enlisted, against their will, to end the terrible war.

But not every dragonet wants a destiny. And when the select five escape their underground captors to look for their original homes, what has been unleashed on the dragon world may be far more than the revolutionary planners intended . .

The people who will like this book: Young adults, teens, tweens? Oddballs like me, probably.

Why it Should be on Your Reading List:
It’s fantasy, it’s dragons, it’s got humor. Where is the downside here?

Why it’s on My Reading List:
Because I promised my 12 yr old it would be the next book I read. Honestly. She reads me bits and pieces and it sounds funny and just enjoyable. It’ll be a quick read so why not? I like dragons all right.

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It’s Alive!!!

Ha! you all thought that I was going to be ending the Jupiter’s Travels series. Well you were wrong. Instead this week is the glorious day I expected to have last week. Thats right the third site I’m managing is now live. I had some free time so why not fill it with more work. Not really this stuff is fun and makes work out of reading or going out.

Everyday is an adventure and there is lots of new things to do and learn. The new site is all about that very thing. You can find the new site over at www.explorationlife.com, and It’s currently getting posts from myself and Jake. Jake is my brother and was the filmmaker portion of the Filmmakers Guide for the Movie Noobie podcast. Thats where all four of us got our start in this blog podcast thing. So the core four is back spread across two main sites and eventually I’ll get back into the movie noobie site and get it updated to fit our new styles. It has just been easier for now to leave it in place and learn about what I did wrong on the new sites.

It’s a fun and exciting day for both jake and I but is also a packed as we spend most of the day live troubleshooting the issues we couldn’t foresee when building the site behind the scenes. You can only prepare so much. sometimes you just have to go live and see what breaks. We have great content planned for the weeks ahead and a big project that should get announced in few weeks. You should check it out as this is the first site not only include text posts and a podcast. Jake will regularly updating us with video content as well. We have some great new Advertising relationships to leverage as well so be sure to look out on both for discounts and red trials that will help support the sites.

Don’t worry I plan on making the content relevant and timely for both sites and if you start checking both now you might even find that content from Niki and Giggles finds it’s way onto explorationlife.com as well. I could go on but I think you should just head over there now and see what shenanigans are going on today. Also hit the Lets explore post and let us know what you want to see us explore or share some knowledge you have.

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The Meaning of a Journey

As with all journeys and trips this one too comes to an end. Much of the end of Ted’s trip finds him wandering between confusion, annoyance, and peace. In The last most of his time is spent in India. The culture and customs of this place are not like anyplace before and it is not until he once again gives himself in to the culture that he begins to find joy and peace in the travel through the country. This is also where we find the rest of what is told to him when he told his fortune and that he is Jupiter.

I find it relatable that Ted is not a religious man. I too believe in that there is a world of things we can’t understand, but you aren’t likely to find me lining up at the doors of a church anytime soon. As he travels Ted ponders the idea that instead of there ebbing only one god. Per haps god moves between us all. inhabiting us for a period of time that only he knows.  Those time s when we feel our hearts soar and minds become amazingly clear. he posits that these are the moments when we become gods ourselves. It makes sense or could be the incredible heat of the Indian plains frying his brain. Never the less it makes you wonder about us and the spiritual world we believe in. We all believe in it, but our ways of belief are varied. I hope that my travels will find me in place where the greatness of the moment overcome everything else and I too feel as though I’m a god for a moment. To me this sounds like the perfect summarization of the moments you never forget in your entire life.

Let’s come back to the end of Ted’s journey. He finally after 4 years arrives back at home in England. The world he left is radically different. Triumph who made the bike he rode around the world has gone from owners to craftsman owned. Now the people that make the bikes are the same people that own the company. They are struggling and hopefully the notoriety of the ted showing it off and the news stories get them some much needed publicity. The most important thing is that Ted has changed and now finds it hard to be attached to only one place. HE has been on the move for so long that the constancy and uncertainty of where he would be staying from day to day was the part that felt right.

What happens to us that we forget the life we were leading for a much worse version. Why do think the way of living we are returning to is worse. I know you know that feeling it is the same one you have when you go on vacation and then come back and you wish for nothing else but to be back at that vacation spot. Why what can happen in the course of a week that changes us so quickly and so completely that we want nothing to do with the old life. Personally I think it is because originally human kind was meant to be a nomad species. Our ancestors moved to follow food sources and worked in harmony with the world that they lived in. There were still conflicts there always will be when we are involved in the mix, but is was nowhere even close to what our conflicts look today.

I’ve wandering again though.  Ted struggles for a bit after returning home he can’t seem to find the word to describe the trip and get the book writing started. Finally after to unusual and unforeseen accidents. He finds his muse wherever it was hiding. So it is that in 1979 Jupiter’s Travels is upon the world. It is for a long time relegated to only Europe. It wasn’t until there was enough of an outcry in america for the book that it found its way over here via an american publisher. As mentioned before it inspired many a travels including one made Ewan McGreggor and Charlie Boorman in 2004.Imagine that 35 after first being publish it became the inspiration behind a trip and TV series.

I’ll admit that it is hard to get through some parts of the book, and i wish there was more detail and explanations n some places but even with that it is a great book about not just seeing the world. The thing I took away from it is that not matter how you start or end the journey. you must go out into the world open willing to let it imprint a part of itself onto you. without this openness to let yourself get influenced by the work you will never truly be able to become apart of it. I know I tend to rant and rave on these so I leave that as All I’m going to say on it for now. Did you keep up with me on this or read the book yourself? Leave a comment below and discuss your thoughts on the book.

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The Life of a Young Girl in an Attic

So I read the Diary of Anne Frank.  For the most part I didn’t feel like it was ultra depressing.  The book is a young Jewish girl’s diary that she wrote while hiding in an attic during World War 2.  I read this book once before long ago, but couldn’t quite remember how it went.  I think it is interesting that she choose to write it like she was writing letters.  What is even more interesting to me is the tone of the book. She seems mostly lighthearted and full of hope.  I guess that makes sense given that she didn’t expect to die at 15 and she expected to get saved.  I imagine most can’t imagine the worst happening to them.  I wonder how most people would handle hiding in an attic for 2 years.  I imagine it was dreadfully awful, but she doesn’t quite paint it that way. Yes, they get bored and, yes, there are fights but she continues with school lessons and writing stories and falling in love.  This book is for those that need to be reminded that our world is really not as bad as it could be unless of course you are in hiding but I think a lot of us have it good and we would do well to remember that.  I highly recommend this read because it is an interesting perspective of something none of us can understand and also a perspective of a different time period, one with a whole different set of morals than we have today.  I also think it does most of us a lot of good to be reminded that prejudice of people because of religion or anything else can lead to some horrible atrocities.  I know the ending is not happy but we all need to see that hope can exist when all seems lost.

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New Book Day

Title:  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
Author: Ransom Riggs
Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Summary (via GoodReads):
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.
It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

The people who will like this book
Technically this is a Young adult book, so I’m guessing the young adult book crowd who enjoy mysteries, paranormal and thrills (looks like the creepy too)  would enjoy this selection

Why it Should be on Your Reading List
It’s a best seller, it has a funky name and it looks completely freaky. Why not?

Why it’s on My Reading List
I tend to lean toward the young adult books, partly because the content is a bit less jaded but still very real and occasionally disturbing. Since I am not a horror fan my hope is that this book is a level of creepy I can handle!