Thursday, February 28, 2013

Opinions/Rants/Raves: That's It, I Am Out!

By: William G. Muir
I am saying it now, I give up on Atheism. Ok not Atheism, but I give up on the Atheist Community. I have given it a try and it is not for me. I am thirty-eight years old, and except for a few short years, I have been an atheist all my life. I was born an atheist and in all likelihood I will die one as well. I'm not changing what I believe or lack to believe; what I am doing is changing who I chose associate with. I'm far older than the so called Atheist Community and I can live without it.

I am not an antitheist, like some in the Atheist Community seem to be. I don't hate religion. I'm not angry with religion. I'm not angry with God, I don't see how you can be angry with someone you don't believe exist. And I surely do not believe that religion is the cause of all the world's ill. I tend to think wrongs are committed in the name of religion, that people use it as tool to justify their action not only to others, but themselves as well.

Many will point to religion and talk about the greed, the bigotry, the killing that is done in the name of religion. I hate to break it to my fellow atheist, but those things existed long before any of the major world religions show up on stage. Those are traits that go back to our oldest of ancestors, and not just the human ones. Some of them go far back into the evolutionary record. Religion did not invent these things. They are tools that have been used by the religious just as they have been used by everyone else.

You Have Been Randomly Selected


By JccKeith

Today, all day that is, I committed 27 random acts of kindness, 2 interventions and 3 free psychologist sessions.  Let me break it down for you how that all happened.

I was driving along after dropping off my kids and I decided at random to be totally random today.  Such a bizarre concept, randomness is.  Completely at odds it is with the idea of fate or even with the idea of the word ‘usual’ or ‘ordinary.’  On a usual day I would take part in the same or pretty much the same activities as I do normally take part in throughout the week. 

For example I might make a few phone calls, pay a few bills, take a long nap, get things ready for dinner later, do the dishes and/or laundry, clean a little and come up with at least three brilliant ideas.  O.k. that last one is a bit of a stretch. I’m lucky enough to have any ideas before at least 5 p.m. let alone any brilliant ones.  

Even that is a stretch.  Most of my best work happens after 7 p.m.  I suppose the sun, as much as I love basting in it throughout the summer, does not inspire as wonderful ideas as the moon seems to for me.

At any rate, there I was in the midst of my drive home when the word random occurred to me.  I made a trip to the nearest grocery store.  While at this grocery store I altered my normal routine and randomly selected various individuals based on random elements or characteristics.  These chosen few would be my guinea pigs whether they liked it or not.

Much to the amusement of the clerk, I stood in line with a cart full of things for roughly twenty minutes.  At times I read a magazine or pretended to be mulling over my possible purchases.  The point of this little exercise in ridiculousness was kindness.  There at the line, I was always the next in line and with a full cart of items.  At the only open checkout, I was thus in the position to be nice.

So for ten people, who each had fewer items than me, I let them go ahead of me.  Yes, you’re welcome sir or ma’am, I am graciously saving you time by allowing you to now be next in line.  There were two other people who arrived at the line with quite a few items.  Rather than wait even a millisecond to see if I would let them go ahead of me, they immediately started talking very loudly, almost shouting about how there was only one register open and “Isn’t there anyone else working at this store?” and other much ruder comments such as “Wtf?” or “This is bullsh**!”

At those two times I considered as these people were exceptionally rude and intolerant, not letting them go ahead of me.  They were just loaded with negativity.  But I decided not to continue the negative trend and offer them the coveted “Next” position. Despite this offer, neither person said thank you or altered their disgruntled attitude.

On my way to yet another location, I stopped the heavy traffic to let five different cars out of their respective parking lots of banks, hair salons, stores, etc.  I figured slowing down to let a car or two in front of me in the bumper to bumper traffic wouldn’t make that much of a difference overall time wise.  Apparently a couple of people did not agree as I could hear them laying on their horns during the two seconds it took each car to pull out into traffic.  I had to assume those people laying on their horns at this few seconds delay must be surgeons on their way to perform emergency heart or brain surgery.

Guest Blog: Kate O'Reilley


My Inspiration for

It’s Nothing Personal

by Kate O’Reilley 

Some people feel inspired to write, and then they go about the arduous task of creating a story.  In my situation, things worked in reverse.  My story was thrust upon me with fury and venom.  When the dust settled, I was urged by close friends and co-workers to document my experiences.  From the depths of misery, the words poured from my soul, and It’s Nothing Personal was born.    

On a cold winter’s day in 2009, a surgical scrub technician named Kristen Parker was allegedly targeting unsuspecting anesthesiologists.  According to Parker’s testimony, if she found herself alone in an operating, she would seize the opportunity – the opportunity to feed her drug addiction.  Reportedly, she would steal syringes of Fentanyl, a powerful and addictive intravenous narcotic, from anesthesiologists’ carts.  In order to conceal her theft, she stated that she would replace the stolen syringe with one containing saline and bearing a Fentanyl sticker.  To the naked eye, the two syringes would have been indistinguishable.  As time passed, however, Parker apparently became lazy.  Instead of substituting clean syringes for the stolen ones, she would simply refill the syringes that she had used to inject herself.  Purportedly, anesthesiologists used these syringes on patients during surgical procedures.  Unfortunately, the syringes were contaminated with Parker’s deadly hepatitis C virus.

What ensued was a public health scare of epic proportions.  Over five thousand terrified patients were tested en masse for the virus.  Meanwhile, anesthesiologists at my hospital silently prayed that they would be spared and that none of their patients would end up infected.  I was one of those doctors, selfishly hoping that it would involve somebody else, but not me.

Six months later, I was sued.  My patient’s attorneys were among the most aggressive, ruthless, and successful malpractice lawyers in the region.  As the lawsuit progressed, the stakes increased considerably.  The plaintiff’s attorneys threatened to include punitive damages in the charges against me.  If that happened, they could go after my personal assets.  I was thrown into a dangerous and very cunning game of chess, but instead of fighting to protect my king, I was fighting for my life.  

 On my lawyer’s orders, I was locked in a world where I could talk to a very select group of individuals – my attorneys and my husband.  Isolated from my peers, I dealt the grief, guilt, despair, embarrassment, self-doubt, and immeasurable sadness on my own.  For over two solid years, the malpractice suit dominated my existence.  There wasn’t a day that went by where it didn’t creep into my consciousness – some days more than others.  During that time, I felt so alone, so tarnished, and so inferior.

The ordeal didn’t just unleash its devastation upon me.  My husband and daughter both lived under a cloud of uncertainty and dread.  Everything was falling apart.

 When the situation finally came to a close, I felt obligated to document my experience.  Although It’s Nothing Personal is a work of fiction, it is inspired by my personal journey through hell.  As much as it is a story of sadness and corruption, it is also a story of survival.

 

Who's On Top 2/25 - 3/2/13: Nonfiction

Time to see who is the best selling nonfiction books this week.

In the spotlight.
Hardcover - A biography of the thirteenth president of the United States of America.

Paperback - A look at the Lincoln Presidency.

E-Book - Some drivel about some lady who is only famous cause Americans have taste in their entertainment choices today and will raise to stardom some talentless hack. What is a matter with you America? Wake up and seek out some truly talented people!

Spotlight
Hardcover Nonfiction
Coolidge
By: Amity Shlaes

Amity Shlaes, author of The Forgotten Man, delivers a brilliant and provocative reexamination of America's thirtieth president, Calvin Coolidge, and the decade of unparalleled growth that the nation enjoyed under his leadership. In this riveting biography, Shlaes traces Coolidge's improbable rise from a tiny town in New England to a youth so unpopular he was shut out of college fraternities at Amherst College up through Massachusetts politics. After a divisive period of government excess and corruption, Coolidge restored national trust in Washington and achieved what few other peacetime presidents have: He left office with a federal budget smaller than the one he inherited. A man of calm discipline, he lived by example, renting half of a two-family house for his entire political career rather than compromise his political work by taking on debt. Renowned as a throwback, Coolidge was in fact strikingly modern--an advocate of women's suffrage and a radio pioneer. At once a revision of man and economics, Coolidge gestures to the country we once were and reminds us of qualities we had forgotten and can use today 

Paperback Trade Nonfiction
Teams Of Rivals
By: Doris Goodwin

This brilliant multiple biography is centered on Lincoln's mastery of men and how it shaped the most significant presidency in the nation's history.
 





E-Book Nonfiction
Drinking And Tweeting
By: Brandi Glanville With Leslie Bruce

She’s the brutally honest breath of fresh air on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, known for her dramatic divorce, her barely-there clothing, and her inability to keep her mouth shut. So why should she change now? Brandi Glanville tells all in this hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir. Fans have been waiting for Brandi’s scoop on one of the biggest divorces of the decade, since her husband of eight years abandoned her and their two sons to marry country singer LeAnn Rimes. Not only does Brandi spill the beans about her side of the split, the lovable housewife shares the incredible wild ride that took her from a life in the ghetto to Hollywood’s most elite circles. For the first time, Brandi talks about how she escaped a rough neighborhood on the outskirts of Sacramento and stumbled into a successful modeling career that swept her into a world of Paris Fashion Weeks, private jets, and uncircumcised penises. Before she knew it, Brandi was the perfect Hollywood trophy wife—at least until her marriage exploded.

Today, the refreshingly filter-free housewife and unapologetic mom is the newest full-time cast member of Bravo’s juggernaut franchise, where she often elicits raised eyebrows and gossip from her costars for her refusal to be the scorned ex-wife, to be bullied, to change her sarcastic sense of humor, or—on most occasions—to wear a bra. Sassy, raunchy, and compulsively readable, Drinking and Tweeting perfectly captures Brandi’s open-book attitude, as she dishes about everything from her DUI, her cheating ex, her one-night stands, and the secret plastic surgery that made her “seventeen” again. You’re sure to enjoy every page of this funny, upbeat, honest tale. Clear your schedule for an afternoon and grab your favorite cocktail, a comfy seat . . . and maybe a Xanax. But that’s for later.
 
 
Top 5 List
Hardcover NonFiction:
1. American Sniper – By: Chris Kyle With Scott McEwen And Jim DeFelice
2. My Beloved World – By: Sonia Sotomayor
3. Coolidge – By: Amity Shlaes
4. The Future – By: Al Gore
5. Killing Kennedy - By: Bill O'Reilly And Martin Dugard

Paperback Nonfiction:
1. American Sniper – By: Chris Kyle With Scott McEwen And Jim DeFelice
2. Proof Of Heaven – By: Eben Alexander
3. QuietI – By: Susan Cain
4. In The Garden Of Beasts – By: Erik Larson
5. Team Of Rivals – By: Doris Goodwin

E-Books NonFiction:
1. Drinking And Tweeting – By: Brandi Glanville With Leslie Bruce
2. American Sniper – By: Chris Kyle With Scott McEwen And Jim DeFelice
3. America The Beautiful – By: Ben C. Carson And Candy Carson
4. Proof Of Heaven – Eben Alexander
5. Killing Kennedy - By: Bill O'Reilly And Martin Dugard


Disclaimer: All Blurbs come from Goodreads.com, all list com from NYTimes.com

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How Dare They Snub Me!

This One is Mine
They just haven't
put my name on it yet

By JccKeith

Yes, I’d like to thank the Academy… oh wait, no I wouldn’t.  The Academy snubbed me.  

On Sunday night, I turned on the television to watch my favorite television show – The Walking Dead.  I noticed as I scrolled through the channels that the Academy Awards were on as well.  I had no idea they would be on.  I mean, seriously, who are they kidding?  Nobody was going to watch the Oscars when The Walking Dead was showing a new episode at the exact same time.

I decided to flip over to the Oscars every now and again because I am a big fan of Seth MacFarlane.  Yes his humor is a little immature at times and juvenile but that is what makes it funny.  I get why so many people made a fuss over it being terrible.  They’re used to the Oscars being all stodgy and stiff.  Respectful, that is.  Seth called out these phonies on their phoniness and I found it amusing. 

After Walking Dead was over, I found myself watching the Oscars continuously.  My daughter came downstairs and asked me what show I was watching.  I told her the truth. 

I said, "This is a special event where people in the movie industry pat each other on the back and give awards to other people in the movie business."  

The only people who attend the Oscars – you guessed it, people in the movie making industry.  Everyone else there was either filling in empty seats when the actors or actresses were gone to accept or present an award or they were performing some sort of other service.

I really don’t get the Oscars.  I mean these clowns get paid millions of dollars to act, direct or perform some task to make the movie.  Do they really need to offer an award too?  It’s like saying, “Well yes we paid you an obscene amount of money already but just in case you aren’t satisfied, we are going to give you a big gold statue too.

I was just shocked to see that nowhere in the program was my name mentioned.  It was appalling that in their non-stop kissing of each other’s asses they couldn’t find one minute out of the four hours to give me a shout out.  Who cares about best adapted screenplay or original screenplay?  Where was my Oscar for best original post about nothing made between the hours of one and four a.m.? 

Seth
I was waiting all night for the Oscar for best actress in my life.  I figured I had that award in the bag.  I am by far the best actress playing me that has ever existed.  And my life is far more interesting than any movie up for Best Picture.  Pfftt... the nerve of these people snubbing me.

For that matter, I was yet again ignored at the Emmys, the Tonys, the Grammys, and the American music awards.  It would seem that the entire film, television, and music industry is ignoring me across the board.  I don’t understand why.

Sure I haven’t ever written some brilliant screenplay, acted in a movie or television show or even music video.  I’ve never produced or written or performed any stellar music.  I haven’t written a script for anything film or television related.  But that is beside the point.  I’m talented.  That should count for something.  

Where is my Oscar for most talented female occupying space on a couch surfing social media at all hours of the night while her dog, rats and cat sleep nearby and not currently acting in film or television, producing film, television or music or making music?

Interview w/the Author: Kate O'Reilley

My Interview with Author of It's Nothing Personal, Kate O'Reilley


First...tell me two truths and one lie!

I once taught aerobics in a thong leotard.
I love sandwiches.
My feet have grown two shoe sizes since my twenties.

 

I like to get to know the author behind the book so tell us all about yourself. Do you have a favorite food?

If I had to choose just one favorite food, I’d pick cake, with tons of sugary, butter-cream frosting on top.  Really, it’s the frosting I like – the cake is just a platform.  Once, when I was twelve, I shared an entire cake with my cousin.  I ate the top, and he ate the bottom.  It’s a wonderful thing when you find someone who is cake-compatible.   

I’m laughing so hard right now. You remind me of my son. He doesn’t even bother with the cake portion...just licks up the icing. I’m sure plenty of people do this though. Do you have a favorite place in the world?
Hands down – Hawaii.  It is part of my soul.  There is something about the ocean, the sand, and the wonderful people.  When you’re there, it’s impossible not to slow down, let go of your frustrations, and just smile.  We lived on Oahu for three years, and I never stopped loving it.  I can’t wait for the day when we can move back permanently.  Hopefully that day will come sooner, rather than later.

 Water is very important in my life as a writer so I can understand ‘letting go of your frustrations’. I’ve never been to Hawaii though. Maybe soon.  Do you have a favorite book turned movie?
The Descendants by Kaui Hart Hemmings.  Actually, I saw the movie first.  Because of my love for the Hawaiian Islands, I appreciated what a fantastic job Hemmings did in bringing the reality of Hawaii to life.  Watching the movie was a thrill.  There were so many places I recognized.  We vacationed on Kauai and went to Hanalei Bay.  I found the exact cottage where one of the major scenes from the movie was filmed.  Imagine, standing in the same exact place where George Clooney once stood?  George Clooney!
 
Okay…George Clooney! Sigh….   I’ve not seen that movie, nor read the book.  But it’s on my to-read list for sure!  What is your favorite television show?
Sex and the City.  The cast of four women who seem perfect on the surface, but are chronically flawed is pure genius.  I would love to be Carrie Bradshaw for just one day.  Mostly, because it would mean that I was lucky enough to make a living off of writing.  But also, who wouldn’t want to have her figure, even if only for 24 hours?

I admit it…I own the series and was an avid watcher from the very beginning. I purchased the original 1st and 2nd series on VHS…Really! LOL  If you could see anything what would it be?
I would love to see a green flash.  It’s a natural phenomenon that occurs at sunset just as the sun dips into the ocean.  It’s rare, and the conditions have to be just right.  Apparently, it’s quite spectacular.  I’ve been at the beach when others have seen it, but I have yet to catch it.  Someday, I’ll get lucky.

I’d never heard of that before. Wow…once again, learned something new! So let’s get down to the nitty-gritty. I loved loved loved your book. It was one of the very best medical drama books I’ve ever had in my hand. Do you have any specific rituals for when you write your stories?
I always sit in the same corner of the couch, with a couple of Diet Pepsi’s lined up beside me for rapid consumption.  Once I get going, there are only a couple of things that distract me – my bladder and the need for more Diet Pepsi.

Those distractions can’t be ignored. LOL I like my corner chair in my living room. I can’t say enough how awesome your book was. When writing your book, did you use any particular method?

I wish I were that organized.  I usually start with an idea and free write.  Although I don’t use index card or outlines, once I am in the middle of writing, my mind never turns off.  I think about it while I’m working, jogging, cleaning, and relaxing.  In that sense, I suppose I create mental outlines that help me flush out ideas and work through problem areas.

 Outlines…even mental ones have become an integral part of my process as well What has been the best and worst parts for you being an accomplished and published author?
The best part has been the feeling of accomplishment that comes from actually holding my book in my hands.  It still amazes me.
The worst part is the uncertainty that lies ahead.  My book is unique in that it is inspired by true events – events that many would like to see buried forever.  It took courage to tell my story, and even more courage to reach out to the media and expose myself.  Through the process of writing “It’s Nothing Personal,” I realized there is an important point to be made.  When physicians are sued, it is a life-altering experience that is on a par with the death of a loved one.  The experience can lead to depression, substance abuse, and even suicide.  It is a story that no one talks about.  I want to break that unspoken medical code of silence and let the public, as well as other physicians, know the toll it takes.  One of the most painful aspects of being sued is the sense of isolation.  Attorneys forbid you to discuss the suit with anyone but them, your spouse, your priest, and your shrink.  While these people are all well intentioned, nobody understands how it feels to be sued for malpractice unless they have lived through it themselves.  I hope by talking about it, maybe another physician who finds himself or herself in the midst of a lawsuit will feel comfort in knowing that they are not alone.

Wow. Just…wow. The life you’ve had has definitely been a ride.  What are your future goals?
In a perfect world, I would love to retire from medicine and write full time.  If my dreams came true, I would never let a day pass where I wouldn’t wake up grateful and happy.
 
It’s been truly and honor getting the chance to read your book and get to know you a little. I can’t thank you enough for vising the site and PLEASE…if ever you write another….do share with us!!!! Before I end, let’s go into what I like to call the

Rapid Answer Zone!


What were the last three songs you listened to?
“Tainted Love” by Soft Cell, “She Hates Me” by Puddle of Mudd, and “Beautiful” by Moby.  They are all on my running tunes list.
Where was the last place you dined out?
A great Mexican food restaurant called Los Dos Potrillos.  Mmmmm, salty chips and salsa.  If I don’t retain at least six pounds of water, I didn’t eat enough chips.
What was the last movie you saw?
Brides Maids.  I’ve seen it at least six times now, but the scene with the wedding dress getting soiled in the middle of the street gets me every time.  It’s so juvenile, but I love it!
Where was the last tattoo you got?
Nowhere, but I did have a belly-button piercing before I got married and pregnant.
What is in your pocket right now?
Nothing right now, but two days ago, it was my lucky penny.  I found it in the middle of the road in Hawaii.  Whenever I have to do something important, like an interview, I make sure it’s right there in my left pocket. 

Now, which one of the three was the lie?
Sandwiches.  I detest them.
 
 


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Movie Review: The Life of Pi


The Life of Pi (Theatre version)

My family doesn’t entertain ourselves with the use of theatre movies very often as a unit because of how outrageously expensive it is for the five of us to go. However we recently did. Having eaten a late lunch we opted to view a movie on full stomachs so as not to spend thousands under popcorn, drinks, and candy. We went and saw The Life of Pi (3D version) at the Rave on Hurstbourne.

First, I must remind the audience here that I have a 7, 10, and 13 year old. We wanted to find a movie we would all enjoy and so my husband and I decided on this one.

The opening twenty or thirty minutes was a complete bore for my seven year old however I suspect the anticipation and excitement of actually being in the theatre wore off closer to the thirty minute mark. This meant she was only bored to the max for probably only ten minutes. My 10 yr old son was intrigued I believe by the two boys and may have only been bored by the opening for five minutes or less. Any younger than seven I’d expect them to have been loud, bothersome, and anxious to find entertainment elsewhere after the first five or ten minutes of the opening scene.

About the Movie:

The movie begins with the adult character Pi telling his story to a novelist.

His story:

Pi is a young man who after a horrible storm is shipwrecked on a small boat for over 200 days. In the beginning there are a few animals from his family’s zoo on the boat with him: an injured zebra, an orangutan, a hyena, and a tiger. This number quickly dwindles until finally it is the tiger alone with Pi.

They each suffer their own trials through the movie until they come upon an island only to leave it after a day or so. When all is lost and they are both on the brink of death they come upon the seashores of Mexico. There the tiger runs off into the jungle and Pi never sees it again.

Chinese officials come to Pi in the hospital determined to find out what caused the shipwreck. Pi tells them of his adventures and the officials tell him that they just can’t believe that story. Then he tells them another one.

Back to the adult Pi with his novelist friend. He asks him which story he would prefer to accept. The novelist replies and the movie ends. 

Of course, I’m not into spoilers (No SPOILERS here) so I’ll not go into any more details that could make the movie not as entertaining.

My personal thoughts…

The 3D effects were totally worth paying the extra $3.00 for.  It never ceases to amaze me the type of effects that are created for our enjoyment.  The entire storm and life with Pi on the ocean was engrossing and captivating. Although my children couldn’t appreciate the opening scenes for what they were, they were exceptional. I was given a glimpse into Pi’s brief life and sets the stage for the lessons his father had tried teaching him…as many a good father does. Life in the ocean was tentative for me at first because I’d previously seen a movie about someone stranded in the ocean and that movie seemed to draw on and on upon boring issues. This movie however was never once a dull scene. Every aspect was moving towards the end of the movie.

The end was not a gentle twist but one thrust upon me and I was definitely taken aback with a small hit of shock. Kids wouldn’t understand it, and although my 13 yr old did understand it…she wasn’t able to encompass the significance of it all.

The movie is aimed to be ‘family friendly’ and unless your family consists of mature, older children who will understand the opening and closing sequences…but still…if you can get your kids through the slow moving opening scene…they are in for a real treat…until that is…the last part of the movie.

From an adult POV…excellent movie with a deeper meaning and a very nice conclusion. From a child’s POV…the entire middle part is totally worth watching and the part where they reach population is a simple if not so great ending for them.

My verdict:  For a CHILD: 7/10 For an ADULT: 10/10

Who's On Top 2/25 - 3/2/13: Fiction

Here we are the last week of February; let us see who is topping the New York Times Best Sellers List in fiction.

In The Spotlight:
Hardcover - Is a tale of seven guest at the Stone House hotel.
Trade - We have book two in the Fifty Shaded series
Mass-Market - A thriller about a soccer mom who is bored with her current life and a detective obsessing over a cold case of a missing father.
E-Book - In an upscale L.A. neighborhood the body of a infant is found during a renovation while soon afterwards the body of young woman is found in a nearby park. 

Spotlight
Hardcover Fiction:
A Week In Winter
By: Maeve Binchy

Stoneybridge is full of holiday-makers in summer, its beaches are full of buckets and spades and sandcastles; but in winter it's cold and wild. Few choose to walk along the fine sands, the big round pebbles and the exposed rocky promontories that make up the wind-swept Atlantic coastline.

Those who do can't help but see Stone House, the big house on the cliff; once falling into disrepair it is now a beautiful hotel specializing in winter holidays. Its big, warm kitchen, its open log-fires and its elegant bedrooms provide a welcome few can resist, whatever their reasons for coming.

Henry and Nicola are burdened with a terrible secret, while cheerful nurse Winnie finds herself on the holiday from hell. John has arrived on an impulse after he missed a flight at Shannon; eccentric Freda claims to be a psychic--and a part-time hairdresser. Then there's Nora, a silent watchful older woman who seems ready to disapprove at any moment...

A Week in Winter is full of Maeve's trademark warmth, humour and characters you want to spend time with.


Book Review: It's Nothing Personal by Kay O'Reilley

Reviewed by Michala T
It's Nothing Personal

I’ve never been much of a medical drama/thriller kind of person to be honest. I’ve tried my best to get into these books but the genre just…or the writer behind the book has just never been able to grab me and hook me long enough to stick through the entire novel. Until now. OMGosh…First, the cover caught my eye and truthfully, everybody else’s eyes around me. Even my husband who doesn’t care much for reading said he wanted to read this book based on seeing the cover. LOL.  

I opened the book, with a little bit of hesitation and doubt because I knew the medical aspects of it might bore me or turn me off. Little did I realize that this book was a loaded gun in my hands! From the moment I turned the first page, it was lock, stock, and barrel for me. I couldn’t put the book down!!! 

And it wasn’t just the beautifully poignantly characters such as Jenna Reiner, her lawyers, or her own husband and daughter that made for such a remarkable ride. The storyline is brilliant, becoming ingrained inside you and refusing to let you walk away from it until the very last page.

And I love love love books where I think I know how it’s going to end and the author carries away all likely conclusions and BANG…surprise….you never saw THAT ONE coming! Yep, O’Reilley did it…and exquisitely.  

Jenna Reiner, the main character, who has all these pressing issues coming at her thanks to the irrevocable decisions of a scrub tech she barely knew, and was hesitant over in the first place. Now her entire life is in chaos, she’s thrown into some pretty traumatic emotional wreckage and comes very close to losing it completely many times throughout the book. At times, she even does lose it. And the writer made it all so astoundingly real! 

I worried about how I would feel reading this book. How I would feel with the medical background, how the boring lawyer stuff and court stuff would tangle my dread and dullness of the story. There was never anything to worry about though. The book carries the reader from the opening to the ending splendidly. The way the corrupt legal system, and the brutal way she is treated, to the choices she makes and why…it all comes down to a story that is one you really can’t afford to miss.  

My Verdict: 11/10   (I’ve never before done that!!!)
 
Based on Dr. Sherry Gorman's real-life, high profile medical malpractice suit, this novel will take you on an emotional ride that starts in the operating room and ends in the courtroom.

"If you enjoy books in the medical fiction genre, skip the predictable thrillers by authors who make their female characters one-dimensional stereotypes and enjoy a story rooted in reality with a likable protagonist. I would recommend it and can't wait for this author's next book." -- Denise Crawford, An Amazon Top 1000 Reviewer.

Come back tomorrow when I get to reveal my interview with O'Reilley!!!
 


Monday, February 25, 2013

Who's On Top 2/22 - 2/24/13: Movies

It's time to checkout how well Hollywood did at the Box Office this week. In this weeks spotlight is a comedy about a crazy woman who steal Jason Batemen's identity and he must travel across country to bring her to justice.





Spotlight
Identity Thief

“Identity Thief,” a lazy comedy about a naughty woman and the uptight man she has her way with, has no business being funny. The story turns on a thief who sometimes goes by Diana (Melissa McCarthy), who wreaks havoc on a milquetoast, Sandy Patterson (Jason Bateman), by stealing his credit cards and more. The two become one of those belligerent odd couples who are forced on the road together chockablock with stereotypes, gun violence, visual clich├ęs and cruel comedy. Diana, a kewpie doll with a crazy smile and five-alarm blaze of hair, is the target of most of the jokes, but until the filmmakers put out her fire with a bucket of tears and sentimental slop, she’s also the movie’s bliss. — Manohla Dargis

Cover/Blurb: It's Nothing Personal

It's Nothing Personal by Kate O'Reilley

On a chilly January morning, anesthesiologist Dr. Jenna Reiner made her daily drive to St. Augustine Hospital, completely unaware that her life was about to change forever.  One of the surgical scrub technicians in her hospital has been stealing syringes and infecting patients with hepatitis C.  The battle against the thieving surgical technician was only the beginning.  Jenna Reiner was about to begin the fight of her life -- the fight for her reputation, her pride, and her sanity.  Beautifully composed, and inspired by true events, It's Nothing Personal is a suspenseful, riveting, and emotional thriller which chronicles the story of faith and fortitude when an innocent woman finds herself surrounded by corruption and greed.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

WillseyeREview: Cheap


The Cinema Snob
By: William G. Muir
Hello there fellow readers, it's time for another WillseyeREview. In the past I have brought reviews on such literary works as Aesop’s fable The Tortoise and the Hare as well as Jean M, Auel Clan of the Cave Bear. But today readers I am widening my range, I'm turning my attention to the world of film. 

Now everybody and their brother wants to rush out a review of the latest big budget blockbuster from the current who's it that Hollywood has a hard-on for at the moment. Not me! When I decided I wanted to do a movie review I wanted to blaze my own trail and review something I was sure you readers have not seen before. I wanted to expand your mind.

I figure at this point you are all wondering what movie I could be reviewing. Is it that film you saw on the marquee at your local theater. You know that obscure one made by some first time director. The one tucked away on the smallest screen in the back corner of the movie multiplex. A movie that no one believed would make any money, a movie that only exists because it was done as a favor for someone.

No!

Meet & Greet: Frank J. Edwards

Sunday Meet & Greet

Today we are meeting up with Author Frank J. Edwards, author of medical thriller FINAL MERCY
First off, as always I like to do an ice breaker using 2 truths & a lie:
1.      I once flew a Cessna 150 under a bridge in Rochester, NY. 
2.      I recently locked myself out of my house and opened the door by using a propane tank as battering ram. 
3.      I am afraid of water.    

So who is the man behind the book? Let's find out!!!!

Frank is a happily married man of 23 years who loves Shakespeare. He can’t pinpoint a favorite book but knew he wanted to write them by the time he was thirteen.  His favorite book turned movie is The Hobbit and his hero is Abraham Lincoln. When asked what his greatest fear was he replied “republicans gaining control of both houses!” And if he could only take three things with him to a deserted island, he would choose a case of good wine, his kindle, and a helicopter. (Sneaky if you ask me!) He enjoys watching House of Cards on Netflix and he always has a pen, his phone, and a laptop nearby.  Frank said he would love to play his guitar in front of a lot of people without having fear and would also love to see his children be born again. Last but not least, his pet’s names are Chase Stormy Gizmo and Patches. Don’t you just love those names!!!
My favorite was Gizmo!LOL
Where did you find the inspiration for your most recent book? 
“Final Mercy’s” inspiration came from the political battles I fought back in the 90’s to help establish the specialty of emergency medicine at the University of Rochester, where I worked at the time and had gone to med school.  As the newest field, emergency medicine met a lot of resistance from the old guard, who didn’t recognize it’s importance and wanted to protect their own turfs.

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Strange Tidings of the Midnight Hour


By JccKeith

I find that today, according to my calendar, is Saturday and this entitles me to an opinion or a rant, whichever.  This day started out like any other as in upon the stroke of midnight I was nowhere near my bed or sleep.  No I was on the couch typing away on my laptop and whiling away the darkened hours in the pursuit of writing some brilliant piece of literature.

As the clock crept eerily towards four and then five a.m. I had a moment of clarity, an epiphany really.  It was like one of those moments in a movie when they close up on the main character and everything else just falls into the background like white noise.  

There I was sitting on my couch with the sound of the intro to Gnomeo and Juliet playing over and over on a television in a bedroom upstairs, Don Johnson and Phillip Michael Thomas chatting about busting some crook with some crack on the television in the living room, an angry adolescent voice balking at some players online about some Playstation 3 game off in a more distant upstairs bedroom and the microwave beeping relentlessly to let me know my tea was finished being irradiated in the kitchen.  Then suddenly it all just faded into white noise.

I turned to the sleeping dog at my feet to see if she too could feel the waves of brilliance washing over me.  No response.  I turned to my cat sleeping as usual beside my head on the arm of the couch.  The slight lift of her head in response to the turn of mine served only to notify me that I had rippled her pond by disturbing her peaceful slumber.  No matter.  Forget my pets and their lack of perception.  I was enlightened. 

Newly gifted with wondrous ideas I could scarcely type fast enough to get them all down as they cascaded in a seemingly endless stream through my mind.  Page after page after page spilled forth as my weary fingers tried to keep pace.  Morning light of the rising sun began at last to filter through the blinds of my picture window and I glanced furtively at the clock.  Viewing the three glimmering white digits in horror I realized the hour was near when I would be forced to turn the computer off.

Who's On Top 2/17 - 2/24/13: Graphic Novels

Time to take a look at what is hot in the world of Graphic Novels (New York Times Best Sellers List). 

Hardcover Graphic Novels -  This weeks book is a collection of the first 12 issues of The Walking Dead series.

Paperback Graphic Novels - Small town cop Rick Grimes must fight his way through a zombie infest, post-apocalyptic world to find his wife and son.

Manga - Bunny Tsukino adopts a cat that turns out to be none other than Solar System hero Sailor Moon. Bunny and her new friends the Sailor Scouts must help Sailor Moon save the Solar System from the evil Negaverse.

And don't forget to check out the Top 5 List.

Spotlight
Hardcover Graphic Novels
The Walking Dead, Book 1 -
By: Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard

This hardcover features the first 12 issues of the hit series along with the covers for the issues in one oversized hardcover volume. Perfect for long time fans, new readers and anyone needing a slightly heavy object with which to fend off the walking dead.





Cover/Blurb:Romulus

Romulus Buckle & the City of the Founders (The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, Book One)
By Richard Ellis Preston Jr.

In a post-apocalyptic world of endless snow, Captain Romulus Buckle and the stalwart crew of the Pneumatic Zeppelin must embark on a perilous mission to rescue their kidnapped leader, Balthazar Crankshaft, from the impenetrable City of the Founders. Steaming over a territory once known as Southern California – before it was devastated in the alien war – Buckle navigates his massive airship through skies infested with enemy war zeppelins and ravenous alien beasties in this swashbuckling and high-octane steampunk adventure. Life is desperate in the Snow World – and death is quick – Buckle and his ship’s company must brave poisoned wastelands of noxious mustard and do battle with forgewalkers, steampipers and armored locomotives as they plunge from the skies into the underground prison warrens of the fortress-city.
Captain Romulus Buckle must lead the Pneumatic Zeppelin and its crew of never-do-wells on a desperate mission where he must risk everything to save Balthazar and attempt to prevent a catastrophic war which could wipe out all that is left of civilization and the entire human race.

Release Date July 2, 2013
Series: The Chronicles of the Pneumatic Zeppelin, Book One (Book 1)

HOTSPOTS:
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Twitter: @RichardPreston


Interview With A Snob

Brad Jones a.k.a The Cinema Snob
By: William G. Muir
Welcome to day number two of the Cinema Snob weekend. Not much for me to say here so let us get straight to the interview.
 
1. Did you start off as the Cinema Snob, or was there any other personae that predated the Snob?

Well, before I started The Cinema Snob, I made a few full length exploitation movies. I did a serial killer film called "Freak Out," a movie about snuff films called "Cheap," and an 80's cop thriller called "Midnight Heat." The Cinema Snob was my first attempt at making comedy, since any of the acting or writing background I had before was all very dark and centered in drama (with the exception of a couple of short films made in high school).

Still Putting Out the Fire


By JccKeith

Here it is Friday again and as promised, I will be continuing the dissection or explanation that is, of Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire.  The majority of the song was explained last Friday in http://www.bitemybook.com/2013/02/a-lyric-review-you-shouldnt-start-fires.html.  Tonight I will be finishing up the remaining stanzas.

A reminder of the song:


Video Property of and Copyright Sony 1989

The rest of the lyrics beginning with the chorus:
Full Lyrics can be found at metrolyrics.com

Hemingway, Eichmann...
Dylan, Berlin...
... Liston beats Patterson

Pope Paul, Malcolm X...
... what else do I have to say

Friday, February 22, 2013

Site Review: TheCinemaSnob.com

The Cinema Snob
By William G. Muir
Good evening ladies and gentleman. Tonight we are going to delve in the mind of one Cinema Snob. A man who's whole world revolves around the watching of classic movies. A reviewer that obsesses with breaking down a film frame by frame; getting to the very marrow buried deep within the bone of a movie. For the Cinema Snob the more obscure the movie the better. If you haven't heard of that makes him a happy snob. Foreign films with subtitles are his wife, his mistress and his lover all rolled into a canister of celluloid. And finally black and white films turn him into absolute mad man with a raging hard-on the size of Godzilla towering over Tokyo.

Film Brain
Wait a minute was I talking about the Cinema Snob? You mean that guy on the internet with a bad attitude who does nothing but bitch about films he is supposedly “reviewing.” That's the guy I am reviewing. Why didn't anyone tell me I was doing a whole site review about that guy. If I wanted to...If I wanted to...If I wanted to... Oh just FRACK It!! I would much rather be reviewing Film Brain, Thank You Very Much.

Who's On Top: 2/17 - 2/24/13: E-Books

On this weeks New York Times Best Sellers List in E-book; we have a tale of the perfect family. Perfect in every way but one, they have all been kidnapped. Vanished without a trace, investigator Tessa Leoni the dark secrets behind this case. In E-Book Nonfiction we have the story oJenna Miscavige Hill, the niece of the current Leader of the Church of Scientology David Miscavige. This book chronicles not only her life as young girl growing up in Scientology, but also her daring escape from the worlds most controlling religion at the age of twenty-one. And don't forget to check out the Top 5 List.


Spotlight
E-Book Fiction
Touch And Go
By: Lisa Gardner

#1 "New York Times" bestseller Lisa Gardner, author of "Catch Me "and "Love You More," returns with a heart-thumping thriller about what lurks behind the facade of a perfect family. 

"This is my family: Vanished without a trace..." Justin and Libby Denbe have the kind of life that looks good in the pages of a glossy magazine. A beautiful fifteen-year old daughter, Ashlyn. A gorgeous brownstone on a tree-lined street in Boston's elite Back Bay neighborhood. A great marriage, admired by friends and family. A perfect life. "This is what I know: Pain has a flavor..." When investigator Tessa Leoni arrives at the crime scene in the Denbes' home, she finds scuff marks on the floor and Taser confetti in the foyer. The family appears to have been abducted, with only a pile of their most personal possessions remaining behind. No witnesses, no ransom demands, no motive. Just an entire family, vanished without a trace. "This is what I fear: The worst is yet to come..." Tessa knows better than anyone that even the most perfect facades can hide the darkest secrets. Now she must race against the clock to uncover the Denbes' innermost dealings, a complex tangle of friendships and betrayal, big business and small sacrifices. Who would want to kidnap such a perfect little family? And how far would such a person be willing to go? "This is the truth: Love, safety, family...it is all touch and go.