The Stone Monkey – Jeffery Deaver

Look Ma, it’s a book review!  Yes, snarkiness is allowed on my blog. 🙂

I finally finished this book and now, I want to share my thoughts on it with you!

This book was published by Pocket Books which is a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc. in 2002.  It is dedicated to all the folks we Americans lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

This is one of the books featuring Lincoln Rhyme.  Ever since the movie version of The Bone Collector, Denzel Washington is who I think of as Lincoln Rhyme.  In his dialogue in the book, I hear Denzel’s voice. 🙂  It makes the book more interesting to me, I think.

Anyway, in this book, Lincoln Rhyme and Amelia Sachs are hunting down a snakehead, a Chinese man who smuggles humans to America.  This particular guy has been named The Ghost and is wanted by authorities in China and Anerica, as well as a couple of other countries, for crimes ranging from human trafficking to murder.  They are joined by faithful colleagues from the FBI, the local NYPD and two newcomers: Alan Coe of INS and Sonny Li, a Chinese policeman from Fuzhou, China who has followed The Ghost all the way from China to the US to arrest him for several deaths in his own backyard.

The book is rich with sights, sounds, feelings and thoughts which Jeffery Deaver excels at!  he draws you into the book by building a three dimensional world out of just words.  Words full of deliciousness such as how Dellray dresses and speaks, how Amelia Sachs drivers her sports car and how Lincoln Rhyme feels ghost pains in places that no longer have feeling.

You feel for the poor families being tracked by the Ghost, by the loss of the elderly grandfather of one of the families and loathe The Ghost as he thinks of what he wants to do, not only to the families but also the woman he call Yindao.

There are lots of twists and turns, misdirection and Chinese wisdom in this wonderful story, and I highly recommend it to anyone who likes criminal drama, Jeffery Deaver and/or Lincoln Rhyme.

I never give away too much of the plot or the ending so if you want to read the book based on what I have shared, fantastic!  Let me know how you liked it, or didn’t.  If you want to know more about the story before you actually read it, check out Jeffery Deaver’s official site: Jeffery Deaver-Official Site.

See you on the flipside my friends and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!!  The spice must flow!!

Edging for an Altar Cloth

I’m attempting to create an edging for an altar cloth using a pattern from 1915.  It’s a crocheted edging, and I know the stitches required to make the edging so no worries there.

The issue lies with the instructions of the pattern.  It’s in British English from that time period.  This means, some words are hard to translate into modern terms.  The other issue is that this edging uses the same pattern as another edging minus one of the motifs.  This means I have to decipher where to omit the one motif so it looks like the picture.

Long story short, I’m starting to get a bit stressed with this project.  What should have been an afternoon’s work is turning out to be so much more!

I’m also developing a strong dislike for this edging.  I know I won’t be doing it again for a long, long time – once I figure it out.

Just thought I’d rant a bit to clear my head.  Carry on, there’s nothing to see here.

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver – I hear aliens are among us!!

Newest Etsy Addition

Below is my newest addition to my Etsy shop.  It’s a stroller blanket. 🙂  I am working on a second large project even after I told myself I wouldn’t do another after finishing the peacock.  Still, the new project is proving to be fun to make so I’ll continue with it.

Please, visit my shop and tell your friends about it too.  I do take some commissions so it doesn’t hurt to ask, either here or at the shop.  I’m using the money to save up for a car so I can move out of the motel I’m currently living in and get into a place more secure.  I also can’t have my furbaby Oliver with me, and I miss her a lot!

The shop’s name is Griffin’s Market.  Yes, I realize it’s not a terribly creative name, but I wasn’t looking for creative when I started the shop.  My wares are my creation.

With that I bid you all adieu.  I’ll catch you on the flipside and as always, don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

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Sharing a Blog

I read blogs as often as I can.  I have email notifications set up so I can read them in my email feed rather than jumping around to all the blog sites they come from – I just don’t have the kind of time any more.  Anyway, I am a long time reader and admirer of J. Money the blogger of Budgets Are Sexy. Just the name of the blog is enough to make you want to take a peek – yeah?

Well not too long ago (like February of this year), he posted an entry with the title: Why I Am Obsessed With Cemeteries.  If that title doesn’t just reach out and grab your attention, I don’t know what would.

Reading the title had me wondering what cemeteries had to do with building wealth and learning about finances.  So, I clicked on the link and read the whole thing through in one sitting – something I don’t do normally.  As usual, the entry was well written, amusing and witty as well as full of interesting things.

After reading the entry, I did something I do very very rarely: I contacted J. Money via email and asked him for permission to share his blog entry.  I don’t usually share other people’s blog entries because most of them I just hit “Like” and other people can go to the entry on their own.  This time, it was different.  I was so taken by the entry I had to share the link via my own blog in the hopes all my readers and anyone who wanders past, would go read the entry for themselves.

The title of the entry again is: Why I Am Obsessed With Cemeteries. If you like this entry please, let me and J. Money know!

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and screwdriver!

 

Personal Update April 10, 2018

Public: So, what have you been up to lately?

Me: Working and sleeping mostly.  Did have to go see the dentist after two of my implants fell out.  He took out two more and now, I have to wait a month before he’ll put them back in again.

Public: Bummer.

Me: *sigh* That’s life.

Public: Surely you’ve done more than that lately?

Me: I’ve been working on things to put into my Etsy store when I have the time.  I make hats and lapghans for cancer patients and veterans first, then I work on other stuff.  I’m currently working on an edging for an altar cloth.  The pattern is one that Marie Antoinette Hees published around 1915.

Public: That sounds like fun.

Me: I like learning new things and easy isn’t much fun anymore.

Public: Sounds like you have a full life.

Me: Not really, but I do try to keep busy even when not working.

Public: How is your writing going?

Me: Just submitted The Inbetween to Independent Publishers for consideration.  I’ve not done much else since.  I am trying to make money anyway I can to make ends meet, and my writing suffers because of it.  The Etsy store and my job have to come first.

Public: Good luck on the book.

Me: Thanks.  I’m also trying to read The Stone Monkey by Jeffrey Deaver when I have some time to.  Not watching any television or movies right now – not enough time.

Public: What’s the link to your store, we’ll go have a peek at the very least.

Me: I’d appreciate that.  The link is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/GriffinsMarket

Public: Keep up the good fight, and we’ll see you later.

Me: See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver.

Griffin’s Market

Griffin’s Market is the name of my Etsy shop.  I know it’s not too original, but it gets the job done.

I have four items already listed on there – including my just finished peacock project.  I will be listing more items as I get pictures made and get projects done.

I take some commissions as well so don’t hesitate to ask.

The link is : GriffinsMarket

Let me know if the link doesn’t work.

See you all on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!

Stephen King – End of Watch

First off, let me say how much of a fangirl I am of Stephen King’s writing.  I can’t say of the man because I have never actually met him, but his writing – OMG!!  I discovered Mr. King in the fall of 1984.  I was in school and found his book, IT, in the school library.  It was a hardcover without a dust jacket.  It was gray all over with IT in red letting that looked almost slashed into the cover.  I was intrigued as I had not read a horror story before – the book cover gave no clue what genre it was and I didn’t bother to look at the inside of the book.

Anyway, I started reading the book, and I couldn’t put it down.  I read it far past my bedtime, I read it during lunch at school and even in some of my classes when I got my work done early.  It took me three days to read the entire book and from then on, I was hooked.  My second book by him was Carrie as I wanted to start from the beginning.

Now, almost 34 years later, I am still a major fan of his work, and the most recent book of his I have read is called End of Watch.

From the moment I opened the book and began to read, I was hooked.  Just like with It, I couldn’t put the book down!  Unlike IT, it took me less than 24 hours to read it from cover to cover. I was disappointed not to see the Dear Reader missive I’ve gotten used to seeing at the end of the book – there was Author’s Note instead.  Ah well, things do change….

End of Watch is related to two other books written by Mr, King: Mr. Mercedes and Finders Keepers.  It brings the story thread full circle in fact, and the ending is one you should definitely get to.

The main bad guy in this book is Brady Hartsfield, a major psycho if ever there was one.  The good guys are Retired Detective Bill Hodges, Holly Gibney with some help from Jerome Robinson.  Mr. King has fleshed out these characters so well you loathe the bad guy and really dig the good guys.  I actually cried about one of them, and I don’t usually cry over fictional characters so kuddos to you Mr. King.

Brady is a mass murderer who killed 8 people with a car and injured quite a few more in the first book to introduce him.  Holly stops him from killing hundreds more using a bomb by smacking him in the head with a sock containing ball bearings – big ones.  In this book, Brady has learned how to leave his wasted body and “ride” along inside of other people’s brains.  He’s also learned a lot about mind control and hypnosis.  Combining all this, he plans to kill a whole lot more people – kids mostly – and not get blamed for it.  He is the “prince of suicide” after all.

Bill has retired from the police force since Brady was captured, survived a heart attack and opened up a detective agency with Holly.  Now, he’s been told he has pancreatic cancer, and it’s pretty bad.  Once people who survived Brady’s rampage with the car begin committing suicide, he thinks of Brady right away.  He puts off treatment of his condition until he finds a way to stop the once perceived brain dead man with the help of Holly and Jerome.

The story is often fast paced with heart pounding action Mr. King is wonderful at creating!  The feasibility of what he proposes could happen is what is more frightening than anything else in the book.  Violence is a bit graphic but not unduly so – be fair warned.  The book, as a whole, is happily fantastic and well worth reading!

As usual, don’t take my word for it.  Read it, or not, as you wish.  I know there are some people out there who don’t like Mr. King’s writing (oh say it isn’t so!!), and that’s their prerogative.  I’m not a literary expert or anything and even if I was, you should make up your own mind and not follow what everyone else thinks.  You can miss out on a lot of fun experiences that way.

Thus ends my review, I’ll see you all on the flipside.  Don’t forget your towels or your sonic screwdriver – someone may need a bureau made at them! 🙂

Happy Holidays!!

Yes, holidays as in plural.

Today is Ostara.  It’s also Easter.  And it’s also April Fool’s Day.  So plural holidays. 🙂 Actually, I’m sure there are more that fall on this day or end on this day, but I am not that versed in the world’s religions so can’t do a full list.  My apologies for that.

Now, with a new month comes many new things!  New goals! New dreams! New hopes! New aspirations! New ideas!

For me, this new month allows me to reset and restart many of the things that have fallen by the wayside since I started work and lost control of my time management abilities. 🙂  This blog post is one of the many things I am resetting and restarting.

So, hello again!  I hope you’ll forgive my erratic posting of the past and will remain a follower as I get back into the routine of a daily post.  I have missed posting as I have so many things to share with you!  One of them is the review of Stephen King’s End of Watch which I am currently reading.  I should have it finished in time to review tomorrow evening. 🙂

Happy Holidays once again, I have to go get ready for work again. 🙂

See you on the flipside and don’t forget your towel and sonic screwdriver!