Category Archives: books

Two Quick Book Reviews (Frankie Style)


Amazingly, despite being….older, I’ve not read either of these until just recently.

Crane’s depiction of battle, especially his use of analogy inspired me :  “The guns squatted in a row like savage chiefs.  They argued with abrupt violence.  It was a grim pow-wow.  Their busy servants ran hither and thither.”   Does anybody write like this anymore?

Although the story is short, it takes its reader on a roller coaster ride of emotions from the absolute disgust of cowardice to the brilliance of bravery and heroics, all within the same character.  Crane’s ability to pack a wallop of a read in such a short amount of pages left me reeling.  His raw narrative of battle puts the atrocities of war in the forefront of the reader’s mind and one can’t help but wonder at the madness of our propensity to engage in such an act.

Heller, on the other hand, comprehends the madness of war and translates its insanity without shame in Catch 22.  Colorful, bigger than life characters learn to cope with war in not so sane ways because, well, war is not a sane activity we humans partake in.   Heller’s complete abandon to the mind and soul of his distraught characters is a great inspiration to this writer…let not our imagination limit us in any way….

Go read a book, any book, and be inspired!  Peace Kids…



one of my favorite books….


you’ll notice i’ve taken a quote out of this work for this weeks widget space.

this is one of my all time favorite books ever for many reasons:

1.  i like mr. ferris’ writing style, ’tis a lot of information he covers, yet he keeps it light and interesting.

2.  it reminds me to be grateful for the time that i live in…the ability to look back on our history and development the way mr. ferris has AND be able to draw out some lessons for today is a cherished commodity.

3. the depth and breadth of the book makes an admirable synthesis of our quest to understand our earth-home and our place within the universe.  mr. ferris deftly weaves together the marriage of physics and astronomy as they team up to find answers to our never-ending questions.

4. it’s one of those books that is best read a few times over….so much information and such a beautiful story of us humans as well. as a writer and a historian, mr. ferris’ attention to detail is also a treasure trove of information.

5. the work leaves me in awe, once again, at us amazing humans.  our ability to observe and deduce, question and patiently wait for an answer, makes me proud to be one of us…

happy reading! and be well,