Discover a New Book: Traveler by Dennis W. Green

Discover a New Book: Traveler by Dennis W. Green

Traveler is a science fiction mystery novel. Travis (Trav) Becker has the ability to travel between parallel universes and it turns out another version of himself is hunting down the other versions of himself. Of course, the big question is, Why? Sounds complicated, right? Well, it is, but it isn’t. Green has great skill in laying out a complicated plot in a fashion that intrigues you and keeps you wanting to know what’s going to happen next. Even though he introduces several different versions of each of the characters, you can easily follow which version (or versions) you are encountering. Also, the science behind the travel between universes is neatly explained and for someone who isn’t a hardcore science fiction geek (and who loves time travel plots, but is just as easily confused by them), I understood it and was able to easily explain it to my husband.* The only thing I wasn’t keen on were the interludes. The Interludes just seemed to pop up out of no where and did not seem to have a connection with the portion of the book I just finished reading. The Burton Tupper Interlude (page 87) was the most jarring to me. I […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 13, 2013
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0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 13, 2013
Dress Rehearsal!  I Either Like It or I Don’t

Dress Rehearsal! I Either Like It or I Don’t

In the years that I have been on Good Reads, I have often struggled with stared reviews. I either like a book or I don’t. So I’ve decided to keep my ratings simple. It will either be a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Hopefully, if I’m a decent enough writer, you’ll be able to determine from my review whether the book (or movie) is a good match for you. So is that a… or a ? Twitter 1 Facebook 0 Google+ 0 Pinterest 0 StumbleUpon 0

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 12, 2013
Movie Review #01:  About Time (Rated R)

Movie Review #01: About Time (Rated R)

I knew this would happen. I would decide to start a blog and figure out a date to launch it, only to read or watch something that I just had to share my thoughts on. Yesterday, my husband and I went to see About Time (Rated R) at Collins Road Theatres, a locally owned theatre that we have been attending for 10 years (Happy Anniversary, Bruce!). There wasn’t much buzz about this movie; it seemed to be flying under the radar. At least one review, I read didn’t rate the movie very favorably (see the last paragraph). However, I’m a sucker for time travel (Don’t worry, Dennis, I’m working a review of Traveler!) and wanted to see the movie. After watching it, and holding back tears through most of the movie, I can see why there isn’t a lot of buzz. It’s not your typical science-fiction-time-travel movie. There are no real, mind-bending consequences to traveling back in time. And it’s not your typical romantic tragedy–no Romeo and Juliet moments here. And it’s not your typical romantic comedy–the guy and girl don’t have an awful, totally avoidable misunderstanding and laugh about it as they make up at the end. The plot […]

7 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 10, 2013