New Month New Book

46121414It’s that time again: a new month! And that means a new group of books for Amazon Prime members to pick from to receive a free e-book. I actually enjoy this perk of being an Amazon Prime member because I’ve stumbled upon a few authors that I have fallen in love with through the program. And since I’m a big fan of thrillers, this is the book I picked to read for June: Trance by Adam Southward.

This one actually intrigues me because most of the thrillers I end up reading feature similar types of individuals: some type of patriotic person who is ex-military and now works on his own or with a secret government group stopping dangerous people. For whatever reason, that seems to be the type of thriller I always end up reading and enjoying. This time around it looks like the main character in the book is a psychologist who interviews someone who appears to be controlling others. Sound very interesting.

I do plan to write a review of the book when I am done, and I will post it here on my blog, but first, I am currently working on finishing up another book I have been dying to read: Blue Sky Tomorrows by L.J. Hachmeister. L.J. is in my group of favorite authors and her most recent book came out about six days ago. So that one is my current book and then I will get onto reading Trance and see how good that one ends up being.

Two Peters?!

I recently picked up a subscription to Marvel Unlimited because I wanted to read some of the older comics. Specifically, I wanted to read the Avengers comics from the beginning in the 1960’s. I’ve been working on reading through that series, but it has stalled at like #39 because I’ve started doing what I always do when reading comics: I start getting into other stuff. In this case, I started reading Tales of Suspense after it was referenced a few times in the Avengers comics, and I wanted to see what they were referring to. That then lead to a reference about Spider-Man in Tales of Suspense #58 that made me want to start reading The Amazing Spider-Man comics.

I just finished the first issue, which turns out to be a double issue, and I had to laugh at a mistake that was made early on. The very first panel of the book references Peter as Peter Parker:

Then the second half of the book switches to calling him Peter Palmer:

And the book continues to call him Peter Palmer for the remainder of the second half, which I found very amusing. My guess is it was a lettering mistake that was made, but it still makes it amusing to read. I wasn’t aware that there were two Peters that worked as Spider-Man.

When Proving a Point Goes Wrong

Yesterday, I decided that it was time to move beyond Windows as the operating system for my computer. It’s not that I don’t like Windows, but I’ve been getting increasingly frustrated by little issues with my computer. Plus, I’ve had that itch to get back into using Linux primarily because I like Linux. It’s different, and I enjoy stuff like that. I personally enjoy using things like package managers to handle the content on my computer. So, yesterday was the day to finally switch completely to Linux.

At the same time, I felt like I had something to prove to my brother and my best friend who were visiting. They both know that I enjoy Linux and wondered if I would ever fully switch. While they were here, I was working on setting up my computer. I decided to try a new OS that I hadn’t tried yet, and I heard some good things about Pop!, so I downloaded it and installed it. I really liked the look of it, but I struggled getting some of the stuff I normally use in Linux installed on the OS, so I figured to try an OS I’ve used before: Linux Mint.

Mint was the OS that got me to actually like Linux. I had tried Linux off and on for a few years but always got frustrated trying to get it set up. Mint was the OS that got me to fall in love with Linux, so it is always my go to selection when another one just isn’t working well for me. I hopped on the Mint website, downloaded the most recent iso, and installed it on my flash drive. Then I rebooted. The OS wouldn’t load.

At this point, both my brother and best friend were asking me if I had screwed up my computer because the screen would get a whole bunch of lines and then just go to a blank screen when I tried to boot off my flash drive. I wasn’t sure what was going on, so I tried again. Same results. I started doing some digging on a different computer to see what might be going wrong and someone mentioned having issues using USB 3 drives and that they installed it on a USB 2 port and worked. So, I tried that. No luck. Then I burned the iso to a disk. No luck. So I decided to go back to Pop! to see if I could get that to work. The OS started giving me issues like not responding to my keyboard from time to time.

During this whole time, both my brother and friend were finding this rather amusing. “Mr. Linux is having trouble with his computer,” and I was getting increasingly frustrated. After awhile, they¬† both had left, and I was left to myself to figure out what was going on. After some troubleshooting and digging, I decided the only thing I could do at this point was get Windows back on the computer for now, so I spent the last hour of my day reinstalling Windows and getting that running again.

I’m not sure what I did wrong, but it was rather annoying because of the timing. Usually, I’m good troubleshooting issues, but I think it was just the situation that got to me. I’m still curious what was up with Mint not wanting to boot. Guess I’ll get that working some day. Until then, I guess I’m still a Windows user.

Book Review: Bonnie and Clyde: Radioactive

FYI: This review contains some spoilers of previous books in the series.

We all have those authors we follow and anxiously await the next release of a new book and can’t wait to devour it. The team of Kathleen McFall and Clark Hays are in that category for me. I fell in love with their Cowboy and Vampire book series, and I have managed to read every single one of their books in the Bonnie and Clyde series. Radioactive, is the newest and third book in this series featuring Bonnie and Clyde, and I must say that I believe this one is the best of the three. Why? Because this book has plenty of action featuring Nazis, Russians, and clowns!

For those of you that need a little catching up on the series: Radioactive continues to the story in the world of what-if Bonnie and Clyde didn’t die as it is written in the history books. Instead, their deaths were faked, and they end up being forced to work for a secret government organization. So far the duo has managed to save President Roosevelt from an assassination attempt and thwart an attempt to blow up the Hoover Dam while under construction. Now the two find themselves running a bar next to the Hanford Site where the Manhattan Project is underway. Their job is to watch for spies trying to steal the secrets being worked on at the site.

The book tells a dual story as well. Much like the first two, Radioactive follows the ongoing adventures of Bonnie and Clyde as secret agents as well as the story of Bonnie and Royce. Royce is a reporter that Bonnie picks to tell the story of what happened to the real Bonnie and Clyde while everyone thought they were dead. Her only requirements is that Royce must help Bonnie tie up a few loose ends before she finishes telling him the entire story. Bonnie wants help figuring out how their deaths were faked and the identity behind the lady known as Sal who forced them to work for the government instead.

The book swaps back and forth between what is happening in the past and what is happening in the 1984. As Bonnie and Clyde get closer and closer to figuring out who may be selling out America, Bonnie and Royce encounter a little action themselves as they begin to run from a couple of guys that want to stop the truth from coming out. The fact that both parts of the story have some suspense and action really made the book hard to put down. I also love the fact that even though Bonnie and Clyde are now government agents tasked with helping out America, their criminal ways still sneak through time and time again to help them out or just get a little extra money on the side.

I really love the way this book was written. I found myself wanting Bonnie and Royce to finish their search for the final pieces of Bonnie’s puzzle, and I worried when they found themselves in tight spots. I love seeing Royce in full-believer mode in this book trying everything he can to figure stuff out. Bonnie and Clyde crack me up. I love how upfront Clyde is. He is not ashamed to speak his mind and shows it. I love Bonnie’s slightly more refined ways, and I love that she keeps getting after Clyde for being a little crass with his remarks. By the way, Bonnie is hands down the best character in this book.

Finally, I also enjoyed the whodunit feel of the book as Bonnie and Clyde start to investigate who the spies may be among the people they have narrowed down. I gotta admit that I was trying to figure out who the spies were before Bonnie and Clyde did, but it wasn’t easy. The paths of all the possible spies cross so much that it is hard keeping it straight. If I were to pick a single word to describe this book, it would be fun. I found myself smiling through a lot of it. This book was just plain fun in so many ways, and just you wait to see who ends up being the overall bad guys pulling the strings. I did not see that one coming at all.

I highly recommend reading this book. I don’t care if you haven’t read the first two. It just means you have more work ahead of you. Read them then read this one. You won’t regret it. Trust me. This series has been a fantastic ride, and I’m kind of sad to see it come to an end.

If you wish to get started on your reading adventures in this series, here are the links to all three books on Amazon:

Book 1 – Bonnie and Clyde: Resurrection Road
Book 2 – Bonnie and Clyde: Dam Nation
Book 3 – Bonnie and Clyde: Radioactive

The Blog Is Back In Town

If you have followed me for any period of time, you will know that I have this tendency to push out a blog, write in it for few months, forget about the blog, and end up taking it down because I couldn’t come up with any new content. Well, I am trying it again. Please hold your skepticism until after three months. If I can break the three-month barrier this time, I think I can make this work. If I seem to abandon the blog again after that time period, you are free to make any comments or insults you wish to make about the situation. I will accept them.

So, why am I bringing back my blog from the dead? Three reasons:

  1. I’ve started enjoying writing reviews of books again. I want a place of my own to publish my reviews. I still plan to push my reviews to sites like Amazon and Goodreads to help authors out, but I also enjoy having my own site to collect the various reviews that I write.
  2. I like publishing thoughts that I have from time to time on random topics of interest. While places like Facebook and Twitter also provide avenues for this, I prefer to push my content out on a site that I control. Plus, I can publish much larger writings on here than I can on a site like Twitter. This is my little chunk of the Internet.
  3. I couldn’t really think of a third reason that made much sense after writing that I had three reasons, so I’m leaving this here in the event that I figure out what the third one was supposed to be.

I don’t really have a theme for my blog. I never had. It is just a place to write out stuff that I’m interested in. I enjoy reading, so you will see posts on that. I also have interests in things like amusement parks, technology, and even professional wrestling. Don’t be surprised if a random post just appears on a random topic. I always get these weird thoughts on stuff out of nowhere and may even write about some of them.

I encourage you to follow the blog and see what I end up writing about. You can even create a betting pool on if this blog is around in four months or not. I’m sure my family and friends will set one up. Let me know if you are interested, and I will put you in touch with them.

On that note, I will leave you with a random picture of a river otter on a rock. I took this at the Living Planet Aquarium in Draper, Utah of all places. They actually have two types of otters, and this little guy was enjoying the weather.