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Book Review: On the Beach by Nevil Shute

27 Aug 2017 14:55

On the Beach is a post-apocalyptic story written by Nevil Shute in the 1950’s, at the height of the Cold War. It is a story of people facing inevitable doom, how they cope, the values that support them, and their final pleasures. It is thoughtful and low-key, though the intensity of their is always there, boiling up and threatening to overcome them. It is at once, sad and hopeful. It is NOT Mad Max.The driving situation, and principal antagonist, in On the Beach is the aftermath of nuclea [...]

Book Review: "Great American Eclipse: Earthquake and Tsunami" by John Hogue

13 Aug 2017 19:55

If you are anticipating the 2017 solar eclipse over the United States, or looking back to consider the significance of the event, I recommend The Great American Eclipse: Earthquake and Tsunami as a catalyst for your meditations. As its title indicates, the book deals with the notable solar eclipse transiting the continental United States from the Northwest to the Southeast in August of 2017. Specifically, it deals with the potential for earthquakes and tsunamis affecting the US as a result [...]

Review of John Hogue's "Worldwide Astrological Predictions for the Real New Year: Spring 2017 to Spring 2018"

5 Aug 2017 20:30

The theme of this book could be “Something’s got to give,” and that phrase appears several times in the course of the work. That this time is a confluence of events and long-established trends is an idea much in the air among contemporary observers. Mr. Hogue weighs in with an offering of his keen insight of current events as seen in the light of astrological conditions and the writings of notable seers. That’s his formula for producing more than just books of prediction [...]

Ray-view of Trump for President: Astrological Predictions 

6 Jan 2016 19:07

Author: John HoguePublisher: HogueProphecy PublishingPublication date: 12/21/2015Pages: 156ASIN: B019NZR1G8Type: NonFiction, Prophecy, PoliticalRay's rating: 5 starsFinished Read: 01/04/2016Review written by Ray Foy.So who is Donald Trump? Is he a rich, racist, misogynist, conceited clown who makes outrageous comments that only ultra-right-wingers could love? Or is he a ultra-savvy real estate tycoon who has amassed fortunes by wheeling-and-dealing in the richest and toughest markets in world c [...]

Ray-view of The Razor's Edge

31 Dec 2015 20:53

Author: W. Somerset MaughamPublisher: First Vintage InternationalPublication date: 09/2003 (originally published in 1944 by Doubleday)Pages: 314ISBN: 1-4000-3420-5Type: Fiction, LiteratureRay's rating: 5 starsCharacters: Larry Darrell, Isabel Maturin, Elliot Templeton, Sophie MacDonald, Suzanne Rouvier, Gray MaturinFinished Read: 12/27/2015From its widest scope, The Razor’s Edge looks at the meaning of life from at least six different viewpoints. Those views belong to six characters (or s [...]

Ray-view of Goodbye, Mr. Chips

12 Dec 2015 21:55

Author: James HiltonPublisher: Open Road Media (Kindle edition)Publication date:  May 1st 2012  (first published 1934) Pages: 144ASIN:  B007M0X8KUType: Fiction, LiteratureRay's rating: 5 starsCharacters: Arthur Chipping, Katherine Bridges, Mrs. WickettRead: 11/11/2015It is easy for me to see why this little book, hardly more than a novella, is a literary classic. It touches on themes common to the human condition, and on scenes that most of us have played out in one form or anoth [...]

Ray-view of "Dun Lady's Jess: The Changespell Saga"

6 Dec 2015 14:32

Author: Doranna DurginPublisher: Blue Hound Visions Tijeras, NMPublication date: January 24, 2013Pages: 352ISBN-13: 978-1301722778Type: Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, ParanormalRay's rating: 4 starsCharacters: Carey, Lady/Jess, Arlen, Jaime, Mark, Dayna, Calandre, Eric, SherraRead: 12/04/2015Fantasy books and movies have been rife with shape-shifting heroes and villains in recent years, mostly werewolves and vampires. The teaser for this book stood out from all that, however, in that i [...]

Ray-views Excerpt: the Foreword

24 Nov 2015 18:01

The following excerpt is from Ray Foy's new book of book reviews and essays, Ray-views: Volume 1 now available from Arbordin Park Press via Amazon.com. See the Catalogue.Foreword: A Book of My Book ReviewsSO why a book of my book reviews? Let me explain.Like everyone else, I have my themes. There are certain areas of thought and genres of artistic works that I repeatedly go to for knowledge, inspiration, and entertainment. In other words, there are things that appeal to me more than other thing [...]

Slade House by David Mitchell

12 Nov 2015 13:39

Author: David MitchellPublisher: Random HousePublication date: 10/27/2015Pages: 238ISBN-13:  9780812998689Type: Fiction, Literature, HorrorRay's rating: 5 starsCharacters: Nathan Bishop, Rita Bishop, Gordon Edmonds, Sally Timms, Jonah Grayer, Norah Grayer, MarinusBook Review by Ray FoySLADE HOUSE is a more concise version of the imaginative, speculative, time-spanning tales with heavy doses of the paranormal, that David Mitchell is so adept at writing. At only 238 pages in a hardback editi [...]

Ray-views book excerpt: Inspiration

5 Nov 2015 13:54

The following excerpt is from Ray Foy's new book of book reviews and essays, Ray-views: Volume 1, soon to be published by Arbordin Park Press (watch this website for availability).INSPIRATION is what gets us from one day to the next--from one moment to the next. Though there are common themes, what inspires one person or another is as unique as a fingerprint. That singleness of inspiration comes from the associations people make over the course of their lives with the impressions they const [...]

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