Ok so I was really lazy this weekend and didn’t blog at all about the book I had finished the other day. So today, you get reviews on 2 books instead of just 1.
The first book was for the Christmas Spirit Book Challenge and Holiday Reading Challenge. I read another book filled with short stories called Holidays Are Hell. The authors of the stories are Kim Harrison, Lynsay Sands, Marjorie M Liu, and Vicki Pettersson. I have to admit that I did not read every story in this one. The last story, I just couldn’t get past a few pages. I would put the book down and pick it back up later in hopes of reading the last story, it just didn’t grab me in.
The first story was by Kim Harrison and it was called “Two Ghosts for Sister Rachel”. If you have ever read any of her books about the I.S. runner, Rachel Morgan, then you will love this story. It takes you back to the days before she entered the I.S. She was only 18 and hadn’t fully come into herself yet. Her brother was trying to talk her into going to the University instead of following in her dad’s footsteps and joining the I.S. He convinces her to cast a spell at the huge Winter Solstice event in hopes of bringing their fathers ghost back. It may be a short story, but it is every much as action packed as her full fledged novels. A must read for all Rachel Morgan fans!
The second story is Run, Run Rudolph by Lynsay Sands. It’s Christmas time and Jill should be focusing her attention on being Mrs. Claus on the parade float next to Mr. Sexy Shoes, Nick, as he plays Santa. However, everything starts to crumble around her when a mad man tricks her under the molecular destabilizer. Now she is on the run from him and has no where to turn. However, she feels duty bound to remain in the parade.
The third story takes us away from the winter holidays. It is now the time of the Chinese New Year. Six is undercover in the hopes of ending a terrorist plot to undermine the very fabric of the Chinese government. She soon discovers that things aren’t as they seem. With all her years of training, she wasn’t quite prepared to take on vampires. Thankfully, she now has Joseph by her side.
The last story in the book is The Harvest by Vicki Pettersson. Like I said earlier, I just could not get past the few pages of this story. For me, if an author can’t hook me in early, that is a bad sign of things to come. Especially when you are dealing with a short story. There are already fewer pages to write a great story in and you can’t waste time telling it. So unfortunately, this last story will be going unread by me. And as this was the first one I had ever attempted to read by her, it leaves me weary to try out any of her full novels.
The second book I read for booksneeze.com. If you love books and are willing to review them, then I suggest heading over there and signing up.
Lies The Government Told You by Judge Andrew P Napolitano is a well written book that pulls no punches. He takes you through some of the most believed lies through the ages and disproves each and every one of them. I won’t go through them all here because that would defeat the purpose of getting the book and reading it. However, if you feel that you know the American government, after reading this book, I can tell you that you really don’t.
One of the biggest lies told is that Abraham Lincoln fought to end slavery. That isn’t quite true. It may be the way your American History teach wants you to think of it, but its not. Did you know that before the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, Lincoln had issued a Preliminary Proclamation on September 22, 1862 that stated that he would abolish slavery in the south if they continued to attempt to secede from the Union. Lincoln only saw abolishing slavery as a means to an end. He did it because he felt that by abolishing slavery in the south, the freed slaves would join the ranks of the Union army to fight against their masters. When the Emancipation Proclamation was released, it only applied to the Southern states. Slavery was not abolished in the north by this action.
Did you know that Thomas Jefferson, a big proponent against slavery in his time had 200 slaves at the time her wrote the famous line “All men are created equal”? Apparently, he really didn’t believe what he wrote. He had proposed many laws in order to free the slaves, yet he didn’t do it himself until he passed away. In his will, he had written in to free 5 of his slaves upon his death. Really? 5 out of 200?
Apparently, our country was founded on politicians lying to us and it continues to this day! I really suggest reading this book as it will open your eyes to the lies that this country was founded upon and still continue on today.