Archive for September, 2010

Writing Exercise #5

It’s been a long time since I posted one of these. The rules are the same as the other exercises (see previous exercises). Just have fun and be creative.

1. Weird

2. Ground

3. Slice

4. Mesmerize

5. Pitch

6. Frenzy

Leave your story/writing in the comments or leave a link so others can find and read what you have done.


Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Food Rules: An Eater's ManualFood Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It doesn’t matter if you want to lose weight or just improve your health you should read this book. In fact you should read this book anyways. It’s a quick read, full of common sense and easy to understand. Most rules are less than a page long and will help you live a longer and healthier life.

This book will help you eat better and be healthier without needing to know what an antioxidant is or does. No need to count calories. This book will also help you see through all the so called “healthy” labels on the packaging (low fat, no fat and lite etc.)

Do yourself a favor and spend the couple hours it takes to read this book. You won’t be sorry.

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Excession by Iain M. Banks

ExcessionExcession by Iain M. Banks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Damn! Banks can weave a tale! This is one complex story. Events set around the discovery of an Excession (Something excessive) that could be a danger to all. The Excession is capable of things no culture/species in the universe is capable of doing, maybe even destroying the universe. If that wasn’t enough to deal with there are conspiracies, spies, war, relationships and love.

Banks does a wonderful job of weaving the story lines together. Each character is developed so well you feel what each of them are going through (even the “traitors”) and understand why they do what they do.

Even though the story deals with dark material like death, war, love and hate etc., there is still humor throughout the story.

This is one of those books that you don’t want to end, but when it’s over you are totally satisfied and can’t quit smiling.

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