Monthly Archives: July 2014

Unknown Terror by Christina de Vries (poem)

The news of it all over the place
A newfound terror from an unknown face
A fear of not knowing what to look for
Of everything falling apart behind the next door

Has the terrorists already won
Now that we fear our safety as gone
Police tell us to not change our ways
To be on alert but continue with normal days

The contradiction of acting like all is good
When the experts state that it isn’t as it should
We wait for the news of something to change
This world we live in turning ever more strange

Do we fight an enemy we don’t yet know
Or do we continue the ongoing show?
Where we act like we have nothing to fear
While the screens tell us that “undefined” is drawing near

Me, I’m left baffled, a little scared and uncertain
Trying to see truth behind a closed curtain
Not knowing is the part that scares me
With this fear are we as free as we thought to be?

But what can one do but to wait
For the news we don’t know about unknown faith
I choose to believe in our love and not the hate
Whatever happens we will rise on the changing date

As a nation I know we have the heart
To see past the endings and find a start
A way to move forward at necessary cost
I refuse to see us as a nation already lost!

©Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven

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You Had Me At Hello by Mhairi McFarlane (review)

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What happens when the one that got away comes back? Find out in this sparkling debut from Mhairi McFarlane.

‘Think of the great duos of history. We’re just like them.’
‘You mean like Kylie and Jason? Torvill and Dean? Sonny and Cher?’
‘I think you’ve missed the point, Rachel.’

Rachel and Ben. Ben and Rachel. It was them against the world. Until it all fell apart. It’s been a decade since they last spoke, but when Rachel bumps into Ben one rainy day, the years melt away.

They’d been partners in crime and the best of friends. But life has moved on: Ben is married. Rachel is not. Yet in that split second, Rachel feels the old friendship return. And along with it, the broken heart she’s never been able to mend.

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Even though I do prefer Horror and Science Fiction when reading I do enjoy a good chick lit from time to time.

You Had Me At Hello had the good potential of being a heartwarming and witty story of “what ifs”. That’s the beauty of a lot of these kind of stories is that through the books we get to participate in a world where the things that we regret or the one that got away actually comes back. It doesn’t happen all too often in real life.

This book was witty and an easy read but it didn’t hit a home run for me. A lot of it felt too predictable even though it was entertaining enough. I could relate to the character Rachel and liked the sassiness of a lot of the conversations, but all in all it just wasn’t my cup of tea I’m afraid.

3-stars-out-of-5I give it three stars. An easy, witty and charming summer read.

One of my favorite quotes from You Had Me At Hello:

“Isn’t it weird how we make big decisions in life based on the strangest, most random things?”

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If you would like your own copy of You Had Me At Hello, you can CLICK HERE or on the cover picture in the start of my review.

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The Returned by Jason Mott (review)

Harold and Lucille Hargrave’s eight-year-old son, Jacob, died tragically in 1966. In their old age they’ve settled comfortably into life without him…. Until one day Jacob mysteriously appears on their doorstep—flesh and blood, still eight years old.

All over the world people’s loved ones are returning from beyond. No one knows how or why, whether it’s a miracle or a sign of the end. But as chaos erupts around the globe, the newly reunited family finds itself at the center of a community on the brink of collapse, forced to navigate a mysterious new reality.

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When I bought this book I had no idea it was the book behind the TV series “Resurrection” which I had seen commercials for but not had the time to watch yet.

I was quickly drawn into the story of the couple Harold and Lucille who lost their son (Jacob) in 1966, how their relationship got stuck in a rut after this traumatizing experience and the confusing feelings that emerges when their dead son appears at their door step as one of the returned, not aged a day even though decades had passed since his own passing.

When he died once, is he still their son when returning? How did he return? And what will happen to them?

All over the world the dead keeps on returning. Some see it as a miracle and other as an abomination. How will they cope with the possibility of overpopulation if the dead doesn’t stop returning?

This story is intriguing and a good example of how we too often react to what is new and unknown to us and how love works in mysterious ways.

 

five-starsI give it five stars and my warmest recommendations!

One of my favorite quotes from “The Returned”:

“Mommies are always okay because the world couldn’t get along without them. That’s what my daddy said back before he died. He said that mommies were the reason the whole world worked the way it did and that without mommies everybody would be mean and hungry and people would be fighting all the time and nothing good would ever happen to anybody.”

If you would like to buy your own copy of The Returned you can CLICK HERE or on the picture below:

The Returned

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I hope you enjoyed this review. The Geek Heaven Library Show will soon be up on YouTube and I want to thank you guys for giving me great tips on summer reads! Please do recommend books either in the comments or by mail! I love hearing from you readers!

I hope you are all having an amazing summer!

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Invisible by Ariana Brown and Arati Warrier

For those who has been afraid to speak up. For the shy ones and the scared ones. For all of those who hid their voices. This is a poem for you!

Enjoy!

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The Wind Through The Keyhole by Stephen King (Review)

Roland Deschain and his ka-tetJake, Susannah, Eddie, and Oy, the billy-bumbler—encounter a ferocious storm just after crossing the River Whye on their way to the Outer Baronies. As they shelter from the howling gale, Roland tells his friends not just one strange story but two…and in so doing, casts new light on his own troubled past.

In his early days as a gunslinger, in the guilt-ridden year following his mother’s death, Roland is sent by his father to investigate evidence of a murderous shape-shifter, a “skin-man” preying upon the population around Debaria. Roland takes charge of Bill Streeter, the brave but terrified boy who is the sole surviving witness to the beast’s most recent slaughter. Only a teenager himself, Roland calms the boy and prepares him for the following day’s trials by reciting a story from the Magic Tales of the Eld that his mother often read to him at bedtime. “A person’s never too old for stories,” Roland says to Bill. “Man and boy, girl and woman, never too old. We live for them.” And indeed, the tale that Roland unfolds, the legend of Tim Stoutheart, is a timeless treasure for all ages, a story that lives for us. 

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I’ve written about The Dark Tower series in earlier posts and those of you who follows me knows what a huge fan I am of the series and the author. I’ve been reading a lot of Stephen King lately but to be able to visit the universe of The Dark Tower once again was nothing short but amazing.

Some characters turn into a borrowed family as you read and you miss them after finishing the books. That is one of the reason why some of us turn back to read the same ones again and again.

I was thrilled to take a new dive into the world of Roland, Susan, Eddie, Jack and (of course) the Billy-Bumbler Oy. The Wind Through The Keyhole is said by the author to be book number 4,5 in the series but is also meant to be an alternative as a standalone novel. I do believe that it is enjoyable to new readers but not in the same way that it is to us who has read our way through the adventure already. It’s an amazing story within a story within a story and to me it was a long awaited reunion.

We get to meet the ka-tet on their way to Calla Bryn Sturgis, having to take shelter from a dangerous storm where Roland tells a story from his younger days that is captivating and a real page turner.

I do highly recommend it, but if you haven’t read the other books in the series I would recommend you start there. It’s an epic journey that I’ve never regretted taken and will probably take it more than once again.

If you would like to get your own copy of The Wind Through The Keyhole you can click HERE or the picture below:

The Wind Through the Keyhole

 

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Optimist by Christina de Vries

You might not believe it

But it’s absolutely true

Sometimes the smiling optimist

Has doubting thoughts too

 

At times the pessimists will

Shove the smilers down

Has them hiding away

With an uncomfortable frown

 

Would you believe it

If I told you they cry as well?

When the heavy weight

Press down on every nerve cell

 

 

Being a person of YES

In a world crowded by NO

Has a tendency

To make feelings overflow

 

But the optimist always

Find the hidden path back

Follows the sunshine

That leads to the right track

 

Sometimes it might

Take a little while

But they always bounce back

With the brightest and most honest smile

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© Christina de Vries – Geek Heaven

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