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started reading Holly: A Novel by Stephen King (Holly Gibney, #3)

Stephen King: Holly (Hardcover, 2023, Scribner) 4 stars

Stephen King’s Holly marks the triumphant return of beloved King character Holly Gibney. Readers have …

My audiobook holds are still wait listed so I took this out of my "Next Up" pile on Libby because it was available immediately. Wow what a listen so far! I love Stephen King and I love mysteries. Its modern and so far very compelling. I want to know what happens. Its a faster pace than he normally does for a story.

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback, Dell Publishing Co.) 4 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction …

America is the wealthiest nation on Earth, but its people are mainly poor, and poor Americans are urged to hate themselves. To quote the American humorist Kin Hubbard, 'It ain’t no disgrace to be poor, but it might as well be.' It is in fact a crime for an American to be poor, even though America is a nation of poor. Every other nation has folk traditions of men who were poor but extremely wise and virtuous, and therefore more estimable than anyone with power and gold. No such tales are told by the American poor. They mock themselves and glorify their betters. The meanest eating or drinking establishment, owned by a man who is himself poor, is very likely to have a sign on its wall asking this cruel question: 'if you’re so smart, why ain’t you rich?' There will also be an American flag no larger than a child’s hand – glued to a lollipop stick and flying from the cash register.

Americans, like human beings everywhere, believe many things that are obviously untrue. Their most destructive untruth is that it is very easy for any American to make money. They will not acknowledge how in fact hard money is to come by, and, therefore, those who have no money blame and blame and blame themselves. This inward blame has been a treasure for the rich and powerful, who have had to do less for their poor, publicly and privately, than any other ruling class since, say Napoleonic times. Many novelties have come from America. The most startling of these, a thing without precedent, is a mass of undignified poor. They do not love one another because they do not love themselves.

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Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback, Dell Publishing Co.) 4 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction …

All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.

5 stars

What a powerful read about how pointless war is, how disconnected/dissociative people can be to each other, the power of the elite, etc. Depressing yet funny... And so human. So it goes.

Kurt Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback, Dell Publishing Co.) 4 stars

Slaughterhouse-Five, also known as The Children's Crusade: A Duty-Dance with Death is a science fiction …

Somehow showed up as a "skip the line" option on Libby. I have always known its a classic so I was surprised that it would show up as such. Normally classics are always available. Maybe its because Ethan Hawke narrating? Unsure but its been interesting so far and quite sad.

reviewed Underworld by Susan Casey

Susan Casey: Underworld (2023, Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Doubleday) 5 stars

Very Informative and I am Jealous!!

5 stars

Did not know much about the deep oceans before listening to this book. I was very impressed with the history behind deep sea diving, the technology involved, and current aspirations. It was very inspiring. I hope that no one ever mines the oceans. As a nonfiction, it was very well written and I ended up watching Aliens from the Deep and other documentaries that confirmed the info within this book. Renews a sense of adventure and reminds us where we are in the world with our environment. Highly recommended. Everyone should be informed of the ocean and protect it whenever possible. Wish I could deep sea dive!!

Katie Williams: My Murder (2023, Penguin Publishing Group, Riverhead Books) 4 stars

Great Story

5 stars

I was pleasantly surprised by this audiobook pick up. I really enjoy the characters and the story. It was fresh and innovative with its sprinkling of sci fi components (which were very minimal). Some good social commentary on various issues and twists I did not see coming. I thought it was excellent and would recommend, especially for such a short read!