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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Thursday, October 01, 2020

October 1, 2020


   "WELCOME....." to the house of Dracula.....  "

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

The Meaning of Night: A Confession

 The Meaning of Night (A Confession) by Michael Cox.

 

Paperback : 720 pages
ISBN-13 : 978-0393330342
Publisher : W. W. Norton & Company; Reprint Edition (October 17, 2007)

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

The atmosphere of Bleak House, the sensuous thrill of Perfume, and the mystery of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell all combine in a story of murder, deceit, love, and revenge in Victorian England.

"After killing the red-haired man, I took myself off to Quinn's for an oyster supper." So begins the "enthralling" (Booklist, starred review) and "ingenious" (Boston Globe) story of Edward Glyver, booklover, scholar, and murderer. As a young boy, Glyver always believed he was destined for greatness. A chance discovery convinces him that he was right: greatness does await him, along with immense wealth and influence. Overwhelmed by his discovery, he will stop at nothing to win back a prize that he knows is rightfully his.

Glyver's path to reclaim his prize leads him from the depths of Victorian London, with its foggy streets, brothels, and opium dens, to Evenwood, one of England's most beautiful and enchanting country houses, and finally to a consuming love for the beautiful but enigmatic Emily Carteret. His is a story of betrayal and treachery, of death and delusion, of ruthless obsession and ambition. And at every turn, driving Glyver irresistibly onward, is his deadly rival: the poet-criminal Phoebus Rainsford Daunt.

The Meaning of Night is an enthralling novel that will captivate readers right up to its final thrilling revelation.

 

At the moment I own but two books by Michael Cox, which I have read before and am rereading them now.

This is quite a long book but, the author writes with precision and leaves out nothing that you don't find out sooner or later.

It is a "story". Murder is involved, but the long story that goes along with the decision that is made, tells the entire story.  It may seem slow to some people reading it but it held me so as to be sure I read it all.  It took me a long time as health and other priorities kept me from finishing it sooner.

The top bold paragraph let's you know if you might like this book or not.  I liked it enough to get a second book of his called The Glass of Time.  If anyone reading this has read it before I'd like very much to hear what you thought of it.

Now, on to The Glass of Time!

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

September 29,2020

 


I wonder if Spock get it??  Heh.








Sunday, September 27, 2020

My Eagle Returned

 

MY EAGLE RETURNED!!!.................  Many photo's will look the same. That's because my hands shake a lot and I never know if they will be blurry from that.  So... More is better then nothin' !




















I haven't seen my Eagle in a long time... very happy to see him come  back to this tree!!!!!



















Nicholas Flamel and The Codex

 Nicholas Flamel and the Codex by Michael Scott.

 

File Size : 2368 KB
Publication Date : September 22, 2020
ASIN : B08CD2MQVK
Print Length : 54 pages
Publisher : Delacorte Press

 

 

 

Amazon Review:

 

Before Nicholas Flamel became the most famous alchemist who ever lived, he was merely a mortal—until the day a mysterious hook-handed man sold him a book and changed his life, and the world, forever.


Now, that lost story is told. . .

.
The Codex helped Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel unlock the secrets of immortality. But first, it almost killed them. With this exclusive ebook, Michael Scott offers readers a never-before-seen short story from the world of the best selling Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series: the tale of how the Flamels became to be Guardians of the Codex through Nicholas’s first encounter with Marethyu, the hook-handed man—and their subsequent battle with John Dee’s legendary predecessor, the devious Dr. Mirabilis: Sir Robert Bacon and his mechanical man.

 

With all the horrible things going on in America and around the world... something wonderful has occurred !  Michael Scott has (and is) releasing Novella's of more of his characters in The Alchemyst Series!!  This is probably the happiest I've been since the awful  Covid  came to us and the rest of the world!

Amazon really tells what the story is about and still leaves the joy of reading it for yourself!

I was thrilled to hear the voices of Nicholas and Perenelle once again. And a character or two you will recognize .  This is a great little prequel  to a most fabulous series... AND... there are more to come!!!!  Stay tuned!

Saturday, September 26, 2020

September 28, 2020

Something different today...   a guessing game?   Do you know who this actor is????

No cheating!  




 

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

September 23, 2020


 "THIS" is the Smoky Mountains.!

So close to those that live on the East Coast... yet seemingly so far away.



As you drive along you come across places you never knew existed.  Like the Old Logging Railroad.... Just knowing places like this are just waiting to be discovered over and over again is almost sad.  And I am happy that Cathy and I found them!  I hope someday we can find places like this again.



 














Tuesday, September 22, 2020

September 22, 2020






 I hope that anyone who comes by my blog doesn't get tired of Nature photo's ... I think I am so tired of being cooped up and not going outside except for doctor appointments and food shopping  that I have the need to see these photo's from a few years ago over and over again.

Where was the last place you went to that you just knew you'd want to go back to again?

Mine always seems to be the Smoky Mountains.  I wanted to go West to see some of the National Parks out there but I don't think my health will let me... that and so many of them seem to be burning down!  How horrible for what beauty we have here in America has to fight so hard to survive.

Nowadays we do too.  I never even imagined a life like we have been having to live .. and now I wonder if it will ever be "normal" again.... what do you think?

Monday, September 21, 2020

Sept 21, 2020


 

September 21,2020

 There were a few birds around this morning... mostly hiding!..





Saturday, September 19, 2020

September 19, 2020



 


This was during my last trip to the Smoky Mts.  ..and due to my age and "ailments" it will most likely be my last...   The more time goes by the more I feel like I can't be alive without the forests and creeks and boulders.  But I am glad that, even late in life, I found what makes me truly happy. All stress goes away.  All anxieties go away.  And I find I never want to leave and come back to "life".

I hope anyone who reads this can say the same thing.  That they found a place that makes them feel like "this is what life should feel like".

I haven't gotten use to my blog yet.  I'm go with it for book reviews but, it's been a long time since I had to write more than a sentence next to a photo!

I hope I don't go back to FB.  It's not right to take the freedom of choice from people, which is what they have done. Making changes is one thing, not giving people to choose which one they like and want to use, is another.

Ok, I'm done complaining for today.. It won't be this way everyday, I promise!


Love, Pat


Friday, September 18, 2020

September 18, 2020


Whew,  Had to learn how to enlarge the photo on Blogspot!  It's been years since I wrote the post right on the program. Generally I wrote the book posts on "Live Writer" and then published it to here.

I am also not use to writing more then a few words!!  It's been 11 years on FB so I have to relearn my blogs!  I don't want anyone to feel they have to come here just to see if I posted a photo.. This is what many of us did before FB was invented, where you could see so many friends in a short time!

I hope you have a good day... stay away from the Covid, if we are lucky we will get a vaccine in a few more months!

Take care.....

Thursday, September 17, 2020

September 17, 2020


Wow!  Facebook sure wants to "tick off" people!.. they managed very well ticking ME off!  I don't tolerate having no choice very well so I have left  FB.  I may stop in once a week to see everyone's posts but I won't be posting..

I was shocked when I tried to leave my blog address, which I left on there everytime I had a book to share, and they said they couldn't put it up because it was BLOCKED.. (by THEM!)   I would guess they do this to get people like me to leave, and they succeeded.  Though I am not sure WHY they would want me to leave when I was never, so much as sent to their "jail".

From this address I will still post photo's like I did on FB and Books when I finish reading them.  I know only one or two people will stop by and that's ok.  Everyone I friended on FB will remain my friend !

Oh, I forgot that today is Thursday... !...  "Those Were the Days!"


I guess that's it for now.. I have to get over FB...  11 years.. long time.  

Take care !

Sunday, August 30, 2020

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 1/4 Years Old

 The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83 1/4 Years Old by Graeme Simsion.

 

Paperback : 384 pages
ISBN-10 : 1455542156
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing; Reprint Edition (April 3, 2018)

 

 

Amazon review:

 

Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel - on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow "inmates," too seriously.

With an eccentric group of friends, he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club, and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.

A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.

 

 I found a lot of this book to be  humorous but with a touch of sadness.  I think the sadness part comes because of my age.   I would, however recommend this book to those you don't suffer from depression... parts are very funny.

I wish I could write good things for this book.  It is all daily diary writings and there are no chapters in the whole book.  The idea of a diary while in a home for the aged is original.  It's also a good idea for older people to do it, or just write each day to keep your mind sharp. 

I am not a writer by a long shot.. but I did try to write a fantasy story while being a caregiver for my brother and I do still believe it  helped me not to be so depressed, to escape to a fantasy land with fantasy characters, that after a short while I could hear their voices in my head.... and I no longer felt so along.

This book brings to light what it  may be like to live in a home, and have no one but the others around you.  It makes you realize a number of things that I am sure none of us think of . 

Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

 The Enchantress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

 

Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 6)
Paperback: 528 pages
Publisher: Ember; The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel edition (May 14, 2013)
ISBN-10: 0385735367

 

 

Review by Goodreads:

 

The two that are one must become the one that is all. One to save the world, one to destroy it.
San Francisco:
Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel have one day left to live, and one job left to do. They must defend San Francisco. The monsters gathered on Alcatraz Island have been released and are heading toward the city. If they are not stopped, they will destroy everyone and everything in their path.
But even with the help of two of the greatest warriors from history and myth, will the Sorceress and the legendary Alchemyst be able to defend the city? Or is it the beginning of the end of the human race?
Danu Talis:
Sophie and Josh Newman traveled ten thousand years into the past to Danu Talis when they followed Dr. John Dee and Virginia Dare. And it’s on this legendary island that the battle for the world begins and ends.
Scathach, Prometheus, Palamedes, Shakespeare, Saint-Germain, and Joan of Arc are also on the island. And no one is sure what—or who—the twins will be fighting for.
Today the battle for Danu Talis will be won or lost.
But will the twins of legend stand together?
Or will they stand apart—one to save the world and one to destroy it?

 

I finished reading the last book from this series of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel yesterday.  I couldn't sit and write about it until today. 

During the book Michael Scott gave Billy the Kid a sense of humor, which made me chuckle at various times.  But the fact that the series was coming to an end and my love for all the characters in this series was weighing on me.  And I wound up crying.. a good hard cry, mind you..  when I set the book down .   So I waited for today to tall everyone, "Don't miss this series".  It "may be written for young adults" but it's really a book for all ages.

 The first time I read these books, Michael Scott was still writing them.  I believe he had the first 3 out for the public, and then I  had to wait each year for the other 3 to come out.  Of course they were worth waiting for!

I have to admit that although I remembered quite a bit as I read the books again, that I believe I blanked out the last half of The Enchantress.  It was like I never read it.  But, I know I did.  So the ending hit me like a brick.  Some things  happened and I'd find myself saying out loud, "nooooo don't do this Michael!".. sigh.. but, I am sure  he knew his ending well before he wrote it down.

  I will never be sorry I read them (and reread them).  I am glad I got to know Michael Scott and his fabulous ability to write such a series.  I know he has written much more, but, we always have favorites.. and this one is mine.

If you have read the series I hope you also read the two novellas about the Death of Joan of Arc and Billy the Kid and the Vampires of Vegas.  I wish Michael would do more novellas about many more of the characters in these books and put them all together in one more book and add it to the  series...  (hint hint).

Thank you, Michael Scott, for writing these books and for making them so darn good! 

 

  

 

Biography

"Some stories wait their turn to be told, others just tap you on the shoulder and insist you tell them."


By one of those wonderful coincidences with which life is filled, I find that the first time the word alchemyst--with a Y--appears in my notes is in May 1997. Ten years later, almost to the day, The Alchemyst, the first book in the Nicholas Flamel series, will be published in May.


Every writer I know keeps a notebook full of those ideas, which might, one day, turn into a story. Most writers know they will probably never write the vast majority of those ideas. Most stories wait their turn to be told, but there are a few which tap you on the shoulder and insist on being told. These are the stories which simply will not go away until you get them down on paper, where you find yourself coming across precisely the research you need, or discovering the perfect character or, in my case, actually stumbling across Nicholas Flamel's house in Paris.
Discovering Flamel's house was the final piece I needed to put the book together. It also gave me the character of Nicholas Flamel because, up to that point, the book was without a hero.
And Nicholas Flamel brought so much to the story.


Nicholas Flamel was one of the most famous alchemists of his day. He was born in 1330 and earned his living as a bookseller, which, by another of those wonderful coincidences, was the same job I had for many years.


One day he bought a book, the same book mentioned in The Alchemyst: the Book of Abraham. It, too, really existed and Nicholas Flamel left us with a very detailed description of the copper-bound book. Although the book itself is lost, the illustrations from the text still exist.
Accompanied by his wife Perenelle, Nicholas spent more than 20 years trying to translate book. He must have succeeded. He became extraordinarily wealthy and used some of his great wealth to found hospitals, churches, and orphanages. Perhaps he had discovered the secret of the Philosopher's Stone: how to turn base metal into gold.


Of course the greatest mystery linked to Nicholas Flamel is the story of what happened after he died. When his tomb was opened by thieves looking for some of his great wealth, it was found to be empty. Had Nicholas and Perenelle Flamel been buried in secret graves, or had they never died in the first place? In the months and years to follow, sightings of the Flamels were reported all over Europe. Had Nicholas also discovered that other great mystery of alchemy: the secret of immortality?


What writer couldn't resist a story that combined magical books, an immortal magician and grave robbing and, even more excitingly, that had a basis in fact? It begged the questions: if he was still alive today, where would he be and what would he be doing? Obvious really--he would be running a bookshop in San Francisco.


The Alchemyst was a tough book to write, probably the toughest of all the books I've done so far. It is the first in a series, and because the story told across all six books is so tightly integrated, keeping track of the characters and events means that I have to keep extensive and detailed notes. A minor change in book one could impact dramatically book three. There are tiny clues seeded into the first book that pay off in later books. The time frame for the entire series is very tight--The Alchemyst, for example, takes place over two days--so I too need to keep an hour-by-hour breakdown of events.


For people who like to know the practicalities, I write every day and sometimes all day and often long into the night. Nights really are the best time for writing. It's that time the conscious side of the brain is starting to shut down and the unconscious takes over. The following day I'll read what I've written the previous day, then edit and rewrite. I work on two computer screens; the story on one screen, notes and research on the second screen.


And now let me answer the question you are about to ask me because, sooner or later, everyone asks, "What is the secret of writing?"


A comfortable chair. A really comfortable chair--because if you're a writer, you're going to spend a lot of time sitting in it.

Saturday, August 08, 2020

The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

  

The Warlock (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

 

Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 5)
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (April 24, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0385735340

 

 

Amazon Review

 

The Oaths: Many have made them.


The Betrayals: Almost as many will undo them.


The twins of prophecy have been divided--the end has begun.


  Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.


  With San Francisco on the bring of ruin at the hands of Machiavelli, and Billy the Kid, Scatty, and Joan of Arc in another dimension called the Shadowrealm, the world stands at the edge of destruction. It is up to Sophie alone to find her twin before the battle begins or all is lost—forever.

 

 Talk about building a story up to a big finale!

This is the gathering of the biggest and the best... and the meanest!

Who will win the battle?  Who will not make it to the end? 

Will good really win over evil?  Not everyone wins.

I LOVE THIS SERIES!!  It is not the first time I've read it, and I'm sure it won't be the last!  It's listed as a series for "young adults".  Somehow I just don't fit that description.  But for whatever reasons.. I just love this series!

I love the fact that there are so many characters.  Some are "real", some are mythical, some are historical, and many come from the imagination of Michael Scott. 

In the Warlock we find some of the "villains" possibly changing their minds as to who is right and who is wrong.  How do you choose?  How do you know to go left or right?  Whichever you choose you have to live with it.  Or not.

I had actually forgotten much in this particular book.. and it was "eye-opening" all over again like I never read it!

Do not miss reading this series.  You won't be disappointed.  

 

 

 Michael Scott has made himself Immortal with this series....  I know I will never forget him or this series.....

 

 

 

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

The Necromancer (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

 

The Necromancer (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

 

Series: Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 4)
Paperback: 403 pages
Publisher: Ember; 1st edition (April 26, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0385735324

 

 

Goodreads:

 Sophie and Josh Newman are finally home, but they're both more confused than ever about their futures.

   Neither of them has mastered the elemental magics they'll need to protect themselves from the Dark Elders, they've lost Scatty, Macchiavelli is coming to unleash on their city the menagerie of monsters imprisoned in Alcatraz, and they're still being pursued by Dr. John Dee.

And most disturbing of all is that now they must ask themselves, can they trust Nicholas Flamel?
   Worse, can they trust anyone?

  

 

 

If I were to give just a one word review of The Necromancer, it would be: 

"JOOSSSHHHH!"

 

But you will have to read the series to know why!

I never asked Michael Scott if he ever counted how many characters he has in this series. ..but.. it must be " ALOT!" 

I so love these books!  Michael is so smart and such an amazing writer that these books are right up there with my all time favorite books!  So many great characters, and each has it's own "story" to go with them.  But I still think Michael Scott should write more short stores about some of the many characters he has and put them all together for yet another book on "Secrets of the Characters of  the Immortal Nicholas Flamel". 

So much happens in this book you wonder what more can he possibly write about??  Well, obviously this spectacular man has 2 more books worth of story telling!  And if you like all of these he also has 2 Kindle novella's, this will give you a hint of some of the characters...............
 

  

 

What kind of writer makes you  feel like you are right there where the adventure is happening?

What kind of writer makes you even have a liking for the villains?

What kind of writer makes you want even more?

 

This man, that's who!      Michael Scott.

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)

The Sorceress (The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

Series: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 3)
Paperback: 512 pages
Publisher: Ember; Reprint edition (April 27, 2010)
ISBN-10: 0385735308





Goodreads Review:

Nicholas Flamel's heart almost broke as he watched his beloved Paris crumble before him. The city was destroyed by Dee and Machiavelli, but Flamel played his own role in the destruction. Sophie and Josh Newman show every sign of being the twins of prophecy, and Flamel had to protect them and the pages from the Dark Elders.

But Nicholas grows weaker with each passing day. Perenelle is still trapped in Alcatraz, and now that Scatty has gone missing, the group is without protection. Except for Clarent—the twin sword to Excalibur. But Clarent’s power is unthinkable, its evil making it nearly impossible to use without its darkness seeping into the soul of whoever wields it.


If he hopes to defeat Dee, Nicholas must find an Elder who can teach Josh and Sophie the third elemental magic—Water Magic. The problem? The only one who can do that is Gilgamesh, and he is quite, quite insane.


From the  beginning to the very last page... you cannot put this book down for very long!
The story of Perenelle, or, Mrs Nicholas Flamel, as she is known emerges ...

Little is known about Perenelle, but I promise you that you will know a lot more about her afer this book.  You may think she's a side character.. but I promise you this, she is a force to reckon with. (If you can)

There are so many lesser characters that are fascinating.  The descriptions and "personalities"  of each is worth reading about.  Who does Perenelle trust... if anyone at all?  And in all the happenings going on with Nicholas and the twins and the almost hopelessness of Perenelle, there's the love story of Perenelle and Nicolas.  Wow.  It doesn't get much better than this!

Don't miss this series! Don't miss Michael Scott! 


Friday, July 24, 2020

The Magician (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel)



Venture Forth in Summer Reading..  #VentureForth2020

 
The Magician (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) by Michael Scott.

  • Publisher: Delacorte Press (June 24, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008GZXD5A




Review from: Children's Book and Media Review:

Josh and Sophie Newman are now in Paris with Scatty and Nicholas. The more Nicholas uses his magic, the faster he ages. If they don't get the Book back, Nicholas will die in a few weeks. Not only are they being chased by Dr. John Dee, but also the immortal Niccolo Machiavelli—both very dangerous men with Dark Elders on their side. This unique bunch of people find shelter and food from a former student of Nicholas. The Comte de Saint-Germain and his wife Joan of Arc. Josh still doesn't trust Nicholas, but he and Sophie have nowhere to go. Sophie is still learning to control her newly Awakened powers, and with the help of Joan and Saint-Germain teaching her the magic of fire, Sophie is starting to understand how dangerous it can be to have magic. Dee and Machiavelli set in motion a plan to capture the twins with a mythical creature the Nidhogg. Little do they realize that Josh has the twin of Excalibur, Clarent. Josh fights off the Nidhogg and runs after it as the Nidhogg attempts to escape with Scatty in its claws. Josh eventually defeats it and willingly goes with Dee and Machiavelli to have his powers awakened. He is awakened by the God that Sleeps, or more well known as Mars. Sophie and Nicholas rescue Josh and flee to London. While all this is happening, Perenelle has defeated the Morrigan at Alcatraz and is now in league with the spider Elder, coming up with a plan to stop Dee from bringing the Dark Elders back into the world.

Book 2 From The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel...

If you like fast moving books... this series is for you!  There is always something happening with one or more of the Characters. The book is hard to put down, but then, all of this series is written the same way... Fast and furious!

I love all the characters, the real ones, the mythical ones and the ones that came out of Michael's mind along the story line and all he had to be sure was correct information along with the fantasy part. 

These books are listed as "young adults" but I am 76 and enjoying them for the second time!!

Michael Scott has written many other books but this series is my favorite.!

Thank you Michael!  And I wish you would write a few more short stories about some of the other character and put them together in another book!!

  

Writer extraordinar  : Michael Scott.