Sunday Sum-Up

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Today is a slow day for me. Finding myself with little strength or motivation, I am opting to do as little as a possible. It was a long week with the nonhusband being in CA again, so my focus was on work and kids. Posts were limited. We have spent this weekend just catching up so I have little to share. Today is a quick weekly recap with a follow-up post announcing the You Choose, I Read selection (which I have yet to look at!).


Mini Review

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A Boy and His Dog
By Harlan Ellison
Kindle ASIN: B01G4MZ6YW
Pages: 60
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian

Blurb:


In an alternate world in which John F. Kennedy survived and scientific breakthroughs in animal research and telepathy allow for advanced communication with animal companions, fifteen-year-old Vic and his telepathic dog, Blood, scavenge the wastelands of a war-torn United States, survivors of a nuclear World War III between the Americans and the Soviets. While Blood guides Vic toward women—to be used for sex—Vic ensures that Blood has food, but the symbiotic relationship is put at risk when the pair meets Quilla June Holmes, who lures the boy to an underground civilization. A piece of shocking, dystopic science fiction, A Boy and His Dog questions the boundaries and nature of love while crafting a vision of a dark future guaranteed to leave chills.

 
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My Thoughts:

*Warning – this title contains graphic content that will not be suitable for all.

Okay. The truth is I really like and dislike this short story at the same time. The difficulty lies within the fact that very elements I disliked about the story played into it so well. Ultimately I am going to rank it highly, and will not be able to dispute those who disagree. After all, the content is difficult and reading is so individualized.

The writing is on par for the post apocalyptic theme and must have been well ahead of its time. I cannot imagine what a stir this graphic story might have generated in 1969. That combined with the fast pace, well-developed plot and twisted ending, delivers us a brief but rewarding experience that explores a boy’s love for his dog. Recommending for fans of dystopian reads that can stomach sexual and violent content.


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Psycho Analysis
By V. R. Stone

Blurb:

A serial killer who wants to quit. A detective struggling to keep his personal life out of a murder hunt. And a celebrity psychiatrist facing an incredible challenge. Three damaged individuals, linked by their traumatic histories. They’ve chosen very different paths. Now those paths are about to cross.

Sarah Silver is a hedge fund manager – from Monday to Friday she makes a killing in the markets. At weekends, though, she hunts men, not profits. Martin White used to be a brilliant detective. But his family, judgement and self-control are deserting him. And Karl Gross has sold millions of books on serial killers. However he’s a controversial figure in the medical community.

Can Martin keep it together and catch a killer who commits almost perfect crimes? Is Karl capable of unravelling Sarah’s psyche and putting an end to the killing? Or will she disappear when she realises that the hunter has become the hunted?

PsychoAnalysis is a psychological crime thriller that explores the grey area between good and evil. Why would a woman kill for fun? Can she be understood? Can she be stopped?

“The mind is like an iceberg. Most of it lies beneath the surface, a subconscious universe of thoughts we can’t observe. It contains memories too painful to remember, elicits emotions we don’t want to feel, and makes us do things we don’t understand.”


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I also wanted to share a post that I really enjoy this week! Bookidote discusses Book Blogging and Marketing with guest The Orangutan Librarian. You can read their thoughts here.

What did you read this week? Any favorite posts I should check out from around the blogosphere? Share with me below. Let’s chat 🙂 Wishing you each a pleasant week ahead my friends. Happy Reading!

“A book, too, can be a star, ‘explosive material, capable of stirring up fresh life endlessly,’ a living fire to lighten the darkness, leading out into the expanding universe.”
– Madeleine L’Engle

Cheers!

Danielle ❤

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67 thoughts on “Sunday Sum-Up

  1. Psycho Analysis sounds soooooo freaking good! I cannot wait to read your review on that one because it sounds right up my ally too. I hope you have a lovely week ahead.
    BTW, loving the Madeleine quote in the end. xoxo love ya!

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      1. I know exactly how you feel. I couldn’t connect with out killer on any level (I guess you’re not supposed to “connect” with the killers but you know what I mean haha) it’s a shame because it had great potential. I’ll look out for your review ☺️

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  2. ‘A Boy and His Dog’ sounds interesting. I find books about alternate futures fascinating. I’m quite interested in history and one magazine I buy has a feature where they ask historians what might have happened had, say, Queen Mary I not died when she did and Elizabeth had gotten married when she was still a princess. Thanks for the heads up about the graphic content, though. While it sounds like an interesting read, I’m not the greatest reader when it comes to graphic content so I might have to give this one a miss!

    I hope you have a restful day and that the rest of your week is wonderful ❤

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    1. Jazz, I would probably say skip this one. The content is pretty rough in terms of rape. So it might be hard for you to even finish. I initially almost put it down, but then it grew on me. There is a film adaptation, but I am afraid as to whether I could handle it.

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  3. Harlan Elison is a really tough writer for me to read becuase his stuff is so intense. (Try the short story “I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream”…yikes!!!). This book you mention was turned into a movie back in the 1970s, and is called A Boy and His Dog. I was traumatized enough by the movie to not want to read the book. The only funny thing about the movie is that it has Don Johnson in it…if you have ever heard of the TV show Miami Vice, Don Johnson was in that.

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    1. Ummm have I heard of Miami Vice!? I lived for it hahaha 🙂 Seriously.

      Yes, I know there is a film adaptation to this and after reading the story.. I am not sure I will brave it. I cannot imagine. Seems really hard to put something like this one film. I do not needs visuals I do not think. But then a side of me cannot help but always check out adaptations. On the fence for now.

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  4. I saw part of the 1975 movie, A Boy and His Dog; my mother rented it for us to watch on Christmas Eve sometime in the 80s because of the title. Tee hee. Of course it was swiftly taken out of the VCR upon its first offense, I don’t remember what that was, though, swearing maybe? I need to find it and watch the entire thing. Ha. Have a wonderful werk. 🙂

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  5. I saw part of the 1975 movie, A Boy and His Dog; my mother rented it for us to watch on Christmas Eve sometime in the 80s because of the title. Tee hee. Of course it was swiftly taken out of the VCR upon its first offense, I don’t remember what that was, hough, swearing maybe? I need to find it and watch the entire thing. Ha. Have a wonderful week. 🙂

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  6. No motivation, that sounds like how my whole week went as I kept finding myself foregoing blogging for reading and am terribly behind now. 🙈 I hope you have a great week this week, Danielle! Also, Psycho Analysis sounds interesting. I’ll be keeping a lookout for your thoughts. 😊

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  7. I love the cover of Psycho Analysis! I remember being very taken by it when the book first appeared and then it slid off my radar. Perhaps your review will put it back on… 🙂

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  8. Hope you had a nice relaxing weekend. 🙂

    Psycho Analysis sounds good (and chilling). I’d like the psychological thriller aspects of it I imagine…

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  9. Both of these books sound very intriguing. I don’t think I can stomach A Boy and His Dog. Your comments about the author being ahead of his time remind me of John Wyndham’s books where he too, writes about concepts that are so ahead of his time it is a bit freaky.

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  10. So many people have recommended A Boy and His Dog to me, only to immediately retract it due to the graphic nature of the story. It’s interesting to see that you’re conflicted on this story. I’m glad to see you appreciate the story for what it is and consider its historical significance. It really must have startled many!

    Last week I read The End of the Tunnel by Paul Capon and finished Hattie Big Sky. Both are MG/YA books, but they were for specific book clubs. I really enjoyed them, but I need something a bit heavier for the future. We’ll see what I manage to pick up next.

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      1. I am attempting to read through all the Newbery Award winners before the 100th anniversary in 2022 (Hattie Big Sky was one of those). There are quite a few Newbery winners which are MG-level. The One and Only Ivan is great, particularly if your son loves animals. The Whipping Boy is historical fiction about the boy who is whipped in place of the prince and how that affects their relationship– it’s not that dark, but it’s a wonderful story. Also, Neil Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book is awesome.
        Just, you know, to give your son some recommendations. 😉

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        1. Oh I forgot about Gaiman’s The Graveyard Book. It is one of the few MG books I want to check out! He loves animal stories, I am discovering. The One and Only Ivan might be ideal.

          You are crazy to tackle all of those haha. All the more reason I admire you so ❤

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  11. I am so looking forward to your review of Psycho Analysis… especially because it’s kind of missing the mark?! I love the cover and since I first seeing making blog rounds I was like- ooh, nice! …

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