Tuesday, October 9, 2012

The Whining Mill by David I Schoen {Book Review}

"Don't worry this is not another Dr. Doolittle but rather a better story suited best for adults" 

This is a book about a man who can communicate with animals, not by talking but through emotions. His connection to animals is nothing like what I am sure you are imagining, like Dr. Doolittle. 

From the beginning of the book he says he read Max (a dog) this book, and Max would use body language and emotions to indicate how he felt about different sections of the book. He's a tough critic supposedly but he did a great job editing and helping with the flow of the book, because it was nothing but a joy to read. I just wish I knew what Max thought of the title of the book, because personally I don't think it matches, there could have been tons of much better title selections for this book. 

The beginning of the book also says that this is a partial memoir. 

"The story you are about to read is not only a wild and interesting yarn, but it is true. I lived it. Vicariously, so will you" 

I'm confused, is this a true story? He lived it, or he lived it vicariously? 

One thing is for sure though, I love his writing style. It's relaxed and I felt like I am listening to an old friend talk while sipping on coffee. He gets to talking about different topics, and must back track to get to the point he is trying to make or to finish a story. It sounds confusing but when your reading the book you will be so caught up, you won't even notice it. 

I give this book 5/5 for pure creativity and an amazing writing style that made this book hard to put down. 

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Guillermina and the Rose by Don Cush {Book Review}

The Story of a little girl who only wanted to be wanted

Robert has taken a business trip from San Diego to Tijuana and finds himself stuck there longer than he had intended. Being stuck in Tijuana is the turning point for Robert as he is soon to learn his life is about to change forever. 

The Casa, which is an orphanage run by Nuns was extremely run down causing the children to live with little clothes and food and much work, chores, and schooling. The children are malnourished, dirty, smelly, and clearly overworked. 

My heart broke when I heard about the living conditions of the children at The Casa, but it only gets worse. The Casa is really a front for much more horrific things going on behind their cover as an orphanage. As Robert gets Guillermina to warm up to him, she learns enough English to tell him the true horrors that happen behind her walls, they are being abused for child pornography and child prostitution.  

After learning about the scandalous acts that Guillermina has been put through, he decides to go through whatever is humanly possible to adopt he and get her away from such a shameful and outrageous place to live. 

Don Crush did a great job at describing how horrendous the orphanage appeared to be. His writing painted a clear picture that immedietly made me feel Guillermina, and the other orphan's, pain. While reading this book I was filled with such strong emotions but it will turn up all worth it in the end, as Guillermina is presented with a rose. 

I give this book 5/5 for a unique and heartfelt, emotional book that will open up anyone's soft spot as they read Mr. Crush's novel. 

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