Today we’re taking a trip inside the brain – quite literally – of the most famous brain surgery patient in history. My review copy of Patient H.M. was graciously provided by the publisher through NetGalley; the book is currently available for pre-order and will be released August 9, 2016. If you don’t know NetGalley, it’s a very cool site that brings new books and authors to bloggers and reviewers (among others).
“The broken have always illuminated the unbroken, and throughout history that breaking was often intentional.”
Wow. Honestly, wow. That’s pretty much the reaction I had when I finished this one. There are so many points in the story – non-fiction at its finest, believe me – when that was the only thought I had. The quote sums it up nicely – this is the story of how one broken brain informed the actions of generations of doctors and patients, a brain that was broken with deliberation and intent. Continue reading Book Review: Patient H.M. by Luke Dittrich
I know, I know – it sounds like hyperbole or marketing or that I’m being paid or that the book was written by me or my best friend. None of those are true. What IS true is that The Summer That Melted Everything is an incredible book by an immensely talented author, and that it is a must-read for anyone who is even remotely interested in reading about childhood, philosophy, or the nature of good and evil AND for anyone who is even remotely interested in truly excellent writing…
I was contacted by the author, Tiffany McDaniel, and asked if I would be interested in reviewing her book. I read the sample on Amazon and was intrigued, so agreed to receive a complimentary copy in exchange for my objective review. Merciful heavens, am I glad I did… This book was, quite simply, wonderful. Continue reading Book Review: If You Read ONE New Book This Year, Make it “The Summer That Melted Everything”…
I kind of love it. Not the way, say, The Husband does – he has scads of boards and actually follows through on the things he finds to build or buy, whereas I’m more of a “hey, cool, I like X and don’t know what to do with that information besides add it to this cool visual list!” sort of girl… But still, as someone who adores lists and compiling them (as opposed to actually completing them, which is – as well all know – a horse of a VERY different color…), Pinterest is pretty awesome for feeling like I’m keeping track of random things. If you’re curious, check my boards out – any suggestions on fabulous things I’m missing? Boards I should start?
So today I have a special treat for you – a very fun piece of short fiction by the talented author James Callan. He sent this tidbit around to those of us on his email list (if you’re not one of said lucky readers, you should definitely do something about that post haste – you can sign up by sending him a quick email at email@example.com), and I’m reprinting it with his gracious permission. When he’s not sending fun surprise treat emails, Jim writes fun surprise treat books, which you can learn about here. There’s also a blurb about his latest – The Silver Medallion – after the story, definitely check that out too. Happy reading!
The Brain of Will Smith
The law offices of B.D. Suall did not measure up to lawyers’ offices on TV. Joe Smith didn’t notice. He watched a lot of TV, but his tastes ran more to professional wrestling or stand-up comedy shows. He knew B.D. from a local bar, knew he was a lawyer, and that’s all Joe needed to know.
Continue reading Special Treat: A Bit of Short Fiction Courtesy of the Talented Jim Callan