Book Review: I’m Traveling Alone

My friend K dropped this book at my house and said, “This is super creepy, I think you’ll like it.” LOL I love my friends.
I’m Traveling Alone by Samuel Bjork is an interesting read and definitely a bit of creepy going on. At least once I thought, no I don’t want to read this in bed, alone, at night, thank you very much.
Basic plot line, detectives track a nasty serial killer. A nasty serial killer who is playing games with them. And eventually targets them.
I liked the characters. I felt there was some interest in the team outside the two main detectives. The plot was, well, typical of detective stories. I did feel like the ending came a bit “poof-magic-all better now.” But at the same time, not everything was tied up. A couple of major plots points just hang in limbo.
My biggest complaint is regarding circular thinking. The author repeats phrases, demonstrating the circles a character, or five, are thinking in. But it’s not similar words on the same vein. It’s the exact same words, exact same sentences, 3 or 4 times on the same page. I eventually started scanning past those portions. I never considered abandoning the book though.
℘℘℘ – 3 pages, reasonably good entertainment. I’d read another book about this detective team if the author published one.
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Sunday Sup: Another Delicious Mistake

A couple of weeks back I made this recipe, lasagna stuffed chicken. So good. I had planned to make that again but when I opened the chicken it smelled…odd. Off. Like I might seriously regret cooking it. So I threw it out. Now what to make? Hubs will be home in 45 minutes, I have no defrosted meat and I need to make something to feed us all. Hence….

Italian Layer Pie

Rummaging in the freezer and cupboards I came up with a few things. A bag of gluten free chicken strips and a can of  eggplant, onions, and tomatoes. Oh look, I have half a bag of quinoa pasta left. I can do this.

Cook your chicken strips first, so 425 for 20 minutes on the gf ones I had.

Boil the pasta. Drain the pasta.

Assemble in a pie dish or other casserole container:

Pasta on the bottom.

Then the can of eggplant, onions, and tomatoes.

Take the 1 cup ricotta, handful of mozzarella, and handful of parm you already mixed to put in the original chicken breast, and put that on top.

Next the chicken strips.

Then some marinara.

Top with more moz and parm.

Slide into the 425 oven for 10-15 minutes, til the cheese is brown and the whole dish is warmed through. You can use broil for a minute to get a good browning if you need it.

I bet this would be super tasty with meatballs. I just didn’t have any in my freezer. LOL

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Fiendish Friday: Way out there

The other day I was chatting with a mom from co-op. I don’t really know her very well but she was telling about the health thing she was doing and so I mentioned I just started a couch to 5K program. Not because I think it will make me healthier but because it will help me get through the 3 miles my dog needs each day faster. LOL. So I can do other things. Like eat breakfast.

She says “oh where do you live, I’d love to run with you.”

“I live in the middle of no where.”

To which my friend says, “I just had to pick something up at K’s house. Now she lives way out there. It can’t be that bad.”

Through laughter so great I almost fell down, I choked out “She’s my next door neighbor.”

Life is so flippin amusing sometimes, I can’t make this stuff up.

Third Quarter One Page Reviews

On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century, Timothy D. Snyder

I grabbed this book because I am teaching 20th Century world history this upcoming year and I love new perspectives. Yeah, this was a total bait and switch book. It’s not actually about  20th century world history. It’s about drawing as many parallels between Trump and Hitler. The author adds all sorts of inappropriate commentary. This was not a historical work. This was not a political work. This was not even an academic work. It was a 100 page op ed piece. I don’t like bait and switch. Hence, a one page review.

The Swans of Fifth Avenue, Melanie Benjamin

I really tried with this book. The opening was pretentious and irritating beyond belief but I pushed on because 2 pages was not a fair opportunity. I made it to 67 when I found I would rather listen to Princess Label Maker on audio book (for the 116th time) with my son that read this. It just wasn’t compelling to me.

The Chemist, Stephanie Meyer

Um. Yeah. So someone told me the Twilight madame’s adult stuff was way better. So I downloaded this one from the library late one night when I couldn’t sleep. Worked like a charm. I was out in about five pages. But since I had it on my kindle I endeavored to read it for several weeks until the library took it back. It’s about a chemist on the run. I don’t know why. I don’t know who the chemist is. In fact however many pages I got in to the book, I did not care. It was so in the present moment, all exposition because she’s on the run and never speaks to anyone, but there was NO tension.  I totally did not care.

The Art of Character, David Corbett

Another craft book I picked up because someone recommended it to me. Could not get engaged. It’s written like a long philosophy lecture.  If you like philosophy lectures, you might find this book super useful. It wasn’t even a good cure for insomnia – every time I tried to read it, I got so frustrated, I was angry in minutes.

Addressed to Kill, Jean Flowers

Sigh. This is the third in the series, so I hoped the author would have reached her stride. I guess she has but it’s more of a zombie lurch with body parts falling off than a lope. LOL. The writing is stilted and awkward. The dialogue totes ridic. LOL.  

 

If you’re looking for something good to read, pop over to Amazon and grab a copy of our horror anthology, The Box Under The Bednumber 1 in new releases.

Sunday Sup: Philly Cheese-steak Casserole

Be forewarned this is not healthy by any stretch of the imagination. And I know I’ve been posting a lot of Philly Cheese-steak lately. I don’t know what my deal is. I just want food with peppers and onions right now.
Preheat your oven so you can cook your tater tots. Yup, tater tots. If you want to pretend this is a nod to healthy, you use sweet potato tater tots. LOL
Slide those tots in the oven.
Thinly slice two medium sweet onions and one large bell pepper, your color choice. Saute over low heat, in the fat of your choice, until soft and caramelized. Thickly slice 12 oz roast beef and add to onions and peppers. Splash a healthy 3 shakes of Worcestershire sauce into the pan. Stir until warm.
Pull the tots when baked.
Put half the tots in the bottom of an 8×8 dish. Add half the meat/onions/peppers. Add four slices of provolone. Repeat.
Bake for 15-20 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browning.
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