book reviews · books · mystery · plot twist · reading · reviews · thriller

Book Review: Potboiler

Potboiler by Jesse Kellerman

potboiler Twice this week I’ve read a book in one sitting, and both books came from the same DNA. The first was the newest Alex Delaware book by Jonathan Kellerman; the second was written by his son, Jesse Kellerman.

This novel, ‘Potboiler,’ is a strange twist on a post-Cold War spy novel, combining the intrigue of conspiracy theory and fancy techno-gadgets with the annoying literary babble of academia.
The story opens with the death of a famous writer, and his long-time friend, our narrator, attending his memorial service. Arthur then discovers that an unfinished, unread manuscript has been left behind, and he takes it. Unable to resist temptation, Arthur edits it a bit, and publishes this as his own; it becomes a bestseller, and he soon discovers lots of things he did not know about his dear departed friend Bill. For example: he’s a spy, and his novels are carefully coded to give instructions to agents around the world. By changing his last book, Arthur has messed things up, and now must either go to work for The Boys, or pay the price.
With character names I can’t spell, let alone pronounce, a fictional communist country divided over the burial place of a hero from their national poem, and lots of root vegetables, I was drawn in by the story, and yet had occasion to laugh. James Bond would never glue his false mustache on upside down; then again, Bond wouldn’t need a false mustache!
I will be looking forward to the next book from Mr. Kellerman, and checking every “beach read” from now on for spy code, just in case.

 

books · character development · children · not literature · pain · reading

Fifty Shades of Me

 

Yes, I read it. I read Fifty Shades of Grey. And I am not ashamed to say I enjoyed it. Hell, It was a much better book than Twilight! Not only better written (although  not great literature, but a much better read), but a better story. I cannot speak the rumor that the main characters in Grey are supposed to be responses to Bella and Edward, other than to say I saw no resemblance at all. Twilight’s characters are banal and insipid teens, both dead and undead; Grey‘s are mostly adults, intelligent and interesting. At least that is my opinion. Maybe it is housewife porn; who cares? I don’t like labels. All I know is I read this trilogy, and enjoyed it; the love story is true, suspenseful and draws you in from the very beginning. The sex is hot, almost to the end.

Among the BDSM community, E.L. James’ novel is under attack for many reasons, among them, bringing too many wannabe’s into the scene. For supposedly letting folks believe this is how it works: a girl will meet a Dominant man and suddenly all those princess in a castle fantasies will come true. For supposedly showing unsafe BDSM practices. Mostly, the folks I have talked to are just annoyed at being “outed,” it seems. Which strikes me as odd.

In an era when hate runs rampant, acceptance is a good thing. I have some fears about saying that I am part of the BDSM scene, because yes, people are judgmental  and can be mean. But I am mean, too, and if you don’t like my lifestyle choices, shut up or go away. I don’t judge you (unless you are hurting children–that’s my one hard limit. Then you are getting judged, jerk.),  so don’t judge me, please.

Anyway, my life is not simple, and I am not stupid enough to believe it is a fairy tale either. If it is, Grimm wrote it, not Disney.

 

I was browsing writings on FetLife.com, and stumbled on GoddessAsphyxia’s post about this quiz on QuizFarm.com. It was intriguing. They say I am more experimental than Dominant, and I can see the point there…I do have some Switch in me, but it will only be expressed with the right person. He hasn’t shown up yet.
http://quizfarm.com/quizzes/Sex/poeticthinker/do-yo…

You Scored as Experimental

Experimental
96%
Dominant
93%
Sadist
86%
Exhibitionist / Voyeur
79%
Switch
57%
Bondage
54%
Masochist
50%
Degradation
39%
Submissive
29%
Vanilla
21%