Just signed up for a Gettr account

Gettr is an alternative to twitter with a nice easy to use interface. Since Gnostalgia has been permanently banned from Facebook ( yes, I’m a bad boy ) I’ve been looking for Facebook alternatives. I think Gettr, though more of a Twitter alternative, might fill the niche that Facebook has left.

Find me at https://www.gettr.com/user/gnostalgia

The Book of Joy

Currently listening to The Book of Joy by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. In the past, I haven’t done well with audiobooks. I tend to wander off (usually to the refrigerator) or fall asleep.

I guess, due in some part to the passing of Desmond Tutu, I wanted to hear some of Tutu’s teachings about joy.

Currently reading: NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

I am reading Joe Hill’s NOS4A2. I’m about a quarter of the way through it and it’s a pretty good read. It took me a while to get hooked but I’m glad that I stuck with it. I didn’t really care for the finishing a sentence with the title of the next chapter — come on Joe.

I think that I am getting to the meat of the story now. 

Victoria McQueen has an uncanny knack for finding things: a misplaced bracelet, a missing photograph, answers to unanswerable questions. When she rides her bicycle over the rickety old covered bridge in the woods near her house, she always emerges in the places she needs to be.

Charles Talent Manx has a gift of his own. He likes to take children for rides in his 1938 Rolls-Royce Wraith with the vanity plate NOS4A2. In the Wraith, he and his innocent guests can slip out of the everyday world and onto hidden roads that lead to an astonishing playground of amusements he calls Christmasland. The journey across the highway of Charlie’s twisted imagination transforms his precious passengers, leaving them as terrifying and unstoppable as their benefactor.

Then comes the day when Vic goes looking for trouble…and finds her way to Charlie. That was a lifetime ago. Now, the only kid ever to escape Charlie’s evil is all grown up and desperate to forget. But Charlie Manx hasn’t stopped thinking about Victoria McQueen. On the road again, he won’t slow down until he’s taken his revenge. He’s after something very special—something Vic can never replace.

As a life-and-death battle of wills builds, Vic McQueen prepares to destroy Charlie once and for all—or die trying.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill

Review: On the Trail of Bigfoot: Tracking the Enigmatic Giants of the Forest

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07XMF9TZ6
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Page Books (April 1, 2021)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 1, 2021
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 13523 KB

I should have enjoyed this book but I have to say that I really can’t recommend “On the Trail of Bigfoot”. Maybe it was something about the size of the pictures on a kindle but I just wasn’t impressed with any of the pictures in the book. Dupler’s writing style wandered across the page like a drunken sailor and his opinions were based on an amazing lack of facts. From time to time, I wondered if I was reading a satire (it was published on April Fools Day).

The only chapter that I enjoyed was a chapter on Bigfoot in Pop Culture. His epilogue was brief and talked about the ecology rather than a summary of the book and his sources were anemic. One of his online sources hasn’t been updated in over a decade and Cryptomundo hasn’t been updated in 2021 and only twice in 2020.

I’d give this one a pass…

Books I’m reading in November and December

Currently, I am reading On the Trail of Bigfoot: Tracking the Enigmatic Giants of the Forest by Mike Dupler. I had planned to read Joe Hill’s NOS4A2 but I decided to move it back to January.

Some of the new books are from Weiser Books ( I love those guys & gals), I have The Extraterrestrial Almanac, Von Daniken’s War of the Gods, and Meditation and the Bible. I also want to read a couple of Christmas books so I can get into that Christmas spirit. That being said, Krampus may be a better fit for me — bwahahahaha.