Thursday, February 15, 2018

Book Review: Flat Line by Dana Barney

So I finally finished a book that was not long at all, it's just been a little hectic. I also have some new, I'm moving back to my hometown! But I'll share more of that on another post. Anyways, when I visit my hometown in November, I went to a local bookstore called: The Twig Book Shop. It's a cute little bookstore, and while I was there, I got to meet Dana Barney. He was promoting his two books, one of them being, Flat Line, which is what I'm about to review right now! (SPOILER ALERT!)

A Little Bit of Background

Dana Barney is an Austin based author. He received his B.A. in writing from Bennington College in Vermont. Flat Line is his first book, which he wrote in 2015. The sequel to this book, Half Life, just came out this past year in 2017. 

Now Flat Line is about an investigative journalist, Peter Richards, whose life starts to go downhill after he gets fired from his job. 

What Was Enjoyable
I liked the whole ride of the book. The book felt like I was going through a movie. He gets fired, a murder happens, and then he wakes up in the hospital with an artificial heart. And that's not even half of it! Barney does a great job making the reader feel like you are watching an action, mystery movie.

The other thing I enjoyed was the twists. There are multiple twists and turns int his book that can really get the reader to read the book in a one night sitting.  

I also like to point out the accurate Texas references. The story takes place in Austin Texas and Peter's character visits real Austin places and real Austin streets. Peter also travels up north in Texas and the author still stays true to the accurate place in Texas. Any reader can appreciate an accurate setting of a real place and Texas readers, like me, will appreciate this to a next level.

What Was Least Enjoyable

This was a really great and well-written book, but I have to get his off my chest. There is an on-going joke throughout the book about one of the side characters knowing who killed Kennedy. They ask this guy "Do you know who killed Kennedy," and the main character tells people that he knows the guy who knows who killed Kennedy. When I first heard this, my first thought was that I know who killed Kennedy, Harry Oswald, it's public knowledge. Then I thought that maybe the author was referring to a conspiracy theory type of ordeal. It's confirmed at the very end when Peters says that he knows Kennedy killed him, but he wanted to know if there were people behind the scenes, then it made more sense. The rest of the time, I thought that this might have been something the author may have overlooked, but it wasn't. I just wished it was established in the beginning, since most of know who killed Kennedy and we also know Oswald's past and stuff it just seemed like a weird joke.

The other thing was that this book felt like a great book, but it would be a better movie. Not that this is a bad or unenjoyable thing, but it would be great as a movie of some sorts.

In Conclusion

In conclusion, this was a great mystery thriller. This does have some more gory parts, especially towards the end, but if you like that stuff, then you should be fine. I really enjoy mystery books and this is one book to pick up and put on your bookshelf. Until next time, Happy Reading!

Friday, February 2, 2018

Rainy Thoughts: Having Multiple Jobs Does Not Make You Crazy!

I didn't even realize I forgot to do a Rainy Thoughts in January! I've been crazy busy and that may be because I hold down multiple jobs and I'm planning my wedding and I might be moving soon and I'm  editing my book and I try to maintain my blog and do some marketing for it and give my fiance and cat some attention they need. Yep, my life is pretty crazy, but it's never boring.

An Array of Mastery

It was never my intention to be doing multiple things at once. Usually, people don't think about having multiple jobs in their future. They think of one and stick to that. I started out normal, with one job. Then I got an opportunity here and another there and another and every position is different and I wanted to do all three. So that's just what I'm doing. At the end of the day, I would enjoy having one job, but multiple jobs give me multiple things to do. 

Doing multiple jobs means you are strengthening your skills in knowledge in an array of fields. You are learning something new every day and you never get bored at what you are doing. You might get sleepless nights, but who doesn't get those every now and then? At the end of the day, you are mastering multiple skills that can open up a multitude of opportunities!

An Array of Feelings

Having multiple jobs means having multiple feelings. One day you love one job and the next you want to quite one and make the other your full-time.These feelings will vary upon on the day and the time. You will also have the feeling that you should commit to one job, but you don't know who to choose and by the time you think you've decided, an opportunity at one of them pops up and you keep it after all that debate.

An Array of Faces

Let's face it, sometimes when you tell your friends and family about what you are doing, they may give you that face of shock or disapproval. They just don't understand why you have all these jobs. They may think your crazy and some may ask you if you're going through a hard time. Some people have multiple jobs cause they want to and some cause they have to. Either way, they'll say it's a millennial thing and eventually back off. But that face never gets old.

An Array of Cashflow

This is definitely a perk of having multiple jobs. I enjoy having money to take my fiance out on a date or buying myself something cheap and nice on Need I say more on this?

In Conclusion 

In conclusion, having multiple jobs is definitely not for everyone. For some, it's not a choice, for other's, it is. No matter where your reasons for having multiple jobs, just remember you are not crazy, you're just a hard-working woman/man that is doing your best at everything you're doing. Having multiple jobs means that you're closer to Wonder Woman than you think!