Thursday, April 17, 2014

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors

And bad neighbors make bad fences!

Not too long ago, one of the neighborhood teenagers kicked a soccer ball into the fence and knocked off a couple of the points.  If you're reading this, child; I still have your soccer ball.  You can drop by and (confess) retrieve it any time!

For Good Fences

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Review: The Poe Consequence

In a section of Los Angeles near Dodger Stadium, two rival gangs rule the streets. For the Alvarado Street Diablos, it's been a year since the murder of one of their closest members at the hands of their sworn enemy, the North Rampart Lobos. A drive-by killing in his honor is planned, but things go wrong and an innocent bystander is the victim. Several hours later the one who pulled the trigger suffers a horrifying death, caused by something never before seen in its uniqueness. Many more such cases follow, all involving only these two gangs among the hundreds throughout the city. And each death occurs at the same time of day. The exact same time of day. What can these two enemies do to survive against an unstoppable power intent on their mutual destruction? How is a gang-hating young boy's attempt to save the life of a gang member tied into preventing a loved one's soul from eternal damnation? What does a mysterious psychic's prophecy conveyed earlier in New Orleans have to do with all of this? 

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Keith Steinbaum's The Poe Consequence (Abbott Press, 2012) is one of the most creative thrillers I've read in a long time.  It's hard to describe without turning my review into a spoiler, but just imagine a student of Poe exacting revenge from beyond the grave.  Cool, cool, and cool!  The real story, however, is a young boy's struggle to come to terms with the monstrous murder of his father without turning into some sort of monster himself.  The Poe Consequence gets a little over the top in its depiction of Mexican-American gang members; a little subtlety would have gone a long way.  Still, I enjoyed the read and would recommend it.

I received a complimentary copy of The Poe Consequence to facilitate my review.  No other compensation was received.  For full disclosure, see the sidebar.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

In Case Of Withdrawal

A shot from this spring's Red and White game at the University of Oklahoma.

Boomer Sooner!

Our World

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Do I Smell Semen?

A Bradford pear tree in bloom is a beautiful sight, but, man, do they stink!  According to Wikipedia, the smell is "similar to a cross between rotting fish and semen."  Having never mixed up that particular concoction, I can't really say if that's accurate.  I can tell you that the one time that Baby Puppy brought a bouquet of pear blossoms into the house, I tossed both dogs outside for excessive flatulence before I discovered the true culprit.  Guess it's a good thing I don't have fish.