And I am ...



wondering if you would like to know what I like about reading - everything.  Explanation point !

I started this blog after a suggestive remark from one of my fellow Thriller's & Chiller's book club members and having the pleasure of meeting with author Mindy McGinnis at a Henderson Memorial Public Library's Author Meet & Greet.

Blogspot.com is Mindy's platform she uses for her blog Writer, Writer, Pants On Fire; that's where she stores her extra words.  If you’re an aspiring author or a constant reader, I would recommend taking a look at Mindy's blog.  So, figuring I would take a stab at blogging from the kind urge and Ms. McGinnis' decision on using blogspot ...

I consider myself a Globetrotter Visitant through the pages of authors' minds and I welcome you to my blog ~

My name is Jeff Kivela and I grew up on the southern shores of the Lake Erie region starting in the winter of '63.  Proud to say I am a Shellback from my naval days and have lived extensively in the west and/by northwest of the breathtaking United States.  Enjoying life and meeting some great people through reading their material is breathtaking in its own.  Currently a unicycling glass-cutter that additionally with all other readers, has one of those reading lists that will never be completed.  Folks, books that I come across that are great reads I share with people with the same interests and being gregarious as all get out you know, at times, all hell will break loose.

Apart from my reading spots at the house I sure do love reading in the nature outside.  I sit at times at the table you see here to have a cup and read a few.  I glance up at the Lake Erie horizon to reflect here and there and ... travel the world again.  These travels now are through the dense imaginations of fantastic writers and authors.  When I need another cup and drain the other one, I jump on my bike and ride down the avenue, grab a cup, kiss my Lady, ride back.  Have a few more.

Room by Emma Donoghue 2010
I am consistently saying, “The book is always more colorful than the movie” and have not come across a movie to prove otherwise.  There are a few, I do admit, are pretty catchy to the senses, though I tend to lean toward the magic and color of our words.  Folks, 9 out of 10 times, the book is always better than the movie.  Read your favorite movie, you'll see what I'm talking about.  I read 40, 50, 60 movies for my mind's eye a year - some that blow's its mind and leaves its carcass as a candidate for Shutter Island.

My blog is strictly my amateur opinion on the author’s use of his/her craft of displaying their imagination in words to tell a tale.  By the way writers, I have been known to Google Earth streets, avenues, back alleys, coastal views, what-ever-hits-my-fancy; the reason being - the fiction I read must be real.  Let me share light - if you are explaining coordinates to a location; during my read - if I am to be enjoying the coastal views of Ireland while a demon is on my ass, I better not be in a back alley Downtown, Where-ever. 

I am not a professional reviewer, as in, I do not get paid for these reviews.  A one-man band here and I run my blog as a hobby, but, provide that I did receive a buck - I would still tell it like it is for the sole reason I believe authors would appreciate a review that is either great, good, bad, or just not worth it coming from an ordinary/everyday reader as myself.
Been reading for 20 plus years and yes, everyone has a different opinion on what they read; I'll come across a novel that I believe is a must-read and some folks would agree, to what I find boring or just plain awful someone else might consider it one of the best reads they've ever read.  I read, think, post - from my view.

My reviews are completely unbiased and brutally honest.  ( A proffered "You're welcomed" is extended )
I've been that way for the past 20, alright, 30 years - way before these internet blogs became into being.  What did I think of that read?  I'll tell ya.


Relaxing at Lakeland Community College
The literary fiction of psychological thrillers, horrors and suspense has always been my go-to reads along with a great crime novel.  Mainstream novels in the same genre are right along with the literary, though I enjoy being enrapt with the theme, style, character developments, ideas and yes - any controversy the author might impose.  Fellow book clubber and I went 'round and 'round on a subject in The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman one evening and jokingly we keep it going.

I enjoy reading a superb mystery comparable to Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None or by the frightening constant reader Stephen King, a view into apocalyptic horror as in The Stand.  Enjoy the hell out of Nelson DeMille on those one-liners where you just can't disagree with from John Corey.  David Baldacci, John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Greg Iles, Michael Connelly, Meg Gardiner, Tess Gerritsen, loved the ending in Cell 8 / Redemption by Anders Roslund and Borge Hellstrom, Kari Dickson (Translator) damn that was good.  There’s Zombies by Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Poe, not to mention all the Indie authors I'm meeting - so many thrillers.
Love the thrill of escaping for a few hours and just be in the element.

Be that as it may, a dab of contemporary and classics are also (most assuredly) an enjoyable pastime.


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