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  • Dune
    Written By: Frank Herbert Published By: Ace Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                When the latest film version of the Frank Herbert science fiction novel, Dune, hit the theaters, I listened to my friends’ enthusiasm and wondered at it.  My father had this book on our shelves when I was a kid and even though heContinue reading “Dune”
  • Upgrade
    Written By: Blake Crouch Published By: Ballantine Books Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                I am a very fast reader and love reading new and exciting books from authors I haven’t sampled before.  Recently, I was offered an opportunity to review a science fiction novel by Blake Crouch called Upgrade.  I wasn’t entirely certain what itContinue reading “Upgrade”
  • The Dune Sketchbook
    (Music from the Soundtrack) Score By: Hans Zimmer Distributed By: WaterTower Music Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                It’s been a while since I reviewed soundtrack music.  When I received an offer from WaterTower Music to review The Dune Sketchbook, I was hesitant.  I knew nothing about Dune – hadn’t read the book by Frank Herbert,Continue reading “The Dune Sketchbook”
  • At the End of the Matinee
    Written By: Keiichiro Hirano Translated By: Juliet Winters Carpenter Published By: Amazon Crossing Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                Last year, I was looking for something different to read.  Happily, Amazon was offering a bunch of books for free that I might want to check out.  They were by authors I had never heard of andContinue reading “At the End of the Matinee”
  • Star Wars: Queen’s Hope
    Written By: E.K. Johnston Published By: Disney Publishing Worldwide Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                I’m always on the lookout for Star Wars novels, no matter where they fall out on the timeline.  So, when Netgalley.com offered Star Wars: Queen’s Hope for review, I jumped at the opportunity.  I love learning more about Padmé Amidala andContinue reading “Star Wars: Queen’s Hope”
  • Happiness Is Opening Day
    By Melissa Minners             Football fans will scoff at me.  Hockey fans will snort.  Basketball and soccer fans will walk away in disgust.  I don’t care.  Opening day of the baseball season equals happiness and I don’t care who doesn’t share my opinion.  Each year, I mourn the last day of the baseball post-season.  EveryContinue reading “Happiness Is Opening Day”
  • Nameless: Season 2
    Written By: Dean Koontz Published By: Amazon Publishing Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                I read the first series of Nameless short books by Dean Koontz at the height of the pandemic, never imagining that there would be more, especially after that shocking ending.  But Koontz wasn’t done with the man known as Nameless and hisContinue reading “Nameless: Season 2”
  • We Are the Troopers
    Written By: Stephen Guinan Published By: Hachette Books Reviewed By: Melissa Minners                Some time ago, I read Hail Mary, a book about the National Women’s Football League, something I never knew existed until I found that book.  It annoyed me that I never knew about women’s football.  I knew all about women’s baseball, tennis,Continue reading “We Are the Troopers”
  • The Chocolate Expo
    Review By Melissa Minners                On Sunday, March 13, 2022, I had an opportunity to visit an event I’ve wanted to check out for a few years now – The Chocolate Expo at the New Jersey Expo Center in Edison, NJ.  I’d been hearing about this collection of chocolate, cheese and wine vendors for someContinue reading “The Chocolate Expo”
  • The Game of Thrones Finale
    My Opinion By Melissa Minners Spoiler Alert: If you have not watched the entire Game of Thrones series through to the last episode of Season 8, don’t read this commentary as it will spoil the ending!                Okay, spoiler alert out of the way, let’s get down to the nitty gritty.  I know I amContinue reading “The Game of Thrones Finale”

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