Beyond Infinity

What can I tell you about me ? Well, I'm twenty-eight years old humble, brave, and positive man with huge ideas, ambitions, and dreams, who really loves to read and review all kinds of great, thrilling, and entertaining books, and write whatever his dirty mind comes up with. :) 

The Hunting Wind

The Hunting Wind: An Alex McKnight Novel - Steve Hamilton

The Hunting Wind follows A Cold Day In Paradise and Winter of the Wolf Moon as the third novel of truly amazing Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight book thriller series, and I must tell you that it's the best one so far. By that, I don't mean that the first two aren't that good, because they really are good, otherwise I wouldn't rate them as high as I did. But this one really made me wonder what the heck was going on from the moment I was introduced to its thrilling mystery.

 

Right at the beginning of this book we are introduced to Alex's former baseball buddy or team mate named Randy Wilkins who actually got a shot in baseball's major league. Anyway, he hires Alex and his other Private Investigator friend to help him find and locate a woman named Maria, with whom he slept and spent the most magical night with, many many years ago. And since Alex's other Private Investigator friend is injured due to his own stupidity, Alex has no other choice but to do the investigation without his help.

 

So he and Randy go back to where Alex used to live so they can locate and find Maria. And of course it does not end there. That's only half of what we are offered, because guess what somebody in this book is not who he says he is. :)

 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this one from start to finish. The series itself is getting better and better, and I can't wait to delve into the next book of this great book thriller series, and neither will you once you're going to be done with the first two books of this great book thriller series. I can vouch for that. I mean, it is definitely not in the same range as Chris Carter's Robert Hunter series, but it's definitely a great way to spend some time and escape from reality. And let's be honest there are times when we just have to escape from it.  :) 

 

Winter of the Wolf Moon

Winter of the Wolf Moon: An Alex McKnight Novel - Steve Hamilton

When I was done with the first book of this great thriller book series, I must admit to you guys, that I was a little bit sceptical about the second book, because I once again read all the brutally honest reviews. But Steve Hamilton didn't disappoint me with his brilliant writing, and with his fantastic plot development.  In fact, he did a very great job from the beginning till the very end of the book with the introduction of the new and old characters, and pretty much convinced me to give his brilliant writing another shot. Which I most definitely will as soon as I get my hands on the book for which I am sure that it won't disappoint me. :)

 

Anyway, after the ending of the first book of this great series, Alex McKnight is pretty much facing a big life dilemma, either to keep the job and a title of a private investigator, or throw it away and do something new for a change. And of course, then something terrible happens, like a woman who Alex takes home to protect from her violent boyfriend, gets kidnapped from his cabin, and he's got no other choice but to privately investigate the hell out of it, cause his life turns upside down, and some nasty people go after him.

 

But this time, he's not so stupid to do it all alone, so he partners up with a guy who was already introduced to us and to him in the first book, and is not exactly a licensed private investigator and is pretty much selling snowmobiles when he's not investigating crimes. :)

 

So, the first bad guy seems very stupid indeed. His name's Lonnie Bruckman and you pretty much don't care about him, or about his failed dreams of becoming a NHL player and cruel reality of becoming a drug dealer, throughout the book. Besides, he's a girlfriend beating thug. Poor Lonnie, indeed.  But the second guy named Molinov(at least that's what I think his name is ), that Alex faces just a few chapters before the end, is pure evil, and a true villain in every sense of that word.    

 

So to finish this god-awful review: Winter of the Wolf Moon is a great thriller with a brilliant writing and fantastic plot and will probably, if you're a fan of thrillers, keep you guessing what the heck really happened to that woman from the beginning till the very end. And maybe, if by some miracle, you decide to give this great thriller a shot because of this god-awful review, you're going to learn the truth and be rewarded by the author's amazingly brilliant ending.  ;) 

You know, whenever I'm well aware that I have a very busy night ahead of me, I always find some time to browse the world wide web for an inspirational or motivational video to get me fired up, get my heart pumping, and help me go through it. Well, while I was browsing the world wide web today, I found this incredibly powerful motivational video made by "Success archive" completely by accident, and figured that I should totally show you the power of its motivational and inspirational words, because, you know, we are all allowed to dream big and make our big dreams a reality. All we need is a little push into right direction, so we can finally prosper into a person we were always meant to be. And as corny or silly as that sounds, I believe it's totally true, so feel free to watch it and enjoy the heck out of it. ;)

 

A Cold Day in Paradise

A Cold Day in Paradise (Alex McKnight Novels) - Steve Hamilton

When I first heard of Steve Hamilton's Alex McKnight thriller book series from a dear friend of mine, and read some of the brutally honest reviews on the world wide web, I honestly didn't expect that much from Mr. Hamilton, and especially from his first book in this series. But boy I ended up being surprised in the end.

 

That said, it is not the best book thriller as far as the book thrillers go, but it's still a great book thriller with a great mystery and an awesome and very creepy villain.

 

Alex McKnight is a former baseball star, turned police officer, turned private investigator, and in all honesty, does not come across as the smartest guy in the book. But that doesn't mean he's not interesting to read. In fact, throughout the book you're going to learn a lot of interesting things about Alex and you're going to fall for his character.

 

I'm not ashamed to admit that I have and that I'm going to delve into Mr. Hamilton's new mystery and the continuation of this great thriller book series. And that's not because I loved the ending, but simply because I believe that Mr. Hamilton's Alex McKnight has a lot to offer to a reader who really enjoys reading thriller/mystery books and is willing to sacrifice a few precious hours to read and learn about what could possibly happen next. So if you, by some miracle, decide to jump into Alex McKnight's world, I can promise you that you won't be sorry and you won't regret it. :)

 

Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons

Empire of Imagination: Gary Gygax and the Birth of Dungeons & Dragons - Michael Witwer

If you're a part of a notorious Geek fandom and maybe even a part of a Nerdherd, and a huge fan of Dungeons and Dragons Role Playing Game, or have ever played Dungeons & Dragons, and have ever wondered who the heck created it, and how the Role Playing Game game even came to be, you should probably do what I did, get this great, decent, informative biography, beautifully written by Michael Witwer, and read and enjoy the heck out of it.

 

This biography is really filled with all kinds of great information about Dungeons & Dragons creator's Gary Gygax's life, and explains all the hard struggles that he had to go through in his life prior his success. At one point he also had to scrub toilets so he could get money to feed his children, if memory serves me right. So, he was far from perfect.  

 

That said, it is not the best and the longest biography out there that you can find, and it's very hard to read it, because it's so very informative, and filled with all kinds of great facts and descriptions of many people who were at some point a big part of his career and his personal life.

 

But it's definitely a great biography, especially for anybody who still admires Gary and his game, and wants to follow his Dungeons & Dragons career footsteps and achieve something similar for himself someday in his life. As one of those people, I can honestly tell you that I really enjoyed this great biography, and that I was touched by the story of Gary Gygax's hard life. And you will be touched too, if you'll decide to read and enjoy the heck out of it. I can promise you that. :)

 

Hey there guys! Been on the world wide web again, searching for something inspirational to get me fired up and get my heart pumping for tonight, since it's going to be a very long and busy night, and stumbled upon this great inspirational video, which unlike most of the others, does not include the famous actors and the scenes from Hollywood films and voices from Les Brown, Tony Robbins, Joel Osteen and many other motivational speakers you probably never even heard of. :)

 

It's just a simple, short, sweet, and heartfelt inspirational video with a wonderful message and very beautiful background music made by Girl Comet, that doesn't just deserve a like, but also a wide recognition. So, since this small blog of mine is all about inspirational content, I just figured that I should share it with you to get you fired up for whatever it is that you're about to do in your life. ;)

Kiss Me Like a Stranger: My Search for Love and Art

Kiss Me Like A Stranger: My Search for Love and Art - Gene Wilder

 

 

 

I loved watching Gene Wilder on television screen when I was just a little kid. I remember getting out of bed late at night when my parents were sleeping, turning on the small television set that we had, and watching the films he did with Richard Pryor and laughing out loud at their very silly and very stupid jokes. They truly were the best acting team out there back in those days.

 

So when I started reading this memoir of his, I expected to learn a lot from him about the relationship that he had with Richard, but what I got was a lot more than that. Of course he didn't just talk about Richard, he talked about some very freaky and creepy experiences that he had when he was just a little kid, and about his failed marriages and relationships,and was truly fair guy toward anyone he's ever worked with. He didn't sugar coat anything to make him look good. He accepted his mistakes and clearly learned from them. And that is exactly what makes this memoir of his something very special.

 

This book is a glimpse into a life of a very talented and very versatile actor who was far from perfect but has learned to live with his imperfections and always took good care of everyone who was his family or who was close to him.

 

So if you were his fan, and you want to see his true side the one he clearly hid from public, and want to learn his true feelings about the characters he portrayed in the films and everyone he's ever had a chance to work with, and glimpse into his married life, then surely this book is a perfect book for you. 

 

 

700 Sundays.

700 Sundays - Billy Crystal

Even though I've seen him many times on a television screen in all kinds of very great and very entertaining films when I was younger...When Harry met Sally and Father's Day being my favourite ones, I must say that I'm not the biggest Billy Crystal fan out there.

 

But he really hit a home run, a half-court shot, or scored a goal and a touchdown if you will, with this great book, and filled it with all kinds of family moments that were either very happy or very sad to read. I actually shed a few tears when he was talking about his father and about his mother, and his regrets. 

 

So, in this great book, he literally talks about his brothers, his father, his mother, and his uncle, and his grandpa, and everybody else who has touched his life in a very meaningful and very special way, or made an impact. He doesn't spill the beans on anybody he's ever worked with but himself.

 

You can see and sense quite clearly that he really cared about his family when he was a youngster, and how much he cares about his family now that he's a very grown man.

 

All in all, I really loved it, and I strongly recommend it to all of his fans, and mostly to those people who really care about their families and want to read sincere thoughts of a man who truly cared about his. So feel free to dig right into it, cause you won't be disappointed.

 

I don't usually give five stars, but this one deserved every single one of them, because it reminded me of my very own family and that I should never stop caring.   

 

 

 

 

Hey there guys! Miss you all so much ! You have no idea how much ! I know I haven't reviewed a book in quite some time, but I'll be back sooner than you think. : ) Been searching for something inspirational on the world wide web today to get me fired up before I return to this wonderful website with all kinds of new rich and inspirational content which I promise you that you're going to love, and stumbled upon such a beautiful and incredible inspirational video of all kinds of quotes from Disney's cartoons, made by RedFrost Motivation, that I just had to jump over here on this great website and share it with all of you. So, I really hope that you're going to enjoy this one, and that its powerful message is going to touch your beautiful hearts as much as it touched mine. : ) 

 

See you soon, 

 

Bumblebee. 

Halloween Bingo Challenge: Brida.

Brida - Paulo Coelho, Rita Desti

Well, here goes, my Booklikes friends. As you already know, I have read and reviewed Paulo Coelho's "The Winner Stands Alone", and as you already know, I have also read and reviewed Paulo Coelho's "The Zahir". I have loved both to a large extent. But this amazing and incredibly deep and profound book...

 

Let's just say it has left me speechless to such an extent that I have no idea what to write about it to make it interesting enough for all of you guys and somehow convince you to put it on your to-read list or into your reading schedule.

 

All I can say to you is, that Mr. Coelho did it again. For me, he truly is a master story teller, incredibly skilful writer that can leave you speechless while reading his works, and one of the best if not the greatest writers of our time.

 

I was blown away by "The Winner Stands Alone", and I was blown away by "The Zahir", but with this book... it's so much filled with emotions and it's so incredibly deep and profound that it's very hard to describe or convey if you will, what it is about and the moral of its story.

 

I guess each and everyone of us can see it, approach it, and read it differently. It's pointless to go into details the way I've seen it, approached it, and read it, because that would take hours for me to explain.

 

But I can tell you this: If you've ever been in love, and are very emotional and sensitive person as I can sometimes be, this book with a short story about a girl named Brida and her discoveries about love, life, the universe, throughout the book will not just leave you speechless, it will also leave you overcome with all of your emotions. So feel free to read it at your own risk. ;)

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Challenge: And Then There Were None.

And Then There Were None - Agatha Christie

 

 

When I first heard of this great book, I honestly had no idea what to expect from it. But then one of my friends told me that Miss or Mrs. Christie was a master of murder mystery novels  and one of the greatest writers when she was alive, and I just knew that I had to jump into one of her supposedly amazing stories, to check and see if that friend was right. And strangely enough he was. I've only put it down once. 

 

"And Then There Were None" is simply one heck of a ride or one hell of a ride. It's a perfect mystery novel with a great mystery and a great plot twist that's just right for anyone who's into mysteries and loves digging and searching for the answers to all the important questions from the beginning till the very end. There's plenty of those in this book, trust me, but you must know where to look for them.

 

What's not cool about several people who were involved with death in their past, getting invited on an isolated island, that's far away from the civilization, by the mysterious guest who knows about their crimes and their horrible secrets ? You already know that the party's about to begin. 

 

Tell you what, even though I knew it was coming from far away, I was still blown away by the ending and I still can't get it out of my head, and I'm not even sure if I want it to. It's just brilliantly executed.

 

So put it on your to-read list while you still can, buckle up, and enjoy one heck or one hell of a ride. And don't forget to share your experience. ;)  

 

    

Eeny Meeny.

Eeny Meeny - M.J. Arlidge

Are you searching for something new and something different from all the psychological thrillers, mysteries that you've read so far ? If that's so, look no further, cause M. J. Arlidge's Eeny Meeny is the perfect mixture of thriller and mystery that it is most definitely the right choice for you.

 

It's dark, twisted, disturbing, gripping, thriller with a great female detective protagonist ( who's a bit flawed, but let's be honest, all of them are ), and very scintillating female antagonist, who's a very beautiful woman with horrible history nobody would want to mess with.

 

What she does in this book is that she kidnaps two people who are either involved, in the same business, or related, puts them into a dark secluded, deserted place with a cellphone and a gun loaded with one bullet, calls one of them and offers freedom to the one who's courageous enough to pull the trigger or kill the person he's captured with

 

And the only person who can stop the killings and her horrible sick and twisted game is Helen Grace, who's flawed and in some cases very hard-headed female detective, but in the same range as Chris Carter's Robert Hunter, who's another great detective who solves horrible crimes and whom I adore.   

 

 

Anyway, M. J. Arlidge has really delivered big time with this book and has proven himself to be a great writer. So, I can't wait to jump into the next book of this series and share my next review with you guys and maybe convince you to jump in it, cause I promise you that you won't be sorry if you're a fan of thrillers and mysteries and female detectives who are as good as Robert Hunters of fictional world. ;)

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Challenge: Hell House

Hell House - Richard Matheson

I don't even know where to begin with this review. I don't know whether to be honest with you and share my honest opinion, or just spoil the heck out of it and ruin it for you ? 

 

Hell House is probably one of the most creepiest and scariest stories that I've read so far in my life ( and I've read plenty of creepy and scary stories), and I wouldn't recommend it to my worst enemy or to my closest friends, or even to you,

 

because there were moments that really made me gag, and there were moments that really scared the heck ( or the S word ) out of me.

 

And I'm not joking. There were times I wanted to stop reading this book and give up on it because of its disturbing content. And I feel like I should be getting a medal or some kind of a reward for having enough courage and enough guts to finish it.

 

You'll see for yourself when you'll decide to jump in it ( which I hope you won't ), that the story is filled with some incredibly disturbing scenes, and very intense dialogue between characters, and a truly haunted house filled with evil spirits who were once people who participated in orgies, and other sick and twisted and perverse stuff the Hell House's owner wanted them to participate in. 

 

That said. The story follows four great characters ( with whom you're going to have love and hate relationship with ), who are there to investigate the spiritual phenomena and report their discoveries to a man named William Deutsch.

 

First one is Dr. Barrett, who's a true pain in the ass and believes he can stop the haunting of the house with some kind of a machine, and then there's his loving wife Edith, who's a total darling with some personal fears and some horrible sexual fantasies, and is only there to support her husband, and then there's Florence Tanner, who's a spiritualist and a former actress, and then there's Benjamin Fischer, who's a physical medium, or something like that, and a total hero like personality.

 

Anyway, from the moment they enter the Hell House horrible things start happening to them, and those are the kind of things that are not for the faint-hearted. So if you're an Empath, stay the heck away from this book, for this is the kind of book that can give you nightmares for the next two months or more. I can only hope to erase it out of my memory.         

 

Halloween Bingo Challenge: The Haunting of Hill House.

The Haunting of Hill House - Shirley Jackson, Laura Miller

When I first heard of Shirley Jackson from one of the Booklikes bloggers and later from one of my friends who's read one of her master works, I must say that I had no idea what to expect from her writing.

 

But then I read one of her last works "We Have Always Lived in the Castle" as a part of Halloween Bingo Challenge and ended up being pleasantly surprised by her writing.

 

But not as pleasantly surprised as I was when I started reading The Haunting of Hill House. It's one of those horrifying and terrifying stories that can really keep you up all night and stare all over the bedroom. So I wouldn't recommend you guys to read it during the night,because you might as well yell "Bring it!" at the radiator as it makes some loud

noise and while at it cover yourself with some blankets. ;)

 

Anyway, the story itself revolves around the Hill House and four more or less interesting and annoying characters that you either grow to hate or love as you go throughout the book. It is not a typical ghost story. It's a true classic as far as the ghost stories are concerned and it offers some truly scary and suspenseful moments that make a reader wonder what the heck is going on with the house and its somewhat annoying guests and inhabitants.

 

So feel free to jump right into it, get yourself scared by the Hill House and its inhabitants and I promise you that you won't regret it.If anything you'll praise the author's style of writing and want more of it, even though there's no more. I know that I wanted more.That said I wasn't THAT surprised by the ending.

 

 

 

 

Halloween Bingo Challenge: The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allen Poe.

The Terrifying Tales by Edgar Allen Poe: Tell Tale Heart; The Cask of the Amontillado; The Masque of the Red Death; The Fall of the House of Usher; The ... Purloined Letter; The Pit and the Pendulum - Allan Poe,  Edgar

This great book is basically a short collection of Edgar Allen Poe's most famous terrifying short tales up to date that may and may not be appropriate for children. So it's your choice whether you decide to read it to them in the dark or not and traumatise them for life.   

 

Some of the tales from this book are very good and very terrifying, especially when read in the dark or by the candlelight. However, others are just somewhat scary and too short to be terrifying, and don't scare or terrify a reader at all. Well, they didn't scare or terrify me, probably because I'm a tough nut to crack.

 

I don't know, maybe it's just me, and my experience with reading this genre, but I must say to you that I expected much more from Edgar Allen Poe. And I'm sure that there's a book out there with the entire collection of his terrifying tales that are more terrifying, and much more scarier than some of the tales from this book. 

 

Anyway, as much as I'd love to share a brief summary of every terrifying tale with you guys, I'm going to pass this time, and let you decide which tales are terrifying and which tales are not. And please don't forget to share your honest opinions. ;) 

 

 

     

Halloween Bingo Challenge: We Have Always Lived in the Castle

We Have Always Lived in the Castle - Shirley Jackson

When I first heard of Shirley Jackson, I quite honestly didn't know what to expect from her stories and her writing. But what I got from her writing really surprised the heck out of me, and I really cannot wait to read more of her writing and devour each and every word.

 

We Have Always Lived in the Castle is supposedly her last very bizzare, very scary, very dark, very disturbing, and very twisted story narrated in the first-person by a young girl named Mary Katherine Blackwood, nicknamed Merricat, that's a little bit too short, but worthy enough of your time if you're into scary stories and are searching for a book to read to your younger siblings or to your children by the candlelight.

 

Mary Katherine Blackwood, nicknamed Merricat, who's really the only contact to the outside world, tells us the story of her family or its remaining members who live in a large house on a large field away from the village and its annoying villagers, that's really messed up and will make your skin crawl once you shall read it, her older sister Constance who's as creepy as the female characters can go, because of what she had supposedly done in the past, and of course their very lovable and very likable uncle Julian who needs to be taken good care of and probably checked by a psychiatrist, since he's somewhat obsessed with writing on his memoirs, and thanks to his obsession with writing we get to learn all the nasty details of what really happened to the rest of the Blackwood family. So,Yay Merricat, Yay Constance, and Yay Uncle Julian!  

 

Anyway, if you're searching for a good trick or treat book for your younger siblings or your children that could scare the bejeezus out of them, search no more because you've probably found it. I sure as hell did, and it's going to take some really long time to get over the ending. ;)

 

 

 

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