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Stephanie's books and other things

I like books. I like art. I have opinions.....you've been warned.

Currently reading

A Clash of Kings
George R.R. Martin
The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto
Tavis Smiley, Cornel West
The Wind Through the Keyhole (The Dark Tower, #4.5)
Stephen King, Jae Lee
Master Strokes: Watercolor: A Step-By-Step Guide to Using the Techniques of the Masters
Hazel Harrison
The Mad Art of Caricature!: A Serious Guide to Drawing Funny Faces
Tom Richmond (Illustrator)
Full Dark, No Stars - Stephen King Yin Yang: two complementary principles of Chinese philosophy: Yin is negative, dark, and feminine, Yang positive, bright, and masculine. Their interaction is thought to maintain the harmony of the universe and to influence everything within it.

I was thinking of the principle of Yin Yang while I read Full Dark, No Stars. This is a collection of four stories, in each one Mr. King explores what happens when ordinary people are put in extraordinary, and sometimes dire, circumstances. What happens is you may end up doing something you would never expect yourself to do.


This is a story of a farmer Wilfred James and his son, and what they will do to hold onto land willed to Arlette, Wilfred's wife. Arlette has plans for the land contrary to what her husband wants to do with it....bad things happen.

This was my least favorite of the four stories. It was the most sci-fi of them and just a bit too creepy and out there for my tastes.

Big Driver

Tess, and author, is invited to speak about her books 60 miles from her home. On her way back, she runs into some debris in the road and some trouble in the form of a giant in a truck.

This was my favorite of all the stories, because I could understand Tess's reaction completely.

Fair Extension

Harry Streeter has cancer, and he doesn't have long on this mortal coil, until he meets the devil in form of a roadside vendor. He makes a deal. You how well those deals usually end up.

A Good Marriage

Darcy Anderson has been married to the perfect guy for twenty plus years. She knows him completely, or so she thinks, until she quite literally stumbles upon a big secret of his. And it changes everything she ever thought she knew.

....I really liked this one.

So, we all think we are good people. Good people can sometimes do bad things, yet, still be good people. Yin Yang.