The Girl in the Box Series

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The main character is a teenage girl with superpowers.  Her mother kept her locked in the house for over a decade.  However, the mother goes missing and various organizations are determined to capture the girl.

My review of this book series is mixed.  I enjoyed the way the writer described the characters and the scenarios.

My main complaint about the book was it didn’t seem logical.  There were to many things that were not explained and certain situations seemed excessive.

Australian Cattle Dog by Hilary Lewis

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Hilary Lewis describes Australian Cattle Dogs as loyal, tenacious, intelligent, independent, active, hard working, protective, courageous, possessive, suspicious of strangers, aloof, stubborn, and as having a dominate personality streak.

Australian Cattle dogs are great, but before you decide to adopt one you need to know what to expect.  They are not easy dogs.  Without proper training, an Australian Cattle Dog can wreak havoc in your life.

If you are considering adopting an Australian Cattle Dog, I highly recommend this book.

I have an Australian Cattle Dog, so I was laughing and shacking my head the whole time I was reading it.

 

Dave the Depressed Alcoholic Superhero by E.D. Wallace

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This story is an interesting twist on the superhero genre.  Dave has superpowers, but he also has family issues, work drama, and a major drinking problem.  His life is a mess.  He is nothing like you would expect a superhero to be.

Instead of just being a disappointment to everyone around him, Dave decides to start using his powers to do good in the world.  However, he makes a lot of mistakes and ends up being investigated for murder.

I enjoyed reading the book.  I found it to be funny and entertaining.

Breaking Addiction – A 7 Step Handbook for Ending Any Addiction by Lance Dodes, MD

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According to Dr. Lance Dodes, our current treatment model for addiction is ineffective.  In many cases, people are sent to programs that deal with addiction only and then sent to a different program to treat their mental health issues.  This fragmented treatment plan ignores the fact that addiction doesn’t happen in a vacuum.

Addiction persists, because it serves a purpose.  The addictive behavior is often intended to reverse a profound feelings of helplessness and powerlessness.  Addressing those feelings is key to treating addiction.

The drive behind addiction tends to be rage and feelings of being trapped.  This rage compounds the feelings of helplessness, so addiction becomes a displaced action.  Addiction is a symptom of deeper psychological problems.

The book lists seven steps for overcoming addiction.

Step 1 – Understand addiction as behavior driven by psychological/emotional distress

Step 2 – Addictions are compulsive behaviors and need to be treated through therapy which allows the person to gain a better understanding of themselves.

Step 3 – Recognize key moments in the addiction processes.  The thoughts and feelings that drive addictive behavior are clues to the cause and treatment options for the addictive behavior.

Step 4 – Recognize your defenses that hide the root cause of your addiction.  Look for the feelings and thoughts that are driving you.

Step 5 – Understand what is happening at the key moment, what’s the trigger.  What are the corresponding feelings that make you feel helpless or powerless?

Step 6 – Develop short-term strategies to deal with triggers and emotional distress.  Ask yourself why you are thinking about your addiction and look for alternative behaviors.  Restore feelings of power by finding a practical way out of the trap.  If you can’t change your circumstances, focus on the feelings and learn to deal with those feelings.

Step 7 – Eliminate or reduce feelings of powerlessness and helplessness by being an expert on yourself.  Also, learn to identify high risk situations.  Knowing the risks in advance allows you to prepare for it.

Cell Block Z by Matt Handle

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The zombie apocalypse starts when a new lethal injection drug is given to an inmate.  The inmate dies, but quickly turns into a reanimated corpse and goes on a killing spree.  The guards, witnesses, and the warden become his first victims and also turn into zombies.

The story is enjoyable and the characters are entertaining.  My only complaint is the abrupt ending.  It leaves the reader with a lot of unanswered questions.

Next Afterburn by Scott Nicholson

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Massive solar flares soak our planet in radiation and bring about an apocalyptic event.  Millions die from the blast.  Most of the remaining population (human and animal) become mutants.  There are only a small number of humans left and they are fighting for their survival.

The story is captivating at times and full of interesting twists.  However, the ending leaves the reader with to many questions and puts a damper on the entire book.