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Would You Report an Internet Crime?

A lot of time is spent in Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes in deciding whether or not to report what appears to be a crime. The question as to whether or not there even was a crime loomed large. While Thomas is convinced that there was a crime, Ray is not so sure. If he's not sure, how can he make anyone else believe them? ...more
I almost think that I'd report an internet crime to the internet - like, post it on my Twitter ...more

Plot Idea Provided by Winston the Dog

A lot of the credit for Trust Your Eyes has to go to a dog named Winston. He lives with our friends Marian and David, and ever since they got Winston I don’t go over to their house that often because I am allergic to dogs -– a sad situation, since I love them –- and Winston is about the size of a pony, so whatever it is dogs put into the atmosphere that makes me sneeze he puts out like a crop duster. But already, I digress....more
I love how the smallest idea can turn into something so much richer (and in this case, ...more

Trust Your Eyes: The Mystery on the Internet

I love a good thriller. I like stories that keep me guessing and have me ignoring everything around because I must find out what really happened. Trust Your Eyes is one of those books. What happens when someone sees something he shouldn't on the internet and decides to investigate? For the characters, the answers is nothing good, but for readers, the answer is a story that will keep you up late at night turning the pages. ...more
Def a good book trailer. It makes me want to do a mash-up of this with the movie trailers for ...more

Trust Your Eyes: The Mystery on the Internet

I love a good thriller. I like stories that keep me guessing and have me ignoring everything around because I must find out what really happened. Trust Your Eyes is one of those books. What happens when someone sees something he shouldn't on the internet and decides to investigate? For the characters, the answers is nothing good, but for readers, the answer is a story that will keep you up late at night turning the pages. ...more
I agree, an excellent book trailer. I'd like to see someone do a mash-up of it with the trailer ...more

Do You Travel By Map?

When Linwood Barclay's Trust Your Eyes opens, we meet a man who is exploring New York City street by street. He wants to see the whole city, or at least as much of it as possible, before he has to move on to the next city. What we discover is that he's not in the city at all. He's exploring it by using the street-level option of a mapping website. I found this absolutely fascinating. ...more
I've done this to find places I'm visiting in the local area, but hadn't thought about doing it ...more

On Useless Trivia and Facts

When I read Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas my first reaction was that I didn't have much in common with the main character. I was born in North America. I've only ever experienced war through books and movies. It didn't seem like there was much on the surface that Jonas and I would have in common....more
I have the worst memory ever! This is why I've always kept journals - the act of writing ...more

Do You Trust Your Memory?

Memory plays a big role in Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas. Can we deny our memories? What happens when all we have left of someone are the memories? And most of all, can we trust our memories? ...more
I totally don't trust my memory, actually. Thank goodness for the internet - when I forget ...more

Each Story is Different

Stephen Dau's The Book of Jonas is about a story that needed to be told. Jonas hid from his story because, I believe, he didn't want to remember it. Rose sought his story because she felt that it was really important to her. Neither of them could move forward until the story was told. ...more
This is part of what I like about fiction, and this book in particular. When an author knows the ...more

Losing Everything and Seeking Truth

In Stephen Dau's novel The Book of Jonas, there is a lot of loss. Jonas loses pretty much everything. Rose feels as though she's lost almost as much. Yet they deal with loss in very different ways. Jonas walks away from it while Rose makes it a central part of her life. ...more
One moment that made me pause was when Rose related how people kept telling her, "At least you ...more

How To Cultivate Your Personal Style

For some women it seems that finding their own unique fashion voice or signature style is easy. However, what you may not see is that they've been cultivating and fine tuning it since they were very very young. Through trial and error and a willingness to stand out and/or make a statement, they have learned what works for them, what doesn't, and how to incorporate each season's trends without compromising their own personal signature style. ...more
I love having a specific aesthetic to make shopping trips that much more streamlined and easy. ...more