Erin Miller

Thursday, February 2, 2017

To Live Is To Die First by Eli Darzi

This book is purely philosophical. A new text in a new millennia. Have we come across the 21st century Plato or Aristotle? Not them, but perhaps an Epicurus, This is an anthology of essays for numerous different topics that all relate in some way to human's suffering.
This is not an easy read but it certainly makes you think. I can imagine this book being used in many college philosophy classes in the future. Eli Darzi is certainly a writer to look for in the future in the academic world. Or at least, his work should be considered. We will see in the future.
Some of the things mentioned in his essays I can't fully agree with. Still, it's excellent food for thought.
I rate To Live is to Die by Eli Darzi a 4 out of 5. There were only a minute number of small typos but not enough to detract from the overall effect. It's a great piece of non-fiction. This is a philosophy book you don't want to miss!

In the future, I will post a picture of the paperback copy. I had to replace my copy since I accidentally left it at one of my jobs one day. Hopefully, whoever picked it up is loving every minute of reading it! Really, buy this book! You won't regret it.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Guest Post featuring Lauren De Carlo

Lauren De Carlo 

Hi, I’m Lauren. I don’t even know where to begin to describe myself, let alone in a paragraph because how can life itself, be described in a paragraph? Either way, I’m an old soul. I like old movies. I like old music. I like old literature. I should have been born in the past. What’s important to me? Being free. I’m just a gypsy gal. The hands of Harlem cannot hold me to its heat. I swear my temperature’s too hot for taming. My flaming feet burn up the street. No one can read my fortune down along, due to my restless palms. If you know who I reworded that from I’ll love you forever. My motto is to: 🔥 Live it. Write it. 🔥

My favorite quotes are:

"How can I explain, it's so hard to get on." – Bob Dylan

"The lost paradises are the only true ones not because, in retrospect, the past joy seems more beautiful than it really was, but because remembrance alone provides the joy without the anxiety over its passing and thus gives it an otherwise impossible duration. Time loses its power when remembrance redeems the past." -Marcuse

"Nothing in this world worth having comes easy" - Bob Kelso

"God damns liars, Mary!" ~ John Procter, Arthur Miller's The Crucible

Check Out Lauren's Work on Odyssey

Left Across the Border: A Story of Teen Depression

This is book one to what can be seen as a “controversial topic.” The story opens up with a little girl named Flora who has to cross the border to go to America. She starts out as an illegal alien but then gets a green card.

Flora's story is heart wrenching and people who don't understand the immigration process really need to read this. Flora is a Mexican and her story about crossing the border, going to an American school, and the isolation and culture shock among other things. It certainly makes readers think if they care to read this.

The writing style could use a bit more work, but at the same time I think it's perfect for the one person narrative of the character “Flora.” She was a little girl who only spoke Spanish on arrival to America and now speaks English. It's a must read for everyone!

Another thing that is listed in this book are sources where people can find help who are facing depression and other mental health ailments. It's a great reference tool for those who may not be aware.

Hopefully, people will read this story and change their view on what they call “Mexicans,” and realize that the world should have no borders. For a book that actually brought me to tears, I absolutely recommend this book to everyone!

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Introducing Guest Posts

This is a review blog. Reviews are limited to books, graphic novels, comic books, and video games. (Although there are only book reviews for right now.) Since I have written many book reviews, I now want to give back to authors and also include guest posts in this blog.
So, if you're an author, contact me via fiverr or send me an e-mail at

Hope to hear from you soon and please keep an eye out for new guest posts.

In the meantime, check out my other blog and gigs that I offer on fiverr and etsy.

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Friday, December 9, 2016

The Shadow of the Gauntlet by Casey Caracciolo

So my partner picked this book up from one of the conventions she sells her art work in. This and the sequel to it anyway. When she came back, she handed me the book saying, "You'll probably like this. You read faster than I play through video games." Anyway, she was right and I did like this book a lot.
So let's get on with the good and the bad, starting with the bad first.
The cover of this book could be better. The simple design is nice but since books are still judged by their covers, it needs a better cover. Of course, that's just my aesthetic opinion on the matter and I shouldn't say anything about it since the book does have 52 reviews at the time of this blog post.
I also felt it was too short, but that's not a bad thing at all.
Moving on to the good...
What can I say about this book that will make it more awesome? Absolutely nothing! It's a standalone on its awesomeness.
So what's this bloody thing about anyway?
Cue in Thomas Scargen, a chronic slacker that somehow manages to graduate high school. He has a robot that takes place of a nanny. (Clearly, this is set in the future.) Eventually, he wakes up from a nightmare and everything stems from this. Yareli, a Native American girl,  helps him escape from some villains.
Okay, so it sounds like a typical fantasy story right? Throw in a whiskey drinking, Shakespeare quoting werewolf, a day-walking vampire, a teleport dragon, a gorilla bartender, a robot with autism, a fox spirit, mechanical midgets, and more. Intrigued yet? This review doesn't do this book any justice. Just please pick it up and read it for yourself. It's a new spin on fantasy and scifi. A must read for fans of these genres.
With that said, I'm going to tell my girlfriend to let me read the second book and possibly go stalk the author and find out when he plans to release more books.
Buy The Shadow of the Gauntlet on Amazon

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Little Voice by Joss Sheldon

This book is one that I normally don't review. I read a variety of things of course, but my reviews mainly stem on science fiction and fantasy- my favorite genres. Needless to say, this was not in that genre. This was a literary piece filled with psychological and philosophical notions.

The writing style is different than I'm used to reading. I believe it's second person prose. However, the author did this on purpose and it worked.

Yew is the main character of this story who when he turns six, starts listening to the “egot” inside of him. This was an interesting play on words and if you are familiar with psychological theory you will understand where the inspiration for this comes from. Throughout his life, Yew then obeys rules and the “egot” becomes smaller and smaller until he eventually forgets it. Then one day in adulthood, after a chance meeting with someone from his past, he finally “snaps.”

At times this book can seem a bit over-saturated with case studies in psychology but it does help to move the story along. It can actually help a person who may not be familiar with the concepts used throughout the book so it works if you have no background knowledge but paradoxically, you need some background knowledge to fully appreciate what you are reading. Anyway, this book combines both psychological concepts and eastern philosophy via Lao Tzu. So in a way, it's academic brain candy but written in a way almost everyone would understand. I wouldn't be surprised if this book was eventually used in a high school classroom or rather, a university classroom.

Needless to say, this was a page turner and certainly something to keep your eye on. What the author presents in his book certainly makes you think and he leaves it up to you to interpret the end of the story for yourself.

It's a good book. And definitely, one that should be read by all.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

A Map to Otherworld: The Guide to Meditative Shamanic Journeying by Rebekah Gamble

Shamanic work? Astral projection right? Well, if anything it certainly got the best of me in regards to my own curiosity of inexplicable phenomena that current science has yet to prove of disprove.
As I was reading through this book, it had many similarities in regards to my own religion when I do practice it, that of Paganism. Wicca it also reminded me of and yes, there are differences between the two, kind of like how there are differences between Christianity and Catholicism. Either way though, all religions try to bring about unity, peace, and love. Unfortunately, the human element in interpreting bible verses, book of shadows, etc. deludes from the ultimate message of religions, which I believe is love. However, my own interpretation can be wrong as well. I'm only human and can err just like anyone else. 
I don't consider this book a religious text mind you, but it's definitely worthy of a read by people who consider themselves more “spiritual,” than “religious.”
Also, shamanic journeying and astral projection are different. I learned that from reading this book and I am certainly no expert in things like this nor do I intend to be. It is interesting to reflect over though.
I like how the writer of this book used her own life experiences as examples. It's like you're having a conversation with her, even though it's not necessarily going both ways. It's good to read this book with no prior judgments attached. For people who are interested in this type of thing it's good to add into your collection.
I do like to delve into reading material such as this, but my mind is still too scientific to fully accept all of it. Either way, it's worthy of reading and having a different perspective on things such as this.

Read the book for yourself, to see what I mean.