The Reluctant Swordsman

The Reluctant Swordsman by David Duncan

The hero of this story has his consciousness transported into another body by a Goddess with a mission for him. As the title informs us, he is not enthusiastic about his new life. It’s the tale of a modern man taken to a more violent time and how he adapts to the changes.

The book held my interest and it kept me coming back to see how the hero completes his mission.   It’s got some corness to it and I enjoyed that part of it.


It was better than average, but not by much.


The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Rating: 7/10

Summary: Rosie begins to taste emotions around the age of 9. She can taste despair and emptiness in her moms pie, and romance with some guilt in her meatloaf upon discovering her affair with another man. Her entire family is mildly functional at best, and she seems to have little going for her.

What stood out: This book was depressing and leaves you with no sense of relief/closure. It was well written and interesting enough for me that I did not want to put it down, but left me with the taste of sadness.

The Iceman

The Iceman was released in 2012 and was directed by Ariel Vromen.  The movie is based on the life of Mafia hit-man Richard Kuklinski (Michael Shannon).

The movie  is a hard look at cold emotionless sociopath and killer.   We are outsider’s looking into Kuklinski life, but not into his thoughts. He’s like a wild animal, unpredictable except in his violent reactions. Kukinski loved his family and the rest of the world was his prey.   While some might see this lack of insight into Kuklinski as a flaw, I enjoyed it.

Was surprised by how much I liked this movie, it’s not my normal fare.



Court Martial (Survivor of Nam #4) by Donald Zlotnik

Court Martial (Survivor of Nam #4)  by Donald Zlotnik

Spencer Barnes gets the medal of honor and testifies against James for his actions back in Vietnam. This is the last book in the ” Survivor of Nam series. Instead of fighting in the jungles of Vietnam, the recon group is fighting for their lives against a  group of white hating blacks back in America.

This book came out 1988 long after this kind of racism was tolerated by American’s.  The bad guys are a secret group of evil black men killing blond blue eye boys as a way to bond with each other.  The worst part of “Survivor of Nam” was the story lines concerning James. This last book focuses of this story, it was a pass for me.