Monday, March 26, 2012

Monday Morning Book Reviews by Mango Momma

When I am sick with a cold, the only activity that I enjoy is reading books. Can't seem to get my head around blogs and watching TV or movies just feels like too much of a commitment. With a book, you can take it slowly, reread as required when you dose off, and carry your companion around as you journey from couch to bed to comfy chair.

So during my recent incarceration with a severe head cold, I read three books. Shockingly, none of them were dog books, but they were all good nonetheless.

This was read at the recommendation of Beastie Mumsie. What is it about? Hard to say. What I can say is that it is as wacky and off the wall as one of Mango's photoshop adventures. I'll give you the Amazon description if that helps... Philip Horkman is a happy man-the owner of a pet store called The Wine Shop, and on Sundays a referee for kids' soccer. Jeffrey Peckerman is the sole sane person in a world filled with goddamned jerks and morons, and he's having a really bad day. The two of them are about to collide in a swiftly escalating series of events that will send them running for their lives, pursued by the police, soldiers, terrorists, subversives, bears, and a man dressed as Chuck E. Cheese.

Did that help? Well, maybe you'll just have to read it for yourself.

That was followed by an odd little tome that I nabbed during a recent wander through the non-fiction stacks in the library. Twelve Days of Terror by Richard Fernicola.

The author is actually a doctor of rehabilitation and pain management possessing a rather unhealthy obsession with the shark attacks that occurred along the Jersey Shore in 1916. The first third of the book describes the attacks in grisly and titillating detail.

Once he's got you, he spends the rest of the book going through an extraordinary amount of detail about the different types of sharks, who they eat, where they eat them, and, conspiracy theories about links between German war activities and the tragic shark attacks.

I really liked it, but since I read it on the day I was sickest, maybe I had a bit of a fever...

Mr. Brown's son, Walker, was born with a rare genetic disorder named cardiofaciocutaneous syndrome or CTC (only about 300 known cases in existence today). I found his descriptions of dealing with his son's condition heart breaking and scary. But he also discusses the failure of the health care system and questions the efficacy of relentlessly mainstreaming severely disabled children. It gave me a lot to think about, that's for sure.

While the dogs were somewhat indulgent of my lassitude on Friday and Saturday, yesterday they were united in their desire to get me out of the house and they both enjoyed good walkies as well as some tennis ball and training.

I did give myself a time out from the usual weekend chores, but curiously found myself scrubbing the shower stall with great gusto. Perhaps the bleach fumes helped clear out my head.

For those of you still reading, Dexter has started official dog dancing school and is loving it as am I. Hopefully more to come on that front. In the meantime, the pool is officially opened.

And serious sun baking in progress.

The boys should be back with our regularly scheduled programing soon (as well as reading and commenting on our friend's blogs).

Mango Momma


scotsmad said...

We have problems with books too and that kindle thing. It interferes with our walks--although, we DO get snuggle time on the big bed while SHE absent mindedly strokes us.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

Macintosh Mitch said...

Are you sure it's time to break out the pool, Dexter? We hear temps will be around 20 degrees tonight! You'll have to splash through that ice layer. brrrrrrrr
If mom didn't read so many blogs she might have time for a good book.

Love ya lots,

Gus said...

Oh wow! I would love to have a whole weekend to read, but think I will pass on the head cold. Thank made good choices and got some variety in it.

gussie's muzzer

The Thuglets said...

Hope the head cold is improving. Glad you enjoyed some reading.
Dexter is it really warm enough for your pool already? Mango enjoy your sun puddle.

Big Nose Pokes
The Thugletsx

Ms. ~K said...

Dexter the Dancing Doggie? Can't wait!!!

Bassetmomma said...

A couple of those books sound a little scary. Real life stories can scare me more than fiction! Your pool looks amazing! Yay! Ours is a turtle!

harrispen said...

Glad to hear Mango Momma is feeling better. I can't wait to see Dancing Dexter movies!


♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

The Momster loves a good book and regrets that she doesn't make more time for reading. She thinks the first and third sound quite interesting but would definitely pass on the middle one:)

Hope the head is clear soon.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Niamh said...

Glad to hear that you are feeling better Mango Momma! We cannot wait to see Dexter dancing away.

Your friends,
Niamh & Ambrose

Marjie said...

I just love Dave Barry! It was heartbreaking when he decided not to write his regular Sunday column any more, and our paper began carrying some blithering saphead in his place.

Glad to see the boys enjoying their warm weather, although they should prepare for a cooldown, if my weather is any indication (37 here today).

houndstooth said...

I think Mom was quite intrigued by the shark book! Have you ever read any of the Eric Larson books? He wrote Devil In The White City and a few others that are quite intriguing! You might like them. Hopefully you won't be sick and need a lot of reading material for a long time to come, though!


Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

Mama also spent the weekend idling in place, although her excuse was 'achiness' and the dreaded 'out of steam.' Glad to see the Mango Momma is recovering and attending to her doggie duties. We are most eager to see the Dancing Dexter videos. Sure hope Miss Honey is going to have a second Dancing With the Doggie Stars contest this year.

Mama also loves Dave Barry and did not know about this book, so she will check it out. The Orphan Disease book sounds like it would be tough, and preaching to the choir as far as mama is concerned anyway. Books that villify wild creatures just being wild creatures - no thanks.

It's supposed to freeze down here overnight [poor blooming plants]. Hope Mango Momma dumped the water out of your swimming pool and unattached any hoses that might have been hooked up.

Jed & Abby

Two French Bulldogs said...

looks like some good better take care of mom guys..
Benny & Lily

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Glad to hear your cold is a little better Mango Momma. Thanks for the book reviews. If you need another read about shark attack, there is a good true story about an Australian Navy Seal, who was attacked in Sydney Harbour of all places while training, in 2008 (I think), and lost two limbs. His story is remarkable. Paul de Gelder, "No time for fear". If anyone needs inspiration, this is the bloke to get it from.

Can't wait to see Dexter dancing. No worries, and love, Carol

Lassiter Chase and Benjamin said...

I like the "For those of you still reading..." part on the post. That was funny!

Faith Shen said...

I'm glad that your Momma is feeling better now Mango,and you have great bonding by reading those books :)

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