Monday, November 9, 2015

My Review of Dr. Sleep by Stephen King

Did you ever wonder what happened to little Danny Torrance after he survived a harrowing ordeal at the Overlook Hotel in Stephen King's bestselling novel, The Shining? Thankfully, King saw fit to tell us the rest of the story in a book called Doctor Sleep.

The story opens on a sad note, revealing that Torrence is being plagued by a very ordinary demon: alcoholism. After a series of tragic events, Torrence finds himself in a small town in New Hampshire where he eventually gets sober. It's about this time that Torrence notices a cosmic connection with a young girl named Abra Stone.

Torrence and Stone discover each other through some sort of ESP. Torrence discovers that Stone is being hunted by a group called the True Knot which murders children and uses their “essence” as fuel for life. The conflict eventually leads Torrence back to the Overlook Hotel where he narrowly escaped being killed by his father in The Shining.

Dr. Sleep is classic Stephen King. The story features highly developed characters and a plot that sucks the reader in and remains interesting until the very end. I've read or listened to a number of Stephen King novels, and he never disappoints

I have awarded Dr. Sleep four out of five stars on my Goodreads Page

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

My Review of Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but books by Jon Krakauer are an exception. That's because Krakauer is an expert on making true stories read like a novel. Like many of Krakauer's books, I could hardly put down Into the Wild

I am not a mountaineer, but I was fascinated by Krakauer's account of Chris McCandless, a well-educated young man who walked into the wilderness near Mt. McKinley and never returned. McCandless viewed himself as a modern day aesthetic, eschewing all worldly possessions as he set out to live off the land

Sadly, McCandless did not survive his ordeal in the harsh Alaska wilderness, likely dying of starvation. Apparently, McCandless was hoping to find himself by loosing himself in nature. Krakauer did a magnificent job of chronicling the McCandless's misadventures. Using writings left behind in the abandoned bus McCandless called home plus interviews from his family, Krakauer weaves a narrative which is exciting and interesting, even knowing the outcome beforehand.

I applaud Krakauer for his work as a writer and would recommend his books to anyone in need of a good, but true story

I have awarded Into the Wild 4 out of 5 stars on my Goodreads Page

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Exciting Workshop with Life Coach Cindy Clemens

November 14 & 15

Dinner, Talk & Fire Ceremony

- Saturday, November 14 from 5-9 pm Mountain Time in Padre Canyon Suite

-What Do You Crave & What’s Holding You Back – Interactive Talk Over Dinner in Our Private Suite (Soup, Caesar Salad, Fresh Bread, Dessert & Coffee)

- Release and Renew Fire Ceremony – Wood fire outdoors under the desert sky

- Cost - $75

Pink Box Playtime

- Sunday, November 15 from 1-5 pm Mountain Time in Padre Canyon Suite

-Tap into your creativity and relax for some good fun. You will be given a blank Pink Box and provided with all varieties of embellishments. As we listen to great music and conversation, we can have a couple of hours to really get the creative juices going.

- As the boxes set, we will go for a 30-minute walk through the lava rock and desert. When we return to our Suite, we will enjoy snacks and beverages as we share our Pink Box creations and take them home to help us savor and protect our joy

- Cost - $75

COME TO BOTH AND SAVE ... $125 for both Saturday and Sunday

Only 15 Spaces for Each Event – Reserve Your Space by calling Cindy at (435) 632-3311 or send an email to
Special Rates on Rooms at Red Mountain Resort for Friday-Sunday

$150, plus $15 service fee and tax. This includes breakfast in the morning.
Good for single or double. Extra costs for morning hikes, but well worth it.

Call Lindy Overton to Book Your Room @ (435) 652-5744 (Mention the Cindy Clemens Joy Retreat)