The Harpy: #bookreview

The Harpy

How did you feel about the setting?

The Harpy by Megan Hunter is set in a pretty typical town. Lucy and Jake live in a nice home with their two sons. Lucy is a stay-at-home mom while Jake works at an office. Their life is nice and comfortable. It could be wrapped up in a nice gift box with a lovely bow.

Then one day Lucy receives the news that her husband is having an affair with a co-worker. She doesn’t know what to do except cry and be angry. Finally, Lucy decides to give Jake another chance.

They come up with this deal that she is allowed to hurt him three times in whatever way that she wants. People say that sort of thing during in an argument. What are the statistics on following through with inflicting pain on someone that has caused you pain? I guess that why there are so many shows like Snapped and Forensic Files.

So things are going alright for awhile. Definitely not perfect but they are trying to make the relationship work.

In between thinking about the relationship and taking care of her kids, Lucy remembers her fascination with Harpies. A Harpy is a half-bird, half-human creature. The most accurate description of them is that they are agents of punishment.

Anyway, Lucy discovers that Jake cannot be trusted. So she may have turned into Harpy – either in her mind or in a physical way. Lucy seems happy in this form. Maybe she feels free because this is her true nature – an evil, vicious bird. It may not work for everyone but maybe it will work for her. I hope she finds someone to take care of her kids while she’s off finding her true Harpyness.

If you are looking for a good book with plenty of drama and Harpies, then The Harpy should be the next book on your list.

If you are a cheater or have a fear of birds, also known as ornithophobia, then you have other problems that you should attend to first.

  • I received this ebook from Netgalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Flawless Friday Video: Riotron

Riotron has released one of the best lyric videos that I’ve ever seen. Also, I wonder if he would consider changing his name to Riot Ron. I cannot unsee it and now neither can you. You’re welcome.

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Meet and Greet: Gardening, Not Architecture

Who: Gardening, Not Architecture

What: Their Facebook description says “Melodic, bittersweet songs with punk rock soul.”

Why: See above. If that’s not enough, they have been raising money for a tornado relief fund for the people of Nashville. The date of the tornadoes was March 2-3, 2020.

Official Website – gardeningnotarchitecture.com

Spotify – https://open.spotify.com/artist/2EYiQaeGXkR0x0geYW2UzA

Bandcamp – http://gardeningnotarchitecture.bandcamp.com

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The Less than Spectacular Times of Henry Milch: #bookreview

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/51886460-the-less-than-spectacular-times-of-henry-milch
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The Less Than Spectacular Times of Henry Milch by Marshall Thornton is set in Wyandot County in Michgan. There used to be a Wyandot County but it became Cheboygan County in 1853. It seems funny to hear the author refer to the area as the Northern Lower Michigan. It’s accurate. People always forget about the Upper Peninsula.

Henry Milch has recently moved to Michigan from Hollywood, California in order to live with his grandma. Henry had a choice between living with Nana Cole or going to rehab after an overdose. He’s still a drug addict and not always completely honest with anyone. He wants everyone to call him “Mooch” but it doesn’t stick. It’s a horrible nickname. Who really wants to be called “Mooch?”

Henry finds the body of Sammy Hart while working for a local land conservancy. There’s a reward offered for information about Sammy’s death. Henry’s motivation for finding Sammy’s killer is greed. He wants the money so he can move back to Hollywood.

Sammy was an interesting person while he was alive. He was an openly gay man living in a conservative area of Michigan. Unfortunately for Henry, the first gay person in the area that he meets is also deceased. Henry is also gay. He has only told a handful of people in Michigan.

Henry finds out everything he can about Sammy. Who would want to kill him? Was it because he was gay or was there another reason? Henry is really hoping that he solves the case before anyone else. Nothing is more important to Henry than getting out of Michigan.

If you are looking for an interesting LGBTQIA murder mystery, then The Less Than Spectacular Times of Henry Milch is a good match.

If you’re close-minded about everything LGBTQIA, then you should start reading articles or books about how to not be a bigot. Come back to the book at a later time.

Links for Tolerance articles:

https://www.vice.com/en_in/article/59nz5z/how-to-deal-with-friends-family-who-are-racist-sexist-or-bigoted

https://www.tolerance.org/magazine/publications/speak-up/six-steps-to-speak-up

https://www.lifehacker.com.au/2019/07/how-not-to-be-a-bigot/

  • I received this ebook from NetGalley in exchange for doing a review. All opinions are my own. Obviously.

Cold Case Quest: Janice and Brandon Beidleman

Janice and Brandon Beidleman
https://www.ohioattorneygeneral.gov/Files/Law-Enforcement/Investigator/Cold-Case/Homicides/Beidleman

 On September 13, 1981 Beidleman and her son left a relatives house on Myrtle Drive. She was going to stop at the grocery store before returning to her home on Beechwold Drive. Unfortunately, the Beidlemans did not make it home.

On September 14, 1981, Janice Beidleman and her 18-month old son, Brandon, were found in the water near the Agler Road. Janice Beidleman had been beaten and strangled. The police believe that Brandon had been suffocated, possibly with a pillow.

The police also know that before being placed in the water, the Beidlemans were attacked near Putter Ave. The people in the Putter Avenue neighborhood heard the screams. It must have been terrible.

The car that Beidleman was driving was found near the bridge at Agler and Sunbury Roads.

So I have a theory about what happened to the mother and son. It is possible that Beidleman was confronted by the attacker while in the store parking lot. I think that the suspect was waiting for someone that he could kidnap. For whatever reason, Janice Beidleman fit the bill. Who knows if the suspect knew that there was a toddler or not?

The cause of death was also strangulation in the case of Sheronda Norris. It seems like they both were either out for a walk or shopping. They could have each been an easy target for their killer.

The Beidlemans were found extremely close to where Sheronda Norris was found. Norris went missing on September 15, 1991, almost exactly 10 years later.

Sheronda Norris.

The people of Columbus really wanted to see this case get solved. They wanted the mother and especially the young son receive some justice. Every few years, the police and the media revisit this case in order to solve the case. I hope that after almost 39 years that someone can put all the pieces to this cold case together.

Who to contact: 

If anyone knows anything about any of the cases of Janice and Brandon Beidleman or Sheronda Norris,contact the Columbus Police or Central Ohio Crime Stoppers.

Contact information: Rewards may be available for information on a case that leads to a conviction by contacting Central Ohio’s Crime Stoppers at (614) 461-8477 or visiting their website.

If you have any information or questions about any Columbus area cold case, please contact the Columbus Police Department. The Homicide Cold Case Unit number is available (614) 645-4036 during the hours of 6 a.m. – 4 p.m. You can also call the Investigative Subdivision Duty Desk at (614) 645-4624, after hours.

Links:

https://www.10tv.com/article/janice-and-brandon-beidleman

https://www.10tv.com/article/cold-case-detectives-hope-solve-28-year-old-murder

Interview with . . . Katya Richardson

https://www.katyarichardson.com/

Los Angeles based composer, Katya Richardson, is quite accomplished. At the age of 15, the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed her orchestral work. Her resume is absolutely amazing. Check out her website to see all of her current and previous work. Richardson is nothing short of brilliant.

She also has released her debut album, Left from Write, that is available for everyone to enjoy. Richardson was kind enough to answer a few questions.

Where was your first concert as a fan? As a performer?

I was lucky to grow up around a lot of live jazz and classical music, so it’s hard to pick one experience! But one of my most memorable concerts was seeing Fleet Foxes at the Hollywood Bowl. It was so surreal being in a venue with that many people, and I was blown away by Robin Pecknold’s vocals. As a performer and composer, I’ve been playing piano for almost 15 years, having debuted compositions in venues like the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and The Royal Opera House in London. I’ve recently started singing too, both my own work and as part of a synth-pop duo, so I’m excited to explore more of that.

Do you have a bucketlist? If so, what’s on it?

Definitely to travel more! I want to find a way to combine my love of travel and music, like immersing myself in another country or developing a project based on the local culture. I’d like to finish a classical album within the next year – that’s my next immediate goal, aside from my usual film-scoring work.

What was the last thing that you read?

I’m in a graphic novel phase, so I just finished reading a series called Saga. It’s essentially a space epic/fantasy influenced by the world of Star Wars. So visually stunning!

What are you listening to at the moment?

Recently discovered an icy pop group called Litany, so mostly vibing to them. Been super into FKA twigs and Tame Impala too.

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be doing?

Something to do with genetics or neuroscience, since I’ve always loved biology. I’m fascinated by how an environment can change our genes and why the human brain is drawn to music.

Who would you like to collaborate with in the future?

Most of my work as a composer is multi-disciplinary, and collaboration is really central to what I do. I primarily score films, but regularly work with choreographers, dancers, and designers, and routinely record with live musicians. Some of my most experimental and meaningful collaborations have been through dance, so I’d love to explore more of that.

What do you want people to know about your music?

I just released my debut album, Left From Write! It is a hyperkinetic, electrojazz EP largely inspired by Flying Lotus and SOPHIE – featuring vocal loops, saxophone, and groovy vibes. Thematically, it celebrates dyslexia and individuality, commenting on issues that arise out of a standardized education system. It was originally written as part of a dance production at The Royal Opera House in London, in collaboration with a choreographer, lighting designer, and animator to visually and sonically recreate the multi-layered experience of a dyslexic. 

The 3 movements act as a narrative, looking at individuality as something organized and chaotic, but ultimately human. While I would love for this piece to encourage more discussions about dyslexia and destigmatize learning disabilities, in the end I always strive to make music that is fun. Left From Write is exactly that – it is a love letter to being human, and I hope you enjoy listening to it! 

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Julia Bardo

Julia Bardo released her debut album, Phase, on March 6, 2020. Her sound is reminiscent of 60s singers like Petula Clark and Nancy Sinatra. It’s very retro.

Bardo’s hometown is Brescia, which is in the northern region of Italy. Her current residence is in Manchester, England.

Bardo taught herself to play the guitar. For awhile, she played in a post-punk band. She was still searching for her own musical voice so she decided to go solo. I think she will continue to evolve as an artist because she will always want to express herself.

If only, I had a pair of go-go boots . . . I wish that I had a basement so that there was a space to listen to old records and wear clothes from the 60s.

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