William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace: Star Wars Part the First (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars) by Ian Doescher

Shakespeare's the Phantom Menace
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Well this was certainly fun to read!  It’s the Star Wars story written in Shakespearean iambic pentameter.  Very cool.  I was able to fly right through this.  As a lover of Shakespeare, I found  this a very cool way to read the first story in the Star Wars saga. The illustrations are beautiful as well.  Just an all around fun book, and for sure I’ll keep going with this series.

Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Doctor Sleep
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I took a long break from Stephen King, so when I heard that he was writing this book I was very excited.  The Shining was a great book, so I was intrigued as to how he would pick up the story of Danny Torrance all grown up.  This book did not disappoint me at all.  Dan struggles with a drinking problem just like his Dad did in The Shining.  As he struggles with that, he’s suppressed his “shine.”  His friend from the Overlook Hotel, Dick Hallorann, makes a return visit in this book, and he serves as the conduit between past and future.  Since Dick cannot be with Dan to face these new demons, a new character arrives on the scene that has the “shine” even stronger than his own.  The monsters in the story are appropriately creepy and scary.   I would recommend this sequel If you’re a King fan, and especially if you loved The Shining.

A Common Struggle by Patrick J. Kennedy and Stephen Fried

A Common Struggle
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This book was so wonderful on so many levels.  I thought Patrick Kennedy was very brave to write it – and I absolutely understand why it was written after his father’s passing.  The way he grew up hearing from his dad and very extended famous family that we keep everything in the family and don’t air our dirty laundry helped to keep him from truly confronting and defeating his own demons.  The authors do a great job in giving information about how our healthcare system and government succeed and fail at treating people with mental illness and addiction.  Ultimately this is a book about successes and failures, but mostly about hope in dealing with these two very important issues.