Dean Koontz “From The Corner Of His Eye” Thursday, Dec 23 2010 

Synopsis

His birth was marked by wonder and tragedy

He sees beauty and terror beyond our deepest dreams

His story will change the way you see the world

Bartholomew Lampion is born on a day of tragedy and terror that will mark his family forever. All agree that his unusual eyes are the most beautiful they have ever seen. On this same day, a thousand miles away, a ruthless man learns that he has a mortal enemy named Bartholomew. He embarks on a relentless search to find this enemy, a search that will consume his life. And a girl is born from a brutal rape, her destiny mysteriously linked to Barty and the man who stalks him.

At the age of three, Barty Lampion is blinded when surgeons remove his eyes to save him from a fast-spreading cancer. As he copes with his blindness and proves to be a prodigy, his mother counsels him that all things happen for a reason and that every person s life has an effect on every other person s, in often unknowable ways….

Brilliant, At 640 pages “From The Corner Of His Eye” was a fantastic story with a lot of characters from San Francisco to Oregon; Koontz does a great job at bringing all their storys together in the end. I would say this is a must read and that it ranks in my top 10 for sure. A strong 5 stars for “From The Corner Of His Eye”.

Dean Koontz “Life Expectancy” Thursday, Dec 9 2010 

Synopsis

Jimmy Tock comes into the world on the very night his grandfather leaves it. As a violent storm rages outside the hospital, Rudy Tock spends long hours walking the corridors between the expectant fathers’ waiting room and his dying father’s bedside. It’s a strange vigil made all the stranger when, at the very height of the storm’s fury, Josef Tock suddenly sits up in bed and speaks coherently for the frist and last time since his stroke.

What he says before he dies is that there will be five dark days in the life of his grandson—five dates whose terrible events Jimmy will have to prepare himself to face. The first is to occur in his twentieth year; the second in his twent-third year; the third in his twenty-eighth; the fourth in his twenty-ninth; the fifth in his thirtieth.

Rudy is all too ready to discount his father’s last words as a dying man’s delusional rambling. But then he discovers that Josef also predicted the time of his grandson’s birth to the minute, as well as his exact height and weight, and the fact that Jimmy would be born with syndactyly—the unexplained anomal of fused digits—on his left foot. Suddenly the old man’s predictions take on a chilling significance.

What terrifying events await Jimmy on these five dark days? What nightmares will he face? What challenges must he survive? As the novel unfolds, picking up Jimmy’s story at each of these crisis points, the path he must follow will defy every expectation. And with each crisis he faces, he will move closer to a fate he could never have imagined. For who Jimmy Tock is and what he must accomplish on the five days when his world turns is a mystery as dangerous as it is wondrous—a struggle against an evil so dark and pervasive, only the most extraordinary of human spirits can shine through.

This was an awesome book full or twists and turns and even some laughs. Most books I can guess what is coming next this one caught me by surprise in several places I would recommend this book. Life Expectancy earned a place in my top 5 reads. 5 stars

Hairball remedy and dogs Wednesday, Dec 1 2010 

Ok I am going to make a post on something other than books.

One of our dogs: The oldest one, a very sweet and smart girl has what I call sticky spit and when she licks you it’s kind of like getting jelly on you’re fork, you can’t see it but it gets on everything you touch. She also sheds more than the law allows.

Just to give you an example: we don’t have dust bunnies under our bed or sofa we have dog hair black holes from which no objects can escape not even the occasional beetle or 18 wheeler coach roach. A few times I have found such creature dead and suspended in a softball size clump of shed hair.

These two facts “the sticky spit and the unlawful shedding” cause her and us much grief. When she grooms herself she gets hair stuck in her throat that will send her on a rampage of eating anything in her path in an attempt to force down the object causing what I figure is a tickling or scratchy feeling in her throat.

Once let outside she would devour the lawn gobbling down grass and bushes.
More times than not this happens in the wee hours of the morning when we are sleeping and will be wakened by her smacking or trying to claw the threads for the throw rugs to eat them.

We have found once that she had eaten a size 9 over the calf tub sock and one time my wife had to pull 4 foot of Elastic Adhesive Bandage out of her rectum, you know the colored stretchy stuff the doctors usually puts on you’re arm way to tight when you have to give blood, have a minor wound or get a flu shot.

Here recently she has taken to eating toilet paper off the roll like it’s some kind of never ending treat dispenser to rid herself of this discomfort.
We have tried to give her bread or cheese or bread and cheese but none of this would help her.
Taking her to the vet they would give her steroid shots to stop what they said was an allergy and this would stop her from licking herself as much. This was really a pain in the ass and getting expensive and not at all good for the dogs health in the long run, I asked the vet about giving her hairball remedy the stuff for cats, “That won’t help at all” the vet replied like some chemical in the hairball remedy only reacted to feline genetics.

After several years of this of the frenzied eating rampage and being woke up at 2:30 or 3:00 am to let her out two or three times during the night so she could chomp on all the flowers and shrubs in the yard I got to looking into my own diagnosed treatment of the hairball remedy, It’s basically a petroleum jelly product and will lubricate the throat, esophagus and intestinal track to help the animal pass the hairball.
So I ran to our local petsmart picked up a tube and gave it a try. If I give her a half inch of this stuff once a week she seems to not get the irresistible urge to eat the back yard that accompanies the hairball. Sometimes I just wait until I hear her constant sticky smacking and swallowing that precedes the onset of a night of gluttony then give her the half inch dose and within a few minutes she is all good.
Why on earth did my vet not think this would work and I did is beyond me other than the fact that she wanted to be paid for the vet visits and steroid shots.

She still has sticky spit and if she licks you, you will still feel like one of those fly tape things hanging in some peoples garage but as far as the hairballs go, we and more importantly she do not suffer with them as much as in the past.