Sundays in Bed with… Out Where the West Begins

Sundays in Bed

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This Sunday I’m reading some non-fiction titled Out Where the West Begins: Profiles, Visions, and Strategies of Early Western Business Leaders by Philip F. Anschutz. A fascinating look at innovators and entrepreneurs who helped create the American West.

 

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Between 1800 and 1920, an extraordinary cast of bold innovators and entrepreneurs—individuals such as Cyrus McCormick, Brigham Young, Henry Wells, and James Fargo, Fred Harvey, Levi Strauss, Adolph Coors, J. P. Morgan, and Buffalo Bill Cody—helped lay the groundwork for what we now call the American West. They were people of imagination and courage, adept at maneuvering the rapids of change, alert to opportunity, persistent in their missions.

They had big ideas they were not afraid to test. They stitched the country together with the first transcontinental railroad, invented the Model A and built the roads it traveled on, raised cities and supplied them with water and electricity, established banks for immigrant populations, entertained the world with film and showmanship and created a new form of western hospitality for early travelers. Not all were ideal role models. Most, however, once they had made their fortunes, shared them in the form of cultural institutions, charities, libraries, parks, and other amenities that continue to enrich lives in the West today.
 
Out Where the West Begins profiles some fifty of these individuals, tracing the arcs of their lives, exploring their backgrounds and motivations, identifying their contributions, and analyzing the strategies they developed to succeed in their chosen fields.

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Sundays in Bed with… Wesley

Sundays in Bed

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Sounds a bit naughty being in bed with Wesley by Leanne Davis.  It is a nice change from the violent thrillers I’ve been reading lately.

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Yeah, I don’t trust them.

Who are they? The family who takes me in after they catch me making a rare mistake. They offer me a deal that allows me to make amends while staying with them and working. I’ve never had a permanent home and I’d long since run away from the foster care system after my last “home” had someone using my back for a cigarette tray. My means of supporting myself? Whatever necessary. That includes anything and everything I needed to do to survive. That’s all my life has been about anyway: survival. And you know what? I’ve done just that. Survived. And thrived while doing so.

Then this strange family decides to rescue me. Though not for a moment do I need rescuing. I’ve made my life something interesting and important while remaining independent. I’m neither homeless nor a criminal. I’ll do my penance in this small town of Silver Springs, but nothing will make me lose sight of the life waiting for me on the road. 

I don’t trust their motives for a second and I’m ready at any moment for it to go wrong. Nothing is going to make me believe in them. Even as I meet Dani Dawson, who is a waitress in the café where I work and is dating the son of the family I’m staying with. She tries to show me a softer side to life. Still, I know that nothing lasts: not food, shelter, parents, friends, brothers, families, and certainly not love. Especially if you’re relying on others for it. I rely on no one but myself. Always have and always will. No matter what. So, I’m ready for it all to go to crap, but until then? Joke’s on all of them and I’ll take advantage of it until the very last moment.

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Sundays in Bed with… A.I. P.I.

Sundays in Bed

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Another cold wintery Sunday and I’m reading the debut sci-fi novel A.I. P.I. by Ian Patrick Williams.

A.I. P.I. by Ian Patrick Williams

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GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

In the near future, a paranoid society overreacts to the newly created race of advanced androids that are overloading the job sector. By popular demand, the androids are denounced as second-class citizens and relegated to life in a metallic ghetto. Among them is former police officer RMD3000, or Raymond, now forced to eke out a living as an Artificially Intelligent Private Investigator.

A missing heir, a new designer drug, a robo-phobic televangelist running for President: all are elements of Raymond’s latest case that he must solve while eluding the police state that has vowed to hunt him down and dismantle him.

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Sundays in Bed with… One Flew Through the Dragon Heart

Sundays in Bed

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This cold wintery Sunday I’m reading the magical One Flew Through the Dragon Heart by C.S. Johnson.

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Sundays in Bed with… Glasgow Kiss

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This snowy Sunday I’m reading Glasgow Kiss by CS Duffy.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

She demanded he stop mucking about, pull over and let her out the car.

He’d laughed.

A thin, high, mocking screech that was like nails on a blackboard. Whirling round a roundabout with one hand on the steering wheel, he’d blown her a kiss.

I don’t have to do what anyone says.

His voice was high and freakishly child-like, his eyes sparkling with inhuman glee.  She had to grit her teeth to stop herself from screaming as a wall of white hot horror slammed her.

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Sundays in Bed with… Shadow Life

Sundays in Bed

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This Sunday I’m reading Shadow Life by Jason Mather.

GOODREADS SYNOPSIS:

Hans Ricker knows the value of his life. 500 dollars. He came cheap, and death came easy. But in the near future it’s not that easy to die, and now he’s back, and the trouble is only growing deeper. Two feuding underworld figures, both immensely powerful, want him dead. Something else wants him alive, something even more powerful, more mysterious, and Hans isn’t the only with the power of resurrection.

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