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Dec. 2020 Book Haul

Welcome to Book Haul post for December 2020, here at SDMcKinley.com. The intention here is to spread good news about . . . you guessed it – books, art, love, peace and tranquility! Many other things besides reading take a place at my table, which means I’m a slow reader and that every book on this list doesn’t always get a review straight away. Don’t ask me what determines that and Don’t even ask me about my eBook Haul 🤣, as these are all physical books.

December comes with love from both three non-fiction and three fiction books alike, but the Bible there, it transcends any category for me.

Traveling recommendations coupled with hunches and gut feelings during a well-sitting lunch, I stumbled not only upon a great author ( Neal Asher ), but a visionary from the 1500s named Hieronymus Bosch. The book I purchased ( in a haste of buying, while in swamp-water filled with hungry gators ) is a smaller version, so if you go hunting for this, beware that the bigger size is there for purchase of Hieronymus Bosch. The Complete Works, albeit quite a bit more pricey. This book covers not only the artwork, but the life story behind the art, which is sometimes just as, if not more important than the artwork itself.

Nikola Tesla is another visionary worth mentioning along with Bosch, but with a focus on technology ( one of my personal passions ) in regards to capturing and controlling energy in the form of electricity. I’ve already been thumbing through and I can tell you as first thoughts it takes around 140 pages before you actually get to a formal writing of Tesla’s as a public lecture, most of this ( so far ) is diagrams and organization of his notes ( being passed through a couple of hands ) on observations of how these inventions operate and the intricacies that effect their operations with The Inventions, Researches and Writings of Nikola Tesla. Even being a futurist, I love reading archaic writings and this certainly matches up with that particular expectation. This titled was picked out by my lovely girlfriend. So, it’s technically hers, but my fiendish book hands couldn’t help themselves! 🤣

Also following recommendations and more than a hunch for this, Mr. Bookstooge and I were discussing the Bible and different versions of it, he recommended the ESV translation, so I opted for a study Bible and this one packs a great punch at almost 3000 pages with notes, maps and illustrations to match. Thank you Mr. Bookstooge and to my Mother, which purchased it for me. I have read completely through the KJV translation with Schofield notes, which was very enlightening and this book will enrich my further journey in getting to know God through Christianity. I hope to do a post and show you a little about whats inside the ESV Study Bible, at some point.

Not only do I follow several book blogs ( over 100 ), but I occasionally look at some reviews on YouTube, namely Well Read Beard, which does some decent video reviews. This cover really caught my attention on his book haul post and he had some well things to say about it, so that was that. Did I say I love this cover? Salt Blood by T.C. Parker. And, if the author ever reads this, it wasn’t easy to find this title for some reason. Searching, even on Amazon, it was a bit difficult to locate.

Spiraling out, we have another hunched over ( Egad Brain! That didn’t come out right? ) book recommendation coming from The Tattooed Book Geek titled Secret Santa by Andrew Shaffer. Again, I’m really loving the aesthetics here, so hopefully the writing matches but I’m sure it will since Mr. Tatooed Book Geek had good things to say . . . unless we don’t agree?! 😮 I read his review and honestly don’t remember any of it except “Hellyeah Book Review“. Let’s get some scare in for Christmas!!!

Last, but no least, we have another Asher book, the first in the series ( wait?! S.D., you are starting on book #1 of a series? You aren’t quite your self today, please visit the infirmary! 🚑 ) titled The Soldier: Rise of the Jain by Neal Asher. I recently did a review on The Bosch by Asher and it really was nothing else I have ever even fathomed or read for that matter. Paradoxical, even. So, I am moving onto a full-length book by this author. This book came as a recommendation, as an external feeding force from Ola G @ Re-Enchantment of the World blog.

I hope you guys and gals enjoyed the list here for December. I’m hoping to do another Christmas haul post for more goodies, and now, I’m onto Friday Fun Trifecta and working on a couple of book reviews!

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

8 replies on “Dec. 2020 Book Haul”

Just be aware that the Soldier builds upon a LOT of Asher’s previous works. He does a great job of summarizing it, but if you read it and feel confused, start at the beginning and work your way up. And if you do like it, then start at the beginning and work your way up, hahahahahaha 😀

I have reached an internal consensus about your comment. I guess I’ll start from the beginning and work my way up. All jokes aside, I support your awareness message. APPROVED. /throws-down-the-hammer-of-justice

Huh, that is weird. WP notified me that you liked my comment but never notified me that you had replied. this is one of the reasons I don’t want to go straight dotcom.

Anway, if you have the Soldier, go for it. Better to start with what you have than wait and never start. But if you were looking for a place to start, the 5 book Agent Cormac series is the place to start. I do have ebook versions if you ever want to borrow them.

I will keep that in mind. Yeah, I noticed a lot of people don’t come back and comment, so I figured that was the deal. I’ll chisel on that problem next!

I see lots of changes around here, nice! 😀
I do hope you’ll love Asher, though I second everything Bookstooge said above (well, except the comment comment ;)) – but since you already started with Asher from the… other end, I guess starting with a second-to-end series shouldn’t be a problem for you 😀 More to explore and to extrapolate!

Oh, geeeez. Well, okay, then. It very well could be a problem! I’m really not trying to make the reading more difficult than it has to be. 🤣 I may have to “back up and punt” and start off in the Agent Cormac series!! I had to do that with the Woern Saga books . . .

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