Review~Five Finger Fiction by Brooks Sigler

12 January 2010

Five Finger Fiction

From the cover:

Lila O'Farrell barely has a voice of her own in her Irish Catholic family. Mother Lynette is a force of nature, something between a flash flood and a frightening televangelist. Lou, her father, is a peeping Tom; her sister is just oblivious. Lila's scores of cousins and aunts are exhausting. She tries humor, subversion, and even a British accent. Her kleptomania is the only thing that gives her comfort. Lila takes jewelry, tongue depressors, a friend's brassiere. Breaking the law and casting aside social mores are nothing, though, compared to challenging Lynette Nolan O'Farrell's authority. Lila's not sure she can grow up and move on if Lynette doesn't give her permission.

About the Author:

Brooks Sigler is a long-time resident of New England. She dwells with her husband, 2.5 cats (.5 is really even more bizarre than a cat should be), a turtle, and Orion, their black moor. (Bob, their other fish, sadly jumped the tank.) At this time, she has no progeny, but along with her first New Year's resolution finally to finish a book, she made another to have a child or two in the near, near future.

    To the best of her ability, which is sometimes limited by water retention, lack of chocolate, and confusing reality shows, Ms. Sigler teaches English. Over the years her students have shown her many things including, but not limited to, the following: how to shop and do school work while the teacher is looking, how to make the teacher laugh about a destroyed text to avoid reprisal, and how to convince a parent that a teacher lost all one's "completed" assignments.

My thoughts:

Five Finger Fiction by Brooks Sigler is a page turner.

 Throughout the book we follow the life of the main character Lila O'Farrell. Lila is one snarky chick, she comes from a well-to do family and attends a private Catholic school for sometime. But things aren't always what they seem from the outside.

 Brooks created a funny work of fiction that touches on this "nice" family's not so nice secrets. From the peeping-tom father, the closet kleptomania, overbearing mother; you'll be turning page after page to see what happens next. The ending has left me wanting more, and I would love to see a sequal!!

On the negative side, I felt that there was way too mauch switching from past to present in the book; especially with little or no warning of the switch. And I could never come up with so many "L" names, kudos to you for that one Brooks!!

This book by Brooks and many other great authors can be purchased at Publishing Works

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Publishing Works in exchange for my review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Sharp I-Pod Docking station~~product review

I've been using mp3 players for years now. For the last year and a half, I have been begging the hubby-to-be for an I-pod touch, not only for the music but also because "Farmville" has an app!! So for my birthday, I finally got my I-Pod Touch!!
Well, after getting all my thousands of must have songs downloaded, I realized that if i wanted to listen to the music while cleaning I would need to carry around this really big mp3 player. So i went in search of a docking station.
Enter the DK-AP8P I-Pod Docking Station From Sharp. I love that it is portable and that it has a remote!! Now when I am cleaning and hear a song that I really like, I just grab the remote ( that is always beside me) and line the sensor up with the main unit ( too bad it won't work through walls!!) and turn that bad boy up!!
For something so small, it puts out an amazing sound! I can hear it all through the house! I love that not only can I use it at home, if we are heading out to the park or something, I can take it along with me, all I need to do is pop in 4 AA batteries and we are good to go. The carrying case is wonderful for not only carrying it around; it works wonderful for storage also! And the fact that the remote is magnetic is just another wonderful bonus with this docking station!! Plus, it will work for just about any i-pod with the included adapters!!
Here's the info from the site:
This small, yet powerful, I-ELEGANCE® 2.1 channel audio system made for iPod and compatible with an iPhone®features an ultra-portable design that closes for safe keeping when on the go. It features a Magnetic IR wireless touch panel remote control for added flexibility. The single system houses all necessary components for an enjoyable listening experience, including the main drivers and subwoofer. When using an iPod player, the user can play music directly from the device and recharge the unit when plugged into a AC outlet, or for music on-the-go, use 4 AA batteries. With approximately six hours of battery operation1 and an AC adapter and soft carry bag included, the DK-AP8P is truly a portable solution to enjoying high-quality audio from any location. The DK-AP8P also includes a video output jack so that when connected to a TV, users can enjoy their favorite videos on a large screen.


  • Works with iPod and iPhone Devices - This I-ELEGANCE music system is made for the following: iPod nano 1st/2nd/3rd/4th Generation, iPod mini, iPod with dock connector 4th/5th Generation, iPod classic, iPod Touch 1st/2nd Generation, iPhone, iPhone 3G
  • Plays and Charges your iPod/iPhone - The i-Elegance music systems will play and charge your iPod simultaneously. Whenever your iPod is connected to the docking system and AC power, it will charge.
  • High Fidelity 2.1 Sound - The i-Elegance music systems feature front firing full range speakers along with a subwoofer. For added bass response, the subwoofer produces low-end frequencies for deep bass sound.
  • Esound Mode - The i-Elegance music systems feature Esound, a digital signal processing technology that improves the quality of compressed digital music. Most compressed music experiences have some sound deterioration. The ESound mode corrects this deterioration by enhancing the sound frequency spectrum as well as increasing the sound pressure.
  • Magnetic Remote - The DK-AP8P features a Magnetic IR wireless remote for added flexibility and convienience.
  • Soft Carry Bag - The DK-AP8P portable music system is supplied with a soft bag to carry the unit in when traveling. This system also encloses the speakers when folded for addition protection.
  • Portable Battery Operation - In addition to the supplied AC adapter, the DK-AP8P portable music system operates on 4 AA batteries allowing for appoximately six hours of portable operation.
  • 3.5mm Audio Input: - The DK-AP8P also has a 3.5mm audio input jack for using an audio MP3 player or PC audio output for increased versatility.
  • 2.1 ch Speaker System with HDSS - The 2.1 speaker system with HDSS driver technology provides both right and left audio and a subwoofer in one compact system. The 2.1 system creates a listening experience with high-quality sound using HDSS drivers, allowing for sound reproduction in its most pure and natural form.
Buy it:
Purchase from the Sharp website for 129.99
*I was provided with the product for evaluation purposes! I was not compensated in any other way, this review is clearly my opinion only and does not in any way reflect the experience you may have!

Review~The Gospel According To LOST by Chris Seay

The Gospel According to LOST by Chris Seay


Publisher: Thomas Nelson

Pub. Date: 12/29/2009

ISBN-13: 9780849920721

Sales Rank: #82103


From the publisher:

An epic journey into the deepest mysteries of faith.

Lost is NOT just a television show. It has become larger than that—a massive story filled with mystery that has garnered over twenty million participants. Some might call them viewers, but one does not just watch Lost, one participates in it. It demands that you dialogue with the story, seeking theories and comparing yourself to characters. Lost breaks all the formulas for television, and in doing so has drawn together millions of people on a shared journey that explores life, faith, history, science, philosophy, hope, and the basic questions of what it means to be human. It is the seemingly infinite ideas, philosophies, and biblical metaphors that make this story so engaging.

Chris Seay's fascinating book explores each of these elements in a spinning analysis of faith and metaphor that will attract a multitude of readers who desire to go even deeper into the journey.

My thoughts:


"The Gospel According to Lost" is not normally a book I would blindly pick up. I am not a major fan of any of the "Gospel According to" books. To say that Chris Seay pleasantly surprised me would be and understatment. As an avid viewer of LOST, I generally enjoyed this spin on the show.


The book begins by explaining how LOST is different from other shows and why it has become an import influence to the people who watch it every week. After this introduction, each chapter examines a specific character by looking at the main philosophical theme they represent and how their character changes throughout the show in regard to their theme. He then compares the LOST narrative to stories found in the Bible. 

I often found myself making the same connections that Seay did: 

* Eko with his bible-stick of scripture 

* Sawyer's bad-boy-seeking-redemption story 

* Locke with his insistence on faith 

* Shephard's stubborn anti-supernatural stance 

On the negative side, Seay often took the easy road when reflecting on the characters--there are a lot of deeper connections that could have been examined. Also, the structure of the book was quite scattered. There was no unifying arc to the book as a whole. This book provides a great review of certain characters and mysteries the show has created, which is especially useful before the final season this spring.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”