Doc Savage: Skull Island review

Doc Savage: Skull Island Will Murray

I loved this book. I am a sucker for good pulp fiction and this hits all the high points. It’s not quite comic adventure but it is over the top like all good pulp. This is the sixth book in the new Doc Savage series and the best of the bunch so far. I will say that Docs gang were only bit players in the outing and I miss their interactions greatly but once Doc gets to Skull Island Murray gives enough action to need fewer characters.

From Amazon: Doc Savage returns from his Fortress of Solitude to discovers the cold corpse of King Kong lying on the cracked sidewalk of his skyscraper headquarters. He tells his stunned men, “I know this creature.” Tasked to dispose of the remains, the Man of Bronze relates the previously untold story of how Doc and his father once embarked on a quest for Doc’s missing grandfather, the legendary mariner Stormalong Savage, and discovered Skull Island, a savage wonderland ruled by the monarch or all monsters–King Kong!

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Leave The Gym Resolutioners Alone

I agree resolutions are kinda silly but I still make them every year.

Sass & Balderdash

We’ve all seen them. There could be one next to you right now on the treadmill holding on for dear life and hiking up a level 15 incline. You may have spotted one inquisitively eying a BOSU ball, wondering what manner of cruel and unusual punishment a semi-circle could possibly deliver. They’re the Resolutioners who have taken your gym by storm this January to get started on their weight loss and fitness goals, and they haven’t received the warmest of welcomes.

I used to be a Resolutioner. In fact, I can say with confidence that “losing weight” or “eating better” was probably my staple resolution from the year 2003 through 2011. When it comes to my New Year’s resolutions, it was probably only surpassed in frequency by “This year I’m going to have a boyfriend,” or “This year I’m committing to not being so quiet and weird.”

I never stuck to it. I’d show up to the…

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Hello Again

Hi, hello there. I just stumbled across this failed blog of mine and have decided to reactivate it. I’m not sure what as, but something to occupy my brain. How is my life different from the last entry? Well, I’m still 40ish, still have a wife and kids, I still live in the wonderful garden state of New Jersey, so I guess the big change is I am unemployed.

I did work a short two month span back in Sept, but if you don’t count that I have been unemployed for eight months. That’s a long time and well frankly I am going stir crazy. Money is tight, it’s winter and I live in a small apartment. So not much I can do at this point until it gets warmer out.

My days are pretty routine at this time. I look for work, ride my exercise bike, do a few exercises, watch Netflix and read. I read a LOT. Last year I read over 160 novels. If I stay out of work I’m sure this year will be similar. My local library sees me a lot 🙂

OK, that’s enough for now. I’ll reach out again soon.

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Hello, my name is Mark and I am a coffee addict


Yes I am a coffee addict. I know I am not alone, but I feel I am on the extreme end of the spectrum in this area. Up until Monday I was drinking on average 12 cups a day. As my doctor said, I self medicate. I have tried going cold turkey before many times but I never get past the headache stage. It doesn’t help that I suffer from semi-frequent migraines.

This addiction I have is really affecting my sleep patterns which in turn makes me very grumpy. Being grumpy hurts my home and work life. I need to stop this now. By posting this out into the world I am holding myself more accountable and hopefully if I slip others will help me with corrective action.

This time I am not going cold turkey. I am reducing fast but in steps to try and avoid the head issues. Also, I am not cutting coffee out completely but will go down to the occasional cup with two as my maximum per day. I think two is reasonable and my doctor agrees. Coffee does have some health benefits associated which is good and heck it’s just so dang tasty.

So, how have I done this week? Not bad actually. I reduced and would only have one additional cup when the headaches started. So far my week has looked like this:

  • Saturday 14 cups
  • Sunday and Monday 13
  • Tuesday and Wednesday 9
  • Thursday 6 and a cup of tea
  • Friday 5

So far so good. Has it helped my sleep yet? Well, no however I believe I have so much residual caffeine in my system that I won’t see improvement there for a few weeks. So I am still cranky but that will change with time I hope. No bad head aches yet but my hands have been shaking a lot and I have been very distracted. Things could be a lot worse as I learned when I went cold turkey. Wish me luck everyone and I will update this post in the near future.

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Hello Everyone

Hello! I am back from a week’s staycation. I kicked around the house for five straight days without thinking about work, social media, heck just about anything with the exceptions of my family and my fish. At this point all I can say is ahhhhhhhhhh. I’m at work but so far nothing can bug me 🙂


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I need a new phone or eyes or both…

Over the last few months I have come to a sad conclusion. My eyes have finally caught up to my age. I have had glasses for a few years now but that was only due to astigmatism in my right eye. Now while that’s not great my left eye had decided to go along for the ride. I guess it felt left out. So, new glasses, yeah no big deal. I have a larger issue with this, my iPhone.

I really love my iPhone. My phone never leaves me. I honestly use it a computer when no computer is around. I even do wacky things with it like VPNing back to my home pc to work on projects. It truly is my best tool and maybe my best friend 😉

If rumors are true the 5s is already in production and it has the same size screen as the 5…too small. Several co-workers have Samsung Galaxy S3’s and they are so much easier on my eyes. It looks like I am going to have to abandon my old friend because he refuses to keep up with my aging. I have been shown ways to use the S3 almost as effectively, yes only almost, as my trusty iPhone so I’m moving to Android. Hopefully Apple makes larger screens in the future, but until then….I’ll always cherish our memories and don’t forget it’s not you, it’s me; no really.


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Sit Down and Be Quiet.

This sums up my current experiences.

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed. --Ernest Hemingway

I found the concept of a meditation “class” kind of boggling. Let’s all get together and sit quietly, completely ignoring each other! Judgments aside, I went to a meditation class today. It’s offered by the university for free, and one of the nice ladies who taught my anxiety group is the teaching assistant.

I’ve been reading a used book that I got for $5.00 at a spirituality shop. It’s called “Will Yoga and Meditation Really Change My Life?”, and features essays by 25 leading yoga instructors. First off, I love books with many different people telling their stories. I have another one about female body image, and it’s amazing what kinds of discussions you can have when you get so many viewpoints together like that.

One essay stood out to me, though. It was by a woman named Patricia Walden whose yoga video I had actually downloaded a few months…

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