This is going to be a fairly short post compared to what I was planning to write. I have a headache and am not up to writing everything I wanted to. This is probably what will be just be the first in a series of posts though about Mr. Andrew Smith, a very talented and not well known enough writer. When I planned to start these posts about Mr. Smith I went online and googled his name to get an image of his newest book. I found no posts even mentioning his newest book. I found some that mentioned his book before this “The Alex Crow” but nothing about his new book that just came out. I don’t know if that’s due to poor publicity on his book company or what, but it’s a shame. I was able to find an image of it by going on Amazon.com and pulling the image from the sale info.
His newest book is “Stand Off”, the sequel to the very good “Winger”. The main character of both books is Ryan Dean West. In the first book Ryan is a 14 year old Junior at Pine Mountain. The second takes place a year later after some major events in Ryan’s life and the after effects of these events. Ryan Dean (as he likes to be called, not Ryan) is an amazing real character. I am not finished with the second book yet, but am enjoying it as much as I did the first one. (I will admit that for some reason I don’t like the covers of either book. Not sure why, but they just don’t make me want to read the books.)
Mr. Smith is what would be considered a Young Adult writer. All his books reside in that genre. I want to write more about that in future posts too.
What I want to get across with this post is how good these two books are and how good Mr. Smith’s books are overall. I will admit to not being as crazy about a few of his books and I’ll get around to talking about those and why in future posts. Read these books and make sure you really read “Grasshopper Jungle”! This book is nothing short of a masterpiece. But like I said, more to come.
The last season I watched was the seventh. That was the one where….do I mention it with a Spoilers warning? It was five years ago, you would think it was no longer a surprise, but I’m sure there are some people out there that hasn’t seen it yet, so I’ll refrain from giving the name of the person who dies. But that’s how long it’s been since I watched Supernatural. I’ve been a big fan of this show for the first six seasons. I watched Season 7 and did not find it up to the quality of the previous seasons. But I still hadn’t meant to stop watching it. A lot of shows have a bad season, doesn’t mean I’m giving up on them if I really like them.
Supernatural was one of those shows I never watched when it first aired. Between my work schedule and trying to find time to write and somehow squeeze in a little time for other things I rarely watch television as it airs. There are some shows I make it a point to. Or as close to possible as I can. Most of viewing today is done on Netflix or Hulu, which means I’m watching a day late, but that’s fine. Even when I had Direct TV I didn’t watch Supernatural as it aired. I would wait and buy the DVD collection when it came out and than spend a week binge watching. I know binge watching is a thing now, but I was doing this before it was coined for some shows. Some shows just watch so much better when you can go directly from one episode to the next and not have to wait a week inbetween. Supernatural was always one of these shows for me.
So when Season 8 came out I bought it. Somehow it was put on the shelf and I never got around to watching it. Season 9 comes out and I do the same thing. I don’t think Season 10 has come out yet, if it has I haven’t bought it yet. I was trolling Netflix the other day for something to watch and realized I was way behind on my Supernatural viewing. So I’ve started watching Season 8. I have a lot of binge watching now, three Seasons to catch up on.
The good news is that I’m really enjoying this season of Supernatural.