Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Comments on "Akasha" for March

Denise Parker dreams a disturbing dream. She confides in her friend and co-worker Carol. With nothing resolved they have to prepare for work at their ad agency.
At work in the Transamerica Pyramid, Denise tries to invent a new advertising campaign for one of the agency's premier clients.
As she is immersed in thought, George Moffatt re-enters her life, but she is cool toward him since she's in a relationship with Roc.
The dream is still bothersome and George suggested a therapist who specializes in dream therapy.
After a session with the therapist, Denise goes home and regresses to what appears to be a life as a boy in ancient Egypt.
Wanting to know more about Egypt, Denise goes to a library to research the period in which her dream or past life took place.
Not finding the answers she expected, her sister Jeananne calls and convinces Denise to attend a lecture that may shed some light on her dream.
One big question resulting from reading the first quarter of the book is: who is Algapesh and what does he or she want from Denise? We'll have to read on to find the answer.

Denise accompanies her sister to the lecture by Elizabeth Scott. There she meets Sam Abbott. Denise’s sister appears to be fully committed to Scott’s philosophy. That commitment horrifies Denise’s mother who tries to convince Denise to dissuade her sister from such a relationship.
Denise regresses or dreams she is a knight in Medieval Germany. One of the hermit witches who knows much about Denise warns that the kingdom is at risk unless the count sacrifices his son.
At work D
enise gets the bad news that Morrison, Sr. has died and his son Morrison, Jr. has not only put the advertising campaign Denise is responsible for on hold but is considering rethinking his connection with Denise’s agency.
Denise meets Brenda Searles, a librarian who is strangely connected to Morrison, Jr. Brenda invites Denise to a meeting of the Assembly of the Goddess. She has powers of perception that both attract and repel Denise.
A third regression takes Denise to ancient India where she and her brother meet Siddhartha and Lotus. Alopa (Denise’s past life name) is forced to confront her sexual relationship with one of the males in her village. She also has to wonder whether she has latent homosexual tendencies.
Work progresses with another campaign and a party for agency members to make new and renew connections. Sam Abbott is also at the party. Brenda Searles tells Denise that she should avoid Sam and at the same time invites her to a celebration to be held by the Goddess disciples. Denise doesn’t agree until Sam appears to be suffering from a curse Brenda has set on him.
At work Denise and Garth vie for enough points to convince Wally and upper management that one of them should be advanced to a vice presidency.

Denise experiences more past lives. Her sessions with Dr. Zebra haven't reached a conclusion about the meaning of all the lives she's experienced.
There are links among the various people in Denise's life. Are they all a result of karma?
Denise gets a new client and she researches possible advertising possibilities.
Another party is upcoming. It will be thrown by her high school flame recently making a comeback in Denise's life. Many of the people she thinks are connected by karma with attend.
Dense has an interview with Mary Elizabeth. It provides more questions than answers. She is told that she has been chosen to rectify the balance between the light and the darkness represented by Algapesh.
Denise experiences another past life after her meeting with Mary Elizabeth. The meaning of who she was and what she did remains a mystery.

Denise diagrams all the people in her life. Even with rearrangement she cannot see what they all have in common, except for her.
Denise has to get away from the office. The place she goes to is remembered from childhood. It's near Land's End and appears to be exactly right.
As she relaxes she relives another past life. On regaining her present life she has to save herself from falling off the cliff that threatens to give way sending her to the rocks below.
Shaken, Denise returns to work. What she thought would be an antidote to the constant stress of the job, her inability to make sense of her past lives, and the unknown of the second party turns out to be nearly the end of her life.
The party becomes more than a gathering to facilitate meeting and greeting. Denise finds the answer to all the questions that have had no answers before the party. Like Denise, we, too, have had the answers to our questions presented in a most dramatic way. We are left with the question: will Denise find peace and happiness with those answers?

Monday, February 27, 2017

February Digireads comments on "Ishmael's Quest"

After years on the beach, Ishmael lands the second-in-command berth on the ship Pilgrim, a hide ship that needs to be converted to a whaler.
The master, Captain Strunk and the syndicate backing the voyage to hunt Moby Dick have chosen Ishmael since he was the only survivor of the ship Pequod, which was destroyed by the great white whale.
Nantuckers want nothing to do with signing aboard Pilgrim so the crew is catch-as-catch-can, and Ishmael hopes such a happenstance is not an omen of bad tidings to come.
Pilgrim leaves Nantucket with a chief harpooner that has never struck a whale, an educated landlubber who's never been to sea and a captain who will not man a boat to chase leviathan.
Even the successful killing of a right whale does not bring more than a temporary respite to Ishmael's dark thoughts about finding Moby Dick and confronting the rogue whale.
Will Pilgrim withstand all the rigors of sailing after its quarry? Will Captain Strunk forgo demon rum to perform his duty? Will Baha's secret be revealed? Pilgrim sails on as these questions are yet to be answered.,

Pilgrim calls at St. Helena. Captain Strunk exhibits his penchant for calling on islands to reprovision and, at the same time, removes any temptation for the crew to jump ship.
Ned Hanford, ever curious, seeks the lodging Napoleon Bonaparte used during his exile. Unknown to him he's broken a cardinal ship's rule: only the captain can give permission for sight seeing. He receives five lashes for his infraction.
Ishmael has discovered one of Baha's secrets and knowing that she is female becomes attracted to her. He struggles with his feelings because to show them would put her in danger from the crew.
Pilgrim sails on and calls at the port of Colombo. The crew is given a four-hour liberty. Hanford and McDonough do not return within the four-hour curfew and Hanford has to pay the price with another more severe punishment. Strunk gives McDonough a pass because punishing an officer would diminish the crew's respect for his authority and could, in his eyes, lead to mutiny.
Once clear of Colombo Pilgrim sails for the frigid water of the Antarctic. A whale is spotted and two boats are launched to give chase. The whale destroys Ishmael's boat and McDonough's boat is lost in rescuing Ishmael and his crew.
Captain Strunk decides the ship will call at Van Dieman's Land, again another island to prevent any potential ship jumping.

Pilgrim drops anchor in Hobarton. The crew is given shore leave and Ishmael seeks a replacement carpenter.
Nesbitt plots a sexual encounter with Ned Hanford. It does not happen.
Ishmael and Baha have a sexual encounter that does happen.
After leaving Hobarton Nesbitt tells Hanford that Baha is a woman. Hanford doesn't believe him. Baha tells Hanford the truth.
Nesbitt is revealed as the informer about McDonough and Hanford being tardy on the return from Colombo. They punish him by keelhauling.
Pilgrim receives the lone survivor from Rachel, the ship that rescued Ishmael after Pequod was sunk by Moby Dick.
Pilgrim sails into the horse latitudes and is becalmed for days. The crew mans the boats to tow the ship, but little headway is made.
Another ship, Winslow, comes to Pilgrim's aid with much needed water.
At last the ship has the possibility of tracking Moby Dick in the Philippine Sea.

At last Pilgrim sights Moby Dick. The crew is not prepared to be the hunted as the rogue whale speeds toward the ship. A pod of females and young save Pilgrim from the same fate as Pequod.
Pilgrim sights another whaler, Junior, after its encounter with Moby Dick. Captain Strunk visits Junior's captain. Junior's crew crosses to have a gam with Pilgrim's crew.
Ishmael hides Baha in the captain's cabin but to no avail as Nesbitt presents evidence to Junior's crew that a woman is on board. Junior's crew is intent on finding the woman.
After successfully removing the threat to Baha Pilgrim finds itself amidst another storm.
As the storm abates Moby Dick is sighted again. He is wary so the ship is forced to continue
to track the rogue whale.
Finally the ship is in position to lower the boats with the crew eager to engage in what they think will be the ultimate battle with Moby Dick.
One reader stated that the final fifty pages of the novel were as good as it gets for adventure and excitement.

I hope as you read those fifty pages you agree with his assessment.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Celestial Moon: January Digireads comments

An early morning earthquake, two competitive tong bosses, an aunt and uncle murdered and a kidnapping. San Francisco is awash in Chinatown crime.
Peter Dawes is at loose ends with a new office and no clients. Captain Breen, the corrupt police chief, provides Dawes with a commission to find out what he can about the problems with the tongs in Chinatown. Breen tells Dawes that any intelligence he can ferret out about Oyster Mike Hagerty would only add to his compensation.
Ai Shun, the girl kidnapped from her fiance and the marriage she anticipated is sent to New York City where she entrances the painter Albert Pinkham Ryder.
Will all these disparate elements affect Peter Dawes? We'll have to read on to find out.

Murder most foul as the Bard of Avon would say of the death of a thousand cuts discovered in San Francisco's Chinatown.
The murder did not alleviate the depressed spirit of Ai Shun's fiance. He sent an all points bulletin to Chinatowns near and far to try to recover her. The bulletin was to have unexpected results.
Albert Pinkham Ryder's painting of Ai Shun was stolen by Albert's unwanted servant Junjie.
Albert's brother William retains a Pinkerton operative to find Junjie. The Pinkerton deduces that Junjie has fled New York City and the operative follows the chinaman west.
Meanwhile, Dawes returns to Susanville to mediate a dispute between Hake Madden and Steele the gun drummer regarding a pair of pistols.
Outside of Susanville, the Tulelakers have it in for Dawes for killing their kin during the shootout at Soot Kilgore's place.
What will be the outcome of all these story elements? Again we'll have to read on to find out.

Peter Dawes returns to Susanville on what he thinks will be a straightforward mediation between Hake Madden and Steele, the gun drummer. What Dawes experiences in a life or death situation is far removed from his original task.
Meanwhile, Dennis Kearney hatches a plot against the house servants of both Dawes and Maudie Simpson to show the rest of the city what could happen to their Chinese servants.
The election for mayor shows how the movers and shakers feel about the proposed constitution barring Chinese immigrants.
Albert Ryder finds that Bingwhen Choi has the painting of Ai Shun. Contemporaneously his brother Albert finds Ai Shun.
The story is headed for a conclusion that might well fit the description of a mystery shielded by an enigma all wrapped in a conundrum.

Albert Ryder shows he's more than just a painter with his successful location and rescue of Ai Shun.
Meanwhile, Changpu Chang has a nefarious plan for Peter Dawes at the same time that Bingwen Choi calls upon Oyster Mike Hagerty to ensure protection for Dawes.
William Ryder accompanies Ai Shun to San Francisco after having saved her from Junjie in Council Bluffs. They are on their way to conclude the bargain with Choi and retrieve Albert's painting.
In a dense fog Dawes is attacked and wounded by knife wielding assailants. He is saved by men who tell him he can thank Oyster Mike.
Ai Shun is returned to Choi and the painting is returned to William Ryder.
Dawes tells Maudie Simpson that his client list has dropped to zero once again. She says she may have something for him.
Before she can retain his services one of Dawes' past clients gives Dawes a commission that will require him to go to Bodie, which coincidentally is the title of the next Peter Dawes investigation.