June 21, 2019

Brain Drain

"Brain Drain" by Michael Mathiesen

| Website | In a Galaxy not very far away, there once existed a beautiful blue planet which the local inhabitants started to use as a giant trash bin, scattering their refuse and their excrement into the oceans and the atmosphere by the millions of tons every day. Though they lost species near and dear to them every day, sadly, their suicidal, self-destructive behavior continued unchecked for centuries. The most intelligent of the life forms on this planet, at the top of their game, had more and more evidence piling up every day that told them that their planet was dying and that they were the cause, and yet they did nothing from the top down to stop it. They were so busy inside their own heads, they could not or would not heed the warnings that they continually saw happening around them. They were all doomed and many had even come to accept their fate. They gave up trying to solve their greatest problems and instead started to revel in their excesses that made things worse. They surrendered to the political reality of their day. They succumbed to the mindless drum beat of the advertisements for greed all around them.

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June 21, 2019

Call Numbers

"Call Numbers" by Syntell Smith

| Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads | “The not so quiet life of librarians…” Life is a book… and every person is a chapter. Everything’s looking up for Robin Walker. It’s 1994 in New York City, and he’s been transferred downtown to the 58th Street Branch Library. Ready to move up the ladder, Robin is excited about the opportunities that await him. But success, personal or professional, is as elusive as a first-edition rare book. Robin struggles with his strange new work environment as this motley crew of employees generates more drama than a runaway bestseller. He doesn’t know who to believe – or who to let in. And as potential romance mingles with devious machinations, there’s no telling where Robin’s story will go. All he knows is that he must see it through to the very last page. Call Numbers is a captivating and multilayered adult drama. Through realistic dialogue and situations, author Syntell Smith has crafted a modern-day classic about the trials and tribulations of adulthood. Because a library is usually the last place you’d expect high drama, but for these characters…it’s long overdue.

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