Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service

31426392Witches, vampires, ghosts, trolls, they all may be monsters but just like humans they need love. That’s where Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service comes in. The famous mystic Rasputin didn’t die in 1916 like everyone thought. He came to America and decided the best way to keep monsters from eating people was by getting them dates. He now goes by the name “Love Machine” and his biggest problem is weeding out the wannabe monsters that just want to date monsters from the real monsters looking for love.

So he had to hire a team of certifiers, one of them is Eli and he has a gift for figuring out who the real monsters are. While meeting with a client, Eli is given an ancient tablet that has the power to kill all supernatural creatures. Eli soon becomes the target of a powerful witch who wants the tablet to destroy all monsters. It’s up to Eli, the witch’s ex-girlfriend, Rasputin and a supernatural policing Agency to stop  monsters from being exterminated and get back to finding them love.

Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service by David D. Hammons is a supernatural comedy that shows monsters in a way that you have never seen them before. From the opening scenes where a woman tries to pass herself off as a vampire and Eli knows she isn’t because vampires are so polite, you know this isn’t your average paranormal romance. We then get into how Eli became an employee of the dating service by not running in terror from screaming ghosts, blood running up a wall and convincing a lizard man he wouldn’t taste good on a pizza.  From the first couple of chapters you know this book is something special and it’s filled with laugh out loud moments.

I loved the character of Rasputin, he’s just a cool guy looking to make the world a better place by getting everyone laid. In Rasputin’s first scene we see him having a hot tub party with a group of United Nations delegates. He then starts a game of kick ball where the winning team gets a seat on the security council. Anything goes here, from a mystic kept alive because love won’t let him die to a troll in a Japanese girl school outfit to a group of orcs who go to a church run by a poisonous snake. The wide variety of monsters and the back story for how monsters exist in a world full of humans is what makes this book so good. I also liked the character of Eli who thinks of himself as nothing special but shows he has a talent for making others happy.

I really liked Rasputin’s Supernatural Dating Service and I hope the author decides to do a lot more in the universe he created. While I felt the story was a little weak, it didn’t really matter. The characters were so good and the book was so funny that it didn’t need a good story, in fact it would have been better without it. I would have liked to have heard more stories about dating monsters from Eli’s point of view and gotten more into Eli’s love life. If anything I felt the monster apocalypse story line took  a little bit away from what is overall a good horror romantic comedy. I’m hoping David D. Hammons next book is just about the love lives of supernatural creatures, because that in itsself is a great story.




The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping

the-skeleton-codeAdmit it! I’m sure you’ve told a lie or two in your time. You may even think of yourself as good at it. Does it really help? Or is it just leading you to a delusional way of life by covering up the flaws that might in fact really be blessings?  The Skeleton Code: A Satirical Guide to Secret Keeping by Ken Massey and Alla Campanella could be the book you need to live a happier life.

If you are looking for better ways to keep secrets or hide the Skeletons in your closet, this book has that. It gets into how to distract people from seeing through your lies, how to use plausible deniability, how to use celebrities as examples on keeping your secrets and much more.  As this book outlines great and humorous ways to keep your secrets, it slowly moves forward to it’s real point, which is to say the best way to keep your secrets hidden is by not having them.

While I think this book really has its moments, the problem is that it’s a little long. The Skeleton Code makes its point about how ridiculous lying about yourself is, pretty quickly. Then its a little like beating a dead horse.  It’s a funny book, but when I got to the middle I found myself thinking “ok I get your point, you can stop now.” That being said, towards the end of the book it picks up again as it gets into how to deal with your secrets and live a more honest life.

The Skeleton Code is a self-help book that is worth your time. There are some good life lessons to be learned here. The biggest one is total honesty and how it will lead you to a better life. The point to the book is that we make up lies to cover up who we really are as a person. If we can learn to be honest and get rid of the skeletons in our closet, we can experience a more enlightened way of living. Towards the end of the book the authors mention the movie A Beautiful Mind and how John Nash through love and trusting another gets freed from his delusions, starts to deal with reality and manages to create a better life and win a Nobel prize. I loved the example given and that’s what’s being taught here, a better life through honesty and without having an ego.  I also like how humor is used to get the point across which works much better than taking a serious approach.