Recent Reviews for Morgan McFinn
An Eclectic Journal...Cambodia (Book) - 11/26/2012 7:52:21 PM|
Congratulations, and good luck with your latest book, Morgan.
Christmas Eve in Bangkok (Book) - 11/13/2012 8:52:47 PM
Congratulations Morgan and just in time for the holiday.
An Eclectic Journal...Thailand (Book) - 8/17/2012 5:39:42 AM
Congrats on your latest book, Morgan. I wish you all the best with it.
A Grand Old Dame (Book) - 7/3/2012 4:46:13 AM
Congratulations on your new book, Morgan. I hope it goes viral.
Pieces of Morgan McFinn II (Book) - 4/25/2012 3:49:16 AM
Congrats on Pieces of Morgan McFinn (Minus a Toe or Two)
OOps, that wasn't really a subtitle was it? My bad.
P.S. I'm tagging and liking it anyway.
Pieces of Morgan McFinn II (Book) - 4/24/2012 5:29:56 AM
Congratulations on your new book, Morgan, I wish you all the best with it.
Pieces of Morgan McFinn (Book) - 4/3/2012 8:45:40 PM
I'm imagining a series akin to Gilligan's Island but not quite as err... goofy. We shall call it Island McFinn.
At the Bamboo Bar (Book) - 2/25/2012 10:12:22 AM
I am still making my way through Out of the Loop but looking forward to this book as well.
At the Bamboo Bar (Book) - 2/24/2012 6:31:51 PM
A pure joy ride. I loved this book. It made me want to read A LOT more of Morgan McFinn. I was just trying to relocate my copy and I can't seem to find it. I probably lent it to someone... I'm going to order another copy! I want to read it again.
Out of the Loop (Book) - 11/11/2011 5:36:58 PM
Great read, looking forward to the next one.
The Walking Dead (Short Story) - 11/27/2013 6:14:16 AM
Well told, Morgan. With all of the obsession about 'zombies' from banks to the undead I think you might have the definition most of us will encounter. And it might be the most terrifying, perhaps the source of all the 'end times' anxieties. Thank you.
First Year Wedding Anniversary (Short Story) - 11/26/2013 12:36:11 PM
Bang on, Morgan. A different "story," but such a meaningful one. Love is all! Thank you for sharing. Love and peace to you,
First Year Wedding Anniversary (Short Story) - 11/5/2013 3:34:41 AM
a fine story
First Year Wedding Anniversary (Short Story) - 11/3/2013 8:10:28 AM
Maybe I need to try that! My Vietnamese squeeze and I have been together 21 years and it never gets old. There's something to be said about Asian women.
It's been my experience that authors and adventurers like yourself, going back to Hemingway and Ian Fleming have no difficulty attracting lovely ladies. All you have to do is, "wink." ;-)
After I told Beh your story, she told me that she hoped that I would provide her with a surprise like that, opening the door to our garage and finding a new hybrid in it! She has small desires, don't you think?
Shame on Fame (Short Story) - 10/28/2013 5:41:03 AM
do what you feel is best for you, and forget the rest
Shame on Fame (Short Story) - 10/27/2013 6:38:06 AM
I'm reminded of They Shoot Horses, Don't They. Celebrity increases in times of economic downturn when desperate people seek escapism. Football coaches with brain damage from their playing days are the highest paid college employees.
As I've said before, 'Who do I have to kill to sell my books?'
A Handful (Short Story) - 10/25/2013 8:56:08 AM
Wow. Great writing. Lots of racism and prejudice, realistic, I think, at least among these people. Good dialog. I couldn't stop reading. I think you're an absolutely excellent writer, I'd like to read more of your stuff. You had all my concentration.
Francis Bacon; the painter; John Edwards, my friend (Short Story) - 10/22/2013 1:25:22 PM
You always grab my attention and hold it, Morgan. This is such a fine portrait of your friend; honest and respectful. Thank you for sharing it. Love, peace, and best wishes,
The Walking Dead (Short Story) - 10/22/2013 1:18:46 PM
"A year ago the weeds of ennui began to spread their roots upon the soil of his soul."
Such a powerful and poetic sentence, Morgan. This piece is different for your "usual." I find it kind, meaningful, and a tribute to your friend. My sympathy to you for your loss. Love and peace and best wishes,
Francis Bacon; the painter; John Edwards, my friend (Short Story) - 10/22/2013 5:25:09 AM
Truly interesting. I looked Edwards up. You might post his photo from...
During my brief, twenty days in Thailand, my friend, Vitoon, took me to see his sister in Sri Rocha one Saturday. Visiting another sister, her backyard had 15 foot high concrete fence posts. Late, I saw why when a herd of elephant appeared. One had the largest tusks I've ever seen, even in pictures, hanging to the ground and then curving upward at least 6 feet.
On Sunday, we drove to Pattaya and toured an island Buddhist monastery before retiring to the beach for a catered lunch. Back then, 1978, Pattaya was overrun with Germans and Scandinavians. We didn't sample the nightlife except in Frankfort. Vitoon kept me away from that side of his country.
Francis Bacon; the painter; John Edwards, my friend (Short Story) - 10/22/2013 2:28:34 AM
a fine triute to your friend
The Walking Dead (Short Story) - 10/15/2013 10:57:19 AM
As usual, your stories are brilliant. This one is special, because it's true. It's no wonder that Henry had a short life, considering that lifestyle, guaranteed to shorten it.
I had a cousin who once told me that he wanted to, “make a million before I'm thirty and commit suicide.” He certainly knew how to make money––and spend it––and operated pretty much like Henry as far as cigarettes and booze went. He made a million and lost it before he was thirty, ended up worth over $2-$3,000,000 and died one night driving alone when he ran off the road in his Expedition on the way back to his North Dakota hunting lodge. He apparently wasn't wearing a seatbelt because he ended up outside the driver side window crushed between the SUV and a road bank. He was 57 and getting obese. Lived the life of Hemingway, but never wrote about it. I often wonder if he committed suicide or faked his death. His third wife cremated him and isn't telling us anything.
My uncle, who died a couple of months ago at 101.7 couldn't figure out why he was living so long… Assisted living for over 10 years. Near the end he asked the nurses, “Get me a bucket, I want to kick it!” Joking until the end, he died in his sleep.
The Walking Dead (Short Story) - 10/15/2013 9:06:19 AM
a well done story
Round & Round We Go (Short Story) - 8/15/2013 4:22:07 PM
You provoke insightful thinking while sharing your wit and humor; well done, Morgan. Thank you. Love, peace, and best wishes,
A Handful (Short Story) - 8/15/2013 4:18:55 PM
Sure do like your style, Morgan. You always make me smile (or more). Thank you. Love and peace,
On the Way Down...A 3 Act Play Reading (Short Story) - 8/15/2013 4:07:49 PM
Once again, you have outdone yourself with your wit and humor, Morgan. Thank you for sharing. Love and peace,
On the Way Down...A 3 Act Play Reading (Short Story) - 8/6/2013 10:14:44 AM
What a delightful comic-tragic play you have written! I hope that it will be performed somewhere soon. I wouldn't change a single word. You are truly a master of conversation and know how to coax a laugh out here or there in the dialogue. Your subject certainly is up-to-date and painfully true.
Keep writing these wonderful plays for us and the world.
A Handful (Short Story) - 7/16/2013 6:46:42 AM
For a memoir, it reads like a fine ex-pat novel. I really enjoy your writing style and the subject was fascinating.
Strange coincidence. The other day I happened to be having my van repaired, and approached a guy in the waiting room, about my age, who had left his walker and was sitting on the table where I was getting my coffee served––a ritual while I'm waiting for the coming huge bill. Always enjoy talking to other people who are paralyzed like me.
The guy immediately lit up a smile and started talking. We didn't have much of a conversation, because he seemed to enjoy giving me his point of view. It was all about guns and carrying guns and self-defense (offense?). He grew up in Waco with hunting and a family police and gun culture. He was third in his boot camp sharpshooting course and served two tours in Vietnam as a sniper. He didn't have time to tell me about that, but he did tell me how he took revenge on some guys who shot at his friend's car when he was 17. He went home and got a gun and shot up the neighborhood where those guys lived. And then recounted several incidents where he pulled his gun before the other guy could get too confrontational. Didn't tell me how many he killed. Didn't have time?
Also described how he managed a convenience store in the East End of Waco called, “Niggertown." A big gun was an essential part of his security and he used it often. I just happen to have been in that neighborhood three times visiting my black girlfriend's great uncle, another Vietnam vet. I don't think Azell had a gun in the house but he did help out the local prostitutes when they needed a restroom, a drink, or a loan.
A Handful (Short Story) - 7/16/2013 4:42:19 AM
Rugged, very rugged, but darn well written. I've always argued that everyone is prejudiced, but not everyone acts (discriminates) because of their prejudices. However, it seems as though most of the rest of the critter world (birds for example) is pretty behaviorally discriminating.
Round & Round We Go (Short Story) - 7/8/2013 6:30:12 AM
I enjoyed your musings Morgan. I apparently haven't been by since you changed your profile pic. So there is a face belonging to the feet! I like your face. Tell your saintly wife hello for me.
Round & Round We Go (Short Story) - 7/8/2013 5:48:59 AM
If it's true that nothing is destroyed, only transformed, then "nothingness" isn't an option. Regardless, however, anyone who's read my war novel knows I have non-religious reasons to believe in an afterlife. Thanks for another good read, Morgan.
Round & Round We Go (Short Story) - 7/8/2013 4:48:58 AM
As usual, a well-written article on an interesting subject.
I don't spend a lot of time thinking about death, although I have prepared as best I can with a will so that my loved ones will be less confused with my passing and richly rewarded, I hope.
That said, I view death as nothing. Therefore, I spend every waking hour working on writing projects when not attending to trivia like self maintenance and home maintenance. It seems the older I get, the more urgent by writing projects become, and I strive to complete as many of them as I can, knowing I can't complete every one.
So I will live this life without suffering, but enjoy every moment up until the last and then go peacefully into nothingness…
Robert Lax & The New Yorker Magazine (Short Story) - 6/14/2013 10:11:57 AM
A fine tribute; thank you for sharing, Morgan. Love and peace to you,
A Casual Reference to Casualties (Short Story) - 6/14/2013 10:09:11 AM
Points very well made, Morgan; I must say that I agree with you completely. Love and peace,
A Casual Reference to Casualties (Short Story) - 6/3/2013 5:15:45 AM
Great article, Morgan. Glad to see your passion rise.