The Unbreakable Miss Lovely: How the Church of Scientology tried to destroy Paulette Cooper
Bookreview / July 18, 2015

The Unbreakable Miss Lovely is a book by Tony Ortega, a well known researcher of the Scientology phenomenon. The book is about author Paulette Cooper who wrote a quite damaging book about Scientology in 1971. Because of what the book said the Church tried to have the book shut down. In order to make that happen they unleashed a sinister campaign against Cooper that has never been seen before. It lasted for several years and almost drove her to suicide. Scientology didn’t hold back and tried their very best to make Cooper shut up and go away. The story is now in print for the first time and is known to be one of the darker chapters in Scientology history. In the end Paulette Cooper won and several high ranking members of Scientology ended up in jail and it left the organization permanently damaged. Religion is somewhat of a personal hobby of mine. I am not a religious person myself, but I love to read about it and I want to know all about it. Why are people so drawn to it and what makes them do what they do? In some countries Scientology is a cult, in others it…

Billy Ray’s Secret: A Gay, Coming-of-Age Novel
Bookreview / June 1, 2015

Billy Ray’s Secret is a novel by Bo Sebastian, but don’t let the title fool you. There is almost zero talk about secrets or gay in this novel and that makes it not so good. A whole lot of promises, but not that much delivered. Billy Ray is growing up in a small Bible belt town Restaria. His father is a baptist and his mother an alcoholic. Billy Ray is gay, but he doesn’t want to be gay. Eventually he falls in love with his best friend Jimmy, who comes from an Italian family. There Billy finds all that he never got at home. Jimmy doesn’t know how Billy feels about him and probably doesn’t want to know either. Then Billy’s father murders his wives lover and goes to jail. Billy Ray is taken in by Jimmy’s family and then a whole lot of things happen that don’t make life any easier. I was so frustrated after reading this book. There are so many things left wide open and never answered. The whole story feels rushed and badly written in so many ways. Billy never tells Billy about his feelings, other than some “I love you” ┬áin the middle of…

World Famous Cults & Fanatics
Bookreview / April 12, 2015

World Famous Cults & Fanatics is a book by Colin Wilson, an author who wrote many books about subjects like this. This is the first book by him that I read however, and I am disappointed to say the least. With a title like this you come to expect a lot, but when I finished the book I thought “Really, this is all?” A lot of promise, but not a lot of delivery. The book tries to describe cults and fanatics through out the years, starting with everyone calling themselves the new Messiah and ending with Osama Bin Laden and 9/11. But never does the book go deep into anything, we always stay on the surface of it all. All you get is a short description of who, what, where and how and than on to the next. I am quite sure there is more to the subject than this. The subject is somewhat of a hobby of mine and I am by no means an expert, but even I know more then what is in this book. So sorry, I was not impressed at all here. Colin Wilson has passed away some time ago, so he will never read…

Aaron’s Story
Bookreview / March 11, 2015

Aaron’s Story is the book that precedes what happens in Braden’s Story, that I blogged about here. In this book we meet Aaron, a 16 year old boy with a secret. He is gay but knows for a fact that his family and friends will never accept that from him. Other gay boys in school are constantly bullied and teased and he doesn’t want that to happen to him. Plus his parents are strictly Christian and homosexuality is definitely not allowed in church and at home. But then Aaron meets Steven, the local jock that he never thought he could have. Stephen is supposedly straight, but really likes Aaron and can’t keep his hands of of him whenever they are together. However, he doesn’t want to reveal his love to the rest of the world. Aaron decides he wants to be straight and needs to find a girlfriend. A girl in his school is already in love with him, so what could be easier than starting up something with her? All goes well, as long as he doesn’t have to kiss her or hold her hand all the time. And does she really have to be everywhere he is? Then…

Braden’s Story
Bookreview / March 6, 2015

Yes I know I read these books in the wrong order. Actually you are supposed to read Aaron’s story first and then Braden’s Story, but both stories can be read out of order without problem. In this book we meet Braden, nephew of Aaron from the first book. His parents are strictly Christian and he really really wants to please them and be a good boy. But lately he has been having these feelings that he cannot describe, but doesn’t want either. Boys make him feel better than girls and that can only be wrong. His mother goes on and on about how wrong it is to be gay, the pastor in his church says so and all his friends make fun of gay people and seem to actually hate them. Braden does everything he can to get rid of these feelings. He forces himself to look at girls, tries a camp that promises to straighten him and even turns to drugs in order to help him. But nothing seems to work. And than he meets Michael, the pastors son. Michael assures him he is not gay, but bi. Michael has no objection to kissing and touching Braden and bot…