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review 2017-10-11 02:43
Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett (2013-0... Sadie and Ratz by Sonya Hartnett (2013-09-24) - Sonya Hartnett

Sadie and Ratz are the names of Hannah's hands. They aren't animals, but they behave like wild beasts, says Dad. For one thing, they're always after four-year-old Baby Boy (whom Sadie wishes were a dog). They jump onto his head and try to rub his ears off. Baby Boy knows how to turn the tables, though, and when he spills milk on the carpet, he tells Grandma that Sadie and Ratz pushed him. But when Baby Boy goes too far, Hannah may have to send Sadie and Ratz on vacation to prove their innocence. Multi-award-winning author Sonya Hartnett brings her original sensibility, wry humor, and engaging characters to a younger audience, aided by Ann James's inviting illustrations.

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review 2017-09-21 17:07
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach

Several years ago, I listened to the audiobook version of Gulp.  My reaction at the time was “Fascinating, with just the right amount of yuck factor.” 


I re-read Gulp during the early part of September since it was picked as the first Flat Book Society read.  The chatty, anecdotal style that worked so well for the first listen, didn’t hold up as well to a (print) re-read.  The level of detail for many of the chapters seemed more appropriate for a podcast or a newspaper article than for a book, and perhaps would have been better if encountered in episodic form with a break between sections.


My least favorite parts were the early chapters discussing the history of Fletcherism (obsessive chewing) and the 19th century experiments on Alexis St. Martin (he of the fistulated stomach), both stories I’d previously encountered.  The book picked up a bit once Ms. Roach started talking about the Oral Processing Lab at Wageningen University in the Netherlands and other recent research into the digestive process.   I particularly liked the chapter debunking the story of Jonah and the "whale." While many find the closing chapter regarding stool transplants repugnant, as someone with a delicate digestion, I found the idea of recolonizing the digestive system fascinating.


If you can appreciate potty humor and are interested in a semi-random series of tidbits loosely connected to digestion, then you might want to pick up Gulp for your next audiobook or bathroom read.   

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review 2017-09-14 22:08
Fun Read!
Let It Snow by Erica Ridley (2013-12-06) - Erica Ridley

Let It Snow by Erica Ridley is a fairly short read, a great choice for those with limited time for reading.  Ms Ridley has delivered a well-written book.  The characters are loveable.  Lance and Marigold's story is hard to describe, I'd say part fairy tale, part time travel but all a fun and enjoyable read.  There's plenty of action, drama and sizzle to keep readers turning the pages.  I enjoyed this short book and look forward to my next book by Erica Ridley.  Let It Snow is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.


I voluntarily read a free copy of this book that I received from instafreebie.

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text 2017-09-02 04:48
Reading progress update: I've read 37 out of 348 pages.
Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal - Mary Roach


Authors have profiled the brain, the heart, the eyes, the skin, the penis and the female geography, even the hair.  The pie hole and the feed chute are mine.


It's this irreverence that I remember liking.

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review 2017-08-27 00:17
Fun, but I like my IDW with giant robots
G.I. Joe (2013-) Vol. 1: Homefront - Fred Van Lente,Steve Kurth

I just didn't find this entertaining enough to be a five, or even four star, book.   It seemed like a typical GI Joe story, although they're now working in the open so they have to keep public opinion of them from dropping too low. 


Mostly, I hated how much they got into Cover Girl, and her backstory as a model.   See, all the Joes are only known by their code name to the public.   They're all supposedly dead, and yet Courtney/Cover Girl used to be a super model who was on a Top Model type show.  


So, um, how does no one recognize her when she's in the field?


I spent a great deal of time mulling this over, and it's never dealt with directly so I was really unhappy with that gaping plot hole.

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