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review 2020-03-01 22:41
★★★☆☆ Being Texan: Celebrating a State of Mind
Being Texan: Celebrating a State of Mind - Jeff Carroll

Since my father passed away a couple of years ago, I've been slowly reading through all my books that connect us, as a way of remembering him. He took me with him to pick up this book at an author signing. He became a fan after auditing Carroll's Texas History course at Blinn Jr College. I remember him telling me how, as the only old fart in a class full of teenagers, he probably got much more out of it than the kids that were simply getting their required credits out of the way. Knowing my dad, he probably stayed after every class, BSing with the professor and probably making him late for supper on the regular. My dad did love to tell tales, and he had a passion for local and family history.


About the bookThis book is intended to be used as supplemental reading for middle school Texas History classes, and it does it very well, given the constraints. It uses simple language in a direct, storytelling style, meant to both entertain and to reinforce historical facts. The scope is broad enough to satisfy diversity requirements and the prose carefully dances around the kind of scientific and historical facts that tend to annoy the bible thumpers, nationalists, and alt-righters that populate the state textbook selection committee and various schoolboards. I do wish he'd cited his sources for historical fact, or at least provided a reference list at the back, in addition to the facilitator's guide. 


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review 2019-12-28 15:26
Eric and Rincewind adventure
Eric - Terry Pratchett

Eric is a teenager who is summoning demon. 


And what he got is Rincewind who happened to be there when the portal open. 


Eric demanded three wishes. Money, power, woman, the usual. 


Of course, Rincewind has no magical power to grand wishes. But the demon who is into wishes seems to be using Rincewind to make Eric's wishes come through in the worst way possible. 


First they were captured by an ancient tribe and they give tribute to Eric before trying to sacrifice him.


Then, they went into the city of Troy where Helena was supposed to be the prettiest woman alive and got the truth. 


Then they run int othe beginning of time. 


Fun read. Some parts are laough out loud funny. 

Reading this for Hog-father. 



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review 2019-12-26 02:22
Driven - Eve Silver,Eve Kenin

I wasn't sure what I'd think about this book, but as I'd read and enjoyed a couple of this author's Dark Gothic historical books, I decided to get this one. And it was free. That always helps.


I ended up really enjoying it! I really do need to dig further into this author's work, because I've enjoyed everything of hers I've read so far. Some of the books are a bit out of my preferred price range for ebooks, though. :





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review 2019-12-22 18:10
Hogfather: Discworld, Book 20 - Random House Audiobooks,Terry Pratchett,Nigel Planer

Reblogged from DEATH OF RATS:


Squeak. Squeak. Squeak. Sq-u-u-u-e-e-e-a-a-a-k!


There is genuinly not much that I can add to the DEATH OF RATS´ review of the Hogfather. This book IS bloody awesome.



Book: Any- and everything Terry Pratchett.


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review 2019-12-17 14:19
Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea
Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea - Ginny Fite

Elena Labat is a special forces Police in New York City. She is called in to duty when a large scale terrorist attack rocks the City in multiple locations. Elena knows that there is more to this attack then what she can see. After an explosion, Elena is left confused and eventually unconscious. While Elena is unconscious, she is thrown into the world of her ancestor, the story of Hana that her mother told her as a child. Hana lived 4,000 years ago in Lebanon. Hana is unique due to her blue eye color and is coveted by the King. The King has demanded Hana be sent to him on her 12th birthday. Her parents comply and Hana is sent on the dangerous trek through the desert with a guide from Sidon, Danel. Reaching the palace, she is placed in service to the Queen, soon to be given over to the Prince. Hana wants more to her life, freedom and purpose. She will fight for these things, but finds herself needing help after getting kidnapped. Elena enters Hana's life from her coma and helps Hana escape, however when Elena wakes up from her coma she is left longing for Hana's life and reassurance that she is happy.

Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea is the story of two strong and courageous women 4,000 years apart. The writing alternates viewpoints between Elena in the present and Hana in ancient Lebanon. At first, the connection between the two women is not apparent and it is like reading two separate, though compelling stories. Usually in dual-time stories, I am drawn towards one story more than the other, however I felt equally drawn towards each woman's story and was constantly wondering what had happened to one character while I was reading about the other. I was amazed at how the writing was able to portray both women as strong and firmly rooted within their time period. When their stories finally do intersect, Elena finds a deeper meaning in life and Hana is able to tap into a deep inner strength. I really enjoyed that this was more than just a time-slip story, but a story of two heroic women connected through time. Overall, Blue Girl on a Night Dream Sea is a thrilling dual-time adventure with well-written, amazing female characters.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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