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review 2018-02-19 04:43
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir

I have no idea quite how to rate this book so I'm going with 3.5 stars. My first impulse was 4 because I thoroughly enjoyed it, but then I finished it, sat back and actually thought. Most of the plot wouldn't have happened if the main character Jazz hadn't been such a petulant asshole, and pretty much everything is her fault. It's hard to feel sympathy for those kinds of characters, the ones that keep making terrible life choices over and over and never seem to learn. And then in the end get away Scott free. Talk about maddening. 


But the writing was well done, the plot moved along at nice clip, and the science seemed sound. Not too much over the top like in the original Jurassic Park books where I wanted to gouge out my eyes every time Malcolm talked. I just wish Weir had dialed it down on the bitch scale a bit because Jazz damn near ruined everything and seemed to think she was entitled to no punishment. Talk about arrogant.



P.S. early in my marriage we had a black pug named Artemis. He was a needy shit but we loved him. 

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text 2018-02-17 22:07
Reading progress update: I've read 32 out of 304 pages.
Artemis: A Novel - Andy Weir




....i like this.

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review 2018-02-14 20:36
POK POK The Drinking Food of Thailand: A Cookbook - Andy Ricker,JJ Goode

This book is amazing, from beginning to end. I loved the stories and the insights to this culture I had been until now missing out on.The recipes are easy to follow even if they're not all easy to prepare, meaning, I personally do not have the skill required to complete some of these dishes, but that's not this book's fault.


Highly recommended for those who enjoy Thai food and culture.


Many thanks to the publisher for the awesome review copy!

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review 2018-02-11 19:04
Andy and the Lion - an oldie but a goodie
Andy and the Lion (Picture Puffins) - James Daugherty
I remember reading this story at my grandmother’s house when I was little. I was thrilled to see this novel at a sale at the library so I quickly grabbed it, paid my dollar and now it is added to my own library.
I didn’t even have to open the novel to remember anything about the book. I remembered Andy and the lion chasing each other around the huge rock. Andy was scared of the lion and then suddenly the lion stopped running. I thought for sure he would eat poor Andy and then the lion showed Andy his paw. A huge thorn stuck out of his paw and smart Andy dressed in his overalls grabbed out his pliers and pulled with all of his might and got that thorn out. The thorn was so stuck in the lion’s paw that the two of them tumbled over backward when it finally came out. The lion was so grateful that he licked Andy right in the face. The two of them then, went back to what they were originally doing. I loved that part of the story.
Days later, as Andy was visiting the circus, a lion jumped out of his steel cage and ran right toward the crowd. The lion was headed right toward Andy who had been excited for this part of the show. As the lion looked at Andy, Andy noticed something familiar about his lion. The lion stopped in his tracks and looked straight at Andy. It’s funny how things turned out in the rest of the book.
I liked how the author leaves you hanging with the short script. Sometimes there’s not a lot of words on one page and you need to read two pages to get a complete sentence as the author creates a cliffhanging effect on the pages. I liked the white, black and orange color scheme and I like the magical elements of this children’s novel. Andy begins the novel going to the library to get a novel, a novel about lions. A picture of a lion faces his dining room table, his father is reading the newspaper article about lions, his grandfather’s story is about lions, and then Andy dreams about lions, lions are everywhere before he runs into the lion on his way to school. I can’t wait to share this novel with others. 4.5 stars


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review 2018-02-11 16:47
Nick Stone is being hunted
For Valour - Andy McNab

Nick Stone story. Many chapters. The ending has twist. The good about this one. The story is a mystery. A good friend died and left a son who serve in the army. Now the son is in trouble and was charged for manslaughter when his friend died in a training exercise. His other good friend Trev is tellhing him that Sam was being set up. Now they started to investigate who is covering this up. The problem is, they were being chased, and shot at. The not so good bits about the book. The story is a bit too jumpy, more or less like a boring episode of amazing race. Being chased is not tension enough if one does not know who chase them. Or were not prepare enough for the chase. It is more like a incident report instead of good story telling when there are not much dialogue or interaction between characters. So, even the story is fine, it is not as enjoyable. We still not know how Nick Stone would react to tihngs. He also got beaten up a lot. The reader like me, need to care much more about the characters in order to get into it. Still, the story is about some misguided notion of honor. Really not a motivation. Conclusion Readable. Like a B action movie. 4 Stars.

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