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review 2019-08-07 02:58
Review: Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Boys Are Back In Town
Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Boys are Back in Town - David F. Walker,Sanford Greene

Title: Power Man and Iron Fist Vol. 1: The Boys Are Back In Town
Author: David F. Walker
Series: Power Man and Iron Fist (2016), 1
Format: ebook
Length: N/A
Rating: 3 stars

 

Synopsis: The best buddy team in comics, reunited at last! Luke Cage and Danny Rand, the Heroes for Hire turned Avengers, are going back to street-level basics — and there's a mystery to solve that will draw in crime lords, hired goons and old friends! But which of the three pose the most trouble? The Big Apple may end up poisoned by magic unless Luke and Danny can put a stop to whoever is wielding the mystical Supersoul Stone! Business starts to boom, with a flurry of big-hitting, kung-fu-fighting action. Luke brings the power, Danny brings the fists — you bring the snacks!

 

Favourite character: DANNY!
Least favourite character: Jennie

 

Mini-review: I thought this was good. Probably would've made more sense if I read the first series but you know me, I never do that. Anyways I didn't realize until it was too late.

Also I'm so glad Luke and Jessica named their daughter after me.

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review 2019-05-30 18:45
THE DEAD ROOM by Luke Walker
The Dead Room - Luke Walker

Nicola and Cate-I'll never forget them! If you read THE DEAD ROOM, I bet you won't either.

 

In the late fall, bombs begin exploding all over large cities in the U.K. Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of the terrorist activity. Shortly after the bombs, many of the remaining citizens started getting sick. That's how the survivors discovered there was also a biological component to the attacks. Few people who get the "Manc" ever recover.

 

This tale features two very strong women, who are just trying to live their lives, which in these times, is no small feat. One woman sets out on a trek to find her husband and daughter, and the other ends up with a group of people at a bombed out hospital. That's about all I can say about the plot without spoilers.

 

The main reason I liked this book so much was because of these well written women. I RARELY feel like any man knows what it's like to be a woman in the world in which we now live, never mind a post-apocalyptic world such as the one in this book. Women travelling alone become targets. You can trust no one. There is no longer any law or order. Unfortunately, this allows certain men to act with no regard for..well, anything. Nicola and Cate constantly had to hide from even a single man-the fear of beatings and/or murder paled in comparison to their fears of being raped. Some things are worse than death.

 

On top of all this real life stuff, there are also supernatural aspects to this tale. I feel that readers are going to read into these aspects what they will. I would be interested in speaking with someone else who reads this book to determine how they feel about what happened and what it means. In the meantime, I'll stick with my interpretation and say the denouement was poignant, sad, and I think I heard my heart crack a little bit.

 

The only negative thing I have to say is that this book could have been shortened a bit without having too much impact on the story as a whole. For this, I deducted 1 star. For now. I find myself thinking about Nicola and Cate almost constantly since I finished THE DEAD ROOM last night. Sometimes when that happens, I end up revising my rating upward, and I reserve the right to do just that, in this case.

 

Highly recommended, especially for fans of well written female characters, and post-apocalyptic tales!

 

 

Get your copy here: THE DEAD ROOM

 

*I received an e-ARC of this book in exchange for review consideration. I considered it, (said Hell Yeah!), and read the book.*

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review 2019-05-26 23:16
very good
A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassinati... A Very Expensive Poison: The Assassination of Alexander Litvinenko and Putin's War with the West - Luke Harding

If you watched the adoration of Putin last year by a certain orange tinged president, this book will make it even worse.

This does not mean to say that the other world leaders come off much better, but if you needed reason beside election influence and the Crimea to blackball Russia, this book presents it. And I am not even talking about the murder of Litvinenko.

Seriously a good book.

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review 2019-05-15 04:06
The Squirrel on the Train by Kevin Hearne
Oberon's Meaty Mysteries: The Squirrel on the Train - Kevin Hearne,Kevin Hearne,Luke Daniels

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

I am in love with Oberon! It is no secret that I am a dog person. I have three dogs and would probably have more if the county I live in didn't set limits. So I am always drawn to stories involving dogs but Oberon is a special kind of dog and I just love these short pieces that are told completely from his point of view. I think I started smiling as soon as I hit play on this audiobook and didn't quit smiling until it was over because it was just that much fun.

This story starts with Oberon, Orlaith, Starbuck, and Atticus taking a ride on a train. There is a squirrel on the train and the dogs are not happy about it. Once they reach their destination, they run into some bigger problems. There is a dead man that looks just like Atticus. This had me wondering who the real target was and I completely understood why Atticus and Oberon needed to get to the bottom of the mystery.

I thought that the mystery was really well done. It was fairly complex considering this is a pretty short piece. I found myself guessing until the very end and was surprised by a few things that developed along the way. Atticus and the dogs make a wonderful team and I love how much help the dogs were in finding the clues.

Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with this series. I couldn't imagine experiencing this story in any format other than audio. I really love the way he is able to bring Oberon to life and I feel that he is able to capture his canine way of looking at life. He delivers all of the more humorous parts of the story wonderfully as well as the more serious scenes. 

I would recommend this series to others. I do think that readers of the Iron Druid Chronicles will appreciate this tale from Oberons point of view. I think it could also probably work as a stand-alone. I kind of jumped ahead a bit by reading this one now but had no issues keeping up with the story. I can't wait to read more of this wonderful series!

Initial Thoughts
This was fun! I love Oberon so getting an entire story from his point of view is just a delight. I was really intrigued by the mystery in this one and thought it was really well done. Plus now I know that some squirrels really are evil. Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with the narration of this series as always. I couldn't imagine experiencing this story in any other way than audio.

Book Source: Audible Purchase

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text 2019-03-29 11:02
2019 Reading Goals #1 - Deep Dive into Watergate - Progress Report #1
1968: The Year That Rocked the World - Mark Kurlansky
Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics - Lawrence O'Donnell
Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America - Rick Perlstein
All the President's Men - Carl Bernstein,Bob Woodward
The Last of the President's Men - Bob Woodward
The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It - John W. Dean
The Making of the President 1972 - Theodore H. White
Breach of Faith: The Fall of Richard Nixon - Theodore H. White
The Nixon Tapes - Douglas Brinkley,Luke Nichter
Shadow - Bob Woodward

So far, I have read two books off the list: Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward and Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell. I got lucky and found in really good condition a copy of All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward in the free book swap area of my library. 

 

Next up is getting to 1968 by Mark Kurlansky and The Making of a President 1972 by Theodore White. This will set me up to reading about Watergate during the summer and giving me time to tackle Shadow from September to December.

 

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Inspired by the podcasts Slow Burn (season one) from Slate and Bagman by Rachel Maddow, I decided to do a deep dive into the Nixon administration, specifically Watergate.  I already read the Nixon/Ford section of Clint Hill's Five Presidents just to get my feet wet. I may not get to all of these, but I hope to read enough to have a good grasp on what happened.

 

My Nixon Reading List:

 

1. 1968: The Year that Rocked the World by Mark Kurlansky

2. Playing with Fire: The 1968 Election and the Transformation of American Politics by Lawrence O'Donnell (Read March 2019)

3. The Making of a President 1972 by Theodore White

4. Nixonland: The Rise of a President and the Fracturing of America by Rick Perlstein

5. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward

6. Last of the President's Men by Bob Woodward (Read January 2019)

7. The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It by John Dean

8. Breach of Faith: The Fall of Nixon by Theodore White

9. Shadow: Five Presidents and the Legacy of Watergate  by Bob Woodward

10. The Nixon Tapes 1971-1972 by Douglas Brinkley and Luke Nichter 

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