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review 2017-07-25 04:54
Cute Graphic Novel for Early Readers
Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea (A Narwhal and Jelly Book) - Ben Clanton



In Unicorn of the Sea, there are three separate stories: 1) Narwhal meets Jelly, 2) Narwhal forms a pod, and 3) Narwhal shows Jelly the best book ever. In between the stories, Clanton provides facts about narwhals and jellyfish. In the third story (my favorite), Narwhal shows Jelly his favorite book, which has blank pages, and he teaches Jelly how to use his imagination. The illustrations are bright and simple, with just a few panels per page or full-page illustrations, making it perfect for young readers on their first journey with sequential art.


This was a very cute story that I really enjoyed. Another good selection for young readers.

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review 2017-07-24 20:00
Broken Homes / Ben Aaronovitch
Broken Homes - Ben Aaronovitch

This installment meanders a bit, as it juggles multiple story lines, plus lessons in architecture. Thomas "Oh was that your Tiger tank?" Nightingale gets to show why he's the teacher and Peter & Lesley are the apprentices. I particularly enjoyed Toby's increased role in this book, being Peter's magic detector (the yap-o-metre) and camouflage (a man with a dog is virtually invisible, apparently).

Peter has matured since the first book. Lesley gives him a hard time, needling him about why he and Beverly Brook aren't sleeping together yet. In the first couple of books, Peter would have jumped in first and thought things through later, but he has learned to think with his big head and is suitably cautious. After all, if your relationship with a goddess goes pear-shaped, you know who is going to suffer most (and it won't be Beverly).

I'm still enjoying the effortless multicultural and inclusive cast of characters, however don't imagine that I have no criticism! I'm not wild about the Faceless Man as an antagonist (although I did enjoy Peter's reference to his lab as the Strip Club of Dr. Moreau). But, having read to the end of this volume, how can I doubt that I will read the next to see the next event in the drama?

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text 2017-07-24 05:00
24 in 48 Readathon: It's a Wrap
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood - Trevor Noah
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

I met my goal of 24 hours reading. Yay!


I finished 3 books:


Whispers Under Ground: 10 hours, 17 minutes

Born A Crime: 8 hours, 50 minutes

Strangers on a Train: 289 pages.


Both audiobooks were both great choices for a readathon, but highly recommended for anytime.


I'm off to bed.  I'm exhausted.

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text 2017-07-23 05:23
24 in 48 Readathon Mid Event Update
Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

24 hours in and 12 hours of reading completed.  Yay Me!

When I started I didn't think I'd be able to read for the full 24 hours, but now I see it's possible.  Fingers crossed I have few interruptions during the 2nd half.


I just finished: Whispers Under Ground - Ben Aaronovitch   I love this series!   It's a great audiobook for a readathon.  


I'm ½ way through Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith.  I hope to finish it tomorrow.


How's your readathon going?


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text 2017-07-22 18:31
24 in 48 Readathon Hour 12: Hit the Road Challenge
Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch
Still Life - Louise Penny
Ready Player One - Ernest Cline


Which 3 audiobooks would you recommend for a road trip, and why?


Any book from the Peter Grant Series--book 1 is Midnight Riot - Ben Aaronovitch.  

Any book in the Chief Inspector Gamache series--book 1 is Still Life - Louise Penny  

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline 

The reasons are the same for each: Great story read by a superb narrator!  



I spent most of the first 12 hours sleeping and doing chores.  However I did get in 3 hours of reading Whispers Under Ground by Ben Aaronovitch.  I'm loving the book!


Here's to hoping I get more reading done during this next stretch!



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