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text 2017-08-18 20:29
Friday Reads - August 18, 2017
Emma And The Outlaw - Linda Lael Miller
Secret Agent Under Fire (Silver Valley P.D.) - Geri Krotow
[(Butterfly Swords)] [By (author) Jeannie Lin] published on (October, 2010) - Jeannie Lin
The Dragon and the Pearl - Jeannie Lin
The Sword Dancer - Jeannie Lin
A Dance with Danger (Rebels and Lovers) - Jeannie Lin
The Bootlegger's Daughter (Daughters of the Roaring Twenties) - Lauri Robinson

The calendar might say it is still summer, but the English weather is definitely mid-October like. This upcoming week is the last COYER read-a-thon for summer and Bout of Books cycle 20. So my plan this weekend is to get two print books done before putting aside the rest until the read-a-thon is over or I run out of e-books. In non-reading plans, this weekend will be back to school shopping and going through the kids closets so I can donate/hand me down clothes and know what they need. Ten days to first day of school!

 

Here's my list for the weekend/week ahead:

1. Emma and the Outlaw (Orphan Train #2) by Linda Lael Miller - 41% read

    I'm in a puzzle with this book; on one hand, I am not feeling the MCs and on the other hand, I am sort of interested in the plotline. The heroine is playing a dangerous game with both the hero and the villain, but she is decent otherwise. The hero is a former Confederate soldier (why am I reading this right now??), hoping for the South to rise again and who does not understand, nor respect, the heroine's boundaries (oh hi early 90s historical romance *waves hand*). I won't be reading the other two books in the series.

 

2. Secret Agent Under Fire by Geri Krotow - 15% read

    I would have gotten this book done already if it weren't for the bitchy heroine. Again, pacing issues.

 

3. Butterfly Swords by Jeannie Lin - 12% read

    I started this book in mid-July. The slowest pace of a book. Something please happen soon! This book is the first in the series, so I am forcing myself to finish it so I can understand what is going on in the later books. I could really use a dose of Li Bai Shen right about now.

 

4. The Bootlegger's Daughter by Lauri Robinson - 12% read

    I started this book in mid-July, after Butterfly Swords lulled me to sleep. I am not feeling either hero, the heroine, or the plot. I'll give it to 30%; if it doesn't move the plot or the characters get better, it is going into the DNF pile.

 

5. The Dragon and the Pearl by Jeannie Lin

 

6. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin

 

7. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin

 

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review 2017-08-14 00:06
Bride Of The Bad Boy (Blame It On Bob) (Harlequin Desire) - Bevarly

cute in a stupid sort of way. Stupid as in, do people really act like that?

 

Ok then. The H is in this quiet town to "negotiate" a deal with a local pharma

ceutical company for the mob. He's driving a convertible of European engineering, and renting a house. I'm not sure how this is supposed to keep anyone from being suspicious of him but apparently the h and maybe one of her fellow journalists are the only ones who find this odd. His attempts to talk tough come across as cheesy. And the h's accusations hurt his feelings (?!)

 

The h is a bored journalist who is suspicious - the guy has been in town a week, supposedly represents a chemical company, and has yet to contact the pharmaceutical company. She knows this because her dad owns said company. Her fellow bored journalist has dug things up that connect him to the mob. She breaks into the house he's renting for some inexplicable reason. He catches her. She tries to warn her dad who irritates me by coming across as decidedly dismissive. She writes a couple of articles all but accusing him. He coerces her into marriage. (I'd love to know what her dad thought when all these slimy looking mob guys showed up at the wedding. Hah!)

 

He finally comes clean - after the wedding night of course - telling her that he's actually DEA and undercover. She's miffed - somewhat understandably I guess, but at this point..

 

I found her behavior when confronted odd, particularly for a college grad and journalist. I had a great deal of difficulty taking her seriously. And I really ponder why she stayed there when her dad treated her like she was 12.

 

The H was just one of those guys who I wonder how he was capable of holding his job. We never see him as a cop - that was offpage (gee thanks). We just see him as this dingbat who manages not to blow his cover just by existing mostly because everyone else is oblivious.

 

According to my booklist, I have the other two. Yay?

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review 2017-08-13 03:20
FARFEL AND BOB'S SUMMER BROMANCE by Kendra Carmichael
Farfel and Bob's Summer Bromance (Bromance Cats Book 1) - Kendra Carmichael

Creative story of how Bob, a cat, spends his time while his human, Marcia, is out of town.  His neighbor, Farfel, brings offers over and puts them on the front doorstep.  Marcia is not pleased.  Then she discovers what is happening.

 

I enjoyed this story.  Told with words and drawings it is imaginative.  Marcia's thought processes are interesting.  Wrong, but interesting.  I would read more of Bob and Farfel.

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review 2017-07-30 00:00
A Doctor's Sword – How an Irish Doctor Survived War, Captivity and the Atomic Bomb
A Doctor's Sword – How an Irish Doctor S... A Doctor's Sword – How an Irish Doctor Survived War, Captivity and the Atomic Bomb - Bob Jackson What an amazing story of survival and humanity of an Irish Doctor who survived war, captivity and the atomic bomb.

I came across this book while listening to the author's interview on radio and found the story fascinating and I sourced a copy the next day.

Aidan MacCarthy was from Castletownbere, a small fishing town on the Beara Peninsula in West Cork, he studied medicine and became a doctor and while praticing in England he volunteered and went off to War looking for an adventure. His story is inspirational and uplifting from beginning to end and his suffering,endurance and bravery makes this book quite a gripping read.

Packed full of photos, maps and illustrations this is a riveting and vivid read which I could not put down. Well written factual and educational and I came away from this one feeling I had gained an insight into a horrible time in history.

Aidan MacCarthy's description of the atomic bomb explosion above Nagasaki in August 1945

(Excerpt from inside cover). There followed a blue flash accompanied by a very bright magnesium type flare..... then came a frighteningly loud but rather flat explosion, which was followed by a blast of hot air, All this was followed by an eerie silence.

I really enjoyed learning about Aidan's life before, during and after the war and Christopher Reeve's quote HERO came to my mind on finishing this book.

HERO......is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to presevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.
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review 2017-07-20 09:10
Zoom: How Everything Moves by Bob Berman
Zoom: From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees: How Everything Moves - Bob Berman

TITLE:  Zoom:  How Everything Moves,  From Atoms and Galaxies to Blizzards and Bees

 

AUTHOR:  Bob Berman

 

DATE OF PUBLICATION:  2014

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  978-1-78074-549-7

 

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REVIEW:  

 

In this "pop-science" book, Bob Berman takes a whirl-wind tour around the many phenomena that have to do with motion.  He includes interesting stories that span astronomy, geology, biology, meteorology and history.  Everything from the exploding universe, runaway poles, magnetic fields, radiation, atoms, snow, ice, tides, tsunami, how clouds stay aloft, earth;s motion, in-tune mosquitoes, wind, air pressure, lightning, thunder, meteors, electricity, sneezes, animals, cells, and much more.

 

The author explains each phenomenon in an enthusiastic, clear and understandable manner, without bogging the reader down with complicated science. Bob Berman provides a new perspective on old "stuff" and also covers topics not usually covered in popular physics books.  Each chapter covers something different, so the reader can dip in and out without getting confused.  This book was a joy to read.

 

 

 

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