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review 2016-02-16 05:38
The Game Believes In You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter
The Game Believes in You: How Digital Play Can Make Our Kids Smarter - Greg Toppo

 

This, this was amazing. People are doing amazing things out there and why haven't I heard about most of this before?! I've never been a fan of do your work and we'll let you play a game (though no I know why psychologically that's a bad idea), but I've long maintained that you can learn a lot from good media.

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review 2016-02-10 20:18
Kamisama Kiss Vol 18 - Cliffhangers are evil
Kamisama Kiss, Vol. 18 - Julietta Suzuki

So, we should be in the home stretch. I've read that this is to be the final arc of the series and while I really enjoy this manga, I think it's best to leave them still wanting more than begging you to end. (I'm looking at YOU Inuyasha!) But then I reached the end of this and died a little inside. It's not going to be easy, is it Julietta Suzuki? Just when things were looking so well.

 

NOTE: As this is Vol 18 and takes place just after an arc ended, there are MAJOR SPOILERS ahead. Consider yourself warned.

 

 

So Nanami has returned from time traveling (the right way, not crazy jumping down wells for this chick. And a closed time loop to boot, I love this series) and everything is great. Tomoe's curse is lifted, he's confessed his feelings for her, and our dear shrine god even has the chance to finally go on a school trip. So perhaps no one should blame her for wandering through life looking like this.

 

Except that she's failing school and also seems completely oblivious to the fact that Tomoe and she are COMPLETELY NOT COMMUNICATING! Dear lord, it's pathetic. I want him to sit her down and explain to her (in small words as apparently she can't get the memo) that the snake is not okay and she needs to ignore basically everything he says. Argh. Mikage isn't much better, at times he really comes through and others he just watches with this knowing smile on his face. Grr.

 

However, there are several touching moments. Tomoe works to learn English and other problematic areas as he's now committed to living with her in the human world. His tenacity urges Nanami to reciprocate and when these two click, it's beautiful.

 

However, there is no rest for the wicked, therefore there's no rest for them either. Kirihito (Akura-oh) is stepping up his efforts to gain his true body from the land of the dead as the borrowed human body is failing. Because of this (and Nanami's admittedly recurring idiocy) the group, and especially Ami, are pulled into a dangerous situation. Nanami's secret and the truth of what Tomoe, Kurama, and others comes out and by the time the volume ends, things are looking very dicey.

(spoiler show)

Hopefully the wait for 19 won't be as long as this one.

 

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review 2015-03-16 04:58
Dreaming Spies (Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes # 13)
Dreaming Spies - Laurie R. King

Russell with her Holmes,

New Case comes with great promise.

Wonder what's in store?

 

I've detailed elsewhere what Laurie R. King's Sherlock Holmes and Mary Russell series means to me. Every time a new book is announced, some of my worst impatience sets in. Finally, it arrives in my hands and I'm teleported back to a time and characters I've come to care greatly about.

 

At long last we learn of their time spent in Japan, which took place between The Game and Locked Rooms. As with all of King's books in this series, I found myself transported to 1920s Japan as we walked it's roads, traveled in it's packed trains, and experienced new customs. While much of the elements were known to me, her writing once again brought it to life. But she also did what I'd longed for, showed us some of Oxford.

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review 2014-12-10 17:37
You Have to F--king Eat [Audible] - Great sequel!
You Have to F--king Eat - Bryan Cranston,Adam Mansbach

A good sequel to Go the F--- to Sleep, this book reminded me of more than one parent and child I've known. The Bryan Cranston does a good job and gets the tone of exasperation right. It may not beat the first one, but it's a good follow up.

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review 2014-12-08 22:02
Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood (Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales # 4) - Surprisingly good
Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales: Treaties, Trenches, Mud, and Blood - Nathan Hale

I wish I could have read the previous volumes but really, this can stand on its own. You are given a quick synopsis of the overarching plot but the focus is solely on WWI. And in this, the book shines - though at times despite the information given.

 

For me, the book stood out as an amazingly comprehensive look at WWI. There are jokes, though sparingly and rather tasteful when you consider the previous volume's name: Donner's Dinner Party. Ewww.

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