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text 2019-07-15 19:24
The Other Side - Jacqueline Woodson,E.B. Lewis

Author:Jacqueline Woodson


Synopsis:A simple story that introduces the topics

of segregation and racism. A young African

American girl named Clover wonders why there is a

fence that separates the 'white' side of town from

the 'black' side. One day a white girl about Clover's

age comes to sit on the fence and a sweet innocent

friendship grows. The watercolor painting

illustrations by E.B. Lewis are detailed and



Genre:Realistic Fiction

Citation:Scholastic Book Wizard, Goodreads

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text 2019-07-15 11:02
REVIEW BY CHARLOTTE - Fusion World (Philanthropy #1) by Joseph Lewis Tamone
Fusion World (Philanthropy #1) - Joseph Lewis Tamone

@hotchoc84 (Charlotte), @chandrapresspub, @LewisTamone, #ScienceFiction, 4 out of 5 (very good)


If you like a thrilling science fiction book with pulse-pounding action, great characters, a female assassin who loves blades, and a plot that keeps you guessing, you’ll love Fusion World.

The Vyndral invasion catches planet Rafia by surprise. The capital city of Vyloli falls within hours. With thousands of hostages’ lives at stake, the Rafian military can only watch and wait. Vai, a skilled computer system engineer, and Edam, a man with no past, manage to make their way out of Vyloli with a piece of information that may be the key to freeing the hostages and saving their homeworld.

With the fate of their planet the balance, a small band of inexperienced Rafians must come together as a team to stop the new Vyndral threat. The plan requires extraordinary skill, courage, and ultimately, sacrifice. Racing against the clock and facing incredible odds, do Vai, Edam, and the team have what it takes?

From new author, Joseph Lewis Tamone, comes a riveting planet-spanning science fiction book of adventure, teamwork, and bravery in the face of incredible odds.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2019/06/04/Fusion-World-Philanthropy-1-by-Joseph-Lewis-Tamone
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review 2019-07-09 20:34
The Horse and His Boy / C.S. Lewis
The Horse and His Boy - C.S. Lewis

Bree, the talking horse, has been kidnapped from Narnia, and longs to return. Shasta decides to run away with him. Before they know it, they are on a wild and dangerous journey together, through strange cities, eerie tombs and harsh deserts.


I know for a fact that I read this book as a child. We had a small school library and I read every book in it that had anything to do with horses. I have always been obsessive like that--when I find a subject that interests me, I read everything I can get my hands on about it. Despite this, I did not remember a word of The Horse and His Boy.

My first thought is that the title would make you believe that it was Bree, the Narnian horse, who should have been telling the tale. Instead, it is largely seen from Shasta’s point of view.

There are some very obvious Christian allusions in this book. While Shasta is going to Narnia to warn the kingdom of invasion, there is a very Psalm-like portion where Aslan walks by his side (and, he realizes later, protects him from walking over a cliff). It’s a very “In the valley of the shadow of death” moment. Plus, there is a “Doubting Thomas” event as well, where Aslan allows the doubter to touch him, to see that he is real. 

I also found it interesting how Lewis combined Greek mythology with Christian influences. That was particularly strong when the stubborn prince is turned into a donkey. Aslan gives him a solution--he can go to his kingdom’s harvest festival and become a man again by presenting himself in the temple. He must stay within a certain radius of this temple to avoid becoming a donkey on a permanent basis. This part of the tale reminded me strongly of Aesop’s Fables.

I don’t know why this story didn’t grab me when I was a child, but it didn’t. Now, as an older adult, I am well past the age that it was written for. I doubt that I will ever read it again, but I will finish this series eventually.

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text 2019-06-24 10:04
Essential Books Crowdsourced Extra 15+1
The Unleashing (Call Of Crows Book 1) - Shelly Laurenston
The Donovan Legacy: Charmed & Enchanted - Nora Roberts
Saga, Volume 1 - Brian K. Vaughan,Fiona Staples
The Complete Maus: A Survivor's Tale - Art Spiegelman,Fred Jordon
Persepolis I & II - Marjane Satrapi
March: Book One - John Lewis,Nate Powell,Andrew Aydin
Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup - John Carreyrou
Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story - Kurt Eichenwald
Polio: An American Story - David Oshinsky
The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade - Ann Fessler


1. Call of Crows trilogy by Shelly Laurenston (The Undoing, The Undoing, The Unleashing) - paranormal that takes on modern women's rage and Norse mythology. It's messy and fun and cathartic.


2. The Donovan Legacy by Nora Roberts (Charmed, Enchanted, Captivated, Entranced) - there is paranormal romance and then there is ParaNora romances. I think this is where Roberts first started in the paranormal genre.


Graphic Novels

3. Saga series by Brian Vaughn and Fiona Staples - the only sci-fi story I can stick with.


4. The Complete Maus by Art Spiegelman - the story of the Holocaust as told by mice.


5. The Complete Persepolis - the coming of age of an Iranian girl as the US backed government fell and the Islamists took power. A story of an immigrant, even when she went back to living in Iran.


6. The March trilogy by Rep. John Lewis, Nate Powell, and John Robert Lewis - not just the story of the march on Washington, Lewis tells of the early days of the civil rights movement interspersed with the first inauguration of President Obama.


Non-Fiction - Corporations Are People and Sometimes People Are Corrupt

7. Bad Blood: Secret and Lies in a Silicon Valley Start-Up  by John Carreyrou - a train-wreck that you can't keep your eyes off. 


8. Conspiracy of Fools: A True Story by Kurt Eichenwald - the story of the rise and fall of Enron, written as a suspense novel. 


Non-Fiction - US Politics

9. All the President's Men by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward - the Watergate scandal. Back when US politicians put country before party...a simpler time.


10. Truth and Consequences: Special Comments on the Bush Administration's War on American Values by Keith Olbermann - the written version of the comments Olbermann made on his MSNBC show with a bit more context and fleshed out.


Non-Fiction - History

11. To End All Wars by Adam Hochschild - I think this is the definitive history of the Great War, ensuring even coverage of both the Axis and Allies side of the story and placing the war among the other events happening in the respective countries (such as the women's suffrage movement).


12. Polio: An American Story by David Oshinsky - how science and vaccines conquered a disease that affected everyone - including a US president. Timely given the shit going on now.


13. The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden History of Women Who Surrendered Their Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade by Ann Fessler - just timely given the shit going on now.



14. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates - I think this would make a great companion to the memoir by James Yates which was on my original list.



15. AIDS in America by Susan Hunter - although in my lifetime AIDS went from a straight death sentence to a chronic if manageable disease, the rise of new cases in America and the policies of certain politicians (looking at you Pence!) means this is still a public health issue and needs to be addressed. A little dated as the book was published 2006, but addresses a lot of the root causes that continue today.


16. Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America by Beth Macy - a bonus pick because I couldn't leave it off a second time.


I could add a whole bunch more, but some of the titles have already been picked by other BL-ers (well done everyone! we have wonderful taste in books, lol).




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text 2019-06-22 20:28
Moonlight Reader - towards the 500
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Chocolat - Joanne Harris
It Was a Dark and Stormy Night, Snoopy - Charles M. Schulz
The Sandman, Vol. 1: Preludes and Nocturnes - Neil Gaiman,Malcolm Jones III,Karen Berger,Sam Kieth,Todd Klein,Mike Dringenberg
London - Edward Rutherfurd
Chaos: The Making of a New Science - James Gleick
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Other Stories - Lewis Carroll
The Hobbit & The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
The Mists of Avalon - Marion Zimmer Bradley
Ramses: The Son of Light - Christian Jacq,Mary Feeney

More essential books, by request. :)

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