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review 2017-01-16 15:06
"Casino Caribbean", by Graham Tempest
Casino Caribbean - Graham Tempest

Book # 1, in The Casino series

I enjoyed this book for its appealing story that kept my attention from start to finish. Action-packed with frequent plot twists sending a freelance sleuth into a timely journey involving the lucrative world of internet gambling.

Oliver Steele the main character is a forensic accountant by profession who was hired by billionaire Carlton Tish to squash the operation of a casino in Antigua. Along with an exciting mystery we fall in a world of international laws concerning casinos, travel to different places from Antigua to the States, to London, Belize and other exotic places. The experience is very visual and the description of the locals and customs made everything seemed quite possible. This is a fast and suspenseful read with multiple characters showing up; some good guys but some tough ones to give our sleuth a hard time. The style is simple but well-done to be a captivating and an alluring adventure. This introduction was a fun read that combined many facets in which we find some humour, a lot of technology, a solid mystery with plenty of action and one populated with unconventional characters.

After this introduction I can say yes I will read more by this author.

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review 2016-12-09 19:01
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath Short form: this book is awesome and every home and classroom should have a copy. Long form: This was a whim. I just picked it up because it had a fun cover and title, but once I started reading it I couldn’t bear to put it down. The introduction is amusing, the art is spot on, and the stories are delightful. Well, many of them have violence and heinous cruelty, or just plain gore, but Porath forewarns the reader with some very specific codes. And when he’s writing about the evil that is lynching he doesn’t shrink from sharing the horror. But also, whenever there is a specific named villain in the piece, he comes up with some amusing expletives. Somehow he manages to hit a sweet spot between maintaining a light tone and historical accuracy, and he manages to do it in both the text and the art. Even when he gives these women enormous Disney eyes he makes sure to get the period details right: you know he isn’t mocking these women, he’s taking them seriously but not striving for an imagined objectivity. And then there are art notes on many of the illustrations, which explain details one might miss and their significance. Dude has found his calling and I hope he sells beaucoup books and can continue to devote his time and energy to the project. I love this like I haven’t loved any history since Lies My Teacher Told Me. It only just hit me that the reason I loved this book so much was that I really needed to read about kick-ass women who got shit done and had fun and/or really improved their world. Library copy
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text 2016-11-21 17:32
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath
Rejected Princesses: Tales of History's Boldest Heroines, Hellions, and Heretics - Jason Porath

Short form: this book is awesome and every home and classroom should have a copy.    

Long form: This was a whim. I just picked it up because it had a fun cover and title, but once I started reading it I couldn’t bear to put it down. The introduction is amusing, the art is spot on, and the stories are delightful. Well, many of them have violence and heinous cruelty, or just plain gore, but Porath forewarns the reader with some very specific codes. And when he’s writing about the evil that is lynching he doesn’t shrink from sharing the horror. But also, whenever there is a specific named villain in the piece, he comes up with some amusing expletives. Somehow he manages to hit a sweet spot between maintaining a light tone and historical accuracy, and he manages to do it in both the text and the art. Even when he gives these women enormous Disney eyes he makes sure to get the period details right: you know he isn’t mocking these women, he’s taking them seriously but not striving for an imagined objectivity. And then there are art notes on many of the illustrations, which explain details one might miss and their significance. Dude has found his calling and I hope he sells beaucoup books and can continue to devote his time and energy to the project. I love this like I haven’t loved any history since <i>Lies My Teacher Told Me</i>.

It only just hit me that the reason I loved this book so much was that I really needed to read about kick-ass women who got shit done and had fun and/or really improved their world.

Library copy

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text 2016-10-21 18:06
Many New Recipes and Combinations to Try
Caribbean Vegan: Meat-Free, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free, Authentic Island Cuisine for Every Occasion - Taymer Mason

I learned a lot from this book. Spices, herbs, vegetables, flours, so many ingredients. I can't wait to put this new knowledge to work with the many recipes in this book. Moringa, a plant I've seen sold at a local farm but had no idea what to do with is now growing in my garden.
The spice blends while they have an extensive list of ingredients are so delicious. My family is using the Magical Moringa Spice blend , a nutritional power boast daily on just about everything. In this section there are many sauces, spreads and other flavorings as well.
I tried several recipes some I liked better than others but all were good. The Split Pea Fritters, not loved. The Caribbean Caesar Salad with Coconut Bacon, The Holiday "Ham", the Jerk Sausages,the Coconut Bread, the Coconut flan (the best !) and the Rum Raisin Ice Cream were all fabulous.
I really enjoyed this book. I loved the new combinations of food and spices and learned from it. That is a winner for me. I did have one complaint, I wanted more pictures. I taste food with my eyes first and didn't enjoy reading through all the recipes to drag interest out of my cooking soul.

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text 2016-10-17 23:45
Birthday Monster Book Haul
Eragon (Inheritance, #1) - Christopher Paolini
The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien
Die Briefe der Manns: Ein Familienportrait - Thomas Mann,Heinrich Mann,Kerstin Klein,Holger Pils,Klaus Mann,Tilman Lahme
All That I Am - Anna Funder
Claire of the Sea Light - Edwidge Danticat
Der Weltensammler - Ilija Trojanow
The Aeronaut's Windlass - Jim Butcher
Even Dogs in the Wild - Ian Rankin
The Crossing - Connelly Michael
Splinter the Silence (Tony Hill) - V. McDermid

...  thanks to my mom, who gave me a bookstore gift card, my best friend, who raided my Amazon wish list (isn't it nice to know your loved ones know just what you'll be happiest about?) and a few odd things to which I treated myself:

 

* Die Briefe der Manns (The Mann Family Correspondence) -- newly released

* Anna Funder: All That I Am

* Ilija Trojanow (or Iliya Troyanov, as he's spelled in English): Der Weltensammler (The Collector of Worlds)

* George Simenon: Maigret & Co. (collection of audio dramatizations of Simenon's mysteries)

* Edwidge Danticat: Claire of the Sea Light

* Jim Butcher: The Aeronaut's Windlass

* J.R.R. Tokien: The Lord of the Rings -- the legendary BBC audio dramatization starring Ian Holm as Frodo, Michael Hordern as Gandalf, and Robert Stephens as Aragorn

* T.H. White: The Once and Future King (audio version read by Neville Jason)

* Christopher Paolini: Eragon (audio version read by Kerry Shale)

* Patrick O'Brian: Aubrey / Maturin -- audio versions of the first six novels, read by Robert Hardy

* Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Dozen -- audio adaptations of 12 stories, starring John Gielgud (Holmes), Ian Richardson (Watson), and Orson Welles (Moriarty)

* Val McDermid: Splinter the Silence

* Michael Connelly: The Crossing

* Ian Rankin: Even Dogs in the Wild

 

... and, also courtesy of my friend, Eric Clapton: I Still Do -- and a kitty coloring book!

 

 

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