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review 2018-06-14 00:36
1.5 Out Of 5 "at least I was able to laugh at the absurdity of it" STARS
Shine Not Burn - Elle Casey

 

 

 

 

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Bogged down by used and abused tropes, mediocre writing, a silly heroine with a foolish "life-plan" …thank goodness, I listened to this on Audio.  It made it possible for me to roll my eyes and not lose my reading spot.  In fact, I played and got distracted by FreeCell all I wanted while listening to this.  It was the only reason I made it through the entire story.

 

 

 

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~MY RATING~

1.5STARS - GRADE=D

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 2/5

Main Characters~ 1.5/5

Secondary Characters~ 2/5

The Feels~ 1.5/5

Pacing~ 2/5

Addictiveness~ 2/5

Theme or Tone~ 1/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 2/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 1/5

Originality~ 1/5

Ending~ 1/5 Cliffhanger~ Nope.

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Book Cover~ It's kind of cute…

Narration~3.7  -by Lauren Ezzo, wasn't horrible, but her male voices could use some work.

Series~ Shine Not Burn #1

Setting~ Las Vegas, Florida and Oregon

Source~ Audiobook (KU Read & Listen)

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review 2018-04-02 23:47
The Finest Hours (YA adaption) by Michael J. Tougias and Casey Sherman
The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue - Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman

I watched the Disney movie based on the adult book back in January 2017. It was great (read: Chris Pine and Eric Bana provided eye-candy) and one of the special features of the DVD was the screenwriters interviewing survivors/witnesses and showing stuff from the museum. I had made a point of wanting to read the book, so when the 2018 PS challenge came out and the first prompt was "book that was made into a movie you've already seen" I knew which book I would read for it. 

 

Here's the deal - I don't care about boats, nor do I care to read endless paragraphs of boats structure, size, etc. If you do, read the adult book; I went with the YA adaption of the book so I could get to the actual story faster and not read mind-numbingly pages of boat details. The problem was that it was written for more the MG crowd than YA; the writing at times seem choppy and I couldn't really connect with the people in the story; I felt the movie was better in getting the audience to care about the rescuers and those on the oil tankers. There was also too many people, especially the ones on the oil tankers, profiled - it was hard to keep them separate in my head while reading.

 

Still it is a decent story for those MG readers that want to know about an important event in the ever-evolving history of disaster management.

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review 2018-03-28 15:29
The PR of a "police action"
Selling the Korean War: Propaganda, Politics, and Public Opinion in the United States, 1950-1953 - Steven Casey

The invasion of South Korea by North Korean forces in June 1950 posed a multitude of challenges to the United States.  Among these, one of the most difficult and persistent faced by the Truman administration was that of how to present the war to the American people. What might seem to be a fairly straightforward matter was in fact a far more complex problem, riven as it was by issues of domestic politics and overshadowed by the broader context of the Cold War. Steven Casey’s book provides a detailed look at the problems the Truman administration faced, how they changed over the course of the war, and how they endeavored to navigate around or surmount the difficulties before them.

 

These problems emerged practically from the moment the president and the American people first learned of the invasion.  From the start Truman sought a restrained rhetorical response to the conflict, out of a concern that intemperate language might exacerbate the Cold War. This decision, however, gave an opening to Truman’s Republican opponents in Congress.  Still smarting from Truman’s victory in the 1948 presidential election, they took advantage of his failure to define the conflict early on by using it to lambaste his administration’s handling of foreign policy.

 

Their criticisms were sharpened in the short term by the course of events, as the poor showing of the first American troops thrown into combat served to underline Republican arguments about Truman’s failings as president. Here Casey turns his attention to the other part of the story, the type and nature of the information flooding out from the Korean peninsula. The reporters rushed to cover the war faced a chaotic situation off the battlefield as well as on it, thanks in no small measure to General Douglas MacArthur’s refusal at first to impose any sort of censorship on the articles being sent out. This left the correspondents open to criticism for indiscretions in their reporting, and soon they were at the forefront of calls for such guidelines. Yet when censorship was finally imposed, its strictness proved to be more restrictive than they bargained for fueling criticisms that MacArthur’s public information officers were trying to withhold information that made their superior look bad.

 

MacArthur’s dismissal as supreme commander in April 1951 had significant implications for both levels of public relations. His successor, Matthew Ridgway, proved far more diplomatic in his handling of the media, a task made simpler by the stabilization of the battlefront by the summer.  For Truman, however, MacArthur’s return to the United States heightened criticisms of his administration’s handling of the war still further. Yet this proved in some respects to be a blessing in disguise, as it prompted his administration to provide a more forceful defense of their handling of the war. This plus the changing nature of the conflict finally pushed Truman into making the vigorous case for the war that had been absent for so long, only to find the static, drawn-out nature of the conflict limited the impact of his efforts. His successor as president, Dwight Eisenhower, faced similar public relations problems and repeated some of Truman’s early mistakes, but the death of the Soviet leader Josef Stalin in March 1953 was quickly followed by concessions that made an armistice possible four months later.

 
Casey’s book is a valuable study of an often overlooked aspect of war.  With it he chronicles a government as it transitioned away from the assumptions involved in rallying public opinion in a “total war” and towards the challenges involved in doing so for the more limited conflicts that the U.S. has fought since World War II.  Though it may not be as exciting as the subtitle implies, with only minimal coverage of the broader cultural propaganda tied to the war, it definitely rewards the time spent reading it.  This is a book that should be read by anyone interested in the history of the Korean War or in the broader topic of how governments manage the media and rally public opinion to wage war in our world today.

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text 2018-03-22 10:41
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 22, 2018 (Part II)
Submerged - Dani Pettrey
The Murrow Boys: Pioneers on the Front Lines of Broadcast Journalism - Stanley Cloud,Lynne Olson
Thor, Vol. 1 - J. Michael Straczynski,Olivier Coipel
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue - Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong

The Kindle and library additions.

 

Added to Kindle:

9. Submerged (Alaskan Courage #1) by Dani Pettrey - Inspirational romantic suspense

 

10. The Murrow Boys by Stanley Cloud and Lynne Olson - non-fiction book about how Edward R. Murrow and his cohorts for CBS reported from the front lines of WWII.

 

11. Thor Volume 1 (2011) by J. Michael Straczynski - there are several Thor volumes from different authors/artists (including two with the female Thor). I picked this one because J. M. S. did an amazing job on Wonder Woman volume I read a couple of years ago, so I wanted to see what he could do with my favorite Avenger.

 

Borrowed from the library:

12. The Finest Hours by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias - true story of the Coast Guard rescue of men working on two oil tankers that collided during a northeaster storm in 1952.

 

13. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Young - Flat Book Society buddy read for March/April.

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text 2018-03-09 09:37
Tea's TBR Thursday - March 8, 2018
The Long Way Home - David Laskin
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
The Darkness Knows (Viv and Charlie Mystery) - Cheryl Honigford
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods & Goddesses - Edain McCoy
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life - Ed Yong
Mistress of Rome - Kate Quinn
The Finest Hours: The True Story of the U.S. Coast Guard's Most Daring Sea Rescue - Michael J. Tougias,Casey Sherman

*Bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

 

Books added to my personal TBR:

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (NOOK)

2. The Long Way Home by David Laskin (NOOK)

3. The Darkness Knows by Cheryl Honigford (NOOK)

4. Mistress of Rome (The Empress of Rome #1) by Kate Quinn

 

Books borrowed from the library:

1. Celtic Myth and Magick by Edain McCoy

 

Books put on hold at the library:

1. I Contain Multitudes by Ed Young

2. The Finest Hours by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias

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Books Read:

1. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle (personal copy)

2. Danger in High Heels (High Heels #7) by Gemma Halliday (personal copy)

3. Deadly in High Heels (High Heels #9) by Gemma Halliday (personal copy)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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