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review 2019-12-09 23:00
GHOST TRAIN by Stephen Laws, narrated by Hannibal Hills
Ghost Train - Hannibal Hills,Valancourt Books,Stephen Laws

GHOST TRAIN was a blast from the past!


Originally written in the 80's, when I first read the synopsis of this book I knew I had to have it. It appeared on offer from the folks at AUDIOBOOK BOOM in exchange for my honest feedback and here it is:


I loved the story-it had all the excitement, that awesome over the top 80's cheese, gory deaths, and excellent characters. (That last one is something that a lot of horror from that time period lacked.) I loved almost everything about it, except for that weird, kind of out of place exorcism, but that was easily overlooked amidst all the action.


I must admit that this narrator didn't quite do it for me. The book was fast paced and fun, but at those exciting moments, a few of the character voices grated on my nerves. Other than that though, this novel was a heck of a lot of 80's horror fun and I recommend it!


Recommended-especially to fans of bloody, fast-paced 80's horror!



Get your copy here: GHOST TRAIN


*Thanks to Audiobook Boom and the narrator for the Audible code, in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

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review 2019-10-31 14:03
Say Cheese and Die! - R.L. Stine
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

As I've said in other reviews, I was a pretty fearful child so Goosebumps books were not my jam. This is the third one I've read as an adult and it's the first one I picked that didn't turn out to be more sad that scary (Hide and ShriekPhantom of the Auditorium- I don't know why I'm always drawn to the sad ones).

The concept of a cursed camera was very cool and it was presented in a way that that was suspenseful but not gruesomely scary. I think suspenseful is a good way to describe this one. There are some creepy bits, but it's not overly scary.

Overall, the writing was good. It was simple enough for young readers and allowed for easy reading. As an adult, I flew through this in one night, probably in part because of all the cliffhangers at the end of chapters (well played, Mr. Stine).

My only comment is that I'm noticing a strange correlation in these books between homeless men and creepiness. Phantom of the Auditorium also had a "scary" homeless man. Not necessarily a critique, just an observation. I understand these are from children's points of views who may see these men as creepy, but such representations in literature aren't doing anything to counter beliefs of homelessness. This was written in the 90s so maybe the representation of homeless people wasn't such a concern, but just wanted to bring it up for modern readers.

On the whole, this was a good read. The fearful part of me liked that it used more suspense than gruesomeness and gore. While reading, I was really interested as to how it would wrap up. An explanation is provided, perhaps one that would be more satisfying to children rather than adults. It was a fine explanation, but was pretty vague and I mostly wanted more backstory than was provided. Overall though, a good suspenseful read.
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review 2019-07-09 07:39
Cheese Market: Low-fat Products Gaining Uptake

Global Cheese Market: Demand Analysis and Growth Forecast


As per the findings of a newly published market research report by IndustryARC, the global Cheese Market size was around $65 billion to $68 billion in 2018 and is estimated to grow with a CAGR of around 2.5% to 3.5% during the forecast period 2019-2025. The analyst of the report observes that cheese has become a primary component in daily diet not only in western parts of the world but also in Eastern parts.


Rising number of health-conscious urban consumers coupled with an increase in obesity-related problems are fueling the demand for the low-fat cheese, and the cheese marketplace is boosted by strengthened supply chain of major players. Foodies are switching to low-fat cheese to save about 3 grams of saturated fat and 40 calories per ounce, which in turn reduces the intake of fat. The rapid changes in lifestyle and eating patterns have resulted in the establishment of numerous cheese stores by various popular cheese manufacturers touting a variety of health benefits and further stroking the demand. The report is titled “Cheese Market: Product Type (Cheddar, Mozzarella, Semi-soft cheese, Processed cheese, others) Milk Source (Cow, Sheep, Goat, Buffalo, others) Distribution Channel (Supermarkets/Hypermarkets, Other kinds of Stores) & Geography – Forecast (2019-2025).”


Browse 63 Market Tables, 177 Figures spread through 160 slides and an in-depth TOC “Cheese Market (2019 - 2025)”


Global Cheese Market: Leading Segments


The analyst of the report identifies that the hypermarket and supermarket - distribution channel is the key application segment, and demand from the same will be incrementing at a compounded annual growth rate of around 2% to 3% during the forecast period 2019 to 2025. The increasing number of hypermarkets and supermarkets is a reflection of increased disposable income of urban population in developing economies and changing food preferences with Pizzas and Burgers gaining popularity.


Based on the geographical analysis, Europe held the largest cheese market demand share in 2018 at about 38% to 40%. Cheese is an important ingredient of European diet and it forms an integral component of many European dishes. Many people in Europe depend on cheese for their protein intake, and cheese is the favorite travel food for many European travelers are enhancing the growth of the cheese market in this region.

According to USDA, in the U.S., the total cheese production was 1.12 billion pounds, 3.0 percent above October 2017 and 6.1 percent above September 2018. Cheese is a major source of protein and calcium for normal growth and development, particularly for bones and teeth. The calcium in cheese and other dairy products is more easily consumed by the body than that from plant foods.


Cheese production undergoes several imperative steps such as curdling, coagulation involving proteins such as casein and whey, ripening, and fermentation. This process leads to the development of different kinds of cheese such as Mozzarella cheese, cheddar cheese, Gouda, Muenster, Parmesan, and Romano, and the product portfolio is luring newer customers in the cheese market. The cheese market is at a great advantage because the utilization of cheese is very popular among households. It is perceived as a snack for children and adults with high protein content and has transformed into a crucial component in an individual’s diet.


Cheese Market Trends


AgResearch’s transgenic cow research has produced transgenic cows, which increased kappa casein in their milk for better cheese making, higher cheese yield, and to improve calcium content in the milk.

The evolution of cheese into packaged snack food has led to the introduction of different types of cheeses with new flanged flavor profiles.

Emerging markets like China and India are anticipated to drive the global cheese market in the coming years. With the rise in middle-class population, increasing urbanization, and westernization of food patterns, and the consumption of it in the cheese markets are expected to grow.


Cheese Market: Competitive Landscape


Some of the key companies identified in the report that are currently holding majority shares in the global cheese market are: Almarai Co. Ltd., SARGENTO FOODS INCORPORATED, FrieslandCampina, Dzintars, Go Cheese, Parag Milk Foods, Gebrder Woerle Ges.m.b., Mother Dairy, Old Fashioned Cheese, Vindija dd, and Bletsoe Cheese, Inc.


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Cheese Ingredients Market - Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Trends, Application Analysis, Growth And Forecast 2019 - 2024


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review 2019-01-27 20:07
[REVIEW] The Wicked King by Holly Black
The Wicked King - Holly Black

Right after finishing it
I don’t know how to rate this. I’m not sure if I loved it (which is possible because I swallowed it in less than 24 hours) or if I hated it (THAT ENDING WTF). I need to think.


Unpopular Opinion Time~
I'm more inclined to believe that I... hated it? Cardan (lbr the real reason I'm reading this) hardly interacts with Jude or even appears on the page. Nothing really happens so I ended up skimming big chunks

particularly when Jude is kidnapped and from what I can tell, I didn't really miss much.

(spoiler show)

Most of the issues between Jude and Cardan would be solved if they just TALKED. The big twist at the end just made me rage because it makes me think that in book 3 (which I will be reading because I clearly hate myself) Cardan and Jude will have even less time together. All of this to say that I ended up even more frustrated and with more questions than I expected.

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review 2018-11-14 12:38
Short, easy to read and to implement
Out of the Maze - Spencer Johnson

Thanks to NetGalley and to Ebury Digital for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

Although Who Moved My Cheese? was published a long time ago (in 1998) and I had seen it around, I only learned more about it when I was working on the translation of a self-help book. The author referred to Johnson’s fable in his text and I had to check it out. When I saw this sequel announced on NetGalley I felt curious.

Most of you will be familiar with the first book, but in short, it is the fable of two mice and two little people who live in a maze and feed on cheese that magically appears every day. Suddenly, after things have been like this for a long time, the cheese disappears. The two mice go as well, seemingly looking for more cheese, but the two little people don’t agree on what to do. One of them decides to try to find more cheese, while the other stays put, convinced that things will go back to the way they were soon enough. As is the case with all good fables, lessons are learned.

In this book, the central fable is framed by a discussion group. The class has been talking about the original book, and one of the students asks what happen to the character left behind. The teacher then comes back with a story, which is the follow-up to the previous one, but this time the protagonist is Hem, the character left behind. Throughout the book he meets hope, has to confront his set of beliefs, and learns invaluable lessons.

Like the previous one, this book is really short, under 100 pages, and that includes a note from one of the author’s collaborators and some background to this work. The author died from pancreatic cancer in 2017, and the story of how he handled his disease (including a letter he wrote to his cancer) is also an important part of the book.  

The book, like its predecessor, does not provide brand-new ideas or earth-shattering insights. Having said that, the lessons become easier to remember because they are provided in the format of a fable.  Having the distance and the perspective afforded by reading about imaginary characters in an imaginary situation allows people to think about their own lives and find similarities in outlook that might not be welcome if pointed out directly or if our behaviour is confronted head-on. Realising something for oneself is much more effective and causes less resistance than having somebody tell us where we went wrong.

The discussion group and its members also provide some examples of real-life situations and how to deal with them.

In sum, this is a short book, written in simple language, easy to read, and it can be useful to people who feel stuck in a rut and cannot see a way forward. It would also provide useful and easy read to course facilitators looking into topics such as belief-systems and how to change one’s perspective.

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