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review 2018-02-25 03:07
Two of Everything
Two of Everything - Lily Toy Hong

Before reading this text, I was unfamiliar with the Chinese folktale. The story tells the tale of Mr. and Mrs. Haktak and their magic pot - a pot that will give them two of everything. This story is so clever and teaches young readers about modesty. I would incorporate this book into a writing center! I would allow students to write about what they might want to drop into the pot, or if they would want to use it all! This book could also be incorporated into math lessons to help students learn about doubles. One such activity calls for the usage of a mirror, so students can actually visualize what doubling is. This activity can be found here: https://illuminations.nctm.org/Lesson.aspx?id=3294


Lexile - AD620L

DRA - 30

AR - 3.5

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review 2017-05-22 18:50
Mixed Doubles by Annie46fic
Mixed Doubles - Annie46fic

3.5 stars An entertaining fanfic in which a reclusive deaf Jared signs up to Jensen's dating agency. Jensen would really like to date Jared himself but it is against company policy.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/859023
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review 2016-10-30 16:14
Two of Everything
Two of Everything - Lily Toy Hong

Written by: Lily Toy Hong 


This story is about a man, Mr. Haktak, who digs up an old brass pot in his garden. Little does he know that it is a magic pot; so whenever something gets thrown into it, twice as many would come out! 


I would say this book could be for 2nd and 3rd graders learning about doubles in math! My CT read it to her class during my pre-professional block observations and the students enjoyed it a lot! As an activity to compliment the book, you have the students draw what they would throw into the pot and then tell how many more come out.

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review 2016-07-17 15:57
Loved and hated
The Mars Girl & as Big as the Ritz (ARC Doubles) - Gregory Benford,Joe Haldeman

So...   this is really hard.   I really, really loved The Mars Girl.   And I really, really hated As Bit as the Ritz.  I'm gonna get Big out of the way first. 


Bedford got way, way more technical and scienc-y than Haldeman did, and it bored me.   Even so, his story wasn't that bad, although it centered about Clayton - or Dogkicker as I shall call him from now on - and S... something - who I shall call Femalelead from now on - and Female lead fell flat for me.   She was never fully fleshed out, and while Dogkicker wasn't really either, at least he was better than Femalelead, whose name I can't even remember because she was just there for reasons and plot. 


Basically, I hated this story.   When the awkward 'dog lusts after leg to hump, but he wants Dogkicker's leg in particular - I wanted to see if Dogkicker got kicked back.   I wanted horrible shit to happen to Dogkicker, and instead he got offered a position as a cult leader. Awesome. 


I hated Dogkicker, so, so much.   At least Femalelead didn't go around kicking dogs, even if I can't recall anything else specific about her character - or even her name - to recommend her as a character. 


Haldeman's story was all about the fear of the unknown and how one reacted to something out of the blue.   It had a slightly petulant teenage character, who was upset for good reason - she was being singled out for punishment by an adult in charge - and who got over her petulance when she realized she needed to for the good of her community.   She felt real, and it was a surprising contrast to Benford's characters.   Not only there, but where Benford got caught up in science and it all felt stilted - especially the prose - this read smoothly.   It was funny, it was warm, and yes, it had science without getting bogged down by detailed descriptions of the science.   (In fact, that made Big feel far more info-dump-y than this story.)    I loved, loved, loved The Mars Girl. 


I do wish this had better editing: it was fairly full of typos of various kinds, in both stories. I would buy more from this publisher at Readercon, if I knew the author was there.   It wasn't a typo per page, but given how short both of these wee, it was embarrassing.   One half star for existing, the other two for The Mars Girl.   It is a shame: The Mars, itself, would get a much higher rating, especially if it were properly edited.    Big would get fewer stars - one half - so... again, this is a little awkward to rate.    


Needless to say, I'll look for more of Haldeman's work and avoid Benford's in the future. 

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text 2016-07-17 15:46
Reading progress update: I've read 164 out of 164 pages.
The Mars Girl & as Big as the Ritz (ARC Doubles) - Gregory Benford,Joe Haldeman

This would be a four star book - if it were only Haldeman's story, and if this were better edited.   And while I've had 100% positive interactions when sending positive reviews to authors, I've also erred on the side of caution.   If there is anything that would make an author feel uncomfortable, I've tried not to send it.   So far it's all been positive and I've sent them, but I knew about a fourth of the way into the Benford story I wouldn't be sending this one out. 


Do the authors even know each other?  Maybe not.   But can you imagine getting a review where it's like 'I loved your story, but lulz, no to this author who writes in the same genre and subgenre as you?'


I would feel mighty awkward.   In the case that another person might - and I feel that there is the strong likelihood that they might - I will not be sending this.   I will also be calling out the multiple editing errors in this, which I suspect is on the publisher.   (Bedford's story had the same type of errors, and again, it could get awkward.)


That being said, here's the signature Haldeman left me:



Yay!   I also have a story: I pulled out my pen, which is glittery.   And smells like blueberries.   And he goes, 'wait, does that smell like blueberries?'  And I shrug, and answer, 'yeah, kinda, but not much and it goes away soon...'


So he lifted the book.   I got an author to smell their own book which amuses me.   But, damn, I am carrying these pens around next year: signatures look so pretty when they're glittery!

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