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text 2017-05-04 21:37
More Library ebook finds
The Homemade Pantry: 101 Foods You Can Stop Buying and Start Making - Alana Chernila
Sheet Pan Suppers: 120 Recipes for Simple, Surprising, Hands-Off Meals Straight from the Oven - Molly Gilbert
Frozen Assets - Deborah Taylor-Hough
The Muffin Tin Cookbook: 200 Fast, Delicious Mini-Pies, Pasta Cups, Gourmet Pockets, Veggie Cakes, and More! - Brette Sember
Fix, Freeze, Feast: The Delicious, Money-Saving Way to Feed Your Family - Kati Neville,Lindsay Tkacsik
Freezer Meals: 50 Essential Recipes for Today's Busy Cook - Adams Media
Fuss-Free Suppers - Jenny Kay,Elinor Storkey
Don't Panic--More Dinner's in the Freezer: A Second Helping of Tasty Meals You Can Make Ahead - Susie Martinez
Make-Ahead Meals Made Healthy: Exceptionally Delicious and Nutritious Freezer-Friendly Recipes You Can Prepare in Advance and Enjoy at a Moment's Not - Michele Borboa
Don't Panic--Dinner's in the Freezer: Great-Tasting Meals You Can Make Ahead - Susie Martinez,Vanda Howell,Bonnie Garcia

Planning on checking these out (well, not all at once) from my public library ebook loans.  If interested, mine uses overdrive.

 

Mine let's me keep a single wishlist and I've decided I prefer keeping these on a separate list here on booklikes  (most don't have same hold/waitlist lines) rather than mixing with my series books.

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review 2017-05-01 19:03
Outstanding, as always!
The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean ... The Frozen Hours: A Novel of the Korean War - Jeff Shaara
Shaara has created another masterpiece. This time it's a stand-alone novel of the Korean War. Well written and superbly researched.
As in all of his novels, Shaara explores the conflict through the eyes of a variety of people. In this book, he shows the war through three main characters, an American General, a Chinese General, and an American PFC soldier. In the beginning, I was hoping for more main characters, perhaps a Chinese soldier or someone closer to MacArthur. But, as the novel progresses, I came to realize the reasoning. First, the "average" Chinese soldier was really a non-factor, as they, sadly, were thought of by their "superiors" as just a piece of meat to be thrown into the maelstrom. They did not last long enough to flesh out an individual character. And as far as MacArthur goes, Shaara shows that the sycophants surrounding him were basically as mindless as the Chinese soldiers, blindly throwing themselves into whatever the "superior" wanted, to curry favor for their own careers.
In this novel, there is none of the "glory" found in his earlier novels. No feelings of a job well done, or of giddy patriotism. Shaara expresses the drabness, the drudgery, the feeling of "why are we here" and "what is the endgame" of the Korean conflict. His descriptions of the weather, the cold, the misery, make you want to sit in front of a fire and warm up yourself. You're left with a bleak feeling of "why". Why were we there? What were we trying to achieve? Why was there no oversight over MacArthur?
And talk about timely! I couldn't help but wonder if history might be repeating itself. Today we again find ourselves with a crisis in Korea. We find ourselves again with a leader who seems to bend the facts to what he wants to see, all in the interest of satisfying his outlandish ego. My hope is that this time, someone steps in and prevents another disaster. That we don't back down to the ego, that we think things through. Because this time, if China intervenes again, the stakes are much much higher than they were in the last Korean War!
Bravo, Mr. Shaara!
 
 

 

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text 2017-03-31 19:25
March 2017 Round Up!
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes
Half-Off Ragnarok - Seanan McGuire
Heroine Complex - Sarah Kuhn
The Undoing - Shelly Laurenston
Cast in Flight - Michelle Sagara
The Undead In My Bed (Includes: Midnight Liaisons #1.5, Dark Ones #10.5, Half Moon Hollow #2.5) - Molly Harper,Jessica Sims,Katie MacAlister
Joy of Witchcraft: A Humorous Paranormal Romance - Mindy Klasky
The Fiery Heart - Richelle Mead
Legacy of Honor - Linda Hilton
Haunted on Bourbon Street - Deanna Chase

I'll jump n the bandwagon and try to round up my March reads.  By and large, great reads that cured a reading slump, but many put me behind on reviewing because I basically had little to say beyond "I enjoyed this book."

 

I also did this year's Big Library Read (global buddy read where Overdrive makes a voted ebook 100% available -- no waitlist/hold -- to participating public libraries).  This time was, surprisingly, a cookbook.  A good one with a mix of sweet, savory, basic and advanced pies:

 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani 

Art of the Pie: A Practical Guide to Homemade Crusts, Fillings, and Life - Kate McDermott,Andrew Scrivani  

 

What reviews I've written, I try to remember to tag as "Reviews from Spurts" (booklikes link to that tag is http://booklikes.com/dashboard?tag=Reviews%20from%20Spurts ).

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review 2017-03-28 02:54
Book 13/100: A Frozen Heart by Elizabeth Rudnick
A Frozen Heart - Elizabeth Rudnick

This is probably the best Disney spinoff novel that I've read so far.

A big part of that is that Rudnick is a good writer, and this book feels like it came from someone who cares enough about her subject matter to really sink into the characters' thoughts, motivations, and world. The book is full of backstory for Anna and Hans that is only hinted at in the movie, gives names and personalities to "bit part" characters, and for the most part does not feel forced or contrived.

My biggest disappointment in this book was how much of its events overlapped with the movie's events -- that means that a sizeable chunk of it was essentially a "novelization," albeit a very good novelization. I would have enjoyed it a LOT when I was young and used to read the novelizations again and again in the time between the movie's theatrical release and its video release, but as an adult (who still reads Disney novels ;)), I was hungry for more new, original material -- especially since Rudnick did that so well.

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text 2017-03-25 19:32
Reading progress: 85%.
Frozen Tides: A Falling Kingdoms Novel - Morgan Rhodes

So everyone is mistrusting each other, misunderstandings abound, paranoid (and inaccurate) conspiracy theories.  

 

None of the core characters have died in this chunk of the book, but seems like several deaths are looming.

 

Aah! The melodrama.

 

The King of Blood has just returned to his kingdom — after uncharacteristically revealing a bit of his own past melodrama — so maybe the rebels will get it together to try and do something other than suspect each other.  Or not; possibly just building up,to next back (not likely to be an actual cliffhanger based on previous books in series).

 

I still like these books.  Seems like this one has spent less time on story than on trying to wallow in the characters having  both good/bad elements (and excuses because of what they've been through and lost).  

 

Not necessarily a negative except that they are starting to all be alike except for names and current injuries.  I guess it's a positive that the females and males all seem alike.

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