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text 2018-09-11 17:30
Clash of the titans! LOL
Half a Prayer - Rick Gualtieri

 

Sorta.

 

The group of misfits go up against shape shifting rock monsters that can transform your dead body into a new shape shifting rock monster.

 

Deep in the sewers of Las Vegas.

 

Then on to defending themselves against the egomaniac that is the leader of the vampires, namely Alexander the Great.

 

As the rock monsters swarm the proceedings in a bid for supremacy, Genghis Kahns granddaughter (great granddaughter?) shows up to fight beside her beloved Bill because she's insistent that he can't die until her marries her.

 

We still don't know where Dave took off to.

 

These are really throwing off my tentatively scheduled reads, so, as Bill would say, fuck it!  LOL

 

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review 2018-09-11 12:15
Read this first
Their Finest Hour and a Half - Lissa Evans

Well I saw the film and the book and film are close cousins but honestly the film engaged me more.  It's an interesting read with interesting characters, but doesn't add anything to the film experience.  

 

I never thought that a film about propaganda films during world war II would be such a good experience but it was, the cast did a good job of interacting well and bringing the story to life, I cared about the characters and wanted them to succeed and it was the same with the book.

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review 2018-09-08 03:36
Give Me Half!
Give Me Half! - Stuart J. Murphy,G. Brian Karas

In this book, a brother and sister are arguing over different items in their house. The story starts out with a pizza and the mother steps in to let them know that they need to share. Sharing the pizza continues on with also sharing items such as, juice, cupcakes, cookies, and even CLEANING! 

Give Me Half! introduces fractions in a fun and interesting way. It could be read to the class as a whole group before a math lesson on fractions. The teacher could have pizza cutouts in different sizes for the students to manipulate. The students could do some critical thinking and come up with other ideas of items that could be shared in the home.

 

Grade 2-3

Book Level:

Lexile AD520L

Accelerated Reader 2.2

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review 2018-09-06 03:23
Thine is the Kingdom by Garth Buckner
Thine is the Kingdom - Garth Buckner

This is either an unusually good self-published book, or an unusually poorly-edited traditionally-published book. Set in the Bahamas, probably around the 1990s, it follows the adventures of a young man named Gavin Blake (whose name looks enough like the author's to give me pause), who despite being born in the islands is not considered a citizen because his father was American. Though college-educated, Gavin takes a job caretaking a yacht for the well-off Jacob Thesinger, and witnesses lawlessness and corruption firsthand.

The insider look at life on the Bahamas is quite interesting, though it’s a grim vision, centering largely on rich people preoccupied with rising crime rates, and on government corruption and ineffectiveness. The vividness of Buckner’s writing, meanwhile, is impressive; he sets an immersive scene, virtually transporting readers to the Bahamas. Gavin’s role in the plot is a bit weak though – the blurb definitely oversells it with his “struggle to do the right thing,” which amounts to voicing a couple of ineffectual protests to Jacob’s bad behavior toward the end while continuing to enable it. A good editor could have whipped this plot into excellent shape, but as is it’s a bit flabby.

But the need for better editing is most glaring in the writing itself. I think the book was copyedited by spellcheck, and not the current version that highlights grammatical errors too. That’s the only way I can explain the sheer frequency of misused words, which occur on average every couple of pages throughout. “We starred out at the sea,” “people collapsed and slid, taking other’s with them,” “A long main of white hair blew about his shoulders,” “he wore white leather Weejuns without sox,” “They’re faces shone,” the list goes on and on. But the thing that most makes it look like an amateur effort are the overblown, ponderous “philosophical” passages that say nothing much. Here’s an example:

“We don’t have the energy to feed all our hungers. We choose one and try to make it perfect. One thing to polish. One thing to shine. A single path to keep to over the turmoil of years. That we have just this one choice is intimidating. Some never decide. Thesinger had chosen his path. He knew who he was and I envied that. But once you begin to feed that lonely burn, it becomes law.”

Which starts out talking as if it’s describing a universal condition, but changes gears halfway to make it specific to one character, all without describing human behavior in a way that resonated with my real life experience at all.

That said, I don’t want to come down too hard on this book. My expectations for it were rock-bottom – only four libraries in the United States even have it (thank you Interlibrary Loan!) – and on that basis I was rather pleasantly surprised. Dialogue and some action move the story along, and the vividness of the writing helps a lot. I wouldn’t necessarily recommend it, but in the course of my world books challenge I’ve read much worse. This book has plenty of potential; with a good editor to polish it up it might have shone.

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text 2018-09-04 12:04
Reading progress update: I've read 36%- what makes fiction worth reading
I Am Half-Sick of Shadows - Alan Bradley

Dogger, the manservant at the Flavia's palatial but decaying home, suffers from fits of the terrors, a legacy from his experiences in a Japanese-run prisoner of war camp.

 

Flavia, eleven-year-old Flavia, has just eased him out of one of these terrors, banishing his ghosts and letting him recover while she looks out at the pre-Christmas snow and reflects aloud on the billions of oxygen and hydrogen atoms it takes to make the "stiff water" of snowflakes, continuing her monologue until he slips into sleep.

 

These moments of compassion and companionship fleck the narrative of these books with bright points of poetry that make me wish I knew Flavia and that, if I did, I would be one of the people with the insight to see her for who she really is and not just to dismiss her as just another precocious girl.

 

I know. Flavia is a fictional character. But still... that's what makes fiction worth reading.

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