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review 2018-01-26 10:41
Nature's Ways: lore, legend, fact and fiction
Nature's Ways: Lore, Legend, Fact and Fiction - Ruth Binney

MT caught a cold and shared it with me, so I'm short on attention span and long on grumpiness at the moment (and on a 3 day weekend too!, she wails), so I'm clearing out the books from my TBR that are 'easy'; bite sized chunks of fact rather than narratives that require more than 2 consecutive minutes of concentration.


Nature's Way is just such a book.  1 page of small nuggets, each relating to an animal, plant, health, superstition, etc.  Each one covers more myth, legend and lore than fact, but they're interesting, even if not likely to be useful even on the odd Trivial Pursuit game night.


Easy to flick through, put down, and pick up, it's perfect for those times when you're brain is too busy mustering up an immune response to focus on anything ... else.

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text 2018-01-26 05:31
Reading progress update: I've read 676 out of 782 pages.
The Sagas of Icelanders - Martin S. Regal,Ruth C. Ellison,Terry Gunnell,Keneva Kunz,Andrew Wawn,Anthony Maxwell,Katrina C. Attwood,Robert Kellogg,Bernard Scudder,George Clark,Jane Smiley,Various

Eirik the Red wasn't in his own Saga very much. Interesting to compare the two Vinland Sagas; Eirik's is fantastical, where-as The Greenlanders is entirely believable. The points of correspondance and divergence are pointed out in the Intro.


Well, that's all the short Sagas and Tales done; two novel length Sagas remain for another time. The difference between Sagas and Tales? Tales are always short, but Sagas can be short, too. Seems to me that Tales are much more obviously constructed narratives and have lost more or all or their connection to history. History is much more visible in Sagas, even when obviously preposterous fantastical elements intrude.

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review 2018-01-21 02:53
I Am Legend by Richard Matheson
I Am Legend - Richard Matheson

This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books.

This was good! I really didn't have this book on my radar until recently. Sure, I saw the movie with Will Smith but I honestly wasn't all that impressed with it. I knew that the movie was based on a book but didn't really feel the need to pick it up. When Audible had their 20th anniversary celebration a few months ago, they offered this book free to members so I snatched up a copy. I was in the mood for a shorter listen recently and decided to go with this book and I really ended up enjoying it.

So when I started this book, I thought it was a zombie book. I don't even know what I am doing some days. This is not a zombie book. I guess I really didn't pay all that much attention to that Will Smith movie after all because this is a vampire book. In my defense these vampires are almost zombie-like in a whole lot of ways.

Robert Neville is alone. He is the last person around in a world full of vampires. He spends his days gathering supplies and staking the vampires that he finds. He spends his nights locked in his house trying to ignore the vampires that gather outside his home. He does this every day and is utterly alone. He does some research to try to figure out the cause of the outbreak and to learn as much as he can. 

This was the first time that I have listened to Robertson Dean's narration and I really did enjoy it. I thought that his voice was perfect for Neville and he brought the right amount of emotion into the story. I thought that he had a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time. I would not hesitate to choose another book narrated by Robertson Dean.

I would recommend this book to others. It is a great story about a man trying to navigate the world alone. I am quite sure that this audiobook will have a much more lasting impact on me than the movie did. I do hope to read more of Richard Matheson's work in the future.

Initial Thoughts
Why did I think that this was a zombie story? Obviously, I am clueless plus I never read blurbs before starting a book. Anyway, I liked this vampire story. I have seen the movie but it was a long time ago and I wasn't all that impressed. I do think that the book was very different and a whole lot better. The narrator does a great job with the story.

Book source: Audible

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review 2018-01-20 18:21
The Stuff of Legend: Book 1: The Dark - Brian Smith, Mike Raicht, Charles Wilson (Illustrator)

For more reviews, check out my blog Craft-Cycle

This story works perfectly as a graphic novel. I love the contrast in characters' appearances in the "real world" vs. The Dark. The artwork is amazing. It is such an interesting contrast between childhood play and actual war.

The plot itself is very interesting. It's kind of like Toy Story if Buzz and Woody went on a murderous rampage to save Andy from a nightmare incarnate. Awesome stuff. 

Cool beginning to the series. I am looking forward to reading the next book. 

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text 2018-01-19 14:46
Pendragon - Book Review

3/5 stars


The legend of Arthur is one that has lived through history. Mike Weatherley brings the legend back to life in the form of a military officer who lost his entire family. While wishing for death, he remembers the stories that his father told him when he was younger. As he heads off in search of the raiders who killed his family, he hopes for death wishing to get back to his wife.
As he works through the countryside, he comes to another military unit, one that bears his family name. He and his brother do some quick talking, and Ambrose manages to pull the ancient sword from its sheath on the alter. Everyone is silent, as they stare at the man who has become their new Arthur. 
Leading the troops through the countryside, they come to the rescue of the countryside who have been harried by the Anglo-Saxon pirates. Ambrose is after just one though, the one who left a silver horse in his wife's hand. He found it on her body as he prepared her for burial. 

While Weatherley is a little wordy, the book was really good. There were a few places that were slightly historically inaccurate, but the book in itself does a great job in setting up the legend of Arthur to take off on another spin. Get ready for another dive into folklore. I cant wait to see what follows this one!


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