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review 2018-10-24 00:32
Hound Dog & Bean by B.G. Thomas Review
Hound Dog & Bean - B.G. Thomas

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
There's been little love in H.D. "Hound Dog" Fisher's life since the death of his beloved mom when he was a boy. Bounced around the foster care system, he ran away as soon as he could… and took the foster dog with him. As far as he's concerned, only dogs have no ulterior motive, never hold a grudge, and offer unconditional love. Now he helps run a no-kill shelter and leaves relationships where they belong: in the back room. 

"Bean" Alexander settled in Kansas City to open his coffee shop after years of traveling. He never expected to open his heart too. When a man with a grudge takes a swing at H.D. while in line at Bean's shop, Bean jumps to intervene. 

So taking a hit for H.D. gets Bean noticed, and H.D. feels obligated to pay a debt. But then the unexpected happens. A series of misadventures causes H.D. to open up—but falling in love makes him turn tail and run. Trust is a tough road to travel. Will good friends, a dog named Sarah Jane, and a bit of folk magic be enough to bring Hound Dog and Bean a happy ending?
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I liked certain aspects of this book a lot. It is a love song to coffee and fair trade as well as to Kanas City which I have recently visited.

I liked the placeness of the story. Kanas City is a complicated place as the city is in two states. Also, this Midwestern Urban hub is where LGBTQA folks from all the smaller towns tend to settle and as such the city has a vibrant and compelling history which includes electing the first Transgender Woman to City Council, I have met her and she is amazing in every way. The University of Missouri, Kanas City houses GLAMA, one of the most extensive LGBTQA collection in the nation and the largest oral history collection of Trans history in the world. Please check it out. 

Sadly, as much as the city was a character and I love dogs and rescue work and like deep dives into cool subjects like coffee sourcing, the romance lacked focus, Hound Dog and Bean took a long way to each other which include HD sleeping with others after they had been together which happens but is not my favorite in a love story. 

So, I am glad I read it and will try this writer again but not great.
 
 

 

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text 2018-10-03 00:51
People with kids and kids at heart [Coraline GN, Ivy & Bean Kindle Sale!]

Coraline, the Graphic Novel by Neil Gaiman is on sale for $1.99! I don't know how long it will be on sale and what part of the world this sale is for. I thought I would pass along the news. Here

 

 

Also anyone with kids (or kids at heart like me!) The first three Ivy & Bean books by Annie Barrows are on sale for $.99 each! Number 1, Number 2, Number 3 They are $3 after the first 3.

 

 

 

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text 2018-06-12 13:59
First Indie Book For Children
One Century friendship - Little Bean Seeds

 

 

I am a non-native English speaker living in Hong Kong. One day in 2017 when I cleared my bookshelf, I found a book I wrote when I was in secondary school in 2002. I want to do something to remark that moment, hence as a challenge and a gift for myself, I try to rewrite the story again and plan to share it with others.  

 

I hope the readers who read my book can also take the courage to step out from their comfort zone.  If a non-native English speaker can also finish an English book, then you can also achieve something that you think it is impossible. Just depends on whether you give yourself a chance to explore. 

 

 

STORY SYNOPSIS:

 

The story is about 4 children, Helen, Mark, Yasmin, and Shelly, go to a summer camp and meet a boy who lives more than one century. It seems the children join the summer camp coincidently, but what if the meeting is designated to happen. A wooden brass box is a key to answer what will happen to the 4 children.

 

My book has been enrolled in Amazon KDP select, hence the book is included in "Kindle Unlimited" and " Kindle Owners' Lending Library. Hence if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited or Kindle Owners' Lending Library" programs, you can find my book. 

 

If you are interested in the story and want to get an advanced copy, please leave me your contact. I will try to get back to you in person. 

 

I am willing to accept both positive and negative reviews and you are under no obligation to write a review. If you enjoy reading the book and willing to provide a review on Amazon or in any of your social media, please let me know before you post a review. 

 

 

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review 2018-04-27 00:00
The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees - Barbara Kingsolver,C.J. Critt When is goodreads going to let us do half ratings?? I give this one 3.5.
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review 2017-10-19 05:52
Mr. Bean's Diary by Robin Driscoll & Rowan Atkinson
Mr Bean's Diary - Robin Driscoll,Rowan Atkinson

A hilarious diary presents a zany chronicle of a year in the life of Mr. Bean, from his New Year's resolutions to the trials and tribulations of romance, poetry class, and run-ins with the local police. 

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*This review is based on my 1993 edition of this book. A second edition was released in 2010

 

 

First published in the UK in 1993, Mr. Bean's Diary is the result of teamwork between Robin Driscoll (British actor / writer for the Mr. Bean show) and Mr. Bean himself, Rowan Atkinson. Here, fans of the show will get a peek into Bean's daily scheduler, which offers hilarious insight into his wacky psyche (not to mention his wild inventions!). 

 

 

Sometimes there's some cutesy humor -- Bean having a brief flirtation with the idea of marriage, so he decides to stalk a librarian who catches his eye. Then there's a darker vein of humor, almost in the style of the Ace Ventura "LACES OUT!" bit. There's also some trouble with the police thrown in. One of my favorites was Bean's trip to a psychic medium, where he tries to connect with his mother to ask her where the plunger is so he can unclog the sink (funny, but in a way also rings a little sad). He also mentions posing a question to Charles Dickens regarding his novel Edwin Drood, to which the apparent reply was "Haven't made up my mind yet." :-P Longtime fans of the show will also see plenty of nods to classic content, such as Bean's love of Shirley Bassey and of course regularly avoiding interaction with the landlord Mrs. Wicket. 

 

 

The attention to detail on each individual page is quite impressive. It's fun to spot things such as tea stains, blood splatters, passport photos of the back of Bean's head LOL, pressed insects. There's even one page layout that features a pressed flower on one side with faint flower residue on the other! 

 

 

Some of my favorite entries:

 

* His telephone directory in the front: "God -- Everywhere (Literally, apparently)"

 

* Has a bad day, writes "Whiskey is lovely" in squiggly, run-off cursive. 

* Jan. 19th: "12:15 Lunch in park. 12:25 Left park (too much poo)"

* Feb 15-23 blank entries, Feb 24th "FOUND DIARY!"

* July 27th: "Scream ---> Pull Self Together"

* "Christmas Day, 1992: "3pm -- The Queen"

 

Also be sure to check out the bonus flip book in the upper right hand corner featuring Bean's car!

 

 

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