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review 2019-01-31 05:03
The Wolf Within by Bryan Sykes
The Wolf Within: The Astonishing Evolution of the Wolf into Man's Best Friend - Bryan Sykes

TITLE:  The Wolf Within:  The Astonishing Evolution of the Wolf into Man's Best Friend


AUTHOR:  Professor Bryan Sykes




FORMAT: Paperback


ISBN-13:  978-0008244422



"The genetic history of the dog is a sensational example of the co-evolution of two species, man and wolf, to each other’s mutual benefit. But how did this ancient partnership begin? To answer this question, Professor Bryan Sykes identifies tantalising clues in the recently mapped genetic makeup of both species.

Sykes paints a vivid picture of the dog as an ancient and essential ally. While undoubtedly it was the mastery of fire, language and agriculture that propelled Homo sapiens from a scarce, medium-sized primate to the position we enjoy today, Sykes crucially credits a fourth element for this success: the transformation of the wolf into the multi-purpose helpmate that is the dog. Drawing upon archaeology, history and genetics, Sykes shows how humans evolved to become the dominant species on Earth, but only with the help of our canine companions."




An interesting history of dog evolution, focusing on the genetic aspects of dogs and wolves.  Sykes doesn't only deal with genetics, but also takes into account fossil evidence and zoological studies.  The stucture of the book is a bit erratic, and the chapter of interviews with dog owners is rather out of place, but on the whole the book is interesting in terms of the origin and evolution of dogs and the various dog breeds.  The book is written in a conversational style with minimal use of jargon.  I just wish there had been more details to go with the science bits.



~ Domesticated: Evolution in a Man-Made World by Richard C. Francis
~ A Dog in the Cave: The Wolves Who Made Us Human by Kay Frydenborg



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review 2019-01-11 19:24
Sentry (2018) #3 - Jeff Lemire,Kim Jacinto,Joshua Cassara,Bryan Hitch

One of Sentry's old villains has returned - inside Sentry world.   But how?   It seems more and more as if Bob has been betrayed - but by whom?   


And since he's out in the world on a probationary status, will he remain free if he can't control Sentry-world, or the Void?

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review 2019-01-11 19:23
Sentry (2018) #2 - Jeff Lemire,Kim Jacinto,Bryan Hitch

I'm not into the Sentry as a character, but was lured in by the promise of Lemire's writing.   And I wasn't let down.   While this is a mini-series, I found each issue to be full of twists and turns. 


The Sentry brings the Void with him, keeping the Void at bay by retreating to a magical world inside his mind where Bob Reynolds is the Sentry.   In the real world, he doesn't turn into the Sentry at all anymore.   And this compartmentalization of identities allows him to live half a live in each world. 


But will that be enough, especially when someone steals the device that allows him to keep his identities separate via these two separate lives?   Who would know how to do it, and then be willing to steal it?

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text 2018-12-29 20:51
24 Festive Tasks - International Day of Tolerance Book
Just Mercy (Adapted for Young Adults): A True Story of the Fight for Justice - Bryan Stevenson

Book:  Read any fiction/non-fiction about tolerance or a book that’s outside your normal comfort zone.  (Tolerance can encompass anything you generally struggle with, be it sentient or not.) OR Read a book set in Paris.



Just Mercy is a book by Bryan Stevenson, a lawyer who works to help those most hurt by the failures in the justice system. He details some of the many terrible injustices he has come across during his career and advocates for tolerance and understanding for the people who have been caught up in terrible situations and failed repeatedly by everyone around them. I'm using it for this square.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-07 02:29
Finished Reading Ellie Jordan Ghost Trapper
Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper - J.L. Bryan

I loved J.L Bryan's ghosts and Ellie Jordan's character! Some ghosts are bad but others are only trying to help, like Mercy. The ghosts in this story are trapped in a house called The Marsh House. It is a creepy dark mansion that was sold to a family with dreams of turning it into a bed and breakfast or possibly a hotel. However, they quickly find out it is haunted when strange things begin to happen.

The father is a drunken slob who refuses to believe there is a ghost in their house and his daughter Lexie is traumatized by having seen one.

It is the ghost of Mercy Cutledge, which we know, is only trying to warn them by telling them to leave because there is a dangerous evil inside the walls.

(spoiler show)

Her mother Anna Treadwell is the only sensible one who reaches out to Ellie Jordan for help.


Ellie Jordan has to get rid of the ghost of Mercy Cutledge, so they perform a couple things, like stage a funeral, but it doesn't work, so now, Ellie is forced to evict her. Before that happens, she gathers more facts about the owners of that particular house. I found the research fascinating. Ellie and her partner Stacey also break into the same loonie bin asylum her ghost lived in but was long since shut down and abandoned. That part gave me the creeps. They didn't have a machete but wore boots and waded in tangled vines, smashed glass and tall weeds in a thorny jungle.  I can picture them both running like a bat out of hell out of that decrepit place. Good times.  


After doing some research, she finds out the owner used to be Augustus March born 1848 and had amassed a lot of money. He marries Eugenia who was a good church-going woman, but she develops a strange sudden illness and died in 1901. It was suspicious.

Augustus has a bad reputation and a few years later his house is turned into a high-class brothel or some shit like that. I can't remember if he did it himself or if it was his niece Louisa Marsh (?). Augustus left his house to her, which by the end of his life was about all he had left.

He was stabbed to death in 1954 by Mercy Cutledge and everyone assumes she was crazy. She accuses Mr. Marsh of being an "occult wizard who is in league with demons" She was sent to an asylum aka mental hospital but later was murdered in Mr. Marsh's house.

(spoiler show)

Long story.


Anyway, the writing is good. I was afraid when Ellie began discussing how some ghosts can actually hurt us, that I would start hearing and seeing ghosts and didn't want them to hurt me ~ Lol I felt like crawling under my blanket with the classic case of the shivers. Like Scooby-Doo!

I am looking forward to reading more in the series. I am already attached to the characters. So fun.

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