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text 2018-02-25 05:05
Reading progress update: I've read 539 out of 539 pages.
Abaddon's Gate - James S.A. Corey

Annnnd, I'm gonna need the next one as soon as possible.

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review 2018-02-24 21:57
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat books are just so much fun to get into and this one shows the importance of not worrying about small things. As Pete says, "stuff comes and stuff goes." I love the illustrations and the rhyming in this book. 

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review 2018-02-24 21:10
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat is so much fun to read aloud with your students. They can use inferences to determine where Pete is throughout the book and sing along with the jingle that Pete sings. It is a great book to wipe out those worrisome fears and engage your students. 

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review 2018-02-24 15:28
Alex Cross comes up against the Mastermind! Good enough for "light" relief
Roses are Red - James Patterson

An Alex Cross detective thriller, this novel is the first one to really include the mastermind who plans various robberies and murders. I gather that he reappears in other novels but this is the first in which he comes up against Alex Cross, our narrator. Since I've managed to read these out of order, it's a little frustrating to discover that he is to reappear later.

 

As usual with Patterson's books, chapters are very short and the plot is engaging and quite a ride. A lot of introspection in this one as Cross examines his private life and family ties. Good if you like Patterson's work.

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review 2018-02-24 04:23
If you know Michener, you know the drill
Caribbean - James A. Michener

This one is from late in Michener's career, 1989, when he had pretty much developed his historical fiction storytelling into the formula we all know, and for the most part love. 

 

He takes a region (the Caribbean, in this case), sets up the historical background with true-to-history real life characters in the background  (Christopher Columbus, Sir Francis Drake, Henry Morgan, various British governors of Jamaica and Barbados, Toussaint L'Ouverture, Victor Hugues, Bob Marley, etc) and then focuses stories on his fictional main characters, and follows their progeny or families through the generations. This particular book goes from around 1300 to the 1980's. 

 

As usual, the stories range from quite good (the cannibal invasion of the Antilles from mainland South America in the 1300's, most of the pirate adventures, the brothers who started a sugar plantation in Barbados, etc) to a bit contrived or tepid (the 1930's Detroit Times reporter who falls in love with an island girl).  BUT, this is a good way to learn the basics of history of a region in a short time.

 

If you've interested in history, and have never read anything by him before, I don't recommend this as your first book by him, unless the Caribbean holds some special interest for you. His Hawaii, Alaska, Chesapeake, and Tales of the South Pacific are all much better than this. 

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