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review 2018-06-05 03:53
STEM Lab's make learning fun
Unofficial Minecraft STEM Lab for Kids - Chris Fornell Scott,John Miller

This manual helps with aiding in the teaching of Science, using a new way of helping the kids absorb.  While the STEM system is not new, this book shows with 48 projects just how computer games and education can be combined.  If you have not seen this series, you are in a for a treat.

 

The author's still observe some basics.  They encourage the use of a journal.  Using the popularity of the video game Minecraft, users can gain scientific knowledge.  Making fun  things like glow in the dark items to fireworks.  I loved the lab that was able to be crafted.

 

Harness the widely enjoyed video game to bring education to students.  This is such a great idea, and a very usable concept.  I was actually excited and at the end, hoping for more projects.  Maybe there will be a volume 2?  I give this guide a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers only.

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review 2018-01-20 15:13
The Uncanny Valley: Tales from a Lost Town - Gregory Miller,John York

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

For me, this book was just okay. I liked the idea behind it and the structure was interesting, but I prefer stories that are thorough and fleshed out. Many of these just felt like creepy descriptions rather than complete stories. I will say, I was expecting something entirely different based on the whimsical, colorful cover. 

Definitely a collection of uncanny and macabre stories. As with any collection, some were better than others. I would warn those who don't do well with animal violence to find something else to read. The majority of animals mentioned in the book get hurt or die, usually in grotesque ways. After the first story, I almost stooped reading because of this. But I hate not finishing something I started.

There are a few gems that stand out, but for me there was nothing spectacular. Many of the stories were previously published in other sources and it shows. They're all set in the same place, but they don't really connect outside of the last handful that suddenly add an overarching plot that has nothing to do with the previous stories. 

Okay read for a free ebook.

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url 2017-06-05 19:45
Kindle Firsts for June 2017 (free ARC from Amazon Imprints)
The Man of Legends - Kenneth Johnson
Soho Dead (The Soho Series Book 1) - Greg Keen
Stillhouse Lake - Rachel Caine
Wives of War - Soraya M. Lane
The Man Who Could Be King: A Novel - John Ripin Miller
Lost in Arcadia: A Novel - Sean Gandert

Amazon prime members get to choose one of these free and ahead of their publication date.  As has been true all of this year and last year, every choice has been published under an Amazon imprint.

 

For myself, nothing appeals (not even the dystopian that I can easily see happening -- ugh -- the description on product page is just quoted praises if you don't click to see more).

 

 So for June, I've downloaded "none of the above."

 

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/kindlefirst
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review 2017-05-19 20:45
Kenobi by John Jackson Miller
Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

I'll be far from anywhere, and alone, with nothing but my regrets to keep me company. If only there were a place to hide from those.

Following the devastation of Episode III, this novel gives us a glimpse of everyone's favorite (well, at least he's my favorite) Jedi master as he struggles to determine the new path for his life. He makes his way to Tatooine, the planet he has decided is the best place for Luke Skywalker to grow up in obscurity. Obi-Wan believes Anikan to be dead, along with almost everyone else he has ever known. He also believes that he has a relatively simple mission: to protect the Lars family and live quietly.

 

However, Obi-Wan, who begins giving his name as 'Ben', and Jedi in general have never been very good at quiet living. About the moment his boot hits the scorching sand, he finds himself in the middle of battles between settlers and Sand People, schemes involving the Hutts, and an accidental romance. He just cannot resist saving the day, and what Tatooine lady can resist the handsome stranger who always seems to be there when she needs him most?

 

This is when Ben realizes that living as a hermit may not be as simple as he anticipated. He has long lived without romantic love but as a part as a thriving community. Now he must learn how to do without both.

 

What does it mean to be a Jedi alone?

 

Being the hero draws far too much attention his way, and he knows that it is impossible for him to marry and have a family, even if a small part of him longs for that kind of life. After tying up the strings of the drama he discovered upon arrival, Ben recommits himself to Luke's protection and letting go of the heroic impulses that come so naturally to him. The seeds that grow into 'Crazy Old Ben' are planted, and Obi-Wan is buried.

 

It is bittersweet - for Ben, for the woman he rejects, for the reader - to see him reduced and left alone with his regrets and ghosts. 

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text 2017-05-17 16:42
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Kenobi - John Jackson Miller

Stop trying to distract me from my work, Obi-Wan! 

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