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review 2019-01-14 14:08
Sea of Silver Light - Tad Williams


I don't think it's ever taken me so long to finish a series that only has 4 books.

Overall, I would give it a solid 3, but I think Mr. Williams should stick to fantasy.


At one point, one of the characters mentioned Jongeleur getting eaten.  Out loud I said 'Good! Let him get eaten!'  as I walked into the room where hubby was.  'Wow!, A little harsh?'  was his reaction.  LOL   No! It's not! The guys an ass. He deserves to be eaten.  Besides. It might liven the book up a bit.


After spending the entire book being rescued in the nick of time, everything get wrapped up neat as pin and topped with bow. Personally, I prefer my endings to be at least a little messy.



However, we still don't know if the children were saved, although the assumption is there because of Sam and Stephen.


And why didn't the Treehouse people tear the net apart when their little ones got trapped.  If anyone had the ability it would have been them.  Unless Sellars held them off because of the potential danger to the kids.


At least Dread got what he deserved - being helpless and chased through all eternity by the women he tortured and killed.

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review 2019-01-12 17:22
Death Without Tenure by Joanne Dobson (audiobook)
Death Without Tenure (A Karen Pelletier Mystery #6) - Christine Williams,Joanne Dobson

Series: Karen Pelletier #6


I haven't read the rest of this series but this one was available from the library and it seemed like it might be a cute cozy. It wasn't great, but I don't think its problems are worse than for other books in the genre. I don't think this was a great option for audio because the narrator almost seemed to be barking the dialogue at times and the pronunciation of Karen Pelletier's last name was egregious. Sure, it was an Americanized pronunciation and Karen is American, but every time that "tier" was pronounced "teer" instead of "tiay" or "tsiay", it was like there were fingernails on the blackboard of my soul.


Overall it was your typical lacklustre mystery where the main character is suspected of murder by the policy because she had an altercation with the victim. I wasn't hampered by jumping in part way through the series though, so that was good.

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text 2019-01-10 03:59
Book Review: Little House on the Prairie
Little House on the Prairie - Garth Williams,Laura Ingalls Wilder

Title: Little House on the Prairie
Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder
Series: Little House, #2
Format: paperback
Length: 335 pages


Synopsis: Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas! Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. Laura and her sister Mary love exploring the rolling hills around their new home, but the family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Just when the Ingalls family starts to settle into their new home, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict. Will they have to move again?


Favourite character: Pa
Least favourite character: N/A
Favourite line: N/A


Mini-review: Another adorable book about Laura Ingalls Wilder’s childhood that makes me in a way wish I could live in those times and in another way makes me want to cling to my modern appliances.

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review 2019-01-09 22:45
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica Williams

Date Published: October 4, 2016

Format: NOOK book

Source: Personal Copy

Date Read: December 26, 2018

Winter COYER reading list



A hilarious and affecting essay collection about race, gender, and pop culture from celebrated stand-up comedian and WNYC podcaster Phoebe Robinson.

Phoebe Robinson is a stand-up comic, which means that, often, her everyday experiences become points of comedic fodder. And as a black woman in America, she maintains, sometimes you need to have a sense of humor to deal with the absurdity you are handed on the daily. Robinson has experienced her fair share over the years: she's been unceremoniously relegated to the role of "the black friend," as if she is somehow the authority on all things racial; she's been questioned about her love of U2 and Billy Joel ("isn t that . . . white people music?"); she's been called "uppity" for having an opinion in the workplace; she's been followed around stores by security guards; and yes, people do ask her whether they can touch her hair all. the. time. Now, she's ready to take these topics to the page and she s going to make you laugh as she s doing it.

Using her trademark wit alongside pop-culture references galore, Robinson explores everything from why Lisa Bonet is "Queen. Bae. Jesus," to breaking down the terrible nature of casting calls, to giving her less-than-traditional advice to the future female president, and demanding that the NFL clean up its act, all told in the same conversational voice that launched her podcast, "2 Dope Queens," to the top spot on iTunes. As personal as it is political, "You Can't Touch My Hair" examines our cultural climate and skewers our biases with humor and heart, announcing Robinson as a writer on the rise."



A great read for the week between Christmas and New Year's, when my mind wanted something light but not fluffy. This book fit the bill to a T. Robinson has a unique voice, one that is not cool or trendy, but so damn honest...such as her unironic love for a certain Irish rock band, then she can take the NFL to task for it's abysmal policies regarding domestic violence. I loved reading the letters she has written for her (then) 2 year old niece and was shocked stupid by her recounting of a college class project.


Having listened to her follow up book a few days after reading this one, I wished I had listened to this book on audio rather than read the book, but the way she reads her stuff adds something extra. Overall, I recommend both of Robinson's books.


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text 2019-01-09 01:27
Reading progress update: I've read 282 out of 337 pages.
Sonata of the Dead: A Joel Sorrell Thriller 2 by Conrad Williams (2016-07-05) - Conrad Williams

all this needs now is an ending that satisfies like the rest of it.

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