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review 2017-10-12 16:35
New to me but not very good – too garbled
Mice Templar Volume 5 - Bryan J.L. Glass Mice Templar Volume 5 - Bryan J.L. Glass



Admittedly I have not read the previous four volumes but a synopsis at the beginning explains a lot. This volume is basically one long battle as the templars (with help from cats and owls) take back the kingdom from the rats, weasels and bats. There are a lot of characters and I didn't feel the need to know who was who.


The artwork is not particularly clear but, if you've read the previous four books, I'm sure that this is not an issue. With lots of divided loyalties and betrayal, the story moves along but this was not for me.


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review 2017-08-15 04:07
Review: Of Mice and Men
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

Ok, I think I’m traumatized now! Believe it or not, I read this book for the first time without knowing much about the story or anything about how it ended.  There was enough foreshadowing that I felt pretty sure something horrible would happen by the end, but it ended up being a bit beyond what I had expected. 


I really enjoyed reading it, though. This is probably one of the more accessible classics I’ve read, and not just because it’s so short.  The story quickly captured and held my interest, and I could sympathize with the characters.  Steinbeck did a great job of making the characters’ motivations clear without spelling everything out in excruciating detail.  I felt like I understood exactly how and why everything happened the way it did.


This could easily be read in a single sitting, although I read it in three. I started it late last night, and then I read a little more while I was eating breakfast in the hotel lobby.  (Yes, I’m on yet another business trip.)  Thank goodness I didn’t finish this while I was eating breakfast.  I’ve never tried it before, but I suspect bursting into tears over one’s oatmeal would draw strange looks.  I finished it later in the evening, safely tucked away in my hotel room.  This book is not safe for reading in public places.


This was my first Steinbeck read. It may take me a while to cycle back to him, but I’d definitely like to try some of his other work in the future. 


Next Book

The Shadow of the Torturer by Gene Wolf.

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review 2017-05-30 19:48
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck

What can I say about a book like this? More to the point, what can I say that hasn't already been said? I highly doubt I can add anything original, but I can tell you what I thought.


I fell in love with the work of Steinbeck when I read and loved Grapes of Wrath. Although that was very different in a lot of ways, there were certain similarities, such as the power of the narrative and the deprivation that was highlighted.


Of Mice and Men may have been less than 100 pages, but that had no bearing on how powerful it was. In some ways I think it had a more immediate impact on me than Grapes of Wrath did. Maybe that's becuse of how sad it was. Maybe.


The story, as I'm sure you all know, is about Lennie and George who go searching for work and end up in a ranch in California. While there a situation arises that calls for a dire solution.


Unbelievably I came to this book knowing very little about it and I think that benefited me. It meant I could experience the story, characters and themes without bias.


From almost the first page I felt hugely sympathetic to Lennie. Although George was exasperated with him a lot of the time, his friendship towards Lennie was one of the things that impacted me the most. The way in which this friendship was tested was shocking and brutal but at the same time beautifully handled.


I loved everything about this short work, from the deprivation Lennie and George endured to the diverse range of characters. If you haven't read this you need to rectify that, now. I read this for:


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review 2017-04-19 20:41
Book 18/100: Of Mice & Magic by Ursula Vernon
Hamster Princess: Of Mice and Magic - Ursula Vernon

Just as much fun as Harriet the Invincible.

I recently re-read the 12 Dancing Princess (which this story retells), and was struck by how, even though the story is named for the titular women, all of whom presumably have their own lives, the story really revolves around the guy who creeps on them trying to figure out where they go at night. The story is about him, not the cursed princesses.

In Vernon's version, Harriet stands in for the gardener who saves the day -- so while she still takes center stage, at least a story ostensibly about 12 women doesn't inadvertently end up being about one man. Also, the princesses in the story are given some real "page-time" and personalities and desires of their own, all of which are improvements over the original. Prose is funny and smart and artwork is charming.

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review 2017-02-15 21:59
Mice are Nice
Mice Are Nice - Charles Ghigna

Mice are Nice by Charles Ghigna is a great book to use in a kindergarten to first grade classroom. The setting of the story takes place in a pet store, and the author is telling the reader the best pet to choose is a mouse. Ghigna names the pets in the pet store, and tells the reader, why this would not be a good pet to bring home, besides the mice. He comes up with all these reasons why mice are the best, and the other animals should not be a choice to the buyer. At the end, Ghigna makes it clear that mice are the only pet a person will ever need. This will help students because of the rhyming text and knowing what animals can do.


Lexile Level: 130L



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