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review 2017-01-19 00:00
Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas
Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas - Matt Cos... Snow Man and the Seven Ninjas - Matt Cosgrove Actual Rating 3.5

The premise of this series of retellings is an interesting one. Stuck at home for the holidays with nothing to do, our narrator-of-sorts “borrows” his sister’s copy of Snow White, and decides to make some improvements.

The end result is a story as far away from Snow White as one might possibly imagine.

Here we have a super strong and talented Snow Man, adored by the people.
Little Snow Man grew up and became bigger and hairier, and with each push-up was more muscly than before. All those who saw him marvelled at his sixpack and were certain that never before had such abdominals existed.
Surely, no act could compete with the beefcake Snow Man, they though.
Super Dude is jealous of Snow Man’s strength and fame and wants to destroy the Yeti so his mirror will stop insulting him.
‘You may have a nice sixpack,
But you also have a hairy back!
The one with abs that make me blush,
Is the young Snow Man, you toilet brush!’
And so he enlists the stunt man, to embarrass and then slay the Snow Man.
The stunt man was horrified by the super dude’s command, but he was so frightened of his powers and what he might do to the stunt man’s pet goldfish that he promised to do as ordered.

The rest of this review can be found HERE!

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text 2016-09-19 16:34
Dojo surprise
Dojo Surprise - Chris Tougas

text and illustrations by Chris Tougas

age range: 2 to 5 years old

Owlkids Books


How do you prepare a surprise birthday party for a Master Ninja? He is SO aware, using his ears and eyes! The little ninja girls and boys tiptoe, hide, scurry, until everything is ready. Nothing is missing: cake, candles, music and the gift. 


This is not a quite story, on the contrary, it is very interactive. Kids have along the book many opportunities to scream "Aaah!" when the Master Ninja gets scared. Funny, noisy, and with lovable characters. Be prepared to read it lots of times. 


I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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photo 2016-05-18 05:24


So, this was my first time attending a book club of any sort. We were supposed to discuss Markus Zusak's The Book Thief. However, we talked about everything under the sun, even Mangoes, but the book. Though come to think of it, it isn't too surprising that a book club meeting in Karachi was going gaga over mangoes. It is after all, almost mango season and most of us are fruity over the fruits. Yeah, I know, I am overgeneralizing. Secondly, Pakistani mangoes are famous for being awesomely delectable. You won't know how much until you try one! I will try to share pictures before we have devoured and plundered the bounty but no promises. 


The book mostly sucked. Review to come.


#BookClub #SecretBookClub #TheBookThiefSucks #MangoIsKIng

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review 2015-12-20 04:19
Naruto (vol. 55) by Masashi Kishimoto, translated by Mari Morimoto
Naruto, Vol. 55: The Great War Begins - Masashi Kishimoto,Mari Morimoto

All the hidden villages are united in a war against the Akatsuki, which means people from different villages are teamed up together and need to learn to work with each other. The teams find themselves fighting Kabuto's reanimated puppets, and some of the battles are bitter – for example, Sai must fight his brother, and Kakashi finds himself facing off against Zabuza and Haku. Meanwhile, Naruto is continuing to train with Killer Bee, unaware that all of this is going on.

I have less that 20 volumes to go before I'm done with this series. I've been reading it for so long that it feels like I need to make it to the finish line, but this volume made me wonder if I'm going to be able to manage it.

Part of the problem is that it's been so long since I read the volumes prior to this one. The result was confusion – so many characters I either didn't know or could barely remember. Personally, I think Kishimoto is better at depicting one-on-one battles than large-scale wars. I miss the days of reading extended battles that were really just an excuse to reveal characters' thoughts and emotions and to maybe throw in a flashback or two. It should have been a more emotional experience, seeing characters I knew and loved, like Haku and Zabuza, reanimated and forced against their will to fight. Instead, I had to struggle to feel anything. There was just too much going on.

I continued to dislike Killer Bee's efforts to rap all his lines. I can't wait until Naruto is finally done training with him, because I would like him to go away. Why does such an annoying character have to be so important?

I'll wrap this up with a quickie comment about the jutsu Kabuto used to reanimate people. We're told that it can't be broken, even with the caster's death, and yet

Sasori (a master puppet user who was killed a while back) and Sai's brother crumbled to dust after, what, dealing with their unresolved issues? For Sasori the key was his mother and father puppets, and for Sai's brother the key was seeing Sai's drawing of the two of them together. How could Kabuto not know about that little problem with his supposedly unbeatable jutsu?

(spoiler show)


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2015-12-12 17:29
Dreaming Spies by Laurie R King
Dreaming Spies - Laurie R. King

Full review on my blog.

Dreaming Spies is the first book from author Laurie R King that I read. I’d been meaning to read Mary Russell’s adventures for a while, so when I saw this book and its praise as a novel of suspense, blackmail, fraud, conspiracy and espionage that included the wonderful Sherlock Holmes, I knew I had to read it. I also knew this wasn’t going to be a full Homes mystery, but I was excited to read how this dynamic duo behaved together.

Dreaming Spies is divided into 3 parts. It starts in Sussex and Oxford, then we take a trip from India to Japan where we stay for part 2 of the book and then we’re back to Oxford where it all ties up. In all honesty I think Book 1 could’ve been edited because nothing exciting happened. Book 2 was better than the first, more action and drama, but my favorite part was book 3, which is when we finally see the mystery unfold.

My problems with this book:
1.I had a hard time getting into the story.
2.It moved to lowly for my taste.
3.Too many redundant and endless descriptions that make you feel blasé.
4.The book focuses too much on the description and leaves the mystery to be solved and the interaction between Russell and Holmes in a second place.
(more about this on the full review on my blog.)

What I take from this book:
1. The Haikus at the beginning of each chapter.
2. The Holmes-Russell duo action.
3. Everything tied up well in the end.
(more about this on the full review on my blog.)

Having read Dreaming Spies, I don’t feel motivated to check out the other books in this series. So in terms of recommending it, I guess I can say that if you’re looking for an action packed, fast-paced, exciting mystery featuring Holmes and Russell, this is not the book for you. If you want to earn extensive knowledge of what it was like to travel by sea from India to Japan in the 1920’s, this is the book for you. If you want to learn about Japan, the Japanese culture, and ninjas, this is the book for you. And of course, if you are a fan of Laurie R King and her Mary Russell series, this is the book for you.





I received an Electronic copy of this book but was not financially compensated in any way nor obliged to review. The opinions expressed are my own and are based on my personal experience while reading it. This post contains affiliate links.



Source: bloggeretterized.wordpress.com/2015/12/12/read-reviewed-dreaming-spies-by-laurie-r-king
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