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text 2018-01-24 12:03
The Origins Of The Medieval World
The World of Late Antiquity - Peter R.L. Brown

Peter Brown's survey of culture and society from the time of Diocletian to the rise of the Abbasid dynasty of Persia manages to be highly sophisticated in its judgements while remaining entirely accessible to the lay reader.

 

A gradualist rather than a catastrophist, Brown's concern is to trace the evolution of  the medieval world from its classical predecessor. He does so by focusing on  the lines of continuity rather than on the hammer blows of invasion and pestilence, highlighting the way changes in economic conditions, shifts in geo-politics, the introduction of new patterns of thought such as neo-platonism and Christianity, and the development of new ways of thinking about the individual all came together in a process that was as much about innovation and renewal as it was about decay. 

 

As a narrator Brown is erudite but never obscure. The broad sweep of history is interspersed with moments of granularity that illuminate his thesis. Although some of his assessments have lately been challenged by writers like Peter Heather and Bryan Ward-Perkins, The World Of Late Antiquity  remains an incredibly important resource for anyone interested in this period.

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text 2017-12-19 21:36
Best Reads of 2017
Arabella of Mars - David D. Levine
And the Rest is History - Jodi Taylor
The Lost - Sarah Beth Durst
Arabella and the Battle of Venus - David D. Levine
Creepy Pair of Underwear! - Aaron Reynol... Creepy Pair of Underwear! - Aaron Reynolds,Peter Brown

These are the best books I've read this year.

 

 

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review 2017-11-21 00:00
The Wild Robot
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown It's rare for me to say this about a kids book, because I'm generally much easier to please with them but...

I just did not particularly like this book.

Full review up later.
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review 2017-06-24 04:34
When Technology and Nature collide...
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

We are geese,

And geese keep going.

 

We're a strange family.

But I kind of like it that way.

 

Ahh, this book. I didn't think I was going to like this one. I read it because it's a Sunshine State nominated book for the 2017-18 school year, and it fit the talking animals BLopoly space that I landed on.

 

The name of the robot is Roz and she has a lot of knowledge, but she doesn't know how to survive on this island. Roz is having difficulties until she realizes that she can learn from the animals. Once Roz realizes the animals are talking, she also realizes she can communicate with them. One day, Roz accidentally destroys a goose nest and can save only one egg. This leads to some pretty amazing and heart-warming moments that I really enjoyed. The ending is a bit sad but hints at the sequel which is coming out later this year.

 

The story is more than a bit quirky, but that's what makes it so much fun. I think it will be a big hit with our 3rd - 5th graders this coming school year. Though I'm sure it will appeal to older kids and adults as well.

 

Oh, and the illustrations really bring it all together.

 

 

 

I read this book for the Fantasyland 7 space, and this is my first book after the big shakeup. At 277 pages it is worth: $6.00

 

 

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text 2017-06-19 04:08
Booklikes-opoly Fantasyland 7 Read
The Wild Robot - Peter Brown

 

 

The main character is a robot, but she interacts and talks to the animals on the island. So, talking animals (check) and a sunshine state 17-18 book (check). Perfect!!

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