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review 2018-05-12 17:58
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

Mrs. Frisby has to venture out into the rats' bush in order to figure out how to save her son Timothy.

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text 2018-05-10 10:31
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The Tribe: Birth Of The Mall Rats - Harry Duffin I'm going to be marked as reading this forever more. I cannot mark it as "read" no matter what I do!
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review 2017-05-01 00:00
Flying Mutant Zombie Rats
Flying Mutant Zombie Rats - Kat de Falla,Elayne Griffith I checked out this book because I am a fine, upstanding parental figure and I wanted to make sure the contents were appropriate for my daughter before I let her read it. That is absolutely the reason I chose to read this book. Yep. Ah-huh. Definitely.

Flying Mutant Zombie Rats. Flying. Mutant. Zombie. Rats. Who in Cthulhu’s name can walk away from a book with a title like Flying Mutant Zombie Rats? No self-respecting horror-reading bookworm, that’s for sure! Flying rats? Nah. Zombie Rats? Possibly. Mutant Rats? Maybe. Flying Mutant Zombie Rats? Shut up and take my money.

So, er, now to talk about something more than the title of the book, yeah?

Flying Mutant Zombie Rats was a fun read. The main characters are a bunch of BMXing seventh grade boys starting their summer vacation. They’re good (albeit rowdy) kids, obsessed with their bikes, a solid group of friends, and they’re going to save the city with nothing more than their wits and bikes. Right? Well, almost. See, there’s not only Flying Mutant Zombie Rats, there’s something else as well. (You’ll have to read to find out.)

This is definitely a kids book, and unless you’re well in touch with your inner child, it’s not going to appeal to adults. It moves along quickly, there’s some icky stuff, some training sequences, some heroic attempts at self-sacrifice, and lots of action. And given the title of the book, hopefully you don’t go into it expecting realism in any area, because other than the biking scenes, there isn’t any.

Flying Mutant Zombie Rats is a great book to engage a reluctant reader who is interested in the gross and icky side of things. Especially so if they like BMX biking. I’d definitely recommend checking it out.
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review 2017-02-06 14:07
Book #846 - 340,985 Pages Read
The Rock Rats - Ben Bova

Follow up to The Precipice, this one picks up after Dan Randolph's death as many are racing to the asteroid belt to claim the riches that it entails. Many familiar characters from the previous novel return as Martin Humphries continues his evil ways to prevent anyone but him from gathering the resources everyone so covets. It is debatable what Humphries wants more, the money or the woman he clearly cannot have, Amanda, who happens to be married to one of the ones Humphries is trying to knock off. Bova manages once again to mix politics, science fiction, and human emotion in ways that he is so well known for. Of note also is Bova's treatment of Pancho, who was tapped to succeed Randolph after his untimely death. Pancho pretty much inserts herself into the line of fire as the leader of those who oppose Humphries, much to her peril. Bova has another winner here.

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review 2016-10-14 14:36
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH - Robert C. O'Brien

I vaguely remember watching the movie when I was little (and being utterly terrified). I always wanted to read the book (but was probably too scared) and I am so glad I finally got around to it.

This was such a fantastic read. This was one of those books that when you are reading it, you inhale every page and when you aren't reading it, you just think about the next time you can seek in a few more chapters.

It was suspenseful and creative and smart. I loved Mrs. Frisby's character. She is a strong, independent widow who is very brave and capable.

Also, I loved the whole NIMH backstory and was actually able to appreciate it now that I'm older. (I can't believe it took me this long to realize NIMH is an acronym).

Awesome story that you won't be able to put down. Not as dark as the movie (from what I remember). Not a violent book, which is good for younger readers, but a bit dark with allusions to death.

I highly recommend this book.

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