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review 2018-02-24 21:57
Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat books are just so much fun to get into and this one shows the importance of not worrying about small things. As Pete says, "stuff comes and stuff goes." I love the illustrations and the rhyming in this book. 

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review 2018-02-24 21:10
Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes - Eric Litwin,James Dean

Pete the Cat is so much fun to read aloud with your students. They can use inferences to determine where Pete is throughout the book and sing along with the jingle that Pete sings. It is a great book to wipe out those worrisome fears and engage your students. 

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review 2018-02-21 15:27
First Book in Koontz's Dirty Harriet Series or The Rise of the Mary Sue
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

Why did I listen to all of those glowing reviews about this book. I should have known. This is just more Koontz and his love of all things guns plot-lines with either a solo person or family going up against an evil group using nanotechnology to control human beings. I saw elements not only just from "77 Shadow Street" but he whole sale just reworked a plot from his "What the Knight Knows" story-line with a character who is affected by his sister being raped and murdered in front of him. And it pains me this is even categorized as horror. It's really not. It's just more of his suspense/thriller mess he has been writing for a while now.


The main character was pretty freaking souless (Jane Hawk) and I just didn't care anymore what happened to her or her kid that she stashes all over the place while taking down the super secret organization.

 

Maybe the book would have worked better if we actually had Koontz setting up the book enough to get us to care about her and her husband. We just hear about what a great guy he is and Jane just sits around remembering him. It was pretty boring after the first dozen chapters.

 

Jane is also the epitome of a Mary Sue. I cannot believe Koontz spent time on how gorgeous she was either. I mean I guess if she was ugly who would give a crap? I don't even know. There is a terrible scene where she is trying to get away from the bad guys and a guy picks her up in his car (putting himself in danger) and he talks about how attractive she is. And I think at that point I got an eye pain from the eye-rolling that I was doing at that time and just said screw it. 

 

I can't even tell you much about other characters since you don't get to spend a lot of time with anyone. The book flip flops back and forth with Jane outrunning the bad guys and the FBI and a lot of looking evil in the face things happening. 


There is not a lot of realism in this book either. There is some things based on age that didn't make sense for Jane or her husband. She's late 20s and someone would put Sidney Bristow from Alias to shame. I forget what age her husband was, but apparently he was a wunderkind with his rank. Sigh. 

The writing wasn't great and the flow as wawful. The chapters were choppy and we just kept jumping from scene to scene. You don't even have a chance to absorb what's going on since most of the writing only gets descriptive when describing guns, how to clean them, and what ammo is being used. I wish I was kidding. And I am not saying this because I am anti-gun. I was born and raised in PA. I have been around guns since I was a pre-teen. It's just this whole book is some weird military hybrid just like the last couple of books and it took me a long time to muddle through this. 


I also want to forbid Koontz from writing about nano-technology anymore. Get a new plot dude. I just cannot take this seriously anymore. At this point I actually think having a damn dog in every book was better than reading about nanos and how they can affect people and totally change their brain chemistry, etc. 


The ending was a joke. Things end on a cliffhanger (my least favorite literary device ever) so if you want to find out more about Jane's Guns and Her Adventures Against the Shadow Realm there are two more books in this series. The reviews have become less enthused, so I am fine with stopping here with book #1. 

 

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review 2018-02-21 01:36
Lucifer has created another world and playing with it
Lucifer, Vol. 3: A Dalliance With the Damned - Ryan Kelly,Dean Ormston,Peter Gross,Mike Carey

One of the most imaginative story is for Lucifer to experiment with humans by creating another Eden and put two humans in it and asked them to worship no one.

 

Which started out great. Two heterosexual humans found pleasure and company with each other. While the woman is fine with this, the man was tempted by the talking snake that told him that desire is a bad thing. 

 

What's up with that? That's the Christian obsession with sex and contaminated it with guilt. Finally, the man suffered because he could not deal with his own internal conflict. 

 

Lucifer is not surprised but he would continue to experiment with this. 

Other story include the daughter of an angel and how she would like to meet Lucifer. 

Another one is about a group of demons imitating high society. 

Kind of fun to read. The graphic is good as well. 

 

 

 

 

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text 2018-02-20 23:55
Reading progress update: I've read 494 out of 464 pages.
The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

I finally finished this so I can finally stop looking at this book. Here ends the tale of our dirty Harriet. I guess this is next phase Dean Koontz and I'm just going to pass on books two and three. This made absolutely no sense it was all over the place and I swear he reused a plot line for one of his older books and I'm too tired to look it up now but I'll post it in my full review. 

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