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review 2017-01-18 04:06
To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird (Perennial classics) - Harper Lee

Life in the 30s in the South. The "good ole days". Yeah, riiiight.

 

Actually, narrating this from Scout's POV allows for a lot of innocence of childhood to shine through, and it's optimistic even Scout is making scathing observations and comments on the hypocrisies and bigotry of the times.

 

I originally read this in high school, like I'm sure a lot of people did, and while it made an impact then, I had largely forgotten a lot about the story aside from Boo Radley and the trial. So I was surprised by how little those actually came into the story, which mostly chronicles Scout and Jem's childhood and summers for the two years leading up to that fateful day in 1935 when Tom Robinson was put on trial. There was never a doubt what the outcome would be, but seeing Jem's hope and absolute certainty, Dill's anger at the injustice of the cross-examination and Scout's struggles to understand what all these big events around her meant in the larger picture gave it a focal point to highlight how not innocent these so-called "simpler and easier" times actually were.

 

I was much more uncomfortable with the casual racism on display by our protags than I was by the outright bigotry of the Ewells and others in town. I had forgotten how prevalent it was in the book.

 

The world needs more Atticus Finches, and more respect for our mockingbirds, in whatever form they come.

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review 2016-09-15 17:49
The Autumnlands: Tooth and Claw #9
The Autumnlands: Tooth & Claw #9 - Kate Sherron,Ben Dewey,Kurt Busiek

4 Stars

 

Buy it

 

The sheep have found and rescued The Chamption and Dusty. They are in need of a Wizard. Dusty continues to learn his father isn’t quite the person he thought he was. And they leave the town.  This arc of the story isn’t doing much for me. It’s really a bit boring right now.  I’m left wondering what is going on with all of the other characters.  Oh well, I suppose it will pick back up again.  Still a great series, but I definitely had to lower the star rating because this arc isn’t as good as the initial.



List of characters for my reference.

 

Bhord- Pug dog who is grey

 

Councillor Sandorst- is the owl

Dunstan/Dusty- White dog/terrier

Gharta- is the warthog

Goodfoot- fox/coyote

Gutruk- walrus I think

Leahroyd- the champion (and only human)

Lord Tallon- Bald Eagle

Affa- Giraffe



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review 2016-02-16 17:51
George
George - Alex Gino

This is one of those books that makes you think. At least it made me think.


'George' is about a girl trapped in a boy's body. She knows it, but no one else seems to notice that she is a girl. All she wants to do is play Charlotte in her school's theater production, but her teacher tells her that she can't though, because she is a boy.

 

This is the dedication page:

I really liked George and her narration reveals a really sweet child trying to figure out who she is.

You should keep in mind that this is a children's book, so it is meant to be read by children. Don't expect long pondering sessions of self doubt, world standards, etc..

 

I think the ultimate goal of the author was to teach children that it's okay to be different and you should accept others for being different too.

 

If you have children, I recommend this. I believe it will spark a nice discussion about gender equality.

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review 2016-02-01 20:22
Bodies left behind
The Bodies Left Behind - Jeffery Deaver

I read this back in 2011 according to my tracking progress in goodreads, so my memory is a bit fuzzy on this one.

 

If you haven't read Deaver yet and you enjoy suspense/thriller novels then I highly recommend him. This one is a page turner, with constant change of point of views: this is one hell of a way to build suspense.

 

The gist: A distress call sends a detective to investigate and she stumbles..well..to a number of 'bodies left behind'. I really enjoy reading about female investigators/detectives and really liked this one.

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review 2015-12-23 23:51
Sleepers
Sleepers - Lorenzo Carcaterra

True story or made up or both, I think we can all agree the movie sucked.

3 stars because while it's very well written, the inability to verify the so-called facts here make it kind of sketchy.

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