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text 2017-03-28 17:17
Making a wish with "My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother"
My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother - Patricia Polacco

Do you have rotten older brother? If you do, or if you are the rotten older sibling, you will definitely be able to relate to this book. Puzzled by her grandmothers love for him, Patrica Polacco tells about her relationship with her brother as they grow older. Richard, who is four years older than Patricia, is quite the prankster and can always do things better or faster than her. Of all things, Richard loves rhubarb and tricks Patricia into eating so much it gives her a stomach ache. The siblings attend a fair and that is when Patricia sees his true love for her. To find out what this rotten redheaded older brother does to win over her appreciation, you'll have to read and find out how heroic he can be. With this story, you can have each student write about a time they wished for something, and it came true in a completely different way than expected. Or you could even have them write their own narrative about their rotten sibling. This book is a great resource for showing students how to write a narrative and can stir up some creative juices. This story is leveled on the AR system at a 3.3.

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review 2017-02-13 17:40
Sometimes there's just no explaining what went wrong...
The Black Sheep and The Rotten Apple - K.A. Merikan

Let me start by saying I'm totally a fan of K. A. Merikan this writing duo is amazing. In general they are one of my go to for stories that have a darker, edgier undertone to them. Their 'Guns 'n Boys' series is just so much book crack for me and this one sounded like it was a guaranteed win. Sure it was historical which isn't my favorite time frame but it's not a deal breaker by any means either and I mean...really, who doesn't like a sexy highwayman?


I know it wasn't too dark for my taste. Hell I loved ICoS (In the Company of Shadows), willingly sobbed my way through 'A Little Life', 'When All the World Sleeps', 'Into This River I Drown', Avril Ashton's 'Run This Town' series and on and on...so not too dark, in fact compared to some of those it was practically fluff and no that wasn't the problem either because I like fluff too (I won't bother with a list for that).  


I can't even fault the writing because I was impressed by the writing. The attention to detail was for me just right not so much that it bored me and definitely enough to keep my in the historical setting. So just right from my perspective.


I actually finished reading this one a couple of days ago and have been pondering things and trying to see if in hindsight it would become clear as to why I didn't love this book the way I had thought I would and so far I have to say "I got nothin'."


I think at the end of the day what it came down to for me is that just like we sometimes love a book and can't really explain why...we just know we do. The opposite can also happen we read a book it's good and we feel like we should really love it, we should have devoured it and been over the moon with the story, we aren't. Something just didn't fall into place...maybe the stars weren't in alignment. Who knows...I don't.


What I do know is I'm still a fan of K. A. Merikan. There is no chance that I won't be making grabby hands for the next 'Guns 'n Boys'...oh, wait I've already done that and I look forward to the day that I can dive into some of the other books that I have diligently hoarded on my TBR list waiting for the time when I can just curl up in a corner and fall into a dark, edgy marathon of Merikan goodness with their 'Sex 'n Mayhem' series or 'The Werewolves of Chernobyl' or maybe some 'Zombie Gentlemen' as a rule I don't do zombie books but I'm totally willing to make an exception with this author.


So this one was good just not great for me and I don't know why, but I'm not going to lose any sleep over it, however, if you like historical and don't mind your stories a little on the darker side from time to time. You need to give this one a good look because it may just be the next read that you're looking for.



An ARC of 'The Black Sheep and The Rotten Apple' was graciously provided by the authors in exchange for an honest review.

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review 2016-09-30 19:11
Mildly entertaining and "amusing" detective stories
Rotten Apple: Seven Sins, One Deadly City - Simon Dunn

Deliberately replete with all the hard-boiled detective clichés, this volume deals with Vic Malone (a New York detective) and characters associated with him. He is the best at everything: solving murders, driving, combat, seduction etc.. all in a geographically-silly New York (many of San Francisco's features are there for some reason - comedic, no doubt). A comical collection but unsubtle and, in the end, nothing special and only mildly entertaining.

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review 2016-05-25 21:55
Something Rotten
Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde

"I knocked at their door and, hearing no answer, walked in. When I was last working at SpecOps we rarely heard anything from the mildly eccentric members of the time-travelling elite, but when you work in the time business, you don’t waste it by nattering – it’s much too precious. My father always argued that time was far and away the most valuable commodity we had and that temporal profligacy should be a criminal offence – which kind of makes watching Celebrity Kidney Swap or reading Daphne Farquitt novels a crime straight away."

After being disappointed by book #2 and skipping book #3, I loved this one. Something Rotten had just the right mix of silliness with thoughtful digs at current affairs and contemporary discussions such as the argument about what makes humans human and what gives humans have the right to control other species, or the rights of other groups of humans for that matter.


Thursday has returned from the book world and again takes up the pursuit of a shady character that threatens the country. But, Thursday has not returned alone - Hamlet (aka the "ditherer") has come with her and so has Alan. I loved Alan, and I am having to read the rest of the series just to find out how he fares.

Yes. Never mind Thursday and the fate of Landon, my interests in this series are thoroughly invested in Pickwick and Alan!

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text 2016-04-16 11:47
Double Indemnity...
Something Rotten - Jasper Fforde

‘So, what’s the news?’

‘Max de Winter from Rebecca,’ said Zhark thoughtfully. ‘The BookWorld Justice Department has rearrested him.’

‘I thought Snell got him off the murder charge?’

‘He did. The department are still gunning for him, though. They’ve arrested him for – get this – insurance fraud."

Jasper Fforde - Something Rotten: Thursday Next Book 4



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