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review 2018-09-13 06:03
The Trench [Meg #2] by Steve Alten
The Trench - Steve Alten

***Trigger warning: Rape is mentioned, along with the person being tortured, there were two attempted rape scenes, one quite graphic and incest. I am sorry if you think these are spoilers, but I rather spoil someone than have someone be triggered.***

Repeated phrases, telling, not showing, treatment of woman, misogyny, mention of rape & torture and 2 attempted rapes, one pretty graphic & incest: these are some of the things that make me not enjoy the book as much, some more on an annoyance level and others quite a bit more serious.

 

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The author needs a better editing team. If Jonas feels his temper flaring one more time, I'm going to scream, and just how many times can a person flash a smile, or flash their eyes in anger, flash this, flash that....? "For a surreal moment" is also used many times. Once you notice the repetitiveness, it is almost impossible not to notice, which brings you out of the story. Most of the scenes are written through telling and hardly any showing, which is dull.

Too many characters. I gave up trying to keep track of them. 99% were not important, just written in to be killed.

I like how Masao treats Jonas as a true son and not a son-in-law. They have a couple sweet father-son moments. The actions scenes were suspenseful. I truly felt Terry's terror as she goes through the stuff she went through. There are a couple characters I hated so much and admit, I was hoping they would die, so Steve Alten is good at writing characters you hate.

I do plan on reading more, but I don't think this one is going to go down as one of my most liked.

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review 2018-09-07 17:14
Meg: Origins by Steve Alten

If you read and liked Meg, this tells the story of when Jonas first met the prehistoric shark.

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This book is interesting, to say the least. However, some of the writing was dry, dare I say boring. There were some repetitive chapter openings that annoyed me. I guess the editing team didn't notice. Once you notice these repetitive things, it is hard to keep from noticing them and it takes you out of the story.

 

For example: In the Prologue "Captian George Nares stood defiantly on the heaving gun deck." In Chapter 1: "Captian Richard Danielson stood defiantly on the main deck." How does one stand defiantly? Do you stand in a Superman pose with your hands on your hips?

There were so many characters. I wrote a list of characters in case someone was important later on. Large casts are often forgettable. I counted about 20 characters (Plus some more that were not given proper names.) 90% of these people were not important.

I liked how there was a nod to the Jaws movie. "Good God, Man! That's more than half the length of the Challenger. A creature that size... we'd need a bigger boat." Steve didn't copy Jaws. Maybe he was inspired somewhat, but the storyline of Meg is completely different from Jaws, yet people are going to still scream copycat.

Misogyny, treatment of women. One girl in this is only known by her big boobs. I think she's given a name, but that's about it. You can tell this was written by a man by the way characters describe women. "...tan, oiled breasts two swollen grapefruits in the skimpy red bikini."


"...hawkish eyes moved from the pair of jacks in his right hand to the D-cup breasts barely contained beneath the brunette's olive-green tee-shirt." How do you know they're D-cup? Did you measure them, or did she tell you? "Hey, so my boobs are d-cup."

 

These are grown men, but they sound like they are teen boys who just discovered boobs. I'm not a prude by any means, but I can't say I liked this manner of describing people. I notice the men are never described this way.

 

Don't get me wrong, I really do like these books. So far. Meg Origins should be saved only if you are a die-hard fan of the series, though. None of it is new info. It just goes into detail of what the first book already mentioned.

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review 2018-07-25 21:38
There Was An Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark!
There Was An Old Mermaid Who Swallowed a Shark - Lucille Colandro
This children’s book is just like the traditional, “I know an old lady who…….” but this book has a slight twist. This book is educational and it is filled with ocean creatures and has more sentences inside than the traditional book of its nature. This book has more meat to it, more substance, and I feel that I enjoyed it more. I did have to slow down to read it which took a bit out of me since I usually have a rhythm down when I read this type of book.
 
This book begins when the old mermaid swallows a shark and “it left no mark” and then, on the next page we learn a bit more about sharks. The old mermaid then, swallows a squid, “that’s what she did!” and she did that to float with the shark, because I guess the shark was lonely. The book continues on with a fish, an eel, a crab, and a few other ocean creatures until the very end. Through the book, we learn about the various creatures the old mermaid swallows in cute, rhyming sentences. At the back of the book, there is a two-page spread with detail information about the various water creatures the book mentions. There is also a Search and Find in the back pages, allowing readers to search back through the book to find other creatures that are located in the ocean. By matching the pictures/words on these two pages to where the creatures are located in the book.
 
The illustrations in this book are bright and colorful and I liked the size of this book, as it’s easy to grasp. The old mermaid is looks exciting and happy as she swims about in the ocean. I think the educational information provided in the novel is worthy and not overwhelming. The book has a great flow and it’s a fun book to read and look at.

 

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review 2018-07-23 04:19
Misunderstood Shark - Ame Dyckman
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A humorous book packed with facts about sharks. 

Overall, this was a good book. I liked the idea of a misunderstood shark who is just trying to be nice (it helps that sharks are my favorite animals even though I am absolutely terrified of them- irony, eh?). Each misunderstanding leads to an interesting shark fact, which is both fun and educational (yay, multitasking!). 

I loved the illustrations. Very funny and engaging.

The writing was simple, but entertaining. I lost it at "I brought boo-boo strips". Hilarious!

The book ends how you might expect a shark book to end, which was realistic, but may be a little dark for some young readers. It is portrayed in a humorous way, but again, kind of dark so maybe not the best choice for sensitive children.

Overall, a good entertaining and educational picture book about sharks.
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