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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-01-18 10:45
Reading Anniversaries: First in a Series & Singles–November Edition

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on January 18, 2018.

 

 

You know where to go for the November 2017 reads!

 

2016

 

 

Kaijus? In a book? Sign me up! Read my review here.

 

 

Review

 

 

 

Another classic that, like Frankenstein, changed the literary world forever!

 

 

 

Review here

 

 

My latest review will clue you in as to how I feel about this series and why I keep reading it!

 

 

Review here

 

 

 

This is a scary ass book! I am going to read the next part in the series and then review it here soon!

 

 

A favorite. I loved the book and I loved the movie!

 

 

A very cute book that had me laughing a lot. If you like rogue fairies who fall in love with felines, then you need to read this!

 

 

 

 

Ask me what made me love this book and I won’t be able to tell you. But that’s alright. It is the same way with Clifford Simak’s Grass. They are both written in a simple manner and yet they have engaging plots that kept me hooked.

 

 

Review here.

 

 

2011

 

 

Another weird one for the list!

 

 

This book affected me more than it normally would have. Maybe I was in the right frame of mind to read it. Or, it was something else. Either way, I now count it amongst books that made me cry — in a good way!

 

 

Before there was Jorg, there was Kylar. While the last book isn’t as strong, this first installment is a good one. If you like epic fantasy and wetwork, then you’d probably love this!

 

 

Charley Davidson is the Grim. She is in love with the Devil’s son who is broody and violent but mostly reciprocates. She also has the weirdest sense of humor. Add to that, a staunch belief that every life but her own is worthless, and you will have a handle on what the book is about.

 

 

 

Magical realism and good writing made this one a win for me.

 

An urban fantasy series from the heyday of UF books. All I can say is that I knew I was into this series right from the first book.

 

 

 

Jo is a Weather Warden. Who loves a Djinn. She is also a punching bag for all the baddies out there. She has a horrible sense of fashion. But I like Jo. I also like that the author ended the series when she should have!

 

 

 

 

Another book that made me cry…a lot. It had its problems but it was still unique enough for me to remember it after all this time!

 

 

I loved this one right from the start! Enough to go read the second one, as well.

 

 

 

My review 

 

 

 

A bit late but at least, I got around to it! 

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-26 08:16
6 Quotes from Hidden Figures that Show How Gender & Racial Discrimination Are Connected
Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race - Margot Lee Shetterly

 

 

 

 

Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 26, 2017.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-10-23 15:03
Glowing Fish & Bucketfuls of Spider Silk in Goat Milk, Frankenstein’s Cat by Emily Anthes Showcases Some of the Wonders of the Biotechnological World While also Raising Some Important Questions!
Frankenstein's Cat: Cuddling Up to Biotech's Brave New Beasts - Emily Anthes

 

 

 

The penultimate installment in Project Frankenstein was a joy to read. It was relatively short and full of stuff that I find interesting. I am dividing this review into three parts:

 

1. Here is a Snippet from the book:

 

 

2. Then there were these Sciency Bits that I enjoyed ruminating upon:

Cloning other adult mammals reinforced the discovery that nuclear transfer can reset genes contained in specialized cells back to their embryonic state.

It meant that the genetic clock could supposedly be turned back if things didn’t go so well the first time!

It is my content that the northern grasslands would have remained viable…had the great herds of Pleistocene animals remained in place to maintain the landscape.

This occurred to me for the first time. Yes, the Ice Ages may have changed the landscape physically but it also caused the extinction of the grazers and caused changes in a roundabout way.

…(tuna) are warm-blooded, which makes them oddities in the fish world but keeps them toasty…

They are what?! Why are you doing this to me world? I was so happy, thinking all fish are cold-blooded but no! I hate nature!

International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT)

While The Sixth Extinction left me without hope, this book helped me see that we aren’t all bad eggs. Yes, humans have brought the onset of Anthropocene and change environment wherever they go…

We have harvested so many of these large deer, elk, and sheep over the centuries that many species have evolved smaller body and horn sizes. Similarly, fish have adapted to human harvesting by developing thinner bodies capable of sneaking out of nets.

Yet, organizations like ICCAT are keeping track of the number of bluefin tuna that are being pulled out of water annually. The Integrated Ocean Observing System is tagging elephant seals and other swimmers to gather information about the marine environment. Then there is Ocean Tracking Network that has been busy installing underwater listening stations that will pick up on tagged animals. The list of scientists and researchers trying to collect information goes on and on. There is even an attempt to engage the public and increase awareness via animal Facebook profiles. The point is, it took us decades if not more to wreck things. We will need some time to put them back together and it is a pity if nature doesn’t grant us that respite.

 

3. And a Franken-Bit that I shook an admonitory finger at:

The manufacturers of AquAdvantage salmon think that by producing only sterile female fish, they can keep them from reproducing or passing along their genes.

 

 

Even though the book raises pertinent questions about whether animals can incur psychological damage from being tagged, it doesn’t answer them. To be fair, most of us won’t be able to say no to a drug, if it would save a loved one, even if one or two clauses of animal rights weren’t observed!

 

Could you?

 

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Originally published at midureads.wordpress.com on October 23, 2017.

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review 2017-08-06 15:06
Interesting but not sure how helpful it is.
The Five Love Languages for Singles - Gary Chapman

I've heard of the Five Love Languages but had never read any of these books and was not super familiar with them. Lately I've seen this mentioned more and more by people I interact with and/or fandoms analyzing relationships through this lens. And it just so happens my library had this version (the one for singles) so I decided to pick it up on a whim.

 

From what I understand the book is not all that different from his original version so if you've read other versions of this book I imagine you might not find it very useful or new. As for me I could really only skim it. I'm not into self-help books and didn't think the writing was very good. The Christian themes were a bit too much for me (it's just not something I care for) and I'd also agree that it does seem to have a negative view regarding single people.

 

That said, if you're looking just to learn about the whole deal then this wasn't bad. I could somewhat understand them based on what other people have talked about, plus the categorizations of each (what it says on the tin is a pretty good hint for all of them). As an introduction to them I found I could grasp the concepts of the languages and that they were explained so I could understand them. 

 

That said, that's really all I wanted or got from the book. I wasn't particularly interested in the personal anecdotes or examples. I wasn't interested in analyzing my relationships or looking to find ways to apply the concepts to non-romantic relationships either. All in all I'd say it's interesting and I learned something new but I wouldn't consider the material life-changing or even particularly helpful. I suppose another route one could take would be to take the online quiz and work your way backwards (ie look at the languages that most apply to you) if you want to just get down to the specifics and not read all the other fluff.

 

The most I'd get out of it is perhaps another tool in helping me analyze my relationships with particular people on occasion but I'd probably use this to better understand why and how people apply this to relationships in pop culture and fandoms. That said, it was a good read to borrow from the library, but I'd take heed of the people who said that it's not all that different from his original and not waste time and/or money if you're already familiar with it.

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review 2017-01-24 00:11
Alas, Poor Cuthbert!
Three Singles to Adventure - Gerald Durrell

Durrell set out to British Guina in 1950 to obtain animals for zoos in Great Britain. He, and his fellow travelers, had what seemed like countless adventures in doing so. Durrell excels in describing the animals he was after, and in setting the scenes where they were found. Also the safekeeping and care of the animals he obtained. His exploits, no matter how dangerous, were written with a great humor. When you read the saga of poor Cuthbert, you cannot help but laugh.
This is an easy read, and moves along quickly. The only reservation that I have, and you really do have to discount it when you consider the era it was written in, is the somewhat assumed racial superiority of the author. Even with that being taken into account, it would be a great book for younger readers.

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