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review 2017-11-06 16:58
Well-produced Peter Pan-meets-World War II story
Peter Panzerfaust, Vol. 1: The Great Escape - Tyler Jenkins,Kurtis J. Wiebe



In this first volume of a comic collection which runs to at least 5 volumes, we meet Peter Panzerfaust as he rescues the Lost Boys and the Darling children, all as the Nazis invade Northern France in 1940.


The story told in sepia tones is engaging and nicely-illustrated as Peter and the boys fight their way out of Calais to head for Paris. I've got the next four volumes to work through and it should be worth the journey. Recommended for its novel perspective.


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review 2017-06-23 18:03
I'm conflicted
Grandpa's Great Escape - David Walliams

I am struggling with how to express my feelings about Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams. This is due to the fact that this man might actually be a bigger Roald Dahl fan than myself and his writing definitely reflects that. I don't think that Walliams makes any bones about this but I do think that if you've read Dahl's works it will be difficult not to compare the two which leaves Walliams falling a bit short. (Sorry!) Read on its own merit, it's a great little book which touches on topics which I think are really important in middle grade fiction. Our main character, Jack, has a very special relationship with his grandfather who was a fighter pilot in WWII. Their relationship is a unique one which is further complicated by the fact that his grandpa has Alzheimer's disease and believes he is once again in the midst of the Battle of Britain. Jack's parents are torn about what to do with the old man but Jack is adamant that he continue to spend time with him...until the vicar puts an idea into their heads about the old folks home beyond the moors. In typical Dahl fashion, Walliams fashions a slapstick comedy amidst flashbacks to WWII and serious discussions over elderly care and familial loyalty.


What I didn't care for:

  • What felt like blatant ripoffs of Dahl's works as well as his illustrator, Quentin Blake


What I legitimately enjoyed:

  • The approach and handling of serious discussions revolving around elderly care and Alzheimer's
  • The glossary at the back which discussed in more detail the topics touched on in the book such as the Royal Air Force, Battle of Britain, etc.


I'd love to know what you guys think so please check the book out and leave a comment below. :-)

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-04-20 22:13
The Bride, the Trucker and the Great Escape - Suzanne McMinn

Well.. it was interesting, but too short.

Everything was happening too fast - the whole story, love, resolution, ending - too fast.

I would prefer this story as a full format book, with more depth, cuz it really has a lot of potential.

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review 2016-03-15 15:51
The Great Shark Escape - Jennifer Johnston,Ted Enik,Joanna Cole,Bruce Degen

This book is about how class is taking a field trip to the aquarium. When they got to the aquarium, it was closed because it had been flooded. So Mrs. Frizzle had another Idea and took the class into the ocean. I would use this in my classroom when learning about sea life, in a 3rd grade setting.

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text 2016-02-11 06:18
Hello, I'm back
Secret Sisters - Jayne Ann Krentz
The Brimstone Deception - Lisa Shearin
The Great Escape - Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Running Hot - Jayne Ann Krentz
Welcome to Temptation - Jennifer Crusie
Magic Stars - Ilona Andrews
Sweet Everlasting - Patricia Gaffney
Gallant Waif (Harlequin Historical, #557) - Anne Gracie

Hello, friends. I have had a couple of bad weeks. I was so depressed I couldn’t write, not even book reviews. I couldn’t socialize either, face to face or online, so I didn’t logon to BL or any other of my usual social media haunts. I missed you guys, missed your reviews and comments. Hopefully, I've shaken the worst of it off and I’m back now.

I did read during this time, but most of what I read wasn’t any good (or maybe it was my depression talking). So a quick reading recap of the last two weeks. And tomorrow, I promise, I’ll start reading your reviews again.


Jayne Ann Krentz – Secret Sisters

Meh. Probably 2 stars. I did finish the book


Lisa Shearin – The Brimstone Deception

Not bad. Not very good either, just a solid novel of urban fantasy. A bit of humor, a bit of enjoyment, and utterly forgettable. 3 stars.


Susan Elizabeth Phillips – The Great Escape

A reread. Last time I read it, I gave it 3 stars. This time, I’d probably bump it to 4 stars. I enjoyed reading the novel, but then I usually like anything written by this writer. A charming novel of chic lit.


Jayne Ann Krentz – Running Hot

Another reread. I liked it. It was published in 2009 and it was probably the last book this author published that was of a high enough standard. Afterwards, her quality dropped dramatically. It was the usual Krentz’s romantic suspense, with some paranormal arabesques thrown in to make it more interesting, a couple of likable protagonists, and a juicy thriller twist. Easy and fun. 4 stars.


Jennifer Crusie – Welcome to Temptation

I smiled from start to finish while I read this book. A reread as well, but I haven’t read it for a while, so it felt fresh and utterly delicious. I love Crusie. 4.5 stars. There is a bit of sagging in the middle of the novel, but otherwise, an almost perfect book.


Ilona Andrews – Magic Stars

Didn’t enjoy it at all. It was quick though, not much time wasted, but then I’m not a Kate Daniels fan.


Patricia Gaffney – Sweet Everlasting

Didn’t finish. I like many books by this author, but this particular novel was so sugary and so false, I got a toothache.


Anne Gracie – Gallant Waif

Some of you might remember that this writer is my recent delightful discovery. I found four earlier books of hers that are out of print now and were never issued in e-format. This particular novel was her debut, and I liked it. It was not as polished as her later books. There were POV jumps and lots of other writing glitches, but the master storyteller she has become now is visible even in this earlier effort. 3 stars and many smiles.

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