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review 2017-02-19 15:39
Giants of the Lost World: Dinosaurs and Other Extinct Monsters of South America - Donald R. Prothero

Prothero-irreverence love ...

"Sloths and armadillos and their kin are the two most familiar families of the Xenartha. The third are the anteaters, which are place in the group Vermilingua, which means "worm tongue" in Latin. (There is no known connection to the villainous Grima Wormtongue in J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings.)"

And the section on the mammals with evergrowing incisors is, of course, titled "Rodents of Unusual Size" ;-)

Overall a nice little book not deep or overly detailed but one of those informative, engaging (and fun) overviews that puts the general evolution of known large South American faunas, ranging from early protomammals of Gondwana to recent mammals, birds, and reptiles, in ecological and historical perspective and serves as a guide to things to find out more about (lots of critters that don't often get a mention in the more-usually-North America/Euro-centric-with-an-occasional-dash-of-Asia palaeontology books). South American dinosaurs are included, of course, but kept in perspective (and a single chapter) as they existed for only a small percentage of the timeline covered.

Now I have a strong urge to grab my copy of Conan Doyle's "The Lost World" to re-read it ...

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review 2017-02-19 08:03
The Lost Child of Lychford by Paul Cornell
The Lost Child of Lychford (Witches of Lychford) - Paul Cornell

It’s December in the English village of Lychford – the first Christmas since an evil conglomerate tried to force open the borders between our world and… another.

Which means it’s Lizzie’s first Christmas as Reverend of St. Martin’s. Which means more stress, more expectation, more scrutiny by the congregation. Which means… well, business as usual, really.

Until the apparition of a small boy finds its way to Lizzie in the church. Is he a ghost? A vision? Something else? Whatever the truth, our trio of witches (they don’t approve of “coven”) are about to face their toughest battle, yet!

The Lost Child of Lychford is the sequel to Paul Cornell's Witches of Lychford.

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I'm impressed, and I definitely must find myself a copy of Witches of Lychford to read. I found the cover and blurb tempting and, despite having not read Witches of Lychford (how I have missed it is the question) did I find myself quickly engrossed in this book. It's a short story, but it manages to contain a lot of action, humor and some paranormal things like an unhappy little boy apparition. Personally, I just love the love portion part of the story. It gave the story a hilarious aspect.


This may be the first Paul Cornell book I have read, but it will certainly not be the last. I've been interested in reading his Shadow Police series, but now I seriously want to get the first book! The Lost Child of Lychford was a fantastic book, and I hope to read more books about Lizzie and the rest of the gals!

I want to thank Macmillan-Tor/Forge for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review!
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review SPOILER ALERT! 2017-02-19 05:34
The Lost World
The Lost World: A Novel (Audio) - Michael Crichton,Scott Brick

Sequel to Jurassic Park. This audio version is also narrated by Scott Brick. Despite being streamed across Overdrive courtesy of the library, it was still broken up into CD sections and announced the change of CDs and repeated the last line of the previous CD section before continuing with the narration - overall, distracting.

 

I admittedly listened to this mostly while lying in my sick bed and didn't pay it the same close attention as I did the first one. I'm not sure if Scott Brick's individual character voices were less distinct in this adaptation or if I was not aware enough to pick out the subtle differences. As I am already biased in favor of the story, I only mentally docked a half star for the (perceived) performance.

 

One thing that occurs to me about the story in general though: is Sarah's father actually the vet, Dr. Harding, in the original Jurassic Park? And, if so, WTF, Malcolm? That one, seemingly inconsequential, teasing hint is still bugging me. Plot holes, plot holes...

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review 2017-02-14 02:38
City of the Lost: A Thriller - Kelley Armstrong

I am shocked by how much I ended up liking this book.  The story grabbed me immediately and I never lost interest.  This was one of those books where just as soon as I thought I knew where the story was going, something would happen and I would realize that I was completely wrong.  This really was the kind of book that can really hard to put down.

This is the first book in the Casey Duncan series and after reading the first two books in the series, I do recommend that this series be read in order.  This book really does set the groundwork for the next book in the series.  This was a book that started in one manner and by the time it was over it was a completely different book.  I loved that this book kept me guessing until the very end.

Casey is a detective.  A detective with a past.  She is very protective of her friend, Diana, who has been the victim of domestic violence.  She has even moved before in order to support her friend.  Diana learns about a town where people like her can go to hide and desperately wants to go.  She wants Casey to come along with her.  They end up going to Rockton, a town off the grid, in the Canadian wilderness.

Rockton is filled with interesting characters.  Casey is put to work right away with Sheriff Dalton who more or less runs the town.  The mystery in this story really took a lot of twists and turns that were completely unexpected.  I had no idea which characters could be trusted from one moment to the next.  I had to keep the pages turning just to find out what would happen.

The writing was wonderful.  I was sucked into the story from the first sentence.  Literally the first sentence.  The pacing of the story was perfectly done.  There were points in the book that were focused on really getting to know the characters while others were actively working on the mystery.  The mystery was complex and believable.  I honestly cannot believe that this is the first book by Kelley Armstrong that I have read because it seems that I am really missing out.

I would highly recommend this book to mystery thriller fans.  Although Kelley Armstrong is known for writing books filled with supernatural elements, this book is a straight up mystery thriller.  And it is a good one.

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review 2017-02-13 17:42
Review: The Lost Tribes
The Lost Tribes - C. Taylor-Butler

I picked this one up at WorldCon after hearing the author on a panel.

 

This book is a lovely object. It's heavy and there is some lovely detail in the printmaking used to create the part divisions.

 

Storywise, part one is terribly interesting. A group of friends tries to solve puzzles in the best video game ever (it is possible that puzzle laden adventure games are a favorite of mine), which includes some actual, solvable code breaking puzzles in the text. Then they're on the run, and that's less interesting. Finally, they get to the big reveal, and then part 3 is dedicated to setting up a sequel rather than reaching a satisfying conclusion.

 

*sigh*

 

A really strong start, and some cool characters, but I definitly preferred the first half.

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