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review 2017-06-16 22:31
The Farm - Charles C. Anderson

The Farm by Charles Anderson
I had read book 4 in this series and loved it so much I went and bought the first 3 books and just now getting to them.
This story starts out with Josiah and his buddy Andy exiting a crashing helicopter but he doesn't make it. Carlson will still continue the mission and does on his own but doesn't find what he was expecting.
Later he's at his night job in the US at the ER and he comes across a few Saudi Arabia princes who have been beat up-they will be returning home now that classes are over for the summer months. Problem is his RN Lindsey will be going with him to the farm for 3 days and they discover something not quite right.
Thing is we hear Lindsey's side to the story also and Andy is clueless, so far but he knows things are not adding up.
Love all the technology, weaponry and discovering the hidden treasures at the farm.  Love the history in this book about the area.
Lots of action, travel, adventure and romance and I learn so much about things I don't have a clue about. US and other countries are involved and he is gathering the clues to solve the mysteries.

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text 2017-02-17 14:09
Essex County Vol one: Tales From the Farm by Jeff Lemire
Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire

I finished this graphic novel a week or more ago and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since. It had so much heart and each element, be it characters or story, had such depth that it’s stayed with me.


The story is about Lester, a young boy who loves superheroes and comics. He always wears a mask and cape even though he gets bullied for it. I really liked the fact he always wore this as I really sympathised with the idea he had that clothing shielded him and gave him strength.


When we meet Lester he’s living with his uncle and during a series of flash backs we find out this is because his mother recently died. Lester’s having a hard time adjusting to living with his uncle and escapes into comics in an effort to create some distance from it. When his uncle takes him out to the gas station he meets Jim, a guy who once played hockey briefly for a well-known team and someone the locals think is a bit strange, including Lester’s uncle. He befriends Lester and the two of them get to know each other while Lester scouts the area for an alien invasion.


The artwork was black and white which really suited the style of story. The lack of colour lent the novel gravity. The artwork itself was a bit strange and hard to get used to at first, but the simplicity made it feel more raw and somehow more real. Some pages were just artwork and no dialogue.


What I really loved was the relationships between Lester and these two men. Themes such as loneliness and grief were explored in this context and the characters grew as a subsequence of their relationship with Lester.


A satisfying read that I’ll always remember. I’m starting volume two now.

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text 2017-02-08 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 112 out of 112 pages.
Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire

Such heart in this. I loved it and can't wait to read more. Thanks Tigus. Full review soon.

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text 2017-02-04 17:41
Reading progress update: I've read 49 out of 112 pages.
Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire

I'm really enjoying this, but where's the humour Tigus!? Lol! A bit later, maybe?

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review 2016-10-28 03:35
Pete the Cat: Old MacDonald Had a Farm - James Dean

Awesome little Pete the Cat book where you can sing the Old MacDonald song with all different kinds of animals with pictures of each animal. Great way to introduce different animals in the classroom. I think it would be best for Kindergarten.

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