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text 2018-05-22 05:29
Are you a wildlife enthusiast?

There is no better place than South Africa for a wildlife enthusiast. The land of diverse culture and rich history is known for the presence of Big 5. With some of the best known national parks in the world, South Africa has a strong impact on wildlife lovers. If you are planning to visit South Africa to get a taste of its wildlife, contact Air Organisers for South Africa wildlife tour packages. They offer customized packages based on your requirement and will ensure that you have a memorable South African holiday. Whether you are traveling with elders or your kids, Air Organisers will ensure your comfort and convenience.

 

The Kruger National Park in South Africa is one of the largest game reserves in Africa. It is an opportunity for you to sight the Big 5. You may choose to take a day trip to the park or stay overnight at the camps there. Air Organisers offers South Africa holiday packages that will ensure you have an incredible experience on your holiday. They will ensure your safety and comfort throughout your stay. South Africa safari packages offered by Air Organisers are available at an affordable cost and can be customized to meet your needs. They will also help you with the process of passport and visa application. Air Organisers work with a number of travel agents in South Africa in order to ensure your comfort and safety. Their packages will meet all your requirements and ensure you have a memorable time.

 

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review 2018-05-16 22:32
GEEK GIRLS DON'T DATE DUKES by Gina Lamm
Geek Girls Don't Date Dukes - Gina Lamm

Leah goes back to Regency times to find her Duke but she finds Avery, the Duke's valet, instead.  Instantly attracted, they miscommunicate or don't communicate at all.    When tragedy falls, they are able to work through it.

 

This is a fun, light romp.  Leah is definitely a girl of modern times.  She's outspoken and goes fully into everything that comes her way.  Avery is hard put to stop her at times so he is rescuing her often.  I enjoyed the two of them and am glad they got everything straightened out in the end.

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text 2018-05-11 18:03
Good series
Loire Valley A World Heritage Site: From Sully-sur-Loire to Chalonnes-sur-Loire. Travel Guide 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Strasbourg Patrimoine Mondial: Guide de voyage Strasbourg, Grande Ile - 2016 (French Edition) - Jérôme Sabatier
Canal du Midi A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Canal du Midi - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Lyon A World Heritage Site: Travel Guide Lyon, Historic Center - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier
Carcassonne A World Heritage Site: Travel guide Carcassonne, medieval City - 2016 - Jérôme Sabatier

This is a travel series about UNESCO sites in France.  It is well done with lots of tourist information including family friendly suggests.

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review 2018-05-08 16:18
Dragonfly in Amber / Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber - Diana Gabaldon

For twenty years Claire Randall has kept her secrets. But now she is returning with her grown daughter to Scotland's majestic mist-shrouded hills. Here Claire plans to reveal a truth as stunning as the events that gave it birth: about the mystery of an ancient circle of standing stones ...about a love that transcends the boundaries of time ...and about James Fraser, a Scottish warrior whose gallantry once drew a young Claire from the security of her century to the dangers of his ....

Now a legacy of blood and desire will test her beautiful copper-haired daughter, Brianna, as Claire's spellbinding journey of self-discovery continues in the intrigue-ridden Paris court of Charles Stuart ...in a race to thwart a doomed Highlands uprising ...and in a desperate fight to save both the child and the man she loves....

 

Not a bad historical fantasy, but I have some issues with it. I kept putting off my reading until close to its due date at the library. Even when I got started and the deadline was approaching, I kept looking longingly at other books on my library book pile and had to force myself to keep reading this one.

First, the book starts with Claire returning to Scotland (in the 20th century) with her grown-up daughter Brianna. They meet a charming young Scotsman, Roger MacKenzie, and sparks fly between Brianna and Roger. Well & good, I am interested in this new plot line. But does Gabadon stick with it? No, everything takes an abrupt left turn, back into the past and we’re back in time with Claire & Jamie. And there are HUNDREDS of pages between appearances of Roger & Brianna.

The historical fantasy isn’t bad, as historical fantasies go, it just wasn’t what I was interested in. Claire & Jamie, blah blah, blah, Bonnie Prince Charlie, blah, blah, blah, Battle of Culloden, more blather. The manuscript is padded with all kinds of vignettes which do absolutely nothing to move the action along and only bogged me down (when Claire & Jaime discover the cave paintings, anyone?)

And this is going to sound very pedantic, but she mentions birds in the course of the book four times and only gets it right once. In the very beginning, chickadees are referenced. Well, there aren’t any chickadees in Scotland—they have related birds, the tits. If Claire had seen/heard Blue Tits or Coal Tits, that would be accurate, but not chickadees. At another point, Claire is woken by a mockingbird. No dice, there aren’t mockingbirds in France. Claire hears a meadowlark—impossible! Maybe a Skylark, but there aren’t meadowlarks in Europe. At least when Jamie feeds crumbs to some sparrows, she just leaves them as generic sparrows and doesn’t assign a species. I even hauled out my Birds of Europe with North Africa and the Middle East just to check that I hadn’t lost my mind, but it backed me up. If you want accurate historical fiction, you can’t just go sticking North American birds into a novel set in Scotland and France!

Okay, bird rant over. I can tell how un-involved I was in the story that I’d be counting and evaluating the appearances of birds in the text.

One thing I did enjoy was the prominence of genealogical research in the plot line. Turns out that Claire’s 20th century husband, Frank, fortuitously counted some of the characters in this narrative in his family tree and had made a big enough deal of it that Claire was aware of these details. She spends a fair bit of time convincing the 18th century husband, Jamie, not to kill these relatives too soon, to ensure that Frank will be born. There’s more talk of the paradox of time travel in this novel, and I enjoyed those speculations.

Book number 283 in my Science Fiction and Fantasy Reading Project.

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text 2018-05-08 12:02
Tick off South Africa from your bucket list

 

 

 

If South Africa has been on your bucket list for a long time, now is the time to tick it off. Air Organisers will help you turn your dream into reality with a customized holiday package. They will ensure your comfort and convenience while specially curating a package that meets the needs of every traveler personality. You can choose from a number of tours for South Africa or have a package curated for you. Whether you are traveling on your honeymoon or headed for a holiday with family, Air Organisers will ensure that your holiday is well organized and everything is planned in advance. Right from the travel to accommodation and food, everything will be planned so as to meet your requirements.

 

South Africa holidays are incomplete without an African safari. The land is not only known for the sun and sand but also for the exotic wildlife that attracts hundreds of tourists each year. Air Organisers will ensure that your holiday includes every destination you have on your bucket list. They will assist you with the visa application and passport renewal procedure as well. The team works with travel agents in South Africa who are well aware of the must see and must do’s while in South Africa and they will ensure your safe travel throughout the journey. Contact Air Organisers today and ask for an affordable customized package that will ensure your comfort and give you a memorable experience.

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