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review 2019-01-18 16:03
Bayou Moon / Ilona Andrews
Bayou Moon - Ilona Andrews

The Edge lies between worlds, on the border between the Broken, where people shop at Walmart and magic is a fairytale–and the Weird, where blueblood aristocrats rule, changelings roam, and the strength of your magic can change your destiny…

Cerise Mar and her unruly clan are cash poor but land rich, claiming a large swathe of the Mire, the Edge swamplands between the state of Louisiana and the Weird. When her parents vanish, her clan’s long-time rivals are suspect number one.

But all is not as it seems. Two nations of the Weird are waging a cold war fought by feint and espionage, and their conflict is about to spill over into the Edge—and Cerise’s life . William, a changeling soldier who left behind the politics of the Weird, has been forced back into service to track down a rival nation’s spymaster.

When William’s and Cerise’s missions lead them to cross paths, sparks fly—but they’ll have to work together if they want to succeed…and survive.

 

One of the main things that I love about the Andrews’ female main characters is that they are very self-sufficient & competent to run their lives. They are acknowledged to be high functioning people by their families & circles of friends. Not only can they handle the vicissitudes of life, they can defend themselves and their dependents.

Another reason that I love their books? The humour. In this book, when Cerise and William first meet, they are both “undercover.” She thinks he’s an ass and secretly calls him Lord Leatherpants. She is smelling rather pungent, and William not-so-secretly calls her the Hobo Queen.

William leaned forward and pointed at the river. “I don’t know why you rolled in spaghetti sauce,” he said in a confidential voice. “I don’t really care. But that water over there won’t hurt you. Try washing it off.”
She stuck her tongue out.
“Maybe after you’re clean,” he said.
Her eyes widened. She stared at him for a long moment. A little crazy spark lit up in her dark irises.
She raised her finger, licked it, and rubbed some dirt off her forehead.
Now what?
The girl showed him her stained finger and reached toward him slowly, aiming for his face.
“No,” William said. “Bad hobo.”



There are, of course, the obligatory rocks in the romance road. As Shakespeare told us, true love never did run smooth. But that line is from Midsummer Night’s Dream and the plot line of this story is more Taming of the Shrew.

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text 2019-01-18 15:56
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
Casimir Bridge (Anghazi Series) (Volume 1) - Darren Beyer

I was just getting to the point where I was wondering if I would continue with this -it's intrigue on an interplanetary scale, larded with big dollops of hard science but I wasn't connecting with it on a personal level - when the plot took a turn and characters got connected and now I have to know what happens next.

 

So, I'll keep on keeping on and hope that the big science meets some big personalities at some point.

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text 2019-01-18 10:09
Quotes and Thoughts So Far
A Call to Conscience: The Landmark Speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. - Kris Shepard,Clayborne Carson

Both quotes taken from the speech Address to the First Montgomery Improvement Association (MIA) Mass Meeting, December 5, 1955 (four days prior Rosa Parks was arrested for not giving up her seat on a bus to a white man):

 

"We are not afraid of what we are doing, because we are doing it within the law. There is never a time in our American democracy that we must ever think we are wrong when we protest. We reserve that right. When labor all over this nation came to see that it would be trampled over by capitalistic power, it was nothing wrong with labor getting together and organizing and protesting for its rights." (pg. 11)

 

Dr. King, Jr's words is pretty timely considering the teachers' strikes in W. VA and Oklahoma in 2018 and the new LA United School teachers' strike going on right now. I was vaguely aware of Dr. King's constant connection between economic and social struggles, but I thought that came later in his speeches.

 

"...But I want to tell you this evening that it is not enough for us to talk about love, love is one of the pivotal points of the Christian faith. There is another side called justice. And justice is really love in calculation. Justice is love correcting that which revolts against love...Standing beside love is always justice..." (pg. 11-12)

 

This reminded me of a special weekend at my childhood church, when we were visited by representatives from various religious social justice groups. The saying "Know Justice, Know Peace; No Justice, No Peace" was repeated so often that it truly stuck with me (even after I left the church and the religion in my late teens) and is what I try to live my life by. At the time, I thought it was just a cool saying made up by people who were doing good work among the most marginalized in society; never occurred to me it was the continuance of Dr. King's work.

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review 2019-01-18 02:33
Amal - audiobook
Amal Unbound - Aisha Saeed,Priya Ayyar

Audience: Middle Grade

Format: Audiobook

Library Copy

 

 

I watched from the window as the boys tumbled out of the brick schoolhouse across the field from us.

-first sentence

 

Amal loves school and her dream is to one day go to college and become a teacher. But one day, a chance encounter disrupts her life. She becomes an indentured servant to the family of her village’s corrupt landlord. Amal plans to work until she pays off her family’s debt, but when she finds out the truth, what will she do?

 

This story takes place in Pakistan and is meant for a middle-grade audience. Amal is a fantastic strong female character; she knows what she wants, she knows what is right, and she isn’t afraid to stand up for what she believes in.

 

I listened to the audio and the narrator, Priya Ayyar did a wonderful job. I’m counting this for “A” for the HA a-z challenge on Goodreads.

 

Recommended to grades 4-6.

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review 2019-01-18 02:25
Love this, too
Savage Dragon: A New Beginning! - Erik Larsen

Yes, for those reading before it's fixed: I goofed on adding the cover, because I wasn't paying as much attention as I should have been.   Oops. 

 

Anyway, fast-forward though a hundred or so comics, and we're dealing with Malcolm Dragon, Dragon's grown up son who Dragon thought was dead at one point.   

 

It's just as amazing as the original Dragon storylines, and still as sexist.   It's this whole weird thing, where I can't tell if they're poking fun at it in general or just being really sexist. I honestly wish I cared more than I did.   This is the most glaring fault, and I hate it, but I love so much else about this massive soap-opera of a story. 

 

The art gets sloppier, but once again not enough to really detract.   This was the last thing offered via Comixology Unlimited, a subscription service.   Le sigh!  I may have to buy the rest.

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