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review 2018-04-03 11:13
After the End of the World
After the End of the World - Jonathan L. Howard

[I received a copy of this book through Netgalley.]

This novel picks up where the previous one left (if you haven’t read it yet, stop here), or roughly, after Emily Lovecraft and Daniel Carter, alogn with Detective Harrelson, have been stranded in the Unfolded world for a few months, slowly adjusting to their lives in Arkham-instead-of-Providence.

And it’s not easy, because even though the Unfolded world is fairly similar when it comes to daily life (and better, in some ways, as in when Emily realises she own a nice house here instead of renting a flat), in many other ways, it is tremendously different. For starters, World War II ended much sooner, when the Third Reich dropped an A-bomb on Moscow in 1941, obliterating its whole leadership; and the Reich is now one of the world’s superwpoers, having been accepted because, well, the Holocaust didn’t concerned Jews but Communists, and for some reason this was much more acceptable to the West who turned a blind eye and ha-hemmed in a corner while it happened. Which infuriates Dan and Emily just as much, a different kind of evil still being evil after all; also, the Nazis are welcome in the USA and racism much more prevalent, so the Unfolded world isn’t so peachy for Emily herself.

(On a side note, I wish we had seen more of that. I don’t enjoy racist slurs in the least, but in terms of ‘show, don’t tell’, it never felt like Emily was really ostracised, apart from a couple of instances when some Gestapo guy said ‘who’s that black down there’ or something to that extent. In turn, the ‘lessons in political correctness’ given at times didn’t have the impact they could’ve had.)

The world is definitely not right by our heroes’ standards, who want nothing more than bring back its Folded version, but have no clues where to start… until Emily finds out she has the Necronomicon in her safe, Henry Weston is at his shenanigans again, and Daniel gets hired to spy on a joint German-US project in Miskatonic University. Weird stuff ensues, veering into spy-thriller-weird more than HPL-weird at first, but no worries, the latter is never too far behind.

Although I was hesitant at first about the spy thriller part, probably because of its apparent simplistic aspects (US vs Communists or US vs Nazis, it’s kind of the same... also Nazis make easy enemies: Instant Evil! Just add water!), the way it was handled was all in all interesting, in part because, let’s be honest, it makes for contrived enemies… but it also makes for entertaining scenarii. In fact, it reminded me of the Call of Cthulhu/Adventure! Crossover RPG I had played a few years ago, as well as of Indiana Jones movies, and I soon found my bearings again in that kind of plot and setting. We get typical but useful ingredients: scientists working on a secret project infiltrated left and right by Gestapo, Abwehr and probably a few others (Daniel even manages to throw the CIA in all that, and it blends in perfectly); research influenced by esoterism; evil cultists who’re all the more evil because they treat sacrifice as if it was a mere bureaucratic matter; a secret research facility on a remote island in the Pacific Ocean; not exactly human beings; and this mix works fairly well here.

Another thing I liked was that the focus shifted slightly in this book from Dan to Emily. We already know by now of Dan’s ancestor and the abilities he’s inherited, and there was a solid risk of Emily remaining more of a sidekick (a badass one, but a sidekick nonetheless) when it came to the weird/non-Euclidian parts. Well, let’s just say that reading can indeed empower people. (I bet you can already tell where this is going.)

Conclusion: 4 stars, it was an enjoyable read in spite of the few peeves I had about it, and I breezed through it, and now I want the next instalment.

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review 2018-04-01 22:24
The Little Prince - Antoine de Saint-Exupéry,Richard Howard

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This book is wonderfully-written, majestically-crafted, and hauntingly beautiful. I loved every moment of it.

Last week, I listened to the audiobook version of this book, which was very good. Then I saw that it was an abridged version so of course I had to hunt down the full story. And here we are. I enjoyed this version more than the abridged version. The abridged version is good, but the whole story is so much more connected in the full version. It makes more sense. You get the gist of things in the abridged story, but this one is definitely more put-together. 

Also, the illustrations are lovely. I love how simplistic they are, yet still magnificent. 

Fantastic, fantastic story. 

I've been on a bit of a Little Prince binge now and watched the newest movie version last night. It is good in the way that the newest Lorax movie was good. It plays off of the original story and expands it. Not bad. Just different. 

Good book, great story.

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text 2018-03-01 19:23
First Reads (formerly "Kindle Firsts") for March 2018
Feast: True Love in and out of the Kitchen - Hannah Howard
True Fiction - Lee Goldberg
Trespassing - Brandi Reeds
Hell's Princess: The Mystery of Belle Gunness, Butcher of Men - Harold Schechter
Digging In - Loretta Nyhan
A Glimmer of Hope - Steve McHugh

Amazon prime members can get a free kindle edition ARC* of one of these Amazon published choices (or a discounted hardcover ARC).  See https://www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads 

 

(SIde note, still the Amazon,com bug with 2017-2018 books -- I had to add all 18 of 19 editions of these to the library plus none would "+" to this post or show in search by ISBN or ASIN -- and the 19th was a kindle edition someone added cover-less while I was working on these.)

 

*well, Trespassing - Brandi Reeds  is a reprint.

Source: www.amazon.com/kindle-dbs/firstreads
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review 2018-02-26 13:50
Hooray for Reading Day!
Hooray for Reading Day! - Margery Cuyler,Arthur Howard

This story is about a girl named Jessica that worries about everything, especially reading. She had trouble reading and sometimes the other kids would laugh at her. She learned that she was going to have to read in front of all the parents at "Reading Theater Day" and she was terrified. She decided to practice by reading to her dog Wiggles. She was comfortable reading to her dog. I would use this story to help encourage children to read. I would have reading buddies (stuffed animals) for the students to practice reading to and hopefully build their confidence.

 

Lexile Measure: AD380L

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review 2018-02-26 05:39
Outsmart Gritch the Witch
Piggie Pie! - Margie Palatini,Howard Fine

How will hide from a witch? Gritch the Witch wants to make piggie pie, but Gritch does not have all of the ingredients. Gritch travels to a farm to gather her ingredients, but the pigs see her coming. The pigs disguise themselves as different animals to hide from the witch. The book provides many opportunities to do activities with your students. I would have my students disguise a pig and write a story about the pig and its disguise. 

 

Reading Level: Lexile 490L

 

Grades K-3

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