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review 2017-12-03 23:12
A cute, simple picture book suitable for infants and up.
Petra - Marianna Coppo

Disclaimer: reviewing eARC galley via NetGalley.

 

Very few words and strong storytelling through the images makes it perfect for very young audiences, as well as beginning readers. The images are sparse, simple and whimsical, surrounded by plenty of white space. The story is amusing and meaningful; an accessible exploration of identity. I loved the emphasis on adjusting expectations, adapting to new, unexpected situations, and knowing and accepting yourself as the world shifts around you. The main character is a stone with a big imagination, and rather than falling into despair when its surroundings make its dreams crumble, it just keeps adapting and enjoying where it's at. A good message of resilience and stability for kids rendered in a minimalist, non-preachy style.

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review 2014-07-22 08:40
The End of Growth
The End of Growth: Adapting to Our New Economic Reality - Richard Heinberg

The title of the book states its content. The Club of Rome wrote on the limits of growth; now, Heinberg argues, we've reached them. Our economic system is based on continual growth of the GDP. If that growth is driven by cheap energy, and cheap energy is at an end as easily accessible carbon fuel sources deplete, it's time to prepare for the collapse of world economy.

 

In my <140 character review of this book on Twitter, I called it "feisty", and I stand by that. Heinberg makes a point to speak of future projections as given, and I could see why. The "we'll be in trouble IF we don't act now" rhetoric has been employed since the 70s and it failed to mobilize change fast enough to avoid the present situation. It's time to say, okay, we are up shit creek without a paddle NOW. This WILL happen. What are we going to do to minimize the losses and suffering that are going to result from our decades of excess, and from the bursting of the biggest bubble in history?

 

The style makes for captivating reading, even if it makes the text seem slightly less academic, especially since Heinberg then eagerly promotes the Transition Network. There's something depressingly cultish about the idea of depending on a grassroots citizens' movement for sustainable living, which must base its functioning on the assumption that human beings are not terrible. I would have put more stock on a plan to recreate economy in a way that makes sense to the people in power, who cannot be expected to act out of selflessness: the CEOs and politicians, who would not be where they are now if they were not driven by the pressure to grab advantage where they can see it. Citizen organizations are essential, but they can only do so much, especially in a short time frame.

 

In many ways, this book was educational, and neatly covers the recent financial crisis and the evolution of financial operations in the past few decades in an accessible style. I could recommend it just based on those chapters. Well worth a read.

 

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review 2014-02-05 05:22
Adapting Instincts - S.J. Frost

 

This story wasn't as sweet as two and three were, but I felt it skimmed over things I wanted to see. I thought Egill and Carl fell in love too quickly, and too much of it happened off page. I also didn't like that

Carl's change

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  took place off page. All in all, I found this installment in the series to be less exciting, with little to no action, and more filler to give Carl a happy ending than anything else.

Still looking forward to Renart and Troy's story, and hoping to see Nevin again in a future book. I'm also intrigued by Li, Ryu's Ninja enemy.

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review 2014-01-19 00:00
Adapting Instincts (Instincts, #4)
Adapting Instincts - S.J. Frost This story wasn't as sweet as two and three were, but I felt it skimmed over things I wanted to see. I thought Egill and Carl fell in love too quickly, and too much of it happened off page. I also didn't like that Carl's change took place off page. All in all, I found this installment in the series to be less exciting, with little to no action, and more filler to give Carl a happy ending than anything else.

Still looking forward to Renart and Troy's story, and hoping to see Nevin again in a future book. I'm also intrigued by Li, Ryu's Ninja enemy.
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review 2013-10-14 00:00
Adapting Instincts
Adapting Instincts - S.J. Frost [b:Adapting Instincts|17302865|Adapting Instincts (Instincts, #4)|S.J. Frost|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1359409950s/17302865.jpg|23959435] was my least favourite of the series. Yeah, it's a shame because I loved the others, but this didn't make me fall as hard or as fast. The first and third books are perfection. The couple is now on my favourites list, so maybe I'm just too hung up on those two to enjoy other books. Maybe it's a good thing I'll have to wait for the next book. Hopefully I will enjoy that one more.

My main issue with this book was the couple. They were just as sweet as Titus and Andreas and Daniel and Ryu, but there was a bit of a bump in the road that annoyed me. I had seen it coming, expected it, but it wasn't enough. I was just so unhappy with that little section of the book that I couldn't get past it. Others will not have the same problem, I think, unless you are like me and hate seeing two MC's apart for a silly or not so silly reason. It's really a shame because all of the others got 5 stars.

I love how [a:S.J. Frost|3009736|S.J. Frost|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/authors/1256608248p2/3009736.jpg] doesn't forget about her past couples. They were all one big happy family still, and a strong presence in the book. Daniel. Oh, Daniel was just so funny. He's a breath of fresh air and provides some much needed humour in the series. From other reviews people will know he was not always my favourite, but I adore him as a secondary character now. His teasing of Carl just left me with a grin on my face.

Another theme I have noticed... Titus, Ryu, and now Egill have all lost men they loved. Normally that annoys me. And I really try hard to avoid books with a dead lover. But here, I feel like that makes the story slightly more unique. It's so well done, and it doesn't take from the current couple in the book. I love that about the series.

This series is just amazing. I would recommend it to all m/m vampire fans.
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