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review 2018-01-01 00:26
Thought I did a Review on this one.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance - Ruth Emmie Lang

Boy I didn't realize that I never did a review on this book. I ordered a box from Once Upon a Book Club, in case you don't know what it is, well you order a book, and it comes with other things but you can't open that gift until you get to the page on that certain gift. The box was kind of expensive but also a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the book and the gifts that came with them, and really it made reading the book more exciting because you want to get to the page that is written on that page, and so on.

I am really glad I did this because this isn't a book I would choose for myself and I really would have missed out on such a pretty awesome book.

I really loved the character of Weylyn, he was quite a character of mystery, and very interesting individual to read about. The story to me is kind of hard to explain but its also pretty interesting, because it's mostly people that meet him that is telling the story on how they meet him and how that came about and how he touched their lives. It was also interesting because very weird and awesome stuff happened when someone was around him. I am so sorry I am probably making the book confusing but it's hard to explain without giving away a lot of spoilers. And it will also take away from the magic of the book, at least I feel that way. Again I just loved this book and thought that it was really unique and very interesting one. 

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review 2017-12-22 05:29
Invisible Beasts - Sharona Muir

I received this book for free with another book that I won from LibraryThing.

 

The concept of this book is very unique so I loved that aspect.

 

This book contains a series of vignettes and I liked some more than others. Some were boring, but others were really interesting and thought provoking. Some of my favorites were, “The Keen-Ears,” “Truth Bats,” “The Riddle of Invisible Dogs,” The Antarctic Glass Kraken,” “The Spiders of Theodora,” “The Hypnogator,” “Grand Tour Butterflies,” and “Think Monkey.”

 

What this book really lacked were illustrations. I would have loved to seen pictures and diagrams of these invisible beasts.

 

Overall, this was a different but intriguing read.

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text 2017-12-21 06:39
Reading progress update: I've read 88 out of 256 pages.
Invisible Beasts - Sharona Muir
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review 2017-11-23 20:20
A great debut novel for those looking for a bit of magic and hope.
Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance - Ruth Emmie Lang

Thanks to NetGalley and to St. Martin’s Press for providing me an ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.

This book is a joy. Readers need to be prepared to suspend disbelief more than usual, perhaps, but from the very beginning, you realise you are in for a ride where everything will be extraordinary. Weylyn, the protagonist, is born in circumstances that his doctor never forgets, and he grows up to be more than a bit special.

I will not repeat the description of the book, which summarises quite well the main aspects of the novel. Weylyn’s story is told, mostly, from the point of view of the characters he meets along the way, and who, somehow, are changed by his presence in their lives. The story is set in the present, with interludes where a boy who literally falls on Weylyn (who lives like a hermit in the forest, with a wolf as his only company) keeps pestering him to tell him his story, and then goes back to the past, and the story is told, always in the first person, by a number of characters. As all readers know, narrators have a way of revealing a lot about themselves when they tell somebody else’s story, and this is true here. None of the narrators are unreliable, but they tell us more of their own stories through their memories of Weylyn than they do about Weylyn himself. We get to know him by the effect he has on those around him (children, adults, some of the characters —those he is closest to— her revisits over the years) and he remains a bit of a cipher, perhaps because he does not know himself or can explain himself fully either. We hear from him towards the end of the book, also in the first person, but he is not a character who defines himself by his “powers” (if that is what they are), and he never gives his talents a name, although he allows people to think whatever they like (He even tries to hide his prowess behind a pig, Merlin, insisting that the horned pig is the one who controls the weather). Despite all these points of view, the book is easy to read as each point of view is clearly delineated and their stories and narrative styles are distinct and appropriate to the characters. The writing flows well and there is enough description to spur readers’ imagination without going overboard.

In a world where children and parents have difficulty communicating, where fitting in and appearances are more important than true generosity, where politicians are self-serving and corrupt, where people stay in relationships because they don’t know how to end them, and where the interest of big corporations always trumps the needs of the common man, Weylyn is like the energy and light he manages to harvest, a ray of hope and a breath of fresh air.

Weylyn is a great character, but so are most of the other characters in the book. Some are more memorable than others, but they are all likeable and changed for the better by their interaction with Weylyn.

Although there are magical and fantastic elements in the novel, in my opinion, it fits into the category of magic realism (as the world the characters live in is our world and that is precisely why people are touched and surprised by his skills, his “specialness”). It would also fall under literary fiction, although it is a much easier read than many books classed under that label (and I feel this is a book not exclusively for adults either. There is minimal violence, clean romance, and many young characters, all distinct and likeable in their own ways).

A story for readers who love great characters and like to let their imaginations fly, not always feeling the need to remain anchored to reality. This is one of those books that we feel sorry to reach the end of and are thankful because we know their memory will remain with us. A great debut novel.

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review 2017-11-18 08:00
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them (Hogwarts Edition)
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - J.K. Rowling

Do you know that feeling that when you wake up in the morning and some strange creature is moving in your room, you suddenly get the urge to find out what it is? Yes? Then this is a wonderful book for you. Identify that Fantastic Beast and find out whether or not to panic (but remember to always take a towel with you)! Really useful!

Even if you haven't had any strange encounters with unidentified animals (?) this can still be a really nice book to read if you're a Potterfan...

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