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review 2017-12-25 01:30
Second read through.
Persuasion - Jane Austen,Gillian Beer

Probably top-two for Austen novels. I love the slightly older and more care-worn main couple, and all the pining (so much pining). I like how reserved and miserable Anne is at the start and how much she goes as the story continues. Wentworth is a bit more of a puzzle, as he seems to be a dashing young officer, but we don't get much of that until the very end. I did like all the navy stuff, and the Crofts are some of my favourite background characters.

 

I felt the last third was a little weaker, since no one is ever going to care about Mr. Elliot, and he wasn't a convincing red herring OR plot device (other than to make Wentworth jealous), and we get more of the horrible family and less of the fun cousins and sailors.

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review 2017-11-01 15:48
Podcast #75 is up!
Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World - Devin Briski,Johan Swinnen

My seventy-fifth podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Devin Briski about the book she coauthored with Johan Swinnen about the beer and the development of the modern-day beer industry. Enjoy!

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text 2017-10-25 22:35
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 192 pages.
Beeronomics: How Beer Explains the World - Devin Briski,Johan Swinnen

This is such an infuriating book. The authors are trying to provide a clever look at the development of the global beer industry, but the history that makes up the first third of it is so riddled with such sloppily elementary errors that I can't fully trust anything that follows it.

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review 2017-10-21 13:20
Plot Moppet
The Witch and the Werewolf (The Decadent Dames) - Michele Hauf

And while the plot moppet does provide some of the funniest scenes (well he doesn't really have a name and the heroine, Mireo Malory, spends some time suggesting names while our hero, Lars Gunderson, rejects them.This is book 3 in the Decadent Dames collection and while it probably would make more sense of some of the character interactions, it does stand well alone.

 

The plot moppet is pretty superflous with the rest of what's going on in these characters lives.  Lars is ill. It looks like he's going to suffer from the same thing his father did (now I know a lot of doctors who would want to study him extensively! I mean, werewolves are supposed to be healing machines! This sounds like a nasty, short span, werewolf version of MS. Her healing powers can help the symptoms but it's progressing and now that she's found him she doesn't want to let him go that quickly.

 

She wants more life and in order to do so has to eat a Vampire's heart, she wants to find a vampire who deserves death, preferably the one who killed her mother, after all she has more beer to brew!  

 

The degenerative disease sub-plot is interesting and I'd like to see more disability with supernatural. Sneaks off to write some possible plot bunnies in the old plot bunny ranch. I did like how it resolved though and I want to see Lars build Mireo a comparable bathroom to the one she started with.

 

This is a supernatural, romantic suspense, werewolves, witches, vampires, and possibly a few others; I'm using it for Witches.

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review 2017-10-12 18:23
Can't wait to make some of these
Homemade Root Beer, Soda & Pop - Stephen Cresswell

So I guess my star rating is a bit nebulous, but there's a lot in here I want to attempt making, and it all seems reasonably feasible!

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