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review 2018-06-13 08:32
The Hyena Scientist by Sy Montgomery & Nic Bishop
The Hyena Scientist - Sy Montgomery,Anne Bishop

The Hyena Scientist is a book written with 10-12 year old's in mind.  However, I'm sure most adults can get something out of it as well.  In this book Montgomery and Bishop take a tour through the Hyena research station in Kenya lead by zoologist Kay Holecamp.  The book reads like a travelogue with intersting bits about the spotted hyenas that this group studies, along with a nail-biting episode of floods and getting stuck in mud.  There are also short biographical sections for the scientists and assistants that operate this particular research station.  The main attraction of this book are the numerous (every single page!) colour photographs of spotted hyenas (fascinating creatures!) and other wildlife.  This is a good inspirational and educational book for children.

 

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review 2018-06-05 00:00
Man Out of Time
Man Out of Time - Stephanie Bishop Man Out of Time - Stephanie Bishop I had to think on this book for a while before I wrote this as it is very much a multi-layered book. There is the plot, the things that happen. However these things are not as important as the way the characters perceive them and feel about them; Bishop's writing is such that you get a front row seat into this. It is not like you are at the movie watching events unfold. You are within the character and feeling it unfold, getting an idea of what it feels like within. It is much more of an intense experience of being with the character, it goes much further than evoking empathy.

It is one of those stories that made me question what is bequeathed us by our parents and our family? Can we ever truly escape it? Is it inevitable that we eventually turn into one of our parents? And if that is the case, do we get to chose which one? These questions are much more pointed because of the opposing psychological and emotional states of Stella's parents.

The event that precipitated Leon's descent into madness is less important than the descent itself (I use the term madness very loosely here). Also the fact that, while Frances probably tried harder to hold on to her bond with Leon, it was Stella who was able to maintain it more effortlessly despite herself. Bishop's writing is beautiful in places and was really evocative of this. She allowed the reader a gentle slide into Leon's disordered way of thinking through his internal dialogues as well as those with his family, mainly Stella.

The novel also addresses how children may react, or act out, in the face of a parent's descent into disorder (I think that is a much better term than madness), not just how one might react emotionally.

I enjoyed this book. The three characters (there really are only three that are explored in any great depth) are interesting and I grew attached to them all. I can't really say that I disliked any of them. Sometimes I wondered why they were doing the things they were, but Bishop always drew this out, slowly and gently without bashing either the reader or the characters over the head. I would class it as an emotional drama and I really enjoyed the places that the characters took me.
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review 2018-05-17 19:42
Bad decisions...
Wait for Dark (A Bishop/SCU Novel) - Kay Hooper

I like Kay Hooper but it's a very bad decision to start reading one of her books when I'm about to go to bed.

 

When there are a number of mysterious deaths that are apparently accidental but there are too many of them in too short a time in this small town.  Each of the deaths have first text messages with "Wait for dark" in them and when the sherrif discovers this he realises that he's out of his depth and he asks for help from the SCU unit.  Bishop sends Hollis Templeton and some of the rest of the team.  The killer is hiding in society well and is almost taunting them.

 

While the story was quite satisfying in some ways I did feel like I was missing something in it and the conclusion felt somewhat random.

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review 2018-05-15 15:38
Etched in Bone - Anne Bishop

And the series winds up, Humanity has discovered that it's prey, or at least most have. The Lakeside Courtyard has emerged relatively unscathed, but when Lieutenant Montgomery's dodgy brother arrives looking for something for nothing and not wanting to mend any fences. Although Simon and the Lieutenant want him gone, more powerful forces than him want to watch him, see how he worked, only he makes tensions worse. When he threatens Meg things will change forever.

An interesting look at how humanity copes when they're not at the top of the food chain.

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review 2018-05-14 20:10
Dreaming In Chocolate, Susan Bishop Crispell
Dreaming in Chocolate - Susan Bishop Cri... Dreaming in Chocolate - Susan Bishop Crispell

I really enjoyed this clean Fantasy Romance. I was given this book for free and I voluntarily chose to review it. I've given it a 4.5* rating. I found it both amusing and sad. What would you do if you could have your wishes granted by eating or drinking chocolate? What a fun way to solve some problems. Of course you must believe.

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