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review 2016-12-16 00:00
Boats - Byron Barton Boats - Byron Barton Boardbook for toddlers. Simple pictures and phrases.
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review 2016-08-19 21:05
If this was Shark Week I'd be super relevant
The Fin: Fate, is only waist deep... - Adam Horeth,Konrad Miekina,Matthew Danza

The following book was kindly sent to me by the author, Matthew Danza, who requested a review.


I'm going to come right out and say that I didn't care for The Fin. I can see why some people would enjoy it but this just wasn't the book for me. There's a lot of teenage angst combined with gore which sounds like a good time but I felt like it didn't really go anywhere. The story follows Lee, an annoying and obnoxious teenager, living on a small island with her twin brother James and her father. (There's a secondary storyline about her estrangement with her mother which was awkwardly included but ultimately went nowhere.) Her good friend (who obviously likes her and who she likes back) is named Adam and he rounds out the main cast of characters. Based on the title of this book and the cover art, it's obvious that this is a story about a shark attack. Firstly, I felt the storyline was excruciatingly slow especially for a novella. Also, totally predictable. (And I think the author was going for a Jaws homage but it felt super forced and corny to me.) The only good thing about this book was that it was mercifully short. I think that the author was trying to do too much for the length of a novella. This was a 1/10 for me.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2016-01-10 14:52
Boats for Papa
Boats for Papa - Jessixa Bagley

1/10/2016 ** Beautifully poignant tale of love, loss, and appreciation for the person in our life every single day. Caldecott contender?

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quote 2015-12-07 15:07
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.”

~ F Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby)

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text 2015-06-12 16:00
Fabulous Finds Friday: June 5, 2015
Inside the Victorian Home: A Portrait of Domestic Life in Victorian England - Judith Flanders
The Brontë Myth - Lucasta Miller
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms - N.K. Jemisin
Burning Your Boats: The Collected Short Stories - Angela Carter,Salman Rushdie
The Dreams Our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World - Thomas M. Disch
The Shelf: An Adventure in Reading - Phyllis Rose
The City and the City - China Miéville
The Wind's Twelve Quarters - Ursula K. Le Guin
Four Ways to Forgiveness - Ursula K. Le Guin
Dreadnought - Cherie Priest

All from local McKay's Used Books. I got the Angela Carter story collection for freaking 65 cents!!

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