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review 2017-09-10 17:04
Birthing Balls (Ball Games Book 7) - Andie M. Long

I was so excited to visit with the Turner's again and this newest addition to the series didn't disappoint. Birthing Balls sees the crazy Turner family through two pregnancies and naturally, chaos is bound to happen. Momma Turner, Dora, is prominent in this one and that's always a treat as she gets herself into some sticky situations. Like the rest of the series, Birthing Balls is witty and fun, and it's absolutely hilarious. With two pregnancies, celebrating a recent wedding, planning an upcoming wedding, a bumbling admirer and his unwanted advances, and nutty Dora trying to find her place, the story is one laugh after another and perfect for light-hearted pick me up. 

Each book can be read as a standalone, but I would recommend reading in order, so you don't miss out on any of this wacky family's antics. The books are all quick, fun reads that can easily be read in one sitting, which is a good thing because I couldn't put this one down!

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review 2017-07-30 20:18
The Comic Book Story of Video Games
The Comic Book Story of Video Games: The Incredible History of the Electronic Gaming Revolution - Jonathan Hennessey,Jack Mcgowan

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley.]

Fairly interesting, although to be honest, in spite of the early chapters being educative in their own ways, I would’ve preferred to see the focus more on the actual video games (and industry) themselves, rather than also on the electricity/industrial revolution parts. The art style, too, was not always consistent, and sometimes too stiff.

On the other hand, I appreciated the inclusion of actual video games characters in panels, as watchers or part of the ‘narrative’; just trying to remember or find out who they were, was in itself another, different dive into history. (Well, maybe it wouldn’t work that well on someone who knows less about such games, but for me, it worked.)

I also liked how the book included some of the backstage workings behind the whole video games industry; they were plenty of things I didn’t know, for instance Sony and its Playstation, I had no idea there had been a deal in the plans with Nintendo for CD games, and that it completely fell through. (I’m not feeling younger, though. Being reminded that this PSX I got in 1998—and I made it a point to get a US model, too, since the European one didn’t run the games I wanted—was even a few years older than that... well...)

Conclusion: An informative and colourful read. I do wish it had spent just a little less time on the really early years, where ‘games’ per se weren’t so much concerned (to be fair, I already know a lot about computer history in general).

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text 2017-01-01 21:41
Reading progress update: I've read 40%.
The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Me... The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Meldon-Smith
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review 2016-12-14 00:00
The King (Games We Play Book 2)
The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Me... The King (Games We Play Book 2) - Liz Meldon-Smith Entertaining

I enjoyed this and look forward to seeing Delia grow. My only complaint is I prefer standalone titles, but it is well-written and a fun read.
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text 2016-09-05 20:43
The Missing 411 Drinking Game
Missing 411-Western United States & Canada: Unexplained Disappearances of North Americans that have never been solved - David Paulides

Take a shot every time the author describes something as unusual/odd/strange. Take another if the author proceeds to provide a completely rational explanation for the event. Take a third if he proceeds to ignore his own reasoning and double-down on the "it's too peculiar to understand completely!!!" angle. 


Take a shot every time the author is baffled by people going missing or becoming lost in stormy weather. 


Take a shot every time the author connects two or more cases together due to superficial similarities.


Take two shots every time the author implies a specific random fact about a case is Very Important Evidence for his theories, but never explains how, why, or even what said theory is.


Take two shots every time the importance of berries are discussed.


Take a shot every time the author uses Google Maps in lieu of actually visiting the places he describes. Take a second shot if he uses Google Maps to argue how the last known movements of a missing person seem "illogical."


Take a shot every time the author complains that children "don't walk uphill" when lost. 


Take a shot every time the author insinuates stalker / serial killer involvement in cases with no supporting evidence.


Sudden (Liver) Death Round: Take three shots every time the author goes into a out-of-nowhere rant about the National Parks Service and accuses them of corruption or misconduct.

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