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review 2018-05-19 18:56
Calamity Jane (Living Forest #12)
Calamity Jane: The Wise Old Raccoon - Sam Campbell

A year in the life of a raccoon, particularly a female, is challenging and then there are the kits one must raise and teach to survive before winter comes and the cycle starts again.  Calamity Jane is the final book of Sam Campbell’s Living Forest series, focusing on the year in the life of a raccoon introduced in Looney Coon yet in a different style than the rest of the series.


Campbell begins Jane’s story with her emerges from a several weeks long nap in mid-February to get out and about, eat some, and meet other raccoons especially one big male in particular.  The book then shifts into spring as Jane reemerges on the hunt for food as quickly and as much as possible before having to feed her four kits.  Taking up most of the book, the spring is when young kits are in the most danger first because they rely on their mother and then when they’re eyes open they begin exploring much to their mother’s fear in some cases.  Eventually Eno, one of Jane’s kits, begins living with a nearby farmer and his family after a misadventure but later reconnects with his mother and siblings.  The most shocking turn of events is the apparent death of Jane when hunters enter the Wildlife Refuge she lives in and attack her, though by then she had weened her kits off of needed her and able to survive on their own.  But later that fall, Jane returns after proving harder to killer than the hunters expected to the joy of the farming family.  The book ends back in the winter with Eno not comfortable his human family’s sleeping habits and heading back to his old home to get some much needed sleep with his siblings and mother.


Like Sweet Sue’s Adventures before it, Calamity Jane is written differently than other books in the series.  Focusing on Jane and her kits, the book follows them in a style meant for young readers.  With the addition of over 50 photographs, this book is definitely for young readers than readers for all ages.  Given that Sam Campbell passed away the same year as this book was previously published, one wonders if his health changed the way he wrote the last two books of this series though interesting information for nature’s citizens isn’t diminished.


Calamity Jane like its predecessor is a children’s book to get them interested in nature and giving them a wonderful introduction to Sam Campbell’s writing so they can be interested in the other books in the Living Forest series.

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text 2018-05-17 23:28
Elliots auf Reisen
Persuasion - Jane Austen

No. It does not come to me in quite so direct a line as that; it takes a bend or two, but nothing of consequence. The stream is as good as at first; the little rubbish it collects in the turnings, is easily moved away.


Hach, man muss sie schon gern haben, unsere gute Jane Austen. Und am Ende kriegt jeder was er verdient. Schön ist das. Über emotionalen und sonstigen Tiefgang kann man vielleicht streiten, aber es ist doch immer wieder ein netter Zeitvertreib eines ihrer Bücher zu lesen. 

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review 2018-05-14 14:56
A State of Jane
A State of Jane - Meredith Schorr

This wasn't bad. 


Basically, this book follows our main character, Jane, as she dives into dating after breaking up with her long-time boyfriend. She thinks it will be easy. It is not. She thinks she will find The One in record time. She does not. If you want an amusing breakdown of every type of bad date/shady guy/ struggle facing a single woman in the world today you could do worse. Jane's naivete is put to good use, you can definitely relate to her experiences in navigating dating. 


Overall, recommend. 

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review 2018-05-09 03:23
Vega Jane training to use magic
The Keeper (Vega Jane, Book 2) - David Baldacci

The second book of the series. 


Not as engaging. There isn’t much tension or not as purpose driven in this one. Probably well I don’t like it as much. 


Vega Jane learned that she could do magic. She met someone who need to keep her where she is until she rebel and beat her at a magic duel. 


The spell learning is not that interesting to me. It would help them to get through the 5 circles to go outside. 


More exiting part is probably left for the finale book that follows this one. Therefore, this feel a bit flat. 


Still really readable. 4 stars.

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text 2018-05-07 03:38
Reading progress update: I've read 128 out of 448 pages.
The Keeper (Vega Jane, Book 2) - David Baldacci

Vega Jane and Delph escape danger with canine Harry Two out of Wormwood.


Now they are in the new place. 


And with new danger. 


What's going on here. They were told all their lives that there are no one outside of Wormwood. Now they meet new intelligent being and one that speak their language. 



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