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review 2022-08-28 04:18
Ein wundervolles Buch!
Sea Change - Craig Foster Craig Foster kennt man womöglich bereits aus der Oscar-prämierten Netflix-Doku „Mein Lehrer, der Krake“. Mit „Sea Change“ legt er gemeinsam mit Ross Frylinck nun ein umfangreiches und wunderbares Begleit-Buch mit vielfältigen Fotos ihrer zahlreichen Tauchgänge in den Tangwäldern der südafrikanischen Küstengewässer vor. Und eben dieses Buch mit all seinen eindrucksvollen Bildern und Geschichten ist wie schon der Dokumentar-Film schlichtweg überwältigend! Craig Foster als Autor und Filmemacher hat viele kuriose und wunderschöne Momentaufnahmen mit seiner Kamera festgehalten und schafft es hier immer wieder mit einzigartigen Fotomotiven der Szenerie Leben einzuhauchen. Er macht die Fragilität und Einzigartigkeit dieses speziellen Ökosystems deutlich und zeigt dem Leser den wundervollen Charakter bzw. die überwältigende Atmosphäre einer kaum bekannten Unterwasserwelt auf. Allein die Dimensionen der Tangwälder, in denen er als Mensch beinahe verschwindend klein und wirkt sind gigantisch. Umso erstaunlicher ist es, dass die Autoren ohne Hilfsmittel abtauchen und so noch einmal viel näher an die unterschiedlichsten Bewohner dieser Tangwälder herankommen. Die Bilder, die dort entstanden, kann man nur bestaunen. Ich fand allerdings neben den großartigen Fotos eben auch die Geschichten, die Craig Foster erzählt sehr berührend und hochspannend. Wie gesagt Foster schafft hier ein einzigartiges Zeitdokument und bringt uns Lesern eine Welt nahe, die wir so niemals erleben dürften. Ein Buch, das sich absolut lohnt zu kaufen und zu lesen! Von mir gibt es dafür eine 150%ige Empfehlung und volle 5 Sterne!
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review 2022-04-20 02:14
THE UNINHABITABLE EARTH: LIFE AFTER WARMING by David Wallace-Wells
The Uninhabitable Earth - David Wallace-Wells

There is so much in here to be scared about on climate change.  I listened to this book but had to get the e-book because he was going over so many facts and statistics that I was having a hard time understanding it and keeping up.  I liked that he broke the crisis into smaller pieces.  I liked that he spoke of who would be most affected by the changes as well as how they would be affected.  We all will be affected eventually but those in poorer countries and those who are poor will be affected earlier and more than those who are wealthy.  I did find it interesting that as he was talking about wildfires, he explained that those who are wealthy, and living in those areas, are being affected as much as those who are poor.  The increase of weather changes, floods, and fires was amazing, and it all happened within the last 50 years.  He did not give solutions but shared who was doing what when it came to that.  He lays out a convincing argument for climate change and what will happen to the planet and humans and how we have contributed to it in the past and today.  Worth the read.

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text 2021-09-29 05:24

99¢ BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

The TRIUMVIRATE - Love for Power, Love of Power, the Power of Love.

 

A story about love and loyalty, politics and power, sacrifice and survival

taken from tomorrow’s headlines.

 

Till Oct. 6 at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

 

When terrorists kill Shyloh’s mother, he dedicates his life to making a better world. He recruits his childhood friends Aiya and Judith. With their intimate bond, exceptional talents and singular determination they become a formidable team.

  

He chose them, nurtured them, advised them, and, in no small way, is responsible for who and what they've become.

 

Judith, the warrior and pragmatist who believes in law and order, is the commander of the new country's military.

 

Aiya, the theologian and advocate for justice and morality, is leader of the Cascadia's largest faith-based organization.

 

In the past, when dissension, disagreement, and at times hostility threatened to destroy their triumvirate, Shyloh, the idealist and politician, was able to harness the heat and energy generated from this polarity and craft a consensus, identify a goal, and create a process to get there. Together they’ve been responsible for Cascadia’s survival amid the chaos and carnage that accompanied the collapse of civilization.

 

But now, negotiating this dichotomy of will and passion is like being between two powerful magnets, crushed when as opposite poles they collide, and at risk of disintegrating when as similar ones they repulse each other.

 

The unraveling of civilization caused by climate change has brought unique challenges. For  each of them the goal has begun to take on different meaning. In the end, there can only be one better world, but whose will be best?

 

 

 

    ...a GREAT choice for a bookclub to read and discuss.

"This book traces Shyloh's efforts to make a better world of our present social, economic, and environmental crisis through creating a team of three unbiased leaders (The Triumvirate). The problems they address are real and will be known to the reader. They are today's headlines and, being unbiased, these three are revolutionaries in their own time. It is fast paced, a good story, and an easy read.
    - Clark Wilkins, Author of A Compelling Unknown Force

 

If you enjoy fiction/sci-fi, climate change and politics this could be a book for you.

I enjoyed the futuristic portrayals of Canada because of the connection with the many pressing social issues in our country's politics.

Touches on many divisive social issues of today (immigration, virus, climatechange, federal/provincial strain) and provides a unique perspective. The take on the Canadian confederation was particularly interesting to me because of the current issues in Alberta.

- Tom Urac, Author of Spartan Revolt

 

    "...unflinchingly stares down some of today's most contentious issues, whether they are of a socioeconomic, environmental, racial, or political nature.

"...sure to spark discussion amongst intellectuals and casual readers alike, ... highly recommend it as a selection for a reading group.
-- Jonathan Walter, Contributing author to THE DEVIL'S DOORBELL, GHOSTLIGHT, and DARK DOSSIER anthologies; and columnist for UXmatters Web magazine

 

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text 2021-08-30 08:33
99¢ BOOK OF THE WEEK. The BIRD WITCH - The Mattie Saunders Series Book 4

99¢ BOOK OF THE WEEK

 

The BIRD WITCH - The Mattie Saunders Series Book 4

August 31 to Sept. 7th

 

at https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B003DS6LEU

 

 

Can you love someone whose worldview is different from yours? Who is committed to a cause that excludes you because of your race? Simon is an Indigenous person dedicated to the struggle for justice for First Nations people. Mattie loves him but is love enough?

Birds are dying. At the Saunders Bird Rescue and Sanctuary where rescued parrots abandoned by their owners are rehabilitated and re-homed, a deadly virus has them dying in Mattie's hands. In the midst of this outbreak, she's called to investigate a mortality event where dozens of starlings fly into the pavement as if committing suicide.

Mattie looks to Simon, her rock and refuge, for support, but after spending weeks at a remote protest site, as soon as he returns home he begins working with Wendy Walters, the attractive, ambitious Indigenous politician on her re-election campaign. Mattie's just about had enough.

When Simon proposes a vacation on the Mexican Riviera, Mattie sees it as an opportunity to recover from the death of her beloved birds. She's also hopeful it's an indication Simon's reconsidering his priorities. She didn't realize while on vacation he'd want to attend the Conference of Indigenous Peoples in Chiapas. Mattie's annoyed but decides to indulge her passion and do some tropical bird watching rather than attend a boring conference.

But Simon's conference turns out to be anything but boring when a deadly firefight erupts between the Mexican Army trying to arrest suspected terrorists and revolutionary Zapatista's.

Now Simon is missing, and Mattie is determined to find him, but to do so she must first escape being kidnapped by corrupt Mexican police and avoid abduction by vicious cartel members.

The fourth book in The Mattie Saunders Series, The Bird Witch combines romance and action with environmental themes for an exciting exploration of contemporary culture and issues.

"Fantastic voice! Great writing...great discovery!"
- Bryan Fagan, author of Dempsey’s Grill

"A great book. The characters are believable and relatable... makes me want to go back and read the other three!"
- Laurie Ingebritsen, author of Unexpected Healers

"Great book. Highly recommend."
" ...it is a joy to read a character that can make you feel so many different things but still enjoy her overall."
- Goodreads review by Industry

“If you’re tired of the same old romance “formula” books that all read identically then this book could be for you.
- Clark Wilkins, author of Survive - Love and Murder in Alaska

"A very professionally written ecological thriller book."
- Tony Parsons

 

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review 2021-07-24 21:13
The List of Things That Will Not Change
The List of Things That Will Not Change - Rebecca Stead

As I’ve grown older, I realize how my perspective has changed, especially when I read different genres and consider which character I am relating to the most. When I read Middle Grade fiction, there is still a tiny part of me that unabashedly relates to the main character, despite what my appearance would lead you to believe. In Rebecca Stead’s newest book, I am acutely aware of being a parent, and in awe of the kindness, empathy, and generosity she has given to her characters. The “list” provides a brilliant device for Bea to work through the lows and highs of divorce and new beginnings. Stead, with her sharp, moving and compelling writing, shows all of us how to approach a complicated life with grace and humor.

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