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review 2018-10-03 03:51
Keeping Eileen (Farraday Country Book 11) by Chris Keniston
Keeping Eileen - Chris Keniston



Eileen is the glue that keeps the Farraday clan together. She has so much love to give and is never afraid to impart wisdom as she showers love. Keeping Eileen is her happily ever after. Her's is a tale of self sacrifice, lost love and family tragedy. Out of the ashes of her broken heart, she has impacted a great many lives and wormed her way into the heart of countless readers. So I am so glad that she finally gets the chance to find a little happiness of her own. Keniston proves that love has no age limit and hope is never ending.

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review 2018-10-02 08:14
Globalography by Chris Fitch
Globalography - mapping our connected world: An atlas of our globalised world in 50 stunning maps - Chris Fitch

TITLE:  Globalography:  Our Interconnected World in 50 Maps


AUTHOR:  Chris Fitch, maps by Sam Vickars






ISBN-13:  9781781317914


NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.



“We present 50 unique maps –  each in its own beautiful and fascinating style –  that chart the globalography of our world. We live in an era of incredible connections and inter-dependency; connected through aid, migration, trade, finance and the invisible lines of culture, data, technology and ideas. These are not maps of nations in isolation, but of processes, trade links, flows of people, arts, cultures and objects. Each map examines the links, bonds and conflicts that brings our world together, creating a fascinating and intricate atlas of our connected planet.


Split into 6 categories the essential, curious, invisible and intricate connections that make up are world are mapped. Each map is accompanied by an essay by Chris Fitch, whose vivid text provides expert insight on how the connections have been formed and what they tell us about our world.


Cities: how the city has grown bigger than the nation, charting the links that brings the world's cities together

Culture: mapping the trade links, idea sharing and unbreakable bonds of cultures that spread across boundaries

Military: the bonds that define and break borders

Objects: marking the routes, locations and links that connected lands and space through our things

Nature: the lines and flows of the natural world

Human: charting the links of people, languages, families and the influences of people “


Globalography attempts to explore individual examples that reveal how the new globalized world really operates.  This book contains 50 double spread, full colour maps that reveal the many ways in which we now connect with each other across the globe.  This book illustrates the radical way globalization is transforming out world.  Each map is accompanied by a brief article (also spread over 2 pages) that usually contains statistics and that I found somewhat superficial in most cases.  I felt that some of the map legends could have been clearer in terms of the statistics they were representing.  The 50 topics include such items as bananas, tourism, uranium, football players, wind energy, messenger apps, skyscrapers, cinema, cocoa, car exports, honey etc.  This is a cute, colourful and interesting coffee table book that one buys for the pictures, not the text. 


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review 2018-10-01 18:46
Retelling of Snow White and Sleeping Beauty
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

Not much to say besides how much I adored this one. It's fairly short, about 80/90 pages with illustrations (e-book version). The illustrations are really what sold this book to me though. They make the story come alive. 


"The Sleeper and the Spindle" begins with some dwarves who have gone into a neighboring kingdom and heard about a castle where everyone is sleeping. Through the years the sleep spell has spread and now many people feel they are all doomed to sleep. The dwarves go back to their own kingdom and meet with the Queen (otherwise known as her Majesty) and she is told about the sleep spell. Though she's to be married (like the next day) she decides to ride off with the dwarves to see about breaking the spell.


I loved that Gaiman never gives you anyone's name. He pretty much treats it as if you should know who people are at this point.

Hint, it's Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. What I thought worked really well is that it is heavily implied and then shown that Snow White's battle with her stepmother and all that entails has left her marked in a ways. She's not exactly jumping up and down to rule. 


I loved the twist ending since I thought it was heading in a different direction. Now I need a follow-up to this story. 


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text 2018-09-30 23:40
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
The Sleeper and the Spindle - Neil Gaiman,Chris Riddell

What a great story giving us a look at what happened to Snow White after her kiss. The highlights are the illustrations though.



It it really makes me want to run out and buy this in hardback.





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review 2018-09-27 17:44
"Civil Blood" by Chris Hepler
Civil Blood - Chris Hepler

"Civil Blood" is a self-published genre-crossing novel: part vampire, part courtroom drama, part science fiction.


"Civil Blood" starts in familiar territory for videogamers: The Umbrella Corporation A big Pharma company accidentally releases a vampire virus on America and tries to cover it up by using squads of Forced Protection subcontractors to round up and imprison quarantine the infected.


We leave the familiar behind partly by having a virus that is powered by a new technology that harnesses Qi, the lifeforce in biological entities and partly by having an infected lawyer turn whistle-blower and demand his day in court to get redress from whoever created the virus.


The book is told from the point of view of two strong characters. There's a first-person account from a screwed-up but kickass former enforcer for the evil corporation who has gone rogue after she was infected while rounding up targets, and a third-person account, focused on a senior enforcer inside the corporation who has a complex corporate history and some extraordinary talents. 


The story read more like science fiction than a traditional vampire or zombie apocalypse tale. There was a strong focus on the science, the politicals and the legal niceties.


I felt the legal parts were the weakest. The idea was intriguing: can the infected be declared non-human and have their rights taken away because they are dead and in the grip of a virus that compels them to fatal violence. Unfortunately, the lawyer character wasn't charismatic enough and the courtroom scenes felt flat and went on too long.


There were some great action scenes and some novel ideas but character development beyond the two primary characters was a little lacking.


It was a fun read but I felt the pace was uneven and there were too many changes in points of view to maintain high levels of engagement and tension.
I'll be looking out for Chris Hepler's next book. I think he's a writer who hasn't quite hit his stride yet but will be compelling when he does.
I read "Civil Blood" for the Deadlands square in Halloween Bingo.



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