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review 2017-06-19 15:01
Restless Creatures by Matt Wilkinson
Restless Creatures - Matt Wilkinson

Matt Wilkinsons takes a fascinating look at movement.  This is a rather novel perspective of the now commonly boring subject of evolution that injects new life and ideas into the subject.  The author manages to discuss topics and provide examples that I haven't come across before in other popular science books.  As a bonus, the author also assumes his readers have some intelligence and doesn't insult us by simplifying things too much.  Restless Creatures covers all sorts of creatures, from the large to the smallest, and also includes plants which one wouldn't expect to be included in a book on movement.  The writing is beautiful, descriptive, non-biographical (thank you!!) and the author has a way with words that adds humorous twists to old perspectives.  I found this book enjoyable to read and I learned new things!

 

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text 2017-06-06 07:09
Free sample pages at ...
Creative Haven Curious Creatures Coloring Book - Amy Weber,Creative Haven

Free to download sample coloring pages from this book at the links below.  

 

Robots, tentacled beasts, cats, ...

 

 

 

 

http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7a.htm 

 

http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7b.htm 

 

http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7c.htm 

 

http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7d.htm 

 

http://www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7e.htm 

Source: www.doverpublications.com/zb/samples/492699/sample7.htm
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review 2017-05-17 22:30
Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman, narrated by Mark Bramhall
Those Across the River - Christopher Buehlman

 

Those Across the River is my first Buehlman, but will not be my last. In fact, I downloaded another of his books just now.

 

I recently got a new phone that came with some fancy earbuds, so I decided to head over to Overdrive and check out an audio from my library, so I could try them out. I saw this book available and remembered that my friend Tressa has just recommended to me a book by this author just a few days previous. I downloaded Those Across the River knowing nothing about it, and I think that was the best way to go in to this story.

 

Set mostly in GA in the early 1930's, a damaged WWI veteran moves down from Chicago to a house he has recently inherited. In the letter he received about the inheritance he was warned not to actually live in the house, but of course, he does so anyway-along with his fiance Eudora. What follows is a well told, atmospheric and creepy story that went in a totally different direction than what I expected. There's nothing new or extraordinary here, but a well told and atmospheric story is always welcome on my Kindle, (and now on my phone!), and I enjoyed this immensely.

 

The narrator, Mark Bramhall, was absolutely phenomenal-I loved his Southern accents and voicing-they brought the story alive for me. I will be keeping an eye out for more of his work in the future. As for right now? I'm on to my next Christopher Buehlman book!

 

I highly recommend the audio of this novel!

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text 2017-05-11 20:23
Reading progress update: I've read 11%.
All Creatures Great and Small - James Herriot

I decided to read this for Paradise Pier 31 as it begins with the letter A, which is one of the letters in PIXAR. I've had it on my kindle for ages, so it seemed appropriate as it's one I never got around to reading before.

 

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review 2017-05-02 18:45
The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger -The Little Sisters of Eluria
Dark Tower: The Gunslinger - The Little Sisters of Eluria #5 (of 5) - Robin Furth,Peter David,Stephen King,Luke Ross,Richard Isanove

 

This was a disappointing foray into a side story of the Dark Tower.

 

What I liked about it was its connection to King/Straub's novel, The Talisman. (Which is one of my favorite books.) If you've read it, you know that young Jack is trying to save his mom, (who is a Queen in another world), and she is very sick. When we first meet her, she is in a huge tent, fighting for her life. That huge tent is the main setting for this story. (A nice explanation of this comes in the foreword.)

 

This tale comes before the last entry in the graphic novel series, so we've gone backwards a bit in the timeline. I was okay with that but I'm not really okay with the change in how Roland looks and the artwork. While I loved the pencil drawings in the back, Roland looks like an entirely different person than in all the previous comics. I am having a hard time dealing with that. I think that the graphics in the previous novels are superior than the ones in this volume.

 

Overall, I liked the story and the setting, just not as much as the previous entries in this series.

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