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text 2018-08-17 17:04
Delving into labor history
John L. Lewis: A Biography - Melvyn Dubofsky,Warren Van Tine

Today a former classmate of mine messaged me to say that a professor we knew from graduate school had died last week. While I never really knew him (I doubt we exchanged more than greetings in all of my time there), he was a real institution, known for his work in business history, and I went to the department's website to read his bio before it was removed.

 

As I went over his CV, one of his books caught my attention. It was a biography he wrote decades ago on Samuel Gompers, the longtime leader of the American Federation of Labor. Seeing it there reminded me about one of my long-ago resolutions to read more labor history, something that I have neglected for far too long. There are many reasons for this, but the one that matters is that I find it a depressing subject: too much of it is about the thwarting of the efforts of ordinary people to earn a living wage for their daily drudgery. Yet with Labor Day approaching and my recently having gained greater flexibility in my reading choices, I decided that the time has come to start filling in the gap by reading a few biographies of labor leaders. I ordered a copy of Dubofsky's classic on John L. Lewis (which I passed up an opportunity to buy years ago and yes, I still remember that and I'm still annoyed with myself about it), and I may try to squeeze in one or two more while the opportunity lasts.

 

And one of those that I'm going to squeeze in is that Gompers biography. I feel like I owe it to that old curmudgeon.

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text 2018-08-08 09:39
Halloween Bingo - Last Additions
The Last Man - Mary Shelley
Incubation: Green Fields book 1 - Adrienne Lecter
Dark Ride - P.G. Kassel
The Monk - Matthew Lewis

So, that fills the list except for New Release, which I'll get to closer to the time.

 

Latest additions:

 

Terrifying Women - The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Mary Shelley wrote more than Frankenstein! And I already read Frankenstein so had a look on Gutenberg for what else was available. This one fits the bill.

 

Dead Lands - Incubation by Adrienne Lecter

 

I was thinking of the second in a series I enjoyed the first one from, but didn't want to spend the money just now so unless they have a price drop on that one, I've found another free first in series that looks interesting!

 

Free Space - Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel

 

I ad this picked out for creepy carnivals, but didn't get that square so I'm placing it here because I really want to read it.

 

Classic Horror - The Monk by Matthew Lewis

 

I nearly read this one last year for this category but went with Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu instead after a recommendation. So, The Monk comes out again! I'm running out of Classic Horror that I haven't already read!

 

So now my list looks like this:

 

New Release - ?

 

Darkest London - A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab

                                   

Country House Mystery - The Magic Cottage by James Herbert

 

Modern Masters of Horror - White Lies by Jeremy Bates

 

A Grim Tale - The Second Sister by Rae D. Magdon

 

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Genre: Suspense - The Moor by Sam Haysom

 

Terrifying Women - The Last Man by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

 

Gothic - Unsettled Spirits by J. Matthew Saunders

 

Romantic Suspense - Rose Cottage by Mary Stewart

 

Dead Lands - Incubation by Adrienne Lecter

 

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Cryptozoologist - Loch Ness Revenge by Hunter Shea

 

Fear the Drowning Deep - Dark Voyage by Helen Susan Swift

 

Free Space - Dark Ride by P.G. Kassel

 

Classic Horror - The Monk by Matthew Lewis

 

Baker Street Irregulars - Barnabas Tew and the Case of the Missing Scarab by Columbkill Noonan

 

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Amateur Sleuth - Pieces of Her by Karen Slaughter

 

Ghost Stories - Trapped in Room 217 by Thomas Kingsley Troupe

 

Genre: Horror - Hark! The Herald Angels Scream edited by Christopher Golden

 

13 - No. 13 Toroni: A Mystery by Julius Regis

 

Shifters - The Last Werewolf by Glen Duncan

 

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Diverse Voices - The Labyrinth of the Spirits by Carlos Ruiz Zafón

 

Terror in a Small Town - General of the Dead by Richard Gleaves

 

Supernatural - John Peters In The Land Of Demons by A.H.Matai

 

Relics and Curiosities - The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan

 

Doomsday - Doomsday Anthology by Samie Sands

 

I can't wait to start! But I'll be clearing my current reads as much as possible while I wait.

 

Oh yes, and my marker this year:

 

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review 2018-08-04 19:31
Back at it again
The Figure In the Shadows (Lewis Barnavelt) - John Bellairs

I gobbled up The Figure in the Shadows in one sitting. This could lead you to believe that I thoroughly enjoyed it but really it was super short coming in at 160 pages with quite a few of Mercer Mayer's illustrations sprinkled throughout adding to that number. The plot of this installment revolves around an amulet which Lewis acquires and which seems to hold a 'spirit' of some kind which he has awakened and which turns out to be rather malevolent. (If you think this sounds similar to the first book you're not alone.) Once again, he keeps this a secret from his uncle and the witchy neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, next door. Instead he shares his discovery with his new friend, Rose Rita, who is virtually Lewis's opposite in every conceivable way. I will say that Lewis is a unique character in that he's not brave, overly intelligent (although a voracious reader), good looking, talented (described as quite fat), or particularly good-natured (in fact he's rather whiny and prone to childish fits of anger). He doesn't fit the prescribed parameters of a typical protagonist. He's bullied and anxious about the possibility of even being bullied or 'bawled out' by adults. (I was nervous about the latter through my adolescence as well so in that regard I can relate.) Magic + mystery + misadventure = the plot 5/10

 

Source: Amazon

 

Mercer Mayer's work (Edited as original post credited Edward Gorey.) [Source: Pinterest]

 

 

What's Up Next: One Step at a Time by Sara Y. Aharon

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Founding Mothers: The Women who Raised our Nation by Cokie Roberts

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-08-04 13:02
Prince & Knight - Daniel Haack,Stevie Lewis
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is a beautiful book. 

Let's be real, you know what is going to happen just by looking at the title and the cover art. If the subject matter is going to offend your delicate sensibilities, go find something else to read. Don't get mad because this book is what it is.

I loved this book. The story is simple, but adorable. I enjoyed the rhyming used. I also liked the diversity in the illustrations. Princesses are shown with a variety of skin colors. Yes, they are all conventionally thin and have similar features, but you can't have everything. Both of the main characters appear to be white, but again, you can't have it all. 

The illustrations were very beautiful and I loved the story itself. Fantastic read. 

That whole dragon scene was just :) <3 :) <3 :) <3

Awesome, awesome picture book. 
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review 2018-06-14 16:49
Holding Out for a Hero - Vicki Lewis Thompson


Guy on cover appears to have a face made of silly putty. I'm supposed to find that appealing?!

 

I liked the kid, and I sortof liked the H. Felt bad for the h's situation but felt mostly impatient with her.

 

Apparently when she was a teen, she caught the eye of the town catch and let him sweep her off her feet. She was ok with this because he was rich. That he was a douchebag, she didn't bother to figure out until after vows were exchanged. A kid was added to this mess because reasons. Then she decided she'd had enough and divorced him. Now, because he's rich, and his father uses his money to make her life miserable, she's decided money is the root of all evil. Reading between the lines, it's *other* people's money.

 

H's age is not given, but he's built his construction company to the point it's big - really big. His attempts at dating have not been successful due to his having money - women want it more than him. So he doesn't tell the h at first. And he continues not telling her because at least once every conversation, she makes some dig about rich people. I didn't much like his deception, but under the circumstances...

 

The kid...was a pawn. His grandparents and father used him to control the h.

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