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review 2017-06-30 14:39
Slow on the uptake
The Deadly 7 - Garth Jennings

Alright, I'll admit it. I'm often drawn to a book because of its cover. There's nothing wrong with that. Why else would they hire people to make them attractive and spend so much time designing them to be eye-catching? And then there's the blurb on the back of the book. These can range from evocative, cringeworthy, perplexing, or in some cases spoiler-y. Even after reading the back of the book jacket of today's book and seeing the title and looking at the cover image I was still surprised to discover just what this book was about. Maybe you're all smarter than me. Can you guess what Deadly 7 by Garth Jennings is about just from the name? What if I told you that it was about a little boy who had 7 little monsters accompanying him on a rescue mission and each of them had a very separate personality? The main character of Deadly 7 is Nelson who comes across a machine which creates 7 monsters that only he can see. One is always sleeping, one is angry about pretty much everything, one keeps stealing everything in sight...have you figured out what they are yet? I almost hope you haven't because then I won't feel like such a dolt. This is Garth's debut novel but he's no stranger to writing as he was the genius behind the movie Sing. However, this book is pretty much nothing like that movie. This story feels like it could be rooted in our present but with a decided twist. There's an ever-present feeling of dread while flipping the pages of this book which honestly I think that a lot of kids feel at this age. Remember the anxiety and fear when you realized that you were changing and you didn't know into what? Jennings taps into that and uses the monsters as a way to illustrate it which I think is rather brilliant. I have to say that the plot of this is kinda all over the place but the writing is solid so I have hope that further books by him will be tightened up and be even better. Nonetheless, it was a quick read and entertaining and I think it would be a good springboard for conversation. It's a solid 6/10.

 

PS Here's an article where Jennings talks about writing the book.

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2015-07-10 00:00
Amy Maxwell & the 7 Deadly Sins (Amy Maxwell Series Book 2)
Amy Maxwell & the 7 Deadly Sins (Amy Maxwell Series Book 2) - Heather Balog Another in the unlikely life of a busy mum who attracts trouble. Once again she finds herself in a heap of trouble, with death being a definite possibility. As it is the second book in the series a lot of the characters and situations are assumed, so it's not really one to start the series with.

Recommended.
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review 2015-06-14 00:00
7 Deadly Wonders
7 Deadly Wonders - Matthew Reilly I read to page 54 and stopped just because I have other books I want to read more right now and I need to turn this one back in. I liked what I read so far but if you have read the Shane Schofield series you'll see that they are pretty similar. These are action & adventure stories for fun -not to be taken too seriously.
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text 2014-09-25 22:14
Seven (7) Deadly Sins!

I was tagged by Jon Recluse to answer these seven sinful questions. I'll be tagging three people to answer these same questions at the end of this post. So, be sure to read all the way through (or skip to the end) to find out if you've been tagged.

 

1. Greed- What is your most expensive book?

 

I can't think of a book that I've bought at exorbitant cost. I did spend a fair amount of cash buying up all of Philip K. Dick's books before they were all readily available in trade paperbacks. I wish I still had all of those ratty paperbacks with the cheesy covers. But many of them have disappeared over the years.

 

2. Wrath- What author do you have a love/hate relationship with?

 

Dean Koontz. (I don't want to talk about it.)

 

3. Gluttony- What book have you devoured over and over again with no shame?

 

I really like reading some children's books aloud to my kids. I love Arnold Lobel's Frog & Toad books, Shel Silverstein's poems, and Dr. Seuss's Green Eggs & Ham. All three authors are masters when it comes to the economy of language.

 

4. Sloth- Which book have you neglected reading due to laziness?

 

Well, I put off reading Joyce's Ulysses for so many years that I'm no longer interested in reading it.

 

5. Pride- What book do you most talk about in order to sound like an intellectual reader?

 

You can play at being an intellectual reader while discussing any book. So, for me, to be able to play effectively, it would have to be a book I just recently read, so that I could come up with some convincing bullshit.

 

 

6. Lust- What attributes do you find attractive in a male or female character?

 

Shameless lasciviousness? Okay, I'll go with that.

 

7. Envy- What book would you most like to receive as a gift?

 

Clive Barker's massive Scarlet Gospels is scheduled to be released in the winter of 2015. I'd like that as a gift today.

 

 

And...I tag the following humans to answer these same seven questions:

 

Michael Crane

Amber Foxx

Linda Hilton

 

 

 

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review 2013-10-13 00:00
7 Deadly Sins of Special Educators
7 Deadly Sins of Special Educators - Chris de Feyter 7 Deadly Sins of Special Educators by Chris de Feyter
Thought reading this book would maybe help with my grandson's education as they've yet to figure out what his problem is.
It does have a lot of very good basic information that can be used for any child with a learning disability.
Stick to the CORE, focus on what matters most, and to challenge the child to learn.
The activities are really good examples of what to do to encourage a child in other ways.
I received this book from Library Thing in exchange for my honest review.

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