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review 2018-01-12 07:22
and Then You're Dead
What Really Happens If You're Swallowed by a Whale, Get Shot from a Cannon, or Go Barreling Over Niagara...and Then You're Dead - Cody Cassidy,Paul Doherty

(Why really happens if you get swallowed by a whale, are shot from a cannon or go barreling over Niagara...)

 

Silly science at its most entertaining.  If you've read What if?, this is very much like an expanded version.  All the insane questions a 12 year old might come up with? - a good portion of them are probably here.  While very entertaining for adults, this would, in fact, make an excellent book for kids, turning them on to how science isn't all boring.

 

I'd have rated it even higher, except there's a high proportion of questions regarding space and those who know me, know that space bores me and these entries slowed me down and had me contemplating folding laundry.  Luckily none of the entries are longer than 2-3 pages and there's a nice mix of terrestrial questions that were both informative and interesting (to me).  Though, for the record, I probably didn't need to know the details of how dangerous a paper cut can be, and I really, REALLY didn't need to know about Botulism H.

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review 2017-12-29 00:45
This is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities and Access to Information
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information - Kyle Cassidy

I love this book, but it's not the 5 star read it could be.  

 

Roughy half the book is a collection of essays by various authors (Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, etc) and essays written by Cassidy himself, each focusing on a different library from around the USA.  These essays are excellent; some of them dramatically moving (The Little Library That Tried), and even the ones that are just so-so are very interesting.

 

The other half of the book is a collection of photos Cassidy took of librarians during the ALA conventions of 2014, 15 and 16, each with a caption underneath quoting the librarian.  These photos are also very cool and I really enjoyed seeing the diversity of faces.  But the captions could have been SO much better.  You don't notice it for the first few pages, but after a while, the sameness of what they're all saying starts to take on a tone of defensiveness and justification.  A better editor or maybe just a better plan at the start, could have thoughtfully cultivated a collection of anecdotes that better expressed all the myriad ways librarians are indispensable, without sounding like they were trying to avoid the axe.

 

Still, overall, a very excellent book and I'm really, really pleased I took a chance on it.  

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text 2017-12-28 07:48
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 234 pages.
This Is What a Librarian Looks Like: A Celebration of Libraries, Communities, and Access to Information - Kyle Cassidy

I've just read the most amazing essay about a little library in Shutesbury, Massachussetts that desperately needs more space to serve its small community.  I won't bore everyone with the details but its left me so steaming and misty eyed, that all I can think is this:

 

If I were wealthy, I'd build Shutesbury their library, with all the space and running water (yep! Plumbing would be a step up!) they needed and I'd give them an endowment to run it with.  But I'd find out the name of every single jackass that voted against the new space, because they didn't want to pay an extra $80 in taxes each year, and my funding would be contingent on those people - and just those people (not their kids, for example) - paying an annual membership fee to use any and all of the services offered by that library.  The membership fee?  

 

$80.01 per annum.  

 

Jackasses.

 

 

(source for details about this beleaguered library can be found here.)

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text 2017-12-19 21:49
Quick Steamy Read
Blind Taste Test - Anne Lange,Nancy Cass... Blind Taste Test - Anne Lange,Nancy Cassidy

Blind Taste Test is another short read by Anne Lange.  This is a M/F/M menage story, so it may not be for everyone.  Ms. Lange has delivered a well-written book.  I love the characters in this story.  Lynda needs inspiration for her writing, especially after her ex-husband tossed her self-confidence in the trash.  She rents a room from younger than her, Dale and Liam.  Their story is short and sweet...and sizzlin' hot.  I enjoyed reading Blind Taste Test and look forward to reading more from Anne Lange in the future.  Blind Taste Test is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

 

I voluntarily read a complimentary copy of this book that I received from Bookfunnel.

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text 2017-10-20 19:35
My Halloween 2017 Bingo Card
It - Stephen King
The Bird Eater - Ania Ahlborn
The Halloween Children - Brian James Freeman,Norman Prentiss
Gwendy's Button Box - Stephen King,Richard Chizmar
Prawn of the Dead (Lemon Layne Mystery) - Dakota Cassidy,Hollie Jackson
You Will Know Me: A Novel - Megan Abbott,Lauren Fortgang

UPDATE: I don't think I'm going to get a Bingo. I've been in a bit of a slump the last two weeks and haven't felt much like reading. Next year I'll focus on reading books based on the bingo calls. I've been reading all over the place and have a few waiting in the wings for a call. 

 

I'm only posting a marker for books that I've finished that have been called because it is clear I will never be organized enough to follow a game correctly. 

 

I will update and bump this post if I ever get a Bingo!

 

 

 

Called & Read

 

Terror In A Small Town:  IT by Stephen King

Ghost: The Bird Eater by Ania Ahlborn

Chilling Children:  The Halloween Children by Norman Prentiss 

Magical Realism:  Gwendy's Button Box by Stephen King & Richard Chizmar

Murder Most Foul: You Will Know Me by Megan Abbott

Amateur Sleuth: Prawn of the Dead by Dakota Cassidy 

Vampires The Lesser Dead by Christopher Buehlman

 

Read, Not Called

 
Classic Horror: The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson 

Raven ?? Fidget Spinners Destroyed My Life by George Billions

American Horror Story Blanky by Keanan Patrick Burke

 

 

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