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review 2018-04-02 20:05
Redwall Graphic Novel
Redwall: The Graphic Novel - Stuart Moore,Bret Blevins,Brian Jacques

I got this for $1 at the Metro Library Book Sale. I had no idea they ever made a graphic novel of Redwall, so I was excited. But given how thin the book was I had my worries. And it turned out to be what I feared. They condensed this far too much. Numerous characters were glossed over or left out. They didn't even mention otters, who are major creatures in Mossflower. Moles, especially Foremole, was only seen on one page. Some dialogue was hard to understand, and some panels were convoluted. This really needed to be at least 50 pages longer to fully flesh out any Redwall tale. We even cut the ending rather short so you didn't even have time to fully grieve for those lost in the final battle. Just a neat bow on things. 

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text 2018-04-02 02:10
April Showers TBR
Redwall: The Graphic Novel - Stuart Moore,Bret Blevins,Brian Jacques
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Deborah Moggach
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
Sisters of Heart and Snow - Margaret Dilloway
Secret Vampire (Night World, #1) - L.J. Smith
Clash of Eagles - Alan Smale

Well, this month was going to be April Showers, so it was supposed to be dedicated to sad and emotional books. But then we had the Great Bedroom Flood of 2018, which ruined SOOOOOO MANY of my books. The bottoms of most of my graphic novels and several unread novels were soaked, causing the pages to warp, discolor and stick together. I wasn't too upset about the ones I had already read, but some of these books were brand new or just purchased at the Metro Book Sale. 

 

So, now April Showers means floods and water in the literal sense. I'm going to read the few books I salvaged that needed reading. Hopefully the pages aren't too stuck together. 

 

Before I read these I swear I will get through Envy and Splendor. I SWEAR. 

 

Also, Oklahoma teachers on strike. And I am behind them all the way. Teachers need better pay and our schools need more money! Oklahoma ranks 49th in the country in education. 

 

P.S. Friday was a terrible day. Saturday wasn't. Sunday was even better. Hope you guys are having a pretty good go of things. 

 

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review 2018-04-01 07:54
Lots of bloodshed and well-produced comic collection but lacking in variety
The Strange Talent of Luther Strode - Justin Jordan,Tradd Moore,Felipe Sobreiro

This is a review of all the Luther Strode books from one volume

 

This collection brings together all the Luther Strode volumes and I only gave it three stars because it’s all a bit samey. The basic idea is that Luther gains powers, strength, speed and invulnerability, and uses them to fight and defeat similarly-endowed beings in a variety of ways while preaching a more peaceful way. A few other characters are included, especially a girl called Petra.

With lots of bloodshed, this is clearly and well-illustrated and reasonably well-written. I just would have liked more variety.

 

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review 2018-03-29 19:24
Condemn Me Not Accused of Witchcraft By: Heather B. Moore Narrated by: Nancy Peterson
Condemn Me Not - Heather B. Moore

Heather B. Moore has done an amazing job with this book. The book is about some of the women accused and executed during the Salem Witch Trials.  She has added historical excerpts and actual facts of these ladies lives, accusations, and executions, including dates. 

 

The chapters switch back and forth between the story of Susannah North Martin, historical excepts, and facts. I have watched several shows on the Salem Witch trials as well as read several books. This is one of the best. Although Susannah's life story may be fiction to some extent the facts about these ladies in the book are some of the best I have read abotu the actual events of 1692. 

 

The audiobook is narrated by Nancy Peterson. her voices grab you and do not let you go. She has done an amazing job with this audiobook. 

 

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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review 2018-03-28 14:27
A good gateway to understanding the great naturalist
Charles Darwin - Adrian Desmond,James Moore,E. Janet Browne

Few Englishmen have had a more profound – and controversial – impact on history than Charles Darwin.  Born in 1809 to a prosperous family of doctors and manufacturers, he received training first as a doctor and then a clergymen before embracing a career as a naturalist.  His five-year voyage on the “Beagle” became the defining experience of his life, inspiring him to reevaluate natural history and giving him a wealth of material to study.  Establishing a career as a gentleman scientist, he gradually came to embrace the concept of “natural selection”, yet shied from publishing his conclusions until prodded by a similar paper by Alfred Russell Wallace.  Publication of “The Origin of Species” in 1859 triggered an onslaught on controversy, one that did not deter Darwin from continuing his biological studies until his death in 1882.

 

Darwin’s life has received enormous attention – so much so, as Adrian Desmond, James Moore, and Janet Browne note in the preface to this book, that today “historians know more about his career than his family did, and in respects . . . they even know more about the man.”  Such a massive amount of information can prove difficult to summarize, but the three authors rove more than capable of the task.  Taken from their entry on Darwin for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, each draw upon their particular specialty - Desmond on the politics of evolution, evolution and Darwin’s colleagues, Moore on the secular and religious contexts, and Browne on the history of botany – to present a comprehensive portrait of Darwin, one that captures the amazing range of his natural studies.  Supplemented with a final chapter on his legacy, the book serves as a good introduction to the famous naturalist, as well as a guide to the mountain of further literature on his life and legacy.

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