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text 2018-05-20 13:46
Elephants

Lynn and MbD's exchange about elephants reminded me of Beryl Markham's comments on the subject in West With the Night, which FWIW I'll just render here verbatim:

"I suppose, if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived, somebody would design a new gun, and men, in their eternal impudence, would hunt mastodon as they now hunt elephant.  Impudence seems to be the word.  At least David and Goliath were of the same species, but, to an elephant, a man can only be a midge with a deathly sting.

 

It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant.  It is not brutal, it is not heroic, and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfish.

 

Elephant, beyond the fact that their size and conformation are aesthetically more suited to the trading of this earth than our angular informity, have an average intelligence comparable to our own.  Of course they are less agile and phyiscally less adaptable than ourselves -- Nature having developed their bodies in one direction and their brains in another, while human beings, on the other hand, drew from Mr. Darwin's lottery of evolution both the winning ticket and the stub to match it.  This, I suppose, is why we are so wonderful and can make movies and electric razors and wireless sets -- and guns with which to shoot the elephant, the hare, clay pigeons, and each other.

 

The elephant is a rational animal.  He thinks.  Blix [NB: Baron Bror Blixen, Karen Blixen's husband and Markham's close friend] and I (also rational animals in our own right) have never quite agreed in the mental attributes of the elephant.  I know Blix is not to be doubted because he has learned more about elephant than any other man I ever met, or even head about, but he looks upon legend with a suspicious eye, and I do not.  [...]

 

But still, there is no mystery about the things you see yourself.

 

I think I am the first person ever to scout elephant by plane, and so it follows that the thousands of elephant I saw time and again from the air had never before been plagued by anything above their heads more ominous than tick-birds.

 

The reaction of a herd of elephant to my Avian [plane] was, in the initial instance, always the same -- they left their feeding ground and tried to find cover, though often, before yielding, one or two of the bulls would prepare for battle and charge in the direction of the place if it were low enough to be within their scope of vision. Once the futility of this was realized, the entire herd would be off into the deepest bush.

 

Checking again on the whereabouts of the same herd next day, I always found that a good deal of thinking had been going on amongst them during the night.  On the basis of their reaction to my second intrusion, I judged that their thoughts had run somewhat like this: A: The thing that flew over us was no bird, since no bird would have to work so hard to stay in the air -- and anyway, we know all the birds.  B: If it was no bird, it was very likely just another trick of those two-legged dwarfs against whom there ought to be a law.  C: The two-legged dwarfs (both black and white) have, as long as our long memories go back, killed our bulls for their tusks.  We know this because, in the case of the white dwarfs, at least, the tusks are the only part taken away.

 

The actions of the elephant, based upon this reasoning, were always sensible and practical.  The second time they saw the Avian, they refused to hide; instead, the females, who bear only small, valueless tusks, simply grouped themselves around their treasure-burdened bulls in such a way that no ivory could be seen from the air or from any other approach.

 

This can be maddening strategy to an elephant scout.  I have spent the better part of an hour circling, criss-crossing, and diving low over some of the most inhospitable country in Africa in an effort to break such a stubborn huddle, sometimes successfully, sometimes not.

 

But the tactics vary.  More than once I have come upon a large and solitary elephant standing with enticing disregard for safety, its massive bulk in clear view, but its head buried in thicket.  This was, on the part of the elephant, no effort to simulate the nonsensical habit attributed to the ostrich.  It was, on the contrary, a cleverly devised trap into which I fell, every way except physically, at least a dozen times.  The beast always proved to be a large cow rather than a bull, and I always found that by the time I had arrived at this brilliant if tardy deduction, the rest of the herd had got another ten miles away, and the decoy, leering up at me out of a small, triumphant eye, would amble into the open, wave her trunk with devastating nonchalance, and disappear."

And a little later she warns:

"Elephant hunters may be unconscionable brutes, but it would be an error to regard the elephant as an altogether pacific animal.  The popular belief that only the so-called 'rogue' elephant is dangerous to men is quite wrong -- so wrong that a considerable number of men who believed it have become one with the dust without even their just due of gradual disintegration.  A normal bull elephant, aroused by the scent of man, will often attack at once -- and his speed is as unbelievable as his mobility.  His trunk and his feet are his weapons -- at least in the distateful business of exterminating a mere human; those resplendent sabres of ivory await resplendent foes."

And she proceeds to prove her point by recounting an instance where she and Baron Blixen literally came within an inch of being reduced to dust themselves, courtesy of a large elephant bull.

 

Markham, one of aviation history's great female pioneers (among several other accomplishments), was hired as an aerial scout by elephant hunters in a time when the ecological devastation wrought by their dubious occupation was not a noticeable concern; and she makes no bones about the fact that this was part of how she was earning her living at the time.  Given her comments in the opening paragraphs of this excerpt, however, and her alertness to the the unconscionable havoc that humans with guns can wreak, I would like to think that she'd be on the side of conservation these days (even if she'd probably also be unapologetic about her past) -- having grown up in Africa and considering it home, she clearly loved its wildlife vastly better than most of its human society.  Her comments elsewhere in the book (as well as, again in the opening paragraphs of this excerpt) also make it quite clear that like most of those who have seen the damage that guns can do in action, she was appalled by the notion of easy access to guns, and of guns in hands where they don't belong.  In another part of the book, she quotes with approval her friend (and flying instructor) Tom Black's disdainful comment on an amateur hunter's severe injuries at the claws of a lion he'd shot but not killed immediately: "Lion, rifles -- and stupidity" ... and she makes it perfectly clear that from her point of view, the lion's later death from its gunshot wounds was the vastly more regrettable and anger-inducing outcome of that encounter than the hunter's injuries.

 

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review 2018-05-07 10:00
Release Day Review! Kelley (Were Zoo #6) R.E. Butler!
Kelley - R.E. Butler

 

 

Kelley London has been taking care of the non-shifting animals at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park since he was a teenager. As an elephant shifter, he has a unique take on what it means to be an animal in the zoo, gawked at by humans, and he does his best to make sure that the animals are happy and well taken care of. He’s not sure that the VIP tours are going to bring his soulmate to him, but he’s hopeful that someday he’ll find the one female meant to be his. 

Rhapsody Caine is the last surviving member of her panther shifter pride. Before her aunt passed away, she told Rhapsody about a shifter zoo in New Jersey, and urged her to find other shifters to live with. She’d never been around other types of shifters, and was wary of just waltzing in the front gates and announcing herself to the zoo’s inhabitants, so she signed up for a VIP tour of the safari. What she didn’t expect was to be staring at her soulmate through a chain link fence, or for him to be an elephant. 

Rhapsody breaks all the rules and climbs the fence during the tour to be with Kelley, but the big male doesn’t care that she’s impetuous. The only thing he cares about is that she’s the new center of his universe, and because she’s all alone in the world, he wants to become her family. When a panther male shows up at the zoo claiming to be Rhapsody’s arranged mate, Kelley is willing to do anything to keep Rhapsody safe and keep her with him forever. 

 

 

 

Oh my gosh! I just returned from my latest visit to the Were Zoo and I have to tell you that it was an exhilarating visit.  As always the strong, charming characters that make the adventure park their home made sure I had a wonderful experience. On this visit, I got to spend time with elephant shifter, Kelley London, but I wasn’t alone with him for very long because we were soon joined by panther shifter, Rhapsody Caine and let me tell you this feisty shifter knows how to make an entrance and their mating was sweet and super exciting and hot enough to make a volcano erupt. I could feel the chemistry sizzling between these two from every page and this couple never let me have a dull moment as they kept anticipation building throughout the story and well they had a bit of trouble come calling on them as well which was quite thrilling and had me hanging on to the edge of my seat.

 

I must tell you, that with every visit I make to the Were Zoo, the more I love it and the more I fall for the wonderful shifters who run it. The world is so very fascinating, and has unique elements that make it the perfect place to find shifters, which really just adds a bit flair and depth to the stories and makes it seem so very possible. This visit was my longest visit and I couldn’t be happier that not only did I get to stay awhile but I got to visit a circus and meet more fascinating shifters! I can’t wait to find out what R.E. Butler has in store for my next visit to the adventure park – I wonder who will find their soulmate next?

 

 

 

Kelley is the 6th book in the Were Zoo series.

 

The Were Zoo series so far includes:

 

1   Zane

2   Jupiter

3   Win

4   Justus

5   Devlin

6   Kelley

 

With more to come!

 

Kelley is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon US    Amazon UK   iBooks    B&N    Kobo

 

 

R.E. Butler can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub   

 

 

 

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review 2018-05-03 10:00
Reviews! Win, Justus & Devlin (Were Zoo #3, 4, & 5) R.E. Butler!

 

The following is for the 3rd through the 5th books in R.E. Butler’s Were Zoo series – Win, Justus & Devlin.

 

 

First Up -

 

*** WIN ***

 

Gorilla shifter, Win Carlson, would love to find his soulmate, the one female on Earth perfect for him. Thanks to the VIP Tour tickets that the Amazing Adventures Safari Park sent out to eligible females in the area, he is seeing a lot of females on the weekends. But none of them are his soulmate, and he’s finding it hard not to get discouraged.

 

Curvy baker, Alexandra Flynn, has won awards for her banana cream pie, but her dream is to have her own bakery. Nothing would make her happier than having a place to call her own, except maybe finding a man to spend the rest of her life with. After winning first place for dessert at the county fair, her car breaks down and she’s stranded on the side of the road. To her surprise, a big, sexy guy stops and offers to repair her car. Unwilling to let their night be over before it even starts, she invites him back to her home, hoping to spend time with him.

 

When Win is awoken the next morning to Lexy’s panicked screams, he realizes that she’s seeing him in his shifted form. When he shifts to human and convinces her to give him a chance, he takes her home to the zoo and shares everything with her. Lexy never believed in love at first sight until she laid eyes on the sexy mechanic, and she can’t imagine ever leaving his side, even though it means giving up her plans for the future. Win won’t let Lexy’s dreams die just because she’s his soulmate, and he plans to make sure that their life together is just as sweet as her delicious banana cream pie.

 

Win is the 3rd book in the Were Zoo series and is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon US     Amazon UK    iBooks    B&N    Kobo    Smashwords

 

~ My Review ~

 

I just couldn’t stay away from the Amazing Adventures Safari Park and this time I had a wonderful time visiting gorilla shifter Win Carlson and guess what, this is so exciting… Win found his soulmate. Their romance is so sweet but so very surprising as well because Win accidentally revealed himself at an inopportune time. So my visit this time had me biting my nails is suspense as I waited for Amanda to overcome her fears and denials and make the best decision of life.

 

I loved getting to know Win and Amanda even though I didn’t get to stay for very long, but of course that just means that I get to prepare for another visit to the Were Zoo.

 

 

Next up –

 

***JUSTUS***

 

When Trina Potter arrives at the Amazing Adventures Safari Park to apply for a job at her cousin’s sweets shop, she doesn’t expect to meet the man of her dreams at the front gate, or that his kisses would drive her senseless.

 

Bear shifter Justus Dorne would love to meet his soulmate. The weekly park VIP tours so far have netted him zero meetings with the one female meant to be his. He doesn’t want to be discouraged, but seeing his friends find their soulmates is making him long for a female of his own. When he volunteers to escort a human to the park’s new sweets shop, he doesn’t expect to fall head over heels for the feisty brunette.

 

It’s no simple thing to find a soulmate who’s human. Shifters aren’t known to humans, and one careless whisper of their nature out in the human world could spell disaster for the entire shifter race. Justus doesn’t want to keep anything from his soulmate, but he’s not sure how to tell her the truth of what he is without losing her. When she comes face to face with his bear, will she stay or will she run?

 

Justus is the 4th book in the Were Zoo series and is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon US      Amazon UK    iBooks    B&N    Kobo    Smashwords

 

~ My Review ~

 

Guess what? When I took my lunch break today, I decided it was time for another fantastic visit to the Were Zoo and all the fascinating shifters that live there.  Have I told you how much I love all the strong, compelling and charming characters that make their home there? Well I do, so far every visit has been wonderful and filled with some sweet romance, sizzling chemistry and red hot passion. On this trip, I get to meet Justus who is a bear shifter and I just loved the thrilling experience of being at the part when he met and started romancing Amanda’s cousin, Trina. There was no denying that Justus was the man of her dreams and both Trina and Justus held me hostage throughout the story as they tried to come with secrets and big changes I their lives.

 

I really hated having to leave, but my lunch break was over which made me a bit sad but then I perked right up because I can return whenever I want!!!

 

Last, but not least –

 

***DEVLIN***

 

Lion shifter Jenni Brisban, is beginning to think that the VIP tours hosted by the Amazing Adventures Safari Park aren’t going to help her find her soulmate. Hardly any human males come on the tour, and she spends her weekends in her shift, feeling like her life is passing before her eyes. When she’s offered a job in the new sweets shop at the park, she decides taking a break from the tour isn’t a bad idea. Standing behind the counter, talking to customers, and sneaking candy made by the resident baker, Lexy, is just what Jenni needs to get her mind off her singleness.

 

Human Devlin Potter is poised to get a promotion at work that will change his life dramatically. Finally, all his hard work will be worth it. The job he wants is just within reach, and his five-year plan is right on track. But when he sees a beautiful blonde woman at his cousin’s sweets shop, everything he ever thought he wanted disappears in a hot flash. Now, he only wants Jenni.

 

Nothing is hotter to Devlin than being with Jenni, but he can tell she’s holding something back. When he comes to the zoo to see her, but finds himself at the lion paddock, staring into a lioness’s eyes that are the same pretty gold as Jenni’s, he knows exactly what her secret is, even though it seems impossible. Devlin has a choice to make: give up everything to live with Jenni at the zoo, or walk away forever. She can’t live in his world, but can he live in hers?

 

Devlin is the 5th book in the Were Zoo series and is available in ebook at:

 

Amazon US      Amazon UK    iBooks    B&N    Kobo    Smashwords

 

 

~ My Review ~

 

Boy did I get surprise on my latest visit to the Were Zoo! On my way in I met this sexy human male named Devlin and this visit just got better from there. This strong, charming male met the very strong and delightful lion shifter, Jenni and the sparks started flying and the chemistry started sizzling with just one glance across a crowded room. What more can ask you for on any visit anywhere, than wonderfully sweet romances with touches of suspense and drama that gets the ‘happy feel good’ juices flowing and these two made things even more exciting when they made a bit of trouble for themselves (sorry you’ll have to make a visit on your own, if you want to know more).

 

You know, one of these I just might get to stay longer when I visit this fascinating place that is really a remarkable, unique and fun place for shifters to live and thrive. So, I’m off to plan my next visit, hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Stormy gave all three delightful stories –

 

 

Check it out! I will definitely be visiting the Were Zoo again very soon!

 

Kelley – Were Zoo #6

 

 

 

 

Oh and I should let you know where you can find the very imaginative and creative author of this fabulous shifter world.

 

R.E. Butler can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub

 

 

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review 2018-04-29 16:40
Elephants Cannot Dance! - Mo Willems

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

A cute Elephant and Piggie book about trying new things and finding what works for you. It's all about being an individual and also learning new ways to do something. 

I love this series. Each book is entertaining, but also includes an important life lesson. And Piggie and Elephant's friendship is awe-inspiring.

As always, great illustrations and a nice story. 

Also, can I just say that I love that Piggie is a girl, but doesn't always wear stereotypical markers (bows, dresses, earrings, long eyelashes), which is so common in animal characters in children's books? She's worn dresses in other books. In this one, she wears a tutu because she's teaching Gerald to dance. But shes doesn't always have to wear them, like it's essential to her character. It's not that she doesn't wear "female" clothes, it's just that she doesn't always wear them just like Gerald doesn't always wear stereotypical "male" things. It's nice to see a female character that isn't overly feminized so we can tell she's a girl (i.e. Minnie Mouse, Jewel from Rio, Arlene from Garfield). Like remember, everyone, this one is the girl, you can tell because she has a bow. End tangent.

Anyway, love the series. This is a good book.

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review 2018-04-23 10:00
Review! Jupiter (Were Zoo #2) R.E. Butler!
Jupiter - R.E. Butler

 

 

Second-in-command lion shifter Jupiter Ross has a lot on his plate. As the head of security for Amazing Adventures Safari Park, he has to ensure the safety of not only the humans who come through the gates every day, but the natural animals, and most importantly, the shifters who live and work in secret at the park. The alphas have recently determined that bringing in unmated humans for VIP park tours would allow some of the males and females to find their soulmates, and that increased Jupiter’s duties tenfold. As an unmated male, he’d like to find his soulmate and settle down, but he’s not sure that random human females coming in for free tours is the way to go.

 

When Celeste Patterson receives an invitation for a free tour of the safari park, she and her best friend, Adriana, can’t wait to go. Even though they’re separated and unable to take the tour together, Celeste can’t help but think that a wonderful adventure is just around the corner. Jupiter is amazed to discover that his soulmate is in fact one of the recipients of a VIP tour invitation. The feisty female is everything he could have ever wanted in a mate, from her gorgeous curves to her mile-wide attitude.

 

Get your ticket and get in line for the Amazing Adventure Safari Park VIP Tour. You just might be lucky enough to find your happily ever after.

 

 

I’m excited to say that I got my ticket and got to go to the Amazing Adventure Safari Park and while I didn’t find my happily ever after, I sure enjoyed meeting all the wonderful shifters and the exciting sights.

 

And I also have to say that Jupiter and Celeste certainly livened up my tour with their sizzling chemistry and sweet romance as they got their happily ever after. These strong, compelling characters are vibrant and fit right in at the Park.

 

I only got to visit the Park for a short time, but it was definitely an enjoyable trip that I fit perfectly into my lunch break and I am saving up tickets so that I may visit often and meet more of R.E. Butler’s fascinating characters in their own habitat.

 

 

Jupiter is the 2nd the book in the Were Zoo series.

 

The Were Zoo series so far includes:

 

1   Zane

2   Jupiter

3   Win

4   Justus

5   Devlin

 

#6 Kelley will be released on May 7, 2018

 

Jupiter is available in ebook at:

Amazon   A-UK    B&N   iBooks   Kobo   Smashwords

 

R.E. Butler can be found at:

Website   Goodreads   Facebook   Twitter   BookBub   

 

 

 

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