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review 2016-02-28 17:34
If you like the Lightfoot song, read this
Mighty Fitz: The Sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald - Michael Schumacher

A pretty good history of the famous ship and its sinking. I truly enjoyed how Schumacher dealt with the actual sinking in an understated way, mirroring (or at least attempting to) the feeling that the other boats would have at the sudden disappearance of the ship.

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text 2015-08-11 17:10
I work so I can afford books...

I usually never ever buy recently published books, instead I wait for the price to drop a bit or buy paperback. But now and then a new book is published that I just have to have.

 

Today I ordered Robin Hobbs Fool's Quest: Book II of the Fitz and the Fool Trilogy...

 

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review 2015-04-12 00:00
The Rifleman's Wife: The Experiences of an Officer's Wife and Chronicles of the Old 95th
The Rifleman's Wife: The Experiences of an Officer's Wife and Chronicles of the Old 95th - Mrs. Fitz Maurice As per the description above, this is mainly the story of a Rifleman’s wife *after* the Napoleonic war, the years 1827 to ’31, but the last section does contain ripe anecdotes from the Peninsular campaign, including the battles at Ciudad Rodrigo and Vittoria. This is a memoir, though, so the Rifles are All Good and whatever bad parts of memories have been left out. Also, like memoirs by military men at this time, it feels rather impersonal.

In the earlier sections of the book, she, her husband, two children, nurse, dogs, and baggage cross France on their way to his posting in Malta. The sail to Malta is a true tale of terror, including near-shipwreck. Their sail back home, though, is a happier adventure: They pass by a water-volcano as it is spewing to create “Graham’s Island,” of scientific-debate fame. That short chapter was so cool I reposted it on my blog, including a painting of their ship and the volcano-spout.

This memoir is also available as PDF via Google books; a machine translation text version (messy) is available at General ebooks.
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review 2015-04-07 07:12
Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings
Hissy Fitz - Patrick Jennings,Michael Allen Austin

I received a free kindle copy of Hissy Fitz by Patrick Jennings, published by Edgmont, USA from NetGalley in exchange for a fair review.

 

I gave this delightful story about a cranky, disgruntled cat five stars. It's about a family cat turned into a raging tiger by lack of sleep. I selected this book because I grew up in the South where a 'hissy fit' was something to behold. I smiled when it turned out that Hissy was the sleep-deprived cat that lived with the Fitz family. 

 

This story describes a day where he seeks, without success, a place to sleep uninterrupted. He has a grand adventure that culminates with a cat soccer team before going home & going to bed.

 

After Hissy battles a racoon in a garbage dumpster & gaining the best of the animal, Hissy reports: "While it waits, it can think about the mistakes it's made, including the damage it did to the ear of Hissy Fitz, Panther of the Night."

 

It's written for ages twelve & up. I think it would be equally as entertaining with younger children, although some young ones might be frightened by a puffed-up frustrated feline that spits & scratches. Interestingly enough, I liked the illustrations in the advanced reading copy better than the finished drawings. 

 

Link to purchase: http://www.amazon.com/Hissy-Fitz-Patrick-Jennings-ebook/dp/B00LRHUJE2/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&sr=&qid=

Source: www.facebook.com/notes/injoyful-book-reviews/hissy-fitz-by-patrick-jennings/1567804523501634
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review 2014-12-20 20:28
Sleep deprived cat goes on a tantrum!
Hissy Fitz - Patrick Jennings,Michael Allen Austin

This is an okay story for a _much_ younger crowd...especially one that is already used to cats peculiar way of acting, and thinking (aka, kids who won't be forever traumatized by this insane, scary cat who attacks kids and steals their sneakers!).


This arc edition has most of its inside art pictures missing, so I can't comment on them.
Besides that, there isn't much more that I can say about this novella, besides wishing that Hissy's voice didn't sound so mature.
And human.

 

Moral of the story: Just let the cat sleep!

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