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Stand Up For Free Speech And Forests!

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review 2016-09-01 17:42
All About Forests (Mack’s World of Wonder) - Mack van Gageldonk

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I spotted this book at Netgalley and knew I had to try it out, it was the perfect book for me, and the cover looked adorable.
Sadly, while the book was pretty good, there were several things that I didn't like. But, before I start telling you what those are, I will talk about my likes.

What I liked:
-The way the book was split up in various sections. Not only will you learn about trees, but you will also learn about seasons, about animals, and about forests in parts around the world. I really loved that this was done, it made the book fun and even more interesting.
-The photography, it was such a delight to see all the gorgeous photos. I just kept looking at them.
-The fact that it used big words (normally books for kids like to keep it simple) but then carefully, and with simple words, explain what such a word means.
-I also liked the little puzzles spread across the book. Though some just didn't make much sense.

What I didn't like:
-The little illustrations dotting the book. It just felt weird, out of place, and I am very sorry to say this, but they were also ugly. Like a little kid had fun scribbling them and they decided to just add them. They were also on several of the photographs and sorry, it just kind of ruined it.
-The way the book was written. While they did do some bigger words (Yay!), everything else felt a bit too simplistic, too short. I had expected a bit more, but before you know it a part is over again and you are whisked to the next one.

All in all though it was a fun book and I did enjoy reading it. I am sure kids will also like it a lot. Even if they can't read they can still enjoy the lovely photographs that are featured in this book.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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review 2015-10-25 10:42
First and foremost, forests and woodland have played a mystical role in all cultures where trees have dominated the landscape. Trees bring Nature right up close and personal and, as a result, the whole of the natural world becomes a ‘tangled web of enchantment’ to a true witch’s eyes. Most of us are familiar with what we call ‘broad leaved’ woodland … that is to say, forest made up predominantly of trees whose leaves are basically flat, as opposed to being needle-shaped like those of the conifers of the evergreen world. These trees are mostly deciduous (with the exception of the holly, box and strawberry tree), and shed their leaves when winter approaches, lying dormant until the warmth of spring stimulates new growth.

The trees in Hunter’s Wood are natives and form part of the great broad-leaved forest that once stretched over the whole of northern Europe. Nevertheless, not all remaining woodland is ancient; nor are all woods that are not ancient, man-made. Left alone, Nature has a tendency to re-colonise almost any land that is allowed to remain idle. Trees such as sycamore, birch and oak, which readily colonise new territory, quickly invade open land and very often relatively new, dense woodland can be found only an hour’s drive from the city centre.

In the beginning … Britain’s original trees disappeared during the last Ice Age, 10,000 years ago, but by the time the land had separated from continental Europe some 2000 year later, 35 species had returned by natural means — brought in by the wind
and birds — as the climate gradually grew warmer. Until man began clearing the forests 5000 years ago, the natural vegetation of much of the British Isles was a blanket of broad-leaved deciduous trees — alder, birch, oak and lime. The myths and
legends that grew out of this forest haunted his imagination.

Before we begin to practice the Craft of the wood-witch, however, we must learn to look at trees with different eyes, because there is still a sense of mystery and enchantment in the woodland world.
Traditional Witchcraft for the Woods and Forests: A Witch's Guide to the Woodland with Guided Meditations and Pathworking - Melusine Draco

This is an excerpt from the opening to Melusine Draco's Traditional witchcraft for the woods and forests. 

 

One of the things I particularly admire about Melusine is her earthed and practical approach to all subjects. For her, unsurprisingly 'the wood' is not a simple concept - she writes extensively about different tree types, about the myths and magic of woodland, and the ways in which we can work magically with trees. If Paganism is earth-centred spirituality, then we need to know the earth, and we need to know, as species, and as living individuals, the trees that we deal with.

 

There's a wealth of tree lore in this book such that it would also be highly suitable for students of Druidry as well as for those interested in witchcraft.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2015-09-13 14:44
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell (Cosmere Novella)
Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell - Brandon Sanderson

This review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot.wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge's Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge's Exalted Permission.

 

Title: Shadows for Silence in the Forests of Hell

Series: Cosmere

Author: Brandon Sanderson

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 65

 

 

 

Synopsis:

An innkeeper, who doubles as a secret bounty hunter, must make one last big score to save her inn, her daughter and her adopted granddaughter. Problem is, she's got a gang to catch, a slimy traitor who is threatening to expose her and take her inn AND she has to deal with spirits who consume you if you run, draw blood or light a fire.

 

My Thoughts:

Enjoyed this little read. The main story takes place in one night, with desperation and determination coming from the main character in every word Sanderson writes. And it has a happy ending.

 

I love it when an author can write a concise, fully fleshed story, get me invested, leave me feeling like I had a good time and does it all under 75pages. It takes skill and I for one appreciate such skill, probably just as much as I appreciate the story itself.

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review 2015-06-11 15:42
Mature 18+
In the Forests of the Night - Vanessa De Sade

*Book source ~ A review copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

 

I found my interests all over the place in this very naughty collection of fairy tale retellings. While the writing is superb, there are only two stories that really float my boat and one that comes close. I love most of the illustrations, but some of the guys are a bit hairy for my tastes and there’s one illustration in Handsome and Gertrude that is…just…*shudders*.

 

Rapunzel ~ This is quite creative, but that ending? Poor Edward Edwards. And who names their kid that anyway? lol {5 bites}

 

Cinderella Story ~ Hate reality tv, but I love Amanda and Georgie. {4 bites}

 

In the Forests of the Night ~ Ah, this is my favorite of the bunch. {5 bites}

 

Handsome and Gertrude ~ I didn’t really understand this one and I couldn’t get into the story. {2 bites}

 

Beauty and Her Beast ~ I’m not a fan of poetry, so this is a no go for me even if it is naughty. {1 bite)

 

Bluebeard’s Tower ~ I have to admit that I’ve never read Bluebeard, so I ended up tracking it down after I read this. Even with no knowledge of the folktale, this is still a pleasurable read. {3 bites}

 

Thumbelina ~ Another one I wasn’t familiar with. I really need to brush up on my fairy tales. A little confusing (probably because I hadn’t read the original), but still enjoyable. {3 bites}

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2015/06/in-forests-of-night.html
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