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review 2017-07-25 16:17
A Traveler's Advisory: Stories of God's Grace Along the Way - Marcia Laycock

A Traveler's Advisory: Stories of God's Grace Along the Way by Marcia Laycock
Enjoying this book because it takes you to a lot of different places. Love how the author uses Bible passages in everyday life events and explains them so you can understand.
She chooses many 'hard' times, 9/11, etc Loved hearing of all the sights, even in nature as they presented themselves on the journey.
Amazed at all the different locations and the descriptions of the places. The connection to religion is out there, you won't have to look for it. Liked hearing of all the traditions in each place they traveled to, made you feel like you were there.
Foreign words are explained in the contents. Lots of hope in this book.
I was given the book by the author via Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and this is my honest review

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review 2017-07-24 20:01
The Lost City of the Monkey God / Douglas Preston
The Lost City of the Monkey God: A True Story - Douglas Preston

My friend Barbara recommended this book to me, so really how could I refuse? Especially once I found out that much of the action takes place in Honduras, a country that I have been interested in visiting for several years. Why? The Lovely Cotinga, that's why (have a look at http://www.sabrewingtours.com/hondura...

But I think I may be cured of that desire now. You see, in addition to the anthropological research and the jungle exploration (poisonous snakes, hip deep mud, and unremitting rain, anyone?) there ends up being a fair amount of discussion of insect-bourne disease. A number of the team were infected with Leishamaniasis by the bites of sand flies. What is easily done can be difficult to undo and they struggle to find treatment options. Most of the world's victims of this disease are among the poorest people on earth--if they had money to spend on drugs, the pharma companies would be doing the necessary research. But that's not the way things are.

Now, I am one of those people that biting insects adore. In fact, I was just at a family reunion and I think I heard everyone say at some point, "Oh, mosquitoes love me!" So apparently it is a family trait and as I sat in their attractive midst, I did get only 3-4 mosquito bites. But I am hardly encourages to brave Hondruas, even for the most beautiful bird. Sorry, Lovely Cotinga!

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text 2017-07-24 14:51
Thank goodness for libraries
The Drops of God 2 - Tadashi Agi,Shu Okimoto

I haven't finished the first volume yet, but I'm already requesting the second. Thank goodness for libraries, because I doubt I'd be continuing on with this series if I had to buy all the volumes - it looks like Kodansha let the paper editions of this series go out of print and is now only offering it electronically, and I'm still largely resistant to buying e-manga. A couple of the volumes can still be purchased at their original price, but others have shot up to twice what they probably originally cost. Not as bad as some out-of-print series, but I'm still grateful for library copies.


ETA: I just realized that I'm going to be doomed to disappointment. The last volume released in English was volume 5, back in 2012. However, it looks like the series as a whole is 44 volumes long, not counting the ongoing final arc, which is currently at 7 volumes. I'll never get to see Shizuku identify all the wines. :-(  Oh well, I'll still read the volumes that are available.

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text 2017-07-24 04:05
Reading progress update: I've read 99 out of 424 pages.
The Drops of God 1 - Shu Okimoto,Tadashi Agi

These reaction shots are like what you might get if Yakitate!! Japan (a bread baking manga) took itself seriously. This wine reaction shot is an actual Queen concert. Yes, seriously.

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text 2017-07-24 03:51
Reading progress update: I've read 81 out of 424 pages.
The Drops of God 1 - Shu Okimoto,Tadashi Agi

"I compare this wine to a painting that uses thick strokes like a plow singing the earth's praise, layering the canvas with paint - namely, Jean-Francois Millet's magnum opus 'The Angelus.' Hearing the voice of God in the bell tolling endlessly into the dusk sky a farmer and his wife stand quietly with bowed heads. That painting - likewise blessed by the bounty of the earth, that is to say by terroir - yes, when I close my eyes, I feel as if I'm standing before that masterpiece once again."


Dang, these wine descriptions. Should I be giggling? Because I am. And this isn't even all of it. Oh, and yes, there's a two-page spread of the farmer and his wife (technically, the painting). Reaction shot time!

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