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review 2017-03-23 07:42
Book Tour: Red-Tailed Hawk by Nancy Schoellkopf
Red-Tailed Hawk - Nancy Schoellkopf

Nancy does it once more with the book called “Red-Tailed Hawk”. This book is about Mariah and her journey. What will Mariah learn along the way? Samatha also needs to learn something as well and so does her stepson.

 

The plot about this book is something different and amazing. There a love storyline. What a journey this book get the family on after a death in the family happens. Who has taken the special thimble that Mariah see as something special.


What do we learn about hawks. What will Mariah learn about herself. Samantha learns about something about herself. Will it bring healing to them all. We go along with Mariah when she goes on her journey. The plot is written well. I enjoyed every page of it. It got some surprises in it. I love the fact its got different meaning. Will Mariah find her twin or what happen? Will she find what is missing from her heart or her missing connection?

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2017/04/book-tour-red-tailed-hawk-by-nancy.html
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review 2016-04-15 01:30
H IS FOR HAWK by Helen Macdonald
H is for Hawk - Helen Macdonald
  This is Helen Macdonald's story of training a goshawk. Her father had just died when she decided to train this hawk. She has been interesting in falconry since a child and this is her first attempt at training a hawk. As she is training, she is also battling depression which she does not realize at the time. Reading T. H. White's (he wrote The Sword in the Stone) attempt at training a hawk she compares the two of them.

This was an interesting read. It started slow as I had to figure out when she was talking of herself or White. As she compares the two of them and their methods, I found the differences between them make the story. Both become the hawk but eventually Helen does seek help and realizes she is not a hawk. I'm not so sure White did. I learned at lot of falconry and the training of birds. I especially liked when she described Mabel's attention to some things but not to others. Mabel, her goshawk, had a definite personality. The book ends with Mabel going to molt for the year. I wonder what happened the next season.
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url 2015-10-06 01:00
New Release from Romance Author Lila Rose
The Secret's Out (Hawks MC: Caroline Springs Charter Book 1) - Lila Rose,Robin Ludwig Design,Hot Tree Editing,Kruse Images and Photography
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review 2015-07-20 05:07
“If privacy had a gravestone it might read: 'Don't Worry. This Was for Your Own Good.'"
The Dark River - John Twelve Hawks

The Dark River (Fourth Realm #2)

by John Twelve Hawks

My first encounter with Twelve Hawks was through Spark, which I found pretty darned awesome, enough so that I decided to try another of his works. My library doesn't have the first in the Fourth Realm trilogy, so I decided to try my luck with the second.

Unfortunately, the book's pair of forewords gave our relationship a rocky start. In the first foreword, Twelve Hawks praises the people who took the message of his book seriously and started fighting the "Vast Machine." In the second, he recaps what happened in the last book. I was taken aback by the first because while I understand the concerns about technology and its misuse, I tend to prefer more subtlety in my authors, and the earnest tone rather suggests tin hats to me. The second one, on the other hand, just pissed me off. I'm of the belief that readers should be able to pick up any book in a series and enjoy the ride. A recap indicates that the author lacks the basic skill of summarizing previous events within the book itself. Certainly no one would accuse Twelve Hawks of subtlety, and given the awkward moments of exposition in The Dark River, maybe he was right to rely on a recap.

Twelve Hawks is an entertaining writer, and I rather like the general idea of his dystopian world controlled by the Vast Machine, but I was rather uncomfortable with the book's uneasy blend of spiritualism, scifi, and Chosen One-style fantasy. Honestly, I think that reading this without the second book may have completely ruined my ability to enjoy the book to the full. The core idea of the series is that there are extra-special beings called the Travelers who have the ability to travel to other worlds (which are pretty crap, by the way) and bring back the wisdom they find there, providing that they manage to find any. They are protected by people who call themselves Harlequins, and opposed by the evil Tabula, who together rule the world via the Vast Machine (aka all technology) which gives them the ability to create a Panopticon Prison. Basically the whole book involves Gabriel, one of the last Travelers, try to escape his brother, who has gone to the Dark Side and joined the Tabula.

I don't like white/black good/evil worlds, and Twelve Hawk's future is pretty simplistic: the Travelers bring Light and Wisdom and Freedom to the world, and the Tabula represent The Evils Of Technology. Amusingly enough, throughout, we are told that Travelers bring progress and change, yet in this book, Gabriel's entire mission is to stop the Tabula from deploying more advanced technology and to keep the advancement of science static. In fact, I honestly don't see why anyone bothers to protect the Travelers, as other than being a bumbling naif, Gabriel doesn't seem to do any good for anyone. In addition, Twelve Hawks must have figured he got all that irritating character development nonsense out of the way in the first book, since he certainly doesn't bother much with it here.

Overall, The Dark River is an entertaining enough book, but it sinks under Twelve Hawk's unsubtle attempts to transform it into something more meaningful. To him, technology by itself is an evil. While I agree that the level of surveillance now available is terrifying, I think Twelve Hawks misses an important point: while technology has provided more ways to control and monitor us, it has also given us more ways to communicate and to monitor our monitors. If you look at the scariest moments in history, it is when people's access to information has been controlled. While every action you make is undoubtedly monitored in some way, we have more access to information and more ways to communicate than ever before.

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text 2015-06-16 03:55
Hawks Win the Stanley Cup!!

 

We won the cup!!!! I cannot tell you how absolutely ecstatic I am! Go Hawks!!! I didn't think my nerves could take that game. And the fireworks are going off in the neighborhood.

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