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review 2014-07-16 21:26
Hedgehogs! Learn About Hedgehogs and Enjoy Colorful Pictures
Hedgehogs! Learn About Hedgehogs and Enjoy Colorful Pictures - Look and Learn! (50+ Photos of Hedgehogs) - Becky Wolff

4 Stars, borrow it

 

Wow, two look and learn reviews in one day. It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to do that. I decided to do a mammal this time and do not have any story for having met a hedgehog (unfortunately). The pictures are surprisingly good in this edition. They are cute and most seem to be pet pictures. This edition is also pretty strong on facts. One of the better one in the series.



Did you know?

 

Hedgehogs have a habit of rolling itself into a ball when attacked

Hedgehogs are nocturnal

There are 15 species of hedgehogs

Hedgehogs hibernate in winter

Hedgehogs have bad eyesight

Most predators are unable to open a curled up hedgehog

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review 2014-03-12 15:41
The Quest for Juice
The Quest for Juice (Paranoia) - Jonathan-David Jackson

Jackson's The Quest For Juice was the first winner of my 'one per month' self-published review draw for July. I really shouldn't have read it this soon because there are at least forty-seven other things I'm meant to be doing, but I was so intrigued by it I picked it up and then couldn't put it down.

 

I'm miles out of my comfort zone with this title, in the sense that it's not the sort of thing I'd normally read, at all. When it comes to paranoia however, this is the perfect book for me! As someone who suffers from anxiety, The Quest For Juice hit me on several levels, and I was completely taken in and slow to see the twist coming. I was able to draw some really quite terrifying parallels between myself and Oscar, and this afternoon in the office I even found myself Googling the name of the drug he was taking.

 

Oscar's view on life is fascinating. To me, at least. I do wonder though, if readers who haven't had a brush with anxiety and paranoia of their own might falter. Having said that, parts of this read like some kind of  'for the masses' collaboration of Beckett and Pinter, and they work on any level, so, who am I to judge?

 

There's no doubt whatsoever that Jackson can write. This book is littered with sentences that are a pure delight;

 

"There were pieces of sentences you could still see on those abandoned papers; a lone noun here, an adverb lying forlornly there with no verb left to modify."

 

It is, as advertised, "Darkly comic" and surprisingly violent and disturbing in places.It's a hard title to review because, it's just so...out of the ordinary. Which is a Good Thing, don't get me wrong, but I'm struggling to find anything concrete to compare it to. It's essentially a simple, fast-paced, linear tale but what makes it stand out is Oscar's narrative voice. It's absolutely compelling in its charm.

 

Oscar's is a fresh voice, and a strong voice. There's an effortless style to him that makes him infinitely readable. In many ways this is the kind of title I can imagine gaining cult status, he's that strong a character. I know there's a second book in the works, but this doesn't stop me wanting more for the first one. It ends on a surprising revelation, and there are so many questions left unanswered that I felt a little lost and cheated. I'm sure Jackson will make this all better with the next instalment, but still, I'm suffering in the here and now!

 

The Quest For Juice is a short, straightforward read with a small cast of characters. You could argue that there's not a huge amount to get your teeth into. It's a captivating tale though, with a unique narrative voice and an interesting twist. I enjoyed it, and would happily recommend it to anyone looking for something off the beaten track, something fresh and unpredictable, and especially to anyone who's ever suffered from paranoia in any form.  Actually, maybe not anyone who suffers from it too badly, because it may lead to you looking twice at your prescription...

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review 2012-06-15 00:00
Hedgehogs are Everywhen - Eon de Beaumont Reviewed by: Lucy
Genre: M/M Time Travel
Rated: 3 hearts

Check out the review at: Hearts On Fire Reviews
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