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review 2017-05-16 19:24
Among Animals 2
Among Animals 2: The Lives of Animals and Humans in Contemporary Short Fiction - Sascha Morrell,JoeAnn Hart,John Yunker

Among Animals 2 is a collection of short stories that examines the varied relationships between humans and animals. With a mix of contemporary fiction, historical stories, dystopian and science fiction, many different aspects of these relationships are able to be captured. Some of these stories will make you uncomfortable, some are sweet and comforting, all will make you think about the relationships humans share with animals that are pets, in captivity, on farms or in the wild and how our actions affect them.


Some stories that affected me were:

Phoenix Cross looks into factory farming of chickens and genetic engineering. Some of us may know exactly the horrid conditions in which factory farmed chickens are raised, we might ignore it, we may not care, some of us might choose free-range chickens. Phoenix Cross brings out not only the effects of this method on the chickens, but on the farmers as well. I loved the connection of boy and bird in this story and the bird's point of view really made me think about how our food gets to us.


Exotic Animal Alert: Please Post Widely inspects caretakers and zoo animals as well as the close bond one might form with an animal that is truly wild. Again, an animal point of view was used in order to empathize with the clouded leopard point of view. What I found most interesting was the differing opinions about Sokar the clouded leopard formed by the husband and wife who raised him and how Sokar's presence impacted their relationship.


A Normal Rabbit is the story of a family and their ordinary pet rabbit, Camper. Camper is a symbol for many things in the family, but most of all Camper's presence is able to elicit responses of empathy for other living things.


Overall, an interesting compilation of stories that will hopefully make readers reexamine their relationships with the animals and environment around them.

This book was received for free in return for an honest review.

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text 2017-03-12 14:31
Has anyone read this book or do they plan on it?
Humans, Bow Down - James Patterson,Emily Raymond,Alexander Ovchinnikov,Jill Dembowski

I really, really want to read this book, but I feel like it's going to be 'humanity strikes out against robots and destroys them, yay!'  


And I'll be all like 'boo!'   


So... has anyone read this?

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text SPOILER ALERT! 2017-01-21 08:43
9 Reasons Why 2016 was a Good Year, Monster-Wise!



Game Changing Monsters


Frankenstein; Or, the Modern Prometheus



My Review


Why I Loved it


This is the book that launched a thousand books! Written at such a young age, I find it amazing how Mary Shelley changed the world of sci-fi forever. This book featured more than one monster!

The Bonehunters by Steven Erikson






My Review


Why I Loved it


I loved it for its portrayal of war and military life. I loved how it doesn’t just talk diversity, in terms of gender, race, religion etc but how it is all that! The sixth book in a series that never misses. War was the biggest monster here!


The Chameleon’s Shadow by Minette Walters




Why I Loved it:


Because Minette Walters doesn’t create characters, she makes them come alive! There isn’t a single book by this author that I haven’t loved. Even though, I was unsure about this one because it was about a soldier returning home from war, which normally doesn’t interest me, it didn’t disappoint! There is no black or white in her stories, just a lot of grey. The real monsters are the ones hiding behind pretty faces!

Not Your Average Monsters


The Dinosaur Lords by Victor Milán




My Review


Why I Loved It


Dinosaurs as steeds. In Wars. With Knights. How could this book be anything but delicious?!


The Unadulterated Cat by Terry Pratchett




My Review


Why I Loved It


Pratchett is amazing in small doses. This book was laugh out loud funny and it got everything about the cuddly monsters exactly right!

Daystar by Darcy Town




Why I Loved It


I had read the previous two books in this series and I needed to know how things would end. I love the humor in Darcy Town’s books and how much of an adventure they are! The monsters in this series are mostly literal ones, including demons and succubi.

The Bicentennial Man and Other Stories by Isaac Asimov





My Review


Why I Loved It


Again, like Shelley, Asimov changed everything about robot sci-fi! This edition was beautiful, hardcover, and included a small note by the author at the beginning of every story. The monsters in the stories varied from humans to robots and humans, again!

Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton




My Review


Why I Loved It


If you have seen the movies, then you know that monsters come in all sizes and species. The worst are the human ones who never learn from their mistakes!

Mayday: A Kaiju Thriller by Chris Strange




My Review


Why I Loved It


If Kaijus were not only defeated but kept by the Earthlings and made to fight for entertainment…yeah, it could turn into a disaster of monstrous proportions. This book made a perfect Halloween read!
Like I said, 2016 was an awesome monster of a year and I mostly loved what I read. Hope this year is even better.

Happy Reading!

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review 2016-11-30 00:00
The Humans
The Humans - Matt Haig Probably one of the best book that I've read in the last few years. Matt Haig is a true storyteller.
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review 2016-11-11 22:43
Survival Camp
Danny and the Dinosaur Go to Camp   [DANNY & THE DINOSAUR GO TO CAM] [Prebound] - Syd•(Author) ; Hoff, Syd(Illustrator) Hoff

Danny the Dinosaur goes to camp and spends time with his friend. The dinosaur was included in every activity they did at camp. In my classroom we would read this book and discuss what it would be like to bring a dinosaur with you around everywhere. We then would play a game called "I'm going on a picnic" but instead it would be called "I'm going to camp". I would explain the rules to the students. The first student would say, I am going on to camp and going to bring an "Axe". Each student after that would have to repeat what the rest of the class said and continue on with each letter of the alphabet. This would help with brain exercises and learning letter of the alphabet.


Intended Audience/Grade Level: 1st Grade

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