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text 2016-11-02 02:00
2016 Reading Challenge- End of October Update
The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ - Joseph Smith Jr.
The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas, Robin Buss
The Truth (Discworld, #25) - Terry Pratchett
Warriors 1 -

On October 6, I completed my 40th book of the year thus achieving my reading goal for the year.  However unlike last year, I really didn't feel like celebrating as my achievement book was The Book of Mormon which lets just say wasn't something I wanted to remember fondly.  However I was surprised I even finished four books in October since I thought The Count of Monte Cristo was going to take me nearly the entire month, however I finished it on the 19th and then read three, admittedly short at between 300-400 pages, books over the course of the last eleven days.


My basic plan for the rest of the year is to get through as much of my original 2016 list as possible, finished Waiting to Die Longing to Love since I'm reading it for a neighbor (his brother is the author), and write some articles for my WordPress blog that I'll post here as well.


1) Revolutionary Heart by Diane Eickoff [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
2) The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume II by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
3) The Ice Dragon by George R.R. Martin
4) A Short History of Byzantium by John Julius Norwich
5) Feet of Clay by Terry Pratchett
6) A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
7) The Separation of Church and State edited by Forrest Church
8) The Crusades Through Arab Eyes by Amin Maalouf
9) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
10) Hogfather by Terry Pratchett
11) Before the Storm by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
12) We the People by Juan Williams [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
13) Nixonland by Rick Perlstein- REREAD
14) Blood Stain (Volume One) by Linda Sejic
15) The Invisible Bridge by Rick Perlstein
16) Oddly Normal Book 3 by Otis Frampton
17) Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll
18) Jingo by Terry Pratchett
19) Jefferson's America by Julie M. Fenster [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
20) The Sworn Sword: The Graphic Novel by George R.R. Martin, Mike S. Miller, & Ben Avery
21) Legends II: Dragon, Sword, and King edited by Robert Silverberg- REREAD of The Sworn Sword
22) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book One by Winston Churchill
23) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
24) The Last Continent by Terry Pratchett
25) How the Irish Saved Civilization by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
26) Marlborough: His Life and Times Book Two by Winston Churchill
27) The Poetry of Robert Frost
28) Seventh-day Adventists Believe by General Conference of SDA
29) Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
30) Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett
31) A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
32) A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin- REREAD
33) The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
34) Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins
35) Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
36) Patriarchs and Prophets by Ellen G. White
37) The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
38) The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
39) Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power by Jon Meacham
40) The Book of Mormon by Joseph Smith Jr.
41) The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas
42) The Truth by Terry Pratchett
43) Warriors I edited by George R.R. Martin- REREAD of The Mystery Knight
--> Who Travels with the Doctor? edited by Gillian I. Leitch & Sherry Ginn [LibraryThing Early Reviewers]
The Black Count by Tom Reiss
The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
Thief of Time by Terry Pratchett
Desire of the Everlasting Hills by Thomas Cahill- REREAD
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 1 by Edward Gibbon
Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavendra
The Last Hero by Terry Pratchett
Dangerous Women edited by George R.R. Martin (The Princess and the Queen)
The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Vol. 2 by Edward Gibbon
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Also reading:
Prophets and Kings (77%)
The Waste Land and Other Poems by T.S. Eliot (38%)
Waiting to Die Longing to Love (22%)
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review 2016-06-22 16:03
Love the artwork
Gladstone's School For World Conquerors #1 - Armand Villavert Jr.,Mark Smith

*Book source ~ Free from NoiseTrade


From Goodreads:

Welcome to Gladstone''s School for World Conquerors, a top secret academy for the children of the world''s greatest super villains to learn the trade. Join us as Kid Nefarious, Mummy Girl, Martian Jones, Ghost Girl, and the infamous Skull brothers unearth the School''s and their parent''s hidden past.


Not a new concept, but still enjoyable. Reminds me of the movie Sky High except it’s for villains instead of heroes. The story is a bit shaky and kind of disjointed, but the art makes up for it. The colors are vibrant and I love the artwork. Seriously.

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2016/06/gladstones-school-for-world-conquerors.html
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review 2015-11-09 00:24
Fun times at a school for villains!
Gladstone's School For World Conquerors #1 - Armand Villavert Jr.,Mark Smith

It's kind of like Wolverine and the X-Men, except, y'know, for villains.   But as far as tone goes. WatX is all about building a family and learning how to survive in a world that hates and fears you.  It does so with warmth and humor.


So far, this is pretty much just like that.  Again, the classes are teaching something different, but there's a very similar tone here, and I'm enjoying it quite a bit, especially watching the particular friendships form between these child villains. 


Another comic that I got somewhere, and I'm not sure.   Noisetrade?   I think I got this and the other from there...

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text 2015-10-14 22:06
A Bunch Of Free Comics and Graphic Novels From NoiseTrade
Harbinger Vol. 1: Omega Rising - Joshua Dysart
Fresh Romance #1 - Janelle Asselin,Kevin Wada,Savanna Ganucheau,Amanda Scurti,Sally Jane Thompson,Arielle Jovellanos,Sarah Vaughn,Kate Leth,Sarah Winifred Searle,Sarah Kuhn
 The Red Shoes and Other Tales - Metaphrog
The Only Living Boy - David Gallaher,Steve Ellis
Gladstone's School For World Conquerors #1 - Armand Villavert Jr.,Mark Smith

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review 2015-06-06 19:13
Fate's Crossing Book Review
Fate's Crossing (The Black Blood Legacies) (Volume 1) - J R Smith,Amanda Marie

I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Fate's Crossing by J.R. Smith and it is a story of an unexpected blend of supernatural, prophecy/fate and coming of age story. With the young Liana, traveling from Oklahoma all the way to California for an internship her ordinary life suddenly seems to take on a whole different form even before her plane from Oklahoma lands.

I don’t like it when reviews spoil books for me, so without giving too much away, the first installment of the Black Blood Legacies Series: Fate’s Crossing is sure to grip each reader with an enticing bite of mystery, humor and wit. This young adult series also brings a flirtatious rivalry war between Liana and Sean—a handsome, yet smug fellow internship recipient, who unbeknownst to Liana, ends up following her to California.

Chased by an impending disastrous, unforeseen event, we follow Liana (and Sean) on an adventurous, quest fulfilling prophecy spanning over hundreds of years revealing a few secretes about Sean and even herself that ingenuous Liana was never aware of.

While this book held, an interesting twists and mysterious, thought provoking secrets, I must admit that I found it difficult to believe that Liana was 24 years old or that she was not in High School.

I believe, Liana’s inner dialogue novice banter will lead any reader to believe that they are following the life of a 16 or 17-year-old girl, which is why I gave this book 4 stars. I am looking forward to the next installment of the Black Blood Legacies Series and what game-changing event will Liana and Sean head in to next

Source: www.goodreads.com/book/show/23631367-fate-s-crossing
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