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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-09-02 07:20
Cats’ Paws and Catapults by Steven Vogel
Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People - Kathryn K. Davis,Steven Vogel

TITLE: Cats’ Paws and Catapults: Mechanical Worlds of Nature and People

 

AUTHOR: Steven Vogel

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 2000

 

FORMAT: Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9780393319903

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"Nature and humans build their devices with the same earthly materials and use them in the same air and water, pulled by the same gravity. Why, then, do their designs diverge so sharply? Humans, for instance, love right angles, while nature's angles are rarely right and usually rounded. Our technology goes around on wheels—and on rotating pulleys, gears, shafts, and cams—yet in nature only the tiny propellers of bacteria spin as true wheels. Our hinges turn because hard parts slide around each other, whereas nature's hinges (a rabbit's ear, for example) more often swing by bending flexible materials. In this marvelously surprising, witty book, Steven Vogel compares these two mechanical worlds, introduces the reader to his field of biomechanics, and explains how the nexus of physical law, size, and convenience of construction determine the designs of both people and nature. "

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This is an interesting and informative, scholarly, comparative overview of the difference between the way nature and humans engineer and manufacture things, the differences in the substances each uses to make those things, and the possibilities of why man and nature make things differently. Vogel has a clear, easy to understand writing style and provides many examples and diagrams to illustrate a point.

Other books:
~How to Walk on Water and Climb Up Walls: Animal Movement and the Robots of the Future by David L. Hu
~The Gecko’s Foot: How Scientists are Taking a Leaf from Nature's Book by Peter Forbes

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review 2020-06-29 19:42
Spookie Town – All Things Slip Away by Kathryn Meyer Griffith @KathrynG64
All Things Slip Away - Kathryn Meyer Griffith

 

Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a prolific writer and her Spookie Town Murder Mystery series has been a big hit for her. She is currently working on Book 7. Woo Hoo. Congratulations Kathryn.

 

I love the fabulous cover.

All Things Slip Away (Spookie Town Murder Mystery, #2)

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MY REVIEW

 

The Prologue for All Things Slip Away filled me in on the highlights of the Spookie Town Murder Mystery Series Book I, Scaps of Paper, and thank goodness. It has been a while since I read it, so I needed a refresher. You could begin reading here, but I am loving this series so much, I would highly recommend beginning at the beginning.

 

NOW…it’s ten years later and Frank Lester, a Chicago Homicide detective that moved to Spooky town, has found the serial killer he thought he had taken out is back, and he is on the hunt…for revenge.

 

I read a lot of Young Adult novels, so it is refreshing to be meeting some older characters that carry baggage and memories, and lust does not override their emotions. The romance is a slow burn, but smolders throughout the pages.

 

There is so much more to the killer than meets the eye. He has his own issues and problems that he cannot overcome. He is driven to seek revenge. The villain is one of those bad guys that can evoke a moment of sympathy for him.

 

Abigail is Frank’s love interest, but he is not alone in his desire to date her.The sheriff has his eye on her too. Myrtle is a neighbor and she is quite the character. She gave me some laughs and I love some humor with my murder. My heart went out to Laura and Nick, and the rest of their family, two children whose mother is ill and they struggle to even feed themselves. The two kids broke my heart, yet put a smile on my face.

 

The suspense is ramping up as the pacing takes me to the next event and I am eager, yet apprehensive about HIS and Frank’s next meeting.

 

Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s has an ability to draw me into the story so deep that I feel like I am walking in Abigail’s shoes, being stalked, feeling like someone is following me, watching me, having me looking over my shoulder, ‘hiding out’, keeping low.

 

I love that Kathryn can stretch the story, all the while keeping me on edge. It has been months since HE has been seen…life goes on…but, we all know it isn’t over. The tension builds as I wait, wait for the explosion that is about to come.

 

Well, I guess you can tell how much I loved All Things Slip Away. The story is fabulous and kept me totally engrossed, the characters came to life on the pages through Kathryn’s words and I fell in love with them. The peripheral characters became just as important to me as the main ones. The mystery, yeah, we know who he is, sorta but that does not take away anything from the story.

 

I highly recommend any of her work. Kathryn has never disappointed me.

 

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review 2020-05-02 08:10
Blog Tour w/Review - Lessons In Leomade
 
 
Title: Lessons in Lemonade
Series: Starving for Southern Series
Author: Kathryn Andrews
Genre: Contemporary/Sports Romance
Release Date: April 28, 2020
 
 
 
Meg Dukette
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.
 
I believe in living my best life, and if surviving cancer taught me anything, it’s exactly that. I wake every day in the most beautiful city in the South, I’m a chef at my own restaurant, and everything is just the way I want it: easy, calm, and in perfect harmony—that is, until my best friend shows up with his wounded heart, smoldering gaze, and adorable dimples. Now, things are changing—we are changing—but with the promises I’ve made to myself, I don’t want them to. After everything I’ve been through, breaking them now seems unthinkable, but the alternative might be a lesson my heart’s not prepared to learn.
 
Jack Willett
Just when you think life is the best it’s ever been, fate has a way of intercepting. 
 
I’ve spent ten years playing in the NFL, and with one wrong hit, my world comes crashing down. Now, I’m at the crossroads of what might become my past and a very different future. What I need is time and my best friend. Her gorgeous smiles, sexy legs, and optimistic outlook on life make the world brighter, better, and I’ve quickly found myself craving her more and more. She says we’re just friends, says that’s all we’ll ever be, but actions speak louder than words. It’s time to change the game, and I’m ready to pass the ball. I just hope she’ll be on the other end to catch it.
 
He’s her best friend. 
She’s quickly turned into something more. 
 
Will making a play for her heart be more bitter than sweet? Or will it add just the right amount of zest to make the most delicious ending of all . . .
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Lessons in Lemonade (Starving for Southern, #3)Lessons in Lemonade by Kathryn Andrews
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is book #3, in the Starving For Southern series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader enjoyment and to fully understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

Jack has been in the NFL the last 10 years. He has had an incredible team and made good friends. When the worst happens, he turns to whom he needs the most. His best friend, Meg.

Meg has never wanted forever. She makes it clear to all who know her that its just easier to be the person living her best life. She has great talent, good friends, and is doing what she can to just be healthy and live everyday.

This was such a great and heartwarming story. Right from the first page I felt totally sucked into the story and could not put it down! I loved these characters already from the series, and this was an installment that felt like icing on the cake. (Or pie.) Being able to read about their journey was totally a gift.


***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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Kathryn Andrews loves stories that end with a happily ever after. She started writing at age seven and never stopped. Kathryn is an Amazon Bestseller for her much loved Hale Brothers Series and is a chi-lit, contemporary romance, and new adult writer. 
Kathryn graduated from the University of South Florida with degrees in Biology and Chemistry, and currently lives in Tampa, Florida. She spends her days as a sales director for a medical device company and her nights lost in her love of fictional characters.
When Kathryn is not crafting beautiful worlds that incorporate some of her most favorite real life places, she can be found hanging out with her husband and two young sons, while drinking iced coffee and enjoying the sun. To find out more about Kathryn and her novels, visit: www.kandrewsauthor.com.
 
 
 
 
 
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review 2020-05-01 22:39
Inevitable
Lessons in Lemonade - Kathryn Andrews

This is book #3, in the Starving For Southern series.  This book can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment and to fully understand the series, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Jack has been in the NFL the last 10 years.  He has had an incredible team and made good friends.  When the worst happens, he turns to whom he needs the most.  His best friend, Meg.

 

Meg has never wanted forever.  She makes it clear to all who know her that its just easier to be the person living her best life.  She has great talent, good friends, and is doing what she can to just be healthy and live everyday.

 

This was such a great and heartwarming story.  Right from the first page I felt totally sucked into the story and could not put it down! I loved these characters already from the series, and this was an installment that felt like icing on the cake. (Or pie.) Being able to read about their journey was totally a gift.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2020-04-28 03:51
Ready
Last Slice of Pie (Starving for Southern) - Kathryn Andrews

This is book #2, in the Starving For Southern series.  This story can be read as a standalone novel.  For reader enjoyment, and to avoid spoilers, I recommend reading this great series in order.

 

Lexi is making her way as a small business owner in her small town.  She is gaining notoriety for the pies, even though she has always been known for them locally.  She has been in love with Bryan all her life, but he does not seem to know she exists anymore.  He has not been home in a decade.

 

Bryan is trying to outrun a past filled with pain and heartache.  The best way to do that is to stay away.  Football is the one thing he does right, and he does well.  It has made him well known and feel as if he is deserving of Lexi.  The questions is if he does something about it how will she respond?

 

This was such an amazing story! Filled with a slow burn, it was like a match lit early on and then somewhere along the way caused the heat to just explode!  I loved reading about these characters and their journey.  Both very rich and compelling characters as people, watching from my view felt like a privilege.  Their book was honestly really good and I could not put this one down.  I give this read a 5/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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