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review 2017-02-16 04:50
A Stalled Ox by Dean Moses
A Stalled Ox (1888: Novellas) - Dean Mos... A Stalled Ox (1888: Novellas) - Dean Moses

DISCLAIMER: I received this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions herein are of my own.

Title: A Stalled Ox
Author: +Dean Moses
Pages: 120
Publisher: Black Hill Press
Release date: November 11, 2015.

Review:
The unthinkable has happened. In a world where meat is non-existent, people have turned to religion to help save them from what they believe to be the end of the world. Agent Howard and his partner Linda to go undercover to a compound where a man who calls himself by the name of "God" is claiming he has found a way to serve his followers meat.

In such a short novella, Agent Howard, Linda, and "God" are well-thought out characters. Linda and "God" have background stories that are summed up in a few paragraphs and they are told perfectly. "God" is a very calculating character, and has so much more inside of him than what is presented in the story. He is cold, unpredictable, yet even I was drawn in by him. His story comes with a ton of surprises as well. This novella has horror, passion, and exciting turns of events you'll be captivated by. By the end, you'll be left with questions and wanting even more.

This book is perfect for readers who like shorter novels, but still appreciate amazing writing. The fact that this is a novella doesn't mean it doesn't pack the punch a longer book does. I found myself flinching at the gore found within its 120 pages and was scared numb by the imagery Moses formed inside my mind with his writing.

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review 2016-11-30 18:13
The Law of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

I tried to figure out why it took me days to read this novel and the only reason I can think of, was the holidays. I tried to read it over Thanksgiving but there was so much going on. The characters were never far from my mind as I kept thinking of Moses and how his ability to paint was controlling his life. I haven’t read a novel by Amy Harmon in a while so I grabbed this one at the library and after reading the first couple pages I know why I enjoy her writing. Amy pulls you in immediately into her world with her pace and characters that have captivating pasts and intriguing stories. There are always twists in her novels; things that I never see coming and her storylines to me are different. I never know upon reading the synopsis how the story is going to play out, for they are vague but I know Amy’s writings so I realize that I will stumble upon distinct characters and a special and unusual storyline that I will not forget.

He was left in a basket at a Laundromat only moments after his birth for she preferred drugs over being a mother. She was found dead just a few days later. They named this child Moses and he’s passed around to all his remaining living relatives as he is just too much for one person to handle. His great grandmother, a good woman who seems to know how to handle him, usually has him over the summer but she is up in years so the other relatives pass him around during the rest of the year. This goes on for all of Moses childhood. It is Moses’ senior year and his great grandmother is allowed to keep him for the year. There is some religion in this novel as great grandma is a religious woman who I adored very much. She finds work for Moses as a farmhand on a nearby horse ranch where their horses work with individuals who are troubled. Individuals in the town know of Moses’ rough past and there are people who have already formed their own opinion of him. On the ranch, Georgia also knows of Moses and her father has told her to keep away from him. With her future planned out, Georgia tries to keep her distance from Moses but circumstances have them together more often than not. Moses has a talent, a talent that seems to be getting him in trouble but the need is too great inside him to stop. Moses is a painter, what he paints is not typical but he has no control over it over what he must express. An artist must reveal what he feels and sees, so Moses paints. I loved the depth that his painting revealed, the mystery and the emotion that followed his art. The relationships with the individuals that Moses had in his life, what a moving experience they were. I enjoyed the richness of this novel, the romance and each character that moved throughout the pages. I’m glad that I picked up another one of Amy’s novels at the library; I can’t wait to see where that one leads me.

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text 2016-11-27 11:13
November wrap-up
The Feast of All Souls - Simon Bestwick
Miss Treadway and the Field of Stars: A Novel - Miranda Emmerson
Caramel, Caramel & More Caramel!: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Creative Caramel Cuisine - Ivana Nitzan,Michal Moses
Don't Fear the Reaper - Michelle Muto
The Crystal Cave - Mary Stewart
Bats - William W. Johnstone
The Spy: A novel - Paulo Coelho
The Other Einstein: A Novel - Marie Benedict

A little early, but I've finished all the books I'll be finishing for the month and all my current reads are in early stages.

 

I finished all my Netgalley books, Yay! Now all I have to do is resist perusing the site for a while and get some books read from my Kindle!

 

I started two buddy reads and finished one, The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart. The other one is Don Quixote, which is likely to go on beyond December as it's a long one and I'm reading a chapter or two at a time.

 

So, wow, that's 7 Netgalley books and one buddy read finished in November. A lot for me!

 

I may not get as many done in December as I plan to relax and read randomly as mood takes me, enjoying some of the books I've been wanting to get to and maybe some Christmas books to get in the holiday mood. I've also downloaded all the backlog of samples from my cloud and hope to eliminate a substantial amount of those over time. I did get some read in November, but I didn't keep up the two a day plan. If I can read more than I collect, I'll be making progress!

 

 

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review 2016-11-23 16:02
The Law of Moses
The Law of Moses - Amy Harmon

I tried to figure out why it took me days to read this novel and the only reason I can think of, was the holidays. I tried to read it over Thanksgiving but there was so much going on. The characters were never far from my mind as I kept thinking of Moses and how his ability to paint was controlling his life.  I haven’t read a novel by Amy Harmon in a while so I grabbed this one at the library and after reading the first couple pages I know why I enjoy her writing. Amy pulls you in immediately into her world with her pace and characters that have captivating pasts and intriguing stories. There are always twists in her novels; things that I never see coming and her storylines to me are different. I never know upon reading the synopsis how the story is going to play out, for they are vague but I know Amy’s writings so I realize that I will stumble upon distinct characters and a special and unusual storyline that I will not forget.  

 

He was left in a basket at a Laundromat only moments after his birth for she preferred drugs over being a mother. She was found dead just a few days later. They named this child Moses and he’s passed around to all his remaining living relatives as he is just too much for one person to handle. His great grandmother, a good woman who seems to know how to handle him, usually has him over the summer but she is up in years so the other relatives pass him around during the rest of the year. This goes on for all of Moses childhood. It is Moses’ senior year and his great grandmother is allowed to keep him for the year.   There is some religion in this novel as great grandma is a religious woman who I adored very much. She finds work for Moses as a farmhand on a nearby horse ranch where their horses work with individuals who are troubled. Individuals in the town know of Moses’ rough past and there are people who have already formed their own opinion of him. On the ranch, Georgia also knows of Moses and her father has told her to keep away from him. With her future planned out, Georgia tries to keep her distance from Moses but circumstances have them together more often than not. Moses has a talent, a talent that seems to be getting him in trouble but the need is too great inside him to stop. Moses is a painter, what he paints is not typical but he has no control over it over what he must express.  An artist must reveal what he feels and sees, so Moses paints. I loved the depth that his painting revealed, the mystery and the emotion that followed his art.   The relationships with the individuals that Moses had in his life, what a moving experience they were. I enjoyed the richness of this novel, the romance and each character that moved throughout the pages. I’m glad that I picked up another one of Amy’s novels at the library; I can’t wait to see where that one leads me.

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review 2016-11-20 14:24
Caramel, Caramel & More Caramel!
Caramel, Caramel & More Caramel!: Sweet and Savory Recipes for Creative Caramel Cuisine - Ivana Nitzan,Michal Moses

by Ivana Nitzan and Michal Moses

 

I couldn't resist this cookbook because I love anything caramel, toffee or butterscotch. One of the first things the book clarifies is the difference between caramel and toffee, which I never really knew before. Dulce de Leche also comes up in some of the recipes and is defined for those who didn't already know.

 

The recipes! I did expect some wonderfully decadent sweet recipes and was not to be disappointed, but the unusual savory recipes, matching caramel with chicken and other foods we wouldn't normally think of, makes this cookbook unique. I should clarify though that the savory recipes are caramelised rather than having something like caramel sauce on chicken, although you could get that effect with the caramel fondue and chicken pieces if you were having weird pregnancy cravings or something.

 

I especially liked that it started with recipes to make your own caramels and toffees rather than relying on melting down commercially made ones. As a Brit who misses Toffos, I intend to experiment with the toffee recipe and flavoured syrups!

 

Some of the sweet recipes are just too good. Caramel marbled into chocolate brownies, a chocolate banana toffee torte with cream on top and sticky toffee buns are just the sort of thing I picked this book up for. The brilliant thing is that these wonderful recipes are easy! No weird, exotic, hard to find ingredients. Basic sugar, butter, and cream are the building blocks for most caramel related recipes and many wonderful treats await.

 

There are even healthy recipes like carrot cake with white chocolate caramel frosting or using fruits and oats in the sweet sections. I think I'll b e getting more use out of this cookbook than many others in my collection!

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