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text 2017-09-06 22:53
Wow!
Birds of Utah Field Guide - Stan Tekiela
Lonely Planet Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Travel Guide) - Lonely Planet,Greg Benchwick,Carolyn McCarthy,Christopher Pitts

Finally having a bit of down time after some exhausting days hiking. Haven't seen any TV and not even had time to do any reading, but the amazing scenery and wildlife I've seen, kind of makes up for it. 

 

Zion National Park

 

Bryce Canyon

 

Tomorrow we're heading for Capitol Reef, and after that it's Arches and Canyonland before we head to Salt Lake City and then home. 

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review 2017-09-05 23:29
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Ashton: Lord of Truth (Lonely Lords) (Volume 13) - Grace Burrowes

Ashton:  Lord of Truth by Grace Burrowes is an awesome historical romance.  This book is well-written and full of lovable, amazing characters.  I especially loved Helen.  What a little spitfire.  Ashton and Matilda's story is full of drama, suspense, action and spice.  Best of all though was the humor.  I enjoyed reading Ashton: Lord of Truth and look forward to my next book by Grace Burrowes.  Ashton: Lord of Truth is book 13 of the Lonely Lords Series but can be read as a standalone.  This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2017-06-30 17:19
Laguna The Lonely Mermaid - Savannah Alatorre,Don Castillo,Dan Alatorre

Laguna The Lonely Mermaid by Dan Alatorre Coloful children's story. The mermaid is sad and lonely. She watches a boat capsize in the water and all the pirates go in the water. The dolphins help them to make it to an island. Sea creatures help the pirates and Laguna makes new friends. Love how the story came about and suggestions on how you can use it for educational purposes also. Great for older children also. Author bios and Illustrator bio are included. Other works by the author are highlighted at the end with summaries of what the books are about. Q&A is included to get the child to think how things could be different. Added bonus material at the website. Received this review copy from the author and this is my honest review.

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text 2017-06-04 14:30
4th June 2017
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter - Carson McCullers

Next to music, beer was best.

 

Carson McCullers

 

Novelist Carson McCullers left her Georgia home for New York and Paris, but her stories of loneliness and love take place in the South. McCullers' first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, was first published 77 years ago today.

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review 2017-04-08 00:18
"A Lonely Resurrection - John Rain #2" by Barry Eisner
A Lonely Resurrection - Barry Eisler

"A Lonely Resurrection" follows straight on from "A Clean Kill In Tokyo", John Rain is trying to lie low and retire from the killing business but is pulled back into that world by his friend and sometime protector, a police inspector on a crusade against corruption in Japan.

"A Lonely Resurrection" was good solid entertainment all the way through. It spends a lot of time on (very) physical  and vividly described combat, John Rain kills more people and with more ease than Jack Reacher normally manages and he seems to have much better sex with the women in his life. The plot provided a satisfying mix of feint and attack and betrayal that kept me guessing.

Barry Eisler narrates his own book perfectly, getting the pace right and squeeting out all the drama without becoming melodramatic.

One of the things I enjoyed most was the verbal love affair Barry Eisner has with Tokyo. He makes me hungry to go there. Read the description below of Tokyo by night and you'll see what I mean.

    There's something so alive about Tokyo at night;  something so imbued with possibilities. Certainly the day time, with its zig-zagging schools of pedestrians and thundering trains and hustle and noise and traffic, is the more upbeat of the cities melodies, but the city also seems burdened by the  quotidian clamor and almost relieved ,every evening, to be able to ease into the twilight and set aside the weight of the day. Night strips away the superfluity and the distractions. You move through Tokyo at night and you feel you're on the verge of discovering that thing you've always longed for- At night, you can hear the city breathe.

It's clear that John Rain, killer and loner that he is, reluctantly and hesitantly, on a journey to discover the possibility of redemption or, perhaps, atonement in these books. He is developing as a character but his true nature is unlikely to change. He will always kill. The questions is, how will he direct his killing? For profit? For personal vengeance? Or for something bigger and more important than himself.

I've booked myself a monthly John Rain entertainment spot until I've read the entire season.

Go to Barry Eisler^s website to hear him read an extract from chapter one and to get more background on the places his stories take place in.

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