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review 2018-01-01 13:41
Another stunning cover…
Undertow - Michael Buckley

 

 

 

Book TitleUndertow

Author:  Michael Buckley

Narration:  Jennifer Grace

Series:  Undertow #1

Genre:  Fantasy | Dystopian

Setting:  Coney Island

Source:  Audiobook (Library)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plot:  4.2/5

Main Characters:  4/5

Secondary Characters:  4/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Pacing:  4.2/5

Addictiveness:  4.2/5

Theme or Tone: 4.3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  4.2/5  Cliffhanger:  "to be continued"

Steam Factor 0-5:  1

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

This book started out fantastically for me, with its beautiful imagery and the totally unique world.  It's like our present day world with a sort-of dystopian/apocalyptic feel to it.  Then the insta-love (and I mean straight-up instant) and some teenage super-drama kind of brought it a little low for me.  Despite that, it is a remarkably imaginative story. 

 

Will I continue this series?  I'm actually torn because book 2 has lots of bad reviews, (even more teenage super-drama, supposedly) and Idk what I want to do with this series…I can't find the second book on audio unless I use one of my credits on Audible.  I don't think I want to do that considering the reviews for it…but a part of me really w)ants to see where this goes.  So yeah, I guess only time will tell.

 

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text 2017-12-30 14:51
December Wrap-up
Old Celtic Romances - P.W. Joyce
Sigil Witchery: A Witch's Guide to Crafting Magick Symbols - Laura Tempest Zakroff
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler
Dreamtime Dragons - Nils Visser
The Grand Phantom - Harold Cloninger
A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
Plum Dandi Knits: Simple Designs for Luxury Yarns - Alicia Plummer,Melissa Schaschwary
The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock - Imogen Hermes Gowar
The Toy Makers - Robert Dinsdale
About Time: Einstein's Unfinished Revolution - Paul Davies

Yes, there's one more day but although I'm getting close to finishing Uprooted by Naomi Novik, I definitely won't be finishing any other books before January 1st.

 

I seem to have given myself a lot of non-fiction to read this month. Mostly from Netgalley.

 

I expect to finish Uprooted between today and tomorrow so I'm counting 11 books for the month. Not bad for me!

 

The stand out ones besides Uprooted (which I'm really enjoying) would be The Toy Makers and the Dreamtime Dragons Anthology. Both have given me a lot of reading pleasure. I enjoyed the re-reading of A Christmas Carol too. 5 of the books are non-fiction so only a couple of meh books.

 

I also got through some of the samples backlog again. I've only got about 80 left. I collected a LOT over Halloween!

 

I still have some non-fiction reads in progress so that may slow me down for January reading, but I seem to be averaging more in a month than I used to. I blame all of you.

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review 2017-12-16 11:00
Fairies
Fairies:: A Guide to the Celtic Fair Folk - Morgan Daimler

by Morgan Daimler

 

Non-fiction

 

This book is about the folklore and fairy tradition of Ireland. It may well be the most down-to-earth book on the subject on the market to date. Rather than the airy-fairy Victorian ideas of pretty little girl fairies that popular culture has spread, this is about the original tales and beliefs that are still prevalent in a mostly Christian Ireland.

 

The book is well researched. Tales from many places in the British Isles and Europe are cited and the folk beliefs are given context. Actual belief in fairies isn't required to enjoy the relation of the stories, though the author is mostly directing the information at a Pagan readership where some degree of belief is relevant.

 

There is a lot of repetition. Perhaps it was needed for context but I've seen the same information about fairy behavior in three different chapters and that gives the impression of padding. My only other complaint is that in an early chapter there was a promise to explain the difference between fairies and nature spirits, but only a passing reference to the latter later on. I pretty much understand the difference but would have liked to see it put into words to clarify.

 

Overall a good reference for anyone new to the subject, although the classic reference books are cited so often that I wonder if someone with more than a passing interest should just reading those works. Mostly well written, though it meanders in the last couple of chapters.

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review 2017-11-04 15:53
An Inuit Folk Tale, Fish-Boy As told by Vanita Oelschlager
Fish-Boy: An Inuit Folk Tale - Mike Blanc,Vanita Oelschlager
An Inuit Folk Tale, Fish-Boy As told by Vanita Oelschlager with art by Mike Blanc is a charming children's story written for grades one to four. It also covers multi-cultural information. I gave it four stars.
 
"Soon we will go to the two island the white trader calls 'Diomedes.' They lie between our land and the big land where the fathers of our fathers' fathers' fathers came from."
 
I received a complimentary copy from Vanita Books and NetGalley. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
This book is in pre-order status until May 1, 2018 so I could not leave a review on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.
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review 2017-08-18 00:00
The Souls of Black Folk
The Souls of Black Folk - W.E.B. Du Bois,Donald B. Gibson,Monica M. Elbert,Monica E. Elbert This book looks at everything, things I've never thought about when it comes to around the time of the end of slavery of blacks in the US. It talks about all the issues. Just because it was illegal, didn't mean everything fell into a good place for anyone involved. It talks about black/white problems and problems between blacks and other blacks. It's worth reading for sure.
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