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text 2018-06-22 13:50
Going to take another break from non-fiction
Iain M. Banks (Modern Masters of Science Fiction) - Paul Kincaid

This is good, and the excerpt is only 29 pages long, but I want to feel that I'm finishing a book.   The medicine I'm has depression listed as a side-effect, which means I need to feel productive to bolster my self-esteem. 


So I'll be working on the next category: graphic novels, yay!

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review 2018-06-18 17:11
Modern Pressure Canning: Recipes and Techniques for Today's Home Canner by Amelia Jeanroy, Kerry Michaels
Modern Pressure Canning: Recipes and Techniques for Today's Home Canner - Amelia Jeanroy,Kerry Michaels

This is a great book filled with canning recipes and techniques for canning with the pressure cooker. 

There are recipes for fruits, vegetables, sauces, and meats in the book. There are tips for storage, a troubleshooting guide, canning basics and more. This book is great for the beginner as well as the advanced canner.


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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text 2018-06-15 07:02
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review 2018-06-12 20:18
Review: Shadows of Africa by Wayne McCain (3/5 stars)
Shadows of Africa - Wayne McCain

Years ago, I read the book The Lions of Tsavo about man-eating lions and found it riveting. I went into this book with high hopes. The set up was pretty good with these well-meaning mercs planning to take out a war lord. There’s also an embassy and all their employees being evacuated or put under guarded lock down. Then the lions enter the story. All that was a great hook that pulled me into the tale.

Then things go into a bit of a slump. All of the mercs are nice guys which just made them come off as fake and one dimensional. After the first staging of the scene, there’s very little details about the location. Basically, this story could take place any place with a large predator. I would have liked more details about Africa in general and the country in specific to keep me in the story.

A few of the mercs die in their quest to rid the area of this pride of man-eating lions. Since I hadn’t gotten attached to them, I wasn’t sad when they had to exit the story. In fact, I had trouble keeping them all straight because they were nearly copies of one another in all their goodness.

The other big issue for me was that all the ladies are attached to the mercs (wives, girlfriends) and when they get together, all they do is cry in their wine as they miss their men. They have no lives of their own. These female characters were there to hold up the male characters and none of them stood on their own. Since this is fiction, we could have had at least one female character, perhaps as a merc or native Tanzanian wildlife guide. Alas, the ladies were even less memorable than the men.

Despite the flaws, the story has several good action scenes and some intense moments between hunter and hunted. 3/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book.

The Narration: Dave Cruse was a good fit for this book. He had distinct voices for all the characters and a variety of accents. He also had decent female voices for the ladies. I’m not familiar with the Tanzanian accent, but the accent Cruse used for the Tanzanian characters was consistent throughout the story. There were no recording issues. 5/5 stars.

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review 2018-06-12 00:13
Modern Romance - Aziz Ansari,Eric Klinenberg
For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

This is an entertaining and informative read that perfectly blends research and humor. I really enjoyed this book. It is part humor, part research project, part self-help book, part dating guide, and all around awesome. 

I had been meaning to read the hardcover edition of this book that has been sitting on my bookshelf. Then my husband asked if we could get an audiobook of it from the library so we could listen to it on a roadtrip. So like any reasonable person, I sat in the car with my hardcover open and allowed Aziz Ansari to read it for me while I followed along like on of those read-along books. 

This is a very unique and interesting book. It blends personal stories with actual research including focus groups, surveys, interviews, and literature reviews. The book is written in a very simple way with easy-to-understand charts and graphs (in the physical book). Ansari and Klinenberg present the information they found in a way that can be easily read by everyone. 

There are pros and cons to the audiobook vs physical book. The physical book includes pictures, charts, and graphs, which the audiobook does not. However, the audiobook is read by Ansari himself, so there is that. The text is basically the same with some added wording in the audiobook, such as Ansari making fun of the reader for being too lazy to read the actual book. There are minor differences between the two versions (like a story about a picture of a deer in the hardcover book that turns into a story about a picture of a horse in the audiobook), but the pertinent information is all the same. 

A great book for people who are interested in "modern romance" as well as those who typically don't like nonfiction. This is a great nonfiction book to try if you normally aren't fan of them. Fun, humorous, and entertaining, this is a great read. 
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