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review 2018-03-28 18:02
Good detective work marred by a distorted approach
Myths & Legends of the First World War - James Hayward

Truth, as the saying goes, is the first casualty of war, and in this book James Hayward demonstrates just how true this was during the First World War.  He examines many of the falsehoods that arose during the way, from rumors of nonexistent spies to such fabled tales as the “Angel of Mons” and the Russians in England.  Addressing each of these, he details the impact of the particular legend and traces its probably origin, an effort that requires equal parts detective work and reasoned speculation.

 

Yet for all of his admirable work in penetrating through the mythos of the war, Hayward’s book suffers from some notable flaws.  His text suffers from errors borne of sloppiness; he makes factual mistakes when establishing the context, and in one instance he cites a novel as if it were a memoir instead of a work of fiction.  The most problematic part of his book, however, is his chapter of the “legend” of the incompetent British command on the Western Front.  While the idea of the “lions led by donkeys” has faced increasing challenges recently from several quarters, Hayward treats it as if it were simply another.  By lumping it in with the other falsehoods he addresses, he distorts the process of historiographical debate underway, ignoring the evidence that led many historians to their views on the incompetent leadership of the British generals.  A different approach towards the topic would have served the author better in this respect.

 

For the most part, Hayward is to be commended.  His book offers an entertainingly written examination of the propaganda and rumors that grew out of the First World War.  People who are seeking an introduction to the topic could do worse than to turn to its pages, though a certain amount of skepticism is warranted in some parts.

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review 2018-03-15 16:11
Spellbinding – The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle @Laura_Bickle
The Dragon's Playlist - Laura Bickle

OMG, what an amazing cover for The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle. If this is any indication of the story inside, I can hardly wait to get started. How about you?

 

Cover:  Danielle Fine

 

The Dragon's Playlist

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MY REVIEW

 

I have heard some rumors about Laura Bickle’s writing and now I know, IT’S TRUE! She can spin a heart pounding tale of love and loss, and fantasy and fiction, that blend together in a spellbinding read that you will not be able to put down.

 

Diamond came home to see her ailing father. It is terrible to see a parent weak, ill, a parody of their former self. He had been hurt in a mine cave in.

 

Oh man, she’s got a porcelain unicorn collection. Me too. She talks of her love for trees and the forest. I love them too. I also had a treehouse, and, like hers, it was really just a couple of boards nailed to a couple of branches. BUT, I never had a fiery something coming my way. Hmmm…is it a shadow…is that fire?

 

Money issues force her to take a break from college and she is not happy about it. She is resentful, even though she knows it’s the only way to help her parents. Her ex-boyfriend, Jason, seems to be a permanent fixture at her parents home. She thought it was odd, until she found out why Jason and her dad had such a close relationship.

 

Another mining story with the same theme, attitudes, danger, treehuggers…and the miners who need the jobs. I have read several books, recently, about coal mining and it pisses me off every time it comes up. We shouldn’t be underground, like rats, mining for an obsolete product. Well…let me collect myself…These type of stories get my emotions roiling and I am filled with anger, disgust, sadness, and a feeling of ambivalence.

 

I couldn’t help but laugh at the mention of noodling, and if you haven’t heard of it you are in for a laugh or two. It’s a southern thing. They were supposed to be looking for Buzzard Bill, but the kids are easily bored.

 

Whoa…Not what I was expecting and I love it. Reminds me of Mothman…a bit.

 

The characters have some decisions to make, some attitudes to adjust and some romantic feelings to sort out. Their futures are not easy to discern and their problems read like a true story as they struggle day by day. Sometimes we don’t get all the dreams of our youth, but, like Diamond, there can still be love, happiness and a feeling of contentment.

 

At seventy percent, I am feeling so sad. I went from childlike wonder to anger and disappointment, sorrow and hope. So much heartache. Can there possibly be any happiness left?

 

I cannot stop reading…I must know…OMG! Fabulous, fiery, fantastic, flaming, flawless fantasy!

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of The Dragon’s Playlist by Laura Bickle.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  5 Stars

 

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text 2018-03-02 12:30
Friday Reads - March 2, 2018
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle

 

I'm not a fan of Dr. Seuss (as a kid or as a mom), but I can't deny his place in children's literature or imaginations. My kids like some of his stuff (The Grinch and The Lorax) but they prefer Mo Willems' stuff.

 

The weather forecasters are calling for a lot of snow for today and tomorrow, and quite frankly I am tired of Old Man Winter and his BS. I want spring flowers and sunshine and all things pastel colored. And I am in a part of England that does not get snow, so this winter's constant snow squalls are really unusual. As I will be found this weekend under a blanket or three and sipping all the hot beverages, I am also making it a reading weekend. I have nothing on my planner for this weekend and I am going to enjoy it.

 

So I want to finish Women Heroes of World War 1 and get to at least 30% of The Irish Americans. I want to read the entries for 1914 from Forgotten Voices. Sunday is all about A Wrinkle in Time. The kids and I are doing two stories per night from the Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends. That should get my March reading off to a good start.

 

So for those readers basking in warm spring temperatures or enjoying the last of the summer sun, enjoy it. If you are like me and experiencing winter on the "why won't you go away already" level, pass the hot water bottle. Happy Reading!

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text 2018-03-01 12:00
March 2018 TBR
Celtic Myth & Magick: Harness the Power of the Gods & Goddesses - Edain McCoy
Read Aloud Celtic Myths And Legends - Joan C. Verniero
A Wrinkle in Time - Madeleine L'Engle
Forgotten Voices of the Great War - Max Arthur,Imperial War Museum
The Irish Americans: A History - Jay P. Dolan
Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics - Kathryn J. Atwood

My reading has opened up since the end of COYER Winter Switch is almost here. I am glad I went with print books for the final phase; somehow the list didn't work for me this time. This month I am focusing on my Great War reading list and all things Irish/Celtic. Finally, buddy read with Whiskey on A Wrinkle in Time before seeing the movie!

 

March TBR

1. Celtic Myth and Magick: Harnessing the Power of the Gods and Goddesses by Edain McCoy

 

2. Read-Aloud Celtic Myths and Legends by Joan C. Verniero (read along with the kids)

 

3. Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics by Kathryn J. Atwood

 

4. Forgotten Voices from the Great War by Max Arthur

 

5. The Irish Americans: A History by Jay P. Dolan

 

6. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

 

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review 2018-02-21 16:20
Mermaids Are Alive and In Love in Updrift by Errin Stevens @errinstevens
Updrift - Errin Stevens

 

I love mermaids! It’s that simple. I may have even been one in a former life.

That being said, it was a no brainer to want Updrift by Errin Stevens.

I mean, look at that cover. How can you resist it?

 

Updrift (The Mer Chronicles #1)

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MY REVIEW

 

 YAY! Mermaids! Love mermaids and the cover, so reading this is a no brainer. I immediately thought of Splash, only in reverse, the girl ‘falls’ in the water and falls in love with the ‘boy’. I’m hooked.
 
Updrift by Errin Stevens is Kate’s life from the time she is five years old to adulthood. I love seeing her grow and develop from an introverted nerd, to a strong, determined woman with desires that will not be denied and one who knows the difference between right and wrong and will step up.
 
After the death of her father, Kate and her mother move from Kansas to Griffin Bay, North Carolina for a fresh start.
 
Kate is confused about all the secrecy surrounding her and the push for her to fill her days with tons of schoolwork, an internship, and little to no socializing, especially with Gabe. And Gabe? And, now that they were meeting after being kept apart for so long, is he still interested in her? Were they being kept apart on purpose…And, what now?
 
Kate and Gabe do not sense the danger coming their way, but I do and I fear for them. What could they do, even if they knew?
 
I love all things in their mer world. They have their own set of rules and customs, but there are those who think changes need to be made. After all, it is the 21st century.
 
 I haven’t read a book quite like Updrift and Errin Stevens’ mer world had me thinking, hey can I play too? Who wouldn’t want to swim with the fishes…in a good way?
 
I loved it and if you love mermaids as much as I do, this is one you want on your reading list. I want more, and thank goodness I have Breakwater, the second book in The Mer Chronicles waiting for me on my Kindle. As a matter of fact, I cannot wait and will begin…NOW.
 
I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Updrift by Errin Stevens.

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos 4 Stars

 

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