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review 2017-01-05 02:10
Fantastic book that is humorous and sweet
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Harry Potter) - Newt Scamander,J.K. Rowling

A short book for charity. Nice one. Complete the illusion by putting the fictional writer on the cover.


Enjoy this. Couldn't resist buying some gifts for myself.


The handwritten stuff added the illusion of being a used book of Harry Potter. There is more evidence for Harry Potter being real than Jesus in the bible as there is more than one book on Harry. 


I got this after seeing the film. It makes this book even more attractive as I remembered how Newt tried to collect and protect beasts. 



Some of the beasts we are familiar, some not. It still captures the imagination of being in a world of magic, that dragons live along side three-headed-snakes. 

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review 2016-07-05 15:11
Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix
Newt's Emerald - Garth Nix


Newt's Emerald
young adult
regency romance with some magic
this is the first book I read by the author
the book design is beautiful
as are the rough-cut pages
a special emerald goes missing
and Lady Truthful Newington, our heroine, decides to get it back
this decision leads her on an adventure
that will change her life
at first I wasn't sure if the writing style would work for me
but after a few pages I got used to it
I had a lot of fun while reading the story
it's charming and mostly light-hearted
with interesting characters
and a nice romance
I think there was some missed potential in how the magical elements were handled
and even though I enjoyed reading the book
the characters didn't leave a lasting impression on me
the plot wasn't that refined
an entertaining and charming book
that was maybe missing some depth
I'm still happy that I read it
because it entertained me well.

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quote 2016-05-28 12:18
Out there's the Maze, Newt whispered, eyes wide as if in a trance.Everything we do - our whole life, Greenie - revolves around the Maze. Every lovin' second of every lovin' day we spend in honour of the Maze, tryin' to solve somethin' that's not shown us it has a bloody solution, ya know? And we want to show ya why it's not to be messed with. Show ya why them buggin' walls close shut every night. Show ya why you should never, never find your butt out there.
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review 2016-04-08 19:31
Book #828 - 333,587 Pages Read
To Try Men's Souls - Albert S. Hanser,Newt Gingrich,William R. Forstchen

I was very aware of the gravity of the subject of this book as I dove into it, but that did not damper my amazement and astonishment of just what these brave men did on that Christmas night back in 1776 to literally save this burgeoning and embryonic nation from being a permanent English colony. I have no doubts to the legitimacy of the events in this book, but what made this tale hit so deep is the wonderful characterizations that Gingrich/Forstchen gave historic people like Washington, Knox, Paine, Adams and various soldiers within the context of this event. If anything, I had trouble with the first half of the book or so because it was sooooo depressing, manifesting itself through the moods and actions of George Washington himself. I think that is the real brilliance of this book as the reader is transported from that to the successful actions of the patriot army as they stormed Trenton and literally caught the Hessians asleep in their homes and bunkers, Washington's pride beaming through all the way. The authors also very smartly portray the conflict Washington felt along the way. Paine's contributions to the morale through his publication of The American Crisis is neatly inserted here as well, Gingrich/Forstchen presenting him as a very, very tortured soul.

In short, entertaining, inspiring, and just amazing to think of what the founders of this nation had to do just so today we can call ourselves Americans and not bow to a king (well, for a while longer, anyway). I wish more middle/high school kids would read books like this to get an understanding of what it took to create the greatest political experiment in human history and just what is currently at stake.

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text 2016-03-21 13:37
Reading progress update: I've read 170 out of 345 pages.
To Try Men's Souls - Albert S. Hanser,Newt Gingrich,William R. Forstchen

Fascinating story....a little harder to read than I thought it would be...

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