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review 2018-10-06 16:09
To stoke your wanderlust
Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies - Alastair Bonnett

Unruly Places: Lost Spaces, Secret Cities, and Other Inscrutable Geographies by Alastair Bonnett is essentially a sociological and philosophical study of what 'place' really means to each of us. The author explores 47 different locales around the globe (usually with GPS coordinates included) and divides them by type (floating cities, underground bunkers, and places without borders to name a few). He examines the dichotomy in wanting a place which is set in stone and also desiring to be itinerant travelers like our ancestors. Until I read this I had never really thought about the significance that we as humans associate with place. The historical and geographical facts Bonnett detailed were especially fascinating (examples include: pumice rafts, Sealand (they have their own passports!), and the enclaves of Belgium). The pacing was just right and the material kept me engaged throughout (which by this point in the year is a challenge).  I really like to learn about places that are far removed from the everyday and Bonnett delivered on that in spades. For those with wanderlust in their heart or a desire to learn about phenomenally odd and/or out of the way locales then this is a great little book. I bet it would make an excellent travel companion on any vacation! 10/10

 

What's Up Next: When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Star Trek: Destiny #3: Lost Souls by David Mack (yes, I'm still reading this)

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review 2018-06-22 10:00
Release Day Review! Edge of Humanity (Only Human #5 / Kirsten O'Shea Universe) Candace Blevins!
Edge of Humanity - Candace Blevins

 

 

Book five of the ONLY HUMAN series...

 

Abbott agreed to let Kirsten seek revenge on Gavin, and she hopes doing so before she pulls away from the supernatural community will make others hesitant to come after Kirsten or her family.

 

Before Lauren goes away to college, Kirsten wants to be sure she’s done all she can to prepare her daughter. They take a trip to China, and Kirsten hopes she can get her old teacher to train her daughter. However, when they arrive, things aren’t as they should be.

 

In China, the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance are ubiquitous, and the Monkey King frequently plays a part in both. Kirsten is friends with the Lion King and Dragon King, and despite the fact this has nothing to do with the legendary Chinese lion or dragon, the implications are far-reaching once she’s back in China.

 


I went on a wonderfully enlightening and satisfying journey with Kirsten O’Shea and her daughter in Edge of Humanity which is the fifth book in the Only Human series.

 

I don’t know about everyone else, but I have never been too far from home and Kirsten’s trip to China provided me with lots of picturesque and intriguing views of the fascinating culture and landscape. Kirsten’s journey was one that was quite fast paced with lots of thrilling events and meetings with wonderfully eclectic and fascinating characters and there was a few chuckles to be found as well. But most of all Kirsten discovers more about herself and her abilities which may have far reaching consequences in her life back home.

 

Kirsten’s return and her trip to bring Lauren to Cambridge is just as exciting but in a more dangerous way as they are situations from the past that need to be made right and of course keeping Lauren safe from Kirsten’s enemies. Edge of Humanity is fast paced and a fascinating and thrilling adventure no matter where the story takes place and I also got to meet more interesting characters and there was an exciting battle where Kirsten’s new abilities become to known and in a spectacular way which of course just makes Kirsten even more intriguing. The story also has quite a bit of erotic lovemaking in it, although not quite as much as usual which is understandable.

 

Once again, Candace Blevins’ fascinating and well developed supernatural world full of wonderful characters was enthralling and kept me glued to the pages until the very end and as always I can’t wait for the next one, whether it’s from the Only Human, Chattanooga Supernaturals or the Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club, The Dark Underbelly and The Dark(ish) Fairytale series, because they are all thrilling books to read.

 

 

Edge of Humanity

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40254570-edge-of-humanity

 

BookLikes - http://booklikes.com/edge-of-humanity-candace-blevins/book,13980106

 

is the 5th book of the Only Human series

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/series/146332-only-human

 


which includes:


1 Only Human
2 An Inhuman Journey
3 Of Humans and Monsters
4 Defining Human

 

& is part of the Kirsten O'Shea Universe which includes


Only Human
Chattanooga Supernaturals
Rolling Thunder Motorcycle Club
The Dark Underbelly
A Dark(ish) Fairytale

 

 

There are five series in this universe. For those who are only interested in one series, you’ll be able to read it without reading the others. However, if you want to read all five, get the complete reading order here:

 

http://www.candaceblevins.com/kirsten-osheas-universe/

 

 


Edge of Humanity is available in print or ebook at:

 

Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DRP59D8?tag=canble-20

 

B&N - https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/edge-of-humanity-candace-blevins/1128924856?ean=2940162078746

 

 

Candace Blevins can be found at:

 

Website - http://www.candaceblevins.com/

 

Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/candacesblevins

 

Goodreads - https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4489132.Candace_Blevins

 

Amazon - http://amzn.to/1TFP6eL

 

Twitter- https://twitter.com/CandaceBlevins

 

Pintrest - https://pinterest.com/candacesblevins/

 

InstaGram - https://www.instagram.com/candaceblevinsauthor/

 

BookBub - https://www.bookbub.com/authors/candace-blevins

 

BookLikes- http://booklikes.com/candace-blevins/author,2233429

 

 

 

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review 2018-02-26 21:25
The conscientious killer
Scythe - Neal Shusterman

I have to be straight up about the fact that it took me several weeks to get through this book. This is not because I didn't enjoy it because I actually did quite a bit...it's just that once I put it down I didn't feel that overwhelming urge to get back into it again. 

¯_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

Scythe by Neal Shusterman is a dystopian (or utopian depending on how you look at it) young adult novel about what would happen if technology progressed to the point where disease, poverty, and even death were overcome. What would be humanity's biggest problem? If you guessed overpopulation then you're absolutely correct. The solution to this problem was to create the Scythedom which consists of specially recruited and trained individuals who seek out and 'glean' (strike down, kill, murder) members of the community. The Scythedom is purported to be a morally sound group of people who have the capability to decide who to 'glean' for the sake of the greater good. The Thunderhead which is the name for the evolved information cloud (think Google on speed) oversees the majority of day-to-day operations with the exception of this group of people. What could go wrong? When morality and mortality are inextricably intertwined is it possible to keep your objectivity and still be a good person? Can you be a conscientious killer?  If you enjoy asking questions about ethics, justice, and what it means to be truly 'human' then this might be one that you should check out. If you're squeamish about graphic depictions of death then I don't think this is the book for you. The sequel titled Thunderhead is already out and as the title suggests the primary focus is going to be on the all-seeing eye of the world. (I had it in my possession but didn't get to it before I had to send it back out to another reader. Maybe something to look forward to later in the year?) 8/10 but I had to take a few points off because it wasn't my first choice to pick up and continue.

 

What's Up Next: My Friend Dahmer by Derf Backderf

 

What I'm Currently Reading: From Here to Eternity by Caitlin Doughty

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review 2018-02-20 02:51
I like to think that I'm pretty tech-savvy but...
Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything - Kelly Weinersmith,Zach Weinersmith

I'm a naturally curious person (obvious to the longtime reader) and I really enjoy learning about the the world we inhabit. I especially enjoy discussions which forecast what our world might look like in the near to distant future. This book touched on a lot of that and much more (much of it out of my sphere of knowledge). Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That'll Improve and/or Ruin Everything by Kelly Weinersmith (with illustrations by Zach Weiner) covers everything from space settlements (and space elevators!) to computer brain interfaces (no thank you!) with Utah Array (basically multiple neuron points). The wide variety of topics explored should appeal to a diverse audience and if that doesn't do it the illustrations scattered throughout certainly will as they further explain extremely technical subjects through a pop science lens (some quite funny while others tried just a bit too hard). I have to give them a giant HOORAY for their excellent use of references such as George Church (remember him from Woolly?) which lent a more academic feel. Besides explaining what inventions we might see in the future, Weinersmith discusses the concerns both ethical and economical which could either delay or outright stall further development. The futurists among you would do well to check this book out to get excited for the years ahead while the cynics might want to get their hands on it to strengthen their arguments. ;-) 7/10

 

And this is why I'm terrified. [Source: Penguin Books]

 

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What I'm Currently Reading: Gorillas in the Mist by Dian Fossey

 

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review 2017-12-25 01:55
What thoughts do eggs have?
Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too: A Book - Jomny Sun

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun was an odd little book.  The reader follows our main character who is an alien (or aliebn if you prefer) sent to earth to learn about humans but because he's never met one he assumes every living thing he sees is a human. Therefore, he becomes good friends with a tree, beaver, egg, etc. Reminiscent of Find the Good, this book is chock full of life lessons about what truly matters. Our little alien friend learns how to be content and happy, what loneliness is, how to be a good friend, the value of creativity, and most of all how to accept oneself. There's also an underlying message about doomsday and what the planet would be like without human habitation. Is this actually an apocalyptic tale cloaked behind a cute alien story?  I have to point out that the misspelling (as you see in the title) was highly annoying even after I managed to somewhat successfully ignore it and took away some enjoyment from the overall reading of the book. However, if you are able to look past that (and I was mostly successful) then it's a nice little read with great messages. This author isn't afraid to tackle tough subjects and I believe he does so with sensitivity and insight. This would make a great gift for that introspective friend (or a great addition to your own collection). I'd say it was a solid 7/10 because while it was a really nice book it didn't blow me out of the water. (The best graphic novel remains The Gigantic Beard That Was Evil by Stephen Collins.)

 

Source: Sweet

 

 

What's Up Next: Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore by Matthew J. Sullivan

 

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