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review 2018-09-07 22:09
The Beginnings Of A Legend!
First Wilderness: My Quest in the Territory of Alaska - Sam Keith,Nick Jans

What a fantastic book! It will leave you hungering for your own Alaska adventure.
The author is best known for his book chronicling another Alaskan pioneer, Dick Proennecke (One Man's Wilderness).
In this book he writes about his own Alaskan obsession, his journey there to work at any job he could find, his hunting and fishing adventures, and the beginning of his friendship with Proennecke.
His descriptions of the Alaskan back country, the characters that he meets and works with, his own great relationship with his own family, and his inner feelings, will all leave you feeling that you are there with him!
A memoir of a time that is probably lost forever, and of the adventures we might have had if we had only had the courage to follow his lead.
Outstanding!

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text 2018-09-04 14:59
Monthly Run Down - August 2018
Too Late - Colleen Hoover
The Rehearsal Dinner - J.R. Ward
A Little Big Rock - Lauren Blakely
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
The Reception - J.R. Ward
The Edible Cookie Dough Cookbook - Olivia Hops
Eternal Beast - Laura Wright
Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - Charlamagne Tha God,Charlamagne Tha God,Simon & Schuster Audio
Consumed - J.R. Ward
Seriously... I'm Kidding - Ellen DeGeneres

*Better late than never right?



Books I Read:

 

Too Late - 3.75 Stars - Super intense.

 

The Rehearsal Dinner - 4 Stars - Hot, and not just because the characters are firefighters

A Little Big Rock  - 4 Stars - I need to figure out where I can sign up for a Spencer of my own.

 

Creative Quest  - 3.5 Stars - Interesting, made me think more about creativity than I think I ever have, and that’s a good thing.  

 

The Reception   - 4 Stars - Just as hot as I thought it would be. So ready for Consumed

 

The Edible Cookie Dough Book - 5 Stars - So many fun and delicious recipes that I can’t wait to try

 

Eternal Beast - 4 Stars - So many layers of story.

 

Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It - 4 Stars - Inspirational

 

Consumed - 4 Stars - Great start to a new series. I love these characters

 

Seriously… I’m Kidding - 4 Stars - lots of fun

 

Rough & Ready - 3.5 Stars - Tanner Green is swoonworthy






DNF:

 

Single and Looking Daisy - Balinda Austin - Daisy is a hot mess who needs psychiatric help.



Currently Reading:



Sexsomnia - Anya Omah - So far I dislike the “Hero”

 

Lies  - T.M. Logan - Just started so nothing much has happened




Year to Date Totals:



January: 9 books

February: 10 books

March: 9 books

April: 6 books

May: 10 books

June: 6 books

July: 7 books

August: 12 books

 

2018: 69 books

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review 2018-08-06 19:45
Creative Quest
Creative Quest - Ahmir Questlove Thompson
I Picked Up This Book Because: Curiosity

The Story:

This book is like a class on creativity. What is it, the habits of people who have it. What you can do to get it, increase it, evolve it. As with any class I’ve ever taken there were some very interesting parts and some parts that I completely tuned out. I like to think there were more of the former but don’t ask me for specific examples.

A lot of Questlove’s learning and teachings on the subject obviously were learned from someone who creates music, however, he does explore in to the creativity of writers, chefs and even comedians. I think this book would be beneficial for anyone who is in a creative field but also anyone who is trying to figure out how they can think differently about any subject.

This is one of those books that I think you read, you try to apply it to life then you read again to see how well you interpreted it and if you need to adjust. Or maybe you will get a completely new lesson in the reread.

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3.5 Stars
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review 2018-06-02 20:12
Good Short story
The Dream-Quest of Vellitt Boe - Kij Johnson

I'm not a huge Lovecraft fan, but I love Johnson's quick and wonderful short stories. This is beautiful, though I would have gotten more from it if I liked Lovecraft.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-05-28 09:30
Portals in Time by John Joseph Teressi
Portals in Time: The Quest for Un-Old-Age - John-Joseph Teressi

NOTE:  I received a copy of this book from NetGalley.  This review is my honest opinion of the book.

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This fantasy/dystopian/metaphysical novel follows the adventures of the "Eye of Time Exploration Team", which is sent via time-travel, on a mission to discover the Secret of Un-Old-Age and thus rescue their prematurely aging citizens and save their civilization.  

This book was not for  me.  I wasn't particularly fond of the writing style, which seemed remote and provided more expositions and descriptions than showing the reading what was going on.  I can't say I was particularly fond of any of the characters either.  The "Eye of Time Exploration Team" memberes were a particularly obnoxious, obtuse, self-centred lot.  This team of 10 people somehow never completely interact with each other.   The team ends up in Acronos, which (to me) came across as an immitation version of Alice's Wonderland.  All the poetry/lyrics did not appeal to me either.  The ending was also a bit disappointing - you never know how the mission ended or what happened to the team members.  However, the concept of the "Seven Harmonies" and how they effected (pr failed to affect) the team was interesting.  The "Seven Harmonies" may be of use to those interested in metaphysics and self-improvement.

In short, the concept was interesting, but the execution was lacking.

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