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review 2018-12-05 23:41
Like sand through the hourglass
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel

5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior by Alexis & Mark Siegel with illustrations by Boya Sun & Matt Rockefeller is the first book in a fantasy series set in a place where magic plays a distinct and politically polarizing role. In this universe, all 5 worlds in the system (different types of beings live on the different worlds) are kept in careful balance with one another until they suddenly start to die for unknown reasons. There are some that believe their only hope of survival is to light all 5 beacons (one in each world) but the Toki peoples are adamantly set against this course. Our heroine, Oona Lee, is a less than stellar student of the Sand Dancer Academy (inexpertly wielding magic sand) and suddenly she finds herself swept up in a seemingly foolhardy attempt to save the universe before time runs out. There's intrigue, danger, and a health dose of racial tension just to stir the pot. I've recommended this to quite a few kids and all of them have enjoyed it because all of those heavy topics are real and kids can spot a fake from a mile away. Additionally, I thought the art style of this book was really unique and beautiful which made it even more astounding when I discovered that the book was a collaborative effort between people living in different parts of the world. Talk about life not imitating art! 10/10 and you can look forward to my review of the second book in the series in a few days. XD

 

SO. GORGEOUS. [Check out the source for larger images: 5 Worlds Team]

 

What's Up Next: Tucker Grizzwell's Worst Week Ever by Bill Schorr and Ralph Smith

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2018-11-09 13:02
Reading progress update: I've listened 1519 out of 2103 minutes.
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - Ron Chernow,Grover Gardner

Until I was brought to a dead halt by a corrupt file and now am waiting for Audible to make the repair.

 

It has been a long time since this has happened but Audible has fabulous customer service. The CSA spent almost an hour with me as I downloaded a new copy of the file (almost 500MB worth) and then synced it to my iPod and then listened for over 5 minutes while story advanced on it own to the breakdown point. So the title has been removed from my library and the credit I spent has been restored and they will contact me when the file has been repaired so I can finally finish the darned thing.

 

 UPDATE: After I spent an hour on the phone with Audible, I finally got a reply from a TechTier3, explaining to me that iPods have a maximum file size that they can handle. She also told me how to fix the problem. However, she failed to specify that I had to do this in the app and not on the website--and I am not an apps person and only use the app because it is the only way to download the titles I have bought. I still do all my browsing, shopping and managing on the website.If you tell me to go to my library, I'm going to the website not the app.

 

So I went to the website and started following her instructions and in the process downloaded an Audible helper program that proceeded to bugger my computer with in a minute of trying to use it (as it had done every time I had downloaded it to my last two computers--stupid me!). I quickly uninstalled the program but was left with residual damage that only a restore to factory image could resolve. Really, I was ready to live without the ability to access the app store but when it effected my ability to download my books, I had not other choice.

 

And so, now I am taking a break from "24 Festive Tasks" driven reading to finish this title.

 

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text 2018-09-20 17:40
Another Audible 3 for 2 Sale
The Murder of Roger Ackroyd - Agatha Christie,Hugh Fraser
Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. - Ron Chernow,Grover Gardner
Five Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford - George Newbern,Lisa McCubbin,Clint Hill

What a strangely diverse group of books I have ended up with! But at least I found three titles; sometimes I find nothing in the sale pile. We start with what I know is going to be one of those deep tomes; at 35 hours long how can it be anything but--and it is Chernow so it will be well done. Then an Agatha Christie/Hercule Poirot story, which at least I know that even if it is a comparatively light read, it will be a well written and well crafted. And then there is the bit of fluff, which is what I am sure I will get when a retired Secret Service agent and his not quite ghost writer start dishing up on Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon and Carter.

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review 2018-05-06 16:20
5 Worlds Book 1: The Sand Warrior - Boya Sun,Matt Rockefeller,Xanthe Bouma,Mark A. Siegel,Alexis Siegel

In true Ghibli-style artwork, every turn of a page reveals a brilliant new set of colors. This would make a stunning animated film, maybe Studio Ponoc could do it or Dreamworks based on their amazing CG sand work in Rise of the Guardians. It was a little difficult at first to get into the story with so many different words unique to this universe thrown about and there is so much put in bold that if it's supposed to be the character's emphasizing all of them in one speak bubble, it makes the dialogue sound off. There was a lot of that, but the artwork - for me - makes up for it, it's a graphic novel and a wonderfully crafted one at that. Can't wait to read the second volume!

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review 2016-02-08 04:31
Catherine de Valois (The Legendary Women of World History) (Volume 2) - Laurel A. Rockefeller

I read this as part of Renaissance Queens by Laurel A Rockefeller while listening to the audiobook version. I enjoyed listening to the telling of Catherine's life. The song as sung by the narrator was very enchanting. I found this book very informative with the facts in between the story. This is a time period I really enjoy.

I was given the audiobook as a gift and without solicitation leave this review.

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