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review 2018-12-11 23:45
Learn from my mistakes
Robot Dreams - Sara Varon

Robot Dreams by Sara Varon was sold to me as being a cute little story about a dog who builds a robot so that he has a friend. I was hoping for something with The Wild Robot vibes but I actually found it to be disturbingly macabre and callous. This is a children's graphic novel and yet it explores some really dark themes (in itself not a problem but this was creepier than most). Did I mention that it was entirely wordless? I'm not certain if it's a gift or a curse that Varon possesses to entirely unnerve me without using a single, solitary word. Without giving the entire plot away (this is a very short book by the way), a dog builds himself a robot friend and the two of them are inseparable...until the robot gets rusty at the beach and the dog abandons him there. Yes, he left his very best friend behind at the beach. The next day the beach is closed for the winter and the entire area is fenced off. (That's one strict town!) So now the robot is left on the beach to rust while the dog tries to make a new friend. There are mishaps on both sides of this relationship as the robot is beset by weather, a group of boaters who partially disassemble him, and eventually a junk collector. The dog keeps making friends with those who either can't or won't stick around and he's back at square one without any friends at all. Like I said this is not sweet bedtime reading. If you're looking for a creepy existential crisis well you've hit the jackpot. If you wanted a cutesy little graphic novel you've made a horrible, horrible mistake. 1/10

 

This makes me hungry. [Source: page45]

 

 

What's Up Next: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Guns, Germs, and Steel by Jared Diamond and The Science of Supervillains by Lois H. Gresh & Robert Weinberg 

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2018-12-01 05:19
Jock Rule (Jock Hard, #2) by Sara Ney
Jock Rule - Sara Ney

 

 

Beauty's only skin deep, but a good heart is everlasting. Jock Rule goes beyond the window dressing to discover the person within. Kip and Teddy are about to discover that the greatest of gifts are the ones that give a person the courage to stay true to who they are. Ney presents an empowering message in an adorably, heartwarming package. I loved it.
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url 2018-11-28 22:32
Podcast #125 is up!
Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920 - Sara Egge

My latest podcast is up on the New Books Network website! In it, I interview Sara Egge about her examination of women in three Midwestern communities and their campaigns in the late 19th and early 20th centuries for the right to vote. Enjoy!

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text 2018-11-23 16:17
REVIEW BY LIZZY - Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) by Sara Dobie Bauer
Escaping Exile (Escape Trilogy #1) - Sara Dobie Bauer

Andrew is a vampire from New Orleans, exiled to a tropical island in the 1800s as punishment for his human bloodlust. During a storm, a ship crashes off shore. After rescuing a sailor from the cannibals native to the land, Andrew becomes fascinated with his brilliant, beautiful new companion, Edmund. 

Edmund is a British naturalist who has sailed the world seeking new species. Intrigued by creatures that might kill him, immortal Andrew is this scientist’s dream—but so is making his way back home. Edmund will fight to survive, even while wrapped in the arms of a monster.

As light touches and laughter turn to something much more passionate, the cannibals creep ever closer to Edmund. Can the ancient vampire keep his human alive long enough to escape exile and explore their newfound love, or will Andrew’s bloodlust seal his own doom?

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/single-post/2018/11/23/Escaping-Exile-Escape-Trilogy-1-by-Sara-Dobie-Bauer
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review 2018-11-17 16:14
How local women fought for their right to vote
Woman Suffrage and Citizenship in the Midwest, 1870–1920 - Sara Egge

The study of the women's suffrage movement in the United States has generated a considerable amount of memoirs, biographies, and scholarly histories. Yet for all of their variety, most of them adopt a predominantly national focus, which can often obscure the efforts by activists at the state and local level to win for women the right to vote. This is just one reason why Sara Egge's book is such a welcome addition to the historiography of her subject. Focusing on three rural counties in the Midwest, she describes the emergence of the suffrage campaign in the region and the different direction it took in the different states in the region.

 

For Egge, much of the context of the campaign was determined by the population trends within the region, which were shaped by two distinct groups of settlers: Yankee Protestants and immigrants from Germany and Scandinavia. Together they possessed certain assumptions about gender roles which defined a highly proscribed role for women in the public sphere. Yet as Egge shows, women soon used that ostensibly limited degree of involvement to argue for a far greater degree of involvement. Central to this was the participation of local women in the Women's Christian Temperance Union, which gave many women experience in public activism at the cost of alienating many immigrant voters. Though successive attempts to win for women the vote in the Midwestern states ended in frustration, the campaigns and arguments made in them helped lay the groundwork for their success at the end of the 1910s, when their long-argued case for their importance as citizens gained strength in an environment of progressivism charged by war.

 

By focusing on suffrage campaigning at the local level, Egge brings long-overdue attention to a vital aspect of the suffrage effort. While lacking the drama and glamor of the national campaign, she underscores the degree to which such efforts were key to the eventual success of the suffrage campaign in America. That this book serves as a reminder of this fact is just one reason why it should be read, as it spotlights the vibrant civic lives in rural communities in the Gilded Age Midwest, in which women played a vital role. Reading Egge's book helps to underscore that women have long played an important role in the public sphere, one in which the granting of the right to vote was merely an overdue acknowledgement of that fact rather than an inauguration of it.

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