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review 2017-07-21 20:50
It Was Rushed and I Wanted More
Heart of the Storm (Undertow) - Michael Buckley

3.5 stars
A great series with a rushed ending.
I really enjoyed tis YA series. The fresh look at merpeople and sea creatures was really cool and kept me coming back for more. The character details alone are worth the read. They are believable, functional, and awesome. Mr. Buckley has a wonderful imagination. He also developed some shameful characters that you just love to hate, really love to hate ! LOL
My problems with the book was the rushed pacing. Everything was happening at a semi regular paced then bam, bam, bam, we were at the end. The new characters just never got developed enough and they were so amazing. I loved Husk, he was just getting so interesting and then it ended with him not fully finished for me. I had the same issue with Fantom, why did he just disappear in the book ? It felt like there was a hole. I fell like these side characters need their own book I liked them better than the MCand we got too much of her and not enough of them.

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review 2017-07-18 22:09
The Log from the Sea of Cortez
The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck

Late, late in the night we recalled that Horace says fried shrimps and African snails will cure a hangover. Neither was available.

I called a stop to this @ 63%. I skim read to the end to see if the log ever changes into something that has a structure - or a point.

 

It may be that I am not in the right mood for this book, but from everything I have read, I get the impression that to be in the right frame of mind to read this book I would have to be on that boat, with a beer (not the first of the day), and develop a sudden liking for pointless meandering, unsubstantiated general philosophising, and killing things just to collect them. 

 

And I just can't.

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text 2017-07-18 16:33
Reading progress update: I've read 32%.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck

This is nowhere near as interesting as I first thought. :(

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text 2017-07-17 22:27
Reading progress update: I've read 17%.
The Log from the Sea of Cortez - John Steinbeck

The medical kit had been given a good deal of thought. There were nembutal, butesin picrate for sunburn, a thousand two-grain quinine capsules, two-percent mercuric oxide salve for barnacle cuts, cathartics, ammonia, mercurochrome, iodine, alcaroid, and, last, some whisky for medicinal purposes. This did not survive our leave-taking, but since no one was ill on the whole trip, it may have done its job very well.

Steinbeck cracks me up. Here we have a book about a scientific expedition but he still injects some fun in it. So far, the science bits have been speculation and conjecture, but at the end of the day, Steinbeck was more of a poet than a marine biologist. Unlike Thoreau, tho, he knows it, too,

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review 2017-07-17 00:12
The Sea of Monsters
The Sea of Monsters - Rick Riordan

This time around I gave The Lightning Thief an extra star and took one away from Sea of Monsters.

 

This is a perfectly serviceable sequel. It's just not as good as some of the other books/as good as I remember.

 

There are some continuity issues between this book and the first one from Mr D’s shirt (tiger print changes to leopard print) to camp food (from mainly healthy Greek fare to anything imaginable) to blue food (honestly, the reasoning behind the blue food changes in every book like Riordan was playing a game of telephone with himself).

 

I wasn't a fan of the "hula women" tattoos or the centaur with "his face painted like a Comanche warrior"... even if the centaur was Comanche, why would he wear war paint to a party? I don't think that makes sense...

 

I do love Tyson, and the adventure in this book is OK but feels too derivative of The Odyssey. Full disclosure: I've never really read The Odyssey, despite being assigned it freshman year of high school, so I'm mostly going off what I remember from sparknotes/pop culture references.

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