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review 2017-01-18 21:11
Fluffy Strikes Back (A P.U.R.S.T. Adventure) - Spires, Ashley
Fluffy Strikes Back (A P.U.R.S.T. Adventure) - Spires,Spires

I'm so excited to read this! Thank you, Kids Can Press.
And also, thanks from my high school freshmore, who adores Spires' cats as much as I do.

Fluffy Vandermere looks like the cat a Bond villain would be holding. But Fluffy isn't a pet: he's the head of a secret agency protecting earth from aliens. Thankfully, he hasn't lost his old skills in his time as an administrator, and he still has what it takes to save his headquarters from an invasion.

I'm giggling the whole time I'm typing this, because it is such an amusing parody of the genre, I can totally imagine Sean Connery providing the voice saying "Meow". You know what I've discovered? I don't mind potty humor when it's about cats: sandbox jokes are just fine. It's wonderfully goofy and the cats take themselves very seriously, and if Spires could write a million stories, I'd try to read every single one.


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review 2015-07-09 00:00
Secret Societies
Secret Societies - William Holden
I'm on holidays with a great sea view and a bad internet connection. With two kindles, two smartphones, a hubby and a kindle fire. (Not necessarily in the same order).
Briefly: I am not well-equipped for writing proper reviews. I planned to write here not more than 2-3 sentences for every read book, but the average rating for this book PISSED ME OFF upset me, it's why I decided to make an exception. THAT'S UNFAIR.

1) Secret Societies was a finalist of the LAMBDA LITERARY AWARD(2012) in the category GAY EROTICA. Does it make a click in your head? I spell it S-L-O-W-L-Y for those who haven't yet got it -
G-A-Y E-R-O-T-I-C-A.

2)There're three genres that sometimes difficult to distinguish- a classical M/M romance, gay erotica and PWP. If you are not sure-google.

3)I don't blame anyone for picking up a wrong book, sometimes it is the lack of reader's informations, a wrong genre classification or a misinterpreted or unclear blurb. In bad case all of these factors together. That's what happened to Secret Societies.

Once more: It is not a MM Romance!

4)Now I should say at least something nice things about the Lambda Award Nominee:

***A very solid writing.


***Historically accurate.

***A lot of plot! A lot of unexpected twists and turns.

***It reminds me of James Lear [b:Palace of Varieties|17462833|Palace of Varieties|James Lear|https://images.gr-assets.com/books/1410779715s/17462833.jpg|2157315], only with not so many sex scenes. To tell truth, I expected more of graphical sex, but it is not though without.

***I would rather classify this novel as a historical adventure-gay-erotica with the setting in London, 1724. Homosexuality, named sodomy, was considered at that time as a serious crime that had been punished with a death penalty. As if not enough-a very powerful religious group which members name themselves The Society for the Reformation of Manners(Secret Society) made to its mission to haunt and to force the arrest, conviction, and execution of any man guilty of "crimes against nature."

***And it ends not really with a cliffhanger, but WITH A NEED FOR A SEQUEL. La-la! Lucky we! There's a sequel!

P.S. I hate to write reviews on a small screen with a tough-keyboard. But I have to do it!
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review 2015-06-01 20:31
I Was Here - Gayle Forman
I Was Here - Gayle Forman

The best thing about this book is how well it portrays working class people in small towns. There are lots of other great things about it, the characters, the music scene, college life, but nothing sold me like the reality of having to luck into bus times. And the kittens.

Library copy

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review 2015-03-01 07:44
Interesting & Diverse & Good For All Ages
Members Only: Secret Societies, Sects, and Cults Exposed! - Julie Tibbott
An interesting and diverse look at the different secret societies and cults in the world.  Many I have heard of, but didn't know much about them and many I had never heard of before.  Full of facts, quirks and history of the different groups.  
For the groups that I had heard of before, I was able to get a better understanding of who they are, what they represent and the known ins and outs of them.  So many times we hear of these groups in passing or bits of them are picked up and used in movies, tv shows and the such, but we just don't really know too much about them to understand if they are being treated incorrectly.
I would like to see this book in a larger binding.  This is more of a coffee table type book than a sit down and read through, because it doesn't go into the full history of each group, but does give quite a bit of information to get one through the basic understanding of them.  I could honestly see this book sparking many a debate in a social atmosphere when friends are getting together.  It's also a great book to give to anyone who has such interests, because it gives the reader enough to go on if they want to do further searching on them.  
Format wise, I liked the back and white photography throughout the book.  Something about B&W creates a more classic look and crisper look.  I enjoyed the history and where each are now and further info on each group.  I didn't like the pages with all the eyes on them though.  They started to bother my own eyes after a bit.
I recommend this to just about any reader.  Yes, there are some cults that it deals with, but it doesn't get into the nitty gritty of them that may affect one adversely.  For the spiritual and religious ones, you don't have spirituality thrown in your face, it grazes over it.  A good read for just about everyone.  The book is marketed for ages 12+ and I agree with that.  An interesting, informative and fun read for the masses. 
Source: wordtodreams.blogspot.com/2015/03/review-members-only-secret-societies.html
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review 2015-02-13 18:08
Not Less Than Gods - Kage Baker
Not Less Than Gods - Kage Baker

This is one I missed in my earlier reading. It fills in the backstory on Edward Alton Bell-Fairfax, describing his early life and preparation for use by The Company as part of a nineteenth-century British brotherhood of secret agents, armed with clever tech and a team of clever chaps. We're even introduced to a women's auxiliary.


As much as I love the steampunky intrigue, the travel, the adventures, I do have a problem. For all that Baker can come up with fascinating scenarios, she just can't conceive of women as being useful outside their traditional roles. The auxiliary consists of clever, fierce, charming, and resourceful women who's primary purpose is sex. It's oddly stereotypical, where Bell-Fairfax is an early Bond. Either suffering from a lack of historical precedents or a failure of imagination, or both, Baker just can't seem to imagine a women collecting valuable intel as, say, a laundress, or barmaid. Still, it's pretty much the only problem I have with the series.


Mostly a fun romp, with enough moments of serious reflection to keep it from feeling all froth.


Library copy.

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