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review 2018-08-31 19:40
CATS. IN. SPACE. 1 of 2
CatStronauts: Space Station Situation - Drew Brockington

I started with book 3 of the CatStronauts series titled Space Station Situation which follows a team of cats in space. CATS. IN. SPACE. Is it any wonder that I started this series?! Picture a world where the entire population is made up of cats EVEN THE PRESIDENT (who is only concerned with his reelection I might add). In this installment, a meteor is headed toward earth and in order to track its progress and hopefully stop it our intrepid heroes must fix the Hubba Bubba Telescope. However, one of their crewmates has abandoned his post after a traumatizing solo flight around the earth in a spacesuit and the mission is sure to fail without him. (His name is Waffles by the way because of course all of the cats have names much like the cats we are familiar with in this reality.) The book is rife with funny puns and asides as well as excellent illustrations. I wouldn't class this as the best graphic novel I've ever read but I liked it well enough to give another book in the series a shot.

 

 

I think this is from an earlier book in the series but I don't care cause LOOK. [Source: nerdophiles]

 

What's Up Next: CatStronauts: Robot Rescue by Drew Brockington

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Star Trek Destiny #1: Gods of Night by David Mack

 

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-09-12 17:04
Reading progress update: I've read 14%.
You Get What You Pitch For: Control Any Situation, Create Fierce Agreement, and Get What You Want In Life - Anthony O'Sullivan,Tim Vandehey

It's weird but as I'm reading this I can hear his voice reading these words. I've only seen the commercial a few time but it was enough, they stuck like poo on my shoe. It's irritating. I hope this doesn't squash anything I might learn from him

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review 2017-05-05 14:57
"The Situation and the Story," by Vivian Gornick
The Situation and the Story: The Art of Personal Narrative - Vivian Gornick

Vivian Gornick's book on the art of essay writing was bound to get good marks from me, if only for its extensive drawing of examples from famous books and essays.

 

Criticism — as compared to reviews — is a singularly rewarding experience, especially in the hands of a good writer such as Gornick. It can open your eyes to a new way of seeing a piece you have already read or turn you on to writers you have never experienced. In the course of this book I was turned on to Seymour Krim, I reopened an essay by Joan Didion, and I've hunted down a PDF of Edward Hoagland's "The Courage of Turtles." 

 

The point is theoretically to help in the writing of essays, but I was delighted to discover that what drew me in was perhaps the point all along. Gornick does not reveal until the conclusion her suspicion of studying "craft" (as it were) and the idea that one can teach writing at all. It's not how to write but how to read, critically and with an eye toward story, that drives The Situation and the Story. Gornick is asking the reader to dig deeper, discover what it is about Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant" that makes it compelling.

 

"Who is speaking, what is being said and what is the relation between the two," is a repeated admonition as you read into a story. Orwell going out and shooting an elephant could be an act of bravado, it could be an act of cruelty, but  in the way he writes it is an exploration of colonialism. What it means to represent a ruling nation among a people who aren't keen to have you there, and especially when you're not too keen on the idea either. What does that position do to someone? This comes through in his voice, in the way he describes "the situation" as much as in the actions he takes. Asking these questions will make such readings more enjoyable and meaningful, but should also inform your own work.

 

The crux of this lies in a story about one of who students writing an essay about her grandfather — a man she has never met. The story isn't quite working until someone realizes that her learning about her grandfather is the situation, it provides a structure for the story, the actions on which the writer can hang meaning. The story, the meaning itself, is actually about the girl connecting with the grandmother. From there the essay starts to come together in a more satisfying way. 

 

I am not convinced with all of Gornick's stances, her belief in the inborn gift of writing skill is maybe just said wrong or maybe it is magical thinking. And the way her distaste for post-modernism is slipped in does not serve any end except to let you know she is not a fan. But if you are interested in personal writing, either to write or read, this is a good place to start.

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review 2017-04-29 18:21
Situation Momedy by Jenna Von Oy
Situation Momedy: A Very Special Episode in Toddlerdom - Jenna Von Oy

Calling all mommies!!
This cute, tongue-in-cheek look at mommyhood is one that all moms can relate to. Jenna has a way of sharing her stories, while giving some great pointers for new moms or moms to toddlers. She may not have all the answers, but she tries to handle life and children in a way that is positive, loving and at times hilarious.
Reading her story, even though I had not read the first book, had me looking back on my own experiences as a mom to babies and toddlers. I also had two kids in diapers at the same time, so I know the struggle is real. Seeing that all mothers go through this is one thing, but to know you aren't alone with the tantrums or toddler antics is a another. Often when the going gets tough, we feel alone. Reading this book was almost like attending a support group. Albeit with a few more laughs.
I may be long past my diapering days, with my children grown and adult now, but I hope Jenna writes more momedy books. Her humor shines through those poop-filled moments like nobodies business, and it's nice to go back in time to when I had those moments too.

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2017/04/situation-momedy-by-jenna-von-oy.html
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review 2016-06-19 22:01
An Improper Situation - Sydney Jane Baily

This was a hard book to put down. Charlotte is a lonely writer who thought she knew what she wanted in life. In comes Reed, hand in hand with her cousin's children, telling her that she is to raise the children. Her life changes dramatically as her heart gets involved. From Colorado to Massachusetts, she learns new things about herself and the big wide world. Her honesty and innocence get her into trouble, but her inner strength helps her keep hope for the outcome she wants and desires.

I received this ebook from eBook Discovery for an honest review.

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