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review 2019-01-22 13:49
Review: The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Story of Kullervo - J.R.R. Tolkien,Verlyn Flieger

The Story of Kullervo by J.R.R. Tolkien is a compilation of drafts, notes, and essays, plus the short story of Kullervo who was tormented by the dark magician, Untamo.

It was interesting to read the 'extras' in this book. It gave me an idea of J.R.R. Tolkien's process of writing and insight into the story and how it came about.

I believe this a must read for people wanting to know of Tolkien's creative process.

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review 2019-01-21 18:49
Strega Nona
Strega Nona - Tomie dePaola

Strega Nona is a story about a woman and her helper who wants to prove to the townspeople his knowledge of the secret recipe. Students can create a story map for this book that includes the setting, characters, problem, and solution. This book is a level 730L on the lexile leveling system.

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review 2019-01-20 22:40
That's Check Point Charlie on the cover
The Story of Brexit: A Ladybird Book - Jason Hazeley,Joel Morris

Inner rational voice: How dare you spend money! We're broke.

Reader Me: Look, I really need to laugh, okay. This is really funny. See?

Inner rational voice: The bit about the shed and the PM is so great.

Reader Me: And the cheese. The bit about cheese.

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review 2019-01-20 16:50
Elevation by Stephen King
Elevation - Stephen King

What a different story from Stephen King!
When I sit to read  king book, I expect to be scared shitless. I at least figure he will take me to a scary place that is twisted and unique. Well, I got the unique part, and frankly, didn't miss the scary part.
It was such a cool little story because of the strange phenomenon that happens. It really made me wonder, 'what if?'. 
This story is now one of my favorites. The emotions I had mixed with master storytelling makes it a fantastic read! You should definitely read it too!

 

 

Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2019/01/elevation-by-stephen-king-4.html
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review 2019-01-20 15:21
Audio Book Review: Spirited Christmas
Spirited Christmas: A Jonathan Shade Holiday Story - Gary Jonas

*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Jonathan arrives at the office one cold December morning to find a little girl has been balled up waiting for him for an hour. Madison wants to hire him to take care of the ghost that haunts her house at Christmas and grabs at her.

I've listened to previous Jonathan Shade books and Joe does a great job, as he always does, with Jonathan. Joe knows Jonathan inside and out as he voices Jonathan when joking and being serious. You know what Jonathan is up to by Joe's voice. I'm so glad Joe has continued to carry through as the voice of this series. As always, the audio is clean and clear listening. I'm not distracted from the story in any way.

I love how Jonathan is with Madison. She's young, ten, and he treats her so well. When Esther tells him he wasn't going to not help this little girl, he is great at his payment as Madison only has change to pay with - all her money in the world. This is a small Christmas gift to the young girl so she can enjoy Christmas. Madison made me smile with her humor and personality. She could give Jonathan a run for his money on humors remarks. lol. She is a cute little girl. I enjoyed her interaction with Jonathan.

Jonathan finds that there's more to the ghost haunting than expected. In true Gary Jonas fashion, there is much more to the story than one would expect. Jonathan has a soft heart and it shows in this book. He's determined to do what's right but also what is wanted. The two do go hand in hand from time to time.

The ending brings the feeling of the heart of the Christmas spirit story, like many endings of Christmas stories. It made me smile as it warmed my heart. Also we have Jonathan in his fun remarks with Kelly as friends at the holiday.

The novella is marked at 9.5 in the series, but it's placed before the first book. There are things still in place for the first book or two. If you listen or read this novella, you can do so at any time. Read it before you get to the series or any time during the series. It gives nothing away for the events in the novels but gives a feel for Jonathan and Kelly, the major characters in the series. So, pick it up for the holiday this month!

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