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review 2017-04-02 23:08
The Blue Sword
The Blue Sword - Robin McKinley

This book is one of my favorite tales. The heroine is a woman named Harry Crewe, an orphan, that comes to live near her brother in the desert country of Damar. Her life is quiet and ordinary until she is kidnapped by Corlath, the Hill King, who takes her deep into the desert to the land of his people. She is alone surrounded by people who do not speak her language and she has no idea why she was kidnapped being herself to be truly ordinary and dull. However, everything happens for a reason and Corlath has Harry trained in the arts of fighting and war until she can pass for any of the Hillfolk. Why have her trained? Why kidnap her at all? What is all this leading to? What is in store for Harry?

I won't give away the reasons or ending but I encourage you to read it for yourself if you have not already. Robin McKinley truly brings this wonderful world alive and you find yourself getting lost and never wanting to come back.  This Newbery Honor book is perfect for older grades. It would be a good book to get the students curious and involved in heavier topics. This unit study would have to come with a twist though and I would make it more about diversity and what would they do about living in a foreign country where no one spoke their language. 

Reading Level: 4th grade and up

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quote 2016-03-06 02:44
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."
Why We Can't Wait - Martin Luther King Jr.,Jesse Jackson

-Martin Luther King, Jr.

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review 2014-11-09 00:00
Shock and Awe: Operation Enduring Unity Series II
Shock and Awe: Operation Enduring Unity Series II - Richard Peters I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.

As I was reading this book I realized that I was missing something. That something was the first book in the series. I didn't realize I was reading the second installment. I still was enthusiastic about the story line. I think the author did a good job of creating equal opportunity strong characters. The acti0on was non-stop and divided into three theaters of conflict. The plot was diverse with different leading characters and political aspirations. My only question is whether I need to read the first book to fully understand the story line.
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review 2014-09-26 18:27
Apologies for the Cover!
Unity Volume 2: Trapped By Webnet TP - Matt Kindt,Cafu,Brian Reber

I didn't chose it, but I did choose to read it, and I know it bugs some people.   Still, I can't really change the cover they choose to use, so I'll just apologize for reading this.   It was pretty brilliant.   The first three issues are there own storyline, one in which they use Dr. Silk and his virus to terrorize the world.  See, he's designed a virus with no apparent cure: you touch a microbe and see the visual cue, and you're dead.   Not heart-stopping dead, but you are what is called a Silk zombie at one point.  Your life belongs to him, and you might as well not exist except as a breathing, moving puppet to do his will. 


The theory behind this is diabolical and it's absolutely frightening.   But it's the way that Silk seems to believe he's going to lead everyone to a Utopia that's truly chilling.   He believes he's sane, despite what he's done to innocent people, and to Dell, a woman he claims is the love of his life. 


Because he's doing this for love, and because his love is so twisted, he becomes even more monstrous. 


Scary, scary stuff.   And while this is more sci-fi to horror for me - there's a bit about nannies, or trying to make them - this is brilliant however you classify it.   Worth reading just for the Iron Man nod/joke, too. 


However, one star down because that Ninjak issue from X-O Manowar?   Doesn't make sense here.   Yes, Ninjak is used heavily in the Webnet story line, but there is no mention of Dorian Alexander.   You're pretty much lost if you haven't read X-O Manowar, and it was jarring enough having read it, that it dimmed my pleasure at reading this slightly. 


Looking forward to reading more from Valiant!

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text 2014-09-26 18:21
Reading progress update: I've read 103 out of 130 pages.
Unity Volume 2: Trapped By Webnet TP - Matt Kindt,Cafu,Brian Reber

I was wondering why they'd call an issue Enter Ninjak when they'd used that before, and he'd, well, already entered. 


There's an issue that's part of X-O Manowar Volume two - the first one in that I believe - so this is... odd.  It just proves that I should pay more attention, though.   The index up front shows that this is issue #5 of X-O Manowar, which is in fact the first issue of the second volume of that series. 


It's just strange because it doesn't really fit in all that well in the back of this volume!

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