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text 2018-10-23 15:10
Fragile Things - progress 85/360pg
Fragile Things: Short Fictions and Wonders - Neil Gaiman

I think I might have a little bit of a bookish hangover after binge-reading my way through my entire Halloween Bingo card. I'm having trouble settling in to my first non-bingo books. But it might be this book. I normally am enchanted by Neil Gaiman, but I've been picking this book up and putting it down again since August. I'm starting to think that short stories are just not one of his many talents. 

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review 2018-05-03 04:21
Forest of Wonders by Linda Sue Park
Forest of Wonders (Wing & Claw) - Jim Madsen,Linda Sue Park,Graham Halstead

 

 

This is an enchanting adventure that kids are sure to love. There is magic, talking animals, danger, friendship, and by the end Raffa realizes that choices (and people) are not always what they seem to be. The plot is unresolved at the end (which makes sense because this is a trilogy), but all three books are already released so it's easy to continue with Raffa's adventure.

 

Highly recommended to students in grades 4 and up, fans of fantasy, magic, and adventure.

 

I listened to the audiobook and the narrator did an excellent job.

 

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review 2018-01-22 06:50
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World by Paul Jordan
The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - Paul Jordan

TITLE: The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

 

AUTHOR:  Paul Jordan

 

DATE PUBLISHED: 2002

 

FORMAT: Paperback

 

ISBN-13: 978-0-582-77187-1

 

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In this book, Paul Jordan takes a look at the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World:  how the list (or rather lists, since there were many) were compiled4, who compiled the lists (the Ancient Greeks), why specific wonders ended up on the lists, what the ancient wonders looked like since none exists in their original form and many of them have been destroyed, where they were located, and what eventually happened to them.  The book includes a map and illustrations.  I found this book to be generally interesting, but was disappointed by the chapter on the Egyptian Pyramids which was outdated (even at the time of going into press).  Jordan also discusses possible wonders from other civilizations that may (or may not) have made it onto such a list had the Ancient Greeks known about them.

 


Other relevant book:


Wonders of the Ancient World: Antiquity's Greatest Feats of Design and Engineering by Justin Pollard

 

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review 2017-12-14 00:00
Elvira Wonders
Elvira Wonders - Sanna Hines Elvira Wonders - Sanna Hines The little town of Elvira may not be well known to the human world, but it's no stranger to the paranormal.

Joshua and his best buddy Archie are ghost hunters, but when a faerie is gruesomely murdered, he'll be on a different kind of hunt. There are plenty of suspects, from werewolves to vampires, and the chaos comes amid the first push to drive tourism to save the little town.

Can they discover the killer while keeping the tourists and "newcomers" happy or will Elvira fall off the map permanently?

This book is a relatively slow paced read, the mystery of the killer not really taking full steam until about 3/4 of the way through. For the rest of the book, we get to explore the little town and the relationships being formed, from Joshua and Georgia, to Archie and Bobbi, and some of the younger ladies with the "newcomers", aka vampires. I loved all the nuances, like how only some vampires are sensitive to light, there are two different factions of faeries, and werewolves are pretty much a club for the families with the deepest roots in Elvira.

Besides the pacing, I found it a little difficult to get into at first, as we're thrown into the mix with several characters, we cycle through a few different viewpoints, and some of the terminology isn't consistent (naiads/nymphs, the vampires being called Mayans and Egyptians based on where they were from, and not being sure if the Egyptian temple/priests were paranormal or just human).

But overall, it was a fun read, great for anyone who likes cozy mysteries, paranormal/contemporary fantasies, and a healthy dose of romance.
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review 2017-08-28 15:13
Green Water Bottle Covers
Crochet One-Skein Wonders - Judith Durant

Green Water Bottle Covers

 

About 2 years ago I made several water bottle covers for my girls, myself and nieces and nephew to keep reusable water bottles colder and easier to carry. This year, the girls and I and my husband have spent many hours at Kings Island and we have the drink plan. The girls and I went when the park was giving bottles to the people who had the all season drinking plan. So we would walk around and fill up our drinks and when they were on rides, I would hold the bottles. As the summer heated up, I decided to use my water bottle cover and it fit perfectly. My girls decided they needed to use theirs, too. So as we walked through the park, people who had the bottles and all season drinking started asking, just one or two a day. Yesterday, I had a record 5 people asking me about the covers. I also had given my cover to my sil with a reusable water bottle and I know that I need to make more, so I had to get out this wonderful book. 

 

I will be making more and giving them to my sils and keeping a few for me and my girls. 

 

Do you like to knit or crochet? What have you made that people ask for? 

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