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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 I found this book to be generally interesting, but was disappointed by the chapter on the Egyptian Pyramids which was outdated (even at the time of going into press).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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review 2017-08-14 01:06
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island Mark Hendricks
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island - Mark Hendricks

Absolutely stunning photographs in this book. The pictures are so vivid it almost makes you feel like you are seeing all the wildlife and nature in person. i would love to go the Assateague Island and see all the wonder of this place in person. Mark Hendricks has done an amazing job of introducing readers to the beauty with is stunning photos. I also enjoyed the short stories he added throughout the book. I never knew this Island used to be part of the mainland as part of Ocean City Maryland until a storm in 1933. 

This is a fabulous book. Everyone who loves nature and wildlife should have a copy of this as part of their library.

 

I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-04-23 14:57
Out in June
Natural Wonders of Assateague Island - Mark Hendricks
Disclaimer: Arc via Netgalley.

Assateague owes it fame to ponies, perhaps mostly to Misty and her family. There is, however, far more diverse wildlife on the island then simply horses. Marc Hendricks book on the island showcases this quite well. According to his text, Hendricks has made a study of Assateague for a great many years. And while there are beautiful photos of the ponies, there are a great many beautiful photos that details the Sika, birds, and water life of the island.

The books chapters are photographer’s journey – in regards to various animals. Hendricks is able to connect the reader to the capture of the photography. And yes, one of the journeys does detail a pony, a black stallion to be more exact.

The true selling point of the book is the photo, and these are quite lovely. If you love nature, the ponies, or have been to Assateague, this is an ideal book.
 
 

 

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