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review 2020-12-13 15:57
Mall I Want for Christmas is You by: Sarah Robinson
Mall I Want for Christmas is You - Sarah Robinson




Mall I Want for Christmas is You by Sarah Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mall I Want for Christmas is a true original. Robinson gives emotions a reason to celebrate. Humor, heart and hope run rampant through a soul fully enchanting life lesson. Chrissy and Dash have a lot to teach each other about life, love and the things that matter most. Along the way they share their wisdom and touch the hearts of readers everywhere. A sweetheart of a slow burn romance.

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text 2020-05-05 17:15
Snakes and Ladders Track Post
Our Mutual Friend - Charles Dickens,Richard Gaughan
Red Mars - Kim Stanley Robinson
The Lathe of Heaven - Ursula K. Le Guin


1. Author is a woman: Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey 04/01 Review

6. Title has a color word in it: Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 04/04 Review


27. Set during WWI or WWII: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer  10/04  Review     

38. Newest release by a favorite author: Golden in Death by J.D. Robb  11/04 Review

41. Characters involved in politics: Yeah, no. Read Vendetta in Death by J.D. Robb 14/04 Review and roll 1 die.

47. Snake - go back to 19


19. Set in the UK: The Bloody Chamber: And Other Stories by Angela Carter 18/04 Review

28. Written between 1900 and 1999: The Grand Sophy by Georgette Heyer 23/04 Review

36. Set in Central or South America: Too scattered for Amado, I read a short Bodoc for children and call it. Review

37. Has won an award: Started Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie  05/01 Review

45. A book that has been on your tbr for more than one year: I counted so wrong before, but I was listening The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K. Le Guin  while cleaning and cooking this weekend and still works. Will post review in a bit. Meanwhile

54. Is more than 400 pages long: Huh... well... I've got Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens on the dock. And Red Mars by Kim Stanley Robinson. Either ought to go over that...

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text 2020-04-28 19:50
Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World’s Greatest Scientist - Andrew Robinson

As those of you who read my posts regularly are well aware, I despise e-books. I find reading them to in many ways to be the opposite of reading physical books: an unpleasant experience that I dread undertaking. I make it a point to avoid e-texts whenever possible, and up to this point I've been pretty successful in that goal.


No longer. Over the next couple of weeks I have two books that I need to read for which I have to struggle through e-texts. The blame rests entirely with our coronavirus pandemic, as publishers unable to send out physical copies have been sending pdf's of their books. I appreciate completely their reasons for doing this, but my preference is to just take a hiatus and focus on clearing through my backlog of physical books.


The one that I find annoying is a book on Einstein that I'm reading for Choice. There's a physical copy awaiting me somewhere in my college's mail system, but as the campus mail service didn't deliver the texts it might as well be on the far side of the moon. I asked Choice for another copy, but the publisher says that as they e-mailed me a pdf of the book they don't see any need to send out another physical copy for me to review. Bold marketing strategy, that.


So today will be spent reading a 376-page book on my laptop. The silver lining is that the review I'm required to write only has to be a couple of hundred words in length, so I only have to convey a general take on the book instead of provising a detailed analysis of it. Here's hoping that allows me to get through it a little more quickly.

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review 2020-04-14 02:34
Many Rivers to Cross (Robinson)
Many Rivers to Cross - Peter Robinson

In this novel, which continues the Zelda arc (the Eastern European woman first introduced in the last volume), Banks continues to grapple with both the evil that outsiders can do, and the evil aroused in white Britain when xenophobia gets a grip on them.


The main case is the murder of a 12- or 13-year-old boy from Syria, a refugee sent ahead of his family, who gets caught up in the world of drug distribution (the "county lines" - a new phrase for me). That trade, apparently, is being taken over by Albanians with a particularly ruthless line in executions for operatives or allies they deem to be unfaithful, unreliable or disposable. The boy is found stabbed in a garbage bin in one run-down Eastvale estate, but evidence quickly links him to another death, an overdose of an elderly man, in another. This second estate is about to be redeveloped by a greedy English entrepreneur who is hand-in-glove with said Albanians. Living physically as well as economically elevated above the estate, on a hill just above it, is a middle-class largely white district with an active neighbourhood watch, and a recent trauma in the form of the rape of a young woman in the park that joins (or separates) the two neighbourhoods.


Meanwhile, in what seems almost entirely a different book, "Zelda" (her real name is Nelia) is working out her destiny, mostly in London. Making a series of too-stupid-to-live decisions straight out of thriller movies, she pursues the two Croatian brothers responsible for abducting her into sex slavery. After the culmination of that search (I won't spoil it), she goes to Banks (her boyfriend is Annie Cabbot's father, but he's out of the country); there are some stirrings of romantic attraction, but nothing is acted upon, and she certainly doesn't confide everything to him about her actions in London. I'm presuming the resolution of this story will take up a large part of the next Banks novel.

There are a lot of nasty, violent, vicious people in this novel, and because so much of it is spent on the sub-plot I did find that I would have liked more of the cheery Eastvale police department banter as a counteractive.


No spoilers as to the eventual degree of guilt worked out and assigned to the various perpetrators in the two main plot lines. The primary plot is fully resolved. I still get a great deal of pleasure out of these novels, and am not finding them repetitive. Nor do I object, as some reviewers apparently do, to Banks' political thoughts about racism and Brexit - you can hardly avoid it, and I suppose I don't object because his thoughts (those of a "Guardian reader", as one of the neighbourhood watch spits) are, to me, fundamentally right and exactly what you'd hope the police would believe.


Just another step down the path with an old friend.

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review 2020-03-24 16:01
Cats in Origami
Cats in Origami - Nick Robinson

by Nick Robinson



This is a lovely book with clear instructions for making origami cats in 20 designs. 


The pictures are full color and the instruction show step by step folds for all designs. I found them easy to follow.


This book would make a lovely gift along with some colourful origami paper for anyone with an interest in crafts and I think a child 8-10 could follow the instructions and diagrams.

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