A light, fun, and adorable book to teach your children the simple concepts of opposites: happy/angry, young/old, hot/cold. and others. Captain Kirk anA light, fun, and adorable book to teach your children the simple concepts of opposites: happy/angry, young/old, hot/cold. and others. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise as well as other characters from Star Trek come together to teach and entertain your child. This is a very nice, solid board book. The photography in it is very good. I will add that I don't think you have to be a child to enjoy this book. If you are Star Trek fan, you will likely enjoy the book, even if it is just for fun or nostalgia. And maybe you might want to share it with your own child as well. Definitely one I recommend.
Disclosure (to keep The Man happy): I did receive the book as part of a giveaway from the publisher. Having said that, it was a fun little book. ...more
I finally got to read the little book that has been such a fuss in various places. The book, though labeled as fiction (at least by the Library of ConI finally got to read the little book that has been such a fuss in various places. The book, though labeled as fiction (at least by the Library of Congress' subject headings) is actually the true story of two male penguins who form a couple in the Central Park Zoo and raise a baby penguin together. The story is a heartwarming, endearing one that children and their parents will enjoy. It also features very cute illustration work. ...more
I really had to drag myself through the book. A pity because the book does have some strengths and positives to it. On the positive side, the dystopiaI really had to drag myself through the book. A pity because the book does have some strengths and positives to it. On the positive side, the dystopia it describes is actually pretty good. The concept of the Electric Church and the monks is definitely a pretty good, original idea. But that is about where it stops for me. I could go on about the cyberpunk and the noir, but other reviewers have done that in much better detail. Yes, those elements are present, and they are elements I have enjoyed in my science fiction in other selections. What got me was the somewhat plain prose, and the pace was just not there. It did not really seem engaging to me at least. Maybe there is one trope or stereotype too many. Or maybe not enough world building, too much of the usual hero going after the big bad guy. All I know is the concept seemed good, but the execution seemed lacking. The book was ok, but it was not great. It is first in a series, but I don't think I will be following the series. That it took me two months to get through it, when I often finish novels in much less time, was definitely a sign this was not a good book for me. Stuff like this I usually zip through it. This just did not really grab me.
I hear there is a movie coming out. Maybe the movie will be better than the book, though not holding my breath on that. ...more
This is basically a romance with an office setting, or if you need to get specific, a secretary and boss affair, only with guys. Not saying that lightThis is basically a romance with an office setting, or if you need to get specific, a secretary and boss affair, only with guys. Not saying that lightly. For all the controversy a title like this can have (and I am speaking for a moment as a librarian), this is basically a romance novel, fairly heavy on the sex that involves two guys instead of a heterosexual couple. What I am trying to say is that is that is is not a big deal as some people would make it out to be. Now, leaving that aside, let's look at the book itself.
If you like yaoi romances, you may or not like this one. Yes, you have the two handsome boys. First, we have Tsukasa, the male secretary just dumped by his boss who is marrying the company president's daughter in order to further his career. Then we have the new "hired gun" for Dai Tech. Takemisha, who is brought in by the venerable (but apparently starting to slip) father of the company's president to save a very important account. The reason I say many readers of this genre may not like this book is that Tsukasa, the secretary, is an extremely insecure guy. His constant worrying and other insecurities do get irritating for the reader after a while. Mind you, Tsukasa is not some hack without skills; he is very good at his job, very skilled, so on, a great worker. However, he is also seen by others as a "cold beauty," where others see him as an object of admiration, but not necessarily affection.
The story starts when Tsukasa meets a mysterious stranger at a bar. They have a one night stand, which over time becomes a regular affair. Only problem is the stranger never reveals his name. However, Tsukasa comes to look forward to his encounters with the stranger.
Like any other romance, there are some twists, revelations, so on. The kind of thing fans of the genre will likely enjoy. It is a very light read, but as I mentioned, Tsukasa's insecurity can get a little irritating, even for fans. And no, I do not say that because this is a yaoi novel; if this was a "garden variety" romance, and the heroine was a constant worry wart, I'd probably be irritated too. I think it is a flaw in this novel, not of the genre. And if you like your romances steamy, this is certainly up your alley. The book does feature illustrations, which is why I tagged it for the manga, etc. tag (that, and it is published by a DMP imprint). And who says romances do not offer insights. Look for the small remark Takemisha makes about large family owned companies; he may have a point.
In the end, I gave it two stars mostly because it was ok. I can see where it falls within the formulas of the genre, and readers who really like this may enjoy it. However, the character of Tsukasa, especially his high level of insecurity, did make the reading a little irritating. That may be more a reflection of me as a reader (romance is not one of my favorite genres, though I will read a good yaoi or yuri novel or manga now and then). Anyhow, amusing, but just ok. ...more
I read enough of this book to last me a while. The book is basically a refutation of Anne Coulter's works up to Godless. Anne Coulter is already hardI read enough of this book to last me a while. The book is basically a refutation of Anne Coulter's works up to Godless. Anne Coulter is already hard enough to read; not because she is difficult, but because she is so vicious (from rudeness to personal attacks) and full of lies that one has to exercise restraint not to throw her books against a wall if one has half a brain and knows how to use it. What Maguire does is look at what Anne has written on various topics and then refute it with the actual truth. He used Anne's words pretty much to help bury her. The problem for me is that I have to read parts of Coulter, which illustrate his points, and eventually, this can wear you out as a reader.
Needless to say, if you are a fan of Anne Coulter, this book, nor any other, will likely change your mind, no matter the evidence. And Maguire does do a good job of providing the evidence. If you are against Coulter, then this book may well provide some needed ammunition.
I read this while on a waiting room; they had it on the table. It is a very nice book to look through and browse. The photos are excellent, which is sI read this while on a waiting room; they had it on the table. It is a very nice book to look through and browse. The photos are excellent, which is something to be expected from National Geographic. At times I do wish they would put little insets of the locations in the photo instead of doing the "see previous page" or "the next page is..." But that is little irk, not a major issue. There are some brief text sections to introduce each part; the book is divided by major geographic areas. Overall, this is a nice book to just sit back with a nice cup of coffee or tea and relax. ...more
I liked this book, but as I was reading it through, it was not easy to handle. The reason is that this is a book meant to be read, and for people to dI liked this book, but as I was reading it through, it was not easy to handle. The reason is that this is a book meant to be read, and for people to do the writing exercises. I constantly wanted to stop and do some writing, but since I was borrowing the book (from my library), I could not stop. I would definitely buy a copy of this book for myself at some point. I remarked in one of the updates that I still liked Writing Down the Bones better, and I can say that statement is still accurate. That other book seemed more primal; this one is good, but it seems a bit more refined, which is not necessarily a bad thing. For aspiring writers, and I think even for veteran writers, there are a lot of good writing exercises and ideas. The book's focus is on writing memoir, but it is still applicable to other forms of writing. I think the only reason I did not give it five stars is that some of the illustrative passages (like an excerpt from this or that) seemed either a bit long or not as engaging (to me at least), but that is a minor thing. Overall, if you want to get writing, and you want to do so with minimal nonsense or fluff, then this is a good book for that. If you have read the author before, you know what you are getting. If not, this is a good place to start. Now, go read it, and then go grab pen and paper (or your keyboard), and write. ...more
I wanted to rate this higher, but the plot at times is very convoluted, and the art, while great, can also be a bit cluttered on the page. Those issueI wanted to rate this higher, but the plot at times is very convoluted, and the art, while great, can also be a bit cluttered on the page. Those issues aside, this manga has a great premise: a group of hot-looking nurses and some teens joining with a doctor to run a vigilante group to rid society of its worst cancers. The eye candy is great for one. Two, the action and adventure are very good as well. This is the first volume, which leaves you in a cliffhanger, so, I will still be looking for the next one. Not great, but it does make for a quick, light escapist read, so we'll see if the series gets better or not. ...more
I can see where this book could appeal to boys, if not for the fact that so many of them are tethered to their game consoles and thus unable to enjoyI can see where this book could appeal to boys, if not for the fact that so many of them are tethered to their game consoles and thus unable to enjoy it. But this is a good book to give to boys and send them outside to do things. It also has a lot of good trivia, poems, historical events, allusions, so on that boys (and just any educated person) should know. I would have enjoyed this book as a boy. Nowadays, I think it is more a book to browse at leisure rather than read straight through, which is what I ended up doing. Personally, I found it a little reminiscent of the Boy Scout Handbook I had when I was a scout (though the scout book had much better illustrations). It is also reminiscent of older manuals, which I am sure is intentional. There is a bit of everything here, and I think anyone can learn something, or maybe remember something they learned as a child. ...more
I have posted my full review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click (or copy/paste to your favorite browser) the link below to read it andI have posted my full review of this on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Click (or copy/paste to your favorite browser) the link below to read it and check it out.
I finished reading this anthology last night. It is a lesbian erotica collection with a sports and female athletes theme. Jocks do have a prominent prI finished reading this anthology last night. It is a lesbian erotica collection with a sports and female athletes theme. Jocks do have a prominent presence, so I will admit I was a bit skeptical as jocks are not always my thing. However, there is no need to worry. This anthology features 16 stories by authors presenting tales of various female athletes and the women who admire and crave them, or the female athletes who admire and crave other women. I think readers who enjoy the themes of sports and female athletes will find something appealing in the variety of takes on the female athlete: soccer, tennis, swimming and hockey are some of the sports represented in the anthology. There are also boxers, ice skaters, and even classical era female gladiators. As for the sensual element, you will find tales that go from sweet to very hot and heavy to no holds barred sex. I can say that some stories left me wanting more, and that is a good thing. Some stories worked for me better than others, but overall this collection's stories are smart and well-written.
Let me take some time to comment on some of the stories that I really liked:
* Gina Marie's "Blood Lust" was the story of the female boxers. It was a sensual story. It also had a small twist where I thought the story would take one direction. Instead, the story went in a different and very delicious route. This was one of my favorites.
* Ily Goyanes, the anthology's editor, gives us the story of an athlete and an artists in "No, Tell Me How You Really Feel." I really appreciated how Goyanes, largely using the artist's point of view, set up the contrast between the two women and led us to a hot and erotic scene. It build up a lot, but when it got there...oh boy! This is a tale that left me wanting more.
* Kiki De Lovely's "Facing the Music" about a lesbian couple attending a high school reunion was amusing. I think readers who have faced this prospect of attending a high school reunion will relate, especially if the idea is not the most appealing thing. For me, the story worked because the characters fall within my generation, so some of the pop culture references made me feel at home. This story does feature a very nice, quick and hot scene that makes it well worth it.
* And I definitely have to mention Paisley Smith's "Cymone's Dominatrix." I was not expecting a story about female gladiators in some ancient time given all the other stories are more contemporary in setting. I am glad the editor included it. If you like some kink, some dominance and submission between strong females in a very hot, sensually charged setting, then this is the story for you. Add to it that the tale is very well-written with a lot of detail, and you can see this story is not just an erotic story; it is a well-crafted fantasy. As for the tale's end, all I will say is it reminded me of Frank Stockton's short story "The Lady or The Tiger," and I mean that as a compliment.
Overall, if female athletes are your thing, if you fantasize about that strong, confident female at the gym or the soccer field, or maybe you find ice skaters hot, this is a collection for you.
(In compliance with FTC rules, also known as keeping The Man happy, I disclose this book was provided to me by the publisher for review purposes). ...more
Just when you thought it was safe to venture out, here is another collection of Chuck Norris facts to amuse you. I think I caught one or two repeats,Just when you thought it was safe to venture out, here is another collection of Chuck Norris facts to amuse you. I think I caught one or two repeats, but overall, most of the "facts" are new. Overall, this is an easy and amusing reading. The fact that stuck with me, for some reason: Chuck Norris is the reason Jack is still in the box. ...more
And I am done with the Before Watchmen series. I have posted my review of this one, as well as the others, on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. ActualAnd I am done with the Before Watchmen series. I have posted my review of this one, as well as the others, on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Actually, I gave it 3.5 out of 5, but y'all know GoodReads by now.
Who knew beer can art was such a piece of Americana? Check out my full review of this book on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy/Who knew beer can art was such a piece of Americana? Check out my full review of this book on my blog, The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy/paste to your favorite browser) the link below to read the review.
You can find my full review of this book on my blog at The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy and paste to your browser) the link below to reaYou can find my full review of this book on my blog at The Itinerant Librarian. Simply click (or copy and paste to your browser) the link below to read it.