I'm glad this was a free Kindle book because it is worth nothing. The few images here are poor and probably available in a web search. I kPoor quality
I'm glad this was a free Kindle book because it is worth nothing. The few images here are poor and probably available in a web search. I know how to lift them from Kindle to paper but I don't think I'll bother. Unfortunately, by marketing an advertisement as a free book, the publisher will lose any goodwill that it could have cultivated with prospective readers....more
I've never read Dorothea Benton Frank before and I regret that. I thought that The Hurricane Sisters would be a good summer read, but it ended up moI've never read Dorothea Benton Frank before and I regret that. I thought that The Hurricane Sisters would be a good summer read, but it ended up more than that. While reading, I thought this was a nice woman's relational book, but it was more than that, too. There were clues in the book that foreshadowed the plot, and I missed them at first. When I finally recognized the clues, I thought I had figured out the rest of the plot. But I hadn't; Frank had more for me.
The South Carolina Lowcountry is important in Frank's books. It seems to be a lovely, though hot, area, with wonderful people. I look forward to reading more by Frank. There are more available in Vermont's online library for Kindle and audiobooks.
The moral of The Hurricane Sisters? Lies told in our families tend to distort and complicate our realities. ...more
I have a weakness of being unable to put down a book if I get involved with the plot or the characters. That doesn't mean that a book that engages meI have a weakness of being unable to put down a book if I get involved with the plot or the characters. That doesn't mean that a book that engages me in such a way is any good. This book wasn't good. This was one of those books that is predictable and was written for a movie (you can see the camera angles in your mind and as you read you predict which actors will be playing which roles), yet I did not put it down. It was a pleasant use of a couple of days of reading time, even though I frequently groaned at the dialogue and plot. But it was also a waste of my reading time. I could have read a thought provoking work that engaged me even more.
I read this book because it is a Big Library Read choice. The books are chosen democratically. Sort of. You are given a list of books and the one with the most votes wins. I don't know who chooses the list. The book is then available without limit at your local library's online site as a Kindle or epub book.
The is a "Kendra Donovan Mystery." There will be one other available soon. I don't know which genre the book belongs in: scifi, crime, thriller, mystery (not cozy mystery), bodice ripper? It is all of those and probably a couple of other genres I can't think of. ...more
I've become pretty excited about this book and I've drawn up plans for project-based learning about Coleoptera in school in a couple of months. Not onI've become pretty excited about this book and I've drawn up plans for project-based learning about Coleoptera in school in a couple of months. Not only did I buy the Kindle book, I also bought the audio edition of the book because many students like to listen. The book is simply full of adventure, humor, tragedy, heroes, and villains. The plot reminded me of Roald Dahl, Lemony Snicket, Harry Potter, and even C.S. Lewis. The writing was clear and is accessible to developing readers. I urge all teachers to read it and see if they can find room in their curriculum for it. I won't add anything about the plot, except to say I loved it, because the synopses give you enough, but I ask this, and I ask perhaps not in jest: should I consider having older classes follow this book up by reading The Metamorphosis?...more
This was a delightful book. It is free on Kindle for a time and you may want to grab it. The first two-thirds of the book were wonderful: the characteThis was a delightful book. It is free on Kindle for a time and you may want to grab it. The first two-thirds of the book were wonderful: the characters were bright and interesting. This is Love Boat on a bus in Ireland. You don't learn much about Ireland, though, just as you didn't learn about places on the Love Boat. The problem with the book was that it became increasingly predictable. You knew exactly how each person's story would end. You also knew that everyone would have a happy ending. The last third of the book, therefore, was everyone's happy ending. It took a third of the book because there are so many characters. Since you know how each story will end, this part of the book dragged on. One was even a bit unrealistic, but I can't tell you why without having to tag this review with a spoiler.
However, I really enjoyed most of the book. When I had to take a break from reading, I found myself thinking about the characters. I didn't learn any life lessons here, but it was a great summer read....more
I'm surprised that this book seemed a bit easier to wade through, but perhaps I'm now accustomed to the writing. I read it in one day (it was the onlyI'm surprised that this book seemed a bit easier to wade through, but perhaps I'm now accustomed to the writing. I read it in one day (it was the only thing I did that day) because I had to return it to the online library. The book doesn't require much more thought than a one day read. The characters are very confusing at first if you cannot remember them from the first book. The plot is simplistic, a sort of serial explosion shoot-em up type of adventure book. You begin to skim through the explosions and shootings in order to get to the next quarter of an inch of plot.
But beware: there is no made up cussing in this young adult book. It's real and spelled out. And there is even one sex scene that is very diluted but doesn't fool anybody.
So I've read two out of three. Can I manage to read the third? I don't know. The Kindle edition is $10.99 (really, I'm telling the truth) and there is no online library edition of The Last Star. Don't hold your breath in suspense. But I'll tell you this: I wish I could get it together and write a book that made me millions of dollars (and movie fees) no matter what the quality....more
This novel enthralled me (and has begun another compulsion to learn as much about Arthur Conan Doyle as possible). The writing is clear and riveting.This novel enthralled me (and has begun another compulsion to learn as much about Arthur Conan Doyle as possible). The writing is clear and riveting. The history cited is accurate as far as I can determine in my quick Google and Wikipedia searches for information and images. The setting is the Edwardian era, one of the fascinating eras in Great Britain. Barnes kept me thoroughly engaged in the lives of Doyle and Edalji. He carefully scripted the irony of Doyle's case in defense of Edalji, and showed how Edalji was more logical and methodical than Doyle (and Holmes?). But Doyle is passionate and honest. I admire both men greatly.
I began reading this book because we began to watch Arthur and George on Amazon Prime. As soon as I learned that this was a well-reviewed novel, I borrowed it from the online Vermont library, stopped watching the videos, and read the book. I made an excellent decision and I look forward now to seeing the videos.
I see my folly of giving five stars to just about any book I read from beginning to end. I have thought that if I finish a book and not put it away in boredom, then it was worth five. I would give this book ten stars. Or more.
A curious note: Doyle may have been the person who introduced skiing to Vermont when he brought skis when he visited Rudyard Kipling at Kipling's Vermont home. ...more
I can't resist Kindle cookbooks and the cover of this one in my e-mail grabbed me. I'm glad it did. There are several recipes in here that we can do:I can't resist Kindle cookbooks and the cover of this one in my e-mail grabbed me. I'm glad it did. There are several recipes in here that we can do:
Blueberries in Syrup Spiced Blackberry Jam (for my husband, who loves our blackberries) Oven-roasted Pizza Sauce (we make pizza nearly every week) Pear Shallot Chutney (my daughter has a secret pear tree that she picks every year but she won't tell me where it is; pear trees here, I thought, were impossible) Meyer Lemon Curd (we can't get Meyer lemons here but she tells how to use regular lemons) Roasted Garlic and Maple Mustard (we've been wanting to do our own mustard for ages now, especially with the garlic locally grown) Strawberry Maple Butter (using our own maple and wild strawberries) Ketchup Picked Beets Spiced Pink Apple Slices (with our own apples) Boiled Cider Jelly (this will use up the gallons and gallons of cider we make) Cranberry Butter (for Christmas gifts) Zucchini Relish Onion Relish Spiced Raisin Concentrate Burger Sauce Tartar Sauce Potato Salad a new granola recipe Thousand Island Dressing
I admit: I did not read all of the recipes. I skipped the chapters that used coconut sugar and agave sugar because they are not in the stores here.
If you preserve foods, this is a book you need to get.
This book is the result of Debbie Blue's meditations on our relationship with God and the many analogies, metaphors, and the myths of birds and birdsThis book is the result of Debbie Blue's meditations on our relationship with God and the many analogies, metaphors, and the myths of birds and birds with God.
Lately, my faith seems to be evolving and leading me to doubts I never thought I would have. Bell's faith is peaceful and truly inclusive. She may have lead me down a path that I need to go to resolve my doubts and restore my faith. She has put aside the violent images of Christianity. She poses questions that are unanswerable: did Christ want to be known as an eagle (powerful, strong, quick to enter battle) or a hen (nurturing, giving, sacrificial)? Do the images of power and strength that have been used in Christianity for centuries give us a true representation of the teachings that Christ gave us? Each of the ten birds in the book is an opportunity to explore themes in Christianity: pigeons (purity and impurity), hens (freedom and domestication), pelicans (sacrifice and giving), quails (desire and slavery), ravens (failure and trust), cocks (cockiness and betrayal), sparrows (contempt and compassion), ostriches (comedy and tragedy), eagles (power and vulnerability), and vultures (ugliness and beauty).
After reading this book, I think Blue has very valid points and new ideas. She often uses her stream of consciousness to connect natural history, myth, human history and Scripture. This style helps my own stream of consciousness; my mind wanders about, connecting seemingly unrelated images and facts and ponders new ideas.
Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible will enhance my worship in my fields and woods and gives me a level of knowing and observing that will enhance my life. I have much to meditate upon because of this and this gives me comfort. I will be returning to this book frequently to strengthen my understanding of Blue's ideas....more
Finally a "young adult" book that is actually well written without a formula and without fearing language. This is an honest and faithful account of aFinally a "young adult" book that is actually well written without a formula and without fearing language. This is an honest and faithful account of a young girl in the Adirondacks in 1906 as she learns how to become the woman she wants to be. I had forgotten what a treacherous journey it is for girls to grow up, and I had forgotten how severely women were treated back in the days. Jennifer Donnelly is a new author for me and she was a wonderful surprise. The book was recommended to me by a student whose mother was reading this. ...more
An excellent book. Some was over my head, but I am actually looking at the world with a different lens now. It was also an entertaining book with manyAn excellent book. Some was over my head, but I am actually looking at the world with a different lens now. It was also an entertaining book with many anecdotes about chemists and physicists. Finding how so many professions, and how much human activity, is connected has always held my attention. I highly recommend it....more
It is through this cultural life rather than through experimental encounter in a laboratory that we really come to know the elements individually, an
It is through this cultural life rather than through experimental encounter in a laboratory that we really come to know the elements individually, and it is a cause for sadness that most chemistry teaching does so little to acknowledge this rich existence.
I am not a certified science teacher and have never wanted to be one. Yet here I am teaching Chemistry this semester: the 2nd worse class I ever took in school (physics being the first). Somehow I had to make chemistry accessible to my high school kids. And accessible to me. We can't do experiments because of lack of money and equipment (and I am learning that because of money and liability problems that fewer and fewer chemistry classes are experimenting). I re-read The Periodic Kingdom: A Journey Into The Land Of The Chemical Elements and became so fascinated with the elements that I now have a course of six books I want to read about them (including Oliver Sacks's Uncle Tungsten). This, Periodic Tales, was the first of my six.
I loved it. This book combines human culture and history with science: my favorite type of book. In combination with Gray's Elements: A Visual Exploration of Every Known Atom in the Universe, I have thoroughly enjoyed myself reading, and collecting and tagging images on the iPad with Google image search (these can't be shared, unfortunately). Just as Aldersey-Williams says in the quotation above, I now am knowing these elements in their many dimensions; individually. If you, also, become obsessed with the elements, this is the place to start. Slowly, I am percolating different projects in my head so that the elements can be known individually by my students. Students with no background knowledge of science at all shouldn't be bored with it. They should know that they are a part of chemistry....more