Okay, I think now is the time to admit it - I watch Duck Dynasty. I'm not a die-hard fan of the show, but I've progressed from a fan-by-default (Mister and Bug love it) to someone who looks forward to the show each week. Trust me when I say that it sneaks up on you. Si Robertson is pretty much the sole reason that I watch the show, and his book did not disappoint the fan in me.
Si Robertson is crazy, and I mean that in the most respectful and positive way possible. He has a no-holds-barred sense of humor, and he comes across as a person who does not care what other people think about him. I guess if you spent most of your childhood running around naked and with six older siblings (five of them brothers), you can't really pay too much heed to what people say/think. Si is also a veteran and devout Christian. He tells stories about all of that, as well as about hunting and fishing, in Si-Cology in such a way that would have me snorting as I tried not to laugh out loud.
Si and the other Robertson boys (and Phil's wife, Kay) grew up near where I lived, so I knew a lot of the stories already. However, Si-Cology gave a new depth to Si that I've never seen on Duck Dynasty or heard about from his old schoolmates. Some of the chapters had me laughing from mishaps in the woods, but his stories about Vietnam and the fertility problems he and his wife showed a different side of Si. Though I would feel a little down for him one minute, the next thing I knew, I'd be laughing again.
I would mostly only recommend Si-Cology to fans of the show, hunters and fishers, or people from my area, but I think it is a book that anyone could enjoy. It was a very fast read for me, and it never got boring. Each chapter was only a few pages, so even the most reluctant of readers would have a good time reading the book. I preordered my copy of Si-Cology ages ago, I'll also be getting the audiobook for Mister and I. I think there will be a new dimension to the book with Si reading it, and I look forward to it though I've already read the book.
- 3.5/5 Stars -
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Zuto: The Adventures of a Computer Virus is the middle-grade debut novel of Udi Aharoni. The story is set inside of a boy named Tom's computer and follows a Zutrog-33 virus named Zuto.
The Writing of Zuto really made reading the book a breeze. The style is definitely aimed at a younger audience with short chapters and cute illustrations every ten pages or so. There is also a "Zutopedia" in the back that defines some of the computer terms that are used in the course of the book. The characters are funny, and Zuto is charming enough to make a virus a sympathetic character. The only drawback that I saw with the novel is that it may be a little too simple for the age group it is aimed at, but this one is not a major concern because most children (like adults) like an occasional easy read, and Zuto sneaks a little educational material into the story. 3.5/5 Stars
Udi Aharoni's World-Weaving in Zuto is fantastic. The entire story takes place in less than a minute (though much longer for the characters), and it turns the inner-workings of a computer into a world that easy to imagine and that makes how a computer works more understandable. There is a "Firewall" that is by the port, that is described as being by the sea much like an actual port. The anti-virus program is similar to a police officer, and he patrols the Mathematical Co-Processor on a motorcycle. I personally am not a computer expert, so reading Zuto gave even me, an adult, a greater insight into the way computers operate. 4.5/5 Stars
The Pace of the novel is very fast and can easily keep a middle-grade reader on board. The events unfold quickly, and a lot happens in this very little book. The chapters are short, but they pack a lot of heat. 4/5 Stars
The Extra Magic of Zuto is the way Aharoni and Troitsa take a subject that many would find boring and present it in a way that is appealing. While computers are an essential part of my life, I've never had much interest in knowing how they work or why they do what they do. As long as I was able to get online and my research was kept safe, I did not need anything more from my computer. However, reading Zuto taught me a few things, but mostly it made concepts that went right over my head before a little more tangible and understandable. 4/5 Stars
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Loving Lady Marcia is the first book in Kieran Kramer's new Regency series, The House of Brady. It isReview originally posted on Bibliophilia, Please.
Loving Lady Marcia is the first book in Kieran Kramer's new Regency series, The House of Brady. It is a light-hearted adult romance that is inspired by situations in the beloved American sitcom, "The Brady Bunch". The main focus of the book is Lady Marcia Brady's romance first with Finnian Lattimore, and then later his brother, Duncan Lattimore, Earl of Chadwick.
The Writing of Loving Lady Marcia was typical for the adult Modern Regency novel, if you are familiar with those. It was a very fun read that follows the characters through the romantic and conservative standards of 19th century British society. Lady Marcia is the oldest daughter in the Brady household who we meet while she is traveling to a wedding in Ireland with Lord Chadwick (Duncan) and Mr. Lattimore (Finn). She turns sixteen on the journey and falls madly in love with Mr. Lattimore, who proceeds to break her heart. Kieran Kramer takes us on a delightful romp with Marcia through London five years later, following her dismissal as headmistress of her former school by the school's benefactress (and her rival), Lady Ennis.
The story is filled characters with characters that you will recognize from "The Brady Bunch": the parents, Gregory, Janice, Peter, Robert, Cynthia, Alice the maid (briefly), and a nod to Tiger (the dog). They encompass everything that was fun about the sitcom, while playing true to the Regency standards in the novel. Gregory acts as a friend to Lord Chadwick and an excuse to visit the Brady household while he woos Marcia, and Janice is her sister's best friend, as well as becomes a target of the story's womanizer, Finn. However, the characters who stole the book for me were Joe, Lord Chadwick's son, and the Duke of Beauchamp. Their interactions was hilarious and provided a cute distraction from the romance developing on hand.
As for the romance and love triangle implied by the synopsis, I never felt drawn to Marcia and Finn as a couple. I enjoy a scoundrel as much as the next person, but it merely worked (for me) as an introduction to the romantic feelings between Marcia and Lord Chadwick. Though she has sworn off romance following her fling with Finn as a teenager, she did not take long to rush into the arms of the very attractive earl. It seemed that Duncan only wished to "clean up" Finn's messes, so to speak, but his true feelings for Lady Marcia were evident very early on in the novel. Most of the character and romance development did seem a bit manufactured at times (Finn was really the only one that stayed true to form throughout), but it was fun to read none-the-less. 4/5 Stars
The World-Weaving was a very fun part of the book. There were lots of glittering balls, card parties, outings, and secret trysts that occurred, and they were a beautiful setting for the novel. I really enjoyed the descriptions of the clothes and the frills of the peacocks of London society. Kramer always took special care to give a good visualization of each event, no matter how minor it may have seemed. The one thing I would have liked to see more of is some of the historical going-ons during that time period, but it did not really pertain much to the novel. (That's just the historian coming out in me.) 4/5 Stars
I am going to completely skip my Attention Span portion of the review, as I did read this as a part of a blog tour, but I will focus instead on the Pacing of the novel. One of the great things about these cute Regency romances is that they are fairly predictable. These romances are great fun to read when all you want to do is just sit back and enjoy a book with no heavy lifting. However, it can happen from time to time that the story will drag because everyone knows what is going to happen except for the characters. This was only the case a few times in Loving Lady Marcia, but I did find myself skimming once in a while because I wanted to get back to the romance at hand. (No, I was not smut-cruising!) The characters dancing their way through society can be great fun, but I tend to lose interest quickly if I get too many distractions from the events at hand. 3.5/5 Stars
The Extra Magic in the novel is going to make me seem like a hypocrite, considering my issue with the pacing. While some of the events in the novel had me skimming, the parts with Joe (as I stated before) were some of my favorites. The four year old did so well in bringing out the characters around him. Okay, I also enjoyed reading the sexy-times. There, I said it. 3.5/5 Stars
Loving Lady Marcia is a sexy, funny book that is filled with beautiful settings and society that will surely be enjoyed by anyone who loves historical romance or Regency novels.
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Tricked by Kevin Hearne is the fourth installment in his urban fantasy series, The Iron Druid Chronicles. In this book, our hero (and my book boyfriend), Atticus O'Sullivan; his dog, Oberon; and his apprentice, Granuaile face the repercussions of Atticus' trip to Asgard, as well as a few new issues thanks to the Navajo trickster god, Coyote.
The Writing of Tricked reminded me of precisely why I love to read. It's easy for me to lose interest in books because I'm such a picky reader. (Yes, I am an avid reader, but I'm not an easy one to please. I try to tone that down here on the blog.) Kevin Hearne's quirky humor and heavy use of both nerdy pop culture and literary references lovingly caresses the inner dweeb in me. Tricked is also obviously heavily researched. The book (and series) is loaded with facts about various mythologies and poisons, as well many other trivial knowledge that went over my head (such as mining equipment) - not that it was boring. I just used that time to pretended that I could beat up Granuaile and take her place roaming the world with Atticus and Oberon. Anywho, research is always appreciated, even if it's something I do not exactly understand. At least someone does, right?
As far as character development goes, it was not quite as deep as Hammered (where we were offered an EPIC male-bonding/past history scene), but it was well done as far as Atticus goes. A deeper glance is given into Atticus' time in Africa with his wife, what brought him to the New World, and we learned a bit more about his archdruid master/trainer. (I'd bet money that this guy comes up in the next book or two.) However, there is still much more that I'd like to learn about Granuaile since she's becoming such a major character in the series. Oberon, on the other paw (see what I did there?), requires no development as he sprang from Hearne's brain fully equipped with all of the awesomeness allowed in a literary character without the world imploding. He has easily become my favorite character in the series, despite my very creepily real crush on Atticus. 4.5/5 Stars
Kevin Hearne's created reality in Tricked is one that I often fantasize about being the one we actually live in, so the World-Weaving is successful for me. Everything exists as it is in our own world except that all the gods of all religions are real and able to walk among us, along with other paranormal and supernatural creatures. All of the creatures and myths are used successfully in the world-building and execution of the story and are never too much. Again, it is his research that makes this aspect of the story shine. 5/5 Stars
The Pacing of the story was a little off compared to the other novels in the series. I thoroughly enjoyed the story and never lost interest, but the ride was a little bit bumpier than the first three novels. If you want me to be honest, I was somewhat disappointed in the outcome of Mrs. MacDonagh, who was one of my favorite characters. I've been waiting a year to find out what happened to her since the end of Hammered, and the letdown made me grip the book slightly less tightly throughout the rest of it. 4/5 Stars
As always, the Extra Magic in Hearne's novels are the unapologetic nerdiness found within the pages. The first Star Wars reference is made on page two, and the hilarity continues throughout the book, even when things get serious. Two of my favorite quotations happen very early on in Tricked.
As I shampooed Oberon's coat, I explained how to craft hypotheses and test them empirically using a control. And then I stressed safety while I rinsed him off.
"It's best not to experiment on yourself. Bacon practically froze himself to death in one of his experiements and died of pneumonia."
Right! Bacon must be heated. Knew that already, but thanks for the reminder.
I love my hound. — Tricked, Page 16
That, my friends, is what a book needs to make me giggle and love it. And I loved Tricked. Even if Fragarach was not the main sword, and I did not get to sing the Fraggle Rock theme song in my head every time Atticus drew it. Maybe I should refer to the first three books in the series as the "Fraggle Rock Trilogy" from now on. *grins* 5/5 Stars
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Robert A. Heinlein is one of my go-to authors when I really want to nerd out to some Science Fiction. This book did not disappoint. It is set throughoRobert A. Heinlein is one of my go-to authors when I really want to nerd out to some Science Fiction. This book did not disappoint. It is set throughout different satellites, space stations, the moon, Earth, and even other dimensions. While it is doing all of the crazy space age sci-fi deliciousness, it also definitely Noir. It was a strange mix, but it was so good. There is murder, sex (mostly allusions, but not completely), time travel, seduction, and so much more. I would definitely recommend this to someone who was looking for a book way out of the ordinary....more