I really enjoyed Feed, Mira Grant's zombie series and so I went into Parasite with the same sort of expectations. Unfortunately, Parasite is lacklusteI really enjoyed Feed, Mira Grant's zombie series and so I went into Parasite with the same sort of expectations. Unfortunately, Parasite is lackluster, predictable, and I just didn't enjoy it as much. The topic is interesting, but the plot twists are foreseeable and none of the characters are memorable. Tapeworms are such a cool topic and definitely have that ick-shock-omg this happens in nature!? factor to them, so bravo to Mira Grant for choosing them as her focus here. A little too much time was spent in the beginning of the book setting it up, so it took some patience to get into the thick of things. Also, I feel no reason to read the next book honestly. ...more
Heroes of the Environment is a book I would give my kids, if I had any. I highly recommend this book to any parents who want to educate their childrenHeroes of the Environment is a book I would give my kids, if I had any. I highly recommend this book to any parents who want to educate their children about the stories of people working in the environmental fields. Heroes of the Environment is a short glimpse into the stories of people who have made changes in tackling some environmental problem in their community. From stories of individuals installing solar panels to finding ways to recycle trash in their neighborhoods to figuring out point pollution sources, this book showcases a wide range of environmental issues and how inspiring leaders have made change.
One of the best aspects of this book is how this book represents so many different people and issues. I was very worried that they would focus on old dead white guys, which let's be honest, is how so many subjects and books are taught to the younger generation. But no, there is so much good representation here of stories from people of color, women, and young adults. This book would be perfect especially for children of color, to see themselves reflected in a nonfiction book. Also, I was so excited that the book touched on a lot of topics like environmental justice and ecosystem services. Oftentimes, I feel that environmental books narrow their focus and start to only talk about environmental issues in the lens of more science focused and traditional endeavors like saving the rainforests or polar ice caps. It's important to tell younger students about these big issues of environmental justice and others.
Like other reviewers however, I would have really liked to see more in the What Can You Do section, the last section of the book. It would have been nice to have a list of organizations or groups to contact or maybe some examples of national initiatives to join. And yet, I felt this book was a good introduction into a lot of environmental issues and inspiring biographies of environmental heroes. Would definitely recommend to anybody - children, adults, anyone. ...more
Short and enjoyable, The Last Dragonslayer is my first foray into Jasper Fforde's books. His writing is clean, easy to understand with highly likableShort and enjoyable, The Last Dragonslayer is my first foray into Jasper Fforde's books. His writing is clean, easy to understand with highly likable characters. The world is sculpted well with a bit of the magic and the mundane - though I would like to know more of its history. What I felt most lacking was the way the climax played out and the whole buildup of the plot. The climax felt like a - so this is it? sort of thing to me.