A full colour book with some of my favourite posts - as well as plenty I haven't read? Lovely. Brosh does a superb job of making me feel like the wild...moreA full colour book with some of my favourite posts - as well as plenty I haven't read? Lovely. Brosh does a superb job of making me feel like the wilderness of my strange imagination isn't so strange after all.(less)
This is probably one of the toughest reviews I've ever had to write. Not for any emotional reasons but because this book has so many 'on the other han...moreThis is probably one of the toughest reviews I've ever had to write. Not for any emotional reasons but because this book has so many 'on the other hand' qualities that make up for the areas where it lacks.
When your employer turns out to be a god, you know you're in for a good ride - that is the hook that kept me reading in this story and will keep me reading onto book two. However, reading book one does involve a lot of wading through...
I think the biggest hiccup White Tiger has comes with repetition. Whether it's everything and everyone being so 'delightful', Leo telling Emma it's never going to happen on so, so many different occasions or seemingly every immortal preferring to use the word 'fool'... There are a lot of things that happen repeatedly. This is something that happens in the structure as well with the story settling into a cycle of fighting and more training without raising the stakes.
The characters were a little hard to become close to because of their sometimes erratic behaviours. Emma finds the White Tiger charming until he hits on her friend. Understandably, but she completely flips out. Leo is simply confusing with his support Emma/don't support Emma flipping as easily as a switch. Mr. Chen and Simone seem to be the only steady characters (with the exception of some minor characters). I love the world and the idea Chan has created here, but the characters threw me out more than once.
I quite enjoyed the way Chan delved into tai chi, martial arts, weapons fighting and so on. They are areas I have a particular interest in, and she handled the scenes well.
In the end, and what earned this a two star instead of a three star, I felt cheated. While a lot certainly happened in the story, I finished the last page feeling like I'd read a prologue; there was a lot of set up but not the satisfaction of an actual conclusion. The day was won, so to say, without a direct fight with the villain. I know it's part of a trilogy, but I grew up with trilogies, quartets, etc being able to stand on their own when separated from the series.
I adore the idea for this story and will read the next book, but I do hope that Chan's writing style matures in the books that follow.(less)
We've all seen plenty of books on how to sell more books, but 'How to Build a Powerful Writer's Platform in 90 Days' takes it up a few notches. This '...moreWe've all seen plenty of books on how to sell more books, but 'How to Build a Powerful Writer's Platform in 90 Days' takes it up a few notches. This 'how to' provides a great resource for those looking to build and/or strengthen their writer's platform.
Briggs writes in a very easy-to-understand way without leaving you feeling like he things you haven't ever used a computer before. Everything is straight forward and clear, which makes this book stand out amongst the crowd of others on similar subjects. While I am familiar with social media and how to use it, I found myself highlighting tidbits here and there, and I began taking notes on what things I could do to give my online presence a polish.
As a former online publicist and as an author, I recommend this guide whether you are a beginner or not. I'll have to get the print version of this so it can go on my shelf next to my other reference books.(less)
This is an excellent resource for binge/emotional eaters that will help you to see that you are not alone. The help offered via actual clinics is US-c...moreThis is an excellent resource for binge/emotional eaters that will help you to see that you are not alone. The help offered via actual clinics is US-centric, but I found the content to still be worth it and appropriate.(less)
Hammered: Memoir of an Addict is a book that pulls no punches and takes no soft steps in recounting a tough life. Braun takes his life and puts it all...moreHammered: Memoir of an Addict is a book that pulls no punches and takes no soft steps in recounting a tough life. Braun takes his life and puts it all on the page for you, letting you take from it what you will. This writing style takes you straight past any pretence and straight into the heart of matters. The 'heart' is often devastating and doesn't let you go until the last page. I found myself crying for Braun during the traumatic times, fascinated by his descriptions of drug culture and society, as well as cheering him on every time he wanted to give up the drugs.
Hammered is an excellent read that will leave you feeling changed for having read it.(less)
Will Robertson fully embraces the craziness and fun of children in his Casey and Kyle comics. In this day and age, it can be hard to find ‘good, clean...moreWill Robertson fully embraces the craziness and fun of children in his Casey and Kyle comics. In this day and age, it can be hard to find ‘good, clean, fun’ reads, but Robertson has certainly accomplished that in his comics. Brothers Casey and Kyle provide heaps of laughs as they navigate the strange and big world of children.
I quite like comics of all sorts, but this one really made me smile. It’s easy to forget the strange, often funny, logic we have as children when we’re trying to make sense of everything. Robertson really taps into this and is no doubt inspired by his two boys. I like that he is also inspired by his wife, who, in the comics, has her own funny star moments.
My favourite strips of the lot have to be the ones where Casey is covered in black marker. That sent me into giggles remembering how many times I got yelled at for drawing on myself.
I loved this comic so much that when I finished ‘I’m Saving Up for a Big Brother’, I went straight on to ‘So Much for Being on Our Best Behaivior!’ Now I can’t wait to get Casey and Kyle Sketchpad.(less)
Horror/Paranormal is probably the first genre I really got into growing up. It’s been a long time since I’ve moved away from those books, though, so I...moreHorror/Paranormal is probably the first genre I really got into growing up. It’s been a long time since I’ve moved away from those books, though, so I was eager to see how this book would go. Unfortunately, I was disappointed and itching to get out my red editing marker. While Prosperity in itself has enormous potential, its shortcomings distract the reader and made for a less than satisfying read.
My main criticism for this book is the unclear writing. The way many scenes are handled and the wording in them makes for confusion in the plot as well as with the characters. At one point I wondered if I should get out a paper and pen so I could keep track of all the characters and who/what they were to each other.
The characters themselves tend to be inconsistent in their behavior and the way they speak. Fluctuating from complete ass to somewhat decent guy from one chapter to the next, Deputy Travis had me confused most of the time, but not more than Amanda. I spent the second half of the book wondering why she was still in Prosperity.
I could go on with criticisms, but I don’t think that’s really needed.
The Short Story
I don’t recommend this book as is. However, if an editor thoroughly went through this book and Deborah Woehr rewrote it, I have no doubt this book could rise to its full potential. (less)
When I first signed up to review Michele Wahlder’s Alphatudes, I expected a book with few words and many pretty pictures. Thankfully, I was pleasantly...moreWhen I first signed up to review Michele Wahlder’s Alphatudes, I expected a book with few words and many pretty pictures. Thankfully, I was pleasantly surprised.
Alphatudes is a book that leads us through the alphabet on a journey of gratitude for the things in our lives. With every letter, we are given thoughts on the thing we are focusing on (eg. A is for Acceptance), a powerful statement to help us focus and a prayer to say or meditate on. Along with that, the book is full of beautiful artwork that helps to bring a sense of peace and calm.
While I started out skeptical as to what being grateful could do for me, I found myself relaxing the first time I read through this book. On the second time, I began to recognize the negative attachments I have (F is for Forgiveness is a tough one for me) that are keeping me from recognizing the more positive aspects of life.
I feel like every time I read through this book, I discover something new – often subtle – about myself and the way I view the world.
One thing I truly appreciated about this book is Wahlder’s emphasis of non-denominational and even – if you so chose – non-religious prayer. A lot of people miss out on the benefits of prayer and even meditation because they are put off by the religious aspect, but Wahlder makes sure you know that anyone of any belief or non-belief system can bring peace to their lives through these practices.
The Short Story
I recommend this book for a number of reasons, including the relaxing qualities, guided mediation of sorts that the book can provide and most of all because it gives people a reason to sit down and think happy thoughts for a while… (less)
In terms of the story, I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I found myself wishing the book was longer because I felt there were many more truths...moreIn terms of the story, I found this book to be quite enjoyable. I found myself wishing the book was longer because I felt there were many more truths and childhood discoveries I wanted to be touched on. However, it was only because I was reminded of my childhood experiences, which this book does a good job of doing.
I read along not just as a casual reader but also as an older sister to ‘the girl’. I laughed as she frowned about having to deal with tampons and pads, and I sighed wistfully when she talked about enjoying her bike rides and the wind through her hair. (When did I stop riding my bike?)
Reading this book truly gave me a sense of what it was like to be a young girl again and of all of the possibilities that were open. The Truth may be aimed at younger girls, but it put me in a good mood and helped me to see all the possibilities I still have open to me as a woman.
The Short Story.
This book is worth reading if you’ve found yourself wondering if you always wanted to be such a career woman or a stay at home mom. It provides a unique perspective most of us have long forgotten about. I found myself often wondering if I stayed true to the promises I made to myself growing up and if I have so far become the woman I wanted to be. (less)