Lunella and her giant buddy, Devil Dinosaur, are back for another round of schoolwork, Awesome Hulk, and some new additions in this continuation of MoLunella and her giant buddy, Devil Dinosaur, are back for another round of schoolwork, Awesome Hulk, and some new additions in this continuation of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur. This collection covers chapters seven through twelve of the series and picks up immediately where volume one left off.
Lunella is still grounded by her parents and still managing to slip away to work on her experiments, namely, what happened when she got caught in the Terrigen Cloud in the previous volume. Turning into a giant egg and being hatched by her dinosaur has an effect on a girl - and one that comes into play this volume.
Between dealing with the Terrigen effects (which pop up at the worst possible times - of course), Lunella also becomes involved in her school's First Lego League, wherein students design new things (inventions?) using only Legoes for their building materials. If she can create something really amazing, maybe she can show everyone just how much she doesn't belong in a regular school in a regular town.
Unfortunately, there are a few problems along the way and the new kid in her class - and the new kid in Moon Girl's life - could prove terribly problematic as the latter is trying to either catch or kill her, Lunella's not quite sure which. Add in Ms. Marvel in her most recent incarnation doing her best to help Lunella out of her inhuman predicament and things just keep sliding sideways for our heroine (and her giant red friend).
Definitely for the outsider in all of us, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur made me laugh, empathize, and, fortunately, not remind me anything of what life was like for me at that age. Which is one thing I took exception to - I thought one plot point seemed a bit...older.
Other than that, still incredibly entertaining!...more
Lunella is a nine-year old genius but she's also inuman and terrified the Terrigen Cloud could turn her into something Else entirely. She concocts a pLunella is a nine-year old genius but she's also inuman and terrified the Terrigen Cloud could turn her into something Else entirely. She concocts a plan to use an alien artifact to make herself normal. Instead, the phys ed coach at her school activates the artifact and inadvertently uses it to bring the Killer-Folk from the ancient past - and not only that, but also a bright red T-Rex. And the T-Rex imprints on Lunella, protecting her from the Killer-Folk.
But the Awesome Hulk wants to collect Devil Dinosaur and manages to capture him, leaving Lunella to take on a hero persona of Moon Girl to rescue her erstwhile friend.
...and hopefully get back to the alien artifact from the Killer-Folk and save the city, you know, without getting grounded.
A very fun introduction to a couple of great characters....more
I'll start off by saying I don't have a horse in the race at all as to really care about who Jack the Ripper really was. Cornwell claiming that artistI'll start off by saying I don't have a horse in the race at all as to really care about who Jack the Ripper really was. Cornwell claiming that artist Walter Sickert was the Ripper makes as much sense to me as a lot of other claims. We'll never know for sure at this point.
I didn't think this would take me as long to read as it did. The author, Patricia Cornwell, expands on her previous book, Portrait of a Killer - Jack the Ripper Case Closed. The book is very well-written and has an abundance of copies of letters, drawings, art work, and photographs to support her believe that Walter Sickert was Jack the Ripper.
I have to admit, she makes a very good case.
It was a very interesting read but hard for me at some points as I am not someone who deals well with reading about abuse (and the Ripper definitely abused to the nth degree the women he murdered - and if Cornwell's beliefs are true, the women and children beyond those believed to be all the Ripper killed). I would like to see larger images of the paintings and their comparative photographs, as some of the points Cornwell makes would be easier to visualize if the images were large enough to see very clearly (obviously, this is not a fault of Cornwell but the medium itself - a book can only post images so large within its pages).
I was actually far more interested in the section at the end of the book, where Cornwell writes about how she became involved in searching out Jack the Ripper and his possible other identity. The chapter particularly intriguing to me was the weird things chapter, wherein Cornwell describes the inexplicable things which happened when she undertook her research. It almost seems a ghostly presence took interest - and not necessarily a good way - in what Cornwell and her team were doing. I could've easily read another book on that alone.
I think this would appeal to mystery readers and people who are curious about another possibility for the identity of Jack the Ripper. ...more
Betrayed by her mother (to keep peace between two kingdoms), betrayed by her hand maiden and her lover (for jealousy), hidinMuch love for this story!
Betrayed by her mother (to keep peace between two kingdoms), betrayed by her hand maiden and her lover (for jealousy), hiding out in a kingdom where she should be feted, instead working as a goose girl, Ani has lost everything. Despite that, she retains her wits and her head, making friends with her fellow animal herders. Not only that, she learns how the kingdom works from the bottom up.
Making friends doesn't mean Ani is safe - her hand maiden, Selia, has taken her place as the bride-to-be for the prince and she and her lover, Ungolad, figure Ani's still alive and possibly running around where she needs to be dealt with.
A lovely, lyrical, somewhat dark tale based on the fairy tale of the same name. ...more
Chet and Bernie are back in another mystery, this one taking them all the way to the Big Easy, where the brother of one of the perps they've caught inChet and Bernie are back in another mystery, this one taking them all the way to the Big Easy, where the brother of one of the perps they've caught in the past has gone missing.
Ralph Boutette is the genius brother of the Boutettes, known locally for being a loner except for his dog, Napoleon. The Boutettes may or may not have been involved in a shrimp heist, and the Robideaus, fellow fisherfolk as well as part of the local police department, may or may not have been the original owners of the shrimp. Drugs may or may not have been involved. Ralph may or may not have been the one to come up with the idea for the heist. And a lot of birds are turning up dying from oil poisoning.
There are a lot of threads for Chet to keep straight - not to mention a biker gang known as the Quieros may be be gunning for Bernie and there's this peculiar smell to the water that seems to show up on a regular basis. Will our heroes survive to get back to the desert?
A rolicking romp down South with Chet leading the way. ...more
A very active book concerning the trip of a party of men and one woman in an attempt to retrieve the body of a man who had died on Mount Everest durinA very active book concerning the trip of a party of men and one woman in an attempt to retrieve the body of a man who had died on Mount Everest during the 1920s.
Avid American climber, Jacob Perry and his friends, Jean-Claude and Richard Deacon (known throughout the novel as 'the Deacon' - the former French, the latter British), have a plan - climb Mount Everest where Mallory and Irvine failed. They even have a backer - Lady Bromley - whose son, Percy, has also gone missing on the mountain. There is one condition set by Lady Bromley in that "Cousin Reggie", who runs the Bromley tea planation in Darjeeling, will need to travel with them.
Cousin Reggie is the woman and she has procured their papers, porters, a doctor (Pasang), and ponies for their travel. The Deacon makes it clear that no woman is climbing with him on Everest. She makes it equally clear that without her, they aren’t going.
Much grumbling ensues.
This story is written mostly in Jake’s POV, as theoretically, the story is his to tell (if you read the forward or author’s note, particularly). He, the Deacon, and Jean-Claude speak to various other climbers about Mallory, Irvine, and Percy, and why Percy was on the mountain to begin with, particularly with a young man, Meyer, who had never climbed before. We travel with these three around England and even into Germany to find out what happened to Percy from various POV’s.
There is a lot of travel going on in this book, from around England to Munich, up and down hills and mountains, to Darjeeling and to the Himalayas themselves and it doesn’t stop when we reach Mount Everest. There is much toing-and froing going on but in spite of the technical jargon and much commentary regarding the Deacon’s magic rope, it is an interesting tale.
And then Yetis attack the base camp and everything goes helter skelter afterward.
A mystery wrapped in a rather large action-adventure story. ...more
Cute cozy involving a librarian - Lindsey - in a small town, who is being wooed by a local boat captain - Sully - while attempting to solve a mysteryCute cozy involving a librarian - Lindsey - in a small town, who is being wooed by a local boat captain - Sully - while attempting to solve a mystery involving a woman killed twenty years ago. The deceased was a high school teacher who was found strangled under the track bleachers, and Lindsey finds out about this by having a library amnesty day. A book last checked out by the teacher is returned that day and sets off a slew of events involving the high school and the government of the town. ...more