I found this book moving in how the author went from not believing in God to believing. I didn't read like a normal book as it wasn't chronological, tI found this book moving in how the author went from not believing in God to believing. I didn't read like a normal book as it wasn't chronological, the first few chapters were about particular topics and how her views on them changed or broadened after she came to God. Once she started on her journey, then it became chronological. I did at times wonder how she came to change her mind. Sometimes it was vague while others she pointed out what she said to the man who helped her the most and what his responses were. But, mostly, it felt summarized in what made the differences for her, making it hard in understanding and helping others in the journey. Then again, she did say early in the book that it wasn't meant to be a guide in how to get others to convert and that we focus to hard on getting people to just convert here and now, prove them wrong and we right. In not going into detail, perhaps this book lets the reader see the journey and emotions and thoughts of those going through the questions and struggles and build understanding and patience, true carrying in how we speak to others who don't believe. Still, it seemed like something was missing and I wish there had been a little more detail or clarity on how she changed her opinion and thoughts on some points she struggled with. Also, being Catholic, I wish there had been more on her conversion to Catholicism. Still, I think this could be a good read for those who are interested in understanding where unbelievers are coming from and thinking which might change how we respond to them, with more patience, care, and understanding....more
As I am an author for the short story, Star Hopper Engineer in this anthology, I will only be reviewing and commenting on the other stories in it.
ThiAs I am an author for the short story, Star Hopper Engineer in this anthology, I will only be reviewing and commenting on the other stories in it.
This was a charming read. Some had me smiling, some in an adventure, and some just enjoying cats in space. I think this anthology is almost better than last years (no, I'm not being biased), not to say last years wasn't good, but I engaged with this years stories better. Some of my favorites is the Operation Space Cats book 2 story and the one that is reminiscent of Star Trek and the beautiful poem at the beginning. If you want a simple read at the beach or just to get a full story in short snippets of time, is fun, charming, and full of various types of cats....more
This retelling of The Little Mermaid had a lot of the hallmarks of the original tale with a few twists. And isn't that just a beautiful cover? Keel, tThis retelling of The Little Mermaid had a lot of the hallmarks of the original tale with a few twists. And isn't that just a beautiful cover? Keel, the leading merman, is a real prince in shinning... ah... scales, while Pearl's curiosity tends to get the better of them. While Pearl is curious and determined to live her dream of visiting land, there was one moment in the story I thought she was kinda dumb but don't want to go into details because of spoilers. Mostly, this story is well told and well built but I did have a couple of things that I wish had been different. This book had a lot of kissing and cuddling and it seemed over kill. It also took long time for them to get on land, like half the book. The people were presented as cruel and the reader doesn't get to know what the people are saying (because Pearl and Keel can't understand their language and vice versa) which can be good but it makes me wonder what was said and if there was a miss communication that blew out of proportion. I wish there had been more on land time and mix of people and maybe a point of view of someone who knew what was going on that the merfolk didn't. For a lot of the book, the world is full of terrible people who only look out for themselves. But, at the end, there was some hope when one character showed kindness. This was close to the end with very little time to get to know that character and have hope that there is some good. I like Jenni Jame's writing, this being the third book of hers I've read, and I will read more but this one is not my favorite and could have been better....more
We returned to the Robert Bruce. Yay! This was short read but fun to see another enlightening adventure with these pirates on the high season. One intWe returned to the Robert Bruce. Yay! This was short read but fun to see another enlightening adventure with these pirates on the high season. One interesting part was that is wasn't completely just a Pirate Series story but also a Dreamtreaders (another novel series by Batson) story too. In fact, the story was short enough and had both these characters in them that the book could be considered a 0.5 story in both books' series. Most of the story was from the view point of Kaylie, a character from the Dreamtreaders, who somehow ended up with the crew on board their ship. It made for an interesting reading experience and the reader got to see characters from both series and a few quick walk-ons from other books (I didn't identify them all). While this was fun, I could see a couple negatives (experienced some of them, too) by this. One, I didn't get to see as much of Ann and Cat or their perspectives and thoughts as much as I wanted to (but the book did end that made me think that there might be a possibility for another full length story some day so here's hoping [I know, the author finally writes another pirate story and, after finishing it, I'm asking for another. I guess I can't be satisfied]). Second, if the reader hadn't read the Dreamtreader series before this, they might not appreciate it as much. Still, it was a fun little adventure with an interesting and deep lesson inside it. Anyone who has read the Pirate Series will want to read this and anyone who has read the Pirate Series and Dreamtreaders will really enjoy it....more
A great book for those who want to be a fantasy writer. I loved reading what fantasy meant for each one. In a way, that allowed for the reader to listA great book for those who want to be a fantasy writer. I loved reading what fantasy meant for each one. In a way, that allowed for the reader to listen to and think of what fantasy means to the world as well as what there writing means. There was so much insight into the lives of these authors, they were so varied and full of advice. With the different background of each writer, it lets the reader think of their background and, no matter where they come from, they can be great writers too, not just some supper special person. It was fun learning so much from authors whose names I recognized or at least heard about their books. This will be a great resource for me and one I would recommend for any one working towards becoming a writer of fantasy....more
Kinda charming read. The idea was fun (puppies as pirates) but it ran a little slow and there were spots that just went too quickly from one thing toKinda charming read. The idea was fun (puppies as pirates) but it ran a little slow and there were spots that just went too quickly from one thing to the next, like it was rushing to get to the next scene. But, the battle was fun and showed how using your creativity and ingenuity was good as well as facing your fears even when you are afraid. Not sure how I would feel about letting my nephews or niece read this, though, because it had trickery and rule breaking to be a good and positive thing, especially for a pirate. I don't really want to hand them something that supports in misbehavior. ...more
A much better told story than the first collection. It was charming, true to the behavior of cats and heroes, and kept my attention from beginning toA much better told story than the first collection. It was charming, true to the behavior of cats and heroes, and kept my attention from beginning to end. I also love the illustration and coloring of this comic. The I think the tales of the dialogue bubbles could reach closer to the mouths of the characters (once or twice it could have been clearer who was speaking). Also, I was a bit uncomfortable with the "Baskoal of the Pit" character in issue 4 as he looked like a demon. Though, I do not think he was, or was supposed to represent demons, it was too close for comfort. The writing is getting better with less summary of the characters and adventures and there is a believability with originality for the characters that is fun....more
I love the song this book is based off (the singer is also the author of the devotional). If you have never heard it, go to youtube and check it out.I love the song this book is based off (the singer is also the author of the devotional). If you have never heard it, go to youtube and check it out. It is really encouraging for the dark times of life. Yet, I'm not too impressed with the book. Now, the book is good but felt the devotional part was too short; more times than not, only a page in length. My favorite parts were the quotes of others like C.S. Lewis, Billy Graham, and St. Augustine and bible verses that spoke on the topic for that day. I felt I got the most out of those. So, while this was a good book, I felt there could have been more for the main part, the devotional part, then there was....more
A really great ending to the series. I even didn't mind 3-5 pages of resolution after the major battle (I usually like a few more pages of rap up afteA really great ending to the series. I even didn't mind 3-5 pages of resolution after the major battle (I usually like a few more pages of rap up after the major event at the end). I think the best part was the change of the characters. Archer didn't just get away with the wrong he did in the previous books but took responsibility for them and even Kara and Rigby ended up being complicated characters by struggling with greedy wants and hurts and yet not completely evil. Makes if more realistic and challenging in this way. Something I personally found while reading it was an allegory to life. The people only say the good they wanted to see, were unwilling to see that they was trouble and danger, it being covered up by a Veil. I think our would, and even ourselves, can be like that. We try to ignore the unseen costs of our actions and want to believe in what see only. The only trouble I had with this book was at the beginning. For some reason, I had trouble connecting the last thing from the previous book to the beginning of this one. I'm not really sure how to explain it. There wasn't anything wrong with it, I just seemed to be going "What's going on here?" It took a little while for it to come back together again. Anyway, a good ending to a thought provoking series (one of which I still need to read book 1. Do read this series in order. That would be helpful).
In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free from the publisher through BookLook....more
This book was unusual for a writing book. While most books about writing cover fundamentals, are how-tos, this one was about living the life of a writThis book was unusual for a writing book. While most books about writing cover fundamentals, are how-tos, this one was about living the life of a writer and living with, and working with, your book. It has a mix of devotional/advice book that was poetry while being read. Each chapter covered a different aspect of living and writing, usually starting with an event in the author's life, moving on to general ideas for the reader to think about and consider for their own writing, and a lesson at the end. What did bother me was the short bursts and the a section break before the next part. I felt it would have been smoother to remove the section breaks but that is a stile difference. It was a beautiful read and one I will keep around and want to share with my fellow writers.
In exchange for an honest review, I received this book for free through Blogging for Books....more
Read to page 224 and stopped. This book was really dark. The magic and creatures were creepy, at one point one character was, like, possessing one ofRead to page 224 and stopped. This book was really dark. The magic and creatures were creepy, at one point one character was, like, possessing one of the other characters. Yet, I didn't not discover who really was the bad guy in the story as some doubt was suggested by another. I personally also didn't appreciate what someone said about religion. So, whether the magic they were doing was really dark and evil magic, as it was considered in the story, I don't know but felt uncomfortable while reading it and felt the writing was not very good either. This book had an interesting premise to it so I'm disappointed that I didn't enjoy it and didn't finish....more
This story has some good potential to be a great series. The beginning was a little slow and summed up a lot of stuff that would have been in3.5 Stars
This story has some good potential to be a great series. The beginning was a little slow and summed up a lot of stuff that would have been interesting to see happen, such as how Cassie first came to the Hero Cats or *SPOILER* how her humans became super heroes, I mean in a full comic book not a quick story *END SPOILER*. Some of the dialogue didn't feel realistic either but the story and the characters were really getting better by the end. I think I'm interested enough to keep reading I just hope it develops a more as it goes. ...more