I'm ashamed to say that I've been so much of a Busy Backson that I had this book on my shelf for abut five years before reading it.
This is my first ofI'm ashamed to say that I've been so much of a Busy Backson that I had this book on my shelf for abut five years before reading it.
This is my first official introduction to Taoism. Overall, I enjoyed the examples and felt that it had some great insights into how to live a happier life.
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the book included pronunciation guidance for some of the Chinese terms--and found out that I'd been mispronouncing a co-worker's name for years. I was happy to fix this--wish I would have known sooner.
As a scientist, I disagreed with several sections where it instructed people to avoid asking too many questions. I understood the philosophy--the danger of asking questions is that you'll never be satisfied. However, without enough people asking questions, there are so many things that we'd never know, and that would be a real shame.
I'm not sure how this will affect me long-term, but I think it was well worth the read. ...more
This book will probably appeal to people who enjoy a mix of modern-day fantasy, dragons, spiders, and time travel.
I had a hard time getting into thisThis book will probably appeal to people who enjoy a mix of modern-day fantasy, dragons, spiders, and time travel.
I had a hard time getting into this one. Though I read a lot of fantasy, this is my first exposure to were-dragons, werachnids, and beast-stalkers, with several mixes involved (like the half were-dragon/half beast-stalker main character, Jennifer Scales). I later realized that this was the third book in the series, but it stands alone pretty well. Maybe some of the above concerns would have been addressed by reading the earlier books.
After overcoming my initial reaction, I settled into the story and enjoyed the ride. I really enjoyed how the author first separated Jennifer from all of her friends and family, forcing Jennifer to rely on her own cunning to solve the problems in the story. The time travel aspect was interesting from the transformation standpoint--it was fun to see how the world changed in this aspect. I thought the ending was perhaps a little too tidy for me, but overall it's a solid read for young adult fantasy fans....more
I saw a YouTube video featuring the author reading from his book, and knew I had to pick up a copy myself.
This book makes adults make funny noises andI saw a YouTube video featuring the author reading from his book, and knew I had to pick up a copy myself.
This book makes adults make funny noises and say funny things, and it's a wonderful addition to any kid's bookshelf. My three-year-old couldn't stop laughing, and he really enjoys hearing it again and again. Watch the video, then buy a copy. I think you'll enjoy it.
Down the Mysterly River is exactly the type of book I would have picked up when I was about 10 years old. It has adventure, demonstrates the valuableDown the Mysterly River is exactly the type of book I would have picked up when I was about 10 years old. It has adventure, demonstrates the valuable skills taught by the Boy Scouts, and has enough twists that kids will find it a fun, engrossing read.
The major twist makes this book become a meta-experience, which some readers will like, and others will not. I fell into the second category. The mystery part was enjoyable, and I figured it out early on--it was a cool concept. However, I felt the ending could have been done with less exposition.
Overall, it's a fun read, and while the violence might be a little intense for a middle-grade audience, it's something that many older middle-grade readers will enjoy.
One question for other readers: have you ever heard of Lawrence Swift or any of his books about Max the Wolf? I've done a fair amount of searching to see how close the character remained in Bill Willingham's imagination, but I can't seem to find any of them (or the books by the other listed authors). Was this just a fabrication?...more
A Shark at the Park was developed closely with my older son (he was two when I wrote it), during some of our many adventures at the local park. SinceA Shark at the Park was developed closely with my older son (he was two when I wrote it), during some of our many adventures at the local park. Since I didn't have illustrations at the time, I read phrases to him while I wrote the story, gauging his reactions to the rhythm and rhymes. We even had several long sessions where I acted out the story with puppets!
Anyway, I'm very excited for this new story. You can order the paperback now from Amazon and the ebook will be available on 1/6. ...more
This book will appeal to Christian audiences (particularly those who grew up in the 60s), and I'm rating it four stars from that perspective. For itsThis book will appeal to Christian audiences (particularly those who grew up in the 60s), and I'm rating it four stars from that perspective. For its target audience, I think this book is professional, well-developed, and intriguing. Outside that audience, I'd be a little concerned that the heavy Christian overtones (particularly in the second half of the book) will turn away some readers.
I picked this up because I was interested in the concept of a girl being transported forty years back in time to meet her grandmother as a teenager. I hadn't expected to find that this book focused on a modern girl's transformation to Christianity. While some may enjoy this, I felt a little disappointed since nothing on the cover or description indicated this was the topic--I'd expected a paranormal or science-fiction novel similar in concept to A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.
That said, the idealized portrayal of the 1960s did appeal to me. Tain effectively transported me to the past to observe a simpler time. The situations faced by the main character are realistic in today's society, and I liked observing the feelings of a modern teenage girl as she sought fulfillment in her life. I appreciated the wry humor and quirky characters. It was a fun way to spend a few hours, and Christian readers may find that it reaffirms their own faith. ...more
Bottom line: No flirting during the zombie apocalypse.
Wow! This was a read that gripped me from the beginning and didn't let me go, no matter how muchBottom line: No flirting during the zombie apocalypse.
Wow! This was a read that gripped me from the beginning and didn't let me go, no matter how much I tried to claw away. A wonderful mix of horror, romance, and suspense, this story will appeal to its target audience (teenage girls) and to many others (like this adult male).
This story used dual first-person perspectives (a guy and a gal). At first this was a little confusing, but I soon grew to look forward to seeing both perspectives.
Ava and Cole are both believable, enjoyable characters who significantly grow and change from the beginning to the end of the novel. I loved how Ms. Kemper handled prejudices (on both sides) and showed how two people with vastly different backgrounds can become completely dependent on each other. I also enjoyed this follow-on to Donna of the Dead -- it provided some unique insights to what is happening in that world.
I recommend this book to pretty much everyone. ...more
Plenty to enjoy in this new-adult paranormal mystery!
Emma Roberts, a shy college girl, finally decides to step out of her shell when sheBottom line:
Plenty to enjoy in this new-adult paranormal mystery!
Emma Roberts, a shy college girl, finally decides to step out of her shell when she meets Mike Carlson. However, her luck doesn't last, and Mike soon drowns in the river in a tragic accident.
Ravaged by guilt over Mike's death, Emma turns to witchcraft. However, something goes wrong, and someone else comes back.
Noser skillfully weaves spirits, humor, mystery, adventure, and even a little romance into a single cohesive story. Emma grows as a character throughout the story, and experiences some truly creepy events. There's even a few "my precioussss" moments woven in, and I love how the Book of Shadows and the river become characters in their own right.
I recommend this to anyone who enjoys a new spin on the paranormal genre....more
My 2-year-old son has requested this story every night for the past two months. He loves the illustrations and the rhyming words. So fun to have sometMy 2-year-old son has requested this story every night for the past two months. He loves the illustrations and the rhyming words. So fun to have something to look forward to at the end of the day!...more
Justice in an Age of Metal and Men is a rough-and-tumble futuristic dystopian sci-fi with a Western flair. It's fast-paced and exciting, with short chJustice in an Age of Metal and Men is a rough-and-tumble futuristic dystopian sci-fi with a Western flair. It's fast-paced and exciting, with short chapters perfect for night-time reading (when I usually read for pleasure). It's not really steampunk, but it does have the same feeling as many of those novels--it is probably more appropriate to classify this as cyberpunk, though I haven't read much of that genre.
Overall, I enjoyed this novel for its imagination of one possible future (and the new/updated technologies that involves), the moral quandaries between the haves and have-nots, and the dispensation of justice in a world that largely ignores the law. JD also makes for a gritty, realistic character who keeps you turning the pages.
I'd recommend this to folks who love Westerns, shows like Joss Whedon's Firefly or Amazon's Falling Skies, and a bit of dystopian science fiction.
In future books in this world (assuming there are more coming), I'd hope to see more on the resource scarcity (water, oil, other resources) that surely impact this world, as well as the broader consequences of the second Civil War. I'd like to see how the Civil War changed this world, and better understand how it affected the rest of the world. What is the world population? Do countries communicate with each other? Have we colonized space yet?...more
This quick read is a valuable addition to any parent of young children.
I enjoyed Ms. Cohen's other non-fiction article, Talk to Your Baby, and pickedThis quick read is a valuable addition to any parent of young children.
I enjoyed Ms. Cohen's other non-fiction article, Talk to Your Baby, and picked this one up because of that. I'm a parent of two young children who are on the edge of showing more aggressive sibling rivalry, and was curious what I might learn. This cute story contained a surprisingly simple trick that I want to try ASAP. It also contains a useful table with do's and don'ts to reinforce the information there....more