This wasn't exactly what I wanted to study, It was evident when the first chapter was about cows. I won't have enough room for a cow. Nor will I haveThis wasn't exactly what I wanted to study, It was evident when the first chapter was about cows. I won't have enough room for a cow. Nor will I have the money to feed it. And being a vegetarian, who has trouble with cow milk in most forms (except cheese), I felt this was not up my alley.
Still the writing was easy to read. The author had a bit of a sense of humor making it not a dull read. And just past the cows chapter the other animals listed were of interest to me. Well, except pigs. What is that called when you don't much like certain animals? I know, pigs are smart and make pets for some people, but I doubt I could ever become one of those people. I might more likely have a cow for a pet instead. But both animals are too big for me. And I don't want to butcher animals. I know. What kind of farmer will I be? Greenhorns are allowed to be less than farmers.
Now the goats, sheep, poultry and bees fit more in my realm of interest. I have had goats and loved them. No, never killed them either. I loved the milk and the process of getting it. I had chickens, too. No kill, free-range easter egg hunts. Worst farmer ever! Loved all my animals!
Anyway, this book got into the husbandry of all these animals. And the nice part is that there are quite a few links to YouTube instructions and other websites with charts and graphs and more instruction.
I will refer back to this book often once I am settled on the land....more
If you follow my reviews, you know that I am reading a lot about farming, gardening, and the like. Most of it is instructional. And so I went into thiIf you follow my reviews, you know that I am reading a lot about farming, gardening, and the like. Most of it is instructional. And so I went into this book thinking I'm reading some how-to book with personality. But into the second 'chapter' I realize I am reading an anthology of stories of farm life. Actually, I remember now, that in the first 'chapter' I was reading how this family was nearly dying of starvation and they were choosing which young one to not feed. I was horrified! At the end of that story, I figured out it was about chicken hawks and chickens. Not people. Whew! Then I realized I had liked that story after all.
But after a rather realistic story there is one that is about Chicken Little. I nearly stopped reading as it seemed too childish after what I had just read. But I gave it a chance and saw it was very cleverly written story of real life on a farm from the eyes of one of the chickens that had nearly died.
I don't usually like short stories. As you may well know by now. But somehow, I got into this little book and enjoyed the author's take on farm life. I picked up this book for free, but it is only $.99 right now. I think it is worth it if you want something different to read. I was so impressed that I went ahead and picked up a couple more stories by S.A. Moteni.
I did learn something. You can call yourself a farm hobbyist. That's what I'm going to be! :-)...more
What Comes After is truly a gift. Though I won it for free through GoodReads First-Reads, and though, by necessity I am a penny pincher, this is worthWhat Comes After is truly a gift. Though I won it for free through GoodReads First-Reads, and though, by necessity I am a penny pincher, this is worth whatever price the author and publishers decide.
Steve Watkins wrote this with such skill that it grabbed me by heart and soul, right from the start. The story and characters are well developed over the course of the novel.
I had to keep looking at the cover to see who wrote this. It is very seldom that a male author can capture female thoughts and actions. Iris is no femme-fatale, helplessly waiting for the white knight. She is a strong girl with a mind of her own, and a heart that wishes only for the good. Unfortunately, life keeps throwing trucks full of lemons at her.
I am so sorry that the story came to an end. There is so much more I wanted to see Iris solve. Maybe there is a part two? It does come to a natural ending, it doesn't just leave you at a cliff. But, well, I think as a mother I grew to love her and wasn't ready for her to leave my nest.
What a pleasant surprise to find in the acknowledgements at the end of the book that the author is a fellow UU (Unitarian Universalist)! The Universal love is expressed through Iris and her actions of non-biased love. Kudos!
Now I will have to find other works by Mr. Watkins. What a story-teller!
I may read this again as I am curious, as a budding writer, how Steve pulled me through without my feeling it. That is talent!
This is an ARC and I couldn't set up a BCID for BookCrossing. But I will loan to my friends. They must bring it back to me! As I thought of parting with the book, I decided to get the Kindle edition. Now Iris isn't too far from home. :) ...more