Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Swift Boys & Me by Kody Keplinger

The Swift Boys & Me is a study of how grief can affect a family and the aftermath of divorce and the changes that come with remarriage. This isn’t a romance nor a light frolic. Author Keplinger does a good … Continue reading

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Pills and Starships by Lydia Millet

Pills and Starships felt very much like a modern take on Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four, translating a lot of the ideals and literary feel of 1950s dystopian projections into our current zeitgeist. Less bleak than Orwell’s vision (perhaps to appeal … Continue reading

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The Duke in Denial by Alexdra Ainsworth

The Duke in Denial is a light and fluffy M/M historical romance, easy to read and follow but perhaps ultimately treading a very well worn path for anyone who has read regency romances. The villain is evil and well telegraphed, … Continue reading

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A Whisper in Time (Whisper Falls #2) by Elizabeth Langston

Time travel series, and fish out of water fitting into a different time period, are probably my least favorite urban fantasy tropes. However, I am enjoying this series and the author does an excellent job of portraying two people with … Continue reading

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Merchant & Mills Sewing Book by Carolyn Denham

The Merchant and Mills sewing book is a one-stop, fully illustrated guide to beginner sewing. Foundations are introduced in the first half of the book and the second half gives various sewing projects in order to learn techniques. The book … Continue reading

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The Greek Yogurt Kitchen by Toby Amidor

The Greek Yogurt Kitchen was quite a surprise: this isn’t a book taking one ingredient and overstating its usefulness and definitely isn’t about Greek food. Rather, what we have is a staple ingredient that can be used in many different … Continue reading

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Lex Talionis by R.S.A. Garcia

Lex Talionis is a well written sci fi novel featuring a strong female protagonist in a harsh, gritty story. The author successfully uses different POVs and even time periods, to create a mystery worth reading.  Although there are aliens and … Continue reading

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Vegetarian Dinner Parites by Weinstein and Scarbrough

This is a beautifully presented, well thought-out cookbook and planner designed to make vegetarian-themed dinner parties easy and flavorful. Most recipes are designed for 6-8 people, a number the authors consider ideal. But the book is not just recipes, there … Continue reading

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Manifest Destiny by Dingess, Roberts , Owen Gieni

I had thought this would be a more lurid vision of the Lewis and Clark expedition along the Missouri. But once they see a “St. Louis Arch” made not by the pen of Eero Saarinen and instead by some otherworldly … Continue reading

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I Was The Cat by Tobin and Dewey

Ah, Tobin and Dewey, you little minxes, you had me from the first page. Your exquisitely illustrated pages, the layered storyline, and fun but quirky characters. I was completely enthralled reading about the story of the world’s only talking cat … Continue reading

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The Memory Collectors by Menton3

I’m going to come right out and say it: this book gave me a huge headache. Fromthe outline, I expected it to go one of two ways: an over the top Tarantino-esque B movie free for all or an overstylized, … Continue reading

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Dragon Age Library Edition, Volume 1

Dragon Age Library Edition collects the 3 comic issues that start the King Maric story arc. Beautifully illustrated and staying true to the DA Origins universe, there’s a lot here to love. The cover gives a good idea of what … Continue reading

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Knife Skills by Bill Collins

This is the second book in this series that I’ve read and it is just as good as the first: well written, friendly, informative, and useful. The book covers cleaning, sharpening, techniques, types, skills, and then recipes with ingredients that … Continue reading

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Making & Using Vinegar by Bill Collins

I have to admit, I was very impressed by this cookbook. It begins by describing the various vinegars and how they are made/taste. Then gives instructions on how to make the vinegars, including infusing. Then the rest of the book … Continue reading

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Terra Formars 1 by Sasuga and Tachibana

I’ve read a lot of, how shall we say, “out there” plots for manga over the years.  A guy who grows a girlfriend on his hand, for example (midori no Hibi) comes to mind. And if the silliness doesn’t get … Continue reading

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Midnight Secretary 6 by Tomu Ohmi

Things are drawing to a close in this penultimate volume of the series. The couple have confirmed their feelings for each other and committed to a monogamous relationship. But there are still some issues they must surmount, all of which … Continue reading

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Light For The Artist by Ted Seth Jacobs

Light For the Artist is a short 100 or so pages that packs in a lot of information. It’s the type of read that feels like it was written by an educator/professor and for students: lacking in friendly tones and … Continue reading

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The Life Plan Diet by Jeffry S Life

The life Plan Diet is a lifestyle change program designed specifically for men. The diet focuses on belly fat (‘beer belly’) and how getting that under control will allow all kinds of health benefits to fall into place. This isn’t … Continue reading

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The Forever Watch by David Ramirez

The Forever Watch is a beautifully written, engaging sci fi read featuring a compelling mystery, imaginative action scenes, and characters you respect even with their flaws. There are so many layers here and so much going on with the plot … Continue reading

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Thinfluence by Walter Willett and Malissa Wood

Thinfluence should not be considered a stand alone diet book; rather, this is a an excellent supplement/resource to any diet or lifestyle change program you follow to help increase your ability to lose weight and eat healthier.  What this book … Continue reading

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