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Bookends About The Dark Queen

June 24, 2012 Uncategorized 2

Title: The Dark Queen
Author: Susan Carroll
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary:  I wasn’t sure I liked this book at first – as a historical romance, with more sex and a more serious plot than the “chick flick” style romances I occasionally I read, it was a little outside my comfort zone.  But I ended up loving it and the other four books in the series enough that I would definitely read more books like them, partly for the great plot and partly because I’m a sucker for a happy ending 🙂

During the late 16th century in Renaissance France, Ariane Cheney, a daughter of the earth and lady of the faire isle, is duty bound to prevent the misuse of power by other daughters of the earth.  Although the true witches are those she defends against, she also faces the superstitious minds of the time, some of whom would brand her a witch as well.  When a stranger arrives seeking Ariane’s help against the dark queen, Catherine di Medici, even the strong Ariane needs some help.  She has no one to ask but the Comte de Renard, although she hesitates to do so because of both their mutual attraction and her uncertainty his intentions are as straightforward as he would have her believe. Read more »

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The Lives of a Cell in the 570’s

June 20, 2012 Uncategorized 4

Title: The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
Author: Lewis Thomas
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary: This collection of short but thought-provoking essays is sometimes humorous, sometimes inspiring, and always an insightful, approachable look at some of the wonders of biology.

Although written in the 1970’s, these essays by Lewis Thomas cover subjects that are still some of the most interesting questions in biology today.  From the awe-inspiring complexity of a single cell to our approach to curing diseases, from how our interactions compare to those of social insects to the health care system, the essays in this book will give you a new appreciation for biology and a unique, thoughtful perspective on these fascinating topics.  Every time I finished an essay, I was struck by the thought that surely no one really just sits down and writes essays like this any more.  More than anything else, the author reminded me of a naturalist, someone from the early twentieth century simply observing, wondering at, and trying to learn from nature. Read more »

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Summer Reading Club and The Eyre Affair

June 17, 2012 Uncategorized 4

Title: The Eyre Affair
Author: Jasper Fforde
Source: library
Rating: ★★★★★
Review Summary:  There aren’t many books out there which remind me of Catch-22 or Douglas Adam’s novels, but this is one of them and it’s hilarious.  Witty, fun, a great plot, and a happy ending – I loved it.

In The Eyre Affair, in an alternate reality London, Thursday Next works for a special operatives group devoted to literary crimes.  Theft, forgery, and violence related to great literary works is becoming more common in a world including a cult devoted to proving Francis Bacon wrote the works of Shakespeare and kids playing collectible card games based on obscure authors. And things are only going to get more exciting as the evil-for-evil’s-sake Acheron Hades begins kidnapping fictional characters from original works, threatening to re-write the classics if Thursday doesn’t stop him. Read more »

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Bookends About Bitterblue

June 16, 2012 Uncategorized 5

Title: Bitterblue
Author: Kristin Cashore
Source: library
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Series: Graceling|Fire|Bitterblue (you are here)
Review Summary: Unlike Fire, this is definitely it’s own, very enjoyable story with unique new characters.  I loved the first half at least as much as Graceling but the ending was very anti-climatic.

Although Bitterblue follows Fire in publication order, this book is actually a direct sequel to Graceling.  Young Princess Bitterblue has taken over as ruler of Monsea following the defeat of her evil of father.  Despite her advisers’ desire to forget her father ever existed, Bitterblue is doing her best to help her kingdom recover from his crimes.  She eventually begins to sneak out of the castle on her own to learn more about the state of the kingdom.  As she does, it becomes clear that her advisers’ have not been telling her the whole truth and may have ulterior motives for burying the crimes of her father’s reign. Read more »

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Doing Dewey’s Best of Bradbury

June 9, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Today, to commemorate Ray Bradbury’s passing on June 5th, I’d like to share with you some short excerpts from what I think are his best short stories. These are stories and particular passages which stuck with me after I read them and really made me think.  I hope they do the same for you.

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Dead Beautiful Giveaway – An Update

June 4, 2012 Uncategorized 2

Ok people, we’ve had a breakthrough 🙂  While exploring the other tour host’s blogs, I discovered that Carrie over at Sweet Southern Home had the brilliant idea of creating a separate blogspot blog just for hosting her giveaways.  Such a brilliant idea in fact, that I have shamelessly stolen it, which means you may now only enter the giveaway via the convenient rafflecopter widget available here.  So just click right through and register for Doing Dewey’s first ever giveaway!

A screenshot of my sexy new widget – with one entry, because I had to make sure it worked!

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Dead Beautiful – Review and Giveaway

June 4, 2012 Uncategorized 6

Title: Dead Beautiful
Author: Melanie Dugan
Source: from publisher for a TLC Book Tour
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: Fun, enjoyable re-telling of the Persephone myth.  Original enough to be interesting, true enough to the myth to have that extra level of awesome added by the parallels between the two stories.  Well written with each character having a unique voice.

For those of you who don’t know the Persephone myth, a quick recap: Persephone, daughter of the Greek goddess of of the harvest, is abducted by Hades, the Greek god of the dead.  Before she is rescued by her mother Demeter, she eats six pomegranate seeds.  As a result, she is required to spend six months of every year with Hades and her mother is so distraught during those times that she neglects her job as goddess of the harvest and we have fall and winter.  In Dead Beautiful, Melanie Dugan considers the possibility that Persephone wasn’t abducted after all but was just a rebellious teen who fell in love with Hades and didn’t have the courage to tell her mom. Read more »

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A Group Read Review – Moments of Being

June 1, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Title: Moments of Being
Author: Virginia Woolf
Source: library
Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Review Summary: Amazingly well written, but too much work to read it!

Moments of Being is a collection of five autobiographical essays by Virginia Woolf, not intended for publication.  Editorial decisions interpreting Woolf’s drafts are clearly marked and it appears that few changes were necessary to make the essays feel finished.  The editor’s comments were somewhat dry and literary enough that they required as much effort to read as the essays themselves, but I appreciated knowing the context in which the essays were written.  The editor chose to present the essays in chronological order of their contents, not in the order they were written – a decision which made it much easier to understand the essays. Read more »

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Bookends About Bound By Blood

May 27, 2012 Uncategorized 0

Title: Bound By Blood
Author: Leigh Savage, Kain Savage
Source: author giveaway on goodreads
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆
Review Summary: A collection of short stories with an unacceptable number of typos, underdeveloped and unoriginal plots, and reliance on shock factor to make things creepy which really didn’t do it for me.

This book is a collection of short stories by Leigh Savage and her late father, all about vampires and other creatures which need blood to live.  I won a signed copy on goodreads and had high hopes for the book, until it showed up and I discovered that the excerpts chosen for the bookmarks had typos.  Unfortunately, this was indicative of the quality of the editing throughout the book which was filled with typos as large as having sentences repeated and words missing or inserted. Read more »

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