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A Featured Review

Sharing the excitement, that yesterday I had a featured review on Powell’s:

Today’s Dose by E. from Albuquerque, New Mexico
Walking Dead Volume 1, Days Gone By (13 Edition)

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E.’s Comments:

“‘The Walking Dead.’ It’s a thing now, and has been for the last few years, so I knew it was only a matter of time before I read the graphic novel that started it all….This. Was. Incredible.”

Publisher Comments

An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. In a matter of months, society has crumbled: There is no government, no grocery stores, no mail delivery, no cable TV. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. A couple months ago he was a small town cop who had never fired a shot and only ever saw one dead body. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

Review

“Taking a well-worn genre — flesh-eating zombies overrun the world and the unlucky surviving humans must deal with the gruesome aftermath — and approaching it from a purely character-driven point of view propels this series into the spotlight from out of nowhere. This collection of the first six issues of the ongoing series opens with police officer Rick Grimes awakening from a gunshot-induced coma….Forceful scripting that gives the book a strong grounding in reality, crisp b&w artwork, a shocking final sequence and brisk, gory proceedings elevate this book from the trash heap of pedestrian horror comics.” Publishers Weekly

Review

“This series features the finest example of the dystopian hero: the survivor. The continuing story of police officer Rick Grimes, his family, and other survivors of a zombie apocalypse, this is a nuanced portrait of human nature, fear, hope, and desperation. Yes, it’s violent, but it is brilliantly written and illustrated and an absolute must.” Library Journal, Starred Review

 

 

Read the long review at GoodReads here. Or read the full review on this site here. Be sure to check them out, and let me know what you think…

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New Reviews Up

New reviews are up –

The Walking Dead, Vol. 01: Days Gone Bye
by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore (Illustrator)

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Kickstarter Update – A Softer Apocalypse

So, from time to time (more like, on the rare occasions I have any money), I Kickstart something. I love Kickstarter! Never heard of it? Check it out here…

Well, last year sometime, I had money from my summer pay, and I Kicked in on this…

Softer Apocalypse

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And two days ago, I got my reward! Read my review of it here…

Well, since I enjoy bringing the unique, undiscovered, overlooked, and more to the internet masses, I want to get everyone to do at least one internet search for this thing. Let’s create a buzz so that the creators will do more with this idea, so I won’t be so confused… (feel free to read my review if this confuses you).

And be sure to check out Kickstarter. There’s some pretty awesome stuff on there. And if you are looking on Kickstarting a campaign of your own, feel free to let me know… I love being able to help make cool stuff happen, in my own small way. Just be sure to post a link so I can find it…

Catching Up With Reviews

I am working on catching up with my reviews again, so this page is going to go through alot of transformations in the next few days. Feel free to check back often and click on the covers for their reviews. If a cover doesn’t take you to a review right away, check back in a day or two – I may not have finished it yet.

I post short reviews with the link back to the full reviews on many sites:

GoodReads

Powells

Amazon

and introducing: NetGalley (for select titles)

Posting all of the reviews at approximately the same time takes a little time in itself. I try to make sure each is given equal love. To write and post a review takes about an hour, although depending on distractions, it can take longer. Some books it is hard to say something about, and others I can’t say enough, but each review takes a chunk of time. I try to make it worthwhile, for me and anyone who reads this.

That said, I also have a bit of literary events and interests that I post about from time to time, and since I travel for work, I may get to share locations like this:

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Yes. That is a tunnel made from books. (There will be more photos later.)

I also attend some fascinating events that pertain to literature – in some cases remotely, some directly. Like this one:

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#Thinkitup

And I am continuing my reading challenge – are you still reading along? I’ll be posting my selections for each category soon, and would like to know what you have read…

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Finally, this is the year I have declared to be The Year of Women Authors (#yearofwomenauthors #2015YoWA).  I have read books by men and women, but have tried to find books with an emphasis of women. This has expanded my usual reading choices, and encouraged me to release my own story for publication –

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So continue reading along, and I’ll have more exclusives coming your way soon!

 

Baby Donald Makes a Snowfriend

Read: 20 September 2015

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Punky Brewster (#1)

Read: 19 September 2015

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Cheese & Quackers

Read: 18 September 2015

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This Week’s Books

Catching up one book at a time!

Coraline

Read: 30 August 2015

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The Roll-Away Pumpkin

Read: 29 August 2015

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Max Ride: First Flight #1

Read: 28 August 2015

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La Familia De Clifford

Read: 27 August 2015

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2 Zero 7

Read: 26 August 2015

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Behind…

Okay, so I have fallen tragically behind on my reviews, although I have been reading still. It’s just that time of the summer, where the kids are getting bored with summer, errands and chores that were put off at the beginning of summer need doing, and everyone wants a piece of your time – so the constantly growing list starts to look daunting. (This sounds like the good premise of a short story…)

But, I am not to be put off, even if the task is challenging – it just needs to be re-imagined and put into a different format to make it easier to read (or do).

So, without further ado, the list of books that will be pending review (please note that links to the reviews will be available as the reviews become complete):

The Diggingest Dog

Read June 22 2015

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Let’s Go To The Park!

Read June 23 2015

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Splat the Cat: The Big Helper

Read June 24 2015

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The Pudgy Pat-A-Cake Book

Read June 25 2015

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The Guardian Herd: Starfire

Read June 26 2015

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In The Blood (A GoodReads First Read)

Read June 27 2015

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The Walking Dead: Volume 1: Days Gone Bye

Read June 28 2015

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96 Cats

Read June 29 2015

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All I Need To Know I Learned From My Cat

Read June 30 2015

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Ignite

Read July 03 2015

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Sailor Moon 3

Read July 05 2015

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Biscuit Goes to School

Read July 06 2015

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Fifty Shades of Chicken

Read July 06 2015

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Charlie’s Dirt Day

Read July 07 2015

 

Birthday in the Barrio

Read July 08 2015

 

Bad Cat

Read July 13 2015

 

New Dad (A GoodReads First Read)

Read July 13 2015

Updates, Dallas, and Doing Stuff

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So I just got back from a long trip in Dallas, TX. That was the longest lay-over I have ever experienced. Words don’t even begin to describe. But, as you can see above, I had a travel companion. My suitcase was also packed with books. (My friends laughed at me, but somehow, with everything, I still managed to pack smaller and more completely than they did. Books are magic like that!)

What you don’t see here is my shoulder bag. It, too, was packed with books (and my friend’s laptop). After being stuck in the airport for almost two days, and stuck in the hotel in Dallas for more than that, I was so glad that I packed so many books. (Can you believe that I was starting to doubt myself?!) I got alot of reading done, but I also spent time taking in the sights. Unfortunately, my chargers were all in my suitcase, which I had checked due to the weight of it. (Won’t be doing that again.) So that means you’ll have to take my word on stuff.

But this site is not about my travels, oh, no. It’s about books. More specifically, the books I’ve read. And did I ever read!

Besides the stuff I needed to read for this training conference, I managed to read about one complete book a day. (Did I mention that I had alot of downtime due to being stuck?) When the world gives you time, READ!

I also had, in moments of brilliance, ideas about this site. I have added three new classifications above: Children’s Choices (books my daughter has chosen), Graphically Graphic (a home for graphic novels), and Noticing Non-fiction (an under-appreciated genre). Check them out, and the books that are being added to each.

I have also been working on collaborations and other artsy projects. My younger brother has suggested that I write some of my travel stories, so I am at the idea stage on that. Still not sure about it. I have also been working on taking old pictures from the phones and putting them into mini videos. The editing process is longer than I thought it would be, especially since the software I’m using has updated, and I’m still figuring it out. And now that warmer weather is in sight, there are loads of home improvements to be made, and painting projects to be done.

That means, reviews will still keep coming, but after I catch up, there may be some further house-cleaning here, too. I want to make this site easy to navigate, the pages better formatted, and fun for me! After all, once stuff gets easier to update, that means more time to read!

Oh, yeah, and that update from the mystery author I promised… stay tuned! I have an exclusive excerpt to share! And it is amazing…

GoodReads ARCs (Take 12)

This morning I received an email listing me as a winner of four new First Reads books!

As soon as I receive them, I will be adding them to my reviews. Just to note, the titles are as follows:

Santa Claus and Little Sister

The Power of Creative Reasoning: The Ideas and Vision of John Garang

Joan

Act Normal (A Stan Turner Mystery #8)

If you get a chance to read these books, feel free to review them here, too! To view more about each of these books, click on the title.

I have also started reading two other books:

Killer Koala Bears from another Dimension

Mourning Wood

I will post reviews above under First Reads as soon as I finish them. Please feel free to add a review of your own!

GoodReads ARCs (Take 10)

This morning I received an email listing me as a winner of two new First Reads books!

As soon as I receive them, I will be adding them to my reviews. Just to note, the titles are as follows:

Batman: The Night of the Owls

The Big Miss: My Years Coaching Tiger Woods

If you get a chance to read these books, feel free to review them here, too! To view more about each of these books, click on the title.

**I’m really excited about the Batman one, since I actually learned to read with Marvel and DC. We had a huge, yellow, Batman Omnibus edition that I would read out loud to my younger brothers. Now I have that chance again, only with a different generation of listeners.