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Alison Wonderland Book Review

25 Dec

Alison Wonderland is a crazy tale by Helen Smith that I read recently. The book is about a young woman who is recently divorced. She needs to find a way to support herself, so she turns to the private investigator that provided her with information about her ex-husbands cheating.

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Alison Wonderland

Alison soon settles into her new life of going on stake outs, and working at temp jobs to find out information about men who might be cheating with their secretaries. And then in walks a client who is looking for something a little bit different than information about a cheating husband. She is looking for a newborn baby. More specifically she is looking for a foundling.

The book moves along quickly, and it is full of interesting characters. Some are a little eccentric, and some are like the people you meet in your everyday life. But all of them are put together in a story that is delightfully confusing at times. But in the end it all makes sense.

In some ways the book is far-fetched, but in so many other ways it is like real life. Like real life we are often drawn into events that we didn’t see coming. And we end up losing and gaining so many things that we want.
If you are looking for a book that will keep you entertained, you will definitely enjoy this book.

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Sam’s Story Series

14 Dec

I recently read the second book in the Sam’s Story series, and I really enjoyed the book. There are currently two books in the series, and they are both well written books by Amy Crusan-Kramer. The first book in the series focuses in on Samantha Skylar’s life in a small town in WV. Samantha is 14 and she becomes pregnant. Samantha faces tragedy, and she decides to move to Atlanta. Samantha meets a gentleman who becomes her caretaker. Not in a weird sexual way, but more like a person who provides her with a home so that she can heal and move forward in life.
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Sam’s Story: Book Two (Skylar Trilogy)

In the second book, Sam is still in Atlanta, and a few years have passed. Sam’s life is full, she has great people in life that she loves, and they love her. She is a 20 something girl living life to its fullest. She is provided with great opportunities. And she takes advantage of them, and then one weekend changes everything in her life.

Like I mentioned earlier, this both of these books are well-written. But they do take a lot of commitment in reading since both are fairly lengthy. The books are stories about life and the opportunities it presents, and the tragedies that cause individuals to change drastically. I recommend this book to individuals who are looking for a new author, who writes romances with a twist.

Sam’s Story Series

11 Dec

I recently read the second book in the Sam’s Story series, and I really enjoyed the book. There are currently two books in the series, and they are both well written books by Amy Crusan-Kramer. The first book in the series focuses in on Samantha Skylar’s life in a small town in WV. Samantha is 14 and she becomes pregnant. Samantha faces tragedy, and she decides to move to Atlanta. Samantha meets a gentleman who becomes her caretaker. Not in a weird sexual way, but more like a person who provides her with a home so that she can heal and move forward in life.

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Sam’s Story: Book Two (Skylar Trilogy)
In the second book, Sam is still in Atlanta, and a few years have passed. Sam’s life is full, she has great people in life that she loves, and they love her. She is a 20 something girl living life to its fullest. She is provided with great opportunities. And she takes advantage of them, and then one weekend changes everything in her life.

Like I mentioned earlier, this both of these books are well-written. But they do take a lot of commitment in reading since both are fairly lengthy. The books are stories about life and the opportunities it presents, and the tragedies that cause individuals to change drastically. I recommend this book to individuals who are looking for a new author, who writes romances with a twist.

Red Knit Cap Girl To The Rescue

9 Dec

Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue is a children’s book that is written by Naoko Stoop. This is a road trip book for children. A little girl playing in the woods finds a polar bear cub, and along with her friend the rabbit they assist him in returning to his home in the Arctic. This is a simple story with a big message. The message is that no matter how big or small we are one person can help solve a problem.

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Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue
The illustrations in the book were created by Stoop, and she uses mixed media from found items. It’s a great effect, and further reinforces her message about changing the world. The book also encourages readers to respect everyone in the world they live in.

So if you are looking for a book that will teach children of all ages respect you should really check out this book.

A Very Klingon Khristmas

4 Dec

One of the things I really enjoy about Christmas is seeing all the unique items that come out specifically for the holiday. It never ceases to amaze me just how creative individuals can get with things they are passionate about in order for them to fit into the Christmas season.  I recently read the book A Very Kling Khristmas, and it is definitely one of those creative works by an avid Star Trek fan named Paul Ruditis that manages to combine his love for Star Trek to the Christmas season.

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A Very Klingon Khristmas (Star Trek)
 

 

The book is kind of a Klingon version of Twas the Night Before Christmas. Now I’m sure there are people who are saying geeky! There are others saying Klingons don’t celebrate Christmas. And there are a few whose eyes lit up when they read Klingon Khristmas. Yes, this review is for you!

First of all I like Star Trek. It’s a fun world, but the Klingons really aren’t my favorite part of that universe. But this book has broaden my horizons on Klingons just a little bit. Like I said earlier, the book is written in the manner of Twas the Night Before Christmas. The book is also the size of a children’s book so it’s easy to read through, and it has great illustrations by Patrick Faricy.

It explains why Klingons celebrate the birth of Kahless, and how they believe that Khristmas was stolen by humans. And then it tells how the Klingons celebrate this season.   If you are not into the geek world do not get this book to read, you won’t like it. And if you’re kind of on the fringe of the trekkie world you will find it entertaining. And if you’re a trekkie boldly go where no man has gone at Khristmas.

The Last Runaway

2 Dec

Tracy Chevalier has a new book called The Last Runaway. This book is about a Quaker woman named Honor Bright, who makes the journey from her home in England to Ohio during the pre-civil war era. Honor is faced with a world that is much different than the one she was to in England. People speak differently, and they act differently. Honor soon finds herself marrying a man in the Quaker community. But in order to get along with her new family Honor is faced with the choice of betraying her personal beliefs, or abiding by the laws of her new homeland.

In this book Chevalier paints a picture of what it was like to live in Ohio during the pre-civil war timeframe. Especially, what is was like to be a woman living during that time. It shows how difficult it can be for individuals who have strong beliefs to actually walk their talk. And it also shows that there may be a price to pay if you do act according to your conscience.Image

Chevalier has developed characters in The Last Runaway that are easy to understand, and they feel as if they are people you might know in real life.  You can relate to their problems even if they were in a time that you do not live in. And you see that there were many things that were different during that time, but there were also many things that are just the same as the time we live in now.

This book probably isn’t for everyone; I don’t think that a lot of men would enjoy it. It’s too focused on women and their interactions. But I think many women who enjoy history, and quilting would enjoy this book. 

Close Your Eyes

18 Nov

Close Your Eyes is the perfect book for reading to a child before bed. The book is about a tiger who tells her kit to close his eyes and go to sleep. The little tiger doesn’t want to go sleep because of all the things he will miss, and he is afraid of the dark. His mother gently reminds him of all the things he can see in his dreams, and that he has no need to fear because she is near.
This is a sweet children’s book. The illustrations by Georg Hallensleben are wonderful.
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They use loads of color, and they have a little dreamy quality which is perfect for a children’s book. The message of the book is also sweet. That a child doesn’t have to miss out on life during their sleep, they are just experiencing it in another way. For all of you with children, check this book out.

Remarkable Creatures Review

13 Nov

In the past I’ve enjoyed reading Tracy Chevalier’s books, so when I saw the book Remarkable Creatures, I thought this is a book I definitely need to read.

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The book starts out in with Elizabeth Philpot moving to a small seaside town in England. She soon meets a young girl named Mary Anning. Mary is an unusual girl for the 1800’s, she has a talent for finding fossils. Even though Mary is uneducated, she has a vast knowledge of the fossils in the area. Elizabeth spends time with Mary hunting fossils. When Mary finds an unusual fossil find her life begins to take a different course than the other girls in the town. Little does she know that she will become an expert in the field of fossils, and that she will develop a life-long friendship with Elizabeth.

I really loved this book for many reasons. Chevalier is able to tell a really great story that holds my attention. The book has really strong female characters who march to the beat of a different drummer. In their day Mary and Elizabeth were quite odd because they chose a life of fossil hunting. Mary chose it as a livelihood, and Elizabeth chose it as a hobby. And Mary becomes an expert in the field. This is quite a feat for a poor young woman in the 1800’s. The book also shows a time when the world is changing. Long held beliefs are being challenged by Mary’s finds. 

His Shoes Were Far Too Tight

10 Nov

I don’t know about you, but I enjoy reading children’s books. They just seem to say a lot more in fewer words. I recently read His Shoes Were Far Too Tight by Edward Lear. The book is the mastermind of Daniel Pinkwater, and it is illustrated by Calef Brown. The book is a collection of poems by Edward Lear.

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A lot of people will recognize one his most famous poems The Owl and The Pussycat. As the title suggests it is the story of an owl and a pussycat. The owl and the pussycat are in love, and the poem follows their journey to find a ring, and someone who will marry them. While Lear’s poetry is considered nonsense poetry, this poem has always made great sense to me. It shows how no matter how different individuals are love can make it work. I think the poem says a lot more than people realize.  And I really like the illustration that Brown put together for this poem. It’s a picture of the owl serenading the pussycat while they are in a boat. Just like the poem says, but the owl and the pussycat obviously adore each other. It’s a great picture of what true love is.

My absolute favorite poem in the book is The Jumblies. They went to sea in a sieve. Now a sieve isn’t something you would normally think of floating around in, but the jumblies sail off in the sieve even though others say they shouldn’t do it. They sail off into bad weather.  And the jumblies are very proud of the fact that they have sailed off in the sieve. Once again Brown has delivered a great illustration for this poem. The picture of individuals with green heads sailing into the unkown in a sieve is something most children will enjoy.

So, as you make out a list of items for your children’s Christmas list, and you want something that they will use over and over. Add this book to the list of purchases, it’s a book they will enjoy.

A Salty Piece of Land

27 Oct

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A Salty Piece of Land by Jimmy Buffett is a book that has been around for a while, but I think it deserves a little attention. Well it got attention when it first came out, but anyone who likes Jimmy’s music, and enjoys a fun book to read should take a look at this book.

A cowboy names Tully Mills decides to spend some time in the tropics relaxing. He brings his horse with him, and his adventures soon begin. And he finds out that you never know who you will meet or what will happen while you are in the tropics. Throughout the book Tully takes what life has to offer with a calm attitude, and he develops really great relationships with most everyone he encounters. And the book like Buffett’s music is down to earth and fun to read.

I listened to the book on audio, and there was an extra perk by doing this. Jimmy Buffett’s song A Salty Piece of Land was included with it. The song is about the story in the book, and it is an excellent add on to a book full of adventure.