Thursday, March 29, 2012

Ring Around the Rosie:

Ring Around the Rosie By: Jen Wylie
e-Book: short story, fantasy,YA

This short story is based on the children's song; however, you only learn that at the end of the story.  Most of the book is about a teen who plays the flute and a strange pan pipe player in the park.

Dwelling in His Presence / 30 Days of Intimacy with God: A Devotional for Today's Woman:

Dwelling in His Presence / 30 Days of Intimacy with God: A Devotional for Today's Woman By: Cynthia Heald
Non-fiction: religion 186 pages
Book Count: 12

This book of 30 days of  devotions is designed to be a quick read but with individual prayers/activities to do to enrich the experience.  They all have the same basic formula: bible quote, thoughts on the quote, a story from the author, thoughts to pray/meditate/write about dealing with the quote, a related quote from a well known Christian writer/minister/etc., and a prayer.  The only thing that isn't consistent is what version of the bible her quotes are in.  Bible quotes are used frequently throughout each day's reading but sometimes she will use 3-4 different versions in the same day, everything from the New King James to The Message.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible!:

The Good Old Days - They Were Terrible! By: Otto L.Bettmenn
Non-Fiction: History 197 pages
Book Count: 11

This book is on the Gilded Age and why life back then was horrible.  It covers many areas of life like houses, work, crime, food, health,travel and leisure.  You learn about the dangers of crossing a road, when the word smog was created, and why anything you ate or drank would kill you.  It is amazing that anyone lived to die in WWI. 

Friday, March 16, 2012

Ghosts The Complete Guide to the Supernatural:

Ghosts The Complete Guide to the Supernatural By: Zachary Graves
Non-Fiction: Paranormal 185 pages
Book Count: 10

First, given the author's name, how could they not write about ghost?  This book does have some good information on ghosts, but is in no way the complete guide to them.  The sections on: real haunted places, ghosts in films, books with ghost and other ghosts in the arts were a good starting point to studying the topics.  The parts on religions/beliefs on ghosts/spirits and holidays about them are all too short/general to be useful and there are other books that deal with the subject better.  Also he is clearly in the pocket of Big Achient Egyptian Polytheism with his needless attack of Akhenaten. So over all an OK starting place for the study of historic and fictional ghosts. 

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Zen in the Art of Writing:

Zen in the Art of Writing: Essays on Creativity By: Ray Bradbury
Non-fiction: Writing, Essays 152 pages
Book Count: 9

This is a collection of essays and poems that are all related to writing and being a writer.  They also have a lot of information about Ray Bradbury's life and how/why he wrote different stories in them.  The essays are from a number of years and were published in other books and magazines.  The advice is practical and doable, but you will want to read it five years before yo want to be a writer. 

Friday, March 09, 2012

Portuguese Irregular Verbs:

Portuguese Irregular Verbs By: Alexander McCall Smith
fiction, humor, audio book
4 CD's 4 Hours

This book comes before the other book about Professor Doctor Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld that we have reviewed.  That review can be found here.

In this book he gets a "friend" into a duel, learns tennis from an old rule book, breaks into a library and in general travels the world creating trouble.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Still Coming:

Still Coming By: Joseph Flynn
Fiction: Mystery, E-book

A small, but prestigious college receives some unusual letters, for each person that the school turned down they got a letter written in red, bloodlike ink only saying "Still Coming".  They are all posted from the right cities, and there are slight differences in handwriting but besides that they are identical.  From that time on things get odd in the small town nearby; ghosts, lights messing up, fires, angry mobs, etc.