Friday, May 25, 2018

The Pirate Planet:

The Pirate Planet: A Story by Douglas Adams Novelization by: James Goss
Fiction: Sci-fi 406 pages
Physical Book Count:7
Book Count:18

This book is based off of all the notes and versions of the Doctor Who episode "The Pirate Planet", which was written by Douglas Adams and stars the 4th Doctor with the Time Lady Romana and K9.  It was part of a series on the Key of Time.  The novelization was written using boxes of notes that the author got from Douglas Adams's archivist.  At the end he includes bits of the actual source information and information on "The Perfect Planet" which was the origination idea for the episode.   The story is about a whole planet that was run by pirates and operated as a pirate ship, mining planets for their gems, with most of the people on the pirate planet not even knowing that  it is going on. The story jumps from the captain and his crew, the Doctor and companions, and also to some young people on the planet that are not content with the status quo of living from "Golden Age" to "Golden Age" where there is more and more gems and less and less real happiness. 

Happy Towel Day!!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

The Bette Davis Club:

The Bette Davis Club by: Jane Lotter
Fiction: E-book
E-Book Count:11
Book Count:17

Margo goes from NYC to California for the wedding of her niece, the daughter of her 1/2 sister.  (And because her business is failing in New York.)  When her niece runs out on the wedding with something important to her half-sister, she agrees to help track her down (for the money her half-sister offers her) with the groom in her father's old convertible.  The trip brings up many memories for her: of her father, her mother,her failed relationship, and the old days of Hollywood that she grew up in.  

Friday, May 11, 2018

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide:

Introducing Quantum Theory: A Graphic Guide By: J.P. McEvoy
Non-fiction, Science, E-book
E-Book Count:10
Book Count:16

This book goes over the start of the field of Quantum Physics.  It goes over the different ideas and formulas scientist tried, to understand how things worked, inducing how they worked off of each others ideas, building on them and changing based on the increasing information in the field.  It includes many helpful graphics on the subject; however, do to the size of the print, it can be a bit annoying at times zooming in to read smaller print and then back out to read the main parts of the book.  But besides that its an educational book that even someone with only a little knowledge on the subject can understand and learn from.

Tuesday, May 08, 2018

An Ice Cold Grave:

An Ice Cold Grave By: Charlaine Harris
Fiction: Mystery, Paranormal, 280 pages
Physical Book Count:6
Book Count:15

Harper was struck by lightning when she was 15.  since then she has been able to tell where the bodies of the dead (humans only, and the newer the dead the louder she hears them) are buried as well as what they were thinking in their last moments.  She uses this ability to help grieving families and  law enforcement officers with finding bodies, finding cause of death, and other things.  Her and her step-brother, Tolliver travel the country going from case to case.  They end up taking a case from a women in North Carolina in the early winter who wants to find her missing grandson.  It turns out that he isn't the only missing teen aged boy in the town and she stumbles on the graveyard of a serial killer.  She wants to get out of town as quickly as possible after seeing the horrible deaths the boys had, but neither the Sheriff, the SBI, or the killer want to let her leave any time soon . . . or ever. 

Wednesday, May 02, 2018

The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church:

The Authority of Women in the Catholic Church by: Monica Migliorino Miller
Non-fiction: Religion, 189 pages
Physical Book Count:5
Book Count:14

This book is written as an answer to the branch of feminist theology that connects authority with hierarchical power and equality with sameness.  So it is not a book for women as priests (although it does briefly talk about women in other offices in the church.)  Neither is it a book for rad-trads that think the proper place for a woman is in the kitchen and pregnant.  (At one point it directly goes against their complaint that the modern Mass is too feminine, by pointing out that it should be feminine, as the Church is the Bride of Christ and women represent  the Bride.)
It starts with pointing out what is authority, pointing out that the latin root word means "to be the author or creator of something."  And then gets into the use of marriage as a symbol of Christ's love for the church, (note: this is the type of book that you feel like you shouldn't be reading in church, until you remember that it is about church.  Like how you don't see Song of Solomon in the lectionary.)  And it also goes into the idea of Christ is the head and we are the body.
Next it talks about the authority of Mary,  especially as the new Eve.  Then things that you wouldn't expect said by the church fathers about the power and importance of women.  It next goes into bible passages that seam anti-women, and use the original language and culture to show a deeper, not anti-women meaning.  For example, the word translated as helper in Gen 2:18 is ezer from the verb azar which means to "save from extremity, to deliver from death," and is often used to describe times God saves people, not a servant's actions.  It then goes into ways that the church also is the new Eve and cares for it's children in a motherly way.  Lastly it has a section on women who did great things that men could not do or did because of their feminine authority.  This includes Judith and Deborah from the bible, St, Monica, St. Catherine of Siena and others.

Tuesday, May 01, 2018

Return to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea:

Return to 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: A Luke Challenger Adventure By: Steve Barlow and Steve Skidmore
Fiction: Children's, Mystery, Sci-Fi,  Classics, 349 pagesPhysical Book Count:4
Book Count:13

This is book 2 in a series. The review of book one is here.   In this book Luke and his cousin Nick are once again in trouble with Luke's dad and are given the job of writing letters in reply to all the letters sent to Challenger industry that are from people that want to share their inventions with them, and other junk mail.  While doing this they get a letter from Jessica Land, the great-granddaughter of Ned Land, from 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, which in this world is also a fiction book; however, she insists that it was a fictionalized account of a real event.   As they believe that the only way that the Nautilus could do the things that it did was nuclear energy and this takes place at the time when scientist were just starting to think that it might be a possibility, they want England or the US (as Jessica is American,) to find it before either Hitler or the Sons of Destiny get their hands on the sub, and the secrets it holds.