It’s Monday What Are You Reading #76

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 8 comments

Monday What Are You Reading #65

It’s Monday What Are You Reading? is a weekly reading roundup is hosted by Kathryn at The Book Date.

This is technically a weekly meme but I don’t read fast enough to make that worthwhile so I post it every two or three weeks.

Finished in Print

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

This is the second in Archer’s Clifton Chronicles. The Hubster recently finished the series and enjoyed it. It’s been a while since I finished the first book so it’s nice to get back to this series.

 

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

This graphic novel is part of Willingham’s Fables series. I love the series and Bigby is one of my favorite characters but I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel.

 

Started in Print

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

Bird Box by Josh Malerman

This post apocalyptic suspense story is just delightfully creepy.

 

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

Descender Vol. 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire

I love all things Lemire. I reread the first volume of this amazing comic series to refresh my memory before diving headfirst into this volume

 

Finished on Audio

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

Lafayette in the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell

This was our road trip audiobook this weekend

 

Continued on Audio

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley

The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley narrated by Jayne Entwistle

I had heard good things about the audio editions of this series so I decided to give it a try, Flavia de Luce is a great character and Jayne Entwistle does a fabulous job as her voice.

 

Reviews since my last update:

This Dark Road to Mercy by Wiley Cash

Fables: Werewolves of the Heartland by Bill Willingham

The Sins of the Father by Jeffrey Archer

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Weekend Update – The Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

Posted by on Feb 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | 6 comments

Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

Ten Things I Liked This Week February 2017

I started doing Ten Things I Liked This Week in June of 2015 and it’s definitely become my favorite monthly post. I love adding to my list throughout the week.

Here are ten things I liked this week:

1. This Fennec Fox Cub
The Taronga Zoo in Syndey Australia posted this video of their baby Fennec Fox. I’m in love.

 

2. Justin Trudeau
He came fully prepared to defend himself from Trump’s weird handshake jerk.

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3. Tuesday’s Sunrise
It was spectacular and I got to the waterfront downtown just in time.

Sunrise on the Portland Waterfront

 

4. Our Valentine’s Day Tradition
We don’t do gifts or flowers but we have some champagne, good chocolates and watch our wedding video.
And we’re super classy and use the champagne flutes we got at a race.

Valentine's tradition

5. This Dog

 

6. My New T-Shirt

Nevertheless She Persisted

 

7. This
I need to post this both at home and at work.

The Negative Comittee

 

8. Nora the Polar Bear
She was sleeping when we were at the zoo last week but she did some diving practice this week. I love her Belly Flop style.

 

9. Top Chef
This has been a good season and after this week’s episode I’m happy. I’m pulling for Brooke to win it all but I’ll be fine with any of the remaining top three winning.

Top Chef

 

10. Rogue One
We finally went to see it yesterday. I liked it.

Rogue One

 

Hope you’re having a great weekend!

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Weekend Update: January 2017 Reading Wrap Up

Posted by on Feb 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Weekend Update
January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

January 2017 Reading Wrap-Up

Here’s what I read in January
Novels
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Illustrated Edition by J.K. Rowling with art by Jim Kay

Graphic Novels
Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery”: the authorized graphic adaptation by Miles Hyman

Fables Vol. 17: Inherit the Wind by Bill Willingham

Nonfiction
Notorious RBG by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

Audiobooks
A Great Reckoning by Louise Penny narrated by Robert Bathurst

DNF
The Last Kingdom by Bernard Cornwell

 

Hope you had a great reading month in January. What was the best book you read last month?

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Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham

Posted by on Nov 11, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Bill Willingham, Book Review, Comics, Uncategorized | 2 comments

Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham
Fables Vol. 16: Super Team by Bill Willingham with art by Mark Buckingham, Steve Leialoha, et al.

Genre: Fantasy, Comics
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #16 in the Fables series
Publisher: Vertigo
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 160
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume 16 is a compilation of issues 101-107 of the comic series
From the back cover:

This Looks Like A Job For… The Super Fables!

Evil stalks the borders of Haven! Fed by fear and driven by darkness, Mister Dark has risen, more powerful than ever! Soon, the Fables’ defense will fall, and the day of doom will be upon them!

But lo, there shall come… the F-Men!

Assembled by the great and powerful Ozma and the wise and wheelchair-bound Pinoccho (don’t worry, his legs work fine — he just wants to look the part), these fabulous Fables will combine their powers to form a team-up to end all team-ups!

Every super-heroic personality will be represented: Big strong guys! Guys in cool armor! Miniature people who can bounce around inside the bad guy’s ear canal! That one girl who can fly! Even a roguish, hairy anti-hero with claws: Bigby Wolf himself! Together, they will overcome their fear and defeat Mister Dark once and for all!

Or maybe they’ll all die horribly within seconds. What do you think this is, a super-hero comic.

My Thoughts:
I’ll confess. I have been ready for the Mr. Dark story to be over for a couple of volumes. This time the Fables are making their last stand. Again.

The difference this time is that they’re approaching it a little differently. Avengers style before Marvel made the movie. Whether they’re successful or not I won’t say but it was an adventure. There were scary parts and there were funny parts and there were plenty of riffs on the superhero comic genre.

Bigby Wolf and his father The North Wind are forced to face their past and their fractured relationship. It was tense but again, I’m not spilling the outcome.

The first issue was unrelated to the main story but might be setting up some new places and characters for a future storyline. I always enjoy stories with Bufkin the formerly flying monkey.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in 2016, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Uncategorized | 2 comments

The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig
The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig

Genre: Fiction, Historical Fiction
Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Harcourt
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 345
Source: Purchased

The Book:
From the publisher:

“Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” So begins the newspaper ad offering the services of an “A-1 housekeeper, sound morals, exceptional disposition” that draws the attention of widower Oliver Milliron in the fall of 1909. That unforgettable season deposits the ever-whistling Rose Llewellyn and her font-of-knowledge brother, Morris Morgan, in Marias Coulee along with a stampede of homesteaders drawn by the promise of the Big Ditch—a gargantuan irrigation project intended to make the Montana prairie bloom. When the schoolmarm runs off with an itinerant preacher, Morris is pressed into service, setting the stage for the “several kinds of education”—none of them of the textbook variety—Morris and Rose will bring to Oliver, his three sons, and the rambunctious students in the region’s one-room schoolhouse. A paean to a way of life that has long since vanished.

My Thoughts:
This was my first book by Ivan Doig but it definitely won’t be my last. This is one of those gently told stories that drew me deep into a time and place.

1910 Montana where the farming is dry and the schoolhouses are one room. Told in flashback by Paul Milliorn it’s a wonderful story. It made me laugh, it choked me up a couple of times and it thoroughly entertained me with its many interesting characters.

It opens in the 1950’s when Paul is the State Superintendent of Schools he visits the home and school where he grew up. It jogs his memory back to when he was 13 years old. His widowed father of three boys hired a housekeeper based on an ad that started “Can’t cook but doesn’t bite.” When she arrives in with her brother the small Montana farming town, its schoolchildren and even their parents are about to be changed.

When Rose’s brother Morrie takes over the one room school his teaching methods are definitely not what folks are used to. The arrival of Halley’s comet is a backdrop to this coming of age story that is about Paul and his brothers but also about the entire town of Marias Coulee.

It’s not fast paced but it’s a story that will draw you in. it’s historical fiction with a bit of a mystery and a fabulous cast of characters.

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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