24. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

NASL Volume 4 Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla by Jeff Smith, 160 pages, read by Brian, on 04/23/2013

RASL,The Lost Journals of Nikola Tesla, is the fourth volume  of the stories of Rasl.  He is a thief and ex- military engineer and in this version, he discovers the lost journals of Nikola Tesla.  Using Tesla’s notes and physics he discovers a breakthrough at unbearable price.

 

rasl

24. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction

Prophet !, Remission by Brandon Graham, 136 pages, read by Brian, on 04/23/2013

The Prophet 1, Remission is the rebooting of Earth after many years of alien influence.  Our hero, John Prophet awakens from cybersleep with a mission of restarting Earth, so it may start the journey back to glory.

prophet

Fox

24. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Janet, Poetry

Fox by Adrienne Rich, 64 pages, read by Janet, on 04/23/2013

Fox

This is a collection of poems by Adrienne Rich between 1998 – 2000 that includes dialogues between poets and artists, refers to  poetry and history, and calls up feelings and visions. Although written in a simple style, these are messages that require one to visualize and contemplate their meaning – not light, airy, quick reads.

24. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Autobiographies, Kim, NonFiction · Tags:

The Time of My Life by Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi, 247 pages, read by Kim, on 04/23/2013

I have a dear friend who is suffering with pancreatic cancer and so I wanted to read the Swayze’s experience with it even though the end was inevitable. Patrick had a lot of gumption and a lot of fight left him even at the end. It is a beautiful love story and well written story of courage and grit.

23. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Real by Katy Evans, 268 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/22/2013

REAL

A fallen boxer.

A woman with a broken dream.

A competition…

IS HE FOR REAL?

He even makes me forget my name. One night was all it took, and I forgot everything and anything except the sexy fighter in the ring who sets my mind ablaze and my body on fire with wanting… Remington Tate is the strongest, most confusing man I’ve ever met in my life. He’s the star of the dangerous underground fighting circuit, and I’m drawn to him as I’ve never been drawn to anything in my life. I forget who I am, what I want, with just one look from him. When he’s near, I need to remind myself that I am strong–but he is stronger. And now it’s my job to keep his body working like a perfect machine, his taut muscles primed and ready to break the bones of his next opponents . . . But the one he’s most threatening to, now, is me. I want him. I want him without fear. Without reservations. If only I knew for sure what it is that he wants from me?

23. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fantasy, Fiction, Poetry

Zorgamazoo by Robert Paul Weston, 288 pages, read by Angie, on 04/23/2013

Katrina Katrell has a lot of imagination, which unfortunately her guardian Mrs. Krabone can not stand. She has finally had enough and invites Dr. LeFang, the Lobotomy Doc, to take care of Katrina. Katrina decides to run away (understandably). Mortimer Yorgle, or Morty for short, is a Zorgle from Underwood Bluff. His pop is a great explorer and adventure, but Morty likes to stay close to home. Unfortunately, he receives a lottery ticket for the lottery draw. This draw is not for cash or prizes, but for adventure and quest. The Zorgles of Zorgamazoo have vanished and Morty is given the task of finding them. Along the way he meets Katrina and they decide to do the task together. What they discover will shock and amaze you. It is all about boredom and tedium and all things gray.

It takes a lot of creativity and guts to write an entire novel in rhyme, but Zorgamazoo is worth it. Katrina is just what you want in a spunky, young heroine, and Morty just seems so lovable and courageous. The others in the story are equally imaginative and fun. This is a wonderful adventure story and would definitely be fun to read aloud.

23. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Brian, Poetry

Wind Blows Through the Doors of my Heart by Deborah Digges, 72 pages, read by Brian, on 04/22/2013

Deborah Digges was born and raised in Missouri her last book of poetry was published after death in 2009.  Her poems are breathtaking and hit the heart hard.

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22. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, Kira

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown, 320 pages, read by Kira, on 04/18/2013

Weird sistersRosalind, Bianca, and Cordelia, named for Shakespearean characters by their father a Shakespearean professor, each struggles with their individual weaknesses and limitations.  The adult sisters find themselves at home together for a summer, helping their mother with breast cancer.  Rosalind, the oldest, has always been the solid responsible one, never venturing far from home.  Bianca, the middle child, always outshone by her sisters, carved a niche for herself within fashion and looks.  Unfortunately, her expensive habits caught up with her in New York, and she has returned home after her employers discovered Bianca’s embezzling of the company.  Cordelia, the youngest, never expected to be responsible, has followed the gypsy life, couch-surfing, until she gets pregnant, and also returns home.

The story is told from an interesting perspective, from the omniscient we of the sisters, sometimes its from all three sisters, sometimes its from 2 sisters perspectives.

I also liked the way stories from the past were interwoven, with the current issues.  If you like Anne Tyler, you’d probably like this book

22. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Science Fiction

The Planet Thieves by Dan Krokos, 256 pages, read by Angie, on 04/21/2013

Mason Stark is a cadet on the USS Egypt. He and several other cadets are riding along as part of their training. Suddenly the Tremists attack the ship. Earth and the Tremists have been at war for years, fighting over the only other inhabitable planet in the galaxy. The crew of the Egypt is taken hostage and Mason and the other cadets must liberate the ship. The Tremists were after a giant cross gate that can transport entire planets. They steal Earth and are about to steal the other planet. Mason and the rest of the cadets must stop them and find a way to save the human race.

This was non-stop action adventure in space. Mason is your take charge kind of kid. Not always right, but has good training to help him out in stressful situations. He is surrounded by bright young things who are also good soldiers. I loved the interactions of these kids. I especially enjoyed Merrin and her backstory and friendship with Mason. I believe this is the start of a series and the end definitely justifies this. I will be ordering this book for my library.

I received a copy of the book from the publishers on Netgalley.

22. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, History, NonFiction

Atlantis and the Silver City by Peter Daughtrey, 368 pages, read by Angie, on 04/21/2013

In Atlantis and the Silver City, Peter Daughtrey posits that Atlantis was actually the Portuguese city of Silva on the Iberian coast. He basis his hypothesis on the writings of Plato that describe Atlantis and its location. He uses dozens of points from Plato to “proof” that Atlantis once existed in Iberia. His research and claims are extensive and his proof seems pretty plausible. However, there isn’t a whole lot of evidence other than his conjecture to prove his hypothesis. The book is a lot of conjecture and hopeful thinking. Everything he says seems plausible and intriguing. Atlantis could have existed in Spain/Portugal. I have no reason to believe it didn’t just as I have no proof that it did. Daughtrey’s arguments on the location are pretty extensive and interesting. They do make you think and seem entirely possible. Towards the end of the book he brings up a bunch of other things that I think seem less plausible. He tries to tie instances of red-heads, pyramids and the DNA symbol around the world to the migration of the Atlantian people. More intriguing is his argument about Phoenician not being the first written alphabet/language. This book is full of interesting ideas about the beginnings of mankind. It would be really interesting if they were true. Maybe one day archaeological evidence will support Daughtrey’s claims.

I receive a copy of this book from the publishers on Netgalley.

20. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Fiction, Science Fiction, Teen Books · Tags:

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier, 362 pages, read by Angie, on 04/19/2013

I am quickly becoming addicted to this series and really wish book three was out already! Thank goodness it is just a trilogy and I only have to wait for one more book for all my questions to be answered. This is truly a gem of a series and a wonderful import.

Sapphire Blue picks up after the events of Ruby Red. Gwen and Gideon have time traveled a couple of times, been set upon by brigands, met the Count, and started a bit of a romance. This book just ramps things up even more. There are many more time traveling trips. Gwen starts to learn more about the conspiracy and the prophecies surrounding the twelve time travelers. The Count becomes even scarier, mainly because he was nice. We definitely don’t know who to trust at all. And the romance between Gwen and Gideon heats up, cools off, heats up, cools off.

I don’t read a lot of time travel books, mainly because I find them a bit confusing. That still holds for this book, but it is just too much fun to matter. Sure Gwen has a conversation with the Count about a meeting he had the day before and she hasn’t had yet. Sure she meets her grandfather one day and then a few days later, but for him it was years. Not confusing at all right? I love how witty and under-appreciated Gwen is. I think underestimating her is going to be the downfall of the society! Probably the best part of the book is the demon ghost and Gwen’s friend Lesley. They steal the show. If there is one negative thing I can say about the book it is that the romance is even more confusing than the time travel. Gwen is starry eyed over Gideon even when he treats her like crap. One minute they are fighting and the next snogging. Neither can seem to make up their minds about the other and it is a lot of back and forth. Frankly, I am not sure why Gwen likes him most of the time. However, romance aside, this is a fabulous series and I truly can’t wait until Emerald Green comes out.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Damaged by H.M. Ward, 342 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/18/2013

A New Adult Romance Novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Life sucks. And, as soon as Sidney picks up the pieces something always knocks her back onto her butt. It’s never pretty, but this time is different. This time pretty isn’t even the right word. Peter is the personification of perfection. It’s like he fell off his angel perch in purgatory, because let’s face it–any guy that hot has got to be naughty. He was probably sent here to ruin her life. Peter is beyond beautiful with his sexy blue eyes, dark hair, and toned body. Add in his charming wit and Peter is everything Sidney ever wanted in a man, but when things get hot and heavy Peter shows her the door. Sidney takes the walk of shame and leaves. It’s the end of the worst blind date ever. Her life couldn’t possibly reach higher levels of suckage, but it does. The next morning everything comes crashing down. The insanely hot guy from last night, the one that saw her half naked, is teaching at the front of the class room.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Angie, Children's Books, Fiction, Historical Fiction · Tags:

Will at the Battle of Gettysburg 1863 by Laurie Calkhoven, 144 pages, read by Angie, on 04/18/2013

Will lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with his mother and three sisters. His father is a doctor helping out in Washington and his brother is a prisoner of the South. It is 1863 and the Civil War is raging. Will dreams of being a drummer boy for the Union Army and doing heroic deeds, but his mom won’t let him join up. Then the war comes to Gettysburg. The bloodiest battle of the War is fought right on Will’s doorstep and he is right in the middle of it. He finds that war is not heroic deeds and glory but bloody, chaotic and terrifying.

This was an amazing story of what it was like in Gettysburg during the battle. Calkhoven does a great job weaving historical details into her fictional characters’ story. She shows the true horror of war, but also the selflessness of some of the people. I really enjoyed how she showed the townspeople opening their homes for the soldiers on both sides and taking care of the sick and wounded. She also provides historical notes at the end of the book with details about the battle and the Civil War.

2013-14 Mark Twain Nominee.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: History, Kim

Lenin's Tomb by David Remnick, 576 pages, read by Kim, on 04/18/2013

I really enjoyed reading Remnick’s book on the end of communism in Russia.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The School Among the Ruins by Adrienne Rich, 110 pages, read by Kim, on 04/16/2013

Adrienne Rich is one of my favorite poets. She writes rich engaging poetry to hold the reader’s interest.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The Inner Room by James Merrill, 95 pages, read by Kim, on 04/17/2013

I’m not a huge fan of James Merrill. His poems are difficult to read and difficult to understand.

19. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Kim, Poetry · Tags:

The October Palace by Jane Hirshfield, 89 pages, read by Kim, on 04/19/2013

I like Jan Hirschfeld’s poetry because of her extreme imagery even though she is a little hard to understand at times.

17. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Light in the Shadows by A. Meredith Walters, 395 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/17/2013

The sequel to Find You in the Dark

How do you keep going when you feel like your life is over?

Maggie never thought she’d see Clay again. So, she attempts to put her life back together after her heart has been shattered to pieces. Moving on and moving forward, just as Clay wanted her to.

Clay never stopped thinking of Maggie. Even after ripping their lives apart and leaving her behind to get the help he so desperately needed. He is healing…slowly. But his heart still belongs to the girl who tried to save him.

When a sudden tragedy brings Maggie and Clay face to face again, nothing is the same. Yet some things never change. Can the darkness that threatened to consume them be transformed into something else and finally give them what they always wanted? And can two people who fought so hard to be together, finally find their happiness? Or will their demons and fear drive them apart for good?

The thing about love, is even when it destroys you, it has a way of mending what is broken. And in the shadows, you can still see the light.

17. April 2013 · 1 comment · Categories: Children's Books, Claudia, Fiction, Poetry

Book Speak: Poems about books by Laura Purdie Salas, 32 pages, read by Claudia, on 04/16/2013

This is a very whimsical children’s poetry book about books with fun titles like “Calling all Readers,” “A Character Pleads for his Life,” “On the Shelf and Under the Bed,” “Paper Sky, Bookplate,” and “I’ve got this covered” just to name a few.  Characters plead for sequels, book jackets strut their stuff, and we get a sneak peek at the raucous parties in the aisles when all the lights go out at the bookstore! My daughter and I took turns reading the twenty-one poems aloud to each other and found ourselves giggling until the very end.

17. April 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Fiction, Jessica, Romance

Find You In The Dark by A. Meredith Walters, 394 pages, read by Jessica, on 04/16/2013

Maggie Young had the market on normal. Normal friends, normal parents, normal grades…normal life.

Until him.

Clayton Reed was running from his past and an army of personal demons that threatened to take him down. He never thought he had a chance at happiness.

Until her.

Maggie thought their love could overcome anything. Clay thought she was all he needed to fix his messy life.

That together, they could face the world.

But the darkness is always waiting.

Sometimes the greatest obstacle to true love is within yourself.