Thursday, July 31, 2014

Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki

Pandora Hearts by Jun Mochizuki
v. 4 - 192 pages
v. 5 - 192 pages

Oz is still trying to trace Alice's memories and help her discover what she lost. The Cheshire Cat comes onto the scene, but his purpose is mixed. We also meet the Mad Hatter. I still don't quite know what exactly is going on, but little by little it's making sense. Hoping the next volumes will shed some light on a few questions I have about Oz, Alice, Break, Gil and others.

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton

A Shiver of Light by Laurell K. Hamilton - 384 pages
Meredith Gentry Series Book 9

The latest entry in Hamilton's Faerie series show a disappointing trend towards "therapy on a page" which is prevalent now in the Anita Blake series.  There is tons and tons of expository dialogue where characters psychoanalyze themselves and others without much plot actually occurring.  I have liked the previous books in this series and hope this is just an aberration.

This book opens with Princess Meredith about to give birth and facing the fallout from the vicious attack from her great uncle.  The rest of the book covers the birth and how the babies affect the status of Merry and her men in both faerie and human society.  I like the characters enough to keep going with this series but I fear it is going the Anita Blake route and I may just have to walk away.  

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin

The Deadliest Bite by Jennifer Rardin - 336 pages
Book 8 in the Jaz Parks Series

This book finishes the series with a bang.  Jaz is faced with trying to save both the world and her own sanity.  Will a trip to Hell with a magical tool and new allies be enough to secure a future for Jaz and her vampire lover?  The snark and dark humor continue to amuse and balance out the action and violence.  I enjoyed this series a lot and was saddened to hear that the author had passed away so this strong voice in urban fantasy is no more.  

Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Angela, by Brian Michael Bendis, 168 pages

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2: Angela Guardians of the Galaxy 2: Angela, by Brian Michael Bendis, 168 pages

In this second in the GOTG series, StarLord is still mad at his Dad, the Earth is in some serious danger, and there's been some kind of disruption in the space time continuum (and of course, stupid Earthlings are responsible).  There is also a new character- Angela, from a place called Heven.  This is the stuff I love about comic books- there's a thread of a really interesting philosophical concept in every one of the good ones.  What if you grew up in a place where everyone had wings and flew around, and there was a mythical "other place" called Earth, where the creatures walked around on the ground and did all kinds of interesting things? It's like if we found out Heaven was a real, physical place- it would kind of blow your mind, right?  Yeah.  So, there's that.  Also, Gamora gets some action, which is cool.

The Victorian City by Judith Flanders

The Victorian City: Everyday Life in Dickens' London by Judith Flanders --- 424 pages plus notes, bibliography and index.

While Flanders has researched this meticulously as a scholar, the style and approach is definitely friendly toward the general reader. If you enjoy English history, if you enjoy novels and films set in nineteenth century London, if you enjoy exploring cities, if you are fascinated by the eccentricities of the Victorians, or if you love Dickens, this is a fascinating compendium of information about the city and its many neighborhoods and their inhabitants. Flanders describes how much the city changed over Dickens' lifetime, as London grew from a relatively compact eighteenth century town of about one million inhabitants into a sprawling metropolis of 6.5 million people, the largest city in the world, by the end of the nineteenth century.

Click HERE to read a review of The Victorian City.

Click HERE to see a collection of early photographs of London street life in the nineteenth century.

Click HERE to watch a short video tour of London hosted by Judith Flanders.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers, by Brian Michael Bendis

Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 1: Cosmic Avengers Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers, by Brian Michael Bendis, 136 pages

I totally read this once before, but when I went to read volume 2, I couldn't remember where we left off.  And the movie's coming out, and I love some Chris Pratt, so- worth a revisit during lunch.  Anyway: Peter Quill is StarLord- but he has rejected his position as next in line to the throne.  Instead, he's teamed up with a ragtag group of toughies, including Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Groot.  And Iron Man, for some reason.  It's pretty good- there's potential here that I hope goes somewhere.  And Bendis is pretty much a go-to Marvel man, in general- anything he writes is usually good.

Mschmitt July Books

God Makes Us Different by Helen Caswell 25
Jack and Chug by Jenny Giles 32
The Corruption Chronicles 400
The Crayon Box that Talked 32
Ernie Gets Scared 25
The Blood Detox Diet 352
Disney Cars 2 by Disney Group 32
Tootle by Gertrude Crampton 26
Jump by Scott Fischer 32
That’s What I’d Do by Jewel 32
Mogie The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt 40
The Camping Trip by Catherine Hapka 32
How to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler 32
The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton 32
Ninja by Aree Chung 40
Pete the Cat a Pet for Pete 32
Swim Duck Swim by Susan Lurie 32
Mister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich 48
Found by Salina Yoon 40
Bad bye, Good Bye, by Deborah Underwood 32
Woosh and Chug by Sebatian Braun 32
Mickey Mouse and the Bicycle Race by Cindy West 32
Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen 32
Meet the Parents by Peter Bentley 32
The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hunry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood 24
Water can be… by Laura Purdie Salas 32
Fly High, Fly Guy! By Ted Arnold 30
Which Witch is Which? By Michaela Muntean  24
 A Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best 39
Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau 296
Fly High Fly Guy, by Tedd Arnold 30
The Princess Promenaded by Nora Pelizzari 24
The M and M’s Counting Book by Barbra McGrath 32
The Big Great Green by Peggy Gifford 32
In the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming 32
Splash, Splash by Jeff Sheppard 32
The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Negih! By Anne Vittur Kennedy 32
Big Pigs by Leslie Helakoski 32
Cat Napped by Leeza Hernandez 32
City Train in Trouble by Adria Klien 32
Trouble in Space by Rose Greydanus 31
Kapow! By George O’Connor 48
Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop by Todd Tuell 32
Arlo Rolled by Susan Pearson 32
Bubble Gum Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler 32
Row Row Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera 32
The Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo 48
Cinderella’s Couuntdown to the Ball by Heidi Kilgras 32
Daytime Nighttime by William Low  36
Timothy and the Strong Pajamas 40
No Nap for Bejamin Badger by Nancy White Carlstrom 29
Steampunk ABC by Lisa Falkstern 33
Starters by Lissa Price 384
Find me a Tiger by Lynley Dodd 32
There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby 32


Cinderella’s Couuntdown to the Ball by Heidi Kilgras 32
 A simple countdown of Cinderllas big night out and the mishap of her lost shoe!

Daytime Nighttime by William Low  36
A simple picture book with all the reminders of what makes day daytime and night nighttime. Little ones will love yelling out the answers as each page presents a familiarairty of the world they already know.

Product DetailsTimothy and the Strong Pajamas 40
When Timothys mother fixes his PJS he sets out on a mission to do all kind of heroic deeds, but when Timothy is in need of help and his PJ fall short of one more heroic act…all the previous victims of Timothy’s heroics come and help him, to save his day.

Product DetailsNo Nap for Bejamin Badger by Nancy White Carlstrom 29
Benjamin Badger is giving all kinds of reminders about why he needs to rest and when he finally succumbs to sleep, readers are left with Momma badger enjoying some time to herself!

Steampunk ABC by Lisa Falkstern 33
A cute picture book filled with nuts, bolts, gears and cogs. The pictures are great but at times I even wondered what I was looking at and reading.

StartersStarters by Lissa Price 384
Loved this book!!! Did not think I woulold enjoy it as much as I did! Meet Callie a young starter left to fend for herself and her brother in a world that caters to the old and privlidged, but Callie sees a way out with Prime Destination, where the elderly can rent a young persons body. Callie sees it as an opportunity to get her and her brother off the streets. What callie does not know is what her renter has planned, and what her renter has planned well set Callie’s life on an entirely different course for her future…with another book in the series…”Enders”  I cannot wait to see what is planned next.

Find me a Tiger by Lynley Dodd 32
Tigers and all other animals are hidden in the pages of the this rhyming picture book. Kids will like the simple text and the pictures that have animals in ttheir natural habitat…but many will wonder why a book about a tiger ends with a house cat.

There Was an Old Sailor by Claire Saxby 32
There was an old sailor who ate a Krill..I don’t know why but it made him ill! This sailors rhyme will take readers through pages and pages of sea life until it all comes to a halt with a whale and a gigantic burp.

Trouble in Space (Giant First-Start Reader)Trouble in Space by Rose Greydanus 31
Teddy is ready for space, but he is not ready for trouble when he gets to space! Lucky for him his parachute sends him right back to safety on earth.

Kapow!Kapow! By George O’Connor 48
Cute title told in comic book form as three youngters play in the land of make believe as superheroes until disaster strikes! The the evil villain (MOM) insists that the domain be restored…IE Everything back in its rightful place on the book case.

Ninja, Ninja, Never Stop by Todd Tuell 32
Ninja runs around his house causing havoc for a little brother and his blocks, but ninja is spooked after a sneak counter attack…As the little brother proves his stealthy ninja training the end pages conclude with ninja and new sidekick!

Arlo RolledArlo Rolled by Susan Pearson 32
Arlo his a pea who is out to see what he will be to the world…after many too close encounters as someone else’s lunch…Arlo finds himself underground content and then thrilled to be a his very own pea plant!


Bubble Gum, Bubble GumBubble Gum Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler 32
Bubble gum and animals only means one thing…someone is gonna get stuck, but what will the anim

Row, Row, Row Your BoatRow Row Row Your Boat by Jane Cabrera 32
Traditonal rhyme with a new twist and new animals.

The TroublemakerThe Troublemaker by Lauren Castillo 48
When a little boy gets bored….he takes his stuffed raccoon to play pirate and cause some trouble, but when more trouble occurs that is not at his hands he begins to wonder what is going on. The little boy is even more upset when his stuffed raccoon is taken too, only to find out that the real culprit is a real raccoon.


City Train in Trouble (Train Time)City Train in Trouble by Adria Klien 32
City Train has finally finished a days work when the last off the passengers unloads, but as he beeps to give a parting goodbye, he cannot move! City Train is not going anywhere, but lucky for him his faithful passengers get him up and running so he can head home for the night!

A Perfect Day for DiggingA Perfect Day for Digging by Cari Best 39
 A little girl is already to get out dig and get dirty, and  a little boy watches on as she looks for treasure, but as she begins to tire, the little boys resolve for not getting dirty starts to wavier when the girl is worn out and finally he joins in the digging fun and realizes that getting dirty is no big deal after all.

Graduation Day (The Testing)Graduation Day by Joelle Charbonneau 296
This is the third installment in this series and I thought it was going to be the last, but with Dr Barnes finally dead and no real resolution with the president and the future of the testing…it seems that the author has plans for more to the series when readers are left with Cia asking Tomas to go back to Tosu City to ensure the president is true to her word by taking the country in another direction.

Fly High Fly Guy, by Tedd Arnold 30
Fly Guy saves the day when the family gets lost! Mom and dad are happy fly guys is around when he helps to guide them home by flying high high in the sky!

My Little Pony: The Princess Promenade (My Little Pony (HarperCollins))The Princess Promenaded by Nora Pelizzari 24
The Ponies have a new princess when a new flower and spike the dragon are discovered, but when he declares only one of the ponies to be princess she makes a slight suggestion….which leads to all the ponies being princesses in ponyville.

The M&M's Brand Chocolate Candies Counting BookThe M and M’s Counting Book by Barbra McGrath 32
Fun candy counting with this book! Kids learn all about simple counting, small pair grouping and subtraction with the colorful chocolate covered candies.

The Great Big GreenThe Big Great Green by Peggy Gifford 32
This book was a bit of a let down…picture a lot of green! All different shades with a surprise ending of a splash of blue!

In the Small, Small PondIn the Small Small Pond by Denise Fleming 32
Picturtes take readers through the progressional season changes by a pond, alongside all the animals in their natural habitat.

Splash, SplashSplash, Splash by Jeff Sheppard 32
All the animals end up falling into a pond of water, some like it others do not! My favorite is of the pig dreaming of cake!

The Farmer's Away! Baa! Neigh!The Farmer’s Away! Baa! Negih! By Anne Vittur Kennedy 32
This book was huge disappointment! I was hoping for a fun barnyard story , instead the pages were filled with animal noises and illustrations of the animals out having fun while the farmer is away. Not much of a story here.

Big PigsBig Pigs by Leslie Helakoski 32
Three little pigs argue about who is the biggest until momma catches them in trouble…then none of them want to claim the prize of biggest pigs. The three little pigs find themselves in big trouble!

Cat NappedCat Napped by Leeza Hernandez 32
Short snappy rhymes take readers through a cat’s adventure as she mistakenly finds herself in  moving boxes on a moving truck! Lucky for her she finds her way home right back where she belongs but next time she will be more careful when taking a cat nap!

Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse and the Bicycle Race by Cindy West. Golden Book Easy Reader. 1988.Mickey Mouse and the Bicycle Race by Cindy West
Mickey Mouse and the gang are on a bike race, but with Goofy as a partener Mickey is unsure if he will ever win! Goofy keeps on insisting on stopping,  when they are finally ahead Mickey makes the choice to stop to help a friend and for go winning. Mickey learns that friendship is much more important.

Tyrannosaurus Wrecks!Tyrannosaurus Wrecks! By Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen
Tyrannosaurus Rex learns to play nice after he left to play all alone because of destroting all the other kids toys and creations.

Meet the Parents: with audio recordingMeet the Parents by Peter Bentley
Children are reminded in this story about all the great and crazy things parents are willing to do for their little ones. They will love the pictures and wonder why momma is considered a donkey, surely because she is always toting kids, toys, treats and more!

The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear (Child's Play Library)The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry and the Big Hunry Bear by Don and Audrey Wood
Mouse is told the only way his big red ripe strawberry can be saved it ig

Water Can Be . . . (Millbrook Picture Books)Water can be… by Laura Purdie Salas

Which Witch is Which?  (Sesame Street Series)Which Witch is Which? By Michaela Muntean


Pony Scouts: The Camping Trip: I Can Read Level 2 (I Can Read Book 2)The Camping Trip by Catherine Hapka
The pony Scouts are at it again, this time camping! Meg is excited but disappointed when she realizes she knows very little about camping, with her friends help though she realizes that they all have different strengths that make them good for one another.

How to Cheer Up Dad (Hardback) - CommonHow to Cheer Up Dad by Fred Koehler
A little elephant is on a mission to cheer up dad and this cute title depicts the little elephant taking his dad to all the things that actually make him happy. Little ones will love seeing him put daddy to bed and then sneaking out.

The Big Fib (I Like to Read)The Big Fib by Tim Hamilton
This is an easy reader depicting a young boy making a mess and then neglecting to claim his big mess…but he finds kindness from the old lady who convinces him to clean up and make pretend something else.

Ninja!Ninja by Aree Chung
A boy is a ninja on a mission for milk and cookies, and finds a reluctant sidekick in his sister even after she is the victim of his sweet crime.

Pete the Cat a Pet for Pete
Pete has a new pet Goldie and he wants everyone to see his new fish so he paints a picture of her. But Pete runs into trouble when everyone wants a picture of Pete and he cannot keep up with his painting! Pete solves his problem with a large painting for the whole town to see.

Swim, Duck, Swim!Swim Duck Swim by Susan Lurie
A picture book of photgraphs telling the story of one little duck and his family and his reluctance to swim.

Mister Bud Wears the ConeMister Bud Wears the Cone by Carter Goodrich
Mister Bud has a bad itch and Zorro does not help matters by teasing him and eating all the snacks. When Mister Bud has a run in with a lamp, zorro thinks that Mister Bud is doomed for trouble with their owner, but his surprised when Mister Bud gets more sympathy for his situation. Zorro learns the value of Frinedship when Mister Bud meets him with Kindness instead of vegence.


FoundFound by Salina Yoon
Bear finds a lost rabbit in the woods and he searches high and low for the owner but when moose finally comes to claim his stuffed Bunny, Bear is sadden by the thought of having to part with his new bunny. Moose realizes that Rabbit has a new frined who needs him and decides to let Bear make a new home for bunny with him.

Bad Bye, Good ByeBad bye, Good Bye, by Deborah Underwood
This is simple story of family moving and all the hard goodbyes that come with it, but it closes on a positive note with the family arriving at new home and new friends to be made.

Whoosh and Chug!Woosh and Chug
Woosh is a fast passenger train who is always makes fun of  how slow Chug, the hauler train is. But when Woosh goes too fast and needs saving at a broken down bridge, it is Chug who comes to save the day.

That's What I'd DoThat’s What I’d Do by Jewel
Another celebrity writing a children’s book, a cute tale about a little one being told all the things in the world that a  parent would do for them.
Mogie: The Heart of the House (with audio recording) 
Mogie The Heart of the House by Kathi Appelt
Mogie’s story is about her life at the Ronald Mcdonald house. The story misses the mark and is a bit confusing…Hard to tell wether the story is about the dog or about the kids getting sick and going to the hospital.



Product DetailsGod Makes Us Different by Helen Caswell
A picture book celebrating all the differences that make us unique individuals.

Product DetailsJack and Chug by Jenny Giles
Jack loves his tractor Chug, but he loves him even more when Chug alrets the family to group of unruly kids causing trouble on the farm. Chug saves the day!

Product DetailsThe Corruption Chronicles
I really enjoyed this book and seeing inside the government and all the backhanded deals that occur behind closed doors. Pretty alarming to see how hard it is to get basic information or that it is virtually impossible unless you are willing to sue big government.

Product DetailsThe Crayon Box that Talked
The colors learn to get along after they are taken home and color a beautiful picture together. Red, blue, green and orange learn that theyare all  needed to  complete a part of the  picture.

Product DetailsErnie Gets Scared
Ernie learns his lesson when he sees a scary movie and cannot get to sleep.  Ernie’s imagination sees Ghosties all over and keeps bert from getting any sleep at all.


Product DetailsThe Blood Detox Diet
I liked this diet book but it is pretty much a back to basics approach: cutting out all sugar and carbs. The first ten days is very strict but tapers to let the individual slowly introduce dairy and gluten back into the diet.

Product DetailsDisney Cars 2
Lightning Mcqueen goes global when his race goes overseas with a three city racing tour. When the cars start having problems suspicions rise that Alinol the race sponsor is responsible. With the help of Mcqueen's new friends and old friends, he once again comes out on top, with his best pal, Sir Tomater being knighted by the queen of England.

Tootle (Little Golden Book)Tootle
Tootle learns his lesson about always staying on the tracks. The Engineer, mayor and townspeople come up with a plan that will cover the town in red flags so Tootle will not be out playing in the middle of the meadow.

Jump!Jump 
One animal after jumps after each encounters one larger than themselves! Until along comes...Whale..who blows everyone of them out of the water with his larger than life splash