Friday, August 17, 2018

Rangers at Dieppe: The First Combat Action of U. S. Army Rangers in World War II by Jim Defelice

Rangers at Dieppe by Jim Defelice -300 pages

The author is a journalist who gives an account of the first combat mission of U. S. Army Rangers in World War II. The August 1942 raid on the French coastal town of Dieppe was a disaster from the start as the landing force was spotted by Axis patrol boats, and little naval or air cover was provided. Most of the participants were Canadian and British commandos, but there were several small units of U. S. Rangers along for the raid. The mission was rushed in an effort to build "morale" and demonstrate the Allies could strike back at Nazi Germany, but was a hard lesson in the complexity of amphibious assaults.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas  496 pages

Just before the start of Summer Half, in April 1883, a very minor event took place at Eton College, that venerable and illustrious English public school for boys. A sixteen-year-old pupil named Archer Fairfax returned from a three-month absence, caused by a fractured femur, to resume his education.

Almost every word in the preceding sentence is false. Archer Fairfax had not suffered a broken limb. He had never before set foot in Eton. His name was not Archer Fairfax. And he was not, in fact, even a he.

This is the story of a girl who fooled a thousand boys, a boy who fooled an entire country, a partnership that would change the fate of realms, and a power to challenge the greatest tyrant the world had ever known.

Expect magic.

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 336 pages

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!

Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner

The Big Bad Fox by Benjamin Renner - 188 pages

Try as he might, the Fox just isn't big, bad, or scary.  Not a single animal on the farm is afraid of him.  So he schemes with the wolf to steal some eggs. When they hatch, they'll have a tasty meal.  But things never go as the fox plans . . . .

I really enjoyed this children's comic.  It was quick to read -- I read it on my lunch break -- yet it tells a complete story.  The fox is endearing for all of his bumbling and his growing attachment to the chicks.  However, my favorite characters were the chicks themselves as bloodthirsty, scary foxes.  I would definitely recommend this book to anyone.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts

Dark Witch by Nora Roberts - 352 pages
Cousins O'Dwyer Trilogy #1

Iona Sheehan is changing her entire life.  She's just packed up and moved to Ireland to be with her cousins.  Turns out she is one of the three descendants of the Dark Witch.  She's destined to work with her cousins to defeat the ancient evil sorcerer Cabhan.
This the first in Nora Roberts Cousins O'Dwyer trilogy set in Ireland.  Each book will focus on the romance of one of the cousins while telling the story of the defeat of Cabhan.  I tried reading the series when it first came out and ended up not finishing it.  So I decided to try listening to it on audio.  I enjoyed the story more than when I tried to read it.  However, I hated the narrator.  She was too emotive.  It was also annoying that while she tried to use different voices for different characters, two of the characters had the exact same voice.  I'm glad that the other books are narrated by other actors.  Hopefully they will be better.

The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson

The Flicker of Old Dreams by Susan Henderson - 415 pages

Mary Crampton has spent all of her thirty years in Petroleum, a small Western town once supported by a powerful grain company. Living at home, she works as the embalmer in her father’s mortuary: an unlikely job that has long marked her as an outsider. Yet, to Mary there is a satisfying art to positioning and styling each body to capture the essence of a subject’s life.
Though some townsfolk pretend that the community is thriving, the truth is that Petroleum is crumbling away—a process that began twenty years ago when an accident in the grain elevator killed a beloved high school athlete. The mill closed for good, the train no longer stopped in town, and Robert Golden, the victim’s younger brother, was widely blamed for the tragedy and shipped off to live elsewhere. Now, out of the blue, Robert has returned to care for his terminally ill mother. 

While a bit slow, it kept my interest.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again by Cullen Bunn

Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe Again by Cullen Bunn  112 pages

The writer and artist of the original slaughterfest reunite! Prepare for an all-new, all-different tale of death and destruction starring the Merc With A Mouth! You won't believe your eyes when Deadpool kills the entire Marvel Universe...again!