Friday, August 18, 2017

Caves by Anna Claybourne

Caves by Anna Claybourne - 45 pages

I re-learned some cave facts such as where the largest and most dangerous caves well as how to survive in a "lost" situation.  Lots of cool facts.

A Stranger's Gift by Anna Schmidt

A Stranger's Gift by Anna Schmidt - 529 pages

A huricane devastates Sarasota, Fl.  A Mennonite group helps residents but the story centers around a Mennonite woman and a shunned Amish man who was building his life there when the huricane came through.  Love, faith and always a little romance.  Bored me a bit.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert

The Unlucky Lottery Winners of Classroom 13 by Honest Lee & Matthew J. Gilbert - 120 pages

Classroom 13 has won the lottery and their splitting the money between them.  But will their lives be better . . . or worse?
This was basically a collection of short vignettes about how buying things doesn't make you happy as all the characters lost their money and things they bought.  I wasn't hugely impressed with the story, but it did pass the time.

Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep

Jacksonland by Steve Inskeep - 421 pages

President Andrew Jackson, Cherokee Chief John Ross, and the Great American Land Grab

Image result for jacksonlandFive decades after the Revolutionary War, the United States approached a constitutional crisis. At its center stood two former military comrades locked in a struggle that tested the boundaries of our fledgling democracy. a One man we recognize- Andrew Jackson-war hero, populist, and exemplar of the expanding South-whose first major initiative as president instigated the massive expulsion of Native Americans known as the Trail of Tears. The other is a half-forgotten figure- John Ross-a mixed-race Cherokee politician and diplomat-who used the United States' own legal system and democratic ideals to oppose Jackson.aRepresenting one of the Five Civilized Tribes who had adopted the ways of white settlers, Ross championed the tribes' cause all the way to the Supreme Court, gaining allies like Senator Henry Clay, Chief Justice John Marshall, and even Davy Crockett. Ross and his allies made their case in the media, committedacivil disobedience, and benefited from the first mass political action by American women. Their struggle contained ominous overtures of later events like the Civil War and defined the political culture for much that followed.a a Jacksonlandais the work of renowned journalist Steve Inskeep, cohost of NPR's Morning Edition, who offers a heart-stopping narrative masterpiece, a tragedy of American history that feels ripped from the headlines in its immediacy, drama, and relevance to our lives.Jacksonlandais the story of America at a moment of transition, when the fate of states and nations was decided by the actions of two heroic yet tragically opposed men.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Assassination Classroom, v. 17 by Yusei Matsui

Assassination  Classroom, v. 17 by Yusei Matsui - 200 pages

The class fights a battle to determine whether they should kill or save Koro Sensei.  The sides are led by Karma who wants to kill Koro Sensei and Nagisa who wants to save him.  Who will win in the end?

I enjoyed this volume in the series.  It really highlighted the strengths of the various characters and developed the relationship between Karma and Nagisa.

Horimiya, v. 8 by Hero

Horimiya, v. 8 by Hero - 178 pages

It's finally time for the school sports festival . . . how will Miyamura and Sengoku make it through the day.  Then Miyamura recalls how his reltaionship with Tanihara developed.  Finally Hori has a been dream that Miyamura wants to break up with her . . .

The latest volume of Horimiya was a great visit back with some favorite characters.  I also enjoyed seeing how manic Hori was when fearing Miyamura was tired of her.  A great addition to the series.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew'd by Alan Bradley
(Flavia de Luce #8)
352 pages / 9 hrs, 6 mins

"In spite of being ejected from Miss Bodycote’s Female Academy in Canada, twelve-year-old Flavia de Luce is excited to be sailing home to England. But instead of a joyous homecoming, she is greeted on the docks with unfortunate news: Her father has fallen ill, and a hospital visit will have to wait while he rests. But with Flavia’s blasted sisters and insufferable cousin underfoot, Buckshaw now seems both too empty—and not empty enough.

"Only too eager to run an errand for the vicar’s wife, Flavia hops on her trusty bicycle, Gladys, to deliver a message to a reclusive wood-carver. Finding the front door ajar, Flavia enters and stumbles upon the poor man’s body hanging upside down on the back of his bedroom door. The only living creature in the house is a feline that shows little interest in the disturbing scene. Curiosity may not kill this cat, but Flavia is energized at the prospect of a new investigation. It’s amazing what the discovery of a corpse can do for one’s spirits."  --from the publisher

I love this series and enjoyed installment number eight.  The humor, literary and historical references, chemistry tidbits, and Flavia's creative ingenuity make for great books.  This one ended with some loose ends, however, and it kind of felt like a lackluster effort on the author's part.  Maybe Bradley is getting tired of these stories?  I sure hope not!