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The Revolution of Jack Frost by K M Robinson

The Revolution Of Jack Frost - K.M. Robinson

TITLE:  The Revolution of Jack Frost
 

AUTHOR:   K M Robinson

 

EXPECTED PUBLICATION DATE:       

6 November 2018

 

FORMAT: ARC ebook

 

ISBN-13:  9781948583077

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NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.

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Book Description:

    "No one inside the snow globe knows that Morozoko Industries is controlling their weather, testing them to form a stronger race that can survive the fall out from the bombs being dropped in the outside world—all they know is that they must survive the harsh Winter that lasts a month and use the few days of Spring, Summer, and Fall to gather enough supplies to survive.

    When the seasons start shifting, Genesis and her boyfriend, Jack, know something has gone wrong. As their team begins to find technology that they don’t have access to inside their snow globe of a world, it looks more and more like one of their own is working against them.

    Genesis soon discovers Morozoko Industries is to blame, but when a foreign enemy tries to destroy their weather program to make sure their destructive life-altering bombs succeed in destroying the outside world, their only chance is to  shut down the machine that is spinning out of control and save the lives of everyone inside the bunker--at any cost."

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This is something of a light dystopian/science fiction novel written in a simple style that young teenagers might find appealing.  The concept was interesting enough, but the execution fell a bit flat.  There were far too many mild romance scenes inserted randomly throughout that detracted from the story.  There were also too many unanswere questions or missed opportunities for extended world building.  The characters also have done with a bit more personality and conflict - especially the group of secondary characters.  They came across as docile sheep, following whatever instructions are given without question and not even twitching when they find out their world wasn't what they thought it was.   The writing of the first half of the novel was a bit stilted, almost like a novice writer.  The second half picked up pace and intensity.  This wasn't a bad book, but it could have been better.

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Too Many Curses by A. Lee Martinez

Too Many Curses - A. Lee Martinez

TITLE:  Too Many Curses

 

AUTHOR:  A. Lee Martinez

 

DESCRIPTION: 

"Margle the Horrendous takes special pride in never killing his enemies. Instead, the wizard transforms them into various accursed forms and locks them away in his castle. His halls are filled with his collection of fallen heroes and defeated villains.

It’s Nessy’s duty to tend this castle. It’s a lot of work, but she takes pride in housekeeping talents that keep the castle from collapsing into chaos. But when Margle suddenly dies, everything begins to unravel. Nessy finds herself surrounded by monsters, curses, a door that should never be opened, and one very deadly dark wizardess.

Nessy doesn’t have might or magic on her side; she’s just a kobold: short, furry, and sensible. It would be smarter to walk away, but taking care of the castle is Nessy’s job, and that’s just what she intends to do.

If only she could find time to polish the silver while beating back the forces of darkness.
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A light-hearted and amusing stand-alone fantasy novel, with a whole cast of fanciful and horrifying characters, and of course, loveable, sensible and responsible Nessy. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Seaweed Chronicles by Susan Hand Shetterly

Seaweed Chronicles: A World at the Water’s Edge - Susan Hand Shetterly

TITLE:  Seaweed Chronicles:  A World at the Water's Edge

 

AUTHOR:  Susan Hand Shetterly

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2018

 

FORMAT:  hardcover

 

ISBN-13:  9781616205744

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Description:

"“Seaweed is ancient and basic, a testament to the tenacious beginnings of life on earth,” writes Susan Hand Shetterly in this elegant, fascinating book. “Why wouldn’t seaweeds be a protean life source for the lives that have evolved since?” On a planet facing environmental change and diminishing natural resources, seaweed is increasingly important as a source of food and as a fundamental part of our global ecosystem.

In Seaweed Chronicles, Shetterly takes readers deep into the world of this essential organism by providing an immersive, often poetic look at life on the rugged shores of her beloved Gulf of Maine, where the growth and harvesting of seaweed is becoming a major industry. While examining the life cycle of seaweed and its place in the environment, she tells the stories of the men and women who farm and harvest it—and who are fighting to protect this critical species against forces both natural and man-made. Ideal for readers of such books as The Hidden Life of Trees and How to Read Water, Seaweed Chronicles is a deeply informative look at a little understood and too often unappreciated part of our habitat."

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Seaweed Chronicles explores the harvest of seaweed in the Gulf of Maine.  This book is about relationships - relationships between the local people, large scale commerce, conservationists, seaweed, and all the species that depend on seaweed in one way or another.  Shetterly provides us with the personal stories of individual people who work and live at the shore, about the local ecology, about the past, present and ultimately about the future.  I found the book eloquently written, interesting and informative, but lacking in detail about the biology of seaweed as opposed to seaweed harvesting.  Photographs and a locality map would also have been nice.

 

 

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The Golden Thread by Ewan Clayton

The Golden Thread: The Story of Writing - Ewan Clayton

TITLE:  The Golden Thread:  The Story of Writing

 

AUTHOR:  Ewan Clayton

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2015

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  9781848873636

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Blurb:

"The Golden Thread is an enthralling and accessible history of the cultural miracle that is the written word.  It is an invention that has been used to share ideas in every field of human endeavour, and a motor of cultural, scientific and political progress.  From the simple representative shapes used to record transactions of goods and animals in ancient Egypt, tothe sophisticated typographical resources available to the twenty-first-century computer user, the story of writing is the story of human civilization itself."

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This book is a history of the evolution f western writing, everything from the development of the Roman alphabet from Ancient Mediterranean cultures, the development of different writing styles, the use of different writing implements from reeds to quilles to steel nibbed pens, and the use of different mediums to write on from marble blocks and papyrus to paper and computers.  The book includes many other interesting tidbits such as the increase in literacy, the development of the book, record keeping, increased use of writing in corporations, the development of the post-office, the printing press, the novel, graffiti and the computer.  While the book was interesting and informative, I found the writing style to be somewhat pedantic. 

 

The Earth by Richard Fortey

The Earth: An Intimate History - Richard Fortey

TITLE:  The Earth:  An Intimate History

 

AUTHOR:  Richard Fortey

 

DATE PUBLISHED:  2005

 

FORMAT:  Paperback

 

ISBN-13:  978-0-00-655137-9

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Blurb:

"This is the life story of our planet - told by one of our most brilliant science writers.  With Richard Fortey as our guide we not only travel back through geological time to discover the planet's spectacular past, but also climb the Alps, wallow in Icelandic hot springs and walk through the luch ecosystems of Hawaii.  On the way we discover the awesome truth about the world we inhabit - from Los Angeles life to statues of the Buddha; from the slow crawl of stained glass to the history of the dollar."

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This book is an informative but rather rambling mix of geology and travel writing.  The book revolves around the various facets of plate tectonics, how each piece  of the theory was puzzled out and how those pieces fit together to give us the Earth we have today.   Fortey uses examples from all over the world to illustrate the various geological processes. Everything from fault lines, development of mountain ranges and oceans, subduction zones, volcanoes, earthquakessupercontinents, the Earth's interior, mining, minerals and gems, as well as a bit of ecology are covered.  Fortey also emphasizes how the geology and geomorphology of a specific area has shaped ethinic culture and human experiences.  The author is enthusiastic about his subject.  The wirting is poetic and colourful, often dramatic, though sometimes a bit long-winded.  The book contains photographs but is in desperate need of illustrations and diagrams of the various processes discussed.  An interesting book for the intelligent layreader, who isn't afraid of a few technical terms.

 

 

 

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Dandelion Wine by Ray Bradbury

Dandelion Wine - Ray Bradbury

The writing style is beautiful and evocative, but somewhat rambling and lacks a solid plot.  This novel is something of a intimate memoir of a small boy's life growing up in a small American town.  Personally, I didn't enjoy the book all that much - I found it tedious.  There were grand moments, but not enough to fight away the boredom.

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