Book Ratings

Book ratings explained:

* I didn't like it | ** It was OK | *** I liked it | **** I really liked it | ***** I loved it

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Judgment of Richard RichterThe Judgment of Richard Richter by Igor Štiks


Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book in exchange for a review.

After reading a quarter of the book, I've put it aside and I have no intention of returning to it. The book is about a middle aged man who discovers his background isn't quite what he thought it was and goes looking for answers. It is told in the first person. For the part I've read, the protagonist has done nothing but whinge about something awful that happened to him on his quest which he will address later. The tone is melodramatic and overwrought. Not my cup of tea.

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Wednesday, October 11, 2017

NatGeo Photo of the Day

US Dept of Interior

US Fish & Wildlife

It feels like autumn today

US Dept of Interior

Saturday, September 23, 2017

The Witchwood Crown (The Last King of Osten Ard, #1)The Witchwood Crown by Tad Williams
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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Blood of Elves (The Witcher, #3)Blood of Elves by Andrzej Sapkowski
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book from Audible and did not actually read the book. The story is a fantasy Tolkien/D&D pastiche. It was not really my cup of tea; however, the reader, Peter Kenny, was so wonderful I enjoyed listening to the story.


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Stitch of the Week: Beehive Lace Welt

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)Soulless by Gail Carriger
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I listened to the audio book from Audible and did not actually read the book. The story is a fantasy bodice ripper set in Victorian times involving werewolves, vampires, mad scientists, and a soulless heroine. It is not really my cup of tea; however, the reader, Emily Gray, was so wonderful I enjoyed listening to the story.

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Stitch of the Week: Cross Stitch Cable

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Deep Black (Tom Locke, #2)Deep Black by Sean McFate
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review.

I liked it much better than I was expecting to like a book about multiple mercenary groups performing seemingly opposing actions in the Middle East amid the various local political groups and religious jihadists. It helped that Tom Locke, the leader of the underdog group of mercenaries, was a likeable character. And there were more than enough bad guys to suit anyone's taste.

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017

In the Footsteps of DraculaIn the Footsteps of Dracula by Stephen Jones


Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for a review.

I could not finish this book. Given my visual acuity, the choice of typeface for the stories made the text all but unreadable for me. It was a struggle to decipher the words. After very slowly making my way through the first seven stories, I decided the rather dull and repetitive nature of what I had read did not warrant me trying to continue reading.

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Glen Campbell - Classical Gas

Classical Gas Mason Williams 1968

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Cat's Paw Lace - Knit Stitch

Cat’s Paw Lace

This stitch is worked over a multiple of 7 stitches. 6 rows form the pattern.

1st and every wrong side row: (WS) P.

2nd row: *K1, K2 tog, yfwd, K1, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, K1, rep from * to end.

4th row: *K2 tog, yfwd, K3, yfwd, sl 1, K1, psso, rep from * to end.

6th row: *K2, yfwd, sl 1, K2 tog, psso, yfwd, K2, rep form * to end.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Monday, July 17, 2017

Among the Wicked (Kate Burkholder, #8)Among the Wicked by Linda Castillo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Slightly more than a cozy mystery and slightly less than a thriller, a story about the odd goings on in an Amish community in upstate New York.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Sudden Appearance of HopeThe Sudden Appearance of Hope by Claire North
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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Jupiter's South Pole

Jupiter's South Pole: NASA’s Juno spacecraft was racing away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass of the planet when JunoCam snapped this image on May 19, 2017, from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above the cloud tops.



Jupiter’s Clouds of Many Colors

Jupiter’s Clouds of Many Colors: NASA’s Juno spacecraft was racing away from Jupiter following its seventh close pass of the planet when JunoCam snapped this image on May 19, 2017, from about 29,100 miles (46,900 kilometers) above the cloud tops.

US Dept of Interior

Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Slaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of RetropolisSlaves of the Switchboard of Doom: A Novel of Retropolis by Bradley W. Schenck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book for review.

Enormously fun read in the vein of old science fiction movie serials like Buck Rogers or Flash Gordon. Pulp science fiction worth enjoying. Robots, Spider Cults, obnoxious children, switchboard operators, obsessed billionaire, mad scientists, transportation tubes. Whee!

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Monday, June 05, 2017

The Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic CrossingThe Flight: Charles Lindbergh's Daring and Immortal 1927 Transatlantic Crossing by Dan Hampton
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book for review.

Do not be put off by my rating of this book. It is very much a niche read for those who like to know what makes a machine tick, who like to know who made the parts and to what specifications, who want to know what weather conditions existed during the time involved, and who like a smattering of history tossed in for good measure. I enjoyed the history parts but the rest, not so much.

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