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Feb. 17th, 2019 12:57 pm
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Noah’s Garden: Restoring the Ecology of our own Back Yards, by Sara Stein. Houghton Mifflin Company, 1993

 

‘Noah’s Garden’ was one of the early books advocating using native plants and gardening for the wildlife. Stein relates, in wandering fashion, the long process she and her husband undertook of returning a large site to something sustainable and critter friendly- both macro and micro. She shows the problem with having a lawn instead of a meadow, and with planting exotic (non-native plants) to the exclusion of natives. Not having a landscape that provides food and shelter to native insects, birds, and mammals means that pest species numbers just explode with nothing to keep them in check. And that point is where people end up reaching for the spray gun.

 

It’s a very interesting book for the most part, although it bogs down near the end and I started skimming for a while. There are sources that go into more detail about meadows, pest species, and gardening for wildlife available now, but it’s a nice starting point. Four stars.

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Feb. 16th, 2019 02:56 pm
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Daughter of Moloka’I, by Alan Brennert. St. Martin’s Press, 2019

 

We first meet Ruth in an orphanage on Oahu, the half Japanese, half Hawaiian daughter of occupants of the Moloka’I leper colony. Over the course of 54 years, from 1926 to 1970, we follow her life as she is adopted by a Japanese family who move to California to farm. Of course, come Pearl Harbor, they are put in an internment camp and later have to start over in the aftermath. Ruth is contented with her life; she loves her parents and is starting a family of her own. Then, out of nowhere, a letter arrives from Rachel – her birth mother. Will Ruth want to meet the woman who gave her up when she was one year old? Can she love both her birth mother who she doesn’t remember and her adoptive mother, the only other she’s known? Can she even understand the woman who gave her up- and who lived a significant amount of her life in the leper colony?

 

The characters are mostly well drawn and three dimensional. The author brings places to life, too- the islands, central California, the internment camps. I think this description of the inhumanity of putting people in internment camps like animals comes at a time when the US is doing the same thing all over again, and I hope it will make some difference in the minds of readers. Five stars.

Ghost in the Seal

Feb. 14th, 2019 09:58 pm
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Ghost in the Seal by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 6. Serious spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Ghost in the Seal

Feb. 14th, 2019 09:58 pm
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Ghost in the Seal by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 6. Serious spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Thought I Was So Smart (696 words) by dreamlittleyo
Rating: General Audiences
Relationships: Alexander Hamilton/George Washington
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Science Fiction, Mutual Pining, Sharing a Bed, Unresolved Romantic Tension, Rank Disparity, Feelings, Guilt, Slow Burn
Series: Part 26 of Distress and Disarray
Summary:

In which Washington is fractionally less obstinate than usual.



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Choose Your Enemies

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:07 pm
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Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain book 10. No major spoilers for the earlier books, I think.

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Choose Your Enemies

Feb. 13th, 2019 09:07 pm
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Ciaphas Cain: Choose Your Enemies by Sandy Mitchell

Ciaphas Cain book 10. No major spoilers for the earlier books, I think.

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Ghost in the Inferno

Feb. 12th, 2019 06:34 pm
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Ghost in the Inferno by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 5. There are serious spoilers for the earlier books ahead.
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Ghost in the Inferno

Feb. 12th, 2019 06:34 pm
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Ghost in the Inferno by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 5. There are serious spoilers for the earlier books ahead.
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Feb. 12th, 2019 01:34 pm
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American Duchess: A Novel of Consuelo Vanderbilt, by Karen Harper. William Morrow, 2019

 

Consuelo Vanderbilt was brought up strict by her socialite mother, Alva. Taught all the things a society lady was supposed to know, and confined to a corset with a steel rod in the back to make sure her posture was perfect, she was expected to marry well and provide heirs to continue the line. When the Duke of Marlborough showed some interest, a deal- strictly a business deal- was made: Consuelo would get to be an English duchess, and the Duke would get the money he needed to save his palace and live life the way he wanted to. Problem was, Consuelo was already in love with another man. Under threats from her mother, Consuelo gave in and married the Duke. She was now a provider of huge sums of money and of heirs.

 

Consuelo wasn’t one to just sit around and spend money, though. She was quite the philanthropist, and was active in the women’s suffrage movement. She did her part during WW I, running a sort of hospital. And she finally left her husband so she could live her own life.

 

It’s an interesting book and I enjoyed reading it. But it has some flaws. First is that Consuelo is flawless; she is never in the moral wrong. Of course, it’s written in the first person, so that’s kind of to be expected. The second is that I feel like the book was possibly written for the Young Adult crowd, even though it is being advertised for adult readers. Finally, there is a bit of a flat affect. None of the characters- not even Consuelo- really come to life. And one (Alva) makes a total 180 degree turn about in character, which seemed odd. Four out of five stars.

"Ego is the Enemy" by Ryan Holiday

Feb. 12th, 2019 07:33 am
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Hi everyone. I hope you're all doing well. I wanted to come here and post some information about a book I just finished. The book is entitled "Ego Is the Enemy", and I downloaded it in audio from BookShare but it can be gotten from other places too. The book was written by Ryan Holiday, and published by Penguin. Visit http://www.ryanholiday.net and http://www.egoistheenemy.com . What led me to this book was a strong recommendation by my neighbor across the hall. He and I are launching a cooking business, and he read this book. As indicated by the title, the book discusses ego and why having too much of one is not a good idea especially when working with other people. Ryan Holiday does a great job outlining various aspects of running a business, and how they relate to ego. I found this book very captivating, and hopefully others will too. Enjoy!

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Feb. 10th, 2019 06:03 pm
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Mrs. Dalloway, by Virginia Wolff. Harcourt, Brace & World, 1923

 

“Mrs. Dalloway” is a classic, considered by some to be the finest modern novel. That sort of recommendation is enough to make me approach carefully; I’m not educated enough to fully appreciate the great works and I find reading them a chore. But I’m happy to say that, although I found the first bit tedious, it didn’t take me long to get sucked into the story.

 

It’s not that the plot is engaging; there is almost no plot. The book is merely a record of one day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, and that of a few of her friends, and some people that she passes by. We are given access to their thoughts as they go about their day. Clarissa buys flowers, mends a dress, and gives a party. She hosts a visitor, just back from India. She thinks about a girl from her school days, with whom she had been in love. Septimus Smith, suffering from PTSD from WW I and the loss of a fellow soldier with whom he’d been in love, quietly sinks into a fatal madness. The stream of consciousness leads us seamlessly through the minds of these people; there are no chapters to provide breaking points. Wolff’s prose is simply beautiful; she describes the everyday moments that are usually forgotten or ignored as things of beauty. But the book is not just pretty prose; there is surprising depth to some of the characters. Clarissa and Septimus, in particular, although not directly connected, seem to be two sides of the questions of life and death. Five stars.

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Something to Prove (1896 words) by dreamlittleyo
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Alexander Hamilton/George Washington
Characters: Alexander Hamilton, George Washington
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Pining, Unresolved Sexual Tension, Boss/Employee Relationship, Power Imbalance, Lawyers, Feelings
Series: Part 4 of Glass 'Verse
Summary:

Alexander works late, and Washington is surprisingly forward.



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Feb. 9th, 2019 05:21 pm
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Magdalena’s Ghost: The Haunting of the House in Gallows Lane, by Peppi Hilton. 2015

 

Young couple Lucy and Anton are headed out for a weekend of camping in their van when Anton decides to take a new road to the campground. They find themselves in a run-down village, and he is taken with an old, abandoned house. Lucy finds the house horribly creepy and unwelcoming, but Anton develops an immediate obsession with it. Suddenly he’s got their lives mapped out as B&B owners in the middle of nowhere. Despite Lucy’s objections, Anton pushes it and they are owners of the decrepit building in no time. He’s a carpenter, and so able to do the repairs and restorations himself- no one else is coming and going into the house. Lucy hates the house despite its beauty, and finds creepy things happening. When Anton leaves for two weeks to work on a customer’s house, things really break loose. The grand piano plays, doors open and close, and there are, quite literally, skeletons in the closet. The past is coming alive, with a vengeance. The story plays out in both the present and the 1950s.

 

While the haunting was interesting and pretty well done- some of it was very creepy!, I wasn’t crazy about aspects of the story. Anton came across as not caring a bit about what Lucy thought, and just did as he pleased. Lucy was a very weak character, going along with the flow, being unwilling to cross Anton. There was also a good deal of repetition. I’d say four stars.

 

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I realized I never posted anywhere that wrote this for Yuletide:

Every Story Worth Telling is a Love Story
Fandom: Young Guns (AU: Westworld Fusion without being darkgrim)
Relationships: Dick Brewer/Josiah "Doc" Scurlock/Jose Chavez y Chavez
Summary: Dick Brewer has only ever been a fair-weather believer in the Almighty, but on occasion he's given reason to wonder if there truly is some grand plan behind everything. It’s a nice thought out here where life is, at times, more than a little rough.

...and also realized when I was going to try a 2018 retrospective that even though I'd been writing a good amount for the past few years, I haven't really been finishing anything that isn't for Yuletide. So, I am putting a reverse fic request or well, a reverse kinkmeme I guess? If you're inclined, look through the comments at all the shit that I Really Should Finish, and if anything on the list makes you go I WANT IT, please claim it or egg me on so I can write it FOR YOU. There is way more than I thought there was, and I've noted which are closest to "done" or ones that could go a few different directions.

The Hum and the Shiver

Feb. 8th, 2019 07:42 pm
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The Hum and the Shiver by Alex Bledsoe is the first Tufa novel.

Here's the Goodreads link.

I came in skeptical and was rolling along by the end of the second chapter.

... is 'rural fantasy' a thing? *grin*

Ghost in the Razor

Feb. 8th, 2019 06:58 pm
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Ghost in the Razor by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 4. Serious spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Ghost in the Razor

Feb. 8th, 2019 06:00 pm
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Ghost in the Razor by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 4. Serious spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Ghost in the Hunt

Feb. 5th, 2019 08:39 pm
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Ghost in the Hunt by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 3. Spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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Ghost in the Hunt

Feb. 5th, 2019 08:38 pm
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Ghost in the Hunt by Jonathan Moeller

Ghost Exile book 3. Spoilers ahead for the earlier books.

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