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Friday, January 27, 2017

Five Fun Facts - Mitch Albom




Five Fun Facts

About Author


Mitch Albom
Best known for books Tuesdays With Morrie and Five People You Meet In Heaven

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  1. Thought about being a cartoonist.
  2. First job was as a piano player at a hotel in Greece.
  3. His book Tuesdays With Morrie was made into a play.
  4. Friends from school remember him as a guy who never took anything seriously.
  5. He has played in bands and has written a couple of songs that have been recorded.

Info collected from Official Site, Wikipedia, and Tablet Magzine





Thursday, January 26, 2017

Shannon's Reviews - Salem's Lot by Stephen King




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Title: Salem’s Lot
Series: N/A
Author: Stephen King
Genre: Horror, Vampires, Fiction
Publisher: Anchor
Received: bought
Release Date: October 1975
Pages: 653
Rating:
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Author’s Official Websites:


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Shannon’s Thoughts:


A struggling author returns to the town he grew up in to revisit some skeletons of his past for a new book. He finds romance, friendship and more evil then he can deal with as townspeople start disappearing.

Stephen King can really describe a setting and get you settled in.  He gets the reader the feeling of being comfortable and then boom here comes the creepy.  The creepy just increases and increases.  For me I keep thinking wait let's go back to the comfiness.  I want to see author, Ben, connect more with townie, Susan.  

When I read King I expect major scariness, the creeps and...not completely welcomed nightmares.  This one had some creep factor but it was not really scary to me.  I find his short stories scare me the most. It was a decent book.  I was not thrilled with the ending either.  In some ways it set up for a sequel although I do not know if there is one or not.  I know there is a short story prequel called Jerusalem’s Lot which I have never read.

For a vampire book it had some interesting takes on the usual mythos. Other than that I say there is better Stephen King books if you want scary but it is some very good writing.


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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Shannon's Review - Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin



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Title: Dragons Love Tacos
Series: Dragons Love Tacos #1
Author: Adam Rubin
Genre: Childrens, Picture Book, Fantasy, Dragons
Publisher: Dial Books
Received: Borrowed
Release Date: June 2012
Pages: 40
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Author’s Official Websites:

Adam Rubin’s Site

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

A young boy who likes dragons finds out that dragons love to eat tacos but not spicy ones, with a good reason.

The illustration by artist Daniel Salmieri is whimsical and fun to look at. The story is a little silly which some children could really love.

Honestly I thought it a little too silly for my taste. I have read other children books on dragons and I think this was my least favorite. The writing is very simple, maybe too simple.

I wanted to like it because I love dragons and it is very rarely that I find one I do not like. Unfortunately this was one that was unlikable to me but I am not the demographic.  I think if you have child from ages 2 to 7 and is easy to make laugh they will probably enjoy.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Sketchy Saturday - Salem's Lot

I just finished reading Salem's Lot by Stephen King.  A good book with some creepy elements as per usual with King's books.   This as close to a scene I can get.  Little boy vampire in the window hoping to wake his friend to let him in.



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Friday, January 6, 2017

Five Fun Facts: Neil Gaiman




Five Fun Facts


Neil Gaiman
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(photo borrowed from vulture.com)


  1. His first book was a biography on the band Duran Duran
  2. Was raised a Jewish-Scientology
  3. Close friends with singer Tori Amos.
  4. He’s a big fan of the tv series Supernatural.
  5. He never went to college or university.

Info collected from Official Site, Wikipedia, and IMDB




Thursday, January 5, 2017

Shannon's Review - Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 And 2 by John Tiffany and Jack Thorne



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Title: Harry Potter And The Cursed Child Parts 1 And 2
Series: Harry Potter
Authors: J.K. Rowling (based on her books), John Tiffany & Jack Thorne
Genre: Screenplay, Fantasy, Series,
Publisher: Little Brown UK
Received: Purchased
Release Date: July 2016
Pages: 343
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Author’s Official Websites:

J.K. Rowling Site: http://www.jkrowling.com/
John Tiffany Site: N/A
Jack Thorne: N/A

Blogs:

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Shannon’s Thoughts:

The 8th book that no one thought would happen.  Technically this isn’t a novel like the previous 7 Harry Potter books, it’s screenplay.  This means less descriptive paragraphs and quick dialogue. The title of the book is still Harry Potter And The Cursed Child but most of the book the main character is Harry’s son Albus.  Not that Harry does not appear in the book, he is absolutely crucial to the events that transpire.

Many people consider this story fan fiction.  For me I think, so what if it is fan fiction?  I still enjoyed it.  Here are some the reason the Cursed Child is a fine installment into Harry Potter.  We get to see grown up Harry.  Adult Harry is still very human and makes mistakes sometimes and especially when it comes to child rearing.  Even the wizarding world has no book on how to parent. We get to see more of Harry, Ginny, Hermione, Ron, and Draco’s kids.  It also has that one magical item that Dumbledore gave Hermione..you know the one that turns back time.  Oh yeah there is time travel.

Some reason you may not like it.  Albus Potter is a whiner but what you going to do with a teenaged boy that feels he will never make his father happy and will forever be in Harry’s shadow. The time travel story is...well a little hokey...just a little.   

I appreciate this tale even with it downfalls.  Maybe J.K. will write some Albus Potter books in the future. What ever she does I will probably be in line.    

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Shannon's Review - Scarlet Witch Vol.1 Witches' Road by James Robinson



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Title: Scarlet Witch Vol.1 : Witches’ Road
Series: Scarlet Witch
Authors: James Robinson
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, Fiction
Publisher: Marvel
Received: Purchased
Release Date: July 2016
Pages: 112
Rating:
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Author’s Official Websites:
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Shannon’s Thoughts:

Jumping into Volume 1 of Scarlet Witch we see Wanda (The Scarlet Witch) searching for the cause of magic because it is broken. She travels around the world following traces of magic along with a ghost side kick.

I have only seen the movies with Elizabeth Olson as Scarlet Witch. She is a intriguing character.  I did get swept up into the stories and people.  I was very interested in the Irish bad guy The Emerald Warlock.  Doctor Strange has a similar plot but this was just written so much better. It’s a joy to read and look at.  The art for the most part is pretty phenomenal.

Some of the downfalls like even though this is the first volume we are thrown into a tale already in progress. We met Agatha Harkness a ghost that follows Wanda.   We do not really know why or when she died just that Wanda may have had a hand in it.   When the narrative starts Wanda already knows that magic is broken but again we do not know how she knows.  

I look forward to Volume 2.  I hope we find out more about Wanda, her ghostly friend Agatha and The Emerald Warlock.