Monday, September 30, 2013

The Arch of Avooblis

This story is reminiscent of parts of Harry Potter, with enough originality to capture the reader. I really wanted to be able to turn my nose up (I’m a huge Harry Potter fan) and say it’s just a knock off... but I can’t say that. There are some similarities, but a lot more of original ideas.

The story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you turning pages. The main characters, Dagdron and Earl were developed nicely. If this is to be a series, the two supporting characters of Lita and Elloriana will need to be fleshed out more in the next installment in order to really identify with them, and I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series!

Overall, I must say I really enjoyed the story and would recommend it for young readers.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Another Houdini Dog Update

In April and May of this year I posted about my two Chocolate Lab Houdini dogs. From about the end of May until about a week ago all was quiet on the dog front.

Our son ran into one side of the secondary driveway gate, creating a small gap in the wooden slats. The big oops was in not closing that small gap immediately! Because he could see out to the street, Tuk thought he could chew his way out to get there. Like the little engine who could... and Dora the blue fish... Tuk just kept chewing. He and Walker saw an opening, and went through it!

I received a call from our neighbor an hour after I left the house... the gate was broken down completely and the dogs were nowhere to be seen. Wish I had taken pictures again, but frankly I was so upset that I didn't even think of it!

We repaired the fence, strengthened it by putting extra 2 x 4's across the middle on each side and reinforcement across the top and bottom of the slats.

Should anyone need  to have their house houdini-dog proofed, I believe we've got it figured. (hope that's not famous last words!)

At least the kitten isn't mad at Walker!IMG_20130906_214955_890-1.jpg

Ascent of the Aliomenti and Birth of The Alliance

Alex Albrinck has continued his fantastic Aliomenti series with Ascent of the Aliomenti and Birth of the Alliance.

I really like this series. The plot and side plots have been worked out very carefully and I haven’t found any loose threads that leave me scratching my head. Characters are dimensional and descriptions are full, it’s easy to visualize everything.

Fine job, Alex Albrinck!

I can't say enough good things about this author and this series. I highly recommend this series... it's one that I will be reading again and again. 
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Death’s Awakening

Even though this story had elements reminiscent of other stories and shows about zombies, there is more than enough originality make this one very good read, not some ‘same old, same old’ story. I couldn’t stop reading; one page after another until the very end!

Sarra Cannon is a fantastic story teller with a flair for description and character building. Just as her ‘Peachville High’ series was an addictive series, I imagine this new series will also be on the must read list! I, personally, can’t wait for the next‼

The Return of the Pimpled Pustule

The title alone makes me laugh!!

What a satisfying conclusion to this two part feline spy novel. I totally enjoyed the talking animals; love the fact that cats and dogs speak each other’s language, though neither speaks ours. Somehow that makes sense...
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Jos Brussel is proving to be a talented story teller with a creative mind that will throws all the twists and turns at you during one of his spy novels. Great job, Jos!

It's my opinion that the younger reader would also find this series a really good read.