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The ForetellingThe Foretelling by Alice Hoffman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This was a fun mythological story to read before bed. I always love an Alice Hoffman tale. I wonder if this could be made into a movie like Practical Magic? A tribe of women living their truth in their own time. And HORSES. Yep! All the fun things a fem could want to read about.

I may have to read this again sometime when escape isn’t my only intent. Or even if it is. I could jump into this world again. Maybe take it slower and absorb it more.

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The Bluest EyeThe Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I wish I would have read this any other year but 2020. In a year I am reading to escape pain, depression and just trying to breathe through the smoke, this book took me deeper and sadder and more disturbed. I am sorry anyone has to deal with the many problems the main characters in this book had to go through. Though this was a historical fiction, much of the bigotry, and abuse goes on still.

Toni Morrison did the narration of her own book and kept the story alive. Her writing is known for the poetic prose. I did appreciate that, but I found it made the story even more disturbing. I do plan to read more of her books. But not right now.

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Spirit WarriorSpirit Warrior by Ella J. Smyth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Of the three books in this series so far, this is my favorite. I’m beginning to warm up to the characters and the story. With all there is going on in the world a nice fantasy can help give you a breather. So rather than making this review longer, I say, try the series. You might like it! By the way, I found these on Kindle Unlimited. Not a bad deal, huh?

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Spirit ElfenSpirit Elfen by Ella J. Smyth
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Another fantasy for the end of summer. I breezed right through it and started the next. So last night I tried to read the book I thought I was in, and it turned out to be this one that I already read. I thought maybe it all sounded familiar because it was the intro presented after the first book. No. Even as far as the last chapter it was familiar. But I enjoyed getting the review before realizing I was actually finished and ready for book 3 (in fact, I was 12% into it). I almost think this set is short enough to be one larger book.

I think the above paragraph is my example of the review. It was a fun read with characters from book 1 with the fae. Oh, my favorite part, it was set in Germany. Wish there would have been more of a feeling of the land. Yeah. It won’t go into my favorite books. But a good distraction. Definitely not for preteens or younger teens.

But try it. You might love it!

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So Dark the Sky (Shadow of Mars Book 1)So Dark the Sky by Cidney Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

WOW! Where were books like this 60 years ago when I was forced to read about adult male astronauts goggling over the Barbie Doll robots or aliens? I love Cidney Swanson’s writing and story-telling are excellent. And what a relief to read about an adult female who is accomplished in her own right, who loves and cares for her grandmother, and who needs to choose between her life long dream and continuing taking care of the woman who raised her.

It isn’t a spoiler to know she gets to travel in space. ‘Shadow of Mars’ is the series title and ‘So Dark The Sky’ book one. YAY!

As I always have to mention on a Swanson review, I loved her Saving Mars series for young adults. This new series is more adult but I know I would have loved it in seventh grade. How wonderful it must be for young women now to be able to enjoy science fiction and see people who are like themselves. A woman astronaut is a possibility now.

I want to write so much here because I loved this book so much. But I don’t want to take away from the readers’ experiences. I know I will read this again soon as I can’t think of a better way to get ready for book 2!

Enjoy, PLEASE!
Thank you, Cidney for writing a book for girl me! And I’d love more from Grandma’s point of view since I’m closer to her age.

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone (The Walking Dead #73-78)The Walking Dead, Vol. 13: Too Far Gone by Robert Kirkman

Not fair! I ran out of book money so I didn’t get to buy the next one yet and this one left me on a cliffhanger!

On the other hand, though some things changed on the show from this book, the fight scene was nearly exact. In a way, I like the flipped storyline of the head family of Alexandria. I would have loved this better had I read it before watching the whole series. But I do love that the TV version was even more inclusive than the book.

Once again, I read this on my Kindle Fire because I can enlarge frame by frame. The art and story are fantastic. I think I am getting addicted to Kindle comic books on the Fire!

I can’t wait until payday when I can get back into the story. Meanwhile, I am resisting bingeing The Walking Dead yet one more time. I so miss it!

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Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series (Patternist, #1-4)Seed to Harvest: The Complete Patternist Series by Octavia E. Butler
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have loved other books by Octavia E. Butler, but this set of four books just didn’t do it for me. I couldn’t figure out the characters, who was who. Maybe it was because I had to listen to it on text-to-speech, though I did try to follow with my eyes. Still, I did stay with it. A lot of times if something doesn’t make sense it comes together in the end. But I didn’t find that. I found four different stories about similar things.

But don’t take my word for it. Others have loved these books so maybe it is just me and this time in my life. Heck, toothache from infection, smoky-hot summer, Covid19, and its craziness could have flavored how I took the books in. So maybe I’ll read them again later. I see that many people read these in publication order rather than chronological and get a lot more out of all of this combo. Ms. Butler writes well and keeps the reader interested, even when the story itself doesn’t go in the flow I think it should.

Try it. You might like it!

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among ThemThe Walking Dead, Vol. 12: Life Among Them by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To continue my COVID19, hot, smoky summer, toothache/fever distraction I lit into number 12 of The Walking Dead. Life Among Them

Again, the artwork and story were fantastic! Again, the ability to enlarge each frame by way of Kindle Fire/tablet was a miracle to me.

And though we have arrived at the same destination, Alexandria, some characters have changed from the book to the television series. Both versions are well done and believable. I think the TV version even more diverse than the books, though it is obvious that Robert Kirkman tried to be inclusive. Maybe it is just the natural flow of history that the one that came out later has been made more accepting of all. Including the good and bad aspects of humanity.

Ah! Safe! The scariest feeling to those who have lived with trauma for a while. Who can trust it? But our road travelers are weary. Please, just let us rest. But the dangers are higher than out on the road. People are scarier than zombies! Anyone with a touch of social anxiety knows that!

Anyway, kudos for another great issue!

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The Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the HuntersThe Walking Dead, Vol. 11: Fear the Hunters by Robert Kirkman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this hot, smoky summer of 2020 with COVID19, masks, and distancing, my personal issue being an infected tooth that caused headaches, earaches, and fevers which started in March but I couldn’t get an appointment until August, I needed distractions. Why not some Walking Dead? It was how I felt.

I love comparing the television show with the comics. So different yet carrying the same basic story. The actors, characters changed or exchanged to make the show, I think, better. But I might have thought differently had I read the books first.

Cannibalism and ‘look at the flowers’ are combined here. Even the Dale story has lasted far longer and so different than the show.

For people that don’t have vision issues, the paperback would be a nice addition to the collection. For me, I just can’t read the small print. And the Kindle version offers the feature where you can read frame by frame and enlarge it on the Fire or tablet to see all the fine artwork. And I love the combination that this series gives the reader.

I can see why a TV series needed to be made as the book couldn’t contain all the bits that needed to be shared. A picture being worth a thousand words, more pictures were needed, even when the artist and author had done their best, there was more story to tell.

Yes, I’m addicted to both versions of TWD!

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This is my second reading of the first book of this box-set Find my first review here.

This reading, I was surprised at how current this dystopian story feels. It was only a year ago that I read the first book. Yet now, this seems so scarily close. The author died in 2009, so it was before all of this. How prescient!

As I mentioned in the previous review, I didn’t know what happened after the end of the first book. The second fills in the holes of what happened with the daughter.

At the same time, I wasn’t happy with how the story goes back and forth in person and times, beginning with that second book. I think it is more noticeable when you listen to your books on text-to-speech. I think my eyes might have noticed subtle changes. But that was such a little thing that it didn’t lower my rating.

I cried at the end of the book. I felt I wanted more. I wanted to be with Lauren and everyone in the story longer. The author was excellent in how she created a religion and gave us the ways it grew. How she drew the reader in to know the main character so profoundly was amazing. Now I want to read all her books! I am a fan!!!!

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