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Histories of the Void Garden: Pyre of Dreams. #bookreview

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Have you ever wondered why some people never age? Did you ever think that leeches are the key to staying young and healthy?  I’m so glad that this is a work of fiction because I’m not sure if getting close to a leech is worth eternal youth. There are a few gory scenes and some cursing so this book is probably more appropriate for those who are sixteen and up.

The book begins with David and his daughter, Stephanie, attending an event in which the president and several other political officials are assassinated. Within a day or so, David becomes a suspect. He and Stephanie go on the run with the assistance of West, Charlene and Stanwick. West and Stanwick know more than they tell anyone until almost the end of the book.

 

The tone of the book reminded me a little bit of the show, “The Strain.” There are conspiracy theories and people whose bodies are evolving into something not quite human.

I thought that the pace of the book was good. There were a lot of details but I didn’t feel overwhelmed with information.

The characters were well-written. My favorite characters were Stanwick and Stephanie. Stanwick is like a ninja superhero or maybe the anti-hero. Either way, she is a tough lady. Stephanie has so much curiosity and energy. She also loves “Les Miserables” – probably more than most people.

I don’t usually read books in a series but I did enjoy this book enough to want to read the next one in the series. The follow up,”Princess of the Infinite,” will be out later this month.  I think that if you like science fiction with a few conspiracy theories then you will like this book.

 

You can find this book here or on Amazon.

Damian Huntley website

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review.

 

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Coloring. Eva said that the Statue of Liberty should be Miss America.


#WeekendCoffeeShare: Is Superman at Comic Con?

If we were having coffee, I would tell you

  • that it was a pretty good week. Coffee was made. I was the only one drinking coffee again, except on that one day that I slept too long. There was no time for doing much of anything on that day.
  • On most days, I worked, slept, read books, took some pictures and watched Netflix. Also, I drove the kids to an activity or two. It was a pretty typical week . . .
  • Until Saturday . . . when we went to the Comic Con in Columbus. It was just Lucas, Eva and I this time.
  • Eva dressed up like Super Girl. We forgot the cape but no one cried about it. She still looked really cute. She’s still a little shy about asking people to take pictures with her.
  • I dressed up like Lois Lane. Well, like Lois Lane if she were a hipster or a retro hipster. It worked. No one cried about it.
  • I tried to get Lucas to dress up like Clark Kent. He didn’t think he looked enough like Clark Kent to pull it off. (He would make an excellent Lobo though. He also does not want to dress up like Lobo. Maybe it’s too much leather?

 

  • I spent most of the time looking for a Superman so Eva, aka Supergirl, could have her picture taken with him. Superman is an elusive being. I could not find him anywhere.
  • I couldn’t even find Clark Kent. I still have his name badge.
  • If you want to know about how to make DIY Halloween costumes, Pinterest is full of ideas as usual.
  • P.S. My boyfriend does not want to do any of them. Maybe Clark Kent will go with me next year.

 

 

 

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OMG! I found Velma. We look like we could be BFF’s. We could be on some nerdy girl squad.

Finally!! We found Superman . . . with Wonder Woman, of course.


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Amethyst. The kid is into rocks and crystals. 

FMSPhotoaday: August 2017


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FMSPhotaday: August 2017


Comic Con Activities: For Those Interested in Cosplay, Speed Dating and Kate Beckinsdale

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If I were single, I would take advantage of all of the Cosplay workshops so that I could prepare for the Sci-fi speed dating session and photo ops. Kate Beckinsdale would be my #1 choice for photo ops this year. John Barrowman is a close second.

First, I would attend the workshop with cosplayer Britt Bliss called “How to Draft and Underbust Corset.” It’s for anyone interested in learning how to make their own corset. Anything that will help make you look good in your photo op with Kate Beckinsdale is worth your time.

Then  it’s time  to decide between going to the “Working with Worbla” Coplay workshop with Mogchelle for making your own armor. I’m not even sure what worbla is so maybe I’ll check out the speed dating session. (FYI:  After googling, I discovered that worbla is not a sci-fi character.)

There are speed dating sessions for the LGBTPQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Pansexual and Queer/Questioning) community. I don’t fit into that category but I might stick around to make some new friends. Another speeding dating session will be held later in the day.

What do you do if you love cosplay but you’re broke? Attend the Cosplay on a budget workshop with Knightmage. He has some amazing costumes. His Spawn costume is beyond gorgeous. It’s ridiculous how much it blows my mind. Check out some of his pictures here:

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If you’re a geek girl, like me, then you might enjoy the Geek Girl Brunch. There are probably refreshments and maybe you can make some friends that like the same geeky stuff that you do. Besides, you will need to build your strength for the  . . . . Q & A session with Kate Beckinsdale.

 

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This could be you! By the way, check out that corset. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/47217496077414363/

 

 

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Strong Heart: #bookreview

 

 

Strong Heart by Charlie Sheldon is a fictional story about a teenager, Sarah, who is reunited with her grandfather, Tom. There are other things happening in the story – Tom and his friends are trying to save land from developers so they are going on a hiking expedition. Sarah joins the group and has a vision that alters everything that she believes.

The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and who has been where the longest. The characters discuss the origins of man, ice ages and how people came to different places. I thought that this was interesting. The story that followed this discussion was enjoyable.

The book begins with no back story. Basically, you’re being thrown into a scene without knowing what’s going on at all. The details come out a little at a time. For most of the first few chapters, I feel a little lost.

The dialogue seems a little stilted or forced, except in the part with Sarah’s vision. I think that the author was more comfortable telling the story while having a character tell a story. It seemed like when the author wanted to tell the story, it was awkward and rushed with either too many or not enough details.

There’s a section where Myra and Eye, two of Tom’s friends, are discussing the tribe. I felt lost again because there were so many details to absorb in a few paragraphs. I wasn’t sure how it related to the story of Tom and his granddaughter. It makes sense later in the book.

A large part of the book is Sarah’s vision. When she starts telling the story, I didn’t think it would mesh. It ended up being my favorite part of the book. In my opinion, the book could have been entirely about the vision.

I won’t tell you the ending but it was not especially satisfying. I felt like I didn’t have any answers.

I would give this book three stars. It was not my favorite book. It has potential but it needs a little work on the dialogue and the first chapter.

 

*I received an ebook in exchange for a review on the Onlinebookclub.com.


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