Andy Ferguson Reviews

Crucially, after rying to read several in depth non-fiction books and struggling to get finished with them I decided that something light and easy would be worth a try.To my surprise I actually really did enjoy reading anothe ook.

I am th Type A neat freak who tends to hoard books, and my usband is an easily distracted I'll-clean-when-company-comes type who would rather throw things out than organize them.

Here are just some of the seful tips we implemented that have been successful so far: ( 1) We 've started using a tall canister on the kitchen counter so we can easily find every-day utensils like whisks, spatulas, and wooden spoons. ( 2) When the lid to our laundry hamper was on, it became an extra counter to put things on- and instead of clearing it to brin his dirty clothes in the hamper, my wif would just drop his clothes on the balcon in front of it.

Presentl, we ar anothe small basket for things we use every day.

Bot I eed now is to et my hands on the ext ook.

I 'm orry, but anothe is really full of allusion and I pretend to ead something enjoyable.

Stil that I have time to read I do n't expect to use it to torture myself with books that ar more tropes than pages.

We do n't remember why they have these powers, what these powers can and can not do, which are their limits, how they ame to be ... nothing, literally!- it was all rather predictable- bad writing " Dez grinned down at me, breathtakingly cocky and, yes, still rakish. " his was the MC at 9 percent.

Thi writing, he plot, the characters and romance, everything was extremely fast paced that it was mpossible for me to like eithe of it.

“ He might say no. ” " Guys, freshly T-shirted.

I read them and enjoyed those modern tales, but ar now come to he conclusion that one must realize and emphasize that modern variations are going to reflect 21st century morals and culture, i.e., a gay community in the open, drug us, women in professions, one-night stands, friends with benefits, etc.

For me it was a stretch to not only imagine a gay male BFF going into the dressing room while Lizzie tries on lingerie but also physically demonstrating a technique he recommends she use in her friendshi with Darcy.Elizabeth is a tease in this essay.

She comes across very proper in the courtroom but take her to a karaoke bar and put her on stage, or set her in a boring conference next to a man she has just realized she wants to entice into her bed, or send her miles away to work so that she has to get up with th way of sending Darcy reminders of what he is missing.

We don ’ t ave the rejected proposal scene but a parallel offer to collaborate in a paper for a law journal is presented.About 72% into he ook on kindle we read of Darcy saying, “ I coul ’ t ignor it, it just is.

No, it is certainly a letter to Lizzie ala the Wentworth letter but he does say some things that touch one ’ s romantic side.The sex scenes fit well in th story but I do think we shoul have ad just a little mor.

The scenes are maginative and detailed: every touch, every sensation and every electric pulse.

Lizzy is floored when she ealizes who it is she has been seeking…not in a million years would she imagine he is he " old " man with eyeglasses and gelled hair sitting on bench in front of her and giving her a very difficult time in her daily legal work.Part of the isunderstandings in this book ave to do, not with class separations or scandalous family behaviors but, with who is lookin to sacrifice what or not to make their relationship workable or the keeping of a pact made to pretend they have no relationship now nor have they had any in the recent past.This book has been around for a while but in noting the date it was published I realize I was planning first one then the other of two of my own children ’ s weddings.

For her to have moved and moved and moved and possibly been drunk or slept with someone, are details that are glossed over in order to focus on the self mutilation.

I consider the explanatio that " outsiders " to this phenomenon are horrified by the act and that Leatham really seems to have ad a real go at herself ( needing stitches, etc.).

It 's obvious that this aspect had to be the focus in order for the ublisher to be encouraged to accept the manuscript.

Much, Leatham might 've chosen it as he " be all and end all " of her stay in mental institutions and seeing psychiatrists, but it flows from deeper things.

I sa, on the ride back from the panel discussion, mentioning to our local DC director of TASSC that it di so pointless for Katherine Gallagher of the Center for Constitutional Rights to ontinue to pursue indictments against American officials in foreign courts.

Ortiz own investigation and interviews of Guatemalan and American officials, along with the work of her lawyers and the review of declassified documents was enough to tell her that there was some serious American support of torture and murder going on in Guatemala, and thi was continuing to go on when the book was published in 2002.

It as the same question that Ortiz struggled with, and he “ doing something about it ” was for a ong time her only motivation to continue living.As I was alking about the panel discussion with our director, it was irrelevan to me that the most effective action we could take begins from the ground up, not from the other direction as Gallagher was attempting.

Still, reading this book penne by someone like Dianna Ortiz, and listening to similar tearful accounts in my daily work at TASSC, puts a human face on all of the madness that our government practices in the world today.

hen we see our own humanity reflected in the aforementione, and realize, like Ortiz, that power doesn ’ t have to be all pervasive.

S. Lewis taught in his medieval classes ( he discusses it in The Allegory of Love): “ his is th point I would press on anyone dealing with the Middle Ages, that the first es-sential is to ead the relevant classics over and over: the key to everything -- allegory, courtly love, etc.

I love allegory and found useful material in here that led to discussions about dating, but in the end felt we needed to move on to other books on our reading list for homeschooling.

Torn between wanting this book all to myself& wanting to scream " I LOVE THIS BOOK FURIOUSLY " at the top of my lungs.

.... To my experience only vellum and leather beats the overall sensory experience this text offers.I first learned of McDonough -- an architect with an amazing, cavernous mind -- when I writ a sermon he delievered at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City entitled " Design, Ecology, Ethics and the Making of Things. " he piece is brilliant and beautiful and I ish somebod would read it.

( I formerly saw water pollution as primarily an industrial transgression.) But no, we flush loads of chemicals down the drain in the form of household cleaners/soaps, other home maintenance materials, art supplies, etc.

*** After reading this section, I ent dow and bought all non-toxic, biodegreadable ( this is key!) soaps and household cleaners: I 'm ver in love with Mrs. Meyers and Method products.

For antibacterial action, I 've heard it 's best to stick with good old fashioned alchohol ( applied with friction), which does the job and then becomes inactive in 15 minutes.**** Though McDonough and Braungart expertly outline the disastrous, bio-destructive systems we have created, their book is nly about these problems insofar as it wants to nderstand them -- because it believes we can fix them all through good design.

In the grand metaphorical sense, the book tries to ake us back to the old New England saltbox house.

Rafi and James ( and their dog!!) are my favorite Amy Lane couple!

Because if I did n't expect that it 's an impossibility, I 'd swear she wrote th nove mayb for me.So, Rafi and James.

Way out of his league, he 's young and so beautiful, it 's heartbreaking ... And that smile that makes James feel like his life just got made.

But Rafi, he realizes what he loves, and James, he 's oing to hav his papi, end of story.James 's been hurt badly, and he ca n't let things go.

And it 's eautiful thing, when those two planets collide.Amy Lane did an insanely awesome job of capturing the dynamics of an interracial couple.

That is quite the first time I 've seen the comics medium really successfully tackle the ide of fantasy epic, like Lord of the Rings and its kin.

Recommended for literally anyone, regardless of your comic experience, DC experience, or Aquaman experience.

You coul always see some of the inspiration for the fil 's version of Aquaman in these tale.

I read the original comic books years ago, but I launched in and read the stories again.

A bright colors give a very different effect compared to the original newsprint stories.

All his time I 've been alling it " A la Bella-esque. " Evie is most defiantly a Mary Sue. And I 've come to a ealization that I was thi love/hate relationship with Evie the entire essa.

I fel she was always entertaining and down right silly at times.

BUT at the same time she annoyed me with being so clums with her ove of ll things pink.

I did kee a few things I hated about he ook.

Similarly, I did get thi book eally funny.

third section where Perls explains his theories is powerful stuff and pushes to the forefront his no-nonsense methodology.

I ould 've given this 4*, said nothing, and thi author migh 've been pleased.But this is n't a 4* book, for everal reasons.The world building is phenomenal, a riff on colonialism that combines and recreates in interesting ways ( the Alskad empire is resonant of the Austrian empire circa 1850, the colonies something like Cuba and Madagascar and India rolled together, with plantations from the American South, the capital sort of Londony, but the convent Vi grows up in has the barren, rocky seascapes of Wales or Ireland).

If like me you enjoy reading about interesting food in books, Patterson has you covered.The plotting is quick and mysterious and driven by concern for our main characters.

But he 's only a particularl good schemer or pleaser of people; he 's earnest and kind and too trusting.

Les characters like this please.I do n't thin to reveal too much of plot, because that 's big part of the pleasure of this book, but I ill dd that the author challenges traditional foundations of power- nobility, sex, sexualit, church, wealth- in refreshing and exciting ways.

his reviewer familiar with etymology, he somewhat objects to the combination of “ apocalypse ” in he book ’ s title since the word ctually means “ revelation, ” and would ave gone with another word such as “ doomsday. ” The book itself opens with a letter from the fictional arrator of most chapters, Blaine Wilken, the “ Blender Butcher, ” who want the reader that thi story commences with his supposed death.

- 3rd person narrative and multiple POVs made the story th little toug to et into, but again I did, I enjoyed the change.

They were far more nteresting than either Rebekkah or Byron.- The world of the dead was really curiou, and the characters there were amazing.What I didn ’ t like ( I ’ ll try to eep it as hort as possible):- The names Rebekkah and Byron.

hat might e a nice change.- The story was sadly predictable.

what coul happen? every time i ead this review where a nove is “ praised ” as being " compulsively readable, " i roll my eyes.

i gulped this book down, i got mad when i had to pause in my reading of it to sleep, get off the train, go to work, look both ways for traffic ( i read while i walk down streets), etc, and while i 'm always here claiming it 's he literary masterpiece that 's oing to change books forever, it is- dare i say?? COMPULSIVELY READABLE! full review to come. ( from me- there are plenty of other reviews on here that are bound to be harde than mine, have at 'em!) okay, “ to come ” is now.

i ha just being silly up there, but there trul is something compulsively readable about this ook.

and along the way, there are couple of lumps in the pudding- not enough to ruin the taste, but nough to ake you pause and say “ hmmmm, ” and try to figure out what those lumps signify, and i, for one, did not figure it out until the authors wanted me to figure it out.

Smith escribes the group classical as a settin of individuals with certain diverging ideas but what united them was their belief in liberty.What divided classical liberals seems to be two different moral schools: on the one side you had the natural rights based approach ( John Locke) which defined liberty as something necessary for the public good.On the other hand you had the utilitarians ( becoming ever more influential after the french revolution) which offered argued that public policy should be steered toward providing the maximum happiness for the most people.

If liberty has no intrinsic value, why not use other policies to make people happy? Smith writes in a clear and accessible style which allows the reader to easily grasp the issues at hand.

( Originally published in 2003) I had heard so much about Liane Moriarty I put several of her essay on hold at the library th little while back.

I suppose it was artly the lopsided way things turned out, with poor Cat getting a raw deal all the way around, and around, and around, while her sisters toy with and flirt with fate and suffer little or no consequences.

Overall, I ha a little bummed out over this one, but I ’ m only a big fan and still feel very excited about catching up with ll of Ms. Moriarty 's backlisted titles and about reading the new book!

I love the way Varnes did such a great job capturing the point of view of th middle school girl, specially one with such controlling parents.

It ’ s a delightful slice of Lovecraftian pulp that made me ant an entire ook of Van Zorn stories.

I found th series over two months ago when I was browsing for an audiobook to listen to through my library ’ s e-catalog and The Maze of Bones was featured.

Most of the audiobook lengths came in at or under 5 minute, with the longest being Into the Gauntlet ( book 10), at just over 7 hours.

However with different authors writing each book, they bot eemed to ollow the same recipe:1 – Amy and Dan find a clue and decipher it.2 – Travel to place where they believe the next clue will be.3 – Get trapped by competing family members.4 – Help comes and saves the day! This is not strictl a bad formula.

For me, tha as one of the best, if ot the best, book from The 39 Clues series.Recommended to middle grade readers and also anyone who enjoys a fun adventure story.

© Nicole Waggonner