Thursday, March 31, 2016

3/31/16 Reviews from Saleena

This Is Where It Ends is the story of one day....several hours really....where all of the characters are dealing with a school shooting.  Most of them are trapped in the auditorium, the others are trying to get in, get something.   This is a very intense book because it is literally minute by minute and in multiple voices.  There is some back-story and background given when needed, but the author really tries to keep everything very immediate.  Also, the shooting is in a very small town where everyone knows each other, and so that adds to the drama of the book.  I found this to be a very successful and thrilling story...I won't say I enjoyed it, because the subject matter isn't something that feels like "enjoyment" but it IS an important story and told in a different voice and from a different place than some of the other books out there.  Definitely one to check out if you like realistic fiction.

How could I resist a book about a library with a cat?  I was vaguely familiar with the story of Dewey, but not really knowledgeable as it was happening when I was in college and I wasn't paying attention to much news beyond my classes.  Regardless, a sweet story (and true!) can tell how much love the author had for the cat...and I enjoyed her background info on her hometown and library as well.  It fleshed out the tale and also gave me a bit more insight into life for the townspeople, the library and most importantly, Dewey.

I wanted to read this to gain a better view of Native Americans who choose to live off the reservations and in an urban environment.  It was an interesting book, though with so many stories in Canada, hard for an American to relate to as much (though the examples and life stories still resonate).  I wish they had found a way to include more of a variety of cities & towns, but it was a very enlightening and interesting read nonetheless.

Saturday, March 12, 2016

3/12/16 reviews from Saleena

A lot of these are the reviews will be brief.

I read the new Resident Evil manga series by Serizawa (volumes 1-5).  I am a huge Resident Evil fan, and these were really nicely done...staying in the universe but carving out a new section of the Umbrella Corporation story by setting it in a remote location in Japan.  If you haven't checked these out, you should.

I read this from my "you should read" pile...and was very pleasantly surprised.  Prince writes a memoir of her non-gender conforming childhood and how she got through middle school and high school as well as her journey to self acceptance...that she could still be a girl without needing to wear skirts or makeup or even look like what one expects a girl to look like.  I think everyone should read this, travel awhile in someone else's shoes.  Really nicely done.

Pure Grit is the tale of the nurses who were captured during WWII in the Pacific.  What they endured and how they survived is an amazing story.  How they were treated and served by the country is less auspicious but it needs to be told so that we can make sure it never happens again. 

Friendship bracelets always seem like a little kid thing but this book really shows some fun and more intricate designs for the young at heart.  I think we shall have to try some of these at the library some time.

Batman has lots of gadgets but could any of them be real?  This book looks at modern equivalents (if there are) of the tools Batman uses in comics.  It was quite interesting, if a little more juvenile than I was expecting. (I was hoping for a teen book, but alas, it is not).

This is, as expected, a cookbook by teens and for teens.  The recipes looked interesting and the accompanying text encourages teens to look for "greener" ingredients by shopping for items in season and at locally grown farms as much as possible.

This is, essentially, a very LARGE children's graphic novel, with limited prose and lots of beautiful pictures.  I really enjoyed it and hope that young children read it.

The Sculptor is the tale of a man who wants to be an artist so badly that he trades his life away for 200 days of magical ability to sculpt out of anything.  It was a fun and interesting story.

This is another over-sized book, but it was interesting.  It had pullout pages with details of many of the most famous buildings around the world and throughout history.  For future architects, and young people curious about structures, this is a great book.

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