Saturday, 31 October 2015

Three Day Quote Challenge - Day 1

The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert

 

Rules:

1.  Thank the blogger who nominated you. 

 

Thank you Ghoulishly BrokenTune - Beware of the Weresheep


 

2.  Publish a quote on 3 consecutive days on your blog. The quote can be one of your own, from a book, movie or from anyone who inspires.

 

Day 1

#1 (on the meteor)

 

Basically, if you were a triceratops in Alberta, you had about two minutes before you got vaporized

 

#2 (on a marine animal)

 

The uncoiled shells of species like Eubaculites carinatus indicated that the group had exhausted its practical possibilities and entered some sort of decadent, Lady Gaga-ish phase

 

 

#3 (on the discovery of effect of ozone-depleting chemicals)

 

The work is going well, but it looks like it might be the end of the world.

 

3.  Nominate 3 more bloggers each day to carry on this endeavour.

 

Open for everybody who wants in on the fun!

 

#Quotes #SixthExtinction

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Friday, 30 October 2015

Nothing Is Strange by Mike Russell free on Amazon

Nothing Is Strange - Mike Russell

URL: www.amazon.com/Nothing-Strange-Mike-Russell-ebook/dp/B00TBAY51K/ref=sr_1_1_twi_kin_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1446207300&sr=8-1&keywords=nothing+is+strange

Source: www.goodreads.com/topic/show/17597701-free-short-story-collection?comment=142154714#comment_142154714

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Giveaway & Review for Waterfall by Amber Garr

Reblogged from: sherrysniderfundin

Review:

Waterfall (The Water Crisis Chonicles Book 1) - Amber Garr

 

Waterfall

Add me to Goodreads

 

Cover:  Emma Michaels

 

MY REVIEW

 

The premise for Waterfall and Waterproof reads like nonfiction and perhaps contains a warning. People have fought over water rights since they began claiming land as their own and the fights continue into present day. This series is a thought provoking look at a future that we could be living.

 

Zach and Vivienne live in a government run complex. When the facility is attacked, the big question is, will they stay or will they go.

“Why anyone thought the idiots in Washington could manage this disaster is beyond me.”

Zach’s comment has a ring of truth to it, don’t you think?

 

Pollution and terrorism make Vivienne’s decision for her.

 

Vivenne and Zach’s sexual banter had me chuckling, even though they are only “just friends”.

 

Does Vivienne’s desire to be a sword wielding, ass kicking ninja type come true?

 

As their world falls down around them and the country becomes a military state, it is the same old story, the rich survive and the poor are…well, it is not good. Who can you trust in such desperate times?

 

I loved Waterfall from the beginning to the end. It grabbed me early and I held on for the ride of sadness. loss, fear, terror, confusion and the struggle to survive in a world gone crazy.

 

The cliffhanger had me reaching for Book II, Waterproof. I think it will do the same to you.

 

I received Waterfall by Amber Garr in return for an honest review.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 stars

 

Read more and enter the giveaway here.

Source: www.fundinmental.com/giveaway-reviews-for-waterfall-waterproof-by-amber-garr

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Giveaway & Review for Waterproof by Amber Garr

Reblogged from: sherrysniderfundin

Review:

Waterproof - Amber Garr

 

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Cover:  Emma Michaels and Amber Garr

 

MY REVIEW

 

Waterproof kicks off with action that had me racing through the pages.

Anyone who bucked the system was considered a deserter and dealt with “appropriately.”

 

Pollution, population overcrowding, terrorists destroying the desalinization plants, greed, nuclear holocaust, disease, martial law, the draft – once in, never out – who will survive?

 

The groups dynamic changes as the characters come and go, whether by choice or death. I do wonder who will be left standing.

 

The horror is unbelievably grotesque. The mad scientists are on the loose.

 

This is one of those stories that will give you food for thought. In an apocalypse, who will survive? Is it the haves or have nots? Is it the strongest or the smartest? Is the sacrifice of the many for the survival of the few the rule of thumb? How do people twist their minds into thinking heinous acts are acceptable? Will there be any humanity left on the planet?

 

How far would you go to save the one you love?

 

Science fiction meets horror and it ain’t pretty.

 

The writing was so detailed I could see it, feel it, and it gave me shivers. The characters are well developed and become more complex as they grow and learn to survive and love in a new world.

 

I am very curious to see where this ends, to find out how many of their makeshift family will survive.

 

I do love a happy ever after, but we will have to wait and see. Waterproof has no cliffhanger, but it does make me eager to read the next book in the series, Watermarked.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 stars

 

Read more and enter the giveaway here.

Source: www.fundinmental.com/giveaway-reviews-for-waterfall-waterproof-by-amber-garr

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Giveaway, Review & Teaser for Diner Knock Out by Terri L Austin

Reblogged from: sherrysniderfundin

Review:

Diner Knock Out - Terri L. Austin

Diner Knock Out by Terri L. Austin

 

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Diner Knock Out
Cozy Mystery
Publisher: Henery Press (October 20, 2015)
Paperback: 302 pages
ISBN-13: 978-1943390090
E-Book ASIN: B012B59QM4
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MY REVIEW

 

Diner  Out is the fourth book in the Rose Strickland cozy mystery series. I love the humorous writing style and snarky dialogue that kept me entertained, “cover to cover.” This is my first book of the series, but it didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story, though I would love to go back and find out what I missed.

 

Rose Strickland loves playing superhero, sometimes landing herself in some very hot water. She gave up her ritzy life, not to slum on the south side, but because she knew that was where she belonged.

 

Rose works for the Thomas Detective Agency, when she isn’t waitressing. Her boss, Andre is the yin to her yang, when it comes to work. She has a mind of her own, is a “bit” cocky and by going rogue, she is playing with fire.

 

When I first heard of her boyfriend Sullivan, the scene was so romantic and sexy. The details were left to my imagination and that worked very well for me. She’s good, him not so much. She is drawn to bad boys. The heart wants what the hearts want and she cannot deny him.

 

The peripheral characters have unusual names to go with their unusual personalities that make reading Diner Knock Out so much fun. Her pseudo family is unique, interesting and lovable, keeping the story lively. As her family grows, so does the fun and adventure.

 

Terri Austin is a master at misdirection, as I danced from one suspect to another. The suspense and mystery kept me reading, questioning and laughing while I worried and fretted over the outcome.

 

I received an ARC of Diner Knockout by Terri L Austin in return for an honest review.

 

Animated Animals. Pictures, Images and Photos  4 stars

 

Read more and enter the giveaway here.

Source: www.fundinmental.com/giveaway-review-teaser-for-diner-knock-out-by-terri-l-austin

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Giveaway Ends Tomorrow!

Reblogged from: Carpe Librum

Just a reminder that the giveaway on Goodreads for a copy of my latest (and greatest, if I do say so myself) novel ends tomorrow. Please enter!

 

Source: www.goodreads.com/giveaway/show/155932-plantagenet-princess-tudor-queen-the-story-of-elizabeth-of-york

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Thursday, 29 October 2015

 

Ilona Andrews shared the work of this artist on her blog. He combines the faces of celebrities for surprising results!

Source: thatnordicguy.deviantart.com/gallery/?offset=0

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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Two of Them Were My Favorites

Review:

An Apple for the Creature - Faith Hunter, Ilona Andrews, Nancy Holder, Steve Hockensmith, Donald Harstad, Toni L.P. Kelner, Marjorie M. Liu, Amber Benson, Thomas E. Sniegoski, Charlaine Harris, Rhys Bowen, Mike Carey, Jonathan Maberry

 

 

Playing Possum

★★
Sookie goes to visit her godson and they encounter a mad gunman. The apple taking the gunman down was stretching it a bit too much!

Spellcaster 2.0

A university project is collecting and cataloging all the spells they can find. Most of the students do not believe in the spells until they absolutely have to. Saw the "twist" a mile away.

Academy Field Trip
★★
Vampire being investigated. The surveillance catches on to a "bride" of his and starts to feed her the wrong information. Meh.

Sympathy for the Bones
★★★★
A witch takes in a little girl and teaches her almost everything she knows. I love the creepiness even though the ending was expected.

Low School
★★
A senator dies and goes to hell for a deal she signed as a kid. The deal was with the devil and to her, hell was high school. I would have liked to see how she got out of it rather than what hell was like.

Callie Meet Happy

The Reaper was failing her wormhole class until she gets the chance for a practical lesson. Too random for me to enjoy, I guess.

Iphigenia in Aulis
★★★★
Melanie and the other kids are in school but there is something very wrong with them. Again, the creepiness was my favorite part of the story. Loved how the hunger is described.

Golden Delicious
★★★
Rick is on his way to forming his very own paranormal unit, if he can reign in his and his partner's werewolf instincts. Fun! I would love to know more about this world.

Magic Tests
★★
Julie has to solve a mystery at her new school - this time with no Kate to get her out of trouble. While I love Julie, almost no Kate or Curran makes for a boring story.

An Introduction to Jewish Myth and Mysticism
★★★
An abusive husband comes back, thinking he can hurt his wife some more. A professor has other ideas. While not unexpected, the twist was fun. I could have done without the unneeded last two lines - yeah, I am being picky!

VSI

Claire is a part of a secret team that will hunt vampires. Their quarry is quite closer to home than Claire thinks. Why?

The Bad Hour
★★
A dog trainer is in trouble with one of her clients who has a supernatural sidekick. Remy Chandler and his Marlowe, his dog, try to rescue her. I love Marlowe. Remy's alright.

Pirate Dave and the Captain's Ghost
★★★
A werewolf in love with a vampire is haunted by a ghost who was killed by a vampire. Dave reminded me of Hook from OUAT, which is not necessarily a bad thing. The story didn't surprise me at all.

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Saturday, 17 October 2015

"close up of the vascular bundles of a papyrus plant."
"close up of the vascular bundles of a papyrus plant."
"The business end of a carnivorous plant called the sundew, or Drosera. The depth of field comes from image stacking."
"The business end of a carnivorous plant called the sundew, or Drosera. The depth of field comes from image stacking."
"A close up of the spore-producing structures in a fern."
"A close up of the spore-producing structures in a fern."
"Once again, going inside a plant—in this case, an ostrich fern."
"Once again, going inside a plant—in this case, an ostrich fern."
"A small aquatic plant called the liverwort. Those golden nodules are actually its leaves."
"A small aquatic plant called the liverwort. Those golden nodules are actually its leaves."
"Polarized light used to illuminate crystals of 4,4'-dibromobiphenyl."
"Polarized light used to illuminate crystals of 4,4'-dibromobiphenyl."
Starfish
Starfish
"A dark field image of the feeding structure used by a limpet, a type of aquatic snail. Depth of field was obtained by stacking 40 individual images."
"A dark field image of the feeding structure used by a limpet, a type of aquatic snail. Depth of field was obtained by stacking 40 individual images."

 

#Nikon #Science #Botany #Microscopy

Source: arstechnica.com/science/2015/10/2015-nikon-microscopy-contest-winners-science-is-art

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