Saturday, 28 November 2015

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The Bite Before Christmas Giveaway

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Win a signed trade paperback copy or signed postcard and ebook copy of BLOOD AND MISTLETOE!

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Wednesday, 25 November 2015

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer

It is at this point that normal language gives up, and goes and has a drink.

Precisely why all the above should be so is not so clear but goes some way to explain why, on the disc, the Gods are not so much worshipped as blamed.

Twoflower was a tourist, the first ever seen on the discworld. Tourist, Rincewind had decided, meant 'idiot'.

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More Observations than a Review


The Colour of Magic - Terry Pratchett


That faux Botany is everywhere:


Plants on the disc, while including the categories known commonly as annuals, which were sown this year to come up later this year, biennials, sown this year to grow next year, and perennials, sown this year to grow until further notice, also included a few re-annuals which, because of an unusual four-dimensional twist in their genes, could be planted this year to come up last year


Life must be hard for Hydrophobes:


Several times Rincewind noticed hydrophobes — their ingrained expressions of self-revulsion at their own bodily fluids — were distinctive




Twoflower had spat. The hydrophobe screamed and dropped his hand as though it had been stung.


Delicious literary deliciousness:


Death sat in His garden, running a whetstone along the edge of His scythe. It was already so sharp that any passing breeze that blew across it was sliced smoothly into puzzled zephyrs.


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Tuesday, 24 November 2015


The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History - Elizabeth Kolbert


What I thought:

The Sixth Extinction
The Panamanian Golden Frogs are the focus of the chapter. However, the chapter is about the extinction of a large number of amphibians.
Just made me sad as reading about extinctions always does.

The Mastodon's Molars
Fascinating story about an anatomist drawing conclusions and connections from fossilized remains that others fail to do so! After all, "...who would have the temerity to peer down an elephant's throat?"
I have issues with the author telling us about things that have been "proven" wrong or right. There are no "proofs" in science!

The Original Penguin
The chapter is about how Charles Lyell, a geologist, was bent on proving that nature took a "uniformitarian" way.
Reminded me of Harry Turtledove's alternate history version, Audubon in Atlantis, from Atlantis and Other Places: Stories of Alternate History and the movie, Up.
The chapter also mentions Charles's tortoises had become extinct but there was no mention of the hybrids that were found with the extinct DNA mixed in as well. Found that weird. The discovery took place before this book was published.

The Luck of the Ammonites
This chapter is about the establishment of the (meteor) Impact theory in science.
Some of my favorite quotes were from this chapter:

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

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

Welcome to the Anthropocene
Among other things, this chapter deals with the theories behind minor (mass) extinctions, rats inheriting the world, and naming this age Anthropocene.
The inclusion of naked mole rats made it one of my favorite chapters.

The Sea Around Us
The chapter starts discussion on the acidification of the oceans.
Made me feel like if the global warming didn't get us, acidification definitely will!

Dropping Acid
The coral reefs are dying off at an alarming speed. An inscription about a patch that is being researched upon, DK-13, says it all, "DK-13: NO ONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM.
The research station on One Tree Island has been home to many research teams. They all leave their mark on its walls:

The Forest and the Trees
Dr. Silman and his team has been researching the effect of elevation (and indirectly climate) on the vegetation.
The quote that stuck with me:
The sun was out, but it had recently rained, and clusters of black and red and blue butterflies hovered over the puddles. Occasionally, a truck rumbled by, loaded down with logs. The butterflies couldn't scatter fast enough, so the road was littered with severed wings.

Islands on Dry Land
Located in a Brazilian province, Reserve 1202 is a study of land fragmentation that has become a landmark of our anthropocentric world.
It amazed me how scientists come and leave the Reserve and research goes on even today.

The New Pangaea
Bat die-off has struck. It begins with a white spot on their little noses that is actually a fungus called Geomyces destructans. It was not a natural part of the area of the world that it struck upon.
This was the quote that stayed with me:
During any twenty-four-peropd, it is estimated that ten thousand different species are being moved around the world just in ballast water.

The Rhino Gets an Ultrasound
One of the handful Sumatran rhinos left is given an ultrasound after a failed attempt at artificial insemination.
The megafauna strategy used to be a winning one: grow to mammoth sizes (literally in some cases) to escape predation but trade off by reproducing once in a lifetime. Then humans came and the rules changed!

The Madness Gene
The Neanderthals were doing fine until they came into contact with modern humans.

The Thing With Feathers
The exceedingly rare Hawaiian crow features in this chapter. This one is called Kinohi and it has a tragicomic sex life.

I liked the way the author chose to end this book. Humans are agents of change and she chose to focus on that rather than making us out as the bad guys who only make species go extinct. We exist, therefore, we bring change. 


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Saturday, 21 November 2015

Martina McAtee creates an amazing world in Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things – Giveaway, Review, Excerpt & Teasers

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Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things - Martina McAtee

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things


Title: Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Author: Martina McAtee
Publisher: Martina McAtee
Pages: 450
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance

Cover:  Nathalia Suellen


The title and cover for Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee reached out and grabbed me by the short hairs and said , “READ ME!” So I did. I was captured from the opening pages and Martina McAtee never let me go.

Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things is an adventure, some fun, some deadly. An amazing and gripping story. I was fully engulfed in Ember’s story, devouring the words, sometimes laughing, sometimes in sorrow, sometimes shocked and angry.

I LOVED this novel and hated for it to end and I will be looking for Book II in the Reanimator Series, His Soul To Take, coming in 2016. You can bet the house I will be snatching it up, and Martina, PLEASE WRITE FASTER.

I received a copy of Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things by Martina McAtee in return for an honest review.

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Thursday, 19 November 2015

Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone free on Amazon (Soonish)

The Fall of Brackenbone - Roy Huff


Free Kindle Ebook promo worldwide for Everville: The Fall of Brackenbone 11/22/15 through 11/26/15 as well as a 99 Cent Kindle Countdown Deal in the US & UK for Everville: Books 1-3 Boxed set 11/22/15 though 11/28/15

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Wednesday, 18 November 2015

The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer

In a city where public executions,duels, fights, magical feuds, and strange events regularly punctuated the daily round, the inhabitants had brought the profession of interested bystander to a peak of perfection. They were, to a man, highly skilled gawpers.

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The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer

"wizards, even failed wizards, have in addition to rods and cones in their eyeballs the tiny octagons that enable them to see into the far octarine, the basic colour of which all other colours are merely pale shadows impinging on normal four-dimensional space. It is said to be a sort of fluorescent greenish-yellow purple."


I love how he included rods and cones to make things legitimate and then added his own twist to it!

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The Colour of Magic: Discworld 1 - Terry Pratchett, Nigel Planer

"Possession of the box conferred a kind of power on the wielder--which was that anyone, confronted with the hypnotic glass eye, would submissively obey the most peremptory orders about stance and expression."


This about a camera. What does it say about selfie-takers then? Did we take back the power only to make duckfaces?

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Terry Pratchett's the Colour of Magic Vol. 1, No. 1 of 4 - Terry Pratchett, Scott Rockwell, Steven Ross

"He talks pretty big for a gutter wizard," he muttered.
"You don't understand at all," said the wizard wearily. "I'm so scared of you my spine has turned to jelly, it's just that I'm suffering from an overdose of terror right now. I mean, when I've got over that then I'll have time to be decently frightened of you."

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Five Things That You Probably, Maybe, Most Likely, Sorta, Kinda Did Not Know About Peppers


My favorite is, of course, the one that involves an arachnid!
1. Peppers belong to the genus, Capsicum, and they evolved in the Americas.
2. They are not even distantly related to black pepper (Piper nigrum). In fact, they are closer to potatoes and eggplants since they all belong to the same family, Solanaceae.


Other Berries


3. What you call peppers are actually its fruits and a type of berry.



This chart shows the Scoville Heat Index that ranks peppers from the mildest to hottest.



4. The spice in Capsicum comes from capsaicin. While humans are sensitive to the searing heat caused by capsaicin, birds aren't! That is why, they are the dispersing agents.



What chemists want you to think it looks like


What it actually looks like


5. The bright colors are a kind of a signal for birds that the fruits are ripe and the seeds ready for dispersal.


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Tuesday, 17 November 2015

Giveaway & Review for Claws for Alarm by T C LoTiempo

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Claws for Alarm - T.C. Lotempio

ClawsNBA High ResClaws for Alarm by T.C. LoTempio

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Claws for Alarm is a fun cozy mystery set in a small town. It is the second book in the series, but I don’t feel I missed anything by not reading it first.

Professor Thadeus C Pitt had arthritis, which forced him to turn in his paintbrush for a teaching position. He was brutal in his criticism. Not surprising that he wound up dead.

The characters all have their place in Cruz, but Nora and Nick are the stars.

Nora had given up her job as an investigative reporter and now runs Hot Bread, a sandwich shop. With the help of Nick, she has solved one mystery, so when Lacey, Nora’s sister, is arrested for the murder of the Professor it is not surprising that Nora and Nick team up to solve the case.

Now, let’s meet Nick. He is a cat with an attitude. He’s a bit plump, unable to fit in the biggest carrier Pet Palace has for sale. He also seems to have a gift. I love a critter with character and Nick is persistent and entertaining. Cozies with critters seem to be so much fun and have the ability to create a laugh or two along the way.

Claws for Alarm has more than one plot and keeps the story rolling along, teasing me with hints and clues. For me, cozy mysteries like Claws For Alarm, are easy reading with quirky characters that entertain me and allow me to relax and just enjoy the story.

I received a copy of Claws for Alarm in return for an honest review.

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Monday, 16 November 2015

The Loot
The Loot


The KIBF closes Monday. I bought about 20 books!


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