Archive for December, 2010

Review: Dewey’s Nine Lives – Vicki Myron

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (October 12, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525951865
ISBN-13: 978-0525951865
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Dewey was made famous in “Dewey : The Small-Town Library Cat Who Touched the World” written by Ms. Myron in 2008. This book is a follow up. In it Ms. Myron speaks to many different readers about not so much Dewey’s impact on their lives, as their own cats impact on their lives. Each chapter highlights a particular story, a particular person, and how their cat, and their lives were tied to each other.

This book was very moving. There were at times I was very touched reading the various stories. All are heartwarming, and reflect the love between man and animal. Sometimes I’d laugh out loud at the antics of the cats, and then of course, there were those who I thought “What a crazy cat lady”. But each one had a deep, loving relationship with their cat.

I’d recommend this book for Animal Lovers. While there is nothing truly objectionable, I don’t think I’d let young readers read it, because at times, as sadly happens with life, we have to say goodbye to our furry companions. The loss then is reflect well within these stories also.

For a good emotional read about people and their pets though, I’d say definitely pick this book up.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Anne at Authors on the Web for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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Review: The Secret Science of Masonic Initiation – Robert Lomas

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

Hardcover: 112 pages
Publisher: Weiser Books (September 1, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1578634903
ISBN-13: 978-1578634903
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This book is a small guide to a subject on which there is much to learn.  The author presents an overview of the four stages of becoming a Freemason Inititate.  He goes over, lightly, some of the ideology behind thing such as Tracing boards, and how they are used to contemplate, and become more enlightened.

The book made me more interested in the Freemasons.  They truly seem at least from what I gathered in this book, to be a group that combines the best of religion and thinking.

While I thought the book did provide some information, I was actually hoping for a lot more secrets to be revealed.  I guess for those you have to actually become a Freemason, but the author was very knowledgeable about his subject, and presented it in an easy to understand manner.

This book would be acceptable for all ages.  There was nothing that one consider offensive in it.  I think though that I’d only recommend it as a primer for someone wanting to become a Mason.  I think there are probably more in depth studies of the Freemason history available if that’s what you are looking for.  At $18.95 for 110 pages plus some color drawings, the information it provides just doesn’t seem to justify the cost to me. At that price, I’d expect much more.

*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Bonni at Red Wheel Weiser for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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Review: THR3E – Ted Dekker

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
Publisher: Center Street; Reprint edition (November 3, 2010)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1599953145
ISBN-13: 978-1599953144
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Kevin Pearson – Seminary Student with a hidden past.
Slater – Deranged Caller. Has a personal vendetta against Kevin.
Samantha Sheer – Kevin’s Childhood friend.
Jennifer Peters – FBI Investigator.


Kevin Pearson is leading a somewhat normal life. He’s a happy student, enrolled in seminary school. That is until Slater enters his life. Kevin receives a phone calling giving him a riddle and telling him he has 3 minutes to solve the riddle, call the news stations and confess his sins, or the car will blow up. Many more such riddles will follow until Kevin confesses. Samantha Sheer, a childhood friend of Kevin’s and now employed by the Attorney General’s office is called, by him, for her help. Jennifer Peters, an FBI agent, whose brother was recently murderd by someone known as “The Riddle Killer” is also assigned to the case. Are Slater and “The Riddle Killer” the same person? Will Samantha, Kevin, and Jennifer find Slater before someone is hurt? What is Slater’s agenda and why his hatred towards Kevin? What sins has Kevin committed in his past?


This was an incredible story. The character of Slater was dark and demented as all good antagonists should be. You felt Kevin sinking farther and farther into despar with each call. You’re left wondering each time how Slater pulled off the things he does.

I’ve read a lot of Thrillers in the last year. Most of them have a clear good guy/bad guy. This one actually examines the good guy/bad guy that is within us. Something within Kevin makes Slater hate him with a passion. The rage you feel reading it is real.

This book is a very interesting psychological thriller. The more you find out about Kevin and his past, the sorrier you feel for him. And his famiily was styled perfectly. They almost seemed like something from a John Waters film. Belinda (“Princess”) and Eugene were truly some strange characters, and then there was the innocent Bob, a mentally challenged man who in some way was a catalyst for this story.

This was my first time reading Ted Dekker’s books. I can’t remember very many instances of strong language in it. There was some violence, and adult content, so I would say it’s only for those over 13, but for a clean, thriller, with a strong plot and strong characters, it really makes an impact. I think you’d probably really enjoy it.

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*Disclaimer* A special thanks goes out to Brad at Hachette Book Groups for a review copy of this book. It in no way influenced my review.

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Giveaway – Thr3E – Ted Dekker

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Thanks to Brad at Hachette Book group I”m able to offer my readers 3 copies of this book. To enter, follow these simple rules:

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6) Contest will continue until 12/15/10.
7) This giveaway is open to residents of US and Canada. No PO Box addresses (street mailing only).

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