Children of Earth and Sky by Guy Gavriel Kay

★★★★☆ I’ve read Guy Gavriel Kay before and didn’t really enjoy his novels, but the cover on this one was so beautiful and the blurb so interesting I decided to give him another chance and pick this one up. I am so glad I did. Children of Earth and Sky has a number of characters,…

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Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

★★★★★ Americans need to learn from the Wilson era, that there is a connection between racist presidential leadership and like-minded public response. This book is so important to read. I do not know if there is any other field of knowledge which suffers so badly as history from the sheer blind repetitions that occur year…

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

★☆☆☆☆ Sorry guys. I know a lot of my friends liked this book, although a lot did hate it as well. It seemed a pretty even split, but I’m going to fall on the side of HATED. Nothing against those who loved it but this wasn’t for me. I don’t usually like romance books. There…

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The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

★★★★☆ How many others had she judged and set aside like that, thinking them no more than a one-sided piece of paper? In The Paper Magician, Ceony, a new graduate of Tagis Praff School for the Magically Inclined she has been forced to study a part of magic no one else will – paper. Upset…

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Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Süskind

★★★★☆ Who knew scent could evoke such strong emotions in other people? Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is an anomaly. An orphan born without a smell, but with an extraordinary gift of distinguishing the slightest odors. He soon manages to secure himself as an apprentice to a perfumer, but as his skill grows so does his desire to…

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The Time Roads by Beth Bernobich

★★☆☆☆ This book started out so good too. The Time Roads is a steampunk/mystery book broken into four sections of related stories. It revolves around the empire of Éire and their scientists as they strive to be able to manipulate time. The Golden Octopus started strong. Áine is crowned Queen after her father dies and…

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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

★★★☆☆ Everyone likes a fairy tale story because everyone wants things to come out right in the end. And even though to tell a story is to tell some kind of untruth, one often suspects that what seems to be untruth is really a hidden truth. Briar Rose is a new take on the classic…

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Kill Anything That Moves by Nick Turse

★★★★★ We shoot the sick, the young, the lame We do our best to kill and maim Because the kills all count the same, Napalm sticks to kids. Ox cart rolling down the road, Peasants with a heavy load, They’re all VC when the bombs explode, Napalm sticks to kids. This book is a little…

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Of Bone and Thunder by Chris Evans

★★★☆☆ This is really a 3.5 star rating, but I rounded down. I admit I first picked this up because of the stunning cover and secondly because of the comparison to the Vietnam War. What a great and interesting way to educate about a turbulent time in our world’s history. It is a topic I…

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