How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety: and Abstinence, Drugs, Satanism and Other Dangers that Threaten Their Nine Lives By The American Association of Patriots
Crown Publishing/ Three Rivers Press
Pub Date: October 6, 2016
When I picked up this book I wasn't sure what to expect. The same type of humor doesn't appeal to everyone. I'm not quite sure of the target audience for How to Talk to Your Cat About Gun Safety. To say simply, the book is composed of a series of "warning pamphlets" that poke fun at the more extreme (and absurd) conservative political views by applying them to cats (rather than children). The serious tone the author takes makes it clear he is pretending to be in line with ultra-conservatives. At the same time, however much of the phrasing is so eerily in line with conservative rhetoric that it is likely to appall rather than appeal to liberal readers.
MJ-12 Inception is an ambitious fantasy spy-fi novel set during the early years of the Cold War. Normally I’m a bit leery of stories where the characters have super-powers. I believe that authors have to make a good justification for the existence of unusual powers. Michael J Martinez exceeded my expectations, by not only making an unusual and well-done argument, but also by leading readers to believe that there may be an ultimate cost related to the event that transformed these distinct individuals.
There is no visible pattern behind who is touched or what power will emerge. It is only natural that both sides see them as assets, and potential threats. For now, the US government is training these variants as agents, but that is not to say that their government won’t turn on them in time.
The idea behind the More-with-Less cookbook is conservation and elimination of food waste. In America particularly, many go hungry while vast amounts of food are thrown away. At the same time, many of the so called "convenience" items from the grocery save little time and eat away at food budgets. There is also a satisfaction to be gained from making a simple meal and sharing it with friends and family. Food need not be expensive or exotic to be a delicious repast physically and socially.
Going through the cookbook, I was struck by a number of items. First there is a wonderful array of simple salad dressing recipes. Who hasn't spent $3 or $4 for a salad dressing of questionable flavor. Doris Longacre makes it easy. I went straight for a lemon poppyseed variation that was delicious. Th...
Good and evil are impossible to distinguish in this engrossing noir thriller translated from the French. A cop and a spy share a prison cell, but which is which, and what happens when the two escape together. To what extent does duty supersede conscience, and what is the nature of loyalty. Is it only labels that separate one man from another? Dard captures the reader with his writing, immediately making them question their expectations. There is considerable violence, which adds to the moral ambiguity.
This isn't a novel that is not easy to "like". The Wicked Go to Hell is powerful, leaving the reader with an almost painful reminder that life exists in shades of grey, rather than comforting black and white. Is it a well written novel - yes. Will it linger in memory -yes. But not every reader will be comfortable with the content or the reso...
If you love cats and murder mysteries, look no further. Leann Sweeney’s novel is purrfect, with its spot on depiction of cat adoration (Petcube anyone?) and an intriguing and complex mystery where felines play a major role.
In The Cat The Collector and The Killer, the body of the local animal control officer is found in the home an elderly cat collector amidst large boxes of purchased items. The elderly woman is found wandering the streets, disoriented and carrying a kitten in a tote bag. Her symptoms make it difficult to discover how and why the dead man came to be in the house. Jillian Hart, quilter, cat lover and wife to police chief Tom Stewart is drawn into helping the woman, first by taking the kitten into her care, then by helping to solve the mystery.
I liked how Leann Sweeney differentiated between “collecting” and “hoarding”. Collectors have a...
Initially I expected Devil Sent the Rain to be a classic Southern gothic. Instead, it is a realistic police procedural set in a Deep South strongly affected by tradition. Like a building left uncared for, corruption runs throughout, despite the pleasant facade.
When Caroline, the daughter and heir apparent of the Lee family is murdered, it is Detective Billy Able and his partner who seek justice. Caroline's family is more interested in appearances and what Caroline's murder will cost them socially and business wise. The esteemed status of the Lee family hampers the investigation.
Lisa Turner understands the South in a way that most prefer not to vocalize. Although class plays more of a role than race, her explanations are poignant, particularly when the depth of the Lee family's corruption is revealed. Lisa Turner makes judicious use of irony, but does not rub the rea...
The Bread Baker's Apprentice, 15th Anniversary Edition
Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread
by Peter Reinhart
Ten Speed Press
Cooking, Food & Wine
Pub Date 06 Sep 2016
The Bread Baker's Apprentice is a book that every bread baker should have on their shelves whether amateur or professional. While some of the science behind bread baking went over my head. (I am an amateur who enjoys baking bread at home), the explanations and detailed directions led to excellent results. (I always weighed my ingredients according to the recipes)
Many of the recipes require a pre-ferment of some kind, such as a barm or poolish. As I wanted to jump right in, I tried several of the loaves that I could make immediately, such as the cranberry walnut loaf and the raisin bread. Both came out delicious. I had a little more difficulty working with poolish, but that was my poor planning. It is important to be prepared. Have your ingredients ready and know what you are going to do with your preferm...
Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon Too Short
by Arvind Ethan David
Diamond Book Distributors
Comics & Graphic Novels
Pub Date 20 September 2016
I love Douglas Adams so I was both hopeful and apprehensive when I picked up Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: A Spoon too Short.
Too begin with, Dirk Gently is one of Adams's more off the wall creations you either love him or hate him. Whether you like think Gently is brilliant or completely off his nut, any reader will say that Arvind Ethan David's depiction is true to form. The illustrations pair well with the narrative style, vivid, colorful and just a touch distorted. The story itself blends the mundane with the unusual and even extraterrestrial - a fitting adventure for Gently who always finds the extraordinary hidden in the ordinary.
I liked how David tackled Gently's unusual history, providing an entry point for readers who have never picked up one of Douglas Adams's novels. From...
I have always enjoyed Margery Allingham’s Campion novels, as well as the BBC productions featuring Peter Davison. Thus it was with anticipation and trepidation that I picked up Mike Ripley’s novel, Mr Campion’s Fault. It is not always easy for an author to meet the standards/expectations set by a well known and loved author.
I can say with pleasure that Mike Ripley does justice to Allingham’s iconic detective. The dialogue sparkles, at once showcasing and concealing his cleverness and perception. Albert Campion’s facetious manner and complete inability to be insulted or offended serves him well as always. His son Rupert and his daughter-in-law Perdita are welcome additions to the cast and I enjoyed their efforts as teacher replacements. I only wish Lugg played a larger role - though I have to admit his placement in the c...
Many photo books delight in the adorable antics of puppies, while passing over our beloved seniors. While advanced in age, and not always perfect in form, older dogs have a unique beauty and nobility born of the many days spent at our sides. Whether working, playing, or simply snoozing in the sun, Nancy LeVine's photos capture the wondrous and varied nature of senior dogs. Her photos are moving pieces that give readers not only a sense of the dog's personality but the environment in which they live. The landscape is as varied as the dogs included. There are even several greyhounds. (Two elderly retired greys are part of our family so we always enjoy seeing greys being included)
If you are a dog lover or if you have friends who are dog lovers this lovely photo book is an excellent choice.
I received a copy of Senior Dogs Across America from the publisher and net...