Archive for December, 2011

Bedtime Stories for Dogs is a well written collections of tales for doggies and the humans who love them. This book clears up the story about why dogs don’t like cats or squirrels, pays tribute to car rides and kibbles, and even explains why dogs don’t live as long as humans. All stories are written from the point of view of a dog and create an entertaining reading experience.

Bedtime Stories for Dogs was so much fun to read! A collection of tales as told by dogs and poems written about things that dogs like (and a few that they dislike), I laughed and smiled with each new story. The poem “Riding in the Car” was so true and sweet, I had to read it out loud to my family.

I would recommend this book to anyone who loves dogs, or has children who love dogs. The stories are quick, fun and very enjoyable.


Fiona is found on the beach, bleeding from a stab wound in her stomach, burned and bloody, with no memory. A year later, living with Hannah, the kind-hearted woman who found her and brought her to the hospital, she is no closer to remembering her past. She has a journal full of dreams that feel like memories and a couple of articles in a Boston newspaper detailing her journey and searching for her family. Then one day at the library she discovers a picture of her parents in a Physics magazine. She turns around to leave and runs right into James who she knows from her former life, but doesn’t remember how.

I enjoyed reading Finding Fiona, but found the setting a little dreary. The characters were well thought out and written and the dialogue flowed well, but I never really got a sense of Fiona’s surroundings. The book was 126 pages long and could have easily been longer and more detailed.

I did enjoy the plot and the ideas behind the story – girl searches for her past and finds many answers, most of them not very nice.

I would recommend this book to young adults, it is an enjoyable read and the end left room for more – if there is a sequel, I would like to read it.

I received this book from Library Thing giveaway.

Mego 8″ Super-Heros is a giant hard cover book packed full of colorful pictures and absorbing information about children’s super-hero toys from the 70’s and early 80’s.

When I got this book, my 6 year old daughter grabbed it right away and spent the better part of an hour looking through it. Before I got a chance to look at it, my husband took the book and spent at least a half hour with it. (He grew up with these toys). As a family, it was fun to rediscover all of these old toys and find a few that we had never seen before. This book would be a fantastic gift for any toy collector.
I received this book free from the Goodreads giveaway program.

Too Near the Edge is a mildly suspenseful story about Cleo, a grief therapist, who has come up with a way to help her clients make contact with deceased loved ones from the other side using a mirror. Cleo is introduced to Sharon, a recent widower, by a mutual friend. Sharon’s husband fell into the Grand Canyon. The authorities say it was an accident, a couple of people believe it was suicide, but Sharon is convinced it was murder. Cleo helps Sharon try and contact Adam to find the truth.

I found Too Near the Edge a light quick read, the kind of book that makes you want to guess who the killer is before it is revealed. I enjoyed Lynn Osterkamp’s style of writing and the dialogue between characters was casual and comfortable to read. I was pretty sure I had the killer figured out, right up until the end, when I found out I was wrong!

The only down side to this book was that there were too many different story lines going for such a short book. Some of the minor characters just popped in and out quickly, especially Cleo’s boyfriend. He didn’t really seem to fit in the story, other than he was Cleo’s boyfriend.

Overall, a good read. Would recommend this book to anyone looking for something light and quick to read.

I received the ePub version of this book free from Library Thing Member giveaways.

Heroes and Villains of the Bible is a fantastic children’s book for anyone who understands the power the Word of God has and would like to read scripture with their children, but has a hard time finding exactly the right passages to use. The best and most loved stories of the Bible – Adam and Eve, Noah’s Ark, Jesus many miracles and conversations – are all here, written in actual scripture, to share with your children.

When I received this book, I browsed through it quickly and then handed it over to my six year old daughter who is just learning how to read. Immediately, she recognized quite a few names from Sunday School and dove right in. She read the first 20 pages before she took a break which really impressed me. So I sat down and read the book also, not expecting it to be anything more than another storybook about Bible Characters. I loved that the stories are actual scripture, put into a format that is easy and accessible to children. I would highly recommend this book to anyone with Children from 4 years to 12 years old.

Tritcheon Hash by Sue Lange

Welcome to Coney Island, named after that amusement park left behind on Earth hundreds of years ago. Coney Island is a planet made up entirely of women from Earth whose ancestors left the men behind on earth, fed up with their war mongering, dirty and rude ways. They said they would eventually return, but after this long without men, they are not sure they want to. So they send Tritcheon Hash, ace pilot, to sneak into Earth and report back. As expected, this plan doesn’t work so well.

The book started pretty abruptly, right into the middle of Tritcheon’s boring day at work. I was lost for the first few chapters, not having an introduction to the planet and the new ways of Earth women. I understood intellectually that on a planet full of women, there would be no male characters, but the futuristic names and lack of character descriptions had me picturing males in my head, which made me even more confused.

The best part of this book is the time Tritcheon spent on Earth. The character descriptions improved, the dialogue and character interaction picked up. You could tell that Sue Lange really enjoyed the male characters of the book. They came alive in her writing.

As for the part of the story spent on Coney Island, it seems there was a lot of focus on a very few characters. It was hard to get a feel for Tritcheon when she had no interaction with others. Her children were never really described and as they were supposed to be so important to Tritcheon, it seems rather strange that I am not sure even what color hair they had.

Overall, I would say that the book kept me interested from the time Trichteon landed on Earth up until the point she left Earth. Before and after that could really have been longer and more descriptive.

I received this e-book free from Library Thing Early Reviewers program.