Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

I caught the new Dune teaser a few hours ago, which made my jaw drop a bit in surprise. Of course, being a teaser, it was damned confusing, too (and part of me wonders how much they paid Pink Floyd for that interesting slow cover of "Eclipse"). That trailer prompted me to take out the … Continue reading Q#147: Question for the Dune fans out there–is it worth it to read the other books?…

A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

My Copy: 9780553582017 (image from bn.com) I can't believe it took me over two months to finish this book. I actually read the last two hundred pages last night because I was so eager to get through them and I couldn't sleep, so why not? The action increased its pace nicely with some quiet moments … Continue reading A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice & Fire #5), by George R. R. Martin

The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

My Copy: 0764110187 (image from bn.com) One thing I've learned about wanting to learn new things--and using books as a major resource--is that when it's a Barron's publication, you've got few worries. The same goes for The Parakeet Handbook. I like this book. It could use a few more illustrations, perhaps, but it's not overly … Continue reading The Parakeet Handbook, by Anette Wolter & Immanuel Birmelin

Garrett’s Store (A Tiny Thinkers Book), by M.J. Mouton & illustrated by Jezreel S. Cuevas

My Copy: 9780998314747 (image from bn.com) When it comes to children's books, the Tiny Thinkers series is probably the most wonderful looking books I've ever seen for kids. Certainly books that are like mini biographies of scientists and great thinkers, especially. The illustrations are vivid and wonderfully expressive. And the language isn't too difficult to … Continue reading Garrett’s Store (A Tiny Thinkers Book), by M.J. Mouton & illustrated by Jezreel S. Cuevas

Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

My Copy: 9781982141462 (image from bn.com) I started reading this yesterday when I had nothing else to do during a power outage (as it's been hot as hell thanks to that hurricane passing by). I finished it a couple of hours ago, and had to think about how strange it was to read this book. … Continue reading Too Much & Never Enough: How my family created the world’s most dangerous man, by Mary L. Trump, Ph.D.

Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

My Copy: 9781591866961 (image from bn.com) I gotta admit, after watching my watermelons disappear and my red noodle beans end up with those weird orange bugs crawling all over them, and me basically giving up til next season... let's just say this book came at the right time. Humane Critter Control is not a thick … Continue reading Humane Critter Control: The guide to natural, nontoxic pest solutions to protect your yard & garden, by Theresa Rooney

The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to write, work & thrive on your own terms, by Zachary Petit

My Copy: 9781599639055 (image from bn.com) Well, I had to pick this one up again, but all the work brouhaha made me take forever to finish it. I kept going back and re-reading certain bits, but not because it was boring. Not at all--I was just really interested and have to admit, I needed the … Continue reading The Essential Guide to Freelance Writing: How to write, work & thrive on your own terms, by Zachary Petit

Nickel and Dimed, or (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich

My Copy: 9780312626686 (image from bn.com) I'm not really sure how I feel about this book. The writing style is certainly different than other types of creative nonfiction I've read. As far as the information within, I had to remind myself many times that this book was written 20 years ago. I've seen this book … Continue reading Nickel and Dimed, or (Not) Getting By In America, by Barbara Ehrenreich