Undeniable – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Creationism, unlike science, can predict nothing. Along with it being obviously wrong, it is obviously not useful.”

Twenty years later and Bill Nye is still teaching generations of people. As a child, I was an avid Bill Nye the Science Guy fan. As an adult reading this book, it just solidified the fact that I am still an avid Nye fan.

A few years ago, Nye was invited to debate creationist Ken Ham. This inspired him to write this very novel. Nye pulls together several creationist theories about evolution and debunks them using scientific facts. As someone very interested in science in general, I still found myself learning new things and I thoroughly enjoy learning. As an atheist, I found the theories creationists developed completely idiotic at times and therefore, enjoyed it when Nye used facts to combat beliefs. The above quote may be harsh if you’re religious, but personally I found it so accurate that it stood out and needed to be used as an introduction to this review.

Evolution is a fascinating subject and the journey through evolution that Nye pulls you into is as entertaining as it is educational.

I feel that there was a missed opportunity to title the book UndeNYEable, but alas, I’m sure that he wanted to be taken seriously with his first foray into writing. I won’t hold that against him. I am taking a star away because of his incessant need to mock an old employer. One joke, fine. Five jokes later and I’m a little over it Bill. It pulled away from the importance of the book.

“Humans may have more trouble understanding nature than nature does is all I’m saying.”

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Jump Start on Autumn

Ok, so technically we still have about 20 days until it’s officially Autumn. For all the new kids to this blog, I don’t care! I am WAY too pumped to wait for technicalities. This time of year I dedicate a good chunk of my reading to the paranormal and horror genres, and baking to pumpkin and apple recipes. (Looking back on my posts last year, I really slacked in that division, going to have to correct that this year.) I also dedicate small posts to reviewing new pumpkin and apple flavored things I try and informational posts about things autumn/Halloween related. (I slacked in that department too, better be prepared to be thoroughly entertained this go-around.)

Here’s a run down on everything from last Autumn:

Continue reading Jump Start on Autumn

Raspberry Muffin Bread

The great thing about being really into baking is when your house is fully stocked with all the supplies necessary and you can just pick up one item to make something fabulous. In this case, my grocery store had raspberries on sale, 2 for $1. How could I resist? Raspberries are amazing! I was able to double the recipe and make two great loaves for $1.

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Recipe Here.

C&M Mini-Vacay Beeches!

I’ve been living the life of no work since Friday evening and it has been fan-tabulous! Eating out at restaurants on a frequent basis, antiquing, being spoiled by my dad with candles, coffee mugs and new shoes while he’s town and just relaxing in general. Life at work had pretty much become as follows:

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I have one day left and I plan to make the most of it before I return to the dredge of earning money. (The bank account is hurting due to my good times but oh well!)

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Chocolate Zucchini Brownies

When panicking that your first time making homemade brownies is going terribly wrong, it helps to have a friend living with you that was a chef in the Navy to come to your rescue. I was expecting a cake batter like consistency and was getting a powdery mess. He told me I needed to put more muscle into for longer and that with brownie batter you want to essentially wind up with a batter ball that you flatten out in the desired baking pan. He was correct and the brownies came out perfect and tasty.

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Recipe Here.

Jackaby – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

I went into this with very little expectations. It seemed like it may be good but I honestly didn’t know any one who had already read it to give me an opinion. It jumped out at me while perusing my massive pile of books at home and I think I was just in the right mood for it. I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

Abigail Rook is the daughter of an explorer. She grew up hearing fascinating tales of the world and is well educated however, a good British woman should be more concerned with marrying a man with a good job and fine pedigree. Or at least that’s what her parents kept telling her. They would allow her to go to university but afterward she was expected to live the boring life of a housewife.

Naturally, like any woman I find myself liking very much, she rebelled. She took her tuition money and started off her own grand adventure. However, it turned out not so grand and with barely any money left, she heads to America. She’ll take any job to keep a roof over her head (this could get ugly quick) and food in her stomach, but no one seems to be hiring. No one except one detective looking for an investigative assistant. A detective that who is known around town as incredibly strange.

To say that Mr. Jackaby is a bit odd, would be putting it mildly. Abigail has the curiosity of a cat with nine lives and a knack for noticing ordinary things the detective misses while he looks for the peculiar. She must prove her worth and help him stop a killer. A killer who appears to have some magical tricks up his or her sleeve.

Abigail Rook takes shit from no man or woman. If you try to tell her the correct or proper thing to do, she’ll do something rude in response. She’ll have none of your sexist bullshit and because of that, she earns her way to a top spot in my ‘favorite female characters’ category.

Fair Game – Book Review

Alpha & Omega #3

5 out of 5 stars

You see, the problem with Patricia Briggs and anything she writes in the Mercy Thompson world is that, it is so fucking good I don’t want to life. Work? Fuck it. Conversations notregarding these books? Fuck that. Sleep? Who fucking needs it. I have the next book in the series, and the temptation to pick it up immediately is practically irresistible. As I’m nearly caught up on both series, I have to convince myself to draw the books out more so that I’m getting my fix until the next installment comes.

People wonder about the obsession with werewolves, you wouldn’t wonder if you read about the wolves in these series. They make unmentionable, popular werewolves look like mother fucking chumps. It’s a testament to Briggs’ character building skills that I can say I love 90% of the wolves in either series. I think to myself, “Who is my favorite male werewolf?” and a minimum of 10 characters between the two series come to mind immediately. Picking one above the others is near impossible. Anna versus Mercy, who is better? I cannot pick. It’s a little like comparing fire and ice. They’re both awesome, strong females but each has an entirely different background and personality.

You can read the summary if you want to know the plot of this book, I’m just here to tell you to stop, shut up and read both these series.

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Breathers: A Zombie’s Lament – Book Review

4 out of 5 stars

“Of course, she screamed when I tried to hug her and she nearly vomited after I sneezed and a piece of my brain came out of my nose, but it’s what passes for quality time around here lately.”

Andy woke up from a fatal car crash a zombie, shambling down the road, confused about where he was while being screamed at and pelted with fruit by people walking down the street. In this world, zombies live among the breathing as secondary citizens. They have no rights, they’re not allowed to do things like ride the public transport and people are allowed to beat them, rip pieces off of them with zero consequences. He has to move back in with his resentful parents and if he gets out of line he gets picked up by the SPCA. It’s a depressing existence so he joins a zombie therapy group to deal with his new ‘life’.

What ensues is a hilariously sarcastic point of view of life after death. Every secondary citizen reaches their breaking point and rebellion and revolution soon follow suit. Plus, you can pick up a few cooking human recipes along the way.

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“How I Choose My Books” Tag

The incredibly sexy Ignited Moth nominated me for this fun little tag and since it’s talking about books, of course I’ll join in!

1. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a blue cover. What made you want to pick this up?

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 It’s Sanderson doing sci-fi with evil supervillains, why wouldn’t you pick it up?

2. Think of a book that you didn’t expect to enjoy, but did. Why did you read it in the first place?

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I only read it because it was my book club book of the month. Like I REALLY didn’t want to read it, was convinced it would suck and ended up loving it.

3. Stand in front of your bookshelf with your eyes closed and pick up a book at random. How did you discover this book?

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It was at the very top of a ‘best of’ zombie novels list posted on author Chuck Palahniuk’s Facebook page.

4. Pick a book that someone personally recommended to you. What did you think of it?

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My boss couldn’t believe that I’d never read a Terry Pratchett book and I can be pretty hard to book shop for so, he bought it (the second book as well) for me for my birthday one year. It was like fantasy on an acid trip. Trippy fun.

5. Pick a book that you discovered through YouTube/book blogs. Did it live up to the hype?

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It surpassed the hype in my opinion, it was genuine fun.

6. Find a book on your shelves or e-reader with a one-word title. What drew you to this book?

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Druids, mythology, talking dogs, shapeshifting people, werewolves, vampires, gods, goddesses, do I need to go on?

7. What book did you discover through a film/TV adaptation?

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I watched the first season and then picked up the book at work the next day.

8. Think of your all-time favorite book/s. When did you read these and why did you pick them up in the first place?

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(Ok so question 7 essentially answers this as ASOIF is my all-time favorite so I’ll pick another favorite series.) The Black Jewel trilogy by Anne Bishop. It took me a little over a year to read the whole trilogy but I picked it up because I like dark books and this series always comes up on best epic fantasy AND best dark fantasy lists.

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Okay, you should all know just how fucking lazy I am about tags at this point. Please feel free to nominate yourself. It’s really quite fun!

Good Omens – Book Review

Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

3 out of 5 stars

I wanted light and fluffy and I got it.

When the antichrist is born, will nature or nurture decide the future of humanity? Here lies the basis of our story when an unlikely pair, an angel and a demon, misplace the son of Satan to the wrong human family. Of course, they don’t realize the mishap until eleven years later. Much too late to change the way of things. With Armageddon and the hosts of Heaven and Hell bearing down on them, what will the little antichrist choose?

Shenaningans ensue and yadda, yadda, yadda. Parts were funny and parts were horribly boring. Which brought it to the fairly balanced rating of 3 stars.

Hard to review when I don’t particularly feel one way or the other about this book. It wasn’t a waste of my time but it probably won’t be one I remember for years to come.

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