Oct 27, 2016

Catlantis by Anna Starobinets, Jane Bugaeva (Translation), Andrzej Klimowski

CatlantisCatlantis by Anna Starobinets
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Delightfully charming fairy tale.

Baguette has been foretold as the Ginger Tabby that will bring the Catlantic Flower that gives cats their nine lives to his people by the Oracle. Baguette is motivated to go on the quest by his love of the Oracle's granddaughter Purriana. She won't marry him unless he brings back the flower. So Baguette uses his magical ability to time travel to go back in time to Catlantis.

He discovers that Catlantis sank because the Catlanteans angered the Gods, he barely escaped Catlantis with his life and due to his hasty exit forgot to give a destination and arrived in Medieval France with one Catlantic Flower. Unfortunately he disappears soon after he arrives and he learns from Princess Panna Catta that you can't bring things back from the past. But he is in luck because Panna Catta knows what a Catlantic Flower looks like and they even have some growing in the Palace Gardens. Panna Catta ask for one small favor for her help that Baguette wait until after The Trial to stop time and return home. Unfortunately during The Trail Black Tony curses all cats to forget what the Catlantic Flower looks like. Baguette returns to present day France without the Catlantic Flower.

Baguette is found by a French Baker who has seen the flyer his family put out for information on him and kindly flies him to Russia to be reunited with his family. Meanwhile Purriana figures out that her Grandmother wasn't wrong with her first prediction about the Catlantic Flower, the cactus the Council of 6 tossed aside as of no importance and that was rescued by Baguette's family is the very rare Catlantic Flower and it only blooms once every thousand years.

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Oct 24, 2016

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book ThiefThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Narrated by death this is the story of Liesel Meminger's life. It begins with the death of Liesel's young brother on a train and her acquisition of The Grave Digger's Manuel.

Her growing attachment to her foster parents, especially Papa who teaches her how to read. Her friendship with Rudy (who greatly admires Jesse Owens, a very dangerous attitude to have in Hitler's Germany). And how a promise her Papa made during World War I puts the family at risk when the son of the Jew who saved his life comes to live in their basement. And how her love of books is the beginning of a friendship with the Mayor's Wife.

How Papa's act of kindness results in Max's leaving, how Liesel searches for Max every time Jews are paraded through their city. How Papa is drafted into the Germany army and how his broken leg sees him sent back home to die on Himmel Street with his neighbors and how Liesel miraculously survives the bombing of Himmel Street, to die of old age in Australia.

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Oct 19, 2016

Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy #1)

Wish You Were Here (Mrs. Murphy, #1)Wish You Were Here by Rita Mae Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Loved all the animals in the book, but I was rather hoping the murderer would kill all the people in Crozet off.

Postmistress Mary Minor (I can't stand her nickname, so I will refer to her as Mary) noticed that all the recently deceased received postcards with tombstones on them shortly before their murder. Mary along with her cat Mrs Murphy and her dog Tucker, will aid Sheriff Rick Shaw in solving the postcard murders in Crozet.

I love the sketches throughout the book of Mrs Murphy and Tucker.

Was rather sickened by the advocating of culling the sick (I guess the author is a fan of Eugenics)  and all the political tangents the book went off on. The book seemed to be more interested in pushing feminism and other social issues than actually solving the murders. 

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Oct 14, 2016

Missing: A Private Novel - Private Sydney (Private #12)

Private Sydney (Private #12)Private Sydney by James Patterson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Call me annoyed because the title on the book I have is Missing: A Private Novel really tired of the books coming out with several different titles.

Craig is having a bad day, first there is the couple that come in wanting him to investigate a potential surrogate for them, the office has had it's windows smashed in, and his boss Jack Morgan calls wanting him to look into the disappearance of Eric Moss, a personal friend of Jack's. Since surrogacy for pay is illegal in Australia Craig is inclined not to help the couple, but they assure him that there is no payment involved the young widow with two kids of her own is willing to be a surrogate out of the goodness of her heart. They learned about her from an online surrogacy site and they just want to verify the information she provided is true. Thinking of his deceased son Craig takes the case.

The surrogacy case should have been easy peasy but after giving the couple the information about the surrogate Craig is horrified when she winds up dead and the baby she was babysitting goes missing. Craig suspects his clients and is further convinced of their guilt when he discovers everything about them was bogus. With Private's reputation on the line Craig tracks them down only to discover they are innocent but that the dead woman wasn't the woman they meet. Not only was the poor woman murdered before that she was the victim of identity theft. And this isn't the first surrogacy scam the con artist pulled using the deceased woman's identity.

The Eric Moss case is even tougher. Because not only is the man everyone knew as Eric Moss missing Craig can't find any record of him, it's as if he never existed. To further complicate matters Craig is falling heavily for Eric's adopted daughter Eliza and really wants to help her find her Father. Suspecting that Eric Moss was an agent for some "government" agency Craig determines to protect Eliza and uncover the truth about the man she knew as Eric Moss.

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Oct 13, 2016

Bat #JHC

Sometimes we think Yang has bats in the belfry so he seemed to be the perfect candidate to star in today's artwork.

Oct 12, 2016

Woman of God

Woman of GodWoman of God by James Patterson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

OK my biggest problem with the book is that any man Bridget gets romantically involved with winds up dead. If you want a happy ending this book isn't for you.

It begins with Brigid practicing medicine in the Sudan with Kind Hands where she begins a romantic relationship with Colin. After a massacre of BLM soldiers Colin and Brigid go to assist the survivors. Colin is gunned down helping Brigid who is attempting to get  a BLM soldier to the helicopter and Brigid is wounded. After her recovery she goes to stay with friends in Rome until a vision sends her back to the Sudan where she helps capture the man responsible for Colin's death.

Brigid then goes to Berlin where she works in a BZFO clinic that is experiencing a MERS epidemic. Soon she meets their benefactor and playwright Karl who woos her. They eventually marry and have a daughter but Brigid's wedded bliss is cut short when Karl falls down a flight of steps with their daughter in his arms, both are killed.

Determined to face her past she goes to Boston and confronts her drug addicted Father. He reveals that her Mother cheated on him and Brigid is the result of the affair, and that it was her Mother who got him addicted to drugs. Seeking solace in the local Church she meets Father James and the two become friends. Brigid stands by James when a young man accuses him of molesting him when he was a student. The young man breaks down in court and admits that he was lying but James is disillusioned by the Catholic Church's refusal to stand behind him. He leaves for a new Church in a rural area and ask Brigid to keep his cat for him.

Eventually James turns the Church into a JMJ Church (Jesus, Mary, Joseph) where all are welcome and he promotes the radical beliefs that women should be able to become priest, priest should be allowed to marry and that everyone should be accepted. When James ask Brigid to bring his cat to him he reveals he is "in love" with her and ask her to stay. They eventually marry and have a daughter. When Brigid is ordained as a priest in the JMJ Church a local man who is unable to stand the apostasy guns James down. Widowed again Brigid returns to Boston with her daughter where she becomes a priest at the Church she and James originally meet at. The Pope ask Brigid to meet with him shortly before he dies and there is some speculation that Brigid may be named the first woman Pope. Leading to her being gun downed shortly after their meeting.

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Oct 7, 2016

Monster #JHC

Scylla and Chimera from ATCAD were named after monsters in Greek mythology, and were the inspiration for today's blog post.

Oct 6, 2016

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)

Apprentice in Death (In Death, #43)Apprentice in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

When a sniper kills three skaters Eve quickly concludes that the elderly ob/gyn was the target and the other two victims were cover for the kill. But why did someone want the kindly doctor dead and can Eve discover their identity before they kill again.

With Roarke's help the nest is found and Eve comes to the chilling realization that there are two snipers a teacher and an apprentice. Thanks to an observant concierge the snipers identity is revealed as a former NYPSD sniper who retired after his young pregnant wife died in a vehicle accident. Now with the help of his daughter Willow he is killing anyone even remotely connected with her death. But Eve soon comes to the realization that the 15 year old girl is the mastermind behind the killings. Unless Eve can catch Willow people will continue to die because Willow has her own list and no plans to stop killing.

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Oct 4, 2016

Oct 3, 2016

Spooky #JHC

Chimera, Yin and Scylla from ATCAD are helping me with Spooky.

Oct 1, 2016

#JHC Pumpkin

I was made aware of a fun Halloween Challenge going on throughout all of October. This challenge is being hosted by Jennifer Nichole Wells (JNW), who has created a calendar with a word prompt for each day of October. On that day, we are challenged to post something - whether it be a photo, art, a poem, or even a quote - relating to that word.  The prompt for today is pumpkin.

 Sweet Annie Tuiren the Beagle from ATCAD helped me with today's prompt. ~Alasandra