Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Evslin, Evslin, and Hoopes

Heroes & Monsters of Greek Myth by Bernard Evslin

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This is a book I’ve had since I was a kid and it was one of my favorites. It was this book and it’s companion that introduced me to Greek Mythology.

If you know anything about Greek Mythology, then you know that the majority of the stories and quite adult with their antics. With this book, the stories are re-written in a way that either glosses over those antics, or just doesn’t include them. This doesn’t make the stories in anyway less than what they were, and the stories that were based on adult antics aren’t included.

I loved this book as a kid and read it several times, so my copy is pretty well worn and I had to be really careful with it. As an adult, I still enjoyed the stories, but noted the differences from the originals.



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The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key

The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This has to be a book that was my mother’s, it’s from the 60s. The pages are very crispy and brown now. I had to be careful while reading it.

This is a story that was born of the age of Science Fiction. A boy from another world falls through a forgotten door into our world of the 60s. The basic plot is the boy trying to get home and the family that tries to help him. Of course, not everything goes well as the community suddenly becomes very suspicious thanks to a few rotten apples.

I really liked the idea of reading an early example of science fiction, and this was an interesting one, even though it didn’t really depict our world in a favorable light.



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Garfield at Large: His First Book by Jim Davis

Garfield at Large: His First Book by Jim Davis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


This is the original Garfield, and for long time fans you’ll know that he looked different in the early days and that Odie wasn’t always around.

It’s true! Garfield was a bit more chunky, and far lazier as there was no Odie to amuse himself with. He still loved lasagna and sleeping. This tells the story of how Odie ended up living with Jon and Garfield, and of Garfield’s beginnings.

I bought this back in high school, and have reread it a few times. I don’t tend to collect comic book collections, but this one is rather special.



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Stories of Fairies, Elves, and Little People by Francine L. Trevens

Stories of Fairies, Elves, and Little People by Francine L. Trevens

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


This is a book from my childhood that I do not remember at all. I know it’s mine since my mother wrote my name in the cover, but I have no memory of this book. So reading this time around was a whole new experience.

These are stories about forest folk, that explain why you never see one, why they live in forests, and what they like to do with their time. There are a few wholesome stories, like “there’s no place like home” stories and such too.

This is a book that I would love to read to my children. There are illustrations of the fairies, and all of the characters are just too sweet. I’m glad I found this book and that it is mine.



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Wonder Woman by Nancy Holder

Wonder Woman: The Official Movie NovelizationWonder Woman: The Official Movie Novelization by Nancy Holder

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I have not watched the movie that this book is based on. Just so we’re clear where I’m starting from. Also, have not watched any other Wonder Woman movie or read any other book. In general you could say I’ve not had any exposure to Wonder Woman or her story. Now that that is out of the way…

I’m a super fan of Greek Mythology, and am interested in Wonder Woman’s backstory more than what she’s doing now. I don’t have to hand the story of Zeus and the Amazons, but I love the connection and origins.

It seems a little too neat that she surfaces during WWII. I guess I’m a little biased here because Captain America surfaced during WWII as well and having two superheroes being “born” at that time is just a little too coincidental and well, easy.

Apart from that, I do appreciate her attitude towards the humans. She’s a no nonsense lady. However, why do we need a love scene between her and Steve Trevor? It adds nothing to the story.

Anyway, I was pleasantly surprised enough that I may have to watch the movie now.

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H is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

H Is for Homicide (Kinsey Millhone, #8)H Is for Homicide by Sue Grafton

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What started out as simple insurance fraud ended up as much more than Kinsey could handle. Well, if you call simple a case of a colleague being murdered and Kinsey handed the case. Simple until it’s a ring of insurance fraud that’s caused multiple deaths. Simple when Kinsey is conscripted to go undercover. Simple when an ex-boyfriend turns up.

Not so simple anymore.

It was a bit boring to read in the middle, as going undercover wasn’t really all that interesting. Being locked in run-down dirty apartment isn’t very exciting. Not even driving around committing fraud is all that exciting.

I kept reading to see where things were going to lead, and well, in true Kinsey fashion, it was a bit of a mess. But, Kinsey lives to see another day, as usual. Its not the most exciting in the series, and deviates a bit from the usual fare, but it’s still not bad.

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G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

G is for Gumshoe  (Kinsey Millhone Mystery)G is for Gumshoe by Sue Grafton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kinsey is enlisted to find someone who has gone missing, or basically do a check in with someone who hasn’t been in touch for awhile. Her client hasn’t heard from her elderly mother in a month and wants Kinsey to find out what’s happened.

Well, Kinsey finds the elderly mother, but that’s just the beginning of her troubles. A hit man has been hired to take her out, so she is forced to hire a bodyguard. Things get a bit muddled up, and of course Kinsey escapes her bodyguard out of a need for freedom. And then crap hits the fan.

Somebody dies, somebody finds a lover, and somebody lives. Not a bad ending really.

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Hidden Jewel by V. C. Andrews

Hidden Jewel (Landry, #4)Hidden Jewel by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Even though I read this one last instead of fourth, I don’t think it made a difference to the story line, much. It did provide a different perspective (Pearl’s) on the story line, where previously it was only Ruby’s. Which shed a different light on Ruby…and it wasn’t exactly a positive one.

I was glad that the main plot points had moved away from men and woman context that most of the plots so far were based on. I could also relate to Pearl’s personal relationship problems, and while that was a part of the plot, it was a small one.

Basically, I liked reading this, I liked the more traditional take on the transition of high school student after graduation, and the non-traditional (Ruby) parent issues, and somewhat traditional parent issues (Beau). By the end of the book it felt like Pearl had found her place and was happy there.

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Tarnished Gold by V. C. Andrews

Tarnished Gold (Landry, #5)Tarnished Gold by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Ok so I’m reading slightly out of order again, but the last two books in the Landry series don’t follow Ruby’s storyline. This one follows Gabriel, her mother, the other one follows Pearl, her daughter.

Actually, I’m quite glad that the author chose to do a prequel book later, rather than sooner, because it gives the story more interest. Gabriel’s story really isn’t that interesting, but it is a bit more so because we already know about her daughter’s story. Hints about Gabriel’s upbringing are in the first three books so it’s nice to have things come full circle.

However, it’s not a need to read book. You can still enjoy Ruby’s journey without this one. However it does fill in the gaps about Gabriel’s life and the life Grandmere Catherine and Grandpere Jack had before Ruby came along.

All in all it’s a nice addition to the series.

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All That Glitters by V. C. Andrews

All That Glitters (Landry, #3)All That Glitters by V.C. Andrews

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

All I can think about after reading this book is all the death that has occurred in this series so far. I have been reading them in order, just so we’re all on the same page. So far the death count (just in the book timeline) is seven. Seven.

Basically Ruby’s family is dead.

It leaves me wondering where this series is going as there are two more books in the series and there aren’t that many characters left to kill off. At this point it seems that all the family drama is gone since there is no more family anymore!

I’m interested in the next book because of this turn of events…

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