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This nonfiction book covers the life and death of Lady Jane Grey, the Nine Day Queen who was never crowned and never wanted it in the first place.  Other people schemed to get her on the throne after the death of Edward VI and she was a pawned used by her father and the Duke of Northumberland to be the puppet for them to rule England. The book is copiously footnoted throughout to support facts given in the book but even with the notes the care of the subject comes through the author’s writings.

The book is an interesting read of the time frame and how some people make poor decision after poor decision to the ruin of their families. In the end the only person out of Jane’s family that does well for themselves is her mother.

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Each chapter in this book covers a different photographer but what they all have in common is a respect for the pinup style.  A few of the shots certainly reminded me of original 50’s shots. Several had great props to enhance the setting.  If you like cheesecake and pinup style art this is a good book to add to your collection. It is certainly one I’ll have to pick up to stock in the store.


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I must say that I was following this on Tumblr before the author got a book deal.  This is a great look at women throughout history and not just the few famous names you might have heard mentioned.  I read the book to see if it was appropriate for my young nieces and I might hold off a bit since the book doesn’t shy away for rape and torture that happens to some of the women.  The book does have a rating system with the stories set up on a maturity scale.  The art depictions of each of the women do try and blend in themes and objects about their story in the picture.  Overall this is a great book to give someone that likes history to be able to sample facts from around the world and various time frames.  A good jumping off point to find out more about each of these women.


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This is a tiny jewel of a book on sushi. The photography is lovely but I seriously doubt I will ever get to eat at the restaurant it is for.  With each fish listed Jiro lets you know what time of year he serves it and why.  There are some tips on eating sushi at the end of the book along with information about how to get a reservation at his restaurant. The book almost seems to be geared as a book to get as a gift for eating at the restaurant instead of trying to take pictures of every serving of fish.

I was surprised that some of the fish is aged to bring out the best in it. Each fish almost has a certain way of being treated to showcase the best flavors.  This is a really lovely gift book for the foodie on your shopping list.

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If you have watched any of his shows then you will be hearing him in your head while you read and use this cookbook. I liked how the recipes are set up with some having hints and tips before the actual measurements and some after. It feels more like a friend telling you how to do things instead of just measurements and directions with the pictures.  There are lots of great photos in the book and not just the typical food shots you would expect to find. But I have to say the last photo in the book made me laugh at loud.  I’ll try out a few of these recipes but I think a few I would have to try while going out to eat before I attempted it at home.

Overall a great book and I can’t wait to get my hands on a physical copy of the book.


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This nonfiction collection reads like Neil Gaiman is sitting down and telling you lots of cool stories about writing and people he knows. The collection is sectioned out with talks about his writing, speeches he has given over the years, introductions he has written for books. The only problem is this really isn’t a complete collection but more of a greatest hits of some of the introductions. After reading this there are some writers I want to track down just from reading Neil talk about how wonderful they are.  The nice thing about this collection is it doesn’t need to read in one sitting and it makes for a great book to dip in and out of.

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This is a nonfiction book that covers some of the poisons that Agatha Christie used over the years in her books. The chapters cover a poison and talk about the book that it was in without giving away the murder and tell you if there was a real life case that might have inspired her to use it. The neat part is the author goes into excellent detail in the science on each poison on how it kills, if there was an antidote to it, and did Agatha Christie give all the correct symptoms and dosages in her books.  I didn’t know that Agatha Christie worked in a pharmacy during both World Wars and this is where she got the knowledge to use these poisons so well in her books.  I enjoyed the book and it will be a fun read for a big mystery fan.

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I am glad that I gave this a whirl. The tone of this autobiography comes across as lighthearted and very breezy but by the end some very important things are addressed.  Felicia had a bit of an unusual childhood with being home schooled and having interests in the performing arts even when she was young.  After entering college at 16 on a music scholarship and graduating double major in math and music she decided to move to LA to become an actor. 

The parts I found interesting is she is very open about her personal life as she was trying to start something new [The Guild].  That it took off really surprised her but it did and she is now more than just an actress with a large following but a producer as well.  If you have any interest at all in Felicia Day as an actor or just a social media presence this is a great book to read.

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I picked this up because I admit to being a fangirl about certain things.  This covers just about everything about fandom you can think of the top of your head. Lots of points about where to get started on fan fiction, conventions, cosplay and other stuff.  Most of what it covered I knew and I just had a few minor nitpicks about things but overall it was a nice. There is even a section about how to handle trolls, which is a sad state of the internet that it has to be address.

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I picked this thinking it would have some recipes as well as talking about the food culture during the medieval era.  Instead what I got was a very detailed and heavily footnoted book about food and some of the reasons behind what was eaten during that time frame.  The book did leave more to the Italian side since it seems the few cookbooks from that time frame were from that area.  Every part of food is covered in here along with how some dining customs changed as food changed.  An interesting read , but the book is more for someone doing research during that time frame and less for the average foodie.  Lots of reference sources listed if you do decide to fall down that rabbit hole.
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Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination by J.K. Rowling, Joel Holland

This is a reprint of the commencement speech that J K Rowling gave at Harvard several years ago. I enjoyed reading the speech and I’m sure this will be given as a graduation gift to lots of people. If you have seen Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman then you will be familiar with the format of this speech as well.



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I picked up this review book because it was about an English Pointer and I currently have two pointers. The book introduces Judy, an English Pointer that was a ship dog in the English Navy and became an official Japanese prisoner of war. The book is grim reading for the most part with Judy barely surviving and tale after tale of her giving warnings of attacks both before and after she was captured. The prison camp section of the book is tough reading of the toll on the men in the camps and every page you almost expected to have something else terrible happen to Judy or one of the men that cared for in the camps. She was awarded the Dickin medal before her death at the age of 13.  Overall the book is dry and very factual but that Judy makes it through all of it makes it a good read.

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If for some reason you find yourself in possession of a large amount of eggs then this just might give you some ideas with what to do with it. Each chapter deals with a different way to make the eggs, some sections are recipes for only part of the egg and some with white and yolk used separately. The book is also photo heavy to show each step of the prep. Is this the cookbook to keep forever and ever? No I don’t think so but it is a good one to check out for pointers and ideas.

One of the things I love about my local library is checking out cookbooks and seeing what will work for me.  And it has lead me to buy a few cookbooks that I knew would work for me.

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I'm a big fan of this movie so when I saw this was availble to review I grabbed it.  It was a fun read of the making of the movie from Cary being cast until the final day of shooting. There is also a bit about when they all got together for the 25th anniversary of the film. If you have love of the movie you will enjoy the book. He talks about stuff that happens on set and how certain shot came into the film even when they were not planned. I had a smile on my face the entire time I was reading this. Just a great happy read and I'm glad I picked it up.

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This is the perfect little gift book for the foodie or language lover in your life. The book provides a nice color drawing of the food in question and a short description of the saying in French and gives some background how it might have developed in the language. Instead of the usual coffee table book a cute book to have in the kitchen or the nearby breakfast bar to flip through while waiting for something to finish cooking.

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This is really a bare bones biography of Musashi. The setting is his adopted son explaining his Father’s entire life to someone standing at a memorial marker for Musashi. The entire thing reads as super brief summary of some facts. The book left me feeling that they glossed over the entire life of this person and kept repeating dry facts and dates without really touching what made this man who he is and how important The Book of Five Rings is to this day.

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I like Carl Hiassen's fiction and this is the second book of his nonfiction that I have read and the writing style is even more biting in his nonfiction. The books chapters are set up on different themes.  I did a lot of grinding my teeth on the environmental section since Florida is my home state and just shaking my head over the political columns. If you are interested in his fiction writing this is a great window to peek inside to see just where his story ideas come from. Overall a good roundup of news stories set in Florida since 2000.


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This is for someone who is a fan of the Fables series. I've enjoyed the comic series and some of the spin offs and this was a great index to all the characters that have been brought to life in the pages of the comic. You find out which ones came whole cloth out of the writer's mind and what was based off of a fairy tale. As I was reading this I could see someone using it for writing a paper on fairy tales and needing a good cross reference for some of the lesser known characters. The short asides from the creator and artists that are dropped throughout the book were fun to read and there are some hints about what might show up in future issues.



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Even after reading mixed reviews on the book I decided to give it a shot. The book is more autobiographical but the author freely admits to changing things to hide their identity and protect from potential lawsuits. The narrative jumps around and smugness of the book just grated on my nerves. After a while I was actively skimming looking for anything that might be interesting. I'm glad that I got this from the library because I don't think I would have wanted to have wasted my cash on this.



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This is more one person's high points as a hostage negotiator and the reader will recognize the big cases that he worked on. The book was ok but not what I was hoping for. You don't get as much out of what makes him such an excellent negotiator as someone that can analyze a situation and see what everyone else is doing wrong. Not sure if that is more looking at each situation in hindsight since it is a memoir of his time in the job or that he knew at the time when everything was going right and wrong.

IF you are interested in the FBI it does give some insight working and the interdepartmental competition  and it does cover the work it does that most people have no idea is the FBI's job.

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