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The Path of the Crooked is the first book in the Hope Street Church Mysteries.  Somehow when I started this, it didn’t register that “church mystery” probably meant this was a Christian cozy.  I’m not Christian, so when this finally did sink in, I wondered if I’d enjoy it.  And actually… I did, rather.  Okay, there are definite Christian elements in this book – some Bible discussion, church attendance, and various conversations that are definitely Christian-based, but that should not make one abandon a good mystery story!  Mainly it’s a mystery novel that involves people who are Christians.  The mystery itself has enough twists and turns to keep me interested until the surprise reveal at the end.

I really like Cooper Lee, the main character.  Recently dumped by her longtime boyfriend, she’s moved back in with her parents and is feeling very lost and alone.  While I did get a bit tired of her moping over her ex at first, when she finally decided it was time to move on, she became much more interesting and the book more enjoyable.  Cooper is NOT a stereotypical flighty rich “dumpee” though. She’s resolutely working class, and repairs and services copy machines; the fact that she has an occupation that defies traditional gender roles is not only interesting but contributes to the progression of the story.

Some of the other characters start out a bit stereotypical but get more interesting as the story continues.  This is most noticeable in Ashley, Cooper’s sister.  She’s recently married to a very wealthy man and when we first meet her, she comes across as very vain, snobbish, and self-serving – showing off her huge diamond ring, bragging about her rich husband, and complaining that her sister works as a copier repairman who wears a uniform with a name tag, gets all greasy, and has such a macho job.  But later on she becomes much more genuine and, as a result, more interesting.

Like many cozies, this book comes with extras!  In this case, it’s recipes. Cooper’s mom is a baker and several of her recipes appear at the end of the book.  I’m seriously considering making the Dark Chocolate Raspberry Bars this weekend!
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This is a lovely little children’s book with wonderful illustrations.  It’s a simple moral tale illustrating the importance of generosity and kindness, and the true meaning of Hanukkah.  It is designed for younger children, up to around ages 7 or 8, but I think anyone would enjoy the magical pictures and simple text that come together to spin a traditional tale of the Hanukkah season.  The book also includes a short explanation of Hanukkah and dreidels, and instructions for playing the dreidel game.

Definitely need to get this for my synagogue’s library.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This is the first book in a new cozy mystery series, The Haunted Vintage Mysteries.  The author, Rose Pressey, is not new to cozies – she has a long list of prior works.  In this series, Cookie Chanel has opened up a vintage clothing boutique, It’s Vintage, Ya’ll, in a small Southern town.  After a local socialite, Charlotte Meadows, dies, Cookie attends the estate sale, in search of goodies for her shop.  She gets a bit more than that – she gets Charlotte’s ghost begging Cookie to solve her murder…. and offering fashion advice along the way.

If you like cozies, you’ll probably enjoy this book.  It’s an easy read but lots of fun.  Cookie is (can’t resist, sorry!) definitely a tough cookie who may like fashion and wearing vintage but also has business savvy and is willing to wade in and dig for the truth.  The supporting characters are great. Charlotte is fun – she’s of course confused about the “rules” of being a ghost (can she leave the estate where she died… why yes!  She can!).  Then there’s Cookie’s friend Heather, the supposed psychic, who is no help at all in getting rid of this pesky ghost.  Oh, and there is of course the obligatory cat…. can you even HAVE a cozy mystery without a cat?  This one may actually be psychic (take that, Heather!) and communicates through a Ouija board (of course).  And of course the mandatory really hot police detective.

The book had enough plot twists to keep me interested and a surprising and great ending.  It’s definitely a fun read.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Anne Merchant is a teenager who has never really fit in.  Now, as the newest student at Cania Christy, an ultra-exclusive boarding school for super-rich teenagers, she still doesn’t fit in.  Nothing at the school seems to make sense, from the requirement to live constantly by your prosperitas thema (or PT), to the over-obsessive competition to be valedictorian, to the model-like perfection of all the students.  Nor does Anne understand herself – she does not remember how she arrived at Cania Christy or understand the physical changes she herself seems to have undergone.

The story has a very gothic feel and Anne does start out as a sympathetic character, but the novel quickly fell into what seems to be the standard pattern for this type of YA novel.  All the stereotypical characters one expects in teen novels are present – the main character who is “different,” the sad/lonely boy, the “mean girls” clique, the cute/hot guy, and of course the evil overlord.  Then there were all the secrets to which everyone but “our heroine” was privy – after a while, all the not-so-subtle hints got annoying.  Oh, and don’t forget the obligatory love triangle.  And the betrayal – there has to be one of those, right?  And Anne was pretty much the quintessential Mary Sue.  Frankly, if there is a trope or cliché the author managed to miss, I can’t think of it!

If you like weird gothic mysteries, creepy boarding schools, and an overabundance of teen tropes, then this book is for you.  One word of warning – it’s the first book of a trilogy so you’ll be left hanging off the proverbial cliff waiting for book 2!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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This is part of the Time Trips series of short novellas.  This one is set just before the end of the Third Doctor’s last adventure, Planet of the Spiders.  The Doctor has just left Metebelis Three, where he was exposed to a deadly dose of radiation, and is dying of radiation poisoning.  He is on his way back to UNIT HQ but instead the TARDIS takes him to what appears to be a small happy English village.  But appearances can be deceiving….

Jerome Bixby wrote a rather terrifying episode of the Twilight Zone called “It’s a Good Life” – this novella has definite links to that episode (or, perhaps, to the short story on which the episode was based).  Joanne Harris has, however, managed to do what Bixby did not: move the story forward and find a way out of the trap in which the villagers – and the Doctor – are ensnared.  She skillfully captures the Third Doctor’s personality and character and manages a mystery story with enough red herrings, plot twists, and familiar Doctor Who elements to keep the reader hooked until the last page.  As an added bonus for dedicated fans of Classic Who, she fills in the mysterious gap between the Doctor departing from Metebelis Three and arriving back at UNIT HQ.  I definitely will be looking for more from the Time Trips series, and for more of Harris’ work.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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I enjoy graphic novels and this one is no exception.  It’s targeted for kids, which did limit the complexity of the material and led to some condensing of the story.  But despite this, it does stay true to the basic story and is a great way to introduce someone to the Sherlock Holmes stories.

The art is good but very basic.  The faces are really well done.  I gather this is designed to be a coloring book.  That’s fine if you like that sort of thing, but personally, I’d rather a full-color option.

Overall – definitely worth a read!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Book Review: "The Blood Cell" by James Goss

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“Blood Cell” is set in The Prison - a prison on an asteroid that houses the worst criminals in the universe.  One of these is Prisoner 428, also known as the Doctor.  The novel is told in the first person, from the viewpoint of the Governor, who is in charge of the prison. It is interesting to see the Doctor through his eyes and provides a different perspective on the Doctor.

The focus of the book really is more on the Governor than on the Doctor.   Clara is given somewhat short shrift here – she does not really join in much until about two-thirds of the way into the book. Although her periodic visits to the prison are fun to read, particularly because time travel means they don’t happen in order!  Very confusing for the Governor!  She’s more involved in the last third and Goss does get her character. Love her “3B” soliloquy.

The Governor is really the main character here and he is developed slowly throughout the book, as his backstory is revealed.  Some of that is a bit long and rather convoluted; I think it could have been condensed and some of the politics cut out.  There are plenty of supporting characters and Goss does a good job with them – Lafcardio, Abesse, Bentley were all well-developed and interesting, they matter.

There is a lot of violence in this book, and a very high body count – this definitely is not one of those adventures where “everybody lives.”  The eventual reveal of the actual blood cell and the creature lurking in the prison is a bit gruesome, and parts of the book are somewhat dark, but as the book is geared for children, it doesn’t get too bad.

Overall, this is not one of my favorite Doctor Who books.  It rambles too much and the ending is frankly disappointing and anti-climactic.  But if you’re a fan, you definitely want to read it, if only to see the Doctor through someone else’s eyes.  Not to mention.... Sonic Spoon!!!

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.
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I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

I’ve read many of Justin Richards’ Doctor Who novels already, but this was my first Twelfth Doctor novel.  However, I’m beginning to think that it is completely impossible for Richards to write a single Doctor Who novel that I do not love!

So it was great to have some old familiar faces appear in this book – not just Clara but also Vastra, Jenny, and Strax.  Richards has a great handle on them and their voices came through very clearly as I read.  Particularly Strax.  The show has turned Strax into almost a caricature but here he comes into his own as his independent investigation into the murder of a friend crosses over the Doctor’s search for a power spike and Vastra and Jenny’s investigation into a locked room murder.

I also felt he portrayed the Twelfth Doctor very well; his much more removed, acerbic, and darker personality is well-portrayed here.  He is still a bit erratic but is clearly the Doctor.  As I read, I could clearly see and hear him.

The Carnival of Curiosities and the Frost Fair are great settings, and very well-described.  Made me think a bit of the Psychic Circus in the classic Seventh Doctor episode, The Greatest Show in the Galaxy.  The various characters take you in unexpected directions and it’s actually very hard to figure out who (or what!) the actual villain of this story really is!  I particularly like that they are given some closure at the end – I became quite invested in some of them and it is nice to know what happened to them after the Doctor leaves.

All in all, definitely a great read and a must for any fan of Doctor Who!
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For some reason, I've been reading a lot of DW fanfic lately that has Rose meeting other Doctors and noticed something. In a lot of the stories involving Rose running across an earlier doctor (this may be while she's dimension-cannon hopping or as a precursor to a post-DD or post-JE reunion where Rose makes it back), the earlier Doctor is often amazed and very moved that Rose stayed with him after a regeneration, sometimes commenting that he's surprised she didn't have a problem with it because so many of his companions did.

For example, in Vampiyaa's "Tarantella, in which Rose meets the Eighth Doctor....

“I regenerated?” When she nodded, he added, looking extremely vulnerable for a moment, “And… you didn’t leave?”

Now, I've been a DW fan for a very long time and know a few things about Classic Who. I started to think about this.... did the Doctor's companions really have trouble with regeneration?  Obviously we just had the latest regeneration and Clara clearly did have some trouble with it, and almost left the doctor (I really loved the scene at the end where the Doctor is trying to persuade her that he's still "the Doctor" - still the same person).  But what about companions during previous regenerations?

Now, first of all, not all of the Doctors had companions with them when they regenerated - he was alone for five of his twelve regenerations (I'm counting the War Doctor).  So....

When the First Doctor regenerated, he had Ben and Polly with him.  Polly was more accepting than Ben, who was very suspicious and did not trust the Doctor at first.  But by the end of the first story, Power of the Daleks, he seems to have accepted the new Doctor.

When the Second Doctor regenerated, his companions were taken from him and he was exiled to Earth, so he had no one with him.  He did meet up with the Brigadier, who had met him prior to his regeneration. The Brig was confused at first but very quickly accepted the idea that the Doctor could change completely and that this new person really was the Doctor. Okay, the Brig wasn't really a companion, but he was someone who had to accept regeneration.

When the Third Doctor regenerated, Sarah Jane and the Brigadier were with him.  They have no problem with the regeneration or with the new Doctor.  The Brig just says, "Here we go again!" as the regeneration starts.

When the Fourth Doctor regenerated, he had three companions - Adric, Nyssa, and Tegan.  None of them seemed too suprised by the regeneration - at the end of Logopolis, they are worried about him because he is hurt, but are not shocked when he changes.  And in Castrovalva, Nyssa and Tegan focus on helping the Doctor deal with his regeneration - they never question whether he is still the Doctor.  When Tegan asks the Doctor to take her back to Heathrow (which she does a lot in Season 19), it has nothing to do with regeneration - she just wants to get back to start her new job!

When the Fifth Doctor regenerated, his only companion is Peri.  She definitly had some difficulties dealing with the regeneration... but that's at least partly because the Sixth Doctor had some serious problems and even tried to kill her!  By the end of Twin Dilemma, though, she's pretty much okay. She's still a bit worried about him at the start of Attack of the Cybermen, fearing that he is still not totally mentally stable, but she's not thinking of leaving, and she has fully accepted him as "the Doctor".

When the Sixth Doctor regenerated, Mel was with him in the TARDIS.  They are separated for a while but when she finds him and he tells her that he regenerated, she has no trouble at all.  She says, "I know about regeneration, of course" and mainly marvels at how different he is physically from his last form.

The next few Doctors regenerated alone.  The Seventh Doctor regenerated in a hospital morgue, the Eighth Doctor regenerated on Karn, and the War Doctor regenerated on his own in his TARDIS.

The Ninth Doctor regenerated in front of Rose, who was very surprised and even thought he was an imposter at first, but she accepts the Doctor by the end of the Christmas Invasion.  At the start of New Earth Rose and the Doctor talk about their "first date," which involved the Ninth Doctor, making it clear that she has accepted that the Ninth and Tenth Doctors are the same person.

The Tenth Doctor regenerated alone in his TARDIS.

And that brings us up to the present day, when the Eleventh Doctor regenerated and the Twelfth Doctor begs Clara to "Please.  Just... just see me."

So looking back on this, it's clear that so far, all the companions who see the Doctor through a regeneration manage to wrap their heads around the concept by the end of the first post-regeneration story, and no companion has ever left the Doctor because he regenerated.



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“That Touch of Ink” by Diane Vallere is the second book in the “Mad for Mod” series, bringing back interior decorator Madison Night, who derives much of her inspiration (and her wardrobe!) from Doris Day.  This is a really fun read, with plenty of twists and turns.  It would probably have been better if I’d read the first book in the series before tackling this, but even so, I quite enjoyed it.  If you are a fan of Doris Day, you will LOVE this book – everything about Madison revolves around her love for (obsession with?) Doris Day and there are all sorts of references for the fan.  The mystery is good – there are enough unexpected twists to keep you guessing, enough suspense to keep the excitement level high, and plenty of humor. There’s even a bit of romance, just for that extra fillip of fun.  Definitely a good read – I’m ready to go find the first book in the series now!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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Getting Read and Cited More, by Susan Gay, is basically a handbook for academics that provides practical suggestions as to how to maximize the visibility and impact of published works, mainly (but not totally) through the use of social media and digital publishing options.  Frankly, many of Gay’s suggestions would work for any type of publication, not just a scholarly journal article.  However, following this blueprint will require a considerable investment in time and effort, which could affect the author’s future output (obviously if you spend more time publicizing your published research, you’re spending less time actually conducting new research!)  What concerns me (as a scholar who has published extensively about citation analysis and its evolution) is that essentially the concept of “publish or perish” is now evolving into “publish and publicize or perish” and the impact of a scholarly work may be affected more by how willing and how effective the authors are at self-promotion than by the quality of the research itself.  Effectively, those scholars who do not jump on the social media bandwagon and actively promote their journal articles may end up being marginalized and ignored.

That being said, the social media bandwagon does exist, and academics are more and more being evaluated not only on their scholarly output but on the impact that output has on the field.  Therefore, young scholars today probably do need to put in the effort to maximize the exposure of their research.  If that is the case, this book provides clear guidelines for them to follow.
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Dragonwriter, from Smart Pop, is a collection of stories and essays about the late Anne McCaffrey, written by her friends, family, and fellow science fiction writers that has been put together by her son and co-author Todd McCaffrey.  But even though the majority of the essays were crafted by well-known writers (Mercedes Lackey, Wen Spencer, Jody Lynn Nye and Bill Fawcett, and David Gerrold, just to name a few), this really is a book written for Anne McCaffrey fans by Anne McCaffrey fans.  If you love her McCaffrey’s work, you’ll love this book – it brings her to life again and gives insights into how her work was created and developed over time.  Even non-fans might enjoy these glimpses into the life of a working author, and the influence she had in the world of science fiction.  

Book Review: “Smart Pop Preview 2013"

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Smart Pop publishes books of non-fiction essays about a specific pop culture subject – books, TV, movies, and comics – that tend to focus mainly on science fiction and fantasy.  Each book focuses on a specific subject and includes a variety of essays by TV and movie writers, best-selling authors, artists, psychologists – you name it.

This book, Smart Pop Preview 2013, includes a sample essay from each of the books coming out later this year.  They include a book about Anne McCaffrey and the Dragonriders of Pern series, one on the Munchkin card game, one on Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series, a book on Ender’s World, one on the Hunger Games trilogy, and several others.   There even appears to be a book on fanfiction!  The quality of the essays varies, but they were all enjoyable.

Obviously, my familiarity with the subjects of the books varied greatly so the essays based on books or movies I’ve read or seen were much more interesting to me.  I particularly enjoyed the essay by David Brin on Anne McCaffrey – he discussed why she insisted her work was science fiction, not fantasy.  The essay on the architects of the second rebellion in the Hunger Games was also interesting – it focuses on a variety of secondary characters (Haymitch, Plutarch Heavensbee, Seneca Crane, Mags, Madge Undersee, Cinna, even Katniss’ father) and what their role was in the instigation of the rebellion; basically making a case for a considerable amount of prior planning.  There was also a review of the Hunger Games movie and how it translated from page to screen.  My favorite, though, was the article on the history of fanfiction, basically explaining that fan fiction has a long and fairly honorable history (Shakespeare!  George Elliot! The Marquis de Sade! William Makepeace Thackeray!)  It seems to me that these days, it is fanfic if you post it on the net but “real” fiction if you get it published.  That’s the main difference between the massive amount of fiction about Sherlock Holmes that’s posted online and the recent proliferation of books about Sherlock Holmes in the bookstores and on Amazon.

The best thing about this book is that it is a sampler – it lets you peek into a wide variety of Smart Pop’s forthcoming books and whets your appetite.  I know I’m intrigued!  I would definitely like to read the entire book on fan fiction, and the one on Anne McCaffrey (she was one of the authors who introduced me to science fiction).  Hey! I wonder if they'll ever do one on Sherlock Holmes!

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book in exchange for a free and honest review from the author.
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I’m a fan of mysteries, and a Doctor Who fan, so a time-travel mystery seemed tailor made for me!  Plus, the author of “Ripped,” Shelly Dickson Carr, is the granddaughter of John Dickson Carr, who wrote such wonderful Golden Age mysteries (not to mention teaming up with Adrian Conan Doyle on a book of Sherlock Holmes stories!)  “Ripped” is a reasonably quick read, and although it’s meant for teens, it’s definitely something adults would enjoy as well.  It’s a definite page-turner and enough twists and turns to keep most readers guessing.

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Overall, it was an okay read, but not up to the standard I’d hoped for. 

Book Review - "Numbersense" by Kaiser Fung

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“Numbersense” by Kaiser Fung” looks at the new world of “Big Data.” It’s not a statistics text and it does not teach you how to analyze data. What it does is open your eyes to how big data can be used, misused, and exploited. Advances in computing technology has opened the door to the collection and analysis of enormous data sets; even twenty or thirty years ago, it would have been impossible to amass such large amounts of data and it would have been equally impossible to analyze these huge data sets. But today, computer advances make “number crunching” so easy that almost anyone with some basic skills and access to basic statistical analysis programs (or even spreadsheets) can run simple analyses. And big data sets are available to anyone with a computer. Go to the Census Bureau website - there are huge data sets there anyone can play with! Sports statistics are freely available as well, which (as Fung points out) has contributed to an explosion in fantasy sports leagues.

The problem is that not only can big data be analyzed with ease, it can also be misused. Or incorrect conclusions may easily be drawn from these analyses. Unfortunately, these interpretation errors can have enormous repercussions on society. One of Fung’s first examples is how Karl Rove and several other prominent Republicans interpreted poll results to predict that Romney would win hands down, which of course he didn’t. Basically, it’s not enough to understand data and data analysis; Fung stresses the need for “numbersense” - the ability to recognize bad data and/or bad analysis and to know when to keep going and when to stop.

Fung uses recent real-world examples - Groupon, grocery pricing, stats on health and obesity. He looks at the assertions that were made by experts and the data that the experts used to back these assertions up. He looks at what questions were asked - and what SHOULD be asked; what data was used and what data SHOULD be used, and so on. And since you can’t go and conduct your own analyses every time you read someone’s conclusions based on big data, Fung helps the reader know how to interpret those conclusions - to think about them critically rather then just accepting them because they come from an “expert.”

As a user of fairly big data sets myself, I’m already aware of some of the pitfalls. This book, however, made me think more about those issues in the context of my daily life, as opposed to my work. It’s not a quick read, but it is very interesting and the use of current real-life examples really helps keep it interesting.

Disclaimer: I got a free copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for a free and honest review.
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“Claws of the Cat,” by Susan Spann, is the first in a new series set in 16th century Japan.  The main characters are Father Mateo, a Portugese Jesuit priest living in Kyoto and Hiro, a shinobi (master ninja!) who is under oath to protect him - it’s not totally clear why he has sworn to protect Mateo but it doesn’t seem like he’s totally happy about this.  I don’t know if the author is deliberately vague about the backstory or not, but it’s not really clear how Mateo ended up in Kyoto or how Hiro became his protector.  Maybe there was some dishonor and he’s trying to regain his status and honor through this? Perhaps this will be cleared up in later novels - I hope so!

Anyway, a teahouse entertainer who has converted to Christianity is accused of murdering a samurai at the teahouse.  She asks Mateo for help and he of course agrees, demanding that she be given time to prove her innocence and claiming this is her right as a Christian.  The victim’s son is greatly angered by this; he agrees but insists that Mateo does not prove the girl’s innocence in the next three days, the priest as well as the girl will be executed.  Of course there’s no shortage of motives - every time you turn around, another person has reason to want the victim dead.

The two characters start out with a sort of Holmes/Watson dynamic, with Hiro following along behind Mateo.  But to me, Hiro is the detective here, not Mateo - he does most of the investigating and deducing.  This is not to say that Mateo is bumbling or clueless or anything, but he is a foreigner which affects his understanding of some nuances.  On the other hand, the fact that he is an outsider lets him notice things that might be overlooked by someone who is part of the culture.

What I really enjoyed about this book was not so much the mystery but the setting.  The mystery itself was intriguing but also fairly standard.  There’s the “detective and sidekick” scenario, along with the usual twists and turns and red herrings. You’ve got the expected cast of characters - the victim’s wife, his angry and vengeful son, his strong and domineering daughter, the beautiful and winsome young suspect, the secretive owner of the teahouse, and so on.  Actually, they’re pretty solid and the author describes them well; you do get a clear picture of all of them.  But it’s the author’s detailed descriptions of the life and culture of 16th century Japan are wonderful and kept me interested.  There is even a glossary at the back of Japanese terms used in the book, which is quite helpful!  It’s a lovely window into a fascinating world that no longer exists.

It took me a while to get into this; it starts out rather slowly but eventually it did kindle my interest and I zoomed rapidly through to discover the true killer!  I hope that the author does write more in this series as I do want to discover more about Hiro and Mateo.
I have discovered NetGalley!  You get new e-books for FREE to read and review.  It is AWESOME!  So I will be posting my book reviews here.

My first book is “Buyer, Beware” which is a Style and Error mystery by Diane Vallere – I believe it’s the second in the series.  Basically, Samantha Kidd was a buyer for a fancy fashion store but is currently out of work and living back in her old hometown.  A new store in town Heist, is sponsoring a contest that involves stealing certain objects and Samantha and her friends pull it off!  They go to the opening party to claim their prize – a major shopping spree – but Samantha discovers a body, instead – the store’s handbag buyer!  Oh no!  Heist’s owner offers Samantha the job, with an amazing salary and bennies, but there’s a catch – he also wants her to investigate the murder!  The police aren’t thrilled at her involvement, but when they ID a suspect, she’s not convinced.  She’s also juggling her shoe designer boyfriend, who’s out of the country and is not happy she’s gotten mixed up in another murder, and a sexy guy who not only helped out with the original heist but keeps involving himself in her investigation – and her life.  I don’t know much about fashion but this was a great read.  The characters were engaging and the mystery was very clever, with some unexpected twists and turns.  I’m definitely going to check out Diane Vallere’s other books.


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I Heart Publix is giving away a Coupon Clutch and the organizer system insert package!

*crosses fingers*

I *want* one!  I save a lot of money thanks to coupons and sales, but I really need a better way to organize all my coupons!


What is the canon

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Someone posted on another site recently asking about whether novels etc. were part of DW canon.  I started to think about this and ended up writing a virtual essay on the subject.  Much too long to be able to put in a reply to the original post.  So I'm posting my thoughts here and will link to them for the original post.   This was fun to do, actually!

The original question was:  a) how canon are the books considered?
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Writing rant redux

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wendymr recently posted an entry in her LJ about her frustrations over poor spelling, grammar, punctuation, and so on in fanfic.  I replied - this is one of my pet peeves as well - and also included a little spellcheck poem  I ran across a while back.  I think it's from a Toastmaster's magazine.  Anyway, I love this and thought I'd put it up here as well so that next time I want it, I don't have to hunt all over the web for it again!


An Owed to the Spelling Checker

Wee have a spelling checker.
It came with hour PC.
It plane lee marks four are revue
Miss steaks wee can knot sea.