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Welcome to my attempt at blogging. I am a true to heart bibliophile. Here I will discuss and review books as I read them. You are welcome to do the same. The only rules are no profanity, no politics, no religion, and have fun!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Do you know who Joseph Kony is? are you aware about what the MAKE HIM FAMOUS project is? Here's what you need to know: 

He has abducted over 30,000 children and forced them to be Child Soldiers in central Africa. He remains at large because he is invisible to the world. Few know his name, even fewer know his crimes. This year we are making Joseph Kony Famous. Because when he is, The World will unite for justice and demand his arrest." 

Inform Youself 
To know more about this watch this whole video on Youtube, it has all the information on what this man is doing, but most importantly What YOU can do to stop him 

Spread the Word 
Print out the posters, spread the word, make blog posts, use Facebook, Twitter, tell your friends! 

This is very important guys, it is a new way of fighting for what it's right. We know about what's on People Magazine or on Vogue, but what about the bad guys? How can we know who they are and what they have done if no one bothers to show them to us and we don't bother to look for them? It's time to start. Spread the word. Show the video. Let the world know. 

Take Action April 20th. 

***I am not a political activist and I do not usually use my blogspace for anything other than books, but the crimes of this man were brought to my attention by a group of Middle Grade Students concerned about children in Africa.  Yes, folks, middle grade students who are concerned about other kids being taken hostage by this evil man.    I had never heard of him.  After they made me aware of his crimes I decided to watch the you tube video.  I was horrified that he is still at large.  Please watch the video and spread the word. PLEASE, WATCH THE VIDEO AND SPREAD THE WORD.  EVERY CHILD ABDUCTED BY THIS HORRIBLE MAN IS SOMEONE'S BABY.  MADE THE WORLD AWARE OF THIS EVIL MAN AND HIS CRIMES.

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

received from NetGalley for review
published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
available March 13,2012

Venice, 1585.

When 16-year-old Laura della Scala learns that her older sister, Beatrice, has drowned, she is given no time to grieve. Instead, Laura's father removes her from the convent where he forcibly sent her years earlier and orders her to marry Beatrice's fiancĂ©, a repulsive old merchant named Vincenzo. Panicked, Laura betrays a powerful man to earn her way into the Segreta, a shadowy society of women who deal in only one currency—secrets. The Segreta seems like the answer to Laura's prayers. The day after she joins their ranks, Vincenzo is publicly humiliated and conveniently exiled. Soon, however, Laura begins to suspect that her sister's death was not a tragic accident but a cold-blooded murder—one that might involve the Segreta and the women she has come to trust.

1585 Venice, secret societies, a drowning that may have been murder rather than an accident. Sounds as if this book has everything one could wish in a historical thriller. 

I love Italy, especially Venice and it's history. It's my love of Venice that initially drew me to this book. 

The characters are not quite believable. Everyone is a bit too dramatic and over the top. Laura, the main character, is naive and child like, although she spent many years in a convent, perhaps her childlike personality it intentional.

This is a good historical fiction book. A bit slow, but still a good story. I think this book could have been so much more than it was, however, I did enjoy reading it and I would recommend this book to others who enjoy historical fiction.


received from author for an honest review

Book Description (Amazon)
Publication Date: June 16, 2011
Alex Khyan, the protagonist of “Spear of Seth”, is very level-headed person, with both feet firmly planted on the ground. Or is he? What will he do when he faces a world he thought existed only in dreams of an ancient civilization? Alex is quite comfortable in his skin. He is a premed student of the Van Senmut College, so he has to be a serious young man, has he not? He now needs a summer job, and gets one. It is not what he is used to, since he will work as a translator at an archeological dig at the island of Elephantine in the Upper Egypt. Alex does not exactly care about history, but, since his mother is from Lebanon, he speaks Arabic, which gives him an edge. Little does he know what he is getting himself into. Enter Heather Van Senmut and her father, John Van Senmut, a grandson of the founder of the college and the archeologist in charge of the excavations. The dig is not just some dig; it is the ruins of the Temple of Osiris, which stands at the mythical place where Nile emerges from the Egyptian Underworld. The Temple attracts a lot of attention, some of which come from people, who would be more at home in Salem, Massachusetts, shall we say, about three hundred years ago. When John Van Senmut, falls ill and physicians give up on him, his daughter decides to search the Temple for the cause of the disease and possibly a cure. Her quest leads her, and her unwilling helper Alex, into the Netherworld, which survived the Egyptian civilization by two thousand years. They negotiate its dangers, as well as dangers, which come from their contemporaries. They do have only one guide – the Book of Gates, which decorates the sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti. Are the demons, which are pictured there, only a product of the painter’s imagination? Will the Alex’s attitude be helpful, or will he have to change in order to survive? Will Heather realize that there is a difference between being determined and being ruthless? What did alchemists of medieval Europe know about the Underworld? Why Heather needs to find out?


Wonderfully fresh and unique. If you like Indiana Jones, you will love Spear of Seth. A fabulous lesson in Egyptian mythology, the gods come to life (literally) in this fantastic book. 

The story is told from the viewpoint of two college students, Alex and Heather. They are seeking the Spear of Seth. Characters in this book are engaging. One thing I can guarantee, you don't really know who is a 'good guy' and who is a 'bad guy' while you are reading. 

Alex ends up in the Egyptian Underworld, in the presence of the Egyptian pantheon, a very dangerous place to be. We learn about the gods/goddesses as the story progresses. 

This book is not just a well researched mythology lesson. You want action and adventure? Remember, I said this book is like Indiana Jones, that means action packed! I'm not kidding--from the very beginning until the end this book is chock full of action. 

If you like mythology, action and adventure, you should love Rene Daniel's new story.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Jesus and His World
The Archaeological Evidence
Craig A. Evans
published by Westminster John Knox
available March 2012
received by NetGalley for review

synopsis (Amazon.com)
March 16, 2012
In this provocative work, world-renowned scholar Craig A. Evans presents the most important archaeological discoveries that shed light on the world of Jesus of Nazareth. Evans takes on many sensational claims that have been proposed in recent books and peddled in the media, and uses actual archaeological findings to uncover the truth about several key pieces of Jesus' world. For example, what was the village of Nazareth actually like in the time of Jesus? Did synagogues really exist, as the Gospels say? What does archaeology tell us about the ruling priests who condemned Jesus to death? Has the tomb of Jesus really been found, as has been claimed? Evans's engaging prose enables readers to understand and critique the latest theories--both the sober and the sensational--about who Jesus was and what he lived and died for. Questions are included at the end of each chapter, making this book ideal for group or individual study,


This book is timed perfectly for an around Easter release.
A clear, concise view of biblical archaeology by scholar Craig Evans.
I am not a biblical scholar, and I had no difficulty understanding Evans work.  It is a highly readable accoung of the archaeological discoveries related to and from the time of Jesus of Nazareth. 
The book consists of 5 chapters delving into various aspects of Jesus's home, time in history and teachings.
Evans easily explains several elements of Jewish law, burial practices and general Jewish lifestyles. 
He presents this information in an unbiased manner.  I learned quite a lot from this book and will purchase other books by Mr. Evans.

4 stars