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Book review: Heartland

I hadn’t heard about Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth by Sarah Smarsh before I ran across it in the new library releases.  It’s written in the same vein as Educated and Hillbilly Elegy — tl;dr, rural/small town/conservative child grows up, gets exposed to the world outside their … Continue reading Book review: Heartland
Tags: Health, Book Reviews, Earth, Infertility, Sarah Smarsh, Richest Country


Over at Kirkus: Round-up of Recent SciFi Reads

I am over at Kirkus today talking about three recent SciFi reads: The Consuming Fire by John Scalzi, Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl  and Dragon Pearl by Yoon Ha Lee . The post appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Kirkus, 8 Rated Books, 7 Rated Books, Marisha Pessl, Yoon Ha Lee, 9 Rated Books, John Scalzi Neverworld Wake


Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May

The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May is the follow up to the first book in her Scottish steampunk faerie series, The Falconer. Since I adored The Falconer so much, I went into this one with high hopes for another amazing and heart-pounding action adventures. It did NOT disappoint! In fact, I feel thoroughly exhausted right now … Continue reading Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May The post Review: The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Steampunk, Young Adult, Elizabeth May, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Elizabeth May The


Book Review: Making things right by Ole Thorstensen

Just finished Making Things Right: The Simple Philosophy of a Working Life, by Ole Thorstensen. Written by a master carpenter in Norway, the book goes from the bid for the job of renovating a loft all the way through the completion of the job. I really enjoyed the book, perhaps it was the translation, but the writing is simple and straight forward. It has very little philosophy, it talks about craftsmanship, quality, and gives you a peek into the day to day of a carpenter on a job, how ...
Tags: Book Reviews, Norway, Weapon, Ole Thorstensen


The Art Of Kazuchika Kise Book Review

Kazuchika Kise is a veteran animator/director that has worked on some of the most highly acclaimed anime films out there, with titles like Patlabor 2 : The Movie, Ghost In The Shell, Evangelion, Blood The Last Vampire and many more. This art book features a huge collection of anime art work from the titles mentioned above, including genga ( keyframe drawings ) to character designs and colored illustrations for the numerous films he worked on. All the material showcased are fantastic, but the ...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Shell, Amazon UK, Ghost in the Shell, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Patlabor, Saya, Katsuya Terada, Character Design, Kazuchika Kise


Jesus Wins

I t’s ironic and more than a little pathetic that a doctrine as glorious and comforting as Christ’s impending return has been a source of such vehement disagreement among Christians. Though we universally agree that he will return, the timing, circumstances, and sequence of events are all matters of much dispute. Some respond to these disagreements by making eschatology ultimate, the mark of a standing or falling Christian. Some respond by failing to attach any importance to a...
Tags: Israel, Book Reviews, Blogging, Jesus, Christ, Harman, Eschatology, Hartman, Dayton Hartman, Jesus Wins


WHAT SHE SAID: The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein by Kiersten White

Today we bring bring back our feature, “What She Said…” in which we both review books that the other has previously read and reviewed. This feature arose because of a very serious dilemma we faced at Casa de Smugglers: what happens when one of us reads and reviews a book that the other desperately wants to read and review? We can’t really post about the same book AGAIN, right? WRONG! Thus, “What She Said…” was born. Thea read The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein last year and has been t...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Victor, Ana, Elizabeth, Mary, Justine, Frankenstein, Thea, Victor Frankenstein, Mary Shelley, 8 Rated Books, Kiersten White, What She Said


Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan

Girls of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan is a brutal and harrowing story, mixed with gorgeous writing and a lush setting and a heroine you can’t help but adore. It’s a dark premise, but it’s handled so well, and it’s also important to discuss. And how amazing it is to see YA shelves being filled with more … Continue reading Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan The post Review: Girls Of Paper And Fire by Natasha Ngan appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Book Review, Young Adult, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, High Fantasy, Natasha Ngan


Book review: “Ruth Bader Ginsburg”: The evolution of a justice

One might think that the market for treatments of the life and legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg would be saturated by now. The past three years alone have seen the release of a carefully curated collection of the justice’s writings, “My Own Words,” a surprise hit documentary about her life and career, “RBG,” and a recent feature film, “On the Basis of Sex,” which focuses on the first sex-discrimination case Ginsburg argued in federal court. Now comes “Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Life,” by Jane...
Tags: Featured, Sweden, Supreme Court, Law, Virginia, Book Reviews, Brooklyn, United States, Aclu, Bill Clinton, Naacp, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, Senate Judiciary Committee, American Civil Liberties Union


Book Review: Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes. By Richard Ashby Wilson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. xii, 356 p. Includes bibliography and index. ISBN 978-1-107-10310-8 (h...
Tags: Law, Book Reviews, United States, International criminal court, Cambridge, Nuremberg, North America, Icc, Balkans, Wilson, International Criminal Court ICC, Gibson, International Court, Vojislav Seselj, Seselj, Streicher


Book Review: THE KINGDOM OF COPPER by S.A. Chakraborty

Title: The Kingdom of Copper Author: S.A. Chakraborty Genre: Fantasy Publisher: Harper VoyagerPublication date: January 2019Hardcover: 640 pages S. A. Chakraborty continues the sweeping adventure begun in The City of Brass—”the best adult fantasy I’ve read since The Name of the Wind” (#1 New York Times bestselling author Sabaa Tahir)—conjuring a world where djinn summon flames with the snap of a finger and waters run deep with old magic; where blood can be dangerous as any sp...
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, New York Times, Ali, Historical, Cairo, Dara, Chakraborty, Nahid, Suleiman, Ghassan, 9 Rated Books, Epic Fantasy, Nahri, Sabaa Tahir


January New & Notable Books

I get books. I get lots and lots of books. As you well know, once a month or so I like to try and thin the pile a little bit and distill it down to the ones I think may be of most interest to people like you. I hope you find at least some of them worth checking out! Books Featured: Jesus Wins: The Good News of the End Times by  Dayton Hartman Too often discussions about the End Times are fraught with wild speculation or discord. But a biblical view of eschatology places...
Tags: Book Reviews, Blogging, Jesus, Christ, Hartman, End Times, Christlikeness, Christina Fox, Christopher Yuan, Francis Grimke, Grimke, Dayton Hartman Too, Cristina Fox, Sandra Peoples, Ryan Lister, Thomas Terry


Book Review: Sadie by Courtney Summers

Title:Sadie Author: Courtney Summers Genre: Contemporary YA Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Publication date: September 2018 Paperback: 311 pages A missing girl on a journey of revenge. A Serial?like podcast following the clues she’s left behind. And an ending you won’t be able to stop talking about. Sadie hasn’t had an easy life. Growing up on her own, she’s been raising her sister Mattie in an isolated small town, trying her best to provide a normal life and keep their heads above water. But w...
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Contemporary, St Martin, Courtney Summers, Sadie, Mattie, 9 Rated Books, Sadie Half, West McCray, Sadie McCray


The Miracle Club: How Thoughts Become Reality

Mind metaphysics, or positive thinking, is a fascinating and mysterious field of personal exploration and inquiry. The guiding principle and basic tenet of mind metaphysics is that thoughts are causative, i.e. thoughts — those intangible acts of cognition, attention and intention — can actually shape reality and the material world in accordance with our wishes and desires. With roots in ancient Hermetic traditions, this profound idea made its way into culture, though not without resistance, via ...
Tags: Post, News, Book Reviews, HOROWITZ, Henry Van Dyke, Mitch Horowitz, Miracle Club


Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee

I included The Epic Crush of Genie Lo in my top 10 of the year but I had not reviewed it – UNTIL NOW. I am over at Kirkus with a full review of the funnest book of 2018. Go over there to check it out. The post Book Review: The Epic Crush of Genie Lo by F.C. Yee appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Avatar, Young Adult, Kirkus, Yee, 9 Rated Books, F.C. Yee


Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship

O ne thing that has always been true of this movement labeled “the New Calvinism,” is that it has included more professing charismatics than practicing charismatics. Though from the very beginning many, and perhaps even the majority, of its adherents have been open to the ongoing miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, very few have lived or worshipped in a way that is distinctly (or even vaguely) charismatic. Though many of the theological leaders of the movement like Wayne Grud...
Tags: Book Reviews, Blogging, Spirit, Jesus, God, North America, Christ, Corinthians, Wilson, Carson, Matt Chandler, Holy Spirit, Andrew Wilson, Sam Storms, Gospels, Cessationism


DEEP WAR by David Poyer – Review

Opinion DEEP WAR by David Poyer USA –  -(AmmoLand.com)- My first David Poyer book was Hunter Killer. I spotted it at my local library, and the jacket cover depicted a naval conflict with current stealth aircraft flying over the fleet. That book pretty much scared the heck out of me. So, I found the book Onslaught that was written just before Hunter Killer, wanting to get a better grasp of the main characters. The author of these books is Captain David Poyer, US Navy retired. He is a Navy Aca...
Tags: Usa, New York, Guns, Navy, Mexico, France, La, China, Book Reviews, US, Gear, Marines, South Pacific, Pacific, US Navy, Us Department Of Defense


Over at Kirkus: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Furyborn by Claire Legrand. The first book in a new series from Claire Legrand, Furyborn tells the story of two different women, separated by a thousand years, but united by a single prophecy. Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: FURYBORN by Claire Legrand appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Young Adult, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Epic Fantasy, Claire Legrand, Empirium Trilogy, Furyborn, Claire Legrand Furyborn


Old School Wednesdays: A Matter of Oaths by Helen S. Wright

Old School Wednesdays is a regular Book Smuggler feature. We came up with the idea towards the end of 2012, when both Ana and Thea were feeling exhausted from the never-ending inundation of New and Shiny (and often over-hyped) books. What better way to snap out of a reading fugue than to take a mini-vacation into the past? Logo designed by the wonderful KMont Title: A Matter of Oaths Author: Helen S. Wright Genre: Science Fiction Publisher: Bloomsbury Caravel Publication date: First published...
Tags: Books, Science Fiction, Book Reviews, Space Opera, Ana, Becky Chambers, Thea, John Scalzi, Rafe, 8 Rated Books, Old School Wednesdays, Helen S Wright, Rallya, Ann Leckie Yoon Ha Lee, Bhattya, Joshin


Jin-roh – The Wolf Brigade Storyboard Art Book Review

Japanese publisher Fukkan has released this beautiful storyboard book for Hiroyuki Okiura’s highly acclaimed anime film Jin-roh The Wolf Brigade ( released back in 1999 ). This is the first time the storyboards have been released as a proper publication; previously a small version was also bundled with the Jin-roh limited edition dvd. Included in the book are a couple of sketches and colored illustrations that were used in the various video releases, as well as a lengthy interview with direct...
Tags: Amazon, Book Reviews, Illustration, Drawing, Animation, Mamoru Oshii, Anime, Miyazaki, Amazon UK, Jin, Satoshi Kon, Hiroyuki Okiura, Art Book Review, Japanese art book, Jin-roh, Storyboards


Wild Book: What Do You Plan To Do With Your One Wild and Precious Life?

I’ve been catching up on some memoirs and recently finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. (I haven’t seen the movie.) I mention it here because the author did a “Big Awesome Thing” in hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and I think achieving financial freedom is also a “Big Awesome Thing”. I thought – What makes a person able to accomplish a “Big Awesome Thing”? First, instead of rehashing another plot summary for the book, I’ll steal the blurb from Amazon: At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she h...
Tags: Amazon, Cheryl Strayed, California, Oregon, Book Reviews, Marketing, Inspirational, Washington State, Mojave Desert, Pacific Crest Trail, Mary Oliver Tell


Book Review: Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance Among Indigenous and Racialized Women

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. Responding to Human Trafficking: Dispossession, Colonial Violence, and Resistance among Indigenous and Racialized Women. By Julie Kaye. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2017. xxii, 279 p. Includes ...
Tags: Law, Book Reviews, Canada, University of Saskatchewan, Kaye, Department of Sociology, University of Toronto Press, Vancouver Calgary, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Angela Gibson, Julie Kaye Toronto, Julie Kaye, Winnipeg Kaye


Review: Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry

Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry is such a sweet and heartfelt story and you will definitely not regret picking it up. It’s about friendship and the anxiety of a life constantly on the move, and it features a girl with Tourette’s syndrome based on the author’s own experiences. Which can I just say is so important … Continue reading Review: Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry The post Review: Forget Me Not by Ellie Terry appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Diversity, Disability, Tourette, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, children's and YA fiction, Ellie Terry


Review of David Latimer’s ‘A Leap of Faith’: New Post on Slugger

I have a new post on the Slugger O’Toole blog, ‘How will we Remember Martin McGuinness?: Review of David Latimer’s A Leap of Faith.’… Read more...
Tags: Religion, Book Reviews, Sinn Féin, Victims, Martin McGuinness, Toole, David Latimer, Churches & Reconciliation, Dealing with the Past, NI Politics, Peace Studies


On Preaching

I’ve spent the past year reading books on preaching. I’ll be honest: it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Every single book has been excellent, but every book gives more steps to take, more actions to complete. It can leave the reader exhausted rather than encouraged. I’m glad I picked On Preaching by H.B. Charles, Jr. as the final book. Charles is an accomplished preacher, but he doesn’t write the book as an expert but as a fellow struggler. I didn’t read the book feeling chided. I read the book think...
Tags: Amazon, Featured, Life, Book Reviews, God, Charles, Charles Jr, Preaching, A Year of Books on Preaching, H.B. Charles, H.B. Charles Jr, On Preaching


Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde is a story about fame and misfortune, queer identities, and being true to yourself even when it’s terrifying. I really loved the author’s previous book, Queens of Geek, and how that one was an incredible geek-loving story featuring autistic and Australian characters from an Aussie author of our own! The … Continue reading Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde The post Review: The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde appeared first on The Boomerang Books Blog.
Tags: Books, Book Reviews, Book Review, Young Adult, Book Reviews - Childrens and Young Adult, Cait Drews, Australian Author, ByAustralianBuyAustralian, Jen Wilde, contemporary YA


Ask the author: Meet Justice Edward Sanford

The following is a series of questions prompted by Stephanie Slater’s “Edward Terry Sanford: A Tennessean on the U.S. Supreme Court” (University of Tennessee Press, 2018). This is the first biography of a justice whose contributions to the Supreme Court in the 1920s were overshadowed in life by those of his more famous colleagues, including Justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, and even in death, because he passed away on the same day as retired Chief Justice William Howard Taft. ...
Tags: New York, Featured, Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington, Virginia, Court, Book Reviews, Harvard, Tennessee, Connecticut, Union, Republican Party, South, Bell


Over at Kirkus: EMPIRE OF SAND by Tasha Suri

We are over at Kirkus today for our regular column! It’s Thea’s turn today with a review of Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri.   The debut novel from Tasha Suri, Empire of Sand is a historical fantasy novel inspired by the Mughal Empire–and it’s a lot of fun (with some reservations). Get the full scoop over at Kirkus. The post Over at Kirkus: EMPIRE OF SAND by Tasha Suri appeared first on The Book Smugglers.
Tags: Books, Romance, Fantasy, Book Reviews, Historical, Kirkus, Thea, 7 Rated Books, Speculative Fiction, Tasha Suri


Book Review: The Globalization of Adoption: Individuals, States, and Agencies Across Borders

Several times each month, we are pleased to republish a recent book review from the Canadian Law Library Review (CLLR). CLLR is the official journal of the Canadian Association of Law Libraries (CALL/ACBD), and its reviews cover both practice-oriented and academic publications related to the law. The Globalization of Adoption: Individuals, States, and Agencies Across Borders. By Becca McBride. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. xiii, 203 p. Includes graphs and tables. ISBN 978-13166041...
Tags: Law, Book Reviews, Cambridge, Congo, Michigan, Smith, Vanderbilt University, Georgetown University, McBride, Jim Smith, Cambridge University Press, Calvin College, Canadian Law Library Review, Canadian Association of Law Libraries, Agencies Across Borders, Becca McBride


A Book of Comfort for Those in Sickness

I woke up far too early and feeling far too discouraged. I had spent a restless night trying unsuccessfully to get comfortable through pain. I eventually gave up, slid out of bed, went downstairs, and got my coffee brewing. I knew this would be a day in which my hands would hurt too much to get any significant writing done. I’ve got deadlines looming and words waiting to be typed, but realized I wouldn’t be able to accomplish anything much. I felt despondent and knew that sel...
Tags: England, Book Reviews, Blogging, Ireland, Suffering, Banner of Truth, Leicester LONDON, Philip Bennett Power



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