Monday, February 25, 2019

New York Time Best Seller Thru 3-3-19

Anonymous Reviewer: Callahan's Crosstime Saloon by Spider Robinson

As a perpetual purveyor and patron of joints cataloged under the gin, juke and dive variety, I couldn't help but love this book. If there is a bar in heaven, and I make it, I want it to be like Callahan's. You won't find it unless you need it, the regulars come and go, but this my friends is the bar to beat all bars. Your favorite is going to look like a retirement home's canteen when you finish. Picture a cross between Cheer's and the bar scene in Star Wars. Then you have a pretty good idea of Callahan's on a regular night. Grease up your eye sockets for all the rolling you'll do on Punday, and don't forget your single bills. Mike doesn't take anything but dollar bills. This AR's feeble attempt to review this book won't do justice due the compassion, heart, and over all good spirit of this little page turner.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Book Dash Children's Book App

Book Dash is available from the Play Store on Droid and they are currently working on a iOS version, so be patient. 

Monday, February 18, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: Osceola and the Great Seminole War by Thom Hatch

Thom Hatch might be the best author on Native American history writing today. His works have hit on just about every major figure in the pantheon and few you’ve not heard of to boot. This offering leaves the read a little wanting for more information about Osceola himself and a little less on the army sent to capture, but this is an inherent problem in writing about a figure from cultures with strong oral traditions. Writing a book on say Stonewall Jackson and his time hunting Osceola, you’ll drown in a seas of written resources. Bring a thimble, however, for written on the Seminoles of the period. That’s not to say there are not any, but they are limited, making Hatch’s job hard. Nevertheless, the story tells and gives the read insight on the only Native American war chief to fight the American Army to a standstill.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Click Bait: 2-15

5-Year-Old Boy Who Opened His Village’s 1st Library On His Front Lawn Approved For 2nd Location



By Lindsey Kennett

Beyond Books—Library Social Workers Build Trust, Share Resources


Monday, February 11, 2019

New York Times Bestsellers Thru 2-17

Anonymous Reviewer: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values by Robert M. Pirsig

Consistently ranked on TOP TEN BOOKS YOU WILL NEVER FINISH or worse TOP TEN BOOKS JERKS HAVE THEIR SHELVES this book is not going to sit on my shelf for long. Not that I think that highly of myself, I want to make room for stuff I'd rather have within ten feet of me.  This AR is going to use their copy as a pass around gift at the next executive Christmas party for the Board of Exxon. Full of deep meditations of life, from the stand point of a dude with waaay too much time on his hands, this book is not at all really about motorcycles or motorcycle maintenance. Don't get your hopes up if you are looking for the long lost squeal to  Hunter S. Thompson's HELL'S ANGELS...keep looking. This one flew mostly over my head, which isn't why I am so down on it. Think of a really complicated theory or idea that you know. Now, try to explain that theory to a person who knows nothing about it, and doesn't speak English. That's about what this book is. Just too much for one brain to understand. Maybe you'll like it better, and understand every word. "At least I finished it" is all I can really say.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Black History Month Recommendations from Dr. Lineburg

February is Black History Month and Dr. Mark Lineburg, Superintendent of Halifax County Public Schools, has shared some of his suggestions for good reads for Black History Month...

Monday, February 4, 2019

Anonymous Reviewer: Eaters of The Dead by Michael Crichton

Be forewarned, this is a work of fiction. Past that this is an interesting piece of work. It’s a fun read for those who bore easily of ancient tales and their poor translations into modern storytelling.  Crichton does his homework surrounding Ibn Fadlan and his travels with Norseman in the 900’s C.E. which making an interesting glimpse into their culture and ways. This alone makes EATERS OF THE DEAD worth a read.