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Ian Wood
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Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson
Rating: WORTHY! As was the wont back then, Robert Louis Stephenson began publishing his novel in serial form, at the beginning of the same month that the Earps and Doc Holiday were to confront the Cowboys over the latter's disregard for the city ordinance -...

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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics by James Kakalios
Rating: WARTY! Dishonestly subtitled " A Math-Free Exploration of the Science That Made Our World", this book was a disappointment. There is math in this - a lot of it - and it starts right there in chapter one. It isn't at all well explained. That was t...

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March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World by Christine King Farris, London Ladd
Rating: WORTHY! Illustrated by the curiously-named London Ladd, this memoir is aimed at children and was written by MLK's sister, who wasn't there at the Lincoln Memorial rally in Washington DC that day he made his dream speech, but who had traveled with hi...

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Platypuses by Megan Borgert-Spaniol
Rating: WORTHY! I don't know of anyone who doesn't love a platypus, although the critters can be dangerous. The have poison spikes on their back legs that can do you up a treat if they stick you with one, although if you have one raised from infancy, it se...

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How to Catch the Tooth Fairy by Adam Wallace, Andy Elkerton
Rating: WORTHY! Gorgeously illustrated by Andy Elkerton, this was a riotous book about a cocky and adventurous little tyke who people are evidently trying to catch to take all her quarters, but she gives no quarter! She's too smart for them and knows all t...

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Hollywood Homicide by Kellye Garett
Rating: WARTY! Erratum: "After what felt like a millennia" should read either "a millennium" or omit the 'a' altogether. Millennia is plural. "No I couldn't take let you do that." is confused! This is from an advance review copy for which I thank the publi...

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Emily and the Strangers Vol 1 by Rob Reger, Mariah Huehner, Emily Ivie
Rating: WARTY! I must have slept through the nineties because I had never heard of "Emily The Strange" until I saw this graphic novel in my ever-adored local library. It called to me, but now I'm left lamenting what else is out there that I might never hap...

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Elvis and the Underdogs by Jenny Lee
Rating: WARTY! This was another audiobook experiment which failed! The story is about a rather sickly kid named Benji Wendell Barnsworth who is ten. He tells the story in first person, which is usually a problem for me at the best of times. It was not re...

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Lady Mechanika Vol. 2: The Tablet of Destinies by Joe Benítez, MM Chen, Martin Montiel, Mike Garcia
Rating: WARTY! This combines volumes one through six of the original comic books and was an advance review copy for which I thank the publisher. In a beautifully wrought steam-punk world, the young daughter of a friend of Lady Mechanika's is in need of assi...

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Lady Mechanika, Vol.1: the Mystery of Mechanical Corpse by Joe Benítez, Peter Steigerwald
Rating: WORTHY! This gathers volumes 1 through five of the single comic books and was an advance review copy for which I thank the publisher. I had a better experience with this one than I did with the second volume of the series, which I requested at the s...
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