July 31st, 2020


Book #41: One Forever by Rory Shiner

Number of pages: 88

This is a book that I previously reviewed briefly here.

Reading it again, I was careful to avoid any distractions - I recalled getting distracted on my last read through just by someone sat behind me in Starbucks - and I got more out of it. The purpose of the book is to explain what it means to be "In Christ", which is a phrase that a lot of people might not understand properly, and there is a lot of theology to absorb.

Rory Shiner does a good job here of writing this book in a way that anyone can relate to, with some humour, and a few pop culture references - it reminds me of the preaching I am used to in the church that I regularly attend. Thus, it is an easy book for people not that familar with Christianity to start with.

Next book: Kylie: la la la (William Baker & Kylie Minogue)
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Books 42 & 43

The Search for WondLa (The Search for WondLa, #1)The Search for WondLa by Tony DiTerlizzi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a very interesting middle grade SF. DiTerlizzi also did the art for this which was a lot of fun. However the latter half of the book, the art was oddly placed being rather spoilery for the upcoming pages. Eva Nine is a 12 year old girl who has lived in an underground Sanctuary with Muthr, the robot who has raised her, training her to go above ground.

Then one day, a violent alien hunter breeches Sanctuary forcing Eva top side. However, not a single Earth creature or plant she's been taught about exists. There are countless of other dangers but she gets captured by the hunter, Besteel but escapes with two other aliens, the blue-skinned Rovendar and Otto the giant Tardigrade.

They, along with Muthr go off on an adventure, trying to figure out why this isn't Earth and where are the rest of the humans, all the while being dogged by Besteel.

I really liked Eva and her friends. The story was interesting and she handles the dangers well. I will say that there is some surprising violence for a story about a 12 year old and targeted to the same. WIthout much in the way of a spoiler, Besteel slaughters and eats what we know to be a sentient being on page in front of Eva so if you have young readers who are a bit sensitive keep that in mind.

In a bigger spoiler, there is major character death in this so again keep that in mind for the young readers

I would like to see the rest of the series. It did end this storyline and opened it for the rest of the series.

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Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, Volume 5Young Explorer's Adventure Guide, Volume 5 by Sean Weaver

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a fun anthology of middle-grade, mostly female forward, short stories. They are mostly science fiction with a few steampunk and fantasy mixed in. As with any anthology there are stronger and weaker stories but most of them are quite good. I particularly liked the steampunk ones and the Lighthouse one at the end. I think the young readers would enjoy this.

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