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Book Review: Yesterday’s Classics E-Book Collection
August 27, 2013 | 8:09 pm

Yesterday's ClassicsIt's my last week of summer vacation, and I'll be spending it planning for the coming school year. I have been delighted to find a growing niche of publishers that are targeting the back-to-school market with specialized e-book collections, and this e-book collection comes from one such publisher. Yesterday's Classics is part of a website called The Baldwin Project, which formats children's classics and offers them in print, via email subscription, or online as a plain-text website or interactive learning portal. The first 225 releases are available in Mobi or ePub, in a bundle that they were kind enough to provide for me to...

Book Review: ‘Just a Geek’ by Wil Wheaton
August 20, 2013 | 11:00 am

Wil WheatonI got this book from the recent Humble Bundle, and I went into it expecting to like it. I was a huge "Star Trek" fan back in the day, and I never 'hated' Wesley Crusher the way some fans seemed to. I've also enjoyed his recurring bit part on "The Big Bang Theory," so I was expecting a fun read. And I got ... an OK read. My main issue was that although all of his stories were technically about separate incidents, the incidents all were about the same few themes, so they got tiresome. There was the "auditioning for a part if...

Book Review: ‘Dust’ by Hugh Howey
August 20, 2013 | 9:29 am

Hugh Howey"Dust" is the final instalment in indie darling Hugh Howey's Silo Saga, which began with "Wool" in 2011 and concludes with this just-released title. I picked it up on release day because I enjoyed the previous two volumes and also because Hugh Howey sells his work free of DRM, and I am all for that! "Dust" picks up where the "Shift" omnibus left off, with Donald and his sister Charlotte hiding in Silo One and trying to unravel the end game for the silo folks, while Juliette struggles as mayor of an untrusting Silo 18. While Lukas, her lover, picks up...

App Review: Duolingo for iOS
July 30, 2013 | 8:41 pm

DuolingoDuolingo is a learning app that promised to 'gamify' language learning. As a language teacher, I was ready to roll! I downloaded the app, picked my desired language, and ... and I lasted about an hour before I was bored and annoyed. Sorry! The App Setup The app is set up with a series of short 'lesson' books, grouped into little branches of a tree. You can start with book one, or 'test out' and move onto the next unit by successfully completing a little mini-lesson. The main control panel also has a little sidebar that offers such useful information as how many...

Accessory Review: Snugg iPad 4 Executive Case Cover and Flip Stand
July 29, 2013 | 7:29 pm

[easyazon-image align="right" asin="B007BZOGLG" locale="us" height="160" src="" width="160"] Snugg contacted me last week about sending me one of their cases to review, and I just received it today. It's not the type of case I prefer (I don't like cases that cover the bevel), so I won't be using it, but I think my husband will like it just fine. I tested it on an iPad 4, but it should fit the iPad 2 and 3 just fine as well. The product description claims the case is leather, but it's really synthetic leather, which isn't a surprise considering the price. However, it feels...

Book Review: ‘Collected Poems’ by Lynette Roberts
July 27, 2013 | 3:06 pm

Lynette RobertsLynette Roberts (1909-1994), Welsh by name, descent, and election, in fact sprang from far more twisted roots than her association with the Dylan Thomas generation of modern Welsh poets might suggest. Although her two published books of poetry, "Poems" (1944) and "Gods with Stainless Ears" (1951),  were written in the small Welsh village of Llanybri, and weave Welsh scenes, history, myth, names and words into their texture, her pedigree is more that of a second Lisa St Aubin de Teran. She hailed from "Down Where The Moon Is Small" country, the Welsh community in Argentina, where her father was a prominent railway...

Book Review: ‘Black Lamb and Grey Falcon’ by Rebecca West
July 23, 2013 | 12:58 pm

Rebecca West"In two almost incredibly full-packed volumes, one of the most gifted and searching of modern English novelists and critics has produced not only the magnification and intensification of the travel book form, but, one may say, its apotheosis." Thus the New York Times, via Wikipedia, on Rebecca West's "Black Lamb and Grey Falcon," published in 1941 and distilling the fruits of three tours of the Balkans in 1936-38 (it's careless to simply refer to this region as Yugoslavia now), as well as half a lifetime's worth of learning and writely experience. It has strong claims to be the greatest travel book...

Review: iPad Case – The Ridge by Devicewear
July 19, 2013 | 11:34 am

iPad CaseHaving taken advantage of the recent Best Buy trade-in program and securing myself a shiny new iPad, I found myself in need of a case. My old iPad 2 case didn’t quite fit the fourth generation model. I like slim cases that don’t cover the bezel, and I decided to try the Ridge model by Devicewear. While it’s a decent case, it didn’t 'wow' me. First, we’ll start with the good stuff. It is slim and doesn’t add much bulk or weight to the iPad. It’s a bit bulkier than the Apple-branded Smart Case (which is what I ended up using instead),...

Book Review: Things that Are, by Amy Leach
July 8, 2013 | 8:08 pm

"Things That Are: Encounters with Plants, Stars and Animals," the debut work of author Amy Leach, available in the UK from Edinburgh independent publisher Canongate Books, collects essays, meditations, prose poems and occasional pieces from a new American nonfiction specialist whose excursions are as imaginative and inspired as any work of fancy. "Come and miss the boat with me," she invites, in the introductory epistle "Donkey Derby." "Come and play some guessing games. We’ll read aloud the illegible electric green script of the northern lights; we’ll speculate about which star in the next ten thousand years is going to go supernova. Then...

Book Review: So You Want to Be a Wizard (New Millennium Edition)
July 7, 2013 | 8:22 am

cover “They never age.” —Laconic: Comic Book Time, TVTropes A couple of years ago, I mentioned that Diane Duane had started updating the early books in her Young Wizards series.  (Joanna wrote her own post about it here.) The first book was published in 1983, and later books have been written in the years since then. Technology was always current to the publication date of each book, but only a couple of years were supposed to pass in the lives of the characters. As time has gone by some of the technological aspects of the early books in the series haven’t exactly...

BookLikes, a New Social Reading Platform: Do we really need another?
May 17, 2013 | 3:37 pm

DBW featured a press release for BookLikes, a new social reading platform that is supposed to combine the features of Tumblr and Goodreads. I consider one of my roles here is to involve trying things out, and potentially wasting my time so you don't have to waste your. And my reaction to this site? Don't even bother. (Click here to see what TeleRead's Susan Lulgjuraj has to say about BookLikes.) Everyone seems to be wanting to get into the social reading space today, and honestly, I don't think we need yet another one. Especially not one that acts so much like Goodreads....

Review: The Twelve by Justin Cronin
February 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

I recently reviewed The Passage by Justin Cronin, the first book in his Passage series. As I said in my previous review, I had enjoyed the first book and was eagerly awaiting the sequel, The Twelve. I'm happy to report that the second book is every bit as good as the first. The e-book version is well done; formatting is good. I saw a few typos, but not enough to detract from my enjoyment. Each major chapter heading had a picture and quote. The image displayed well on both my Nexus 7 and Kindle Touch. The quotes in the image were...