Review: Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel (The New World Series #3)

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3 stars

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Title: Sanctuary: A Postapocalyptic Novel  (The New World Series #3) 

Author: G. Michael Hopf

Published: May 27th 2014 by Plume

Plot: Surviving the attack proved to be more than they could have imagined…
 
Months after a super-EMP attack devastated the United States, the country is now unrecognizable. Major cities are run by gangs, survivors are dying of starvation and the government is falling victim to lawlessness. Those who were prepared for the end find that they weren’t really prepared at all.
 
While some seek vengeance for their losses, others are determined to restore the nation.

Gordon, Samantha, Sebastian, Barone, Connor and Pablo are all on different paths, but they are all in search of a home away from chaos. They are all in search of a sanctuary. 

Wow, this book was more of a history lesson, than a tory for me. And that was terrifying, but absolutely brilliant.

This book taught me more, than my history teachers ever did, I guess its because I like to learn certain things by actually reading it as a story, than getting pointless HW, and lectures on stuff we have know all our lives.

For example: When did Christopher Colombus sail the ocean blues? In 1492 🙂 Duh, a baby knows that!

Review: Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

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2-star

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Title: Countdown: Our Last Best Hope for a Future on Earth?

Author: Alan Weisman

Published: September 24th 2013 by Little, Brown and Company

In “The World Without Us”, Alan Weisman considered how the Earth could heal and even refill empty niches if relieved of humanity’s constant pressures. Behind that groundbreaking thought experiment was his hope that we would be inspired to find a way to add humans back to this vision of a restored, healthy planet–only in harmony, not mortal combat, with the rest of nature.

But with a million more of us every 4 days on a planet that’s not getting any bigger, and with our exhaust overheating the atmosphere and altering the chemistry of the oceans, prospects for a sustainable human future seem ever more in doubt. For this long awaited follow-up book, Weisman traveled to more than 20 countries to ask what experts agreed were probably the most important questions on Earth–and also the hardest: How many humans can the planet hold without capsizing? How robust must the Earth’s ecosystem be to assure our continued existence? Can we know which other species are essential to our survival? And, how might we actually arrive at a stable, optimum population, and design an economy to allow genuine prosperity without endless growth?

Weisman visits an extraordinary range of the world’s cultures, religions, nationalities, tribes, and political systems to learn what in their beliefs, histories, liturgies, or current circumstances might suggest that sometimes it’s in their own best interest to limit their growth. The result is a landmark work of reporting: devastating, urgent, and, ultimately, deeply hopeful.

By vividly detailing the burgeoning effects of our cumulative presence, Countdown reveals what may be the fastest, most acceptable, practical, and affordable way of returning our planet and our presence on it to balance. Weisman again shows that he is one of the most provocative journalists at work today, with a book whose message is so compelling that it will change how we see our lives and our destiny.

This book I couldn’t get into. I know its a important book, considering it being about Global Warming, and how we, as humans, are destroying our poor planet, I found myself zoning out at almost the entire book, because a lot of this I know already. And I didn’t need a lesson on Earth 101, thank you very much.

But I admire this author for taking his precious time on writing a book about Earth, “our precious home”.

Review: The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge

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2-star

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Title: The Legend of Stuckey’s Bridge

Author: Lori Crane

Published: June 21st 2013 by Lori Crane Entertainment, Incorporated (Self published)

In 1901, the Virginia Bridge & Iron Company began re-building a fifty-year-old Mississippi bridge, and everything was going well, until, they were in the middle of the project.

They began discovering bodies buried on the banks of the river!

Legend has it, he was so evil, he was even thrown out of the notorious Dalton Gang. Years later, he opened an inn near the river, and on foggy nights, boatmen witnessed him pacing back and forth across the bridge, waving his lantern, offering travelers a hot meal and a soft bed. Those unfortunate enough to take him up on the hospitality were often never seen again…

To this day, eerie experiences are still reported around the bridge that now bears his name. If you travel down to Stuckey’s Bridge, be careful, for not much else is known about the man locals refer to as Old Man Stuckey…until now.

So, according to what the story is about, its a suspense!!!

It was quite interesting, considering it being a story about bridges, and legends 🙂 But, I didn’t really fully enjoy it. 

I read it because I wanted to find out if they ever caught the “guy” or not, or if he was still considered a legend told about that bridge, to spice up the state of Mississippi (because the only thing interested about Mississippi is the way it is spelled)honestly.

Review: The Map Thief: (The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps)

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2-star

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Title: The Map Thief (The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps)

Author: Michael Blanding

Published: May 29th 2014 by Gotham

Plot: The story of an infamous crime, a revered map dealer with an unsavory secret, and the ruthless subculture that consumed him.
 
Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business, inhabited by quirky and sometimes disreputable characters in search of a finite number of extremely rare objects.
 
Once considered a respectable antiquarian map dealer, E. Forbes Smiley spent years doubling as a map thief —until he was finally arrested slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. The Map Thief delves into the untold history of this fascinating high-stakes criminal and the inside story of the industry that consumed him.
 
Acclaimed reporter Michael Blanding has interviewed all the key players in this stranger-than-fiction story, and shares the fascinating histories of maps that charted the New World, and how they went from being practical instruments to quirky heirlooms to highly coveted objects. Though pieces of the map theft story have been written before, Blanding is the first reporter to explore the story in full—and had the rare privilege of having access to Smiley himself after he’d gone silent in the wake of his crimes. Moreover, although Smiley swears he has admitted to all of the maps he stole, libraries claim he stole hundreds more—and offer intriguing clues to prove it. Now, through a series of exclusive interviews with Smiley and other key individuals, Blanding teases out an astonishing tale of destruction and redemption.
 
The Map Thief interweaves Smiley’s escapades with the stories of the explorers and mapmakers he knew better than anyone. Tracking a series of thefts as brazen as the art heists in Provenance and a subculture as obsessive as the oenophiles in The Billionaire’s Vinegar, Blanding has pieced together an unforgettable story of high-stakes crime.

This book was ok, it was as interesting as a book full of crime, and maps can be, and its very low. (Just saying)