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Wonderful World of Horses Coloring Book by John Green
Wonderful World of Horses Coloring Book

D.B. Pacini, January 23, 2010

High Quality Artwork

One of the best children’s coloring books featuring horses available. I should know, I’ve purchased most of them.
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The Prometheus Project: Trapped
The Prometheus Project: Trapped

D.B. Pacini, January 23, 2010

Awesome Gift

I frequently receive books as gifts. This one was mailed to me (wrapped in Christmas paper) with "Please read, from Julie" scribbled on a post-it note. I know twelve Julie girls and women, none of them sent the book to me.

I've just finished reading "The Prometheus Project: Trapped" and it will be put on my list of recommended reading. It is a fantastic story, well written, and it will enthrall a young person's imagination.
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After the Republic by Joe L. Blevins
After the Republic

D.B. Pacini, September 29, 2009

A FASCINATING READ


I’ve been to Texas, ate steak there, visited a cousin, and bought a cool hat. My personal experience with Texas has been limited. I know it is huge, that it is nicknamed the Lone Star state, and that it has prairies, forests, deserts, grasslands, coastal swampy areas, and rolling plains. When I think of Texas I think of cattle, cowboys, lots of oil, and six flags. When author Joe L. Blevins sent me his book, After the Republic, I didn’t know what to expect, but I was intrigued by the time period he selected to write about, 1845-1849. I was especially interested because he based the book on factual people and true stories.

A book that attempts to fairly show both sides of a volatile time period, in this case the experiences of Native America Indians and the experiences of the new white settlers, often risks being biased to one side. In this specific time period one must add a third component, Mexico’s unrelenting threat of all out war for Texas.

I apologize. I cannot give you a review only about this book. I'm compelled to provide a review about the author too.

My review about this author:

Joe L. Blevins knows what he is talking about. He does not only talk the talk, he walks the walk. He has spent a lifetime studying Texan and American history. The faces of the Native American Indians in his drawings are the faces of Native American Indians he personally knows. His family settled in Texas in 1843. They were there during the time period he writes about in this novel. They lived in the “Cross Timbers” region at Dove Creek, the real historical “Lonesome Dove” settlement, not the fictional settlement in the Lonesome Dove series. Blevins painstakingly strives to tell historically true stories about real people from an important time in USA history before the people and their stories fade away and become irretrievably lost forever. This endeavor is a challenging undertaking. He makes every effort to be authentic with language too. He provides a bonus feature to help provide background details and information. The bonus feature is fabulous. I am astonished by this man and grateful to him.

My review about After the Republic:

The first book in the trilogy, The Texas Republic, begins in Louisiana before 1836. After the Republic is the second book. The storyteller is a freed slave. Andrew comes to Texas to get a land-grant because smugglers involved in the Sabine River trade took his home in Louisiana for a hideout. Andrew is wounded and his wife Delephine is killed. Cherokee Indians on a hunting party find Andrew. They take him in and accept him as a member of their tribe. The story begins in late 1845 when Texas has become a state. Andrew has served in the Texan army as a scout. He now has a Cherokee wife and a family to protect.

Yes, I appreciate that an editor can find some flaws in the editing of this book. I appreciate that some sentences are not perfectly crafted. So what? Blevins respects the fact that these people were self-taught. They did not attend school. The way they learned to read was to read the bible, the only book most of them ever owned. That is why there is bible references shared in this story. The bible was a fundamental part of their everyday lives. Blevins writes as they spoke.

The priceless jewels of information are humbly shared and make a fascinating read. I’m honored to endorse this book. The spirit of these stories is told without sensationalism and it links readers to the narratives organically, via the soul. I found myself thinking with my heart and feeling with my intellect. The eyelashes of this book are long and dark. The eyes see with clarity and shine brightly. The voice is a whispered shout. These stories will splash like river water into the places in your heart you didn’t know weren’t filled.
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A Tale of Two Cities (Bantam Classic) by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities (Bantam Classic)

D.B. Pacini, July 17, 2009

THE REASON I LOVE ORANGES:

I first read A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens in 1969. My friend Bucky, a French-Canadian, gave me the book as a birthday present with a bouquet of daises, a blue balloon, and a wooden crate of oranges. We sat on the beach eating oranges from morning until sunset, reading A Tale of Two Cities to one another. It was one of my favorite birthdays. It is still one of my favorite books. It is probably the reason oranges are my favorite fruit.
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To Kill a Mockingbird: The 40th Anniversary Edition of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird: The 40th Anniversary Edition of the Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novel

D.B. Pacini, July 10, 2009

A FAVORITE:

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD by Harper Lee is one of my favorite American fiction classics. I urge you to add it to your "must read" list if you've not read it. Read Wikipedia's listing. They state that British librarians ranked TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ahead of the Bible as one every adult should read before they die.

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