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Non-fiction Friday

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Hello all and welcome to the first Non-Fiction Friday! During the discussion about memes it sounded as though other people also enjoy genre specific link-ups and I’ve been thinking for a while that non-fiction needs one of these. Although I’ve connected with some great non-fiction bloggers, I do think those of us who blog about non-fiction are in the minority. A link-up like this seems like a great way for us to find each other. I’ve also been inspired by Anya at On Starship and Dragon Wings similar feature for Fantasy and Sci-fi books which is getting lots of great links every week. Continue reading

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Book to Movie Challenge Update

poster3Today I have a couple of exciting updates for this year’s Book to Movie Challenge. This year for the challenge, Sergio of Tipping My Fedora reviewed over 20 books and their movie adaptations while I’ve been working pretty hard to meet my goal of 12. So I thought, you know who should be co-hosting this challenge? Sergio. So I asked if he’d be interested and he said yes! That means that for two of the quarterly round-ups, Sergio will be doing posts updating you on how the challenge is going while I do the other two. Once the linky for adding reviews goes live next year, you’ll also be able to add reviews at a post on his blog as well as here at Doing Dewey.

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Goodwill Tour

17294909Title: Goodwill Tour: Paying It Forward
Author: Keith Maginn
Source: from author for review
Rating: ★★★★☆
Review Summary: This book was a ton of fun with its well-written story of adventure and compassion. I found it both very moving and very relatable.

While many of us dream of taking an unscheduled road trip and many of us dream of making the world a better place, author Keith Maginn did both. With his friend Emily, he traveled through the Southeastern US with stops to volunteer and give away money to deserving strangers. In Goodwill Tour, Keith tells their story and the stories of those they helped. Continue reading

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Sunday Salon About Memes

TSSbadge1A recent post on ways to make your memes more interesting from Anya at On Starships and Dragon Wings got to the two of us talking about what memes we each like and I was surprised by how different our opinions were. To think a little bit about why that might be, today I’ll be talking about the pros and cons of different memes. I’d love to hear what you each like too 🙂 Continue reading

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Soundbites: World War Z

117991Title: World War Z
Author: Max Brooks
Narrators: Full cast (includes author and Nathan Fillion)
Rating (Story): ★★★☆☆
Rating (Narration):★★★★★

World War Z is the story of the zombie war, told in a series of interviews with the survivors. One of my favorite things about this book was that it starts with the first infections and covers all the details you might possibly want to know about how a zombie outbreak would go down. We start by learning about what the disease is like from a medical perspective. Then we see how different countries reacted politically and eventually militarily to the outbreak. And finally, we get little snippets of how individuals survived. I loved how realistic and believable all these details made the story. I also adored the full cast narration. It was just perfect for this book. The only downside for me was the narrative style and the length of the book. The interview style narrative seemed lazy to me, with the interview questions interrupting the flow of the story and serving as an artificial mechanism to transition between different topics. Due to this narrative style and the short length of the book, I never got particularly attached to any of the characters in the story and the whole thing lacked emotional impact.

 

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Book to Movie Challenge: The Sequel

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Although there will be a wrap-up post for the 2013 challenge later, I’d like to thank everyone who participated for making this challenge such fun that I can’t wait to host it again next year. Plus, can you believe all of the movies based on books that came out this year?! Doing this challenge, I’ve been amazed at the number of book to movie adaptations there are and I’ve loved seeing some great books brought to life on screen.

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