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|Through surveying and interviewing childfree/childless couples, Laura S. Scott gets to the the heart of the matter in Two Is Enough: A Couple's Guide to Living Childless by Choice.|
In the introduction, Scott gives the reasons and methods to her research. An important thing to note here is that Scott uses childfree and childless interchangeably throughout the book. The first chapter reveals who the childless by choice are, chapter two explains how the choice came about with the growing availability of drugs and other medical procedures, and chapter three defines the different ways how people came to be childfree/childless.
|This anthology contains six short stories of different owls from the Ga'Hoole series. Each one is a fascinating look into the background of a minor character along with a lesson for young readers.|
The Snowy Sisters, Madame Plonk and the Rogue smith of Silverveil, were once only owlets being used as pawns in a plot. Their painful past led them to become better owls in their later lives.
Fritha's Painted Past has always kept her quiet when it came to her family and upbringing, but it might be time to be proud of who she is and where she comes from.
Uglamore Redeemed himself by coming to the aid of Coryn at a crucial time of the war, but how did he become a slipgizzard to the cause he was raised in and believed in?
|De Vito was digging through his uncle's belongings and discovered a strange manuscript written in multiple languages. Through careful translation De Vito manages to decipher the meaning and share it with readers.|
What did this priest find that was so disturbing that he was excommunicating from the church? What if the Bible is biased toward the wrong side? What if God is actually the bad one?
The idea may be repugnant and downright offensive to some readers to consider. Others may find it an interesting philosophical question, while others may find the idea humorous.
I did not feel that this book made Lucifer/Satan and his minions sympathetic; however, God comes across as a megalomaniac and many of his followers seem psychotic. The author does not change the stories, he just writes them in a different way.
|As more members of the Pagan community come forward with intolerances and allergies, careful or no use of scents becomes more important. Because many rituals take place in areas where use of flame is restricted, it's important to have alternatives available.|
Spiritual Scents is a 20 page e-booklet with advice on how to not abuse scent and fire during rituals and gathering. You can find my full review of this booklet at Pagan Book Reviews.
|The text written by Tolkien is a mere 40 pages, while the rest is commentary and clarification by Christopher Tolkien, his son.|
There is a brief forward in which Christopher explains the layout of the book followed by the 40 page text.
After this Christopher does a great job of explaining where Tolkien pulls from in the various Arthurian lore for the reader, who may not already be familiar with the material, in order for the reader to better understand the poem.
In the next chapter, Christopher reveals the curious similarities between his fathers notes on his Arthurian works and those found in the Silmarillion.
"Evolution of the Poem" explores the various drafts, comparing the latest versions of certain verses to some of the earlier versions that Christopher was able to gather and analyze.
|H.P. Lovecraft has been scaring people for generations with his horror stories. His work has been a popular influence in literature, games, and even music.|
This collection contains reinterpretations of many of H.P. Lovecraft's horror stories in black and white comic-style format followed by the selections of which they are based on. These stories include "Dagon", "The Music of Erich Zann", "Facts Concerning the Late Arthur Jermyn and His Family", "The Well", and "The Window". From "Fungi from Yuggoth" there are selections from "Recognition", "A Memory", "The Canal", and "The Lamp".
One of my favorite pieces by Lovecraft is "The Music of Erich Zann", so I was delighted to find it interpreted here. It is a straight forward interpretation and very well done.
|Mae Koskinen is an elite soldier of RUNA (Republic of United North America). Justin March is an exiled member of state and a former investigator of religious groups and supernatural claims. Koskinen loses her normal cool continence during an event. As punishment she is pulled from her normal duties and has been assigned to Justin to investigate a series of murders in RUNA.
Justin only has a month before the next full moon when the killer will strike next. With each day the pressure is put on harder, the investigation becomes more dangerous, and the trail becomes colder.
Koskinen's typical high society upbringing may hold the key to finally breaking the case, but it may not be in time to save the next victim. And maybe those strange voices in Justin's head can offer a hand in solving the murders.
|Because I live in the desert, I tend to get the urge to read this book again every year in the summer.|
Herbert's Dune was first published in Analog magazine as two parts. He later edited and expanded it to be published as a full-length novel. It was followed by five sequels by the author and a continuing written series collaborated by his son, Brian, and Kevin J. Anderson. It has been interpreted into a movie, a mini-series, computer and board games, and even songs.
After the failure of House Harkonnen to harvest the precious commodity spice in acceptable quantities, the Padishah Emperor decides to move House Atreides from the lush planet Caladan to the desert planet Arrakis.
|Although he believes it's a prank, the interviewer decides to meet with a vampire on the off-chance this is an interview of a lifetime.|
Louis was a successful plantation owner, until the vampire Lestat bit him and interrupted his life. His sire, Lestat, informs Louis that there are things Louis needs to learn about becoming a vampire and he holds Louis hostage with this knowledge. Everything is going fine for Lestat until he decides to transform a little girl, who soon decides to rebel against his tyranny.
Claudia convinces Louis that they need to seek out the origin of the vampire in order to learn the things that Lestat refused to teach them. After much research she determines the best course of action would be to return to Europe to seek out past Sires there. As they travel Europe, they find many bloodsuckers, but they seem to be nothing but animated corpses.
|One of Batman's scientifically inclined enemies is up to his Scare Tactics again. And the stakes go up when Catwoman gets tangled up in the madness.|
The Owls Take Arkham, leaving the institute in a state of complete disarray and putting Gotham at an even worse risk. The escape of Black Mask puts Gotham On the Brink and more trouble is yet to come when a new Radioactive! nemesis comes to challenge Batman. After nearly killing himself in attempting to find the secret of the dangerous substance, Batman may have just found a way to release The Killer Inside to bring down this new threat. Black Mask is on the loose again after fooling the doctors at Arkham. It turns out that he may not be the real threat this time, as a man reveals he's thinking about trading his hat in for a mask.
Bruce has left Gotham in search of advanced training from all around the world. While Alfred must endure The Long Wait, Bruce must learn The Final Lesson when it comes to not only training but life.
|The Christological Controversy is the argument of Jesus Christ when it comes to his spirit and flesh. Because many believed that God was so far above humanity, they didn't believe he could be housed within flesh. The prevailing theory among these people was that Jesus's body was merely an extensive illusion. This volume collects selections of several Christian theologians as they explain the Christ figure of both flesh and spirit.|
The introduction explains in brief what each theologian proposes. Following are selections separated by chapters for each individual theologian. The selection from Melito of Sardis is guilt-ridden homily explaining while Christ had to die, as that was God's plan, that it didn't have to be at the hands of God's chosen people. Iranaeus of Lyon effectively argues that the Christ Savior must have been bodily intact or his suffering would have no meaning in his work "Against Heresies".
|A little girl's great aunt is called "The Lupine Lady" and a lot of people in town think she's just a crazy old lady. But the little girl knows otherwise because her aunt has told her the story of her youth. Miss Rumphius was once told by her grandfather that she must do something to make the world beautiful. So she travels the world in search of that thing she can do. It isn't until she returns that she discovers what that thing is.|
|Sun Tzu's treatise has been used for countless generations to win battles and wars. A simple translation without annotations or commentary is less than 50 pages, making it a quick read for just about anybody; however, some may not be so good at understanding how to apply it to their own lives when it's framed as a war manual. Because many want to discover how to apply it to their own lives, many authors have reframed his writing to apply to creative endeavors, work, and relationships.|
An example of its usefulness in daily life can be found in section X about Terrain: 7. In a position of this sort, even though the enemy should offer us an attractive bait, it will be advisable not to stir forth, but rather to retreat, thus enticing the enemy in his turn; then, when part of his army has come out, we may deliver our attack with advantage. During negotiations for a contract or a purchase, sometimes a person needs to feign indifference (or retreat) to get the deal one desires.