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Was both @MrWsTweets and @DigitalRob on the bird site, but now I'm just one on Mastodon:

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I taught H.S. English for 10 years, moved to teacher support, then to the principalship. Now, I work with a small amazing team to keep our district's technology safe, current, and working.

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2024 Reading Goal

16% complete! DigitalRob has read 4 of 25 books.

Seven Shades of Evil (2023, Lividian Publications) 5 stars

Seven Shades of Evil is the ninth volume in bestselling author Robert McCammon's acclaimed series …

An Amazing Collection that Builds the Supporting Characters

5 stars

Like all of the Corbett novels, I loved this. My reading of the novels is spread out over time, so I struggle at times to place specific incidents into specific novels, so I wish it was easier to figure out when each story takes place in relation to the novels. Even with the month and year given for each story, I’ve struggled with this.

For the most part each story focuses on one or two characters, giving some much appreciated insight into some of the support characters. My favorites are “The Scorpion’s Eye,” “Skeleton Crew,” “The Pale Pipe Smoker,” and “The Incident on the Lady Barbara” because they focus on the women, who are frequently background characters that wouldn’t pass the Bechdel Test if the novels were movies.

“Wandering Mary” is a solo Matthew story. It takes him to a town just outside of Boston to act as an outside …

Ultra-Processed People (2023, Cornerstone Press Chicago) 5 stars

Eating Real Food is not as Easy as it Sounds

5 stars

Van Tulleken’s work here is an outstanding compilation and explanation of dozens of research studies, historical events, and personal observations tying the state of the current obesity epidemic to the growth of the ultra-processed food industry.

His conclusions are well supported with research making his commentary poignant and powerful. Unfortunately, while he tries to provide some hope with a few methods for change, the reality of our world, our government, and capitalism make it clear that we’ll likely never have any systemic change, so any change to how we eat must be ultimately personal.

Van Tulleken puts UPF on a spectrum. While avoiding all UPF is desirable, some are worse than others simply based on the quantity of non-kitchen ingredients. And, identifying UPF is difficult. Trying to follow the simple rule that an ingredient one would not find in a normal household kitchen denotes UPF is a nice start, but …

It (1987) 4 stars

Read It Again

5 stars

This is the third or fourth time I’ve read this novel over the years, so clearly I like it. I read this very slowly over the course of a year, and I think the pace of my reading got me bogged down in several sections, but I still enjoyed It.

This and The Stand are quintessential King novels, must reads for horror fans.

Somewhere amongst the shadowy stacks and the many basements of the British library, something is …

Quick and Light - A true short story - One sitting from start to finish

4 stars

I do love a quick, compact short story, and this one fits that description. I also love libraries and movie references, so this story is a pretty big hit for me, and it is completely separated from the normal Rivers storyline, so only a vague understanding of any of the other books is necessary to enjoy this story.

Judgment Prey (2023, Cengage Gale) 2 stars

Meh, Hopefully this is the start of a more interesting story

2 stars

Well, I wouldn’t put this one in the top half of the Prey novels. It just dragged and meandered forever.

I definitely liked the meta-commentary about writing provided by Virgil. If the terms he uses in the book are real terms used in the industry, this book has a lot of swamp.

In the end, this book has two cases that are completely separate except for the one central character, and I wonder if that character will be returning in future novels. If this novel is a setup for a future story, I think I can forgive the plot in this one, but I just read the description for the next Prey novel, and it doesn’t seem to be connected to this one. Maybe in #35.

Also, according to this novel, there’s a lot more to learn from Youtube than I’d ever thought possible. I’ll have to check.

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Project Hail Mary (EBook, 2021, Random House Publishing Group) 4 stars

Ryland Grace is the sole survivor on a desperate, last-chance mission–and if he fails, humanity …

Project Hail Mary

4 stars

After reading The Mote in God’s Eye, I realized that Garrit Franke, a fellow Fosstodon member, finished reading this book, so I decided to give it a try too.

I have to admit that at first I was a little bit hesitant about this book, because it is a written in first person, and it also starts out with ammnesia and also flashbacks. But after that I got used to the writing style pretty quickly and started to really get into the main story and the mystery behind everything happening around our protagonist.

The story follows a lone astronaut that finds himself facing impossible odds every step of the way. The way the plot is revealed and how it moves forward every chapter is great. The scientific elements are pretty accurate and that was something I found really interesting. It reminded me a lot of Jules Verne’s novels that usually …