Next new thing

Scribbled down on August 10th, 2017 by she
Posted in Reading Begets Enlightenment

I read. I’ve been reading voraciously since I was a sproglette. My mum and dad used to enroll me in Library camp when I was a child. I’ve written blog posts about how much I love to read. There’s a whole category of reading related goodies on this site dating from 2006-2009-ish. This content has been sadly neglected in recent years I’m afraid.

All this pre-amble to state that after a bazillion years of reading, I’ve started doing something I should have done many years ago. Sure, I’ve started writing reviews of things I’m reading again. More importantly, I’m also sharing those reviews on Kobo, since that’s where I buy the bulk of my eBooks these days.

My author friends are frequently reminding me that honest reviews – good and bad - of their work mean more than all the “read me” advertising fluff pieces on FB, Twitter, or other social media channels. Here’s hoping they still feel that way after I’ve reviewed of a few of their books online.


tempus fugit

Scribbled down on July 31st, 2017 by she
Posted in Learning & Education

Once upon a time I spent a lot of time blogging. I found a community and enjoyed keeping a record of what was happening in my little world. If nothing else, I could return to it and reflect on past trips or activities. Having started the blog in 2003, then leaving it idle for a few years before picking it back up, it seems I’ve come full circle.

My last post announced to the world that I was accepted into grad school. Since then, I’ve earned an MEd in Educational Technology and Design from the University of Saskatchewan. This past month, I received an invitation to join cohort 11 in the PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning at Lancaster University.

I had planned to keep a journal during my time at U Sask but never seemed to find the time. I started and stopped a few handwritten journals and in the end, it’s only my MEd Capstone Project that’s left standing as a testament to my last few years.

Perhaps I’ll do a better job this time around…


Book Review: Mason Dixon – The Wampus of Reeds Spring

Scribbled down on August 10th, 2017 by she
Posted in Reading Begets Enlightenment

Title: Mason Dixon – The Wampus of Reeds Spring (Kobo)
Author: Eric Asher
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Publication Date: July 2017
ISBN: 9781386614555
Language: English

Rating: 3.5/5

This second novella in Eric Asher’s “New Templars” series continues the adventures of Mason Dixon, monster hunter and YouTube “star” and his trusty childhood friend and videographer Emma. The story takes place after the events in “Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter” but doesn’t pick up immediately following the previous story. This left me searching the interwebs to determine if I’d missed a novella in between the two stories. One shouldn’t end on a cliff-hanger – even a soft one – and barely mention its resolution in the next book!  This second segment gives us an introduction to other players in the “New Templars” world and, when the first two books in the series are read back-to-back, seems like you’re sliding back into a comfy new shoe when you begin reading. Asher is an excellent wordsmith and if you’re looking for a quick beach read involving the hidden – and at times humorous – world of monsters, this book should fill the void.

End verdict: Best if familiar with the storyline in “Mason Dixon: Monster Hunter”. If you enjoy the humour of Kevin Hearne’s or John Hartness’ writing styles, you’re bound to enjoy the Mason Dixon series. The novella is a quick, fun romp and excellent jello for the mind.


Book Review: Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter

Scribbled down on August 10th, 2017 by she
Posted in Reading Begets Enlightenment

Title: Mason Dixon – Monster Hunter (Kobo)
Author: Eric Asher
Publisher: Falstaff Books
Publication Date: April 2017
ISBN: 9781386361268
Language: English

Rating: 3.5/5

I first encountered Eric Asher’s writing through his Vesik series. This first novella in the “New Templars” series introduces us to Mason Dixon, monster hunter and YouTube “star” along with his trusty childhood friend, videographer Emma.   The story starts with a slightly violent bang and quickly shifts to later time in Mason’s life. Unfortunately, it’s done in such a way that it feels like there’s a disjointed gap in the storytelling. Over the course of a few pages, the reader can piece together elapsed time and changes to the character’s work and behaviour. At times this effort seems a bit too much to ask of a reader who hasn’t fully invested in the character or been fully immersed in the world Asher is attempting to build. Don’t be discouraged. Stick through this section and it’ll be worth it; cliff-hanger ending and all.

Caveat: I’ve yet to figure out what the “New Templars” referenced in the novella’s title relates to. I suspect it’s in reference to his employer(s) and hope this will become  clear in a future story.

End verdict: If you enjoy the humour of Kevin Hearne’s or John Hartness’ writing styles, you’re bound to enjoy the Mason Dixon series.  The novella is a quick, fun romp and excellent jello for the mind.


Ahem

Scribbled down on February 24th, 2015 by she
Posted in Learning & Education

Did I mention I got into grad school?  Oh, that might explain why I never blog any more. I barely have time to breathe between juggling work, Browncoat responsibilities and now school. Oddly enough I am supposed to be writing a learning journal to reflect upon what I’m learning in class. It too suffers from my chronic lack of postings. At the moment I have topics identified but never seem to have the time to write while I’m trying to manage the weekly readings, postings and my major semester project… Here’s hoping I survive the first year!