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Firefly the game

My family and I are big fans of the television series Firefly and the movie Serenity so naturally we had to get the game when it came out. We all love it! We seem to find time to play it at least twice a week! Everyone pitches in to get chores done so we can play. It’s the best! It’s the only time that the whole family can sit around the table together and none of us has a screen in front of our faces. We’ve played and enjoyed other games once in a while, but this one seems to have struck a chord with all of us that it has never even been ‘put away’ yet. We box it up so it doesn’t get ruined or pieces lost, but it has never been put in the cabinet with the rest of the games. It has a place of honor right on the kitchen table.

It takes up the entire table when we play so we bought a set of four wooden fold-up tables that each of us keeps by our side to hold our ship, cargo, parts, and gear and crew cards. We even bought partitioned trays and small containers to use to keep all the cards, money and pieces organized while we play. It’s well worth the money we spent on it. We found the booster card pack and bought it on the spot. Some of us even wear the Jayne hats I knitted while we play.

I can’t sing it’s praises enough! I hear there is going to be an expansion pack coming out in April. We’ll be getting that for sure!

We’re gonna need a bigger table!

Firefly board game

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Find Momo!

Find Momo: a photography book by Andrew Knapp

When I showed this book to my teenaged children, their reactions were priceless.

My daughter said, “So Momo just runs and hides? That’s so adorable!”

Then they started looking through the book; all I heard was “Found him!” “Found Him!” “Oh my God, this is so CUTE!” “There he IS!”

My daughter actually screamed when she saw the second to the last page where Momo is laying on his back getting a belly rub. “This is… Oh my God, it’s so cute, I can’t… Oh, look at him!”

We have a dog, Eddie, that is part Border Collie and he looks just like Momo, except Eddie is tan.  My kids compared what Momo was doing in the photos to what Eddie would be doing instead. Eddie isn’t nearly as patient as Momo seems to be.

This was a fun book to look at and enjoy with the kids. It’s perfect for any age to enjoy.

Even the book trailer is beyond adorable!

Nick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab

High Voltage Danger Lab cover artNick and Tesla’s High Voltage Danger Lab by Bob Pflugfelder and Steve Hockensmith

Eleven year old twin brother and sister, Nick and Tesla, are sent to live with their crazy Uncle Newt while their parents are off on an agricultural mission on the other side of the world. The children know that they are in for an “interesting” time when they realize that their Uncle Newt forgot to pick them up from the airport. After taking a taxi to Uncle Newts house, the children are greeted with a remote-controlled lawnmower that has gotten out of control and has mowed over the neighbor’s flower gardens. They proceed into the house and find out why Uncle Newt wasn’t at the airport to pick them up… He was glued securely to the floor of his laboratory.

As the story progresses there are hints that make the twins start thinking that their parents are more than agricultural scientists but there is another mystery unfolding right in the neighborhood that grab their attention. Why are there big, mean dogs at the vacant house? Who is the girl in the window? Why is that black SUV following them?

What sets this story apart from other young reader mysteries is that this one includes science! Newt’s laboratory has a massive inventory of all sorts of pieces and parts to spark the imaginations of Nick and Tesla and they have been given permission to explore to their hearts content. During the story, they build a rocket, a dog distractor, a tracking device and more. Not only do they build them, but the book includes step-by-step instructions on how to build them yourself!

This book and the included science experiments would be great for 4th-6th grade aged kids who like mysteries and or science! Even though I didn’t try the science experiments, it was still a quick, fun read for the um, ahem, older generations as well!

Wickett’s Remedy by Myla Goldberg

Wickett's Remedy cover artThis book spent many a night on my bedside table. Not because it was an epically long book, it was quite short actually; but because I just couldn’t immerse myself into it. It seemed distant and shallow, almost ethereal. It was like only half the story was being told but yet there were so many things going on. I found it hard to keep my interest in it.

First of all there was the main storyline about the flu epidemic that the main character, Lydia, was experiencing. After each chapter from Lydia’s point of view, there were newspaper articles regarding the epidemic, then disembodied voices. I assume these voices were people she overheard or something. Then there was the story of a stolen recipe told in letters and more articles. Throughout the main storyline there were marginal notes seemingly from heaven.

Overall, it was interesting, but strangely done.

100 Ghosts by Doogie Horner

100 Ghosts cover art from AmazonAdorable! 100 Ghosts is a delightfully simple collection of silly and clever ghosts. My favorites are the Kingsized-bed and the Used Car Lot ghosts. Everyone in my family enjoyed this book!

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare's Star Wars cover art

I can describe William Shakespeare’s Star Wars in one word – Hilarious!

The first thing I did when I opened this book was to scan through the pages looking for the famous lines. You know, like “These are not the droids you’re looking for,” “That’s no moon, it’s a space station,” and of course “May the force be with you.”

I was not disappointed. It was such a fun read. Five stars!

The Resurrectionist by EB Hudspeth

The ResurrectionistDeliciously Creepy!

Dr. Spencer Black spent his childhood grave robbing with his father to help supply the local med school with specimen to practice on. Naturally, he went on to medical school himself when he grew up. He became a great doctor who specialized in the mutated growth of human beings. Sometime during his practice he began to suspect that they weren’t mutations after all but residual genes from animals we all thought were mythical. To prove his theory, he started on a dark path of secret surgeries, manipulation, and insanity.

The last half of the book are Dr. Black’s anatomical drawings – amazingly detailed – of the creatures he is convinced are not mythical, including harpies, minotaurs, dragons, etc.

While reading this book, I kept thinking that it would make a great History Channel documentary. Tom Waits would be the perfect guy to create a soundtrack for it.