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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Monday, February 7, 2011

Max Axiom, Super Scientist Graphic Novels

Publisher: Capstone Press

Acquired: Received review copies from Capstone Publishers.

Reason for Reading: I am a huge fan of Capstone books which publishes "worry-free" content, easy reader graphic novels and chapter books with graded reading levels. My reading challenged son has used their books to improve his reading skills and has enjoyed almost all the books, even on the small occasions when I don't.

The Dynamic World of Chemical Reactions by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Cynthia Martin & Barbara Schulz. 32 pages. Ages 8+. Aug. 1, 2010. This is a non-fiction graphic title with no pretense at a story or plot. Scientist Max Axiom, who has super powers, welcomes us to his lab and starts telling us about chemical reactions. I've only had one year of chemistry myself and found the information to be quite detailed at that level. It is presented in a fun and thorough way through text and graphics. Max stays in his lab for the most part, but he also takes us over to a chemist friend of his for more information and then he jumps around town to show chemical reactions at work in real life. Max has several super abilities but we only see two of these in action in this book, his lab coat allows his to travel through time and space, here he travels around space, and he has the ability to shrink down to microscopic size. There are fact boxes every now and then telling more information on a certain topic, a page at the end that lists various information about the topic and the book has an index. An enjoyable and interesting concept for a hi-low reader that imparts a nice dose of science. The book will be most appreciated for use in the classroom or for readers who already have an interest in the subject matter. Reading Level Gr. 3-4. Interest Level Gr. 3-9. Rating: 3/5

The Whirlwind World of Hurricanes by Katherine Krohn. Illustrated by Cynthia Martin & Al Milgrom. 32 pages. Ages 8+. Aug. 1, 2010. This is a pure non-fiction graphic title. We enter Super Scientist, Max Axiom's lab where he proceeds to tell us about hurricanes. Though Max does have several super abilities such as x-ray vision and shrinking to the size of atoms, he does not use any of these abilities in this volume except that he can travel from one place to another very quickly and travel into the past. Which he does, as he takes the reader all over to special science and weather stations that study and predict hurricanes. Plus taking us back to see some of the US's worst hurricanes from one in Galveston Texas, 1900 to Katrina in 2005. There are fact boxes every now and then telling more information on a specific topic, a page at the end that lists various information about the topic and the book has an index. An enjoyable and interesting concept for a hi-low reader that imparts a nice dose of science. The book will be most appreciated for use in the classroom or for readers who already have an interest in the subject matter. Reading Level Gr. 3-4. Interest Level Gr. 3-9. Rating: 3/5

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