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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Thursday, January 5, 2012

289. Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup

Aliens and Energy by Agnieszka Biskup. Illustrated by Aon (US) - (Canada)
Graphic Library, Monster Science series

Pages: 30
Ages: 8+
Finished: Dec. 30, 2011
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Capstone Press
Genre: children, science, chemistry, physics, graphic novel, non-fiction
Rating: 3/5

First sentence:
Have you ever wondered how birds fly, fish swim, or aliens fly through space?
Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: I am fond of this publisher.

This is a new series by the publisher combining monsters and science.  This book has a couple of aliens in their spaceship telling us about matter, then energy.  The information is quite detailed and is suitable for up to grade 9 and yet the book is entertaining enough for the much younger grade 3.  I absolutely love the artwork in this book and it is really what holds the title together.  The text is detailed and informative but can be dry and technical at times, especially if you are not particularly interested in the topic to begin with.  BUT the illustrations tell a humorous story behind the narrative as the aliens demonstrate the concepts and get into all sorts of mishaps, not to mention just plain scaring the wits out of people.  Humour and science go hand in hand in this book that would make a great classroom resource.

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