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, March 15, 2012

68. Salamander Smackdown by John Sazaklis

Salamander Smackdown by John Sazaklis. Illustrated by Art Baltazar (US) - (Canada)
DC Super Pets

Pages: 52
Ages: 6+
Finished: Mar. 1, 2012
First Published: Aug. 1, 2011
Publisher: Picture Window Press
Genre: children, easy reader, superheroes
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "It was a beautiful morning in Central City."

Publisher's Summary: "When two naughty newts escape from a pet store, nothing can stop their amphibian antics . . . except the TERRIFIC WHATZIT! This super-speedy turtle must stop the slimy salamanders before they cast another tale of terror on CENTRAL CITY."

Acquired: Received a review copy from Capstone Press.

Reason for Reading: Ds read aloud to me as his reader.

Well ds (and I) really enjoyed this title even more so than usual.  This is a very fun story that doesn't follow the usual supervillan plot of the other books in the series.  Instead, this time, we have two cyborg salamanders who idolize Professor Zoom, follow him home, find a giant robot and get it working.  They then proceed to cause chaos in Central City.  Luckily The Flash's pet turtle the Terrific Whatzit is nearby to rescue the day.  Ds had a great time reading this one and enjoyed the antics of both Whatzit and the newts.  Being autistic he doesn't often get a lot of humour unless it is right in your face but he laughed all the way through at the shenanigans of cyborg newts, X-43 and Bit-Bit.  He even got 2 out of the 3 jokes at the back of the book!  He usually doesn't get any of them.  Lots of fun had by all and one of our favourites in this entertaining series written at a low reading level but suitable for a wide range of ages who are still interested in superheroes. Ds is 11 and mum is forty-{cough}.

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