Astrophysics for People in a Hurry (Neil deGrasse Tyson)

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The essential universe, from our most celebrated and beloved astrophysicist.

What is the nature of space and time? How do we fit within the universe? How does the universe fit within us? There’s no better guide through these mind-expanding questions than acclaimed astrophysicist and best-selling author Neil deGrasse Tyson.

But today, few of us have time to contemplate the cosmos. So Tyson brings the universe down to Earth succinctly and clearly, with sparkling wit, in tasty chapters consumable anytime and anywhere in your busy day.

While you wait for your morning coffee to brew, for the bus, the train, or a plane to arrive, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry will reveal just what you need to be fluent and ready for the next cosmic headlines: from the Big Bang to black holes, from quarks to quantum mechanics, and from the search for planets to the search for life in the universe.

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Astrophysics for People in a Hurry was on the bestsellers list for months in 2017 and 2018. It was the goodreads choice winner of 2017 and has sold more than one million copies. The author, Neil deGrasse Tyson, has been on numerous talk shows relating commentary on various topics, from his books to American politics and the infamous space force.

I chose to listen to this book, personally. It is read by the author and he is an excellent narrator, with a smooth voice. I do feel like I would have been able to remain more of the information had I read it … cosmology has always interested me, but I wouldn’t say my brain is particularly well wired to receive this type of information.

I definitely am not an astrophysicist in the making. Mathematics baffle me and philosophy infuriates me; there is a little too much of both in this science.

But I still love learning about the stars, the heavens, the big bang, evolution and various theories of the multiverse.

I do remember some random facts from Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. Such as this: thunderclouds produce gamma radiation just before the human eye sees the lightning flash. So as I told my Dad, I guess that still leaves hope for a real life Incredible Hulk.

Funny how it’s always the random, seemingly useless part of the explanation which will stick in my brain.

I highly recommend this book, and it really is a good choice for people in a hurry. The audiobook is less than 4 hours in length. I have good intentions of picking it up again someday and actually reading the print version this time, in the hope that I will retain more of the information.

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Owning Their Pet by Marlee Wray

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In this world, there are owners and there are pets.

When twenty-year-old village girl Melsint is purchased for use as a pet by Lord Evston Calex, she soon discovers that she will be shared with his brother, Commander Rocurt Calex. Her strict new owners quickly make clear that they plan to take their beautiful, virgin pet hard and often and they will not hesitate to punish her harshly for even the slightest hint of defiance.

Despite her shame at being treated as mere property, Melsint cannot hide her response to their painful, humiliating chastisements and rough, demanding use of her body. But as her training grows more intense by the day, she is left to wonder if she will ever be more than just a pet.

Publisher’s Note: Owning Their Pet is a stand-alone book which is the first entry in the Owned and Shared series. It includes spankings and sexual scenes.

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I discovered this book while searching for something new on Kindle Unlimited the other day and decided to check it out.

Owning Their Pet is a super kinky book! There is plot, but the book is certainly more heavily focused on physical intimacy than story development.

I thought that this book would be a MfM romance, with equal time given to each of the brothers, but there was one who definitely had more page time. No further details in case of a spoiled ending 😉

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the ending was not what I initially expected from reading the synopsis online. I plan to read the “companion book” (technically, they are considered standalones but take place in the same world), as well. However, I do wish that the author had taken extra time to further the plot and character development as well. For me, it is so important to be able to envision a fully functioning society, especially for stories that take place in alternate universes.

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The Krinar Informant by Charmaine Pauls

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Zavir is a guardian. He’s the best the Krinar has. His assigned vocation is to uncover the Resistance movements popping up around the earth, and eliminate them. New information about a fast-growing Resistance camp sends him to Costa Rica, home of the largest Krinar Centre. His informant is a human girl. She wants to make a deal–her traitorous family’s lives in exchange for information–but Zavir doesn’t make deals, and he takes no prisoners. When the time comes to wipe out the secret organization, his pretty, innocent little mole will learn the truth. She made a deal with the devil, and the price is something far more tantalizing than information.

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I received a free ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second Krinar novel I have read by Charmaine Pauls. I am so grateful to have received an ARC because I loved this book just as much as I did the first one.

Zivar feels a little darker and more removed from humankind than his alien kin we have met in earlier novels. He and Liv don’t exactly engage in purposeful BDSM play, but he is definitely dominant and expects Liv to be submissive to him. He also firmly believes in punishments when she breaks his rules.

Liv is a fierce heroine who I enjoyed getting to know and would love to read more about in the future. She is kind, brave, loving and protective of her loved ones. This is one couple I would love to read more about one day.

This book definitely belongs in the romance section, but there is also enough science fiction and intrigue to draw in readers from other genres. I would definitely recommend this book to others who don’t mind a little kink with their love story!

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Two Daddies for Olivia (Cloudcroft Ranch #4)

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The moment he sets eyes on Olivia Baldwin, small-town doctor Dan Garcia knows what she needs. Though the desperate, hungry girl was just caught in the act of stealing Lincoln Sullivan’s car, Dan convinces his friend not to get the law involved. Instead, he brings Olivia home with him, promising to help her get back on her feet but also warning the beautiful young woman that any further delinquent behaviour will earn her a thorough spanking on her bare bottom.

Over the coming weeks, Dan is joined in his efforts to guide and correct Olivia by the town sheriff, ex-Marine Gage Collier. While it makes her blush to be bathed and cared for like a little girl and scolded and spanked when she has been naughty, Olivia delights in their intimate attention, and before long Dan and Gage have taken on the role of her firm but loving daddies.

After a job is found for her at Cloudcroft, a nearby ranch which doubles as a kink-themed resort, Olivia’s eyes are opened to the world of dominance and submission, and she soon discovers just how pleasurable it can be to surrender her body completely to her daddies. But when Dan and Gage learn the truth about Olivia’s past, will it change how they feel about their little girl?

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This is the fourth book in the Cloudcroft Ranch series.

Many of the characters we have met so far make appearances in this book, including all the lead couples at some point. I like when the hero and heroine interact with other characters. It creates more of a community feel, where you can step into the universe these characters inhabit. In particular, there is a lot of Linc scenes, which made this lady happy considering he was my favourite Dom.

We first meet Dr. Dan Garcia in Cloudcroft Ranch Book 1 and he makes quite the first impression as a super kinky guy. Take this quote from Breaking Bella, for example.

Neither man smiled as they discussed bowel prep formulas, enema bags, and anal lubricants as though she wasn’t in the room. Her brain grasped for a legal out that would protect the future of her trust and the sanctity of her bottom. Loc 713.

I began reading Two Daddies for Olivia with the expectation that there were be medical play, possibly enema or other anal play, and lots of general kinkiness. The story was surprisingly tame though. There is dominance and dd/lg play between Dan and Olivia, and between Gage and Olivia. There are spanking scenes as well, but nothing outrageous or unexpected.

I enjoyed the premise behind this story more than the actual book itself.

Gage and Dan do not receive equal attention from the author, so I ended up feeling like Gage was a loose string to be tied up, or a third wheel on a date. With the way it played out, I wish his character had been saved for a future book he could star in as he is very interesting and a Dom sheriff is just HOT!

Dan seems decidedly disinterested in ADBL interactions during the first part of the book. He is a dom and is taking care of Olivia both as a service to society, and because he likes to help others. That is why he became a small town doctor after all! If the author had showed his evolution more clearly, or had the Dan admit to himself that his needs and wants were changing in response to Olivia’s presence in his home, I would have been accepting of this apparently sudden change.

Overall, the book was a little boring to me. As I mentioned, the heat level is much lower than I anticipated so that could have been part of the reason. If I had approached the story differently, or if this had been the first Cloudcroft book I read, my reaction to it could have been more positive.

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The house with a clock in its walls (film)

The House with a Clock in Its Walls is a 2018 children’s film, based on the book of the same name that was written way back in the 1970s by John Bellairs. It is a beautiful blend of mystery, fantasy and thriller and although not overtly a Halloween story, it is one I can see myself habitually watching each October.

The film stars Jack Black, Cate Blanchett and Owen Vaccaro.

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Set in 1955, a 10 year old braniac is sent to live with his estranged uncle after a terrible car accident kills his parents. Unbeknownst to him, Uncle Jonathan is infact a warlock, lives in a magical house and is best friends with his next door neighbour, an extremely powerful witch. The banter between Jack Black and Cate Blanchett made the movie in my opinion.

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The house contains a terrible secret. It is a ticking heart hidden within it, put in place by the evil warlock who used to own it, and which is rumoured to bring about the apocalypse in the very near future. Together, the three must teach young Lewis to do magic, uncover the magical clock, and unravel its secrets to save the universe.

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This movie drew a surprising number of adult viewers to the theatre, at least for the showing I attended, and was generally well received. I am not a huge purveyor of children’s films, but I enjoyed it and so did my Mum, who had invited me.

The special effects are well done and there is enough humour in the plot and acting that we were laughing throughout.

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