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Review - The Brain Sagas by Gary PaulsenI have now finished all five of the Brian Sage books - “Hatchet,” “The River,” “Brian’s Winter,” “Brian's Return” and “The Hunt.” and the epilogue “Guts” by Gary Paulsen. “The Hatchet” is one of three Newberry Awards that Gary Paulsen has sically the series is one story. The story of an teenage boy who at age 13 is left alone in the North Woods of Canada due to a pilot’s fatal heart attack and plane wreck. The first book, “The Hatchet” tells of the guts, intelligence, patience and luck of a 13 year old boy with small wilderness experience in learning how to live and survive in a remote wilderness. We obtain a marvelous set of instructions in wilderness lore and living, and a glimpse into an smart mind that issue solves, learns and masters a strange world. At the end of this book Brian retrieves a signal radio from the submerged plane and is “Brian’s Winter” is an alternate ending. Brian is not rescued, but manages to learn more and survive into December. We see more of Brian’s talents and abilities and fresh found skills. Here, Brian stumbles into a family of Cree Native Americans manning a trap line, who take him in. Brian flies out on the next supply place. The Cree family consider him like one of the “old people” for Brian is dressed in skins he has captured and his arrows have stone points he has created himself. Yes, some of the story is very fortuitous for Brian, but that does not distract from the lessons of the wilderness and the lessons of life Brian has to learn to survive.“The River” is a book with Brian returning to the North Woods with a psychologist, Derek, of the military attempting to learn how to teach survival to the military. The man is not schooled in the wilderness at all, and Brian become “the adult” in charge of the adventure. Brian sends the 200 pounds of supplies back with the plane that flew them in, and commences to recreate the globe he knew in the first two books. Half the book is a terrifying trip over 100 miles, 3+ days, down a river, its rapids, lakes and swamps, with Derek unconscious on a wilderness created raft. We obtain a first hand look at the guts important to achieve this. Again, the manage to create a trapper’s cabin and are “Brian’s Return” we see Brian not fitting back into civilization, 15 - 16 year old’s school and society. Brian has adjusted to the Wilderness, and that is the reality he much prefers. Brian takes along a few supplies an d does very “The Hunt” Brian is back in the North Woods learning more woods lore and ways. By now he is nearly a expert. Brian finds an old man, Billy, in his camp one evening. Billy and Brian share a mutual evening of silent communication and while few words are exchanged, Brian gains “medicine.”’ In respect, Billy, leaving camp very early before Brian is awake, leaves a amulet of white tail deer fur and crow’s feathers for Brian. Brian recognizes the significance of this and immediately hangs it around his neck. Shortly thereafter, Brian and a wounded dog search each other. It turns out the dog belonged to the Cree Family Brian had met in “Brian’s Winter.” Unfortunately, a bear had devastated the cabin and family of the Cree family , killing two members of that family. Brian rescues the wife, buries the dead, and deals with the stoic, bureaucratic officials. Once they leave, Brian hunts and in a unbelievable stage - which I will not spoil - kills the bear.“Guts” is stories from Gary Paulsen’s life, rough childhood, adventures in Minnesota, Canada, the American South West, Colorado. These episodes Gary wove into Brian’s Story - a story beautifully and touchingly told. Gary’s knowledge and actual experiences gave him the insight to write the Brian Saga. Not only is the woods lore appropriately, accurately and well handled, but the changes that the North Woods induces in Brian are well followed. The books are at once a deep lesson in both survival and in life. We learn much about wilderness living. But we also are treated to the contrasts of life in the town and in the Wilderness.Due a few violent scenes, this series should not be read by youth under 13 or so. Death is a part of life, and life is an endless living with what is there. It takes “guts”, perseverance, and patience, to achieve what Brian achieved, and that is the true notice of these books. Life takes True Guts,lots of perseverance, and lots of e books read very well. The stories are well told. The reading level is at least 8th grade. And for those with an interest in Nature and the Wilderness, be it North Woods, SW desert or ocean, the lessons apply. I found the reading to be extremely enjoyable, and the lessons deep and well taught without being preachy. A amazing series of books.
I choose a 5 star because I am a large fan of the Brian's is book gives life to Brian and through hatchet did the same this book place Brian in a situation where he had to care for himself and someone else.... though as amazing as this book is I feel it did not capture the survival situation that they went to do. Yes with the emergency of Derek being in a coma lead to the rafting down a river but they never really reach their destination of the trade post, considering dereks condition this is understandable. Only part that wasn't really realistic was he never stopped for meal with all that work all those hours he would have required to eat to hold up his energy to do so. Like I said however this is still one of my favorite books
Amazing sequel to The Hatchet. Amazing book for a boy who or a girl who doesn't like to read very much. Exciting, boy has to survive in the wilderness by himself building fires, finding out which berries he can eat how to catch the fish how to skin the fish how to cook the fish just an perfect book I would recommend it to any boy or girl probably 9 years old or up but I would definitely suggest that they read the Hatchet first before they read the River
My 9 year old LOVED Hatchet so we bought him all the books by Gary Paulsen. He says they all seem to follow the same literary "formula" just in various settings - winter, an island, etc but he loves the outdoors and adventure books so he enjoys them, despite their slight predictability.
THE RIVER by Gary ORY BRIEF:This is the sequel to and should be read after "Hatchet." The River takes put a year later. In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian survives for 54 days in the Canadian wilderness alone. The next summer the military hires Brian to do it again with one of them taking notes so they can train other people how to survive. Because it will support save lives, Brian agrees to do it. He and Derek fly to a various zone in the Canadian wilderness. While there lightning strikes Derek causing a coma. The radio is also broken. Brian decides to build a raft to take them down the river to obtain support since Derek will die in a few days without ER'S OPINION:I loved Hatchet. This was enjoyable but not as good. I have fun being with Brian as he thinks and acts in the survival environment. This book didn't have as a lot of episodes or scenes with various animals and threats as the first book. In other words - not as a lot of issues to solve and Brian didn't learn or grow as much as he did in the first book. So, not a lot happens here but I still liked e book is shorter than standard novels. The narrator Peter Coyote was excellent.OTHER BOOKS:The author wrote a lot of books, but the Hatchet series consists of:5 stars. Hatchet (read first)5 stars. Brian's Winter (read second or third but I prefer second)3 stars. The River (read second or third)4 stars. Brian's Return3 stars. Brian's HuntDATA:Unabridged audiobook length: 2 hrs and 31 mins. Narrator: Peter Coyote. Swearing language: none. Sexual content: none. Setting: current day mostly the Canadian wilderness. Copyright: probably 1991. Genre: young adult adventure fiction.
Not quite as amazing as Hatchet, as the struggle to survive is contrived to start with. Military experts wish him to go thru a related experience while being observed so they can figure out how he was able to survive. They need to know what about him helped him the first time. What he teaches them could support others who might be in related situations. When things go wrong Brian has fresh issues to solve. He is responsible for another person who has been struck by lightening and is in a coma. There is less focus on how painful and consuming hunger can be. More focus on making critical decisions. How to obtain the injured man back to civilization, building a raft, learning how to navigate on the river. There are periods where Brian is exhausted because he is trying to obtain to the trading post as quick as possible. He falls asleep, dreams and hallucinates for portions of this excursion. Still a amazing story. We will look for the next one in this series.
My 12 year old really likes this series which is amazing because he is not a huge fan of books. Listening to them on tape is great. We loved the first one and the second one is just o.k. Kind of short. Judging by other reviews we agree that the second one is not as amazing as the first, but it had really amazing moments. Definately will check out the next in the series because they are amazing enough to continue on. I wouldn't hesitate to obtain this and recommend finishing the series, especially for a boy who doesn't like to read, it is almost a miricle series. Peter Coyote (forgive the spelling) is a fabulous reader, he gets 5 stars!
Rivers are what created the United States what it is and this book explores how rivers and streams have shaped our history and created the expansion of the country e author starts by examining the eastern river systems. Most didn't go very far inland, and while amazing for use as power for grist mills, they were not amazing for transportation. Then the idea of the Erie Canal came to be and it changed the depth of the country and how amazing were transported to e author then looks at what we have done to harness rivers for navigation and to prevent flooding. Levees were built, rivers were straightened and depth increased to let more river traffic. The best example is, of course the Mississippi River, which has become a backbone of American e author also examines the environmental hurt done to our rivers and how we continually created things worse with our rivers until the environmental movement of the seventies. That is when we started to reverse course and started to fix much of the hurt done to our river e book is a fascinating read into an aspect of American history that has received small attention. We would not be the country we are without our river systems, and this book info that well. It is very readable and completely enjoyable.
A really perfect book. It covers a vast amount of what might be termed civics/economics/US history from the perspective of America's waterways. Seems to be well researched by someone who has a beautiful deep and broad understanding of the material. Very readable for the general public- no cheap joke-iness but has a lightness to it that makes it easily read, even by septuagenarians like me. Haven't quite finished it yet, but am really glad to have discovered it. In a excellent world, high schools could build an entire semester's study around this book.
A amazing non fiction "business" book typically covers just a couple of interesting locations or makes a handful of points; The Source covered a lot of more locations than usual (all water-related), and in a very readable fashion. It's amazing to learn about the history of several "businesses" while also being entertained. One of the best non-fiction books I've read this year.
Given the book's title I was expecting more technical information; i.e. how were America's rivers developed/modified for our usage? Rather this is more of the philosophy of how we use our rivers and (especially for western rivers whose flows are rationed out) who has priority of water usage. Still it's well written, researched and interesting. For instance you have multiple entities wanting to use water from the river for irrigation: 1)the furthest upstream tenant, 2)the downstream tenant who has longer occupancy or seniority, and 3)Native Americans. During times of drought and the river can't supply all their needs, who gets theirs first? Certainly a worthwhile read for those interested in America's rivers.
This is a highly readable, interesting acc that mixes geography and history. Too often historians seem to discount or neglect the importance of the physical environment in shaping how people lived and societies developed. This is a refreshing correction. Because it is so accessible, I would recommend it for anyone living on one of America's major waterways who is interested in history.
The Source is fabulous! It’s dense, authoritative, well-researched & r me, it was a slow read - because it is filled with thought-provoking info & insights.Rivers have shaped the primary facts of America - where we live, how we conduct business, how we deal with risks, and how we govern this amazing work, Martin Doyle (author) provides a thorough history of the central role Rivers have played in our local/national development. He informs us how vital (despite being taken for granted & oft-abused) Rivers are to our r anyone wishing to better understand problems of American Environment, Government, and History - this seems a “must read”.Fabulous job, Mister Doyle!!
I've been interested in water problems for over thirty years and have explored lots of books on the topic. I usually found myself with questions that no one answered. Behind the modest title of this book lurks what you need to create sense of the a lot of problems facing the US about water --floods in the Midwest, Western water battles -- and the historical decisions that have left us where we are. Highly recommended.
I am not sure I share the enthusiasm for this book that others expressed here. The book jumped around too much for my taste. I would have preferred a focus on one of the major rivers like the Mississippi or the Missouri or the Erie Canal. But I realize that was not the book that was promised here.
Read the book, don’t watch the show. The present is so method off. If your gonna create a present from a book then do it right. Use the books story not change major items in the e book is amazing. I watched the present first because I didn’t know about the book before. I got the book because the present ended on a cliffhanger and I really hate those. So I got the book to see if Mel and jack obtain together in the end. And I search the book so various from the present and so much better. The story and the characters interactions are connected and just amazing. I am going to go read the second book in the series now. I am hooked now. It took me 2 days to finish the book because I couldn’t place it down.
I purchased this book and audio latest year but didn't obtain to it until Audible sent me an email offering a free two-month trial of audible escape. I noticed the entire series is available through this subscription and started e series reads like a cable TV program with the main characters of Jack and Mel featured in each book. In subsequent books feature another mate or resident, but the main characters' stories continue to Virgin River, Mel is grieving the loss of her husband, an ER doctor, who was shot when he walked into a convenience shop robbery. She needs to escape LA, her nursing position, and the areas that trigger memories and tears daily. She agrees to a one-year contract as a nurse-midwife to support an aging small-town doctor. Jack Sheridan owns the local bar and grill where the city folks gather. Jack, a retired marine, knows PTSD and grief. He helps Mel while she comes to terms with her past and thinks about the ere are a lot of interesting characters introduced in this book. Jack's military mates create regular visits to Virgin River to fish and hunt. There is a full gambit of city folks and a small suspense with unsavory characters who drop in to disrupt the quiet life of the area.
Fleeing the pain and loss of her life in LA, Melinda (Mel) Monroe is ready for a dramatic change in her life and where she lives it…which is why she responded to the ad for a nurse practitioner in the little country village upstate. She was promised a cabin rent free for a year, and the opportunity to use her midwifery e arrives on a stormy night, and her BMW doesn’t quite create it up the mountain…a grumpy passer-by hauls her out of the mud and leads her to the cabin. Stunned by what she finds there, Mel is just about to turn around and leave. Except there is the storm, her hunger, and the appearance of the “landlady” Hope McCrea, promising the derelict cabin will be cleaned up…and that they can search meal in the e diner turns out to be a tavern run by a couple of intimidating characters: “Preacher” and Jack. And there at the bar sits the grumpy passer-by, who turns out to be the doctor she is there to assist. But the meal offered is divine, and the ambience isn’t ill…she wants to leave, but when she goes to Doc Mullins’s put later, she discovers an abandoned baby there. She can’t leave just River: Book 1 of Virgin River series (A Virgin River Novel) reeled me in with the descriptions of the characters, the settings, the food…and encircled me with all the warmth a put like that can offer. Jack Sheridan, the bar owner, is brought vividly to life in all his hunky sexiness, and it doesn’t take long to imagine what could happen between him and Mel…if she lets ter all, she lost her husband Tag in a dreadful murder…and is still n Mel search what she needs in this off-the-beaten-path place? Will the friendly charms and homey goodness of the people support her heal? And will the darkness that hides in the woods ruin things, or will Jack and his cohorts conquer it?I was eager to search out, so I kept turning pages until the very end, and still wanted more. I enjoyed how the author showed us the challenges of practicing medicine in such a community, while also revealing the special charms of the people, which created the challenges worth the effort. I can’t wait to read the next book in the series. 4.5 stars.
This first in Robyn Carr's Virgin River series pulled me in immediately. It's the first novel among her a lot of novels that I tried and I enjoyed ir so much rhR I read it twice and went on to read every book in the series. Along with being an enjoyable romance novel I found that I learned info that applied to daily life such as certain info about military life, childbirth and nursing information, etc. Facts that were woven into the fictional characters lives. At show I believe that I've read all of Carr's novels and hope she continues to write a lot of more.
Melinda Monroe flees the huge town to work as a nurse practitioner and midwife in rural Virgin River. It's not at all what she expected and she's ready to leave when a newborn baby is left on her doorstep. Handsome ex-Marine Jack Sheridan runs the bar and local eatery and he also gives her some reasons to stay.I've read some Robyn Carr, though not this series, so when I saw a deal on the book and that it was being created a Netflix series, I grabbed it. It's not a poor book, more of an introduction to people in the series. Jack and Mel are a amazing couple with interesting backstories. It's a fast read, somewhat predictable, but okay.
I'd read all of Carr's Thunder Point series and another reviewer suggested I read this series. This is the story of an advanced practice nurse midwife who leaves an urban setting after a loss for a rural opportunity. The nursing and regional writing is very strong. I liked the characters quite a bit although having lead characters with bags of cash often takes me out of the story.While I enjoyed the story I don't think I'll continue on with the series. You really need to have fun pregnancy/childbirth/children a lot to obtain the most out of this series and I just don't. Virtually anyone with a uterus in this book ends up with a "no vacancy" sign.I have to hand it to Carr, there were a couple twists in this book I did not see coming. Well written.
"Jack was forty and this was the first time that he had a woman in his life he couldn't imagine giving up."THE STORY: Melinda Monroe, midwife, nurse practitioner and widow, impulsively decides to take a job in the little city of Virgin River. When she arrives, she finds out that the city is not the idyllic spot she was led to believe it was. The doctor doesn't wish her there, her rental house is a dump, there is no cell service, nowhere to store and the only salon is in one of the women's garages. Mel decides to leave the next morning when an infant left on a doorstep, Mel agrees to temporarily stay to care for the infant. Jack Sheridan, ex-Marine and owner of the bar and grill, knows that the city needs Mel. What he finds out is that he needs her, too.OPINION: This is a book where the form of the book complements the location. Virgin River is a little city and things are more essential and things move slowly. This romance is not one where two people meet, fall in love, and obtain married in a week. This story takes put over six months and it feels it. I liked this pace for this story because Mel is still grieving for her dead husband when the book begins. Everything about the relationship between Mel and Jack feels natural and real.WORTH MENTIONING: The characters in this city are a hoot. Makes me look forward to the rest of the DECISION: I liked this. It is one of those books that is in no hurry to conclude the romance. It appropriately takes its time in developing the relationship between Mel and Jack. This allows more complexity and depth to the NNECTED BOOKS: VIRGIN RIVER is the first book of the Virgin River RATING: I give this book 4.25 stars.
Nurse practioner and midwife Melinda is heading to Virgin River for a year. Nine months ago her husband Tag was killed in a botched robbery and she is still reeling. She needs to be somewhere that people don't know her story. But when she gets to Virgin River almost nothing is as it was described especially the cabin. Now she wants nothing more then to leave until she stumbles upon an abandoned baby so she ends up extending her stay in city and both takes care of Chloe, the name she gives the baby, and working for the Doc. When Chloe finds a fresh home she decides to stay a bit longer as there is a pregnant woman not far from birth. Can retired Marine Jack search some method to obtain her to change her mind and stay longer. And while faithful to whomever he's currently sharing a bed, he's never found the woman he wants to be together forever with. With Melinda could that finally have changed? And is she really ready for romance so soon after her husband has died? I had gotten one of the books in the series for cheap after Christmas. While I was able to follow the story without reading any more in the series, I finally took a possibility with this one. I'm glad I did as it was very well written. I'd reccomend this book to anyone looking for a amazing romance.
I was intrigued by the story line and found the first few chapters quickly caught my attention. I was excited to see how the story and characters would developed. Unfortunately, the book got muddied by more emphasis on the sexual desires and love making of the main characters, than on the story itself. The ending was somewhat lack luster compared to the author's beginning. I would not be in a hurry to purchase more in this series.
This is a amazing series. Though not my very favorite, I would have given a 4.5 if able. I love mystery thrillers (law enforcement based) and romance (especially historical) but not sleezy sexy harlequin type and rarely silly novels (cozy mystery, chic lit, ya). This series is a long series and I'm only 2 books into it but it's fairly good. It's not "I couldn't place the book down" unbelievable but the characters have some depth to them and lead you to wish to know more about them. No one so far has been so stupid I cheer for the man to meet someone else. If you are looking for a lot of sex, this is not the series for you. If you like super dramatic, soap opera series, where everyone has this large skeleton in the closet, this is not the series for you. Mel (heroine) starts off slow. She's driving in her BMW and the first 2 chapters are nearly exclusively filled with brand names and her BMW. She's from LA. Her husband has died in a shooting. She is leaving a super busy hospital to take a job somewhere else, far far away, in the middle of nowhere. One of the negative reviews mentioned that the reader is an observer as opposed to hearing words from Mel's point of view and that it felt dated. I agree with that. I happened to like that we saw the city as it really was as opposed to some rich doctor's wife from LA saw the town. It created me not hate her and therefore as she grew, she was more likable. I do agree that Mel is not likable at the beginning but as I said, she's from LA. The little city was a bit like going back to the wilderness days. Hunt it for food. Cut wood for heat. One doctor in town, one bar, no stop lights. As a girl from the Appalachians, I appreciated the simplicity. Each book is going into a character's life. You don't obtain all the information up front, which I like. As for the first book in the series, neither Jack or Mel amazes me as a hero but I like them together and I really like the community. Light simple beach read, no huge tear jerker, a bit fluff. This is my first book by Robyn Carr and I'll definitely read several more.
All of Michael Tougias' books are unbelievable to read. He writes in a style that makes you feel like you are right along on the trip or rescue depending on the book. I've lived in Fresh England all my life and after reading River Days I now have a few fresh day trips to create to visit some of the websites he described in the book. I highly recommend any of his books!
Its an OK read. Cant really say that I was entralled with it,Basically its about a voyage down the river, yes its an OK read, would not call it earth shatteringly brilliant, more 2.5 out of 5. Think you would have to be keen to buy this book. I have a couple of the authors other books and thought they were much betterI would have to be very hard pressed to recommend it to sometone else. No its not a poor book, just did not really grab me.
These books have just devolved into baby making women who are so focused on breast feeding that this whole series seems like an advertisement for the health benefits of breast feeding. The first 2 were ok but again with the excessive breeding. I was disappointed in how the author dealt with Rick's situation. They had already been through so much and with a help system like he had I didn't search it reasonable for him to be such a complete a-hole. The short story at the end was very short. The whelping box wasn't accurate and that bothered me. Such a easy thing to obtain right. I started reading this series bc it is going to be a net flix present (or something) but I just don't search these stories to be meaningful at this point. I hope they do a better job with the series.
This collection was very hard to place down. I love the method each novel includes several story lines, and a story line may span several books. Minor characters in early novels obtain their own story in later only complaint is about the Cameron and Abby story, where Abby ghosts Cam, despite Cam's efforts to search Abby. I was surprised Nikki didn't push Abby at all, as the Nikki and Joe story had Nikki avoiding Joe. Based on Nikki's experience, I expected at least one stage where Nikki tells Abby to talk with Cam.
I loved the series Virgin River on Netflix, really hate to admit that as an avid reader of several genres of books I had never read anything by Robyn Carr before. Immediately when I finished binge -watching the series, I looked up and ordered the 1st box set. Read them in two days non-stop. Could NOT place them away!!!! Just finished the next box-set and once again I laughed and cried happily through it!!! I'm hooked by these characters and my fresh favorite author. Highly recommended to anyone looking for amazing experiences to head to Virgin River!!!!
This series of books spent too much time on sex scenes otherwise I would have given it 5 stars. More amazing characters and a true page turner except for the Christmas novella. In the latest book it was boring and the characters from the other books in the series didn't feature except at the beginning and it just had nothing exciting about it.
This is a review of bundling of the volume rather than the books themselves. Vol 2 contained Any Day Now of Sullivan’s Crossing instead of Temptation Ridge of Virgin River series. Very disappointing and now costs more cash to buy Temptation Ridge separately
There was amazing and poor in this. I read all 4 to the end but I am just going to do a general overview...I was interested enough in the first one that I was hoping to follow up on Jack and Mel. While I search most of the characters interesting, I found a lot of glaring mistakes in legal procedure, medical procedure and so on. As far as the whole getting pregnant while nursing thing that was debunked so long ago as to be completely wonderful that a mid wife would trust that. The 17 and 14 yr old was completely sad and I guess the point was this, is what could happen. Just surprised the author didn't bring downs syndrome into it. As to the previous reviewer calling it sex among kids (or whatever she said) it was well established this girl was portraying herself far beyond her age...sad but it happens. Most people would be surprised at how early teenagers begin having sex. That being said a lot of the dialogue was amazing some of it was beautiful stale. The characters all interact with each other well, all support each other and so on. The issue with these books is the more they go on, the more complacent everything becomes until it devolves into a bunch of gruff marines who have left the service for one reason or another finding their HEA. Add in getting knocked up with said HEA person and you have a bunch of women focused on their kids and breastfeeding. As a matter of fact it strikes me that this is an anthology to having condoms handy, breast feeding and home births. We search out in the subsequent book why home births are not always a amazing idea. I went ahead and downloaded the next bc it is going to be a netflix series.
In my earlier years, we considered not good language a vice. I want I and my teenager mates had the below quote available to defend our language:It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues - Abraham LincolnDemakis, Joseph. The Ultimate Book of Quotations (p. 137). Unknown. Kindle e Virgin River Collection consists of the first four books in a bestselling series by Robin Carr. I’ve only read the first volume, but will continue reading the other three. I also am likely to buy the remaining books in this though there is a small dependence on stereotyping in this fish-out-of-water series based on a female widowed-doctor from the huge town moving into a little rural California city in fictitious Virgin River, the writer does work to produce a series of novels that epitomize the drawbacks/and blessings one might experience when moving from Los Angeles to Northern I began reading Vol. 1, I recollected my own move from Southeast LA County to rural Oregon. The characters Carr draws feel and sound authentic and are drawn with a friendly paint brush.BLUSH FACTOR – BEWARE THE ROAD AHEADMy most latest book review was the terrific book, “The Excellent Couple,” by Elin Hilderbrand. There were no serious profanities in that mystery, and I was anticipating something quite related with the “Virgin River Collection.” Boy, was I wrong. You’re not likely to share this with young girls or your church prayer group. Having stated that warning, as a resident in rural Midwestern county, it is not that rare these days to hear even an elderly woman use the f-word. In other words, despite the language, a lot of people will, have, enjoyed this series. Take out the profanities and it’ll be a hit on Hallmark us, with no further rambling I will show a short excerpt from about 12 percent into the first volume.EXCERPT‘…Connie, she realized without much surprise, was more than a patient to her—she was a friend. And when you do this kind of work in this kind of place, your patients are almost always your friends. Must be hard to maintain objectivity. On the other hand, success was that much more gratifying. wasn’t like this in c finished his whiskey and got up. “Nicely done, Melinda. We’ll test to have a dull day tomorrow.”“Thank you, Doc.”After the doctor left, Jack said, “Sounds like maybe the two of you have started to bond or something.”“Or something,” she said, sipping.“How was that trip to Valley Hospital?”“Like Mr. Toad’s wild ride,” she said, making him laugh a little. She pushed her glass toward him and he gave her another splash of Crown.“You wish ice or water with that?” he asked her.“No, this is good. Very good, in fact.”She sipped her drink rather too quickly. She looked up at him, tilted her head to one side, then inclined it toward the glass.“You sure? Because I think maybe that’s enough. Your cheeks are flushed and I can tell, you’re not cold anymore.”“Just a tish.”A tish was what she got—a couple of swallows.“Thanks for taking me fishing,” she said. “Sorry you didn’t obtain in my pants again.”A huge surprised laugh escaped him. She was getting a small tiddly. “That’s okay, Melinda. Whenever you’re ready.”“Aha! I knew it!”“Like it’s been hard to tell.”“You’re so transparent.”She downed the rest of her drink. “I’d better obtain going. I’m completely shot.” She stood up and nearly fell down. She grabbed at the bar to right herself and Jack came around to her side. He place an arm around her waist. She looked up at him with watery eyes and said…’Carr, Robyn. Virgin River Collection Volume 1: Virgin River\Shelter Mountain\Whispering Rock\A Virgin River Christmas (A Virgin River Novel) (Kindle Areas 2418-2435). MIRA Books. Kindle TOM LINEFour stars out of five. I didn’t take any stars away for the stereotyping, because that could be said about most fiction.Did this review respond most of your questions and concerns? I encourage you to leave a comment below to support me provide reviews that work for you. Further, I am writing a book for aspiring reviewers and for product suppliers seeking reviews in an effort to support improve the process and to understand the value of Amazon’s Customer Review gether, you and I can build something great. Will you join me?One request: Be respectful and courteous in your comments and emails to me. I will do likewise with ank you.
Did not like this one. Story would have been ok, but she had to place blow by blow sex scenes over and over again. I always think this is a method for an author to fill up the pages. Sorry, I just didn't buy the story line.
I've been aware of the Virgin River series for several years, and bought some VR novels for my TBR pile. The first three novels are amazing. I love how each novel builds on previous novels, and begins building the focus of the next and future books, so that the next novel is seamless with the previous novel.Each book is an emotional journey. Bravo Robyn Carr!
Wow. This set of 4 books was so exciting that I could hardly place my IPad down. I have found a fresh favorite author. She takes you so far in depth into the story that you feel like you know the zone and the people personally. I absolutely loved this series and this author. Can’t wait to read more from her. I just hope they are half as amazing as these 4 books were. You should definitely read the Virgin River collection.
Four novels starting the Virgin River series. With a deft touch she depicts powerful women facing difficulties finding their strength and overcoming catastrophic events. The men with whom they fall in love are faced with self reliant women and learn to live with the consequences. Well written and compassionate which created me cry and laugh at victories met by each couple. This series makes me wish to move to Virgin River.
Convenient method to obtain these older books for Kindle. I love this series from Robyn Carr and have the later ones on my Kindle but older ones were borrowed from the library paperback section years ago. Have enjoyed renewing my acquaintance with the people from Virgin River. If you like romance with strong, well developed characters and revisiting with previous characters through out the series this is a must read series.
The people seem true with regular issues and just working on getting through and helping each other. I especially like the powerful sense of community that Carr infuses her characters with. And while I love my fantasy stories I have fun the community tales of Carr or Mallory just as much. I certainly hope that offer the rest of the box sets on sale soon!
Robyn Carr knocks it out of the park with her Virgin River series! Characters that are larger than life, heart wrenching drama and the residents plenty of Virgin River will stay with you long after you finish this phenomenal series!
Thoroughly enjoyed this series; romance but also well written stories surrounding it with multiple characters continuing through the series. Have finished Volume 2 and have begun Volume 3 of the series as fresh people arrive in Virgin River.
It would be nice if it were simple to scout out a river before driving to an access point and paddling it. This book does it for you. The directions to access points and locations to park are very detailed and good. The maps are perfect and very clear. There are written notes on the issues or unique circumstances you will encounter, which are very smart and accurate. I checked the rivers I have paddled and read the remarks, and they are just what you need to know, and they are true. The author really knows what he is writing about, this is not a book thrown together by someone who hasn't actually been on the river. If you wish to know which Michigan rivers are in this book, here is a list:Lower Peninsula:Au SableAu Sable South BranchBetsieBlackBoardmanCassChippewaDowagiacFlatHuronJordanKalamazooLittle ManisteeLittle MuskegonMansiteeMuskegonOcqueocPere MarquettePigeonPinePlatteRifleShiawasseeSturgeonThornappleThunder BayWhiteUpper Peninsula:BlackBruleEscanabaFordFoxIndianManisiqueMichigammeMontrealOntonagon (East Branch, Mainstream, Middle Branch, South Branch)PaintPresque IsleSturgeonTwo HeartedWhitefish
Perfect reference book. Descriptions for the rivers that I was familiar with, were very accurate. Nice dozens of rivers to choose from. Lists 26 rivers in the Lower Peninsula and 18 rivers for the Upper Peninsula. (Equals 44?) Use this tutorial along with a amazing Atlas and you should have to issue finding your areas. Has 4 various Appendixes in the back for...Scale of river difficulty, Rapid locations on each river system, Canoe liveries and contact sources for more in-depth info, if needed, such as local Ranger Stations, Local Chamber of Commerce, etc. Well worth the purchase price.
The info about the actual rivers was excellent, but the vehicle parking & river camping info needed for canoe trips was somewhat lacking. Jerry Dennis did respond my emails with amazing info in a very timely manner. Alot of the contact info in the book is wrong or outdated
I love the updated book. As a former mapmaker, the upgraded maps are fantastic. I do not canoe a Michigan river without reading the entry for that river. I’ve paddled at least 15 of these rivers and every description is spot on.
It is nice to have a book that has scouted out a river before driving to an access point and paddling it. The directions to access points and locations to park are very detailed and good. The maps are perfect and very clear. There are written notes on the issues or unique circumstances you will encounter, which are very smart and accurate. I checked the rivers I have paddled and read the remarks, and they are just what you need to know, and they are true. The author really knows what he is writing about, this is not a book thrown together by someone who hasn't actually been on the river.
What a amazing book! I am a beginner kayaker having never kayaked a river before - and was nervous even thinking about it. This book was very descriptive and informative. We did the Platte River from Loon Lake to Lake Michigan and it was a blast. Very relaxing. The maps of the rivers were amazing as was the description of the landings and portages. Looking forward to my next river, and this book will support decide which one!
Very attractive product, as well as informational. The content of the tutorial is perfect in terms of describing access points and any portages that may occur along the river basin. Also, the cover is created of seemingly high-quality material and feels nice. Only suggestion is that I would recommend a more color-coated inside, and maybe a color-coated map for each river introduced and described in the book.
An acc of the first documented (near) complete ascent of the length of the Congo River performed by a joint British-Congolese squad of experts in the mid 70's concocted initially as a sort of commemoration of the centenary of the trip performed by HM Stanely 100 years earlier. The acc is factual but nothing too exciting seems to have happened during the journey aside from a few boats overturning in the rapids. There were so a lot of names of different expedition members being mentioned that they all sort of blurred together (the author contains a nice list of all involved and what their role was, etc). Not as enjoyable as his other work on the Blue Nile Expedition of which he was also a part.
I have read the book, and as a expedition member in 1974/75 it brought back a lot of satisfied memories. It has taken me nearly thirty years to get and read the book about the expedition I was involved with. My views are unashameadly biased, but essentialy the book is a accurate journal of the issues that can beset any huge expedition. The tip and experiences of the author are real and unbiased, reflecting the trials and tribulations of people brought together in sometimes trying circumstances. Have no doubt, read the book and revel in its truth.
Miss Carr, I love the Virgin River series BUT I search it hard to believe that nearly everyone in this little community prefixes a lot of of their sentences with "Jesus." It stabs at my heart every time His holy name is spoken so flippantly. There are so a lot of other words that can be used in its stead that would have the impact you desire. I realize that not everyone finds this offensive, but why run the risk of demeaning the Name that so a lot of of your readers keep dear?
In book one Cheryl was a person in city that I wanted to know more about. She showed up asleep on the porch of the bar in freezing weather in book two. After being covered up by a man that turned out to be an necessary person in the stories so far she walked down the road never to be heard of again. She is a young woman with a drinking issue still living with her parents. I would like to hear more about her.
Second Possibility Pass is probably my least favorite of the Virgin River novels, and I've read them all, some of them more than once (they're like comfort meal when I wish something warm and cozy and heartening). If you're reading the series in order, you probably will wish to read this, if only because you obtain glimpses and updates of some of the main characters from earlier books. If you're thinking of reading this as a stand-alone book, you would be better served by grabbing Virgin River instead. The lead characters in this book, Vanni and Paul, are hard to like most of the time. A lot of of the scenes are incredibly repetitious, and don't serve to advance the story or your understanding of the characters. Not sure whether Robyn had to reach a certain number of pages for her publisher, or she got bored with the story line, but I think this book would have benefited from some serious editing.
One by one I am reading every book in the series. The author has uniquely developed each character, each family and the whole Virgin River community. It's entertaining to watch how the city grows. How they meet their sole friends and be apart of the challenges the whole community faces and also how it grows. If you like good, clean entertainment this series written by Robyn Carr is the series for you. I'm presently on the 11th book in the series and haven't had a dull moment. Test her, you won't be disappointed.
Enjoyable. Compelling stand-alone. No violence or drag-you-down is story has several various scenes and lead characters deftly woven lievable characters with distinct personalities. Thought-provoking and entertaining alistic procedures, actions and reactions.I will continually re-read this series.
Second Possibility Pass is Book 5 in the awesome Robyn Carr's Virgin River series. If one goes online to check out any of Ms. Carr's books, they will search themselves awash in comments from devoted followers. Why the adulation? Because Ms. Carr delivers on a theme readers the globe over, love. Brave military men and the women who love them who live to a code of honor, seemingly missing in today's gimme, gimme, entitlement era.I love that this series provides fresh characters with their struggles while keeping us informed on the previous characters who inhabit little Virgin River, her fictional city in the Humboldt County redwoods. I can't wait to read more about Jack Sheridan and his nurse practitioner wife Mel and their growing family, or John Middletown, the gentle giant who captures Paige's heart. Or the rest of Jack's and Preacher's ex-Marine buddies. They're all here in Second Possibility Pass, plus the stories of Paul Haggerty and his adoring bride Vanessa, Vanni's father, General Walt Booth and the retired movie-star neighbor, and architectural designer, Joe Benson who is instantly blown away on his first meeting with Vanni's girlfriend and maid of honor Nikki Second Possibility Pass, the reader will walk through the births of Mel's and Paige's babies, explore Paul's undying love for Vanni and her deceased husband, and cheer Joe Benson as he meets his match in petite Nikki. But can Nikki shed her apprehensions about Joe's sincerity after a night of mind-blowing sex? Is it just a fling or the true deal? Pick up a copy of Second Possibility Pass and search out. You won't be disappointed. Robyn Carr's Virgin River is a series so heartwarming, you want you could move there.
Fifth in the Virgin River series, this story is aptly named: second chances appear for Nikki and Joe (first introduced here and likely to be in the forefront in a future title, I hope) as well as for Vanessa and Paul, her late husband's best friend.A scary post-birth episode will ring real for any woman who's experienced something related and the fire that threatens the city and Jack's life generates Mel's review of her life with the bar owner that is affecting.
As with the previous novels of the VIRGIN RIVER novels I am reading. It is about a little city and the close knit inhabitants that live there. The ups and downs of their lives and how they bond together in times of hardships and of the love and happiness they all experience. Each book I have read brings in another couple that fall in love. It is not the gooey romance, they have an interesting story. These books are an simple read and create you wish to continue reading the next book which I will begin on now.
Vanessa and Paul's story leaves you breathless. Paul is a local contractor and every city needs one!! I loved their story. Virgin River is the put to be. Love this series and thank goodness Ms. Carr has a lot more stories in her head. Love them and highly recommend them. Can be read as stand alone books but better to read in order. Once you start, you will not be able to pass one up. I discovered Ms. Carr when I first got my Kindle and I downloaded as a lot of of her books as I could find. I have loved them all. Amazing reads.
I kept returning to this book, even when I at times wanted to shake Tabitha really hard. She grew up extremely sheltered, isolated and innocent and her naivete is understandable. However her damsel in distress act grows frustrating at times because it makes small sense that a girl who grew up friendless and relatively independent - she can build boats and goes fishing on her own - so why is she so helpless?When she isn't being borderline useless, Tabitha is kind and focused- she never loses sight of her goal- getting support for her village. The other characters we meet are also interesting.I would recommend these books as a boxset only, however, as it reads like a really long story not 3 stand alone books, and even then the plot is incomplete. I almost wish to take another star for that. Am probably only forgiving because you obtain a free novella of the prequel as a bonus... so yes, I'm weak and would totally end up trapped in Faerie...
Bravo, Helena Rookwood! I thoroughly loved The Court of the Faerie Queen box set! I felt so strongly the whisper, the movement of magic all around me, awakened to awareness in myself also, as I read Tabitha’s unfolding into her own magic, step by exciting moments’ step! After reading about Helena Rookwood’s extensive research into Celtic lore of faerie and magic, I understood why this series rings so real for me. Unbelievable characters, each vividly true and different, including reawakened gods and... become yourself transported, magic awakening memories in your soul! Perfect read!
This series is interesting and imaginative and kept me guessing. There’s magic, but with a huge learning curve. There’s monsters of all kinds, amazing and bad, weird happenings, and surprises. Overall, very enjoyable, but there were locations where I really didn’t like Tabitha and the story line seemed to stall with incidents that didn’t seem to relate to the story. The author obviously had a plan though, because it all seems to add to the overall story development. Starting book four immediately!
What would you do if the age of technology was over and the fae woke up? That is the primary for this book. I enjoyed it but found some of the writing distracting, additional words making sentences go awry. I found myself editing as I read. If you can obtain past that and how the person whose pov is telling that chapter talks of themselves by name you should have fun the story.I'm going to test to read the next book and hope some of those grammar errors will be resolved.
It started low, but built up nicely. Sometimes, Tab sounds or acts method younger than her age; so it feels incongruous with the almost love scenes.-it gets me confused a little. I am avidly waiting for the fifth installment after reading The Wild Hunt!
Really liked this special faerie series. Started off slow but got better with each book. Love Tab, Lysander and Fione, these characters developed more with each book and now I am looking forward to reading the rest of their journeys. Amazing characters, amazing plot, action, adventure, magic and mayhem. Do read this series.
The stories were amazing and full of drama. I am looking forward to reading the other books. It created me feel like I was in the story. Hope to see how the people in the story line continued.
I thoroughly enjoyed this omnibus. This ver of the hero's(or heroine in this case) was exciting. And I thoroughly liked following her development throughout these books.And I didn't mind the Britishisms a re please!
The Nile River Basin: Water, Agriculture, Governance and Livelihood is edited by Awulachew, Smakhtin, Molden and Peden. The 316pp, $135 book has 15 chapters written by 50+ authors. The book is, in other words, a compilation of papers written for three overlapping projects for evaluating the current situation and potential future scenarios for the ten countries that share water in the Nile Basin (NB).As a lot of of you know, the largest issue in the NB is the current use of water, with Sudan and Egypt claiming most of the water for their own irrigated agriculture (drinking water and water quality are smaller issues that do not have significant transboundary components). In a reverse of the typical norm of power-politics (e.g., China and the Mekong), these downstream countries have claimed -- with success so far -- that they are the only ones entitled to NB water. That situation is about to change, as Ethiopia and other countries are now building dams that will keep and use water from the Nile -- sometimes for hydropower (meaning a low net reduction of flows due to evaporation behind reservoirs) or for irrigation. This latter use, according to the Egyptians, may increase regional tensions by reducing the water that Egyptian farmers have seen as their right since Aswan High Dam (AHD) went into operation in 1970.-------------------------------------I read this book with amazing interest, since Cornelia and I are writing an analysis of the costs and benefits of AHD. One crucial factor that has been missed by most is the method that AHD created it simple to direct hydropower, irrigation and fishery resources to select beneficiaries (e.g., the military) at the same time as it reduced access to those resources to the majority (e.g., the poor). More to come.-------------------------------------So this book comes at an opportune time, as it's necessary for both insiders and outsiders to understand what is going on in the NB and what potential actions and futures are is book delivers partial answers to both sides of this question, falling short mainly due to a lack of integration among chapters (a common issue with collections of papers) and failure to give a full picture of all relevant subjects across all relevant places. The book, instead, hits some subjects in some places, which makes it hard to see the larger picture or know if the presented material is more or less necessary than the missing material.But this figure underlines the primary fact: precipitation less evaporation leaves most of the NB in deficit, and institutions for managing water in the NB -- institutions that may have been established in a time of relative water abundance -- may not be able to cope with scarcity within countries or allocating transboundary scarcity.[figure in original blog post]Here are my marginal notes: A lot of chapters offer prescriptions ("should do") that sound nice, but the major issue is getting these ideas implemented. Nowhere in the 15 chapters did I see a discussion of HOW to obtain ideas implemented, e.g., how to share Nile water among ten countries! It's common to read "these ideas will require novel levels of transboundary cooperation." Such cooperation between, e.g., Sudan and Ethiopia are less likely than cooperation between the US and Mexico. Authors often apply different academic techniques to analyzing incomplete and imperfect data in relationships that may be mis-specified. That said, they establish a baseline for improvement in terms of data collection, analysis and feedback. Chapters vary in quality. The worst are full of want lists, non sequiturs, and unsubstantiated conclusions. Technical chapters (on groundwater, soil erosion, etc.) provide useful info that is neither important nor sufficient for sustainability in the Nile Basin. (Locals can manage well, without knowing very much. It's outsiders that cause issues with policies and/or exploitation.) If you didn't know already, irrigated agriculture is not the only path to prosperity. Rainfed agriculture and pastured livestock offer relative and absolute advantages, but those sources are not as simple for central governments to understand or corrupt elites to control. Johnson's chapter 5 ("Availability of water for agriculture in the Nile Basin") was perfect and informative. She points out that Egypt is already using more than its quantified rights (even assuming you acknowledge them!) The chapters on governance are better at describing messy administrative structures than at highlighting failures, costs or paths to reform. I'd like to see some aid agencies tie their cash to results instead of funding another Ministry of This or That. Ethiopian farmers are willing to pay to preserve the environment (PES), but only 1/1,000 of the cost proposed by the Ministry of Water Resources. That's not going to lead anywhere. The chapters based on simulations and models were worthless and unrealistic. I asked myself, a lot of times, HOW are you going to obtain that effect in reality?Bottom Line: I give this book THREE stars for people engaged in research in this area. For others, I suggest googling for free academic papers on water, land, power and agriculture in the Nile Basin.================================= I do not understand why this book -- an output of CGIAR research -- is not available for free download. Routledge's price is FAR too high to promote access to these materials. I would not have bought it (I had a review copy), and it's NOT WORTH $135 to individuals. It will be sold to libraries and government ministries. Maybe it will be read. This same critique applies to the book on Land Grabs in Africa in which one of my chapters appears. My favorite typo was "Discussions and concussions" (probably beautiful accurate for some ideas :), but there were mistakes in emphasizing GDP (over GDP per capita), assuming that a huge economy created investments in agriculture profitable, concluding that "classified wetland" was synonymous with zone of environmental vulnerability, etc.
A handy sized, informative tutorial to rivers in our area. We have used this to plan numerous trips on rivers and have found the tutorial to be (relatively) accurate and simple to use. Having said that, we discovered (duh!) that rivers change over time and that this tutorial is a amazing STARTING point for trip planning. Amazing scouting and maybe talking to people with experience on the river in question are valuable parts of amazing trip prep. There is a www service for the book where people can submit changes or inaccuracies that they have discovered - this helps to hold the tutorial current. All in all one of the best we've looked at.
Begin up the option's for nearby locations to kayak. I found a lot of locations where I could place in easily paddle for a hour or so and go home. More options than I imagined.
Purchased this book so my wife and I could do some canoeing in Connecticut. The book is beautiful good. Some of the rivers they mention are not deep enough in the rainy season to float a boat. One example is the river in Devils Hopyard. The book lists it as a deep enough river to paddle on. I hike there all the time. It has never been deep enough for a trip on the river. To shallow, and narrow.
A ton of amazing information to have if there are rivers you have been thinking about exploring but werent sure if it was worth the drive. I bought it just for 2 rivers, nad now am hoping to check out 2 other ones this summer. A kind of tutorial you can browse through and obtain ideas from.
Perfect book.Have created amazing use of it so eat for figuring out a fast latest min day trips.Just want there were better maps and more of ybe a small pull out water resistent map section.
This is a unbelievable series. I enjoyed them so much the first time that I have bought the boxed sets. All have a amazing story line and interesting characters. They will soon feel like family.
I read the first book and enjoyed it until the ending. It was "same old, same old" ending. High school crush, meet again years later, fall in love, marry, etc. Very disappointing. Second book is starting off same as first book. Terribly boring. Want I never bought.