After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Varmints by Helen Ward, Illustrated by Marc Craste

I'm not going to count this against my reading goal for the year as it is so small and I read it in the store.


Title: Varmints
Authors: Helen Ward, illustrated by Marc Craste
Copyright: 2008
Pages: 32
Format: Hardcover
Rating: 4/5 stars
Finished: 1-19-09

I happened to stumble on this on a small display on the backside of the help desk at one of my local bookstores and the cover caught my eye, so I thought I'd pick it up and thumb through it.

Helen Ward's Varmints is a cautionary tale about industrialization and the effects that it has on the world around us, and that that world needs to be protected and nurtured in order to survive. Basically it says, "Be careful of how many buildings you build, or you may destroy nature." Such stories seem to be a dime a dozen these days. What this book has that helps it stand above the others are the illustrations by Marc Craste. Craste's art is so ethereal and solid; light and dark; all at the same time that it is mesmerizing. I spent more time simply staring at the pages than I did reading the actual book. There's nothing special about this book, but I found I enjoyed it all the same.

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