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Aground on St. Thomas by Rebecca M. Hale
Art & Max by David Wiesner
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Book Scavenger by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman
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Emily and the Strangers Volume 2: Breaking the Record by Rob Reger
Eric by Terry Pratchett
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 1: The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver
5 Centimeters per Second by Makoto Shinkai
The Flying Beaver Brothers: Birds vs. Bunnies by Maxwell Eaton III
Gaijin: American Prisoner of War by Matt Faulkner
The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne
Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead
Hanging by a Thread by Monica Ferris
Hip Hop Family Tree, Vol. 2: 1981-1983 by Ed Piskor
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Julius, the Baby of the World by Kevin Henkes
Monkey Truck by Michael Slack
Moonpenny Island by Tricia Springstubb
Omens by Kelley Armstrong
The Outside Dog by Charlotte Pomerantz
Paper Things by Jennifer Richard Jacobson
A Place to Call Home by Alexis Deacon
Rutabaga the Adventure Chef: Book 1 by Eric Colossal
The Salamander Spell by E.D. Baker
Sophie's Fish by A.E. Cannon
Speak Easily by Clarence Budington Kelland
The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett
25 Roses by Stephanie Faris
Ukulele Hayley by Judy Cox
The Witchy Worries of Abbie Adams by Rhonda Hayter

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The Gods of Second Chances: 12/25/15

The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne

The Gods of Second Chances by Dan Berne is set in Anchorage, Alaska. Ray Bancroft is a fisherman who makes a little extra by taking out tourists for sport fishing. He's raising his grand-daughter by himself as his daughter has run off years ago.

Of course all of this goes to hell in a hand basket (no surprise there, given the set up). There's an accident with a tourist who doesn't want to take instructions. The wayward daughter suddenly reappears. And melodrama abounds.

The parts I enjoyed most were those dealing with the difficulties of being a fisherman and later with the lawsuit that springs up. Here the details are crisp and in tune with the surroundings. A novel about Alaska fishing that isn't about someone form the lower 48 coming up north with some romantic ideals was refreshing.

But then there's the whole "family is everything" side plot (plots, really). And it doesn't ring as true. For someone who is a widower, a father of a daughter, and now the grandfather of a granddaughter, he seems ridiculously clueless.

It's not that men and women are all that different, but in this book, they somehow are. And when he's after all this time of living around women, faced with the "unpleasant" task of buying supplies for his granddaughter's period, we're somehow expected to pat him on the back. Oh please.

Two stars

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