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October 22nd, 2014 – Happy Smart is Cool Day ! #Inktober

by on Oct.22, 2014, under What's New?

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Swampy says Happy Smart is Cool Day!

This is my #Inktober contribution for today.

Here’s the Swampy’s Florida post: http://wp.me/p46j33-2Y7

#SmartisCoolDay

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October 21st, 2014 – Happy Reptile Awareness Day! #Inktober

by on Oct.21, 2014, under Cartooning

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Trilby finds a way to make sure others are aware of him.

This is my #Inktober contribution for today.

Here’s the Swampy’s Florida post: http://wp.me/p46j33-2XR

#ReptileAwarenessDay

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OCtober 20th, 2014 – Book: ‘Forty Guns West’ by William Johnstone

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Books

Forty Guns West (The First Mountain Man, #4)Forty Guns West by William W. Johnstone

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

This is the third book in the Preacher series I’ve read and was mighty disappointed. Unlike the last Preacher book I read, the characters are extremely well defined. Not just defined in one place, but defined all throughout the book. That is what also makes this book odd. It’s Preacher who seems to be having an identity crisis.

In this book Preacher seems inwardly conflicted as to what actions to take and how he should take them. The book starts with him leaving his family after a visit. Something happens that has him chased by a large group of men. Along the way he discards what caused the chase to begin with. Then things start getting very strange. Preacher keeps saying he’s had it with those chasing him and will kill them off. Then he doesn’t. Then he says he’ll kill them again and then doesn’t again. This goes on and on.

The men chasing are written as buffoons. That is, until they divert their attention to something other than Preacher and are suddenly brilliant strategists and are successful in their missions. Twice. Then they go back to being buffoons.

What I think is really going on here is that the writers(s) were asked to expand the book in length and padded the hell out of it. Which is really too bad. Otherwise, the book has such greater characterizations and narrative descriptions. The obvious needless addition of so many pages takes away from it all as I just wanted to get to the end.

This book should have been one hundred pages shorter. Though I write this of practically every other contemporary book I read, I believe this is the first Johnstone Clan book I’ve thought should be so edited.

Bottom line: I don’t recommend this book.

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October 20th, 2014 – Happy Birthday, Tom Petty! #Inktober

by on Oct.20, 2014, under Cartooning

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Today is rock star Tom Petty’s birthday. Petty was born in Gainesville, October 20th, 1953.

Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

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October 19th, 2014 – Happy National Seafood Bisque Day!

by on Oct.19, 2014, under What's New?

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Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s the Swampy’s Florida post: http://wp.me/p46j33-2Xk

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OCtober 17th, 2014 – Book: ‘Absaroka Ambush’ by William Johnstone.

by on Oct.17, 2014, under Books

Absaroka Ambush / Courage of the Mountain ManAbsaroka Ambush / Courage of the Mountain Man by William W. Johnstone

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I liked this book a lot. The sprawling trip across a new America is full of adventure. Well written and pretty much well thought out.

Most of the characters are well developed and very interesting. Wish there was more to learn of two main female characters. Hope they somehow pop up again.

Two drawbacks is very undeveloped bad guys(s) character. Another bad guy with the typical Johnstone bad guy qualities. Another drawback is dropping a set of characters that travel throughout the book. A few hundred pages of that characters and then are entirely dropped. Though there is a reason for this, it would have been nice to let the reader know a bit more of the final fate of the characters.

Bottom line: I recommend this book.

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October 17th, 2014 – Happy National Pasta Day!

by on Oct.17, 2014, under Cartooning

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Zuber, Alva and Trilby dig into a hearty bundle of pasta.
Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s the Swampy’s Florida post: http://wp.me/p46j33-2Xk

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October 16th, 2014 – Happy Feral Cat day!

by on Oct.16, 2014, under Cartooning

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Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s part of the Swampy’s Florida post:
Happy #FeralCatDay!
Zuber is mistaken for being a feral cat by an animal control guy!
–  http://wp.me/p46j33-2WZ

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October 13th, 2014 – Happy Native American Day!

by on Oct.13, 2014, under What's New?

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Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s part of the Swampy’s Florida post:

Swampy and the gang say Happy Native American Day! They’re gathered around a chickee. The Seminole home was built off the ground to keep the rain water and critters from getting in.

The Seminoles were the second phase of Native Americans to come into and live in Florida. The first phase lived on the peninsula for far over a thousand years until being wiped out by the Spanish conquistadors. Some of the tribes that were here prior to the Spanish invasion in the early 1500s, were the Ais, Tequesta, Toboga, Timucua, Calusa, Apalachee, etc, etc. We’ll never be sure how many tribes were actually living on the peninsula or their lifestyle due to the extermination by the Spanish.
Swampy’s recommendation of how to learn more about Florida’s Native Americans:  http://wp.me/p46j33-2X3

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Happy Old Farmers Day!

by on Oct.12, 2014, under What's New?

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Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s part of the Swampy’s Florida post:
Let’s celebrate and support our older farmers in our state. There are getting to be fewer and fewer of them as large corporations take the place of the independent farmer. –  http://wp.me/p46j33-2WZ

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October 11th, 2014 – Happy Universal Music Day! #Inktober

by on Oct.11, 2014, under What's New?

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Here’s the inked art for #Inktober today!

Here’s part of the Swampy’s Florida post:
Swampy says Happy Universal Music Day!
More about Swampy and Florida folk music:  http://wp.me/p46j33-2WP

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