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Book: ‘Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man: Dakota Ambush’ by William W. Johnstone – May 31st, 2016

by on May.31, 2016, under Books

Dakota Ambush (Matt Jensen: The Last Mountain Man, #6)Dakota Ambush by William W. Johnstone
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Standard troubles for the Jensen boys, but with a more involved setting and cast. After now reading over two dozen Johnstone Clan stories, this plot is being revisitied again. Usually the town takeover is covered in the Smoke Jensen series. This time, loosely connected Matt Jensen gets a swing at cleaning things up.

The bad guy is again British, which I find curious. The British have often been the rub in a Johnstone Clan book. This one is much like the others, with just a whole lot more land and money. There’s a lot familiar with this book. Except for the town’s people. Here this book veers from other Johnstone books and well fleshes out the townspeople and the setting of the small city. The hero doesn’t even arrive to the location to save the day until more than half way through the book. Though Matt Jensen is chronicled through the book, the characters of the town take more of a center stage as we learn of their troubles before Jensen steps in.

Further complaint involving the cover and the title. Neither are good representations of the actual book.

Though familiar if you have read other Johnstone Clan books, it’s still a very good and more involved story.

Bottom line: I recommend this story. 6 out of ten points.

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My Travels: Another Stop at Steak ‘n Shake! – My 28th, 2016

by on May.28, 2016, under Buddies

So much of my life has passed through this Steak ‘n Shake in Winter Park, Florida…. Here’s my first Ocala pal Marguerite Cavenaugh to stop here after ‪#‎FPEA2016‬.

It was me, Marguerite & Randy Osborne manning our table at the Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) convention the past few days. Busy week after 4 days at the International Trademark Association (INTA) convention !

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My Work in Progress: Splash page for upcoming book! – May 28th, 2016

by on May.28, 2016, under Cartooning

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Pencil and inking while here for the 7th year in a row at the Florida Parent-Educators Association (FPEA) annual convention!

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Caricature: Day 4 of 4 Day event – May 25th, 2016

by on May.25, 2016, under Caricatures

I figure you all have seen enough caricatures over the past few days. So here’s what happened AFTER the event.

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After the event I did 3 quick watercolor illustrations of my hosts for the event. Here is Christine Ng of Adastra with her painting.

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Been camped out at the Everglades Restaurant catching up on all sorts of artwork, some of which I’ll post tomorrow. Waiter Terry has been great before taking pictures with Swampy. So, I fashioned Terry as a variation of a project I’ve been working on here.

Here’s a better version of the cartoon below!

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Book: ‘The Case of the Long-Legged Models’ by Erle Stanley Gardner – May 24th, 2016

by on May.24, 2016, under Books

The Case of the Long-Legged Models (Perry Mason Mysteries) The Case of the Long-Legged Models (Perry Mason Mysteries) by Erle Stanley Gardner
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A fun entry of Mason and Street at work. The case is a bit convoluted as presented in book form as Gardner seems to struggle to make a shifting of an important clue the focus. The shifting makes it necessary to shift other parts of the story nd make the whole book seem more like a game for the reader than a solid plot.

The characters are well written. The scenery is fine, in that there are few locations written. Seemed to me while reading there are so few locations, this could also be put together as a theatrical production.

Nevertheless, this is all fun and it’s always great to visit the office of Perry Mason.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 5 out of 10 points.

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Caricature: Day 3 of a 4 Day event! – May 24th, 2016

by on May.24, 2016, under Caricatures

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Alfred is he husband of Valentina from my post yesterday.

Day 2 of this 4 day event creating these cartoon improvisations and the crowd is terrific! See each photo for descriptions!

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Edel, from Ireland, was the last person I drew today. She wants to see alligators. I pointed her toward Gatorland.

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Jorllette expressed her many interests in consuming food…. 🙂

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Caricature: Day 2 of this 4 Day Event – May 23rd, 2016

by on May.23, 2016, under Caricatures, What's New?

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Day 2 of this 4 day event creating these cartoon improvisations and the crowd is terrific! See each photo for descriptions!

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Lots of artwork done! – May 13th, 2016

by on May.20, 2016, under Cartooning

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Hunkered down for a few hours at a newly discovered local coffee shop and knocked out a bunch of artwork. So much more to do! Will repeat process tomorrow with hopes of more successful results.

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Book: ‘The New Breed’ by Lee Costigan – May 20th, 2016

by on May.20, 2016, under Books

The New BreedThe New Breed by Lee Costigan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a very good police procedural story of the efforts to rescue a kidnapping victim. The story follows closely a good deal of steps and lengthy details of those efforts. Characters are all very well written. Always nice to read an author who knows how to delineate characters for the reader.

The settings are extremely well done throughout as so many make their way to try and solve this case. I was particularly impressed with the writing of the transportation routes.

The story foundation is pretty simple. It’s the telling and examination of the elements of the story that make this stand out.

The final paragraph that ends the case is the shakiest part of the book. Certain actions described are possible, but it is a stretch of the imagination. After so much well done, i had to read that paragraph 4 times to believe the fumbling. It’s not enough to mark the book.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 7 of 10 points.

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Logo in the Making! – May 17th, 2016

by on May.17, 2016, under Cartooning

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I’ve been working on a new project to nearly completion! More to come!

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