Review: The Savage Fortress

The Savage Fortress by Sarwat Chadda My rating: 3 of 5 stars The book wasn't quite what I was expecting from reading the back cover, but I think 3 stars sums it up: it was a fine one-timer, but I probably won't read it again.The Savage Fortress is an action book about 13-year-old Ash Mistry and his 10-year-old sister Lucky, who are on a holiday with their aunt and uncle in India. The kids are used to a life of plenty in their regular home in London, and Ash is quickly getting tired of the dust ...

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Photo of the Day: Knight

Did you know there are castles in the United States? I visited one this year. True, it wasn't quite like some of the castles you hear about in Europe, but it was still pretty cool. And by cool, I mean it was huge, had a gazillion rooms, had stone steps and great wooden doors, and even had a knight in shining armor. Ok, so there wasn't really a knight in the armor -- it was just the shining armor by itself, but you could still get cut on it! So, this picture is from my trip to the castle. Some ...

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Photo of the Day: Arch

A few years ago, I drove through St. Louis, Missouri, passing by the famous Arch. I didn't go in it this time, but I did once before. I remember that experience pretty well -- waiting in line while surrounded by plenty of chances to buy postcards, t-shirts, or coffee mugs about the Arch, and then clunking upward in a tin-can with seats. (My apologies, Missouri, but I don't like small spaces!) But it does give a pretty grand view once you get out of the elevator. Everyone who goes to MO should ...

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Photo of the Day: Cat

My cats are always doing strange things. Here is one of them hiding out in the cubby of a bench seat. Not sure why -- he just felt like it, I guess! What is one of the strangest things your pet has ever done?

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