Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast

Siegel, Noah, Schwarz, Christian. Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast: A Comprehensive Guide to the Fungi of Coastal Northern California. New York, USA: Ten Speed Press. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
With hundreds of different types of mushrooms identified, including detailed information about each piece, color, size and texture of the mushroom, Mushrooms of the Red Wood Coast is a textbook of fungi. With additional material on ecology, edibility, toxicity and commonness, each studied mushroom also contains a stunning photograph depicting exquisite detail. Through extensive fieldwork and knowledge, authors Noah Siegel and Christian Schwarz take the guess-work out of finding, identifying and enjoying over 750 species found near the coastal Monterey County to the Oregon border.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
With the current interest in mushroom collecting, this large, beautiful, organized book is perfect for beginners and experienced mushroom collectors alike. The added comments, glossy pages and general fungi facts complement the other data of each species. Though not yet a mushroom collector myself, this book would serve as a wonderful addition to the library of mushroom hunters.  The elements and design of the book obviously brim with a wealth of knowledge, time, interest, detail and pictures. Very well done.

RATING:
5 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast from Blogging For Books for my honest review*

The Valley of the Dry Bones

Jenkins, Jerry B. The Valley of the Dry Bones. Franklin, TN: Worthy Publishing. 2016.

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SUMMARY:
Set in the future, California is uninhabitable due to a seventeen year drought resulting in massive wildfires. When a group of Christians known as “The Holdouts” decides to stay and serve as missionaries to the remaining, they face turmoil, chaos, resistance and trials against others as well as amongst themselves. With tragic times coupled with personal struggles, this end-of-times dystopia novel relies on Christian messaging to make it through to the end. Suspense, action, full characters and uncertainty lead to a satisfying conclusion, albeit begging for a sequel…

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:
Not necessarily a fan of this genre nor of “The Left Behind” series, I was a bit hesitant to read this story. As a popular author, Jerry Jenkins is known to write engaging books. With an interesting premise and a plethora of characters, The Valley of the Dry Bones was well written though not my personal favorite. Sure to appeal to readers of the dystopian-type genre, though it was not necessarily my type of book, it served an interesting plot and gripping possible “what-if” basis. Worth the try.

RATING:
4 (out of 5) pennies

*I received a complimentary copy of The Valley of the Dry Bones from Worthy Publishing for my honest review*