At The Mouth Of The River Of Bees by Kij Johnson (Review)

“At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, by Kij Johnson is a group of eclectic and imaginative science fiction short stories that feature not only humans but also animals including cats, bees, wolves, dogs. If reading the unimaginable and quirky is your style, then “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” is a book that must read.

Johnson is an established fantasy and science fiction writer, who has worked in publishing: managing editor for Tor Books and Wizards of the Coast/TSR, collections editor for Dark Horse Comics, project manager working on the Microsoft Reader, and managing editor of Real Networks. She is also the Associate Director for the Center for the Study of Science Fiction at the University of Kansas, and serves as a final judge for the Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award. Johnson has won awards including Theodore Sturgeon Memorial Award for the best short story of 1994 for her novelette in Asimov’s, “Fox Magic”, the International Association for the Fantastic in the Art’s Crawford Award for best new fantasy novelist of the year. As well has been nominated and been placed on the final ballot for the 2007 Nebula and in 2010 won the Nebula for Spar, and the 2011 Nebula for Ponies. In 2012, she won both the Nebula and Hugo for “The Man Who Bridged The Mist”.

In 2009, Johnson also won the World Fantasy for “26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, which starts out the collection of short stories in “At the Mouth of The River of Bees” stories.

“26 Monkeys, Also the Abyss”, is a whimsical, magical realism and emotional story based on a traveling monkey show. I found myself laughing through the story, as well as shedding tears along the way. Great touching lines, “They like visiting wherever it is, sure. But this is their home. Everyone likes to come home sooner or later.” Johnson told this story in a clever way by using vignettes. It was quite disturbing though how much I could relate my life to this story.

I must say that I found “The Cat Who Walked a Thousand Miles”, to be a simple yet uplifting story of adventure and finding your own stories in life. After chasing the stories that she had been told, Small Cat, set out of her own journey to find the home where The Cat of the North had lived. Never finding the exact place, what Small Cat realized was that she made her own stories along this journey and at the end found not only a home and a life, but someone to share her stories with.

It is hard to pick a favorite story from this collection, but I must say that “At the Mouth of The River of Bees”, is hands down my favorite. All I am going to say on this story is have your tissues ready for a sob fest. Johnson uses great imagery in story, as well as, great metaphors and analogies, such as, “a dark mist like the shifting of a flock of flying starlings, like a pillar of gnats over a highway in hot August dusk, like a million-tiny fish changing direction. South to north, the river runs like cooling lava, like warm molasses. It might be 8 feet deep, though in places is much less, in others much more. It changes as she watches … “.

The clear theme throughout each story is loss. Loss of home, loss of friends, loss of life, but there is a clear picture of hope to compensate the loss. Whether you are a fan of fantasy fiction with a little magical realism thrown in, without reservation I must tell you, read this book. But remember that if you are like me, you might get emotional over a character or a story, so be ready for the waterworks.

Just a little Victoria Secret Dote(ing) on yourself 

As I have mentioned before, I love the holidays but it also very stressful. 

Just yesterday my husband and I went to Starbucks where we enjoyed the BOGO Holiday drinks, which was a great promotion. We then headed to the bookstore where I picked up a book that I have been dying to read, only to come back outside and my car wouldn’t start! 

Sucks right? 

Long story short, I had to be towed and as I type my car is probably getting hundreds of dollars worth of work done to it and that is not helping my stress level. 

But…….

I went back home and found a great deal which helped with some of the stress I had feeling lately. 

So ladies if you are stressing about the holidays, this deal is for you!!!!

 
Recently I found an app called Dote, the mobile mall. It is all your favorite brands in one place which is amazing. No more shopping from store to store. I can now do it all through one app.

And I found an amazing deal! Victoria Secret has panties on clearance for $3.99. So I added 3 pairs for $11.97!!! 

         
But…… Here is the sweet deal!!!

For downloading the app, I received $5.00 I credit so I was able to get the 3 pairs for $6.97!!!

     
Wow!! 

So if you want to get in on this deal then click here to get the app and receive your $5 off your first purchase!! 

Happy Holidays to you!!! 🎄🎄

2017 Annual Holiday Gift Guide – Kids Prize Giveaway

Kids have all the fun

Christmas…….

The most joyful time of year, yet the most stressful.

Yes, I said stressful.  Trying to find the perfect gifts for everyone of your list, all while making sure your kids have the best Christmas ever. Well, here is where I come in to help with that!!

Who is ready for a MASSIVE kids themed giveaway?!

 

It’s MamatheFox’s 2017 Annual Holiday Gift Guide – Kids Prize Giveaway

 

Enter to win $870+ in kids prizes from various sponsors

24 prizes all to one winner!

 

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Open to US only ♦ Must be 18+ to enter

Here is what (1) lucky winner will receive:

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MamatheFox and all participating blogs are not held responsible for sponsors who fail to fulfill their prize obligations

 

If you would like to participate as a blogger or a sponsor in an event like this please contact Danielle at mamathefox@gmail.com

Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway

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I can not believe that it is officially two weeks til Thanksgiving!

EEK!

Two Weeks!  I haven’t even started on food prep, let alone any posts on Thanksgiving recipes.  Please forgive me for that.  BUT, I do have another Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway, so I hope that makes up for no food posts yet!

I have teamed up with an amazing group of bloggers for a $300 CASH Giveaway!  With Christmas right around the corner, I know this would come in handy around my home.  I am also planning a surprise gift for my husband and any extra cash my way would be put to good use.

So until I get some amazing holiday recipes up on my blog, enjoy this giveaway!

And Good Luck!

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Prize: $300 Cash (via Paypal)

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Giveaway organized by: Oh My Gosh Beck!

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Rules: Use the Rafflecopter form to enter daily. Giveaway ends 11/30 and is open worldwide. Winner will be notified via email.

 

Are you a blogger who wants to participate in giveaways like these to grow your blog? Click here to find out how you can join a totally awesome group of bloggers!

Something For Everyone at Jane.Com $50GC Giveaway

Go check out Jane.com for all your holiday needs! And enter a $50 Gift Card Giveaway! Perfect gifts for all the important people in your life!

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Welcome to the Networking Perks 2017 Something For Everyone Holiday Perks Gift Guide

Your Gift Guide Co-Hosts Are:

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This year the Holiday Perks gift guide theme is “something for everyone” and finding a one-stop place to shop for everyone on your list can be a challenge. Not, however, for Jane.Com, who carries handmade and boutique deals for up to 80% off every day. Even better? These deals can be delivered to your email daily!

Looking for something warm and cozy? Check out their Sherpa Pull Overs in a variety of colors and sizes!

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Looking for the little ones? Check this out!

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But Jane.com has more than just clothes. A great stocking stuffer idea is personalized cups for the whole family.

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Head on over to Jane.Com and look at all the great gifts they have to offer for everyone on your list.

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A Bramble House Christmas (Book and Movie Event)

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One of my favorite parts of the holidays is Christmas Books and Hallmark Christmas Movies.

Yes, I said it. I’m that person. Completely!

There is nothing that gets me in the Christmas Spirit more than snuggling on the couch, in front of the fireplace, drinking a cup of hot cocoa while watching a heartfelt Christmas movie, with the lights twinkling on the tree. So that is why I was so excited to learn that CJ Carmichael’s book,  A Bramble House Christmas, is now a Hallmark movie that will air November 19th at 8pm (cst).

*Watch a clip here.

If you haven’t read the book yet, I suggest doing so right away!!!

Summary:

Finn Knightly a.k.a. Finn Conrad wants to know why his recently deceased father left his nurse fifty thousand dollars after knowing her a mere six weeks. So he travels to Bramble House B&B in Marietta, Montana to find answers.

But Willa Fairchild is not the conniving woman he expects to find. Before he knows it, Willa-and her six-year-old son Scout-are stealing his heart. And that’s before he finds out Scout’s secret and the real reason this Christmas is so important.

You can read an amazing excerpt here.

But not only is this a movie event, but CJ Carmichael has turned it into an interaction Movie Event with recipes and a fun quiz!

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And then to top this sweet event with a cherry, I won a Bramble House Viewing Party Pack from Tule Publishing!!  Yay, I am so excited!!

So I hope all my readers will join me in watching A Bramble House Christmas, as we eat Bramble House Popcorn, drink adult hot cocoa and snuggle under a fuzzy blanket, hopefully watching the snow fall outside!

But not only that, I will be hosting an online, interaction viewing party through my Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter Accounts! Yes, that’s right! We will be reviewing scenes from the movie, sharing pics of where we are watching and playing a few games, along with prizes.

So mark your calendars now!! You don’t want to miss out!!

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Hello November Giveaway Event

Well, Goodbye October……

It seems like October just began, but now its gone.  Personally, I went through major life changes in October so maybe that is why it seems to have flown by.  But now November is here and I am ready to embrace the cooler temps, tights and cardigans and Thanksgiving.

And to make this month even better, (What could be better than tights and cardigans?), I have teamed up with a great group of bloggers to offer a $200 Hello November Giveaway!!

SAY WHAT??

Who could not use an extra $200 right at the holiday season?

I’m over here, waving my arms frantically because yes I definitely could!

So are you ready to learn more?

Win big during our $200 Hello November giveaway! You have the option of choosing between $200 PayPal Cash OR an E-Gift Card of choice! This event was organized by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island and sponsored by the awesome bloggers, authors, and Etsy shop owners! Make sure to check out all of the awesome fall and holiday ideas they have by clicking on their blog buttons below. Curl up by the fire and relax while you enter to win our Hello November event!

Good Luck to all my lovely readers.

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ONE entrant will be selected by the entry form to win $200 PayPal cash OR a $200 e-gift card of choice. Open for entry WW, 18 years and older from 11/01/17 at 12:01 a.m. ET thru 11/30/17 at 11:59 p.m. ET. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. A winner will be chosen after/around December 1, 2017. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to notification email to claim their prize or a new winner will be selected. See Rafflecopter for official rules. The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island are responsible for sending the winner their prize via PayPal or e-gift card. The winner has the option of choosing between PayPal and an e-gift card.
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