Ready Player One by Ernst Cline (reread)

Book Review


Book Genre: Science Fiction, Dystopian

Book Series: Ready Player One #1

Released:1/16/2018 by Crown Publishers

Pages: 374 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Site

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books



Book Synopsis:

In the year 2045, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines, puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. When Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win—and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

My Review:

Confession time.  I had already read this book when I requested it or rather I had listened to it.  I borrowed the audiobook from my library a while back but had wanted to read it again before seeing the movie.  I loved listening to it the first time as it is narrated by Wil Wheaton who quite frankly made the book truly come alive for me.  I had been toying with adding the title to my home library and when I saw the movie tie-in version come up for review I went for it and put in a request.

I’m happy to report that reading the book was just as delightful as listening to it.  It really does surprise me that this book works for me when I struggle so much with his second title Armada.   This book, however, is such a fun trip down nostalgia lane for anyone that grew up in the 80’s.  I can’t wait to see it on the big screen!

Much of what I said in my first review carries over to this one as my opinion and observations haven’t changed in this rereading.  If you would like to know what I said in that review you can do so at this link.  If you are excited about seeing the movie please do pick up the book first.  After all the book is always better!

My Rating: 5 Stars


Of Cats and Men by Sam Kalda

Book Review


Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History's Great Cat-loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and StatesmenBook Genre: Non-fiction, History

Book Series: N/A

Released: 4/2017 by Ten Speed Press

Pages: 101  Price: $16.oo Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s Bio, More Info

Buy the Book: Amazon Of Cats and Men: Profiles of History’s Great Cat-Loving Artists, Writers, Thinkers, and Statesmen

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review.

Book Synopsis:

A stylish, illustrated gift book from an award-winning artist that profiles notable cat-loving men throughout history in words and pictures.

Of Cats and Men presents a fresh approach to cat entertainment that’s smart, sweet, and driven by beautiful art (instead of tacky photography, as many cat books are). Appealing to both men and women, the “cat men” approach is a fun twist on the “cat lady” stereotype and makes for a highly giftable book. The 30 men profiled range from writers and artists such as Haruki Murakami, T.S. Eliot, William S. Burroughs, and Ai Weiwei, to historical luminaries such as Sir Winston Churchill, Nikola Tesla, and Sir Issac Newton. In addition to the portraits, the book features beautifully hand-lettered quotes about cats by some of the men, including Twain’s “When a man loves cats, I am his friend and comrade, without further introduction.”

My Review:

The synopsis is pretty spot on for this book.  It is a charming little gift or coffee table book featuring profiles of famous cat-loving men throughout history.  Many of them you will know but some might be surprising.  The book is handsomely illustrated and features quotes from many of the men profiled in the book.

The book isn’t very long and would make a great gift for the cat man or woman in your life.  I have been fortunate to share my home one and might save my copy for him for Father’s Day.  After all, our cats are our children and he might appreciate the recognition and to see what great company he keeps.

Not a lot more to say.  It was a quick read and of exceptional quality printing wise. I liked it but wasn’t overly excited about it.  It was interesting but nothing profound inside its pages.  I still think it is a tad overpriced at $16.00 but at least you get something worthy of giving.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Soframiz by Ana Sortun & Maura Kilpatrick

Book Review


Book Genre: Cookbook, Non-Fiction

Book Series: N/A

Released:10/11/16 by Ten Speed Press

Pages:272  Price: $35 Hardcover

Links:  Goodreads,

Buy the Book: Amazon Soframiz: Vibrant Middle Eastern Recipes from Sofra Bakery and Cafe

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Book(B.F.B) for an honest review.



Book Synopsis:

A charming collection of 100 recipes from Cambridge’s Sofra Bakery and Cafe, showcasing modern Middle Eastern spices and flavors with exotic yet accessible sweet and savory dishes geared toward everyday cooking and entertaining.

Ana Sortun and Maura Kilpatrick have traveled extensively throughout Turkey and the Middle East, researching recipes and gaining inspiration for their uber-popular cafe and bakery, Sofra. In their first cookbook together, the two demystify and explore the flavors of this popular region, creating accessible, fun recipes for everyday eating and entertaining. With a primer on essential ingredients and techniques, and recipes such as Morning Buns with Orange Blossom Glaze, Whipped Feta with Sweet and Hot Peppers, Eggplant Manoushe with Labne and Za’atar, and Sesame Caramel Cashews, Soframiz will transport readers to the markets and kitchens of the Middle East.

My Review:

Not finding a fiction book that I wanted to request from B.F.B I decided to explore the other genres offered and stumbled across this little gem.  After seeing the word Turkey while skimming the description I decided to put in my request.  The book arrived on Friday and as I opened the box in front of my husband he promptly took the book from me and claimed it as his own.  You see I married a Turk and he was thrilled to look through this beautiful cookbook, drooling over the pictures and making plans to try some of them out for our holiday celebrations this year.  His only “complaint” or more like wish was that there were some soup recipes included, but once I explained that this was from a bakery he understood their absence.  Still a nice selection of favorites he remembers from his youth and our travels.

This is a stunning book and of excellent quality.  Nice and sturdy, should hold up nicely in a kitchen while cooking or baking, still would be shame to mess this one up with spills or stains.  Many of the recipes feature lovely pictures and all come with a paragraph explaining the history of the recipe, either its origins in the culture or about its use in the author’s restaurants. The book is broken down into eight sections ( Breakfast, Meze, Flatbreads, Savory Pies, Cookies and Confections, Specialty Pastries Cakes and Desserts, Beverages and Pantry).  Not really enough variety for a full meal, but plenty of selection for treats or appetizers at a party or special occasion.  I though the Beverage section was most interesting and want to try several of the recipes listed.  I was also delighted to find a Simit recipe in there and might have to work myself up to trying to make this classic Turkish Street treat.  The pantry section in back was also very nice as it explained some of the less common ingredients, their importance and origins.  In the back is a handy index, which isn’t always featured in these specialty/fancy/coffee table cookbooks, so handy.

I am thrilled to be adding this book to our cookbook collection and actually have plans to attempt many of the recipes I found inside.  If you like food from this area of the world or simply looking to expand your palate this is a wonderful book to pick up.  Most of the recipes look to be of dishes that are fairly safe, flavor wise, and can be enjoyed by most people.  Nothing too far out there .

My Rating: 5 Stars

Think Happy by Karen Salmansohn

Book Review


Think Happy: Instant Peptalks to Boost PositivityBook Genre: Self Help, Non-Fiction

Book Series: N/A

Released: 8/9/2016 by Ten Speed Press

Pages: 128  Price: $12.99

Links:  Goodreads, Author’s SiteMore Info

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Blogging for Books for an honest review.


Book Synopsis:

Stay happy—no matter how much life throws at you!

Happiness expert and Oprah columnist Karen Salmansohn presents a collection of 50 inspirational inner peptalks to boost your confidence, attitude, and mood. These peptalks are different than affirmations because they’re feisty, fun and memorable–and will thereby stick in your brain like a catchy song. You’ll naturally want to keep repeating them, thereby changing your neural pathways so you’re inclined to think positive thoughts, which lead to positive habits, which lead to a positively happy life!

Whether you’re feeling stressed, need motivation, are dealing with haters, or need to turn your tale of woe into a tale of wow, THINK HAPPY’s instant peptalks and whimsical illustrations will grump-proof your brain so you can move forward with optimism, resilience, and plain ol’ fabulousness.

My Review:

Due to events in my life this summer I have found myself missing my happiness.  Now grief is a process that is different for everyone and is going to take as long as it takes but I thought this book might be helpful.  Might give me some perspective and ideas on how to find my way out of this depression I’ve become trapped inside.  Now I knew this book wasn’t going to magically solve all my problems but I think it will be useful for not only myself but my husband as well.

This is a fairly short book and first impression was that it was just going to be a coffee table decor piece that had some inspirational and up lifting phrases to ponder.  It is actually so much more.  There are a series of sections that begin with 5 things to say; if you are trying something new, when feeling grumpy, when faced with failure, when dealing with toxic people, etc.  What follows each statement is five different phrases accompanied with a little peptalk.  This is quite helpful actually it makes you think a bit more about the affirmation and gives support or encouragement or simply something else to ponder to help with the issue at hand. The book is beautifully illustrated with soft water-color artwork in calm pleasing tones and is the perfect size to carry with you in a purse or suitcase if you are currently struggling and need some extra motivation.

The only complaint I have about the book is I wish it were longer.  I wish it covered more issues, for example death, that bring us down and suck our happiness away.  I also think the price is a tad high for such a short and small book as lovely as I think it might be.  I think somewhere under $10 would be a more reasonable price point.  Otherwise I’m glad I requested this book and I plan to hang on to this title to revisit when I am facing a situation that was covered.  This book could be quite helpful in putting perspective on issues that bring us down.

My Rating: 5 Stars

F*ck That by Jason Headley

Book Review


fckthatBook Genre:
 Non-Fiction, Humor

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released: 4/12/16 by Three Rivers Press

Pages: 65  Price: $14.00 Hardcover

Links: More Info, Goodreads

Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review


Book Synopsis:

We all have an inner voice. Sometimes it’s just not quite as serene as we’d like. 
Based on the viral video that had everyone from yogis to workaholics raving, F*ck That is the completely truthful and oddly tranquil guide to achieving your inner peace.

My Review:

This is a cute little book and quite clever.  Not very long, perhaps a bit pricey at $14, but still very giftable.  The pictures inside are simply beautiful and juxtaposed with the humorous text (chock full of naughty words btw) made me want to read it twice.  Once to focus on the script and next to look at the lovely pictures.  This book would be perfect for someone who works in a difficult environment and could use a laugh.  In all honestly though while the book is making a joke we all should take to heart the message of something are just not worth the drama we let them create in our lives.  I’m happy I requested this book.  It made me smile and I hope it does my husband as well because next time he has a crappy day at work I’m going to leave this for him on his desk and hopefully it will brighten his day.

My Rating: 4 Stars

The Fold by Peter Clines

Book Review


The FoldBook Genre: Science Fiction

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released: 2/2/15 by Crown

Pages: 384 Price: $16.00 Paperback

Links: Author’s Site, GoodreadsMore InfoAuthor Bio

Source: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program



Book Synopsis:


The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence.  

That is, until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve: far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so that a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step.

The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the Door is completely safe.

Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems—and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.  

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may only be a matter of time before the project destroys…everything.  

A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuinely page-turning science-fiction thriller. Step inside its pages and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

My Review:

I was getting tired of requesting NF titles through the Blogging for Books program, but most of the time there just isn’t a fiction title that catches my fancy.  When I went to put in a new request though I noticed that a NEW book had popped up for review, and it looked quite intriguing.  So I went with it and am so glad I did!  I ended up with a book I really enjoyed as well as a new author to follow.

I’m not quite sure where to start with this review.  I just finished reading it a few minutes ago and it still has me thinking.  I would wait to review, but I like to write these up before I start my next book.  This book though, I can tell this one is going to be with me for a while.  It was just so interesting on many different levels.  There was a great mystery, I loved all the sciencey stuff (technical term), the characters, the geekiness this book had it going on on so many levels.

Perhaps a chronological look into the story.  Mike is the main character who has a unique talent or gift…that I don’t want to giveaway, dammit.  It was so fascinating though I couldn’t help but be drawn into his uniqueness and pondering what it would be like to have the same issue.  On one hand it would be totally cool, but as the book progressed I could see why Mike felt it nothing but a burden.  It worked well for the plot even if I couldn’t help but think it was a tad convenient at times.  Read the book you’ll see what I mean.

Then there was all  the science.  This reminded me of The Martian and Big Bang Theory it leads me to believe that my reading taste just enjoys a science fiction heavy on real science even if I don’t understand much of it.  Then there was all the Star Trek references.  You know me I love me some Trek and the nods towards the show were a lot of fun.

I thought the plot moved at a good and steady pace and every few chapters seemed to give up another piece of the puzzle as we discovered just what the hell was going on.  Some where near the end the story turned a bit and for some time I felt as if I had stepped into a Stephen King story.  Not a plus for me and ended up costing the book a star. I can just do without the gore thank you very much.  Still it wasn’t all that bad or much of the overall story so I just made an ick face and moved on.  The end of the book left me wanting more and I wish this was going to be a series…  I do see in the acknowledgements that this kind of a companion book or takes place in the same area with some overlapping plot and characters as another of this author’s books and I will most definitely be checking out that story soon.

This was a great read and fans of realistic science fiction like The Martian or shows like Star Trek or movies like Men in Black should add this title to their to-read list.  It was quite interesting and had a captivating plot.  I can’t wait to see what else this author has to offer.

My Rating: 4 Stars

ARC Cats in Paris by Won-Sun Jang

Book Review

Cats in Paris: A Coloring Book of the Felines of Paris

Book Genre: Coloring book

Book Series: Stand Alone

Released: February 23, 2016

Pages: 80

Links: More Info & Author Bio

Source: I received this book for an honest review from the publisher through the blogging for books program.

Book Synopsis:  

This gorgeously illustrated adult coloring book draws readers into the secret world of cats in Paris as they explore the city’s most famous (and feline-friendly) spots.

Say bonjour to the cats of Paris as they slink through its fabled streets and alleyways, from Montmartre to the Shakespeare and Company bookshop and into a feline-filled land of playful imagination. Featuring intricate pen-and-ink drawings of tabbies, Persians, Siamese, and more, this evocative coloring book’s frisky kitties lie in wait for your colorful stylings.

My Review: 

I’ve reviewed four coloring books so far and this one is probably my favorite.  It might have something to do with the theme, I am a cat lover after all.  I was delighted when it came in the mail and I look forward to hours spent filling in the pages as I relax in my living room.  As with the other coloring books that I’ve reviewed from this publisher the book is of exceptional quality with nice thick pages that work well with what ever medium you choose to work in.  The cover is removable and colorable (is that a word?) as well.  There is a variety in types of pictures featured in the book, most geared for the more advanced artist, but there are a few that work well for us with a less steady hand too.

Unlike two of the other coloring books I reviewed there is less of a story in this book.  Well perhaps in the beginning we shown some scenes from Paris featuring cats, but most of the book is simply a collage cats and other images or different cat scenes.  There were a couple of points that cost this book that last star for me.  The fact that the book will not lay flat for easy coloring or have removable pages.  This is something I wish the publishers would take into account with they make these beautiful books.  It is difficult to color a book that will not lay flat.  There is also some coloring pages that feature overlapping images that the OCD person in me didn’t care for.  Do I color the flower or the cat, do I break the color of the flower into different shades where they overlap the background image…  It just frustrated me for those few images and is probably not a big deal for most people.  I would have also like less images featuring teeny tiny little images that can only be filled in with a very sharp pencil point.  I know it is an adult coloring book, but still common I don’t want to spend all my time sharpening a pencil.

Otherwise this is truly a lovely book and will make a great gift for the coloring cat-lover in your life.  The price on the back cover is $14.99 and I feel quite reasonable for the quality book you are purchasing.

My Rating:  4 Stars

Change Your Brain Change Your Life by Daniel G. Amen

Change your brain

Stand Alone: Released 11/3/15: 480 Pages

I received a copy of this book through the blogging for books program for an honest review

More Info & Author Bio

Book Synopsis:

In this completely revised and updated edition of the breakthrough bestseller, you’ll see scientific evidence that your anxiety, depression, anger, obsessiveness, or impulsiveness could be related to how specific structures in your brain work. You’re not stuck with the brain you’re born with. Renowned neuropsychiatrist Dr. Daniel Amen includes cutting-edge reseach and the latest surprising, effective “brain prescriptions” that can help heal your brain and change your life:  To quell anxiety and panic:
Use simple breathing techniques to immediately calm inner turmoil
To fight depression:
Learn how to kill ANTs (automatic negative thoughts)
To curb anger:
Follow the Amen anti-anger diet and learn the nutrients that calm rage
To conquer impulsiveness and learn to focus:
Develop total focus with the One-Page Miracle
To stop obsessive worrying:
Follow the “get unstuck” writing exercise and learn other problem-solving exercises

My review:

I’m afraid this book is not for me.  I requested it on a whim thinking it might help me with my issues with worry, anxiety and depression.  While it still might, I’m afraid it is a much more technical book than what I was looking for.  This is more of the type of book that my husband would be interested in, so guess who is getting a late Christmas gift…  I’m sure this book is chock full of all kinds of helpful information, but being a reader of mainly fiction it is far to dry for my taste and I’m not going to slog through it to dig out the little nuggets that pertain to my situation.  I guess I’m looking for more of a CliffNotes version instead of something that reminded me of a 9th grade biology class.  Granted it is far more advanced, but it felt too much like homework to me.  I’m still going to skim through the sections pertaining to my own personal struggles and hopefully I’ll be able to find some helpful information, but I’m not holding my breath.  I need to find an author on this topic that has a more conversational tone and doesn’t talk over my head.  So for me this is a DNF.


My Rating: DNF

Whatever is Lovely by Waterbrook Press

Whatever Is Lovely: A Coloring Book for Reflection and Worship

Coloring book: Released 12/15/15, 96 Pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the blogging for books program for an honest review.

More Info & Author Bio

Book Synopsis:

Color your way to peace and worship.

We live in such a busy, hectic world—but what waits for you inside this cover is a way to quiet the noise, express creativity, and spend some sweet time with God. Each page features an original design from one of a dozen different artists, beautifully illustrating a contemplative quote from an inspirational writer, a beloved hymn, or Scripture.
When we create, we echo the heart of our Creative God who designed everything and gave us the capacity to recognize beauty.
So go ahead! You have permission to pick up your colored pencil and be reminded of truth in a fresh way.

My Review:

Browsing through the request books I stumbled upon this coloring book and being a fan on the new hobby craze decided to put in a request for this lovely book.  Teach me not to read the descriptions carefully…  While this is a lovely book with beautiful illustrations waiting to be brought to life with color I did not notice when requesting that it would also be cock full of religious propaganda….  Okay maybe that is a bit harsh of a word, but there is poems, scripture and a whole lot of things I’m not comfortable with.  I’m not a religious person, and while I’m sure most of what is in this book is pretty harmless and meant to be inspirational it is not meant for someone like me.

So now I have it and need to review it.  Based upon appearance it is a beautiful book.  The illustrations are a nice mix of different styles and skill levels of coloring. The paper is of excellent quality and should hold up nicely to pencil, crayon or marker.  It would be nice if the pages were perforated, so the pictures could be removed for an easier coloring experience.  This book would make a lovely gift for a spiritual someone in your life.  I am going to hang onto it for now and will probably use my copy of the book for just such a purpose.

I am a little disappointed by all the religious propaganda in the book, but it is not the book’s fault, it is mine for not paying closer attention to what I was requesting.  Before you get all up in arms about my use of the word propaganda I suggest looking up the definition of the word.  Simply this book was not meant for someone like me.  I’m sure a more spiritual reader is going to love this book.

My Rating: 3 Stars

Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography

Neil Patrick Harris

Biography: Released 10/14/14: 291 Pages

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through the Blogging for Books program for an honest review

More Info  &  Author Bio

Book Synopsis:

Tired of memoirs that only tell you what really happened?

Sick of deeply personal accounts written in the first person? Seeking an exciting, interactive read that puts the “u” back in “aUtobiography”? Then look no further than Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography! In this revolutionary, Joycean experiment in light celebrity narrative, actor/personality/carbon-based life-form Neil Patrick Harris lets you, the reader, live his life. You will be born in New Mexico. You will get your big break at an acting camp. You will get into a bizarre confrontation outside a nightclub with actor Scott Caan. Even better, at each critical juncture of your life, you will choose how to proceed. You will decide whether to try out for Doogie Howser, M.D. You will decide whether to spend years struggling with your sexuality. You will decide what kind of caviar you want to eat on board Elton John’s yacht.

Choose correctly and you’ll find fame, fortune, and true love. Choose incorrectly and you’ll find misery, heartbreak, and a hideous death by piranhas. All this, plus magic tricks, cocktail recipes, embarrassing pictures from your time as a child actor, and even a closing song. Yes, if you buy one book this year, congratulations on being above the American average, but make that book Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography!

My Review:

I don’t know quite how to review this book.  If you know my blog or follow my reviews on Goodread then you know I stick mainly to fiction and some pretty trashy romance related fiction at that.  Hey it’s what I enjoy reading, don’t judge.  I do not venture into non-fiction very often and I must confess this is my very first biography.  Just not something I’m interested in most of the time.  This year though I signed up for a couple of reading challenges and both of the lists had read a biography as one of the requirements.  So when I saw this one for review and being a fan of NPH I decided to request this to fill my challenge requirements.  So while I know how I want to rate this book I’m unclear on how to convey that rating to you because I have nothing to compare this book to.  When I rate and review books I am always comparing it to books I feel are the same caliber.  It helps me decide what sort of star rating to give it.

Being this book is a first for me I’m going to just have to go on my gut reaction to the book, and as I finished the last page (after a marathon reading season) with a smile on my face I have to give it high stars.  I loved this book. I loved the concept and the laugh out loud moments and that I could jump on YouTube and check out the clips from his life’s work that he talks about.  I loved the honesty and twisted dry humor and the opportunity to get to know this man better.  I also appreciated the chance to get to see what it was like for someone to come out to the world about something so private and personal and their sexuality knowing that it could cause controversy at the time.  Straight people take for granted that our relationships and love life is going to be accepted by pretty much everyone,  to have to hide your relationship and identity is something the vast majority of us will not have to deal with.  I thank Mr. Harris for the opportunity to live in his shoes and experience something that I will never have to live through.

As a child growing up around the same time as Mr. Harris (I was born in 74), I vividly remember the choose your own adventure books.  I would spend hours reading and rereading the story to see how far I could take the characters.  Picking this format for the book was quite clever, though I must confess I cheated a bit and didn’t skip around like I was supposed to, with lead to a couple of surprises put in the pages for readers like myself.  I actually think this could be the perfect format for biographies ( or perhaps just celebrity biographies), it gives the reader the chance to skip areas of a person’s life that person’s life that might not interest them, like a person’s love life, friend’s letters or magic tricks…(although that was kinda cute too).

Not knowing what makes a good biography I am lost for what to tell you it included or excluded.  I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much more than I thought I would.  I read it in two days, which is quite fast for my current reading pace.  It was interesting to read these stories from his life and see some of what went on back stage at the awards shows and theater productions he was a part of.  The peeks into his beautiful family’s life were heartwarming.  Mr. Harris is an interesting personality and quite the entertainer in print, on-screen and on stage.  I would recommend this book to fans of his and even those who just find him mildly amusing.  For being my first biography I’m afraid I’ve set my standards quite high by starting with this book.

My Rating: 5 Stars