Archive for May 2014

Poet At Large Reviews, App/Game, Farmville 2   Leave a comment

Farmville 2 by Zynga Games is a contrivance intended to separate fools from their money.  The first Farmville was fun to play on FaceBook until they added the notion that you needed to get materials for building your buildings and charging real money for the materials.  If you were patient enough to wait for the materials from your friends sending them as gifts you might spend a whole month trying to get a nail to finish your barn.  This need for materials also caused someone desperate enough to spam their own friends with requests for materials in a game that most of your friends did not play.  After a time I just gave up on playing the first version because I did not want to pay for virtual objects at such a high price.

I recently decided to play Farmville 2 and give it a try.  In 1 week I spent a little over $40 on FarmBucks.  Much of this was spent on baby formula for my animals. There are also so premium animals that I have bought.  These animals are nice to have because they produce more milk or eggs or wool.  Their price along with formula costs  makes them one thing I hate.  Pixels that eat.  This is a term for any virtual animal you buy which requires virtual food that you must also buy.  After they age to adulthood you can feed them from the crops you grow, but this does not excuse their real world price.  You can look at it as being no worse than splurging on candy or outright robbery.  Though it is more expensive to play Farmville 2 than World of Warcraft or have a premium account in Second Life. You also still need to buy certain building materials or wait for them as gifts if you don’t have the means to grow or make them yourself.  Though I do like the filter that lets you send requests to only the friends that play the game.

I don’t see myself continuing with the game for very long. I may like farm simulators but I would prefer one you buy on a disc and don’t have to pay any future fees to play. Like the old DOS based SimFarm game.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You may contact The Poet or her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com).

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Poet At Large Reviews, Book, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel   Leave a comment

‘The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie: A Flavia de Luce Novel’ by Alan Bradly is the first book in the Flavia de Luce Series.  It introduces us to eleven year old Flavia, a very precocious young girl with a talent for chemistry and mysteries as well as a fascination for poisons.  When her father’s past lands him in jail as a murder suspect it is up to young Flavia to find the real killer. It all begins with a very rare stamp stolen just before the death of one of her father’s teachers when he was a school boy.  The intrigue will get Flavia into one dangerous situation after another until she finds the truth.

I found the character of Flavia to be delightful. I also found the rivalry between Flavia and her older sisters to be completely believable. The small English village that Flavia lives in is quaint and full of Characters that are easy to relate with. The final answer to who the murder is was well thought out. It does leave one with a desire for more and there are now several books in the series available for kindle.

From The Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You can Contact The Poet and her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com)

Poet At Large Reviews, Childrens Books, The Strength of Wild Horses   Leave a comment

I usually review books intended for older readers but some times you come across a series meant for young kids that you wish was written when you were in Elementary School.  ‘The Strength of Wild Horse’ is the sequel to the 2008 book ‘Hold on to your Horses’. Both books are written by Sandra Tayler and illustrated by Angela Call.  The books are about a young girl named Amy who has ideas that are like wild horses and being young she has not yet learned the restraint to keep her ideas from running away with her.  In the first book ‘Hold on to Your Horses’ Amy learns something about leading her ideas instead of letting them lead her.  This is a stage in life that all young children must go through.

In the second book she learns to use her ideas to help those around her, like her older sister Kari. Kari has a terrible time trying to take care of Amy and their Baby brother while their parents are out one evening.  Just when Kari thinks nothing can go right Amy and her wild ideas save the day.  The books are filled with wonderful pictures that will take your breath away and sage advice that can be enjoyed by both young and old.  These books can be ordered by going to http://www.schlockmercenary.com and going into the Schlock Store. While you are there I suggest that you look for Sandra’s books “Cobble Stones 2011′ and ‘Cobble Stones 2012’ these books of essays selected from Sandra’s blog ‘One Cobble at a Time’ are very uplifting for adults to read.

From the Poet’s Mouth,

Lyda Mae Dameron

You may contact the poet and her friends by e-mailing (ravendove922@yahoo.com)