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The Stranger Harlan Coben PDF Print E-mail
Written by Selaine Henriksen   
Friday, 10 April 2015 01:25

I was looking forward to reading this and it didn't disappoint. A page turner with all Coben's usual twists and turns and an ending I didn't expect. I can't say much more because I'll spoil it. One thing: we, too, have a version of "Daddy's eggs" that my husband makes. I feel like I have to try Coben's recipe:)

 
Seraphina by Rachel Hartman PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 28 March 2015 15:44

 

I enjoyed this book as one enjoys sitting mindlessly in front of the TV watching a comfortable, friendly show. The dragons were interesting, the world and main character were interesting and unique. It felt like everything was too easy for the main character, but then, it is a young adult novel. I guess what I mean is I didn't feel the emotional impact on the character.

But, it was a fun read and well-written. I'd read the next one.
 
The Vikings by Jonathan Clements PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 23 March 2015 13:18

I've started watching "The Vikings" show, now in its third season and wanted to read more. I'm pretty sure this book, published in 2005, is the base for a lot of the facts used in the show. Although, all studies of the Vikings have to rely on only a few sources. I enjoy finding out how the writer for the show has used known facts to tell a fictional story. For example, he's switched the birth order of Ragnorak's sons. In the show, though, the audience has to relate, and like, the characters so I suspect there's been some liberties taken to show they were like us, happy families just trying to survive. I suspect the level of casual brutality and violence, on a daily basis, must have been extreme. As a child you would have to always be prepared for a smack or worse and fighting between children, much less the adults, would have been constant.

It makes me wonder how the Scandinavian countries ended up with the reputations they have now for empathy, social justice, equality, etc. It's like when they converted to Christianity (at the point of a sword) they went, "Phew, that's it, we're done with that violence stuff." and then went in the extreme other direction.

 
All My Puny Sorrows Miriam Toews PDF Print E-mail
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Sunday, 22 March 2015 20:47
Lots of people have spoken much more eloquently and personally than I can about the question at the heart of this book. It's heart felt and so difficult. The humor carries you through.

I found the technique of not using quotation marks when the characters are speaking interesting. It felt immediate and as though there was a rush to get it all out. It felt like I was right in the character's head, enough that I wondered if the story was autobiographical. I didn't expect it to be, in that every author takes bits and pieces of their lives and mixes them all up to make something new. So imagine my surprise when I googled Miriam Toews and found out it was based on true events. Knowing that makes the central question even harder.
 
Against All Odds Kindle Worlds by Selaine Henriksen PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 March 2015 11:18

By me!  My ode to John Rain: http://www.amazon.com/John-Rain-Against-Kindle-Novella-ebook/dp/B00RKJR13S/ref=zg_bs_6305072011_59

 

Back on the best-seller list!

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