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text 2018-08-18 21:23
Soul of an Octopus: [On Sale Today!]

Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration Into the Wonder of Consciousness is on daily deal for $3.95 at Audible (audiobook).

 

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I haven't read it yet, but a friend said:

 

"I will revisit this book again and again and I honestly just feel like I can't find adequate words to say how much I loved this book! Can I live in this book now, please?

 

My friend's full review

Her blog - Credit where credit is due!!

 

*I'm not sponsered by anything. Just spreading the love of books!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-08-18 14:44
Creature by Hunter Shea
Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea

Creature by Hunter Shea
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kate Woodson's life is not what she expected. Once being a very active and lively woman, she now is a victim of her own body. Happiness is a thing of the past, however Andrew believes they can find some form of it in Maine, where a lake-house becomes available for the summer. The married couple thus set off, eager and full of hope, desiring the serenity of nature. Nature has other plans, however, as something resides within the dark, and it seeks their undivided attention.

(WARNING: This review contains minor spoilers.)

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I thank Flame Tree Press for giving me the opportunity.

I couldn’t help but notice the high amount of praise from the horror community regarding this particular Shea novel, so I was quick to jump aboard that train and request it myself. What immediately became apparent was how disturbed I felt right from the get-go, but not in the typical sense that relates to the genre. Rather, it was the very real and disquieting portrayal of Kate that provoked such a response. To have such a chronically ill main character was almost a shock to the system; I can’t say I’ve witnessed something to that extent during my travels into the dark. Her every waking moment was a challenge, and I couldn’t help but feel that this was, potentially, a very personal topic for the author - it was the in-depth, almost intimate account of Kate’s suffering. Upon reaching the end, I discovered I was correct, in that autoimmune diseases are a very familiar antagonist in Shea's life. No wonder the writing held such passion.

First and foremost, let me state that the plot put an incredible amount of emphasis on the relationship between Andrew and Kate, which very much included the hardships and struggles that frequented their day to day life. I was warmed by their tenacious bond - something most of us yearn for, yet their marriage wasn’t without its share of problems. The painfully realistic and unwanted thoughts that often plagued their minds were a relatable aspect that only padded out their already authentic depiction. It was fairly easy early on to discern just how dependable this book was on characterisation and atmosphere; the first fifty percent was rather uneventful in terms of monsters and gore. I’m not saying there’s no horror, because there was a great deal of it, but some of it required a deeper look into what was presented. As for the creature itself when it came into play, well, it certainly got my mind theorising as to what exactly it was and its origins. At first I believed it to be something typical, but I was surprised to discover it wasn't as obvious as I initially assumed. I favour a good, creative approach to any plot, and this was no different.

This being my first experience with Shea's work, I was thrilled by the reckless abandon in which he penned his violence. There's something special about carnage that has no boundaries in terms of who's going to end up as a corpse, and I felt that spark of excitement whilst anticipating the brutality that would come next. It was worth it - to follow these very real individuals into chaos.

I can honestly say that this proved to be great read, and it nearly reached five stars. My hesitation however lies in the ending and my lack of emotion at what ultimately transpired. By the life of me I can’t explain why I didn’t feel much of anything, but I do massively rely on my feelings to dictate the final outcome. It's a shame, considering my attachment up until that point. Perhaps I found it too abrupt; the fate of those that survived probably would have proved more satisfying.

In conclusion: I became quickly engrossed in this undeniably character-driven tale. I felt connected to the characters and their relationship, and it was as if I was a member of their family. The straight-forward prose was able to convey the harshness of their reality, which induced a lot of emotion within me. It was the ending that I became detached, but in the scheme of things it mattered little when I thoroughly enjoyed the journey to get there. Oh, and Buttons was a hero.

Notable Scene:

Andrew grabbed the doorknob and was about to twist it when he stopped, suddenly unsure. He took a deep, steadying breath and tried again, heart thudding, skin crawling, at war with himself but knowing deep down he had to see. More than anything, he had to see what was out there.

© Red Lace 2018


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review 2018-08-17 23:09
THE MAN WHO FOLDED HIMSELF by DAVID GERROLD
The Man Who Folded Himself - David Gerrold

Here are the two comments I made while reading the book:

I am getting real sick of this book - all these what ifs and how many people there are. I'm close to done with it so I'll more than likely finish it but I am definitely giving it a bad rating.
and 
There's an awful lot of male giggling in this book. I'm just saying . . . 

So, when I first started reading the book I thought it was really good. And then there were so many what-ifs that it was ridiculous. That's when I was getting sick of the book. Then it started getting good again and I really enjoyed the ending. 

I'm giving a 3-1/2 star rating because of that later redemption. 

As an aside, I saw the book was published in the 1970s but there's reference to CDs and I thought did they have some giant version of a CD back then? Then they mentioned the twin towers and I went back again to see that it really was published in the 1970s. I don't know if the author amended the book without really a reference to the amendment to make the reader think he went back in time to add later events but whatever, it worked. :) 

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text 2018-08-17 18:59
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Broken Pieces - Riley Hart

PART THREE: Josiah, Mateo, & Tristan

 

My absolute favorite Part.

 

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review 2018-08-17 16:45
ILLUMINAE by AMIE KAUFMAN & JAY KRISTOFF
Illuminae - Jay Kristoff,Amie Kaufman

Audiobook

I liked this book up until the ending and then it was "give me a break". Not believable at all! It's made me second guess reading the rest of the series. 3-1/2 stars for most of the book, it would have been 4 stars without the ending.

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