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review 2017-09-14 21:52
6 Stars!!
The Highlander Is All That (Untamed High... The Highlander Is All That (Untamed Highlanders) - Sabrina York

Sabrina York has hit another one out of the park with The Highlander Is All That.  I'm giving this book 5 stars, only because I can't give it 6.  Ms York has delivered a well-written book. Her characters are truly amazing in this book.  Kudos to Ms York for the characters and dialog in this fun book. Buckle your seat belts for the rollercoaster ride that is Elizabeth and Hamish's story.  There is plenty of drama, action, suspense and sizzle that will hold readers hostage to their e-readers. As an added bonus, you also get the mini stories of Elizabeth's sisters woven into this story.  I loved this book from cover to cover and look forward to my next read by the talented Sabrina York.  The Highlander Is All That is book 3.5 of the Untamed Highlanders Series but can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.



I voluntarily read an Advance Reader Copy of this book that I received from NetGalley.

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text 2017-08-10 21:38
Lady Claire Is All That By Maya Rodale $1,99
Lady Claire Is All That: Keeping Up with the Cavendishes - Maya Rodale


Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he’s of no use to Claire . . . or is he?


Fox’s male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society’s roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas—shockingly steamy ones . . .


By Claire’s calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox’s estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love 

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review 2017-03-05 20:18
Cat Lovers Rejoice!
What Cat Is That?: All About Cats - Tish Rabe,Aristides Ruiz,Joe Mathieu

What Cat is That?  All About CATS by Tish Rabe introduces children to the wonderful world of cats.  With the Cat in the Hat as their guide, a little boy and girl set off on a journey around the world in a Kitty-Cat-Copter.  They meet lions in Kenya, tigers in Bangkok and so much more.  Along the way, the children learn numerous facts about cats.  

I absolutely loved this book!  The illustrations by Aristides Ruiz and Joe Mathieu pay homage to the great Dr. Seuss and are simply adorable.  I also found the facts in the book to be quite interesting.  I never knew that there is a breed of cat that actually likes to swim!  Or that a group of kittens is called a kindle.

I would highly recommend this book to readers and cat lovers of all ages.  Readers will delight in the whimsical illustrations and will walk away with an increased knowledge in all things cat.  There is even a glossary in the back of the book as well as a For Further Reading section which suggests other books about cats that readers might enjoy.  Check it out right meow!

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review 2016-10-25 18:40
Review: All That Man Is
All That Man Is: A Novel - David Szalay

Is this it? Is this how I have spent my life?
Lying there with a broken heart on bedroom floors
And finally, finally I realize, I realize that I'm only a man
I'm only a man, I'm only a man, I'm only a man

“Story About a Man With a Bad Heart” - Emery

One of my all-time favorite music albums is I'm Only a Manby the post-hardcore band Emery. Emery's third album, released in 2007, is largely based on a theme, revolving around the excuse of “I'm only a man.” While many fans of the band declare this album their worst (I acknowledge it has one or two duds), I've always felt it was their best; it was an album where emotions were ripped apart and vulnerability was put on display.

I thought about Emery's album often while reading David Szalay's All That Man Is. The men in this collection of stories are unapologetic, insufferable brutes. Initially, this angered me. Was every man in this collection going to be framed by a stereotype of what it “means” to be a man? But I thought ofI'm Only a Man, recalled how many of the songs on the album are from the man's perspective, and how little optimism there is in that album. Szalay is not necessarily saying this is “all that man is,” but merely tackling a theme that is certainly relevant. Still, it was brutal, and this brutality is probably what made this book so affecting.

As a Man Booker nominee, I didn't expect All That Man Is to be a collection of stories. Generally, the Prize avoids collections and there was no mention on the book itself that it was anything but a novel. In fact, it seems some regard it as a “novel with an overarching theme,” whatever that means. (Don't many collections have a theme? That doesn't make them novels.) So anyway, it's a short story collection. Like with many collections, there are going to be stories that stand out, and stories that pale in comparison. All That Man Isstarts strong, with one story after another meeting the expectations set by its predecessor. These were such dark, wonderfully written stories. It's difficult not to ache for the characters, particularly those affected by the male leads. Each story is ruthlessly brilliant.

Not surprisingly, midway the bar was lowered, but that's not to say that the bar was significantly lowered. Every story in this collection is good, but some, particularly those that open the collection, are amazing. They're incredibly gritty, yet beautifully heartbreaking. All That Man Is is men at their worst, facing some crisis often brought about by their own insecurity or greed. And Szalay expertly picks these men apart and displays them in a manner few writers could. Certainly, Szalay has proven his worthiness to be on the same playing field as the likes of Munro and other greats of the short form.

Though this is one of my favorites to come out of this year's Man Booker shortlist, I think the form and unevenness of All That Man Is lessen its chances of claiming the prize. Certainly, the writing and insight are on par with the requirements of the prize, but I don't think this will be enough to lift it to the top of the pile. Szalay's collection has better chances, in my opinion, than Eileen or The Sellout, but doesn't match the epic beauty of Do Not Say We Have Nothingor the cohesiveness of Hot Milk.

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url 2016-09-14 12:14
Man booker prize short list
The Sellout by Paul Beatty (3-Mar-2015) Hardcover - Paul Beatty
Hot Milk - Deborah Levy
His Bloody Project - Graeme Macrae Burnet
Eileen: A Novel by Ottessa Moshfegh (2015-08-18) - Ottessa Moshfegh
All That Man Is: A Novel - David Szalay
Do Not Say We Have Nothing - Madeleine Thien

Read them. Rthe list is out.

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