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review 2018-01-09 04:44
great book and great characters
Tempting Fate: A Colorado High Country Novel - Pamela Clare

Naomi was a fighter , she had a hard life and no one to turn to. Naomi made jewelry and supported herself. Naomi does have a lot of insecurities. Naomi was vacationing vacationing in Colorado and met up with some bad people. Then Chaska discovered Naomi and he rescued her. Winona took Naomi in while she recovered. Chaska is part of a volunteer research and rescue team. Chaska is a Lakota Indian. Chaska was also an aerospace engineer. Winona  ran a wildlife sanctuary and has a wolf named Shota. Winona and Chaska are not close to their parents but are close to their grandfather and called him” Old Man”. Naomi felt like she didn’t belong anywhere.

I absolutely loved this book. I loved how Naomi grew in this book. I love Chaska and Naomi’s relationship grew instead of just jumping in. This was a sweet and easy read that held my attention all the way through. I loved how the author weaved the Native American heritage namely Lakota’s in this book. I did choke up at times while reading this. I love the I loved there was some mystery and suspense mixed in with romance and history. I really loved how gentle and understanding Chaska was with  Naomi. Winona and Old Man definitely added to this book. I love the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-12-28 05:15
Lovecraft Country: Or, the real monster is racism
Lovecraft Country: A Novel - Matt Ruff

This book really exceeded all my expectations. What I had heard about this book prior to digging in was that Ruff had taken some of Lovecraft's themes and spun them from a black perspective. This is so much more than that though. Ruff doesn't just plumb Lovecraft's oeuvre, but that of classic sci-fi and horror as a whole. And even better? It doesn't just place black characters into these stories, it focuses on the black experience. The real monster in this book, again and again, isn't whatever is creeping in the darkness: it is racism. And the book is not shy about it at all.

 

It wasn't just different getting to see this perspective, it was actually refreshing. The characters were resourceful, clever, and always thinking ahead...because they had to in order to survive in the world. It made them amazing horror protagonists - they never passed around the stupid ball in order to serve the plot. It reminded me of that old Eddie Murphy bit about black folks walking into a haunted house, being told by a specter to get out, and them just walking right out the door. Here we have an entire cast of folks thinking on their feet, communicating with each other, and out maneuvering whatever gets thrown at them. I liked these people and it was a pleasure cheering for them.

 

The one thing about this book that was a hurdle for me was the format, which took some adjustment. While there is one overarching plot, and things do tie together in the end, this book is structured as a collection of interconnected short stories. Each story focuses on a different character, and tells a different stand-alone story within the greater whole. As someone who rarely enjoys short stories this put me off somewhat, but the line that ran through all of them kept me connected to the book and made starting over in each section less of a chore. There were certainly parts I liked more than others (I particularly seemed to enjoy the stories focused on the female characters, which was a bit of a surprise), but I never felt particularly marooned like I have in some other collections.

 

All in all this book was something special. If you're familiar with classic horror and sci-fi tropes, like haunted houses, animated dolls, or Jekyll & Hyde to name a few, this book should at the very least amuse. And if you also happen to be looking for more inclusive literature, or stories from black perspectives, this will likely strike a chord. I'm really glad I picked it up, and look forward to seeing how it adapts to the small screen in the future.

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review 2017-12-23 20:39
In Country
In Country - Bobbie Ann Mason

I enjoyed this story even though it was sad to think of this young girl who never knew her father. I have tried to imagine what it was like at war myself but she also wanted to be able to picture what her father experienced. Sam (Samantha) is 17 and she has been asking everyone about Vietnam but no one wants to tell her anything. She gets books from the library but with all the technical language and confusing names she doesn´t learn much and still can´t picture it. She wants to know about Agent Orange and wonders if her uncle Emmett was exposed to it. He has bad pimples on his face and neck and she wants him to see a doctor. She worries he might have cancer from it. He won´t get a job or a girlfriend and Sam wants him to live more. Eventually she learns more about the war and her father but she doesn´t like what she learned. 

Some parts of the book were a bit funny and some where pretty strange, like the dream she had about having a baby. I´m glad I decided to read this even though it is not my usual type of book. I only wish the book told whether Emmett ever did get tested for Agent Orange and the result. Now I´m going to wonder forever.

 

This is my book for square 3.

 

 

Book themes for Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day: Read a book involving veterans of any war, books about WWI or WWII (fiction or non-fiction).  –OR–

Read a book with poppies on the cover.

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quote 2017-12-23 12:38
She wished desperately that he would call her up. She imagined him driving up now, I came over to play with your breasts, he might say. Now Billy Joel was singing. She thought about how distant and businesslike he was in that video where he wore garage mechanics coveralls. She wished Tom would drive the VW over from his garage. ¨I came to give you this car and while I´m at it I want to hold your beasts again.¨
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quote 2017-12-23 08:44
He said, I ain't got nothing but hard times and bubble gum and I´m fresh out of bubble gum.
In Country - Bobbie Ann Mason

This quote is flawed... but I do tend to overthink things.  Not sure what page because I´m listening to the audio book but it is in Chapter 17.

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