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review 2017-01-20 11:16
Atonement - Sloane Kennedy

Simply amazing. Every book in this series is five stars for me. Atonement is no exception. It may even be my favorite. I loved Magnus and Dante.

Dante goes through life with a self-assured, cocky attitude, doing whatever and whomever he wants. Using random hookups to never get emotionally involved because he cannot risk being rejected when someone he cares about sees the dark truth inside him.

Magnus is balancing him out perfectly with his quiet calm. But even that calm is just a cover for the guilt and pain he carries inside. He is also presumably straight!

They get off on the wrong foot and there is a lot of anger between them. Dante is a bit of an ass, to be honest, doing anything he can to rile Magnus up but at the same time pushing him away, fighting his attraction to a man he cannot have. Magnus doesn't quite understand his reaction to Dante but he is quick to accept the attraction. I am very much a fan of a guy who just rolls with it when he discovers he may not be as straight as he thought. Magnus doesn't care what any of it means in terms of his sexual orientation - Dante is important to him and he cares about him and that is all that matters.

 

There are loads of steam in these books and it is hot as hell. And yet never drifts off into mere porn because there is always so much emotion and such intense connections between the MCs.

There is also a lot of pain here. Most of Sloane Kennedy's guys have dark pasts with horrible experiences and although we usually don't get to witness the horrors as they happen, just the references and the memories of the characters can make some of it hard to swallow. Atonement is one of the worst in this regard. Just imagining the things that must have happened in the past made me sick. Don't get me wrong, I don't think these books would work so well if the characters didn't have bad experiences and were somehow broken, but it is definitely not the kind of book to pick up if you are looking for fluff.

Knowing that, I cannot wait for the next ones.

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text 2016-11-11 23:57
Why I read it . . .
Deadly Doses: A Writer's Guide to Poisons - Anne Klarner,Serita Stevens
Atonement - Ian McEwan

There's always a reason to read a book. Sometimes, it just takes a while for that reason to emerge. A friend loaned me several reference books for writers. Because they are all geared toward genre fiction, I wasn't entirely sure how useful they'd be to my knowledge bank.

 

But on page 65 of "Daily Doses," a book covering poisons of all sorts (no, this isn't going where you think it is), I came across an entry for Bryony, a common, climbing plant of the British Isles with poisonous roots and berries. Never heard of it before. 

 

But Bryony. That's a homophone for Briony, the lynchpin character in one of my favorite novels, Ian McEwan's "Atonement." Her lie poisons the family unit. And learning that her name is that of a poisonous plant, I now have another layer of subtext and meaning for this book I dearly love. So thanks, "Deadly Doses." 

 

(If I have one quibble with the book, though, it's that the book designer didn't do a great job. One entry runs directly into another without so much as a blank line for white space. Not especially reader-friendly, and too bad because the book is chock-full of valuable information, if this is your bag.)

 

-cg

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review 2016-10-30 06:25
Book Review: Atonement
Atonement - Ian McEwan

Book: Atonement

 

Author: Ian McEwan

 

Genre: Fiction/Family/Love/World War II/Forgiveness

 

Summary: Ian McEwan’s symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness combines all the satisfaction of a superb narrative with the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose. On a summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses the flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant. But Briony’s incomplete grasp of adult motives and her precocious imagination bring about a crime that will change all their lives, a crime whose repercussions Atonement follows through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century. -Anchor Books, 2001.

 

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text 2016-08-07 00:10
Beautifully crafted by a talented wordsmith
Atonement - Ian McEwan

An engrossing novel, which charts the devastating, lifelong impact of a misguided child's testimony, in the wake of sordid domestic incidents. Belatedly, Briony Tallis, acknowledging her role in the deceit destined to shatter her family and the life of her sister's lover, seeks to atone. In this acclaimed work, McEwan deftly develops the plot against the backdrop of Britain in the 1930s, 40s and post-war, conferring upon the book momentum, but also a weight of years, which carries the reader seamlessly to a contemporary conclusion.

One can but feel a sense of enduring torment for Briony, though dwarfed by the price paid by Cecilia Tallis and her would-be suitor, Robbie Turner. The sweep of the book touches on class, and the seismic social change in Britain advanced by the war, as experienced by the main characters. However, while the fickle nature of fate is evident, so too is the injustice of an immutable social order destined to ensure the 'criminals' live the life that was expected, apparently untainted by their willingness to sacrifice the innocent.

The book also offers a commentary on love, but challenges the construction of romantic idylls, which demand a happy ending. Rather, Briony's gnawing sense of guilt is overtaken by the reality of events and her sense of 'doing the right thing' must suffer an unsatisfying delay. The resulting sense of unfairness for the victims is palpable and skilfully managed by McEwan, which is testament to his writing powers. Ultimately life can be unfair, despite our hankering for 'natural justice'!

This was my first dip into the work of this author, but on this evidence he is rightly lauded and I found 'Atonement' a truly absorbing read. 

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1686514922
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text 2016-03-28 17:16
Atonement By Winter Austin 99 cents
Atonement (McIntire County) - Winter Austin

Atone for your sins . . .

A rash of unexplained suicides in the sleepy town of Eider, Iowa, draws McIntire County deputy Nicolette Rivers into a devious killer's twisted plot. A former marine sniper suffering from PTSD, Nic hides her own deadly secrets, and The Priest will do anything to expose it and her.

 

For redemption is at hand . . .

Eider police detective Con O'Hanlon is assigned to help Nic uncover the truth behind the suicides. She rebuffs his help at every turn, but the stubborn Irishman holds on. When tragedy strikes, Con helps cover up the fallout, but is he too late to prevent Nic's dark, downward spiral? Or is Con the one man stronger than her demons?

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