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review 2018-08-10 19:20
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan - My Thoughts
Crazy Rich Asians - Kevin Kwan

What a fun read!  Lots of buzz about the movie and then the book went on sale, so how could I resist, even though it's not my usual fare. 

I will admit that I spent a lot of my reading time with a recurring thought of "Really?  Is this for real?" going on in my mind because the book seemed to me that it might be reinforcing stereotypes of Asians. But I haven't seen any kind of kickback about it or the movie online and with some of the people I follow, believe me, there'd have been outcry.  

Also, it was funny, but some of the scenes and characterisations harkened back to James Clavell's Noble House (which I also thoroughly enjoyed when I read it years and years ago.), mostly those having to do with family heirarchy, the clubs and businesses etc...  It was really weird because Clavell is one of the last authors you'd think of when reading a rom-com, right? 

Anyway, the characters were fun and seemed very real, despite the over the top setting.  I especially loved Astrid, the hero's cousin.  She was deliciously over the top yet very vulnerable when you got beneath the surface.  I also liked Rachel, the heroine's, friend Piek Lin a whole lot too.  Indeed her whole family! 

My only problem with the book, really, was that it seemed to end so abruptly.  I even checked to make sure I wasn't missing a chapter or an epilogue or something.  It doesn't end badly at all, it just felt sudden and quick. 

And the story's not done!  (It IS a trilogy. *LOL*)  So I'll be looking to pick up book 2 and looking forward to watching the movie whenever it hits Netflix or The Movie Network or whichever.  (I don't do theatres anymore).

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review 2018-08-09 13:19
One of my favorite series
Not Quite Crazy - Catherine Bybee

I am hooked on the Not Quite series.    This one was like a fairy tale.   Girl works while raising her best friends son, stops to help a stranger during a snow storm, and stranger changes her life.     The catch?   The stranger is her boss and CEO of a private jet company.  

 

The stranger is Jason Fairchild.   He lives to work.    Until a fateful night when Rachel Price gives him a ride after is Audi swerves into a snow ditch.   Immediately when these two met the reader could feel the attraction.   I knew their story would be interesting, fun, and sexy.    I loved that Jason immediately took into account that Rachel was a mom.    He made plans, dates that included Owen.    He connected with Owen just as quickly as he connected with Rachel.     

 

Not Quite Crazy is a fun and fast read.   The storyline was enjoyable, quick, and easy to follow.   There was flirting, sexy fun, and family time.   Add in some drama, some family discord, and some scary mom moments and it is the perfect story.      There are twists and turns throughout the story that changes some of the storylines from where I thought they were going to go but the ending was perfect.    I ended with hope for Owen to be happy and a full heart for Rachel to be living life her way with Jason who is going to give her the world.   

 

I definitely recommend picking up your own copy of Not Quite Crazy.

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text 2018-08-07 10:43
Germany & Central Europe, seen from the International Space Station

Tweet by the current commander of the ISS, German Alexander Gerst.

 

I'd been planning to shut up about the weather, but this just came too pat ... Will finally be shutting up now, though.

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text 2018-08-07 08:50
Crazy Bulk - Let's Know More About Muscle Booster

Treadmill and stationary Crazy Bulk bikes are some of the circuit training machines that are very helpful in establishing a home gym. You can do cardio exercises and strengthening workouts that are good for your hearts. They are just perfect to tone your body and reduce your calories by Crazy Bulk burning them. They are portable too. The most sought after circuit training machines are dumbbells. You can do magic with just a set of dumbbells at home. They are essential for biceps and triceps. You can keep the dumbbells at any corner of your house and take them when needed.


Dietary fat does NOT make you fat. Eating too many calories and putting yourself in too high a caloric surplus makes you fat. Dietary fat is an essential nutrient for Muscle Building, as well as for general health, and good muscle gain diets will have plenty of it.
When it comes to running speed, most people have the misconception that working out their lower leg muscles will give them the advantages. While this seems logical, the lower legs are not even one of the major muscles being used when you are running. The lower legs muscles are the ones being slung back and forth by the muscles located in the thigh. Working out your Crazy Bulk muscles in you thigh are exponentially more beneficial then working out your lower leg muscles.


SQUAT. Squats, lunges and stretches for about thirty minutes a day helps trim down stubby legs. You can see the results for no more than four weeks if you do it regularly.
In reality, nutrition doesn't play as big of a role as many would like you to believe. True, you definitely do need to take in a good amount of protein, but you do not need 3 grams per pound. Probably the number one reason you've heard that before is because that is what most "fitness" magazines are Crazy Bulk telling everyone. Funny thing is, those magazines are owned by supplement companies who are pushing their products, including their protein! I'm not saying that you shouldn't go out and find a decent protein shake to supplement your diet, I even do.

You definitely do not need to spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars to buy every Crazy Bulk Muscle Building supplement out there. Studies have shown that 0.8 grams of protein per pound is sufficient for your body to add muscle.
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text 2018-08-06 22:53
Let the Cult Begin ...

So here's my super-shiny, super-pretty, brand-spanking new card, with very many thanks to Moonlight Reader, um,  Madness:

 

 

First -- still very vague -- book ideas:

 

Country House Mystery: No specific idea yet, but I'll try to combine this one with my Detection Club quest, if possible.

Cryptozoologist: Probably either a book from Terry Pratchett's "Night Guard" Discworld subseries, or Patricia McKillip's Fantastic Beasts of Eld.

Romantic Suspense: I still haven't gotten around to the book I was planning to read for this square last year, Candace Robb's Apothecary Rose.  Either that or something by Mary Stewart.

Terrifying Women: If I don't come up with anything more specific, likely either Shirley Jackson or Patricia Highsmith.

Terror in a Small Town: Another one to combine with my Detection Club quest.

A Grimm Tale: Angela Carter: The Bloody Chamber (Richard Armitage audio).

Genre: Horror: Michael McDowell: Gilded Needles (R.C. Bray audio).

Gothic: I've been planning, for quite a while, to do a comparison listen & review of the two audio versions of Du Maurier's Rebecca that I own on CD (read by Emma Fielding and Anna Massey, respectively) -- this just might be the moment to finally get around to doing that.

Murder Most Foul: ... and another one to combine with my Detection Club quest.

Doomsday: If MM OK's it, Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora.  Otherwise, possibly one of Sheri S. Tepper's dystopias.  Or if I feel like I need some comic relief, I might just revisit Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, what with a screen adaptation now in the works and all.

13: You guessed it ... The Detection Club: Verdict of 13.

Supernatural: Patricia McKillip: The Riddle Master.

Free Space: TBD.

Amateur Sleuth: Amateur sleuths are a golden age mystery staple, so ... another category suggesting itself for combination with my Detection Club quest.

Southern Gothic: Either Barbara Hambly's Free Man of Color or Michael McDowell's Blackwater saga (Matt Godfrey audio).

Ghost Stories: Wilkie Collins: The Woman in White (Nigel Anthony / Susan Jameson audio).  (Might switch this one with "Classic Horror", though, see below.)

Cozy Mystery: Yet another possible combination with my Detection Club quest.

New Release: C.J. Sansom, Tombland.

Diverse Voices: Esi Edugyan: Washington Black.

Creepy Carnivals: Angela Carter: Nights at the Circus (Adjoa Andoh audio).

Fear the Drowning Deep: No idea yet -- I'll probably be revisiting a classic here.

Classic Horror: Edith Wharton's or Charles Dickens's ghost stories (but might switch this one with category "Ghost Stories," see above).

Darkest London: If I feel up to yet another 600+ page whopper (besides the new C.J. Sansom), J.K. Rowling aka Robert Galbraith's Lethal White. Or Andrew Taylor, The American Boy (Alex Jennings audio).  Otherwise, obviously one more category that suggests itself for combination with my Detection Club quest.

Genre: Suspense: Ditto here (Detection Club), also obviously.

Relics and Curiosities: Probably one of the Medieval Murderers books I haven't read yet.

 

On a related note, I was planning to use the audio version of Their Lost Daughters by Joy Ellis for "Modern Noir" -- since I didn't happen to end up with that category, I'm pretty much hell-bent on working it into another category.  It's read by Richard Armitage and I already downloaded it (had, in fact, before MM even posted her first "Halloween Bingo" alerts) ... there is no way I will not be using it as part of the bingo!

 

Though all told, it's probabably just as well we have another three weeks to go until the start, because with temperatures like these, who actually needs to read about horror?  (Sigh.)

 

(Source)

 

(And now I promise I'm done bitching about the weather ...)

 

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