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review 2018-12-07 21:50
Review: The Dollhouse Murders
The Dollhouse Murders - Betty Ren Wright

When you work at a library, it's not uncommon for discussion to center around books. So imagine, one day, my colleagues and I are discussing the juvenile classics of the 80s. (By the way, this conversation was birthed while browsing the pages of Paperback Crush by Gabrielle Moss.) From this conversation came a call to read The Dollhouse Murders. I said, sure, why not. Immediately I regretted this. I had far too many books already on my to-read pile. It was Man Booker season, and I really didn't have time for a juvenile mystery about a dollhouse. But I checked out the book anyway.

Fortunately, the copy my library had was the original 1983 hardback. Why was this a good thing? Because it transported me to a very different time. How different? Let's take a look at the novel's description from the flap:

Each time Amy goes up to the attic in the middle of the night, the dollhouse is filled with a ghostly light and the dolls have moved from where she last left them. Even though Amy's terrified, she knows the dolls are trying to tell her something. But what? Could their movements be connected to the grisly murders that took place years before?
Amy becomes increasingly alarmed when her aunt Clare, who owns the dollhouse, grows angry at her questions.
In a spine-chilling climax, Amy and her retarded sister unravel the mystery and liberate their aunt from a terrible burden of guilt. [emphasis mine]



That was the 1980s for you. Amy's sister didn't even have a name. (Fortunately, Betty Ren Wright was much more sensitive to Amy's sister than whomever wrote that copy at her publisher's. Amy's sister is named Louann by the way.) I cringed as I cracked the cover.

I admit my expectations were low. I can be a little bit of a book snob, and The Dollhouse Murders clearly wasn't going to be “my thing.” What more can I say? I was sucked right in. Taking into consideration the intended juvenile audience, The Dollhouse Murders presents an interesting cast of characters, as well as a story that is chilling and riveting. Sure, it's an absurd plot about dolls reenacting a murder, but it's well-written and compelling. It's a mildly scary mystery, not all that different from your average Stephen King story. Sure, for every part King there's one part Judy Blume, but I consider that an asset. For one thing, Blume is far better at creating believable, multi-dimensional characters than King ever was. No different here. Though The Dollhouse Murders was certainly little more than juvenile escapist lit, it was a very entertaining read.

Also a plus, the original author photo:

BAM! Check that out. Make no mistake about that cat's expression: he or she is the real writer here.

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text 2018-11-27 10:08
Alternative Medicines and Therapies Market to Witness Healthy Expansion during 2025

Alternative medicine includes the use of customary ways for medication, for example, the utilization of herbs and other body and mind healing techniques which are primarily based on belief and faith. On the other hand, mainly these methods have no evidential backing or regulatory approval. A significant number of the regulatory bodies and governments have set up endeavours in finding clinical help for the integration of alternative treatments to help enhance the treatment methods and market. 

The alternative medicine market is at present at a period of relentless expansion in various regions, with several significant Asia Pacific economies pushing for the grown utilization of these therapies as a major aspect of an development to medicinal tourism for complementary treatments. Market expansion to a great extent relies upon the implementation of the customary medicine all over the world. On the other hand, absence of affirmed clinical help can obstruct implementation by administrative bodies confining use in a large number of the emerged regions.

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E-training is another important way of treating patients with alternative medicine in addition to works by different technological mediums like a telephonic prescription, video treatment and instructional documentation and so on. These days, several governments are putting forth distance courses to enhance the exposure of the professionals to the alternative medicine therapies by trying to promote alternative medical tourism. 

Rising implementation of natural therapies and alternative medicines for example, biosimilars, technological progression, increasing in aging populace, simplicity to reach, rising health care costs and government activities are a few of the indicators pushing the market for alternative medicines and therapies, moreover, rising customer spending in healthcare, growth in number of incidence of different ailments as well as cost effectiveness of alternative medicines and therapies are foreseen to possibly drive the alternative medicines and therapies market. On the other hand, side effects from the alternative medicines, economic downturn and stringent rules and regulations driven by a few governments are limiting for the development of worldwide alternative medicines and therapies market. 

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The government initiatives such as the AYUSH ministry by India and Canada's endeavors to authorize the option therapeutic treatments are probably going to help the market. Botanicals, which incorporate Ayurveda had Naturopathy, discover noteworthy requirement as natural products and dietary supplements for the therapy of chronic pain and skin ailments. Expansion in medicinal tourism is considered to boost the utilization of alternative & complementary therapies over the years to come. Riding on the increased awareness amid the general population and different government activities such as the regulatory bodies planning to get clinical information to help and sanction the alternative therapies are probably going to support the market to rise at a noteworthy rate. 

Developing economies and demographics in the emerging nations, for example, India and China is considered to be more lucrative in Asia in alternative medicines and therapies market. Also, fast increment in aging populace, rising requirement for herbal medicines as well as increase in demand of alternative natural drugs and therapies are believed to offer new prospects to worldwide alternative medicines and therapies market. On the other hand, security in clinical trials and standardization is a challenge for the market for alternative medicines and therapies. 

 

Expanding number of partnerships and collaborations as well as fresh products presentation propelled in the market are a few of the trends have been seen in the worldwide market. A few of the significant market players active in the worldwide market are Arya Vaidya Pharmacy, Weleda (U.K.) Ltd., Cipla Ltd, Sante Verte Ltd, Wright Health Group Ltd., Sandoz International GMBH, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories Ltd. and Biocon Ltd.

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text 2018-11-16 16:50
Reading progress update: I've read 92%.
Ravage - Iain Rob Wright

 

Coming to the end, some of the humor in this is face palm stuff that has me snorting.

It's horribly executed, but keeps making me laugh.

 

Someone planted a bomb on the ship, he was going to be executed, and managed to hand the detonator off to another guy about to be executed along with a woman.  Damien sets off the bomb and covers Anna with his body and hangs on so they don't both go sliding off the now sinking ship.

 

They get up, and she asks:

 

"What's the plan, Rambo?"

 

Damien shrugged.  "We could go to the bow and cuddle. I could shout 'I'm King of the world'?"

 

Anna frowned.  "I'm more of a Terminator 2 kind of gal."

 

Damien held his hand out to her.  "Then come with me if you want to live."

 

 

I don't know if the author is having a difficult time wrapping up the story or if he just wants to use all the famous lines, or maybe that was the goal from the start.  Earlier in the story some one yelled "Game over. man! Game over!"

 

At least we don't YET have Conans famous line:

"To crush your enemies -- See them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"

 

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text 2018-11-16 15:04
Reading progress update: I've read 88%.
Ravage - Iain Rob Wright

ARMAGEDDON! LOL

 

OMG, I'm dying here.

 

I don't think the book is supposed to be funny, and it's not the best written thing out there, and it's #3 in the series, but the plot holds you if can deal with the writing. Not a lot of spelling or grammatical issues, just feels like young writing.

 

The zombies are swarming.

 

But this:

 

We're screwed,” Jimmy fretted.

We're like hamsters up a butthole.”

 

Made think think of this:

 

https://youtu.be/cTrOb8zyrZk

 

and I can't stop laughing.

I'm going to spend the rest of the day yelling ARMAGEDDON! at odd times.

LOL

I don't know how to add a video, but the link just takes you YouTube.

Sorry for the weird font and big paragraph spaces.  I typed it up first in an open office doc.

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text 2018-10-10 12:35
Free square
Extinction: An Apocalyptic Horror Novel - Iain Rob Wright

 

This one doesn't really fit anywhere, so I'm going to use it for the Free square.

 

Some weird stuff with the angels at the end there, unless Damien is something else.  I feel like we were told about him, like his chapter at the end was a continuation of his story, but I don't remember him showing up.

 

We're not left with much hope.  Some, maybe enough, but not a lot.

 

And I want to know what happened to Alice, 'cause that was a shitty thing to do to her.

And do the 3 amigos ever make it back?

 

 

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