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review 2018-09-21 21:28
Baggy Literature: "Heart of Darkness" by Joseph Conrad
Heart of Darkness and the Congo Diary - Joseph Conrad


There's nothing wrong with a bit of baggy. And certainly there's little or nothing 19th century without that touch of cellulite. And that's mostly where all the masterpieces live. No waste. But no bounty either. Conrad's prose is too parsimonious for anything to get very close to masterpiece status. I like him fine but he was a writer who tied his boots too tight almost on purpose. He wrote better about the sea than anything else and yet did relatively little of it. You're right (in a tiny, limited sense) in that the strangely neglected “The Secret Agent” is probably his best - full of surprises and real pleasures - does “Greenwich” like no one ever did.

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-09-10 14:06
Great Book and Great Characters
Lost in the Darkness (Crusaders of the L... Lost in the Darkness (Crusaders of the Lost Book 1) - William Mark

The helpless feeling never left. The thought of never seeing his son again was heavy on Curt’s soul and every day that went by it was heavier. Curtis/Curt pushed the rage and sorrow back to concentrate on the job at hand. He had surveillance  of a brownstone home . Setting on a park bench at the other end of the block was Melinda pretending to read from her Ipad as her cover. Louis popped up his computer console which was his work station while rubbing his arms trying to warm up in the van. Louis could explore any database or search for any information  that would help the team on this mission. Three women climbed into the back of the van Louis knew two of them but the third was a stranger to him- Rachel. Then Alexis said to get Rachel up to speed. Rachel was given a folder with a picture of a beautiful little girl on it named Charlotte written above the picture. The next pages were a police report on the missing girl . The picture was recent even if the kidnaping happened four years ago. Alexis said they found missing kids and now Rachel would be. Rachel asked how they had found Charlotte especially since the last update was two years ago. Louis just said they were good at what they do and they had a high success rate.  Then he added it was Curtis that is gifted when it came to finding missing children. Louis added they moved from city to city at random and searched for missing kids. They aren’t affiliated with any law enforcement agency although Cur and Melinda had been cops and sometimes used their sources to facilitate the rescue. Rachel was skeptical at first but longed for a more worthy cause then her stressful and systematically flawed position with The Department Of Children and Family services. She had been a caseworker for eight years and had seen more kids failed then helped because of the red tape of bureaucracy. Rachel had come across Alexi at a Missing Children's conference four months ago that Rachel attended regularly in honor of her sister who was missing, Rachel and her younger sister had been kidnapped at kids Rachel managed to get away but not her sister. The memory of her sister still haunts Rachel and Rachel wonders every day what happened to her sister. A little girl walks by Curtis in his car, the little girl looked at Curt and her heart cried out to him through her stare. She was one of the lost Curt could feel it. There was darkness hidden behind her eyes. It was easy to recognize something in others that was hidden  inside oneself. The feeling in his gut , Curt learned to listen to. Francine was not motherly toward the child. Louis checked Francine ‘s tax returns and she had only claimed the child for the last four years. Alexis further explained to Rachel that they basically kidnapped the children back and returned them to their parents. Alexis said since she had joined five years ago when they returned Charlotte it will be ninety nine children. Alexis was the founder and money person behind the team. Each member had been hand picked by Alexis not only for their talents and expertise but because of their own personal stories. Curt joined to track down his son nd his abductor. Curtis then got a lead on his son.

I loved this book but it was hard to read because of the subject matter. Very few books make me actually  cry but this one did. I was happy and cried when Charlotte’s mother when she saw her daughter after four years of horrible pain nut always a bit of hope. I loved what the team did and wish there was a team as this in reality. I loved the plot and pace. I didn’t want to put this book down This gets you right from the beginning and keeps you until the end. The author did a great job writing on this subject of child abduction. MY heart went out to Curtis for his loss and pain but not given up. This book also made me angry how evil people can just take other people’s children for their evil various reasons. This was absolutely a great novel. I  loved the characters and the twists and turns in this book and I highly recommend it.

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text 2018-09-09 12:03
Free Horror Book Haul
The Amulet Thief - Luanne Bennett
Mothman Dynasty: Chicago's Winged Humanoids - Lon Strickler
Darkness - Brandon Faircloth
The Lighthouse - Ron; Ripley
Surviving the Fall - Stephen Cross
Sker House - C.M. Saunders
After Party (Life After Life, Vol. #1) - Domino
Greensmith Girls: Supernatural Witch Cozy Mystery (Lainswich Witches Series Book 1) - Raven Snow
Disquietly Vol. 1 - James G. Boswell
The Hermit's Creepy Pet (Single Shot Short Story Series Book 10) - Terry M. West

So, with the category Genre: Horror to fill, did I go to my Kindle folder for Horror and choose one of the 53 books waiting to be read? Noooooo...

 

This time of year it's more fun to go to the top 100 Free Books in the Horror category on Amazon and start loading up more! There are certain authors always there that I've learned to skip past because they don't write well or their stuff always turns out to be Romance. Nothing against Romance, but it's not what I look for under Horror and I resent spaces being taken up by inappropriate genres. Advice to writers to get their books listed under as many categories as possible actually harms their reputation.

 

So, I've acquired all those pictured. The Amulet Thief might take over the Relics and Curiosities square to relieve me of an 800+ page book and one of these will fill my Horror genre square. I'm leaning towards Creepy Pet, just my sort of thing.

 

I think I may need to keep a folder for possible future Bingo selections. I even found a cozy that looked fun. I seem to be finding a lot of anthologies this year. That could be an interesting category for a future Bingo.

 

If you're into zombie dystopia, The Fall series is all up for free today. Grab them quick because free offers often end after the weekend. I can't vouch for the quality of any of these but you can't beat the price.

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review 2018-09-09 10:20
Whut?
Heart of Darkness - Robert Hampson,Joseph Conrad

I did not get this one at all. Well, more or less.

 

The setting and atmosphere is excellently done and chilling. The whole vibe of everyone being a bit skewed from right in the head persistent and disturbing. The content on colonization, "civilizing" other cultures, and the measure of human vs savage highly quotable. Actually, for such a short thing, the amount of bits I marked and saved is staggering.

 

And for such a short thing, the amount of time it took me to read is staggering. It's the way the book is written I think, with the chronicler speaking with little pauses and running the happenings together, till you have no paragraph breaks to help you organize what the hell is going on, what's important, how you go from this to that. You are mentally bombarded with chaos in a way, which, OK, might actually be the deliberate genius of the author, making you feel what the character is talking about. But hell.

 

It was an interesting experience that I more or less enjoyed till a third in, and then I just wanted to end. I'm absolutely baffled by Kurt, or the point the character's existence was making in the story, beyond being some mcguffin reason to have our teller go in and go back, because knowing that Conrad liked writing about the fragility of morals, sanity and civilized trappings under the cover of darkness, it seems to me Kurt was pretty well touched BEFORE going to rob African's of their ivory (his cousin says he would have made an excellent party leader, any party, because he was in essence an extremist, and god, how that reminded me of parts of Invisible Man), so it's not like he would be a great example?.

 

This review is a mess, but this book is messing with my head because I can't quite grasp it, or even rate it. I'm thinking of raisin the stars on the fact that it's making me wreak my brains alone, since it already got the "pass" 2 on quotes and atmosphere alone.

 

It is an usual obligatory read? My condolences.

 

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text 2018-09-07 07:05
Reading progress update: I've read 31 out of 166 pages.
Heart of Darkness - Robert Hampson,Joseph Conrad

I ventured to hint that the Company was run for profit.
“‘You forget, dear Charlie, that the labourer is worthy of his hire,’ she said, brightly. It’s queer how out of touch with truth women are. They live in a world of their own, and there has never been anything like it, and never can be. It is too beautiful altogether, and if they were to set it up it would go to pieces before the first sunset. Some confounded fact we men have been living contentedly with ever since the day of creation would start up and knock the whole thing over.

 

Charming *grimace*

 

So, the doctor was not a horror-tale gatekeeper at all. Or the Swedish captain.

 

I’ve seen the devil of violence, and the devil of greed, and the devil of hot desire; but, by all the stars! these were strong, lusty, red-eyed devils, that swayed and drove men—men, I tell you. But as I stood on this hillside, I foresaw that in the blinding sunshine of that land I would become acquainted with a flabby, pretending, weak-eyed devil of a rapacious and pitiless folly. How insidious he could be, too, I was only to find out several months later and a thousand miles farther.

 

That's no ominous at all...

 

Then a description of the working settlement... welcome to sanity-ville?

 

Points for setting the atmosphere from page one and the starting ramble.

 

His appearance was certainly that of a hairdresser’s dummy; but in the great demoralization of the land he kept up his appearance. That’s backbone. His starched collars and got-up shirt-fronts were achievements of character.

 

Sure. Not a desperate attempt at staying civilized at all.

 

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