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review 2017-04-27 22:03
Review: The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingale Girls #1) by Donna Douglas
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

Although there is a lot of romance in the plotlines of this book, but it is definitely in the women's fiction genre. The books were published in the wake of the popularity of Call The Midwife (book and television show), but there is very little nursing since the main characters are in training.

 

There are a lot of characters to keep track of in this book, but the main characters are Helen, Amelia (Mille), and Dora - these three are student nurses at The Nightingale Hospital, founded to train nurses and doctors while also providing healthcare to the East End of London. It is 1934 and Britain is changing in a lot of ways - and not everyone is happy about that. The book deals many issues regarding class and societal structure - for example, Mille is titled daughter but wants to be a nurse rather than a socialite and Dora is from the East End and can't afford textbooks until months after starting her training.

 

Be ye warned - there is a scene where a child is beaten, there is sexual assault of a teen girl on the page, and multiple references to the sexual assault and other victims of same rapist throughout the book. It was tough reading at times. Still I look forward to book two in the series.

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Read for Booklikes-opoly, Paradise Pier 29 The Monorail

407 pages = $5.00 to the bank

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text 2017-04-23 00:49
Booklikes-opoly (Fourth Turn)
The Nightingale Girls - Donna Douglas

It is after midnight here in England and I just got home from doing the laundry. Figured I get this out of the way before going to bed.

 

Bank: $25.00

Previous Space: New Orleans Square 22

April 23rd Roll: 8 (6+2)

New Space: Paradise Pier 29 - The Monorail (book that has travel by air, an airplane on the cover, or set in a city with a subway system). I picked The Nightingale Girls (The Nightingales #1) by Donna Douglas because I need a good reason to start reading this series (I have five or six of the books on my NOOK). The London Underground started in 1863; the book starts in the 1930s in a London hospital. 407 pages on the NOOK; possible $5.00 added to the bank. I know I am not going to finish this in two days, but I hope to have it done in time for one more turn.

 

Edited to Add: Broken Tune in the comments section corrected me on how much the book is worth. I changed the amount to reflect the correct value. This is why you don't do math after midnight.

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url 2017-04-21 08:51
Open thread: what books do you find most attractive in a potential partner?
Pyramids: A Novel of Discworld - Terry Pratchett
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The God Delusion - Richard Dawkins
Hitch-22: A Memoir - Christopher Hitchens

Interesting. 


Harry Potter's series is a turn-off for men but turn-on for women? 

 

Bible is a turn-off? Sure.

 

There is a list of books that I would say a total turn-off. Twilight, 50 Shades, The Secret, Deepak Chopra, are all on the turn-off list for all gender. 

 

It is harder than I thought to name four favourite books. If I read have to, I would imagine myself stuck in an airport with a delay flight, and which 4 books would help me survive. 

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review 2017-04-19 17:28
Wires & Nerve by Marissa Meyer (A Lunar Chronicles graphic novel)
Wires and Nerve, Volume 1 - Marissa Meyer,Douglas Holgate

Four stars for the story/writing, two for the art, so I split the difference.

 

The story moves well, and the characters are, for the most part, well written (there are some out-of-character moments, but I felt that the art was to blame for a lot of that). It's moving away from any sort of fairy tale format (which isn't quite as bad as Winter was, since that was supposed to be the story of Snow White) and there was too little Wolf and Scarlet for my tastes (story of my life, but this was only volume one, and they were set up for the next one), but it was a fun read.

 

Now, the art. What even happened here? This is only about three steps above stick figures. The characters all look the same, with some lowkey differences (Winter's shaded darker than the other characters and that's about it. And don't get me started on the Chinese characters with simple slanty lines for eyes...) The lack of color doesn't help, but that wouldn't have been as much of an issue if anything else was working. The backgrounds are boring, plain and unimaginative for a book that partly takes place in A PALACE ON THE MOON. What a disappointment. When something like science fiction is better done in the medium that is LESS visual, you know there was a huge failing somewhere.

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review 2017-04-19 15:51
Relic Book Review
Relic - Douglas Preston,Lincoln Child

This was fun and not my normal genre. I had these audiobooks recommended by a friend and they are definitely well worth listening too. Though I have to say, if I didn't listen to it I'm not sure I would have finished reading it. The plot didn't totally grab me. The narration did. 

 

The museum is under attack but they don't know by what. After two kids die an investigation is under way. They quickly find out that what's in the museum may actually not even be human? What is attacking these people? It's up to Moriarty and his team to find out. 

 

A good book for a family car ride as it has lots of action and will keep your attention. 

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