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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-02-28 00:30
Love and Empathy - Scifi style!
His to Hold (Tea and Empathy Book 1)His to Hold by Jessie Pinkham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

spoiler alert ** What an interesting premise! I'm really enjoying this book, but then I'm a sucker for both sci-fi and m/m :D

It's also interesting in mirroring of human rights throughout history. In this future world where humans have populated the stars, empaths started out as test tube creations with no rights who bonded to an 'anchor'. They were tools, much like drones, human tools to be used by politicians and the unscrupulous because when an empath bonded to an anchor they became so invested in the anchor that they would do anything to please them. And humans are nasty and brutish and more than willing to take advantage of that so there was a huge black market to buy and sell empaths for all sorts of things, including as sex slaves.
But as those first generations of empaths had children and the genetic trait was passed on and eventually, humanity was forced to recognize that empaths were human beings with autonomy and not just a tool to be used.

This book starts with an interesting debate on the practice of 'buying' an empath between the main character, Cole, and his friend who happens to be from a wealthy family. The friend's sister is shopping around for an empath, a practice Cole finds disgusting. The friend, being the black sheep of a wealthy industrial family, finds his family's attitude amoral as well. The conversation ends and Cole thinks nothing of it... until approached by another co-worker who overheard the conversation for a private discussion.

The co-worker has a cousin who is an empath in need of an anchor and he wants to find his cousin a _good_ anchor. The very fact that Cole was disgusted by the behavior and had no desire to be an anchor was what brought him to the man's attention. Out of courtesy Cole agrees to meet the cousin, Aiden, and finds himself falling for the other man _despite_ him being an empath, not because he was; and the attraction is mutual. But Aiden is on a timeline. He has to bond to an anchor with months or go mad.

The couple slowly falling for each other, Cole always aware of the ever-looming timeline. He spends his time away from Aiden pondering the weighty responsibility of becoming an anchor but an unscrupulous friend of a friend causes that timeline to speed up drastically when Aiden is kidnapped and an injected with a drug meant to force an empath into bonding prematurely.

It is only when he receives the news that Aiden has been kidnapped that Cole realizes all his worry and self-doubt was unnecessary. He was in love with Aiden, empathy and all. Now he can only hope he gets the chance to tell him.

It was a well-written and thoughtfully thought out book. I love how the rights of empaths mirrored struggles of previous generations - the emancipation of women, the end of slavery and the struggles of segregation. I will definitely be reading book 2!

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review 2017-03-08 03:33
Good Night, Firefly
Good Night, Firefly - Gabriel Alborozo,Gabriel Alborozo

Good Night, Firefly is a sweet story about a young girl who is afraid of the dark, and the firefly she catches as a nightlight. It is a story about understanding and doing what is best for others.

This book scored a 2.4 on the Automated Readability Index, making it ideal for 2nd grade and above. This book can be used to teach empathy to students. Classes can discuss how the characters might have felt throughout the story, and whether or not the main character did the right thing in the end. 

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text 2016-04-15 15:00
Fabulous Five Friday: Essay Collections (4/15/2016)
Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion
Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader - Anne Fadiman
Bad Feminist: Essays - Roxane Gay
The Empathy Exams: Essays - Leslie Jamison
Paris Was Ours - Penelope Rowlands

Fabulous Five Friday: Five Great Essay Collections

 

 

 Slouching Toward Bethlehem by Joan Didion

 

There is no denying that Didion is the queen of the essay form. Bethlehem is one of her earliest collections, but it’s still my favorite. Though some might find the essays rooted in the current events of the 1960s a bit dated, her personal essays are timeless. Some of her best known pieces come from this collection, like “On Keeping a Notebook,” “On Self-Respect,” and “On Going Home.”

 

Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader by Anne Fadiman

 

Anne Fadiman is a book person after my own heart, only smarter and more articulate. Each essay looks at a personal experience with reading, like learning to love reading by watching her parents, or her family’s obsession with finding errors in their books. Her whole family is bookish and weird and really fun to read about.

 

Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

 

This collection is not so much a direct analysis of feminism as it is simply a collection of Gay’s pieces from all over the internet. She focuses so much on feminism, directly and indirectly, that the title is still pretty spot-on. The essays cover everything from the day-to-day struggle of being a POC in academia to what it’s like to compete in a Scrabble tournament. Her pop culture criticism is both incisive and highly personal, which something I strive for in my own criticism and she makes for a fantastic teacher.

 

The Empathy Exams by Leslie Jamison

 

This collection got a lot of buzz when it came out, and for good reason. Jamison writes highly personal essays on the experience of empathy in a style that seems meandering but always comes together in perfect but surprising ways.

 

Paris Was Ours: Thirty-Two Writers Reflect on the City of Light edited by Penelope Rowlands

 

Writers—some famous, some less so—write about visiting or living in modern Paris. The different voices and experiences each capture something unique about the city and about what it’s like to be in a famous place that contains so many contradictions. Like with all anthologies, I found some more interesting than others, but none were disappointing.

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review 2015-09-17 02:56
The Empathy Exams, by Leslie Jamison
The Empathy Exams: Essays - Leslie Jamison

On the cover of my edition of The Empathy Exams, by Lesli Jamison, Mary Karr says that the book will make its readers better people. This is not true. I’m not a better person for having read it. A couple of the members of my book club declared that they weren’t improved by reading it. Then our conversation veered into the very short list of books that might actually have changed us. The Empathy Exams does explore how we feel when we witness others in pain or in turmoil, but it’s a very academic exploration...

 

Read the rest of A Bookish Type.

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review 2015-08-31 00:00
The Empathy series Box set
The Empathy series Box set - Ker Dukey My Reviews!

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em·pa·thy: the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

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This absolutely sounded like my kind of book! I love my men a little crazy! We got a double dose of crazy in this book=) Blake was a force to be reckoned with. I can read about characters like him ALL day long! I loved this book. Read it!!


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Ker writes dark like nobody else! Ryan...what a total nut job!! I love them nutty and this guy takes the cake! Such a dark twisted story. I loved it.

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ALLLLLLL aboard the Crazy Train!!! Oh how I love the crazy!!! This family is so messed up! The really good kind of messed up, ha ha is there such a thing?!? YES!! Ryan is one of those people that you love but you hate at the same time. I want to be his friend but I also want to kill him!=) I loved getting into Cereus's brain, I don't want to spoil anything so my advice is just read it! You won't regret it, not one bit!

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This was dark!!! Dark and deadly!! I always forget just how messed up Ryan is!!! It turns out Cereus is just as messed up as he is! Wow!!! If you like a little dark and crazy with a side of insanity then this book/series is for you. Really you should check out all Ker's stuff it is ALL good!!!
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