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review 2018-01-17 20:59
Stolen Hearts (Stolen Hearts) by Sasha L. Miller
Stolen Hearts - Sasha L. Miller

Нудная середина и нудный конец. Я ожидала больше, чем "она его за муки полюбила, а он ее за состраданье к ним".

 

The "comfort" bit of hurt/comfort was overdone, trying to compensate for falling in love, I guess. Once Callisto's new charm was in place to stabilize his condition, everything slowed down to a crawl.

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review 2018-01-15 19:55
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Cold Comfort Farm. - Stella Gibbons

This is novel is an artifact of the interwar years of Great Britain and a satire of the great and small English authors who wrote so passionately about the deep and rich life of the rural poor. I confess I'm not as familiar with the authors Stella Gibbons is lampooning in Cold Comfort Farm as I should be, other than Austen, I've read a novel and a half of D.H. Lawrence and Thomas Hardy apiece, and I'd never heard of Hugh Walpole until I had to find out who she was mocking in the preface. Other popular writers of the time were more responsible for the content and the character of the Starkadder Family and Cold Comfort Farm itself were so bludgeoned into obscurity I can't bring myself to name them here.

The plot involves one Flora Poste, an elegant and educated girl of 19 who finding herself without parents and knowing the stigma attached to living off of friends, decides to foist herself on some unknown relatives in Sussex. She finds the Starkadders of Cold Comfort Farm to be hampered with ignorance, psychosis, stifled ambitions and general uncleanliness. One by one she begins to transform them to her liking.

It is all very contrived and patronizing, but a few cuts come in close and I can't say Gibbons was wrong. It was entertaining and passed a few cold evenings. I read the Folio Society edition and was disappointed, for the first time, in Quentin Blake's illustrations. They didn't do anything for me or for the story. Happily, the text carries itself.

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review 2018-01-15 01:22
Love's Crash Landing by Amylea Lyn
Love's Crash Landing - Amylea Lyn

"Prince Mi'Kel is now Mikinna Petrovik, formerly of Moscow... My contact said there wouldn't be a problem (with false documents - mrella) even if those Feds get it into their heads to look.”

 

I laughed and I laughed and I laughed!... And then I giggled on top of it =) Maybe local, american, feds are fine with it, but Mikinna Petrovik is not a Russian name and population there is not that diverse not to draw attention to a strange name *snort* Might as well have kep Mi'kel.

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review 2018-01-13 03:38
Earthly Desires (Tempting Tales #1) by Leta Blake
Earthly Desires - Keira Andrews, Leta Blake

4 solid stars (well, 3.5 really but read on --->). It's not the book, it's me - too much sex for my liking.

Other than that, a very nice and somewhat unconventional tale with Mother Earth as an antihero.
Love conquers all, of course, body parts be damned ♥ ♥

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review 2017-11-13 21:46
Tales From the Farm, Essex County Vol 1
Essex County Vol. 1: Tales from the Farm - Jeff Lemire
What a sweet graphic novel. While browsing at the library, I saw this cover and I had to pick it up. It had a bold nostalgic look about it and now it looks like I will be reading the next book in this series. All the illustrations are done is black and white but that is all you really need as the illustrations were fantastic. Illustrating an area, a mood, or a flashback, the illustrator darkens or lightens the area to achieve the perfect affect. The words, though few, were direct and purposeful. Lester was just trying to fit in.
 
Lester’s never knew his father and with his mother just recently deceased, Lester was now living with his Uncle Kenny on the farm. His uncle had never had kids so having 10-year old Lester around was something new and he wasn’t quite how to handle it. Lester is into comic books and he likes to pretend he is a superhero fighting aliens. His uncle gives him chores but Lester likes to play out by the Creek, only after his chores are done (per his uncle).
 
Lester is not fitting in his new environment and it is only down by the Creek that you can see Lester enjoying himself. He comes upon Jimmy down by the Creek and I was hesitate as I wondered what would occur next. Jimmy is the local gas station owner that he has talked to a few times but doesn’t really know that well. It was Jimmy that Lester needed in his life. Jimmy and Lester talked and then they shared of themselves. They had great times together down by the Creek and I felt for Uncle Kenny as he was missing out on knowing Lester. Uncle Kenny just didn’t know how to unwind, how to relax and take a few minutes to enjoy life. As Uncle Kenny’s strong attitude comes pouring out again at Lester, Lester takes a stand. The novel ended not like I wanted it to. I have no idea where the next book in this series will take me.

 

I am using this novel for my Halloween Bingo,  the Magical Realism square.  There were instances where Lester was fighting aliens while he was a superhero.  I am using this novel with another novel as I thought the magical realism was not central in  either novel but it existed. 

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