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review 2017-04-28 02:59
Palatine: The Four Emperors Series- Book 1 by L.J. Trafford
Palatine: The Four Emperors Series, Book I (The Karnac Library) - L. J. Trafford

I enjoyed this book so much mainly because you get to witness the era of Nero, his downfall and the beginning of the year of four emperors through the eyes of several characters including a stuffy praetorian prefect, several lowly slaves who dwell in the background, but see plenty, Nero, Sporus, the guards, and several nobles. Looking forward to see what happens with Philo, one of my favorite characters in the book. Very entertaining, so much so, I flew through this book and can't wait to read the second one.
Recommended!

 

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text 2017-04-28 02:34
Reading progress update: I've read 123 out of 411 pages.
Use of Weapons - Iain M. Banks

The real reason why so many aliens are humanoid (said in a bar, naturally):

'Alcohol in the dust clouds. Goddamn stuff is everywhere. Any lousy species ever invents the telescope and the spectroscope and starts looking in between the stars, what do they find?' He knocked the glass on the table. 'Loads of stuff; but much of it alcohol.' He drank from the glass. 'Humanoids are the galaxy's way of trying to get rid of all that alcohol.'

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review 2017-04-28 01:44
Cut Both Ways - Carrie Mesrobian

This book is about a teenage boy who hooks up sexually with his best male friend and also a girl. He constantly bounces back and forth between the two of them, hooking up with one and the next night hooking up with the other. He never does figure out if he is bisexual or what this all means for his sexual orientation though he isn't super concerned about it. He comes from a very strange family dynamic. He has sisters who seem more like a plot device. One 'relationship' seems to make him happier than the other but doesn't make any move to end either one of them. I'm not sure what the point of all of this was. I don't understand the point of this story. And I think it plays on some negative bisexual stereotypes which is unfortunate. This whole story was very graphic sexually and mostly about sex, there was a lot of sex in it and I almost felt like I picked up erotica by accident. I wasn't expecting it. Also some of the sex scenes have blurred consent lines in them which is something I felt uncomfortable about. I do not recommend this book at all and am sorry I ever picked it up. It's horrible.

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review 2017-04-28 01:33
Draw the Line - Laurent Linn,Laurent Linn

This book is about a gay teenage boy who loves superheroes and draws them online. He later decides to take heroic actions against some school bullies. There are actual drawings of these superheroes in the book which was really fun. The characters were all pretty interesting and I like the way the bullies were handled in the book.

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review 2017-04-27 22:57
Lost Cantos of the Ouroboros Caves: Expanded Edition - Maggie Schein,Jonathan Hannah,Pat Conroy

5 out of 5 stars.... Is it possible to give more stars? I'd like to. Having said that, I'm not sure how, precisely, to review this marvel. It's a collection of stories quite unlike anything I've read before, and that's saying something, my friends, since I read a great deal.

 

Schein holds a Ph.D. in Ethics and teaching at the University of South Carolina. Her philosophical training serves her well here, as these stories are certainly philosophical. Peter S. Beagle said of her stories, "They are genuinely philosophical in a way which is very rare, frightening in a way far removed from scary, and, most impressively, they are often philosophically frightening — which is almost unheard of." Even he says he hasn't read anything remotely like them in a long time.

 

Yes, that long time... it brings to mind old tales, myths, sacred stories of ancient cultures, and those are precisely the tales Schein draws from. Her understanding of myth and folk tale is impressive, but so, too, is her understanding of the yearnings, fears, passions of the human (and at times non-human) heart.

 

Medicine men, monks, immortals, witches, seekers, wise talking animals, all make their appearances. In fact, the world Schein creates is one in which everything, everyone, from tree to priest, vibrate with life and the sacred power of story.

 

Truly, I feel these are stories with the power to transform. HIGHLY recommended.

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