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text 2020-06-25 10:20
Green Roofing: A Unique Approach Taken By the Best Roofers

Considering the rising environmental pollution and its possible outcomes, roofers in San Gabriel have come up with a unique approach of going green. With the power of technologies the roofers now offer green roofs to their clients. Mr and Mrs Marley share their experiences, “when the experts we hired from Jake Roofing suggested us to opt for green roof, a more environmentally friendly option, we could not believe it was for real.” Also if you think you will be less privileged by going green, then look at the myriad advantages that green roofing offers you,




  • It brings in a sustainable drainage system. The water first gets stored in the plants and allows the drainage process to happen less rapidly. It reduces the chances of flooding.
  • Your roof will be entirely covered by green plants. So, the materials won’t be directly exposed to the natural elements. Thus it increases the lifespan of the roofing materials.
  • A green plant can maintain the temperature of your roof. You won’t feel too hot during the summer and too cold during the winter.


“It was a blessing that we contacted Jake Roofing and they suggested us to go green. It was the most beautiful and wisest decision we have ever made. Our house looks stunning with green plants on the top” says the Marley family.


There are a lot of options available if you choose your roof to be environmentally-friendly. Let’s take a look,


  1. Cool Roof

If you are living in a hot humid climate zone where the summer time brings in scorching sun, then the “cool roof” is quite amazing. The contractor will paint the roof with white color. As you know white reflects most of the sunlight. So, your roof will be least warm even during the summer.


  1. Clay Roof

Clay tile is one of the wisest choices. The clay tiles have the longest life span of 100 years too. So, this has been a trend for over centuries. While using clay tiles you can save up the cost of AC bills.


  1. Green Roof

This is what the Marley family chose. Green roofs are also called living roofs. Your roof will entirely be covered with green plants. It offers thousands of benefits besides you are causing zero environmental problems. Mrs Marley says, “Our children loved the green roof. It also did look wonderful like a dream house.”


Only expert San Gabriel roofers can successfully place these ideas in real life. It requires expertise, knowledge and necessary experience to bring each of these ideas into reality that too successfully. So, if you want to opt for an environmentally-friendly roof top option then consult with one of the best roofers, Jake Roofing for best advice.

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review 2020-06-14 23:26
Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Chronicle of a Death Foretold - Gabriel García Márquez

First of all, I need to thank Themis for recommending this masterpiece of a story. Themis is also the person who shall be blamed for the expansion in my TBR as I add all of Marquez's work. 


In the hands of another author, this story would have been four times as long, drawn out, and boring. Marquez manages to capture so much in so few pages. It's quite a feat. I had sworn to myself I wasn't going to just binge through this book in a day. Chalk that up to yet another promise I've broken. Oops.



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review 2020-04-24 10:33
Shipwrecked Sailor Leads to Literary Treasure
The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor - Gabriel García Márquez

Mark Twain once wrote, “Truth is stranger than fiction, but it is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; truth isn’t.” It’s an adage exemplified in this poignant account of survival at sea. The tale was originally related to a young reporter at the Bogota daily, ‘El Espectador’ in 1955. The young sailor, Luis Alejandro Velasco, was just twenty years old and would go on to experience a brief, but lucrative, period in the Columbian media spotlight, before sinking without trace. The reporter, belatedly attributed with writing the piece, one Gabriel Garcia Marquez, would subsequently experience a “nomadic and somewhat nostalgic exile that in certain ways also resembles a drifting raft”, before going on to be awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. That the original serialised newspaper story was republished in the form of a book, as a retrospective homage to Marquez’ early work, was dismissed by the author as more about an exploitation of a fashionable writer’s name, than the merits of the story. Still, I think Penguin deserves some credit for having reproduced this short work (just 106 pages) for posterity.


The Columbian navy destroyer, ‘Caldas’, had been in dock in Mobile, Alabama to undergo repairs for eight months and in February 1955 was on its homeward journey to the port of Cartagena. It should have been an unremarkable routine voyage, but when eight members of the crew were swept overboard, just hours from home, the story instantly became a national calamity. A search for survivors began immediately, but after four days the effort was abandoned and the lost sailors were declared dead. After a further week, Luis Velasco washed up on a beach in Northern Columbia, barely alive. Somehow he had managed to survive for ten days without food or fresh water, adrift on an open life raft. In essence, this book is a journalistic reconstruction of this implausible feat, derived from painstaking hours of interview, deliberately written in the first person to accentuate the emotional drama of a firsthand account. It’s certainly a gripping and compelling read. Almost as intriguing is “The Story of this Story”, written by the author in 1970 and included as a prologue, with Marquez’ reflections some fifteen years later.


What ‘El Espectador’ hadn’t foreseen was the seismic impact for the nation of such an unsuspecting hero, nor the reaction of the incumbent dictatorship. Yet, thankfully, rather like his subject, Marquez popped up later, albeit on a foreign shore. Content to vanish into obscurity, Velasco, the reader understands, remained in Columbia. By contrast, the author became a literary treasure of the world.

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text 2020-04-02 16:22
TOUR, EXCERPT & #GIVEAWAY - Dirty Old Town (A Shane Cleary Mystery #1) by Gabriel Valjan
Dirty Old Town: A Shane Cleary Mystery #1 - Gabriel Valjan

@partnersincr1me (@PICVirtualTours - FB), @Archaeolibrary, @GValjan, #Crime#Mystery#Procedural#Historical#Fiction


"Robert B. Parker would stand and cheer, and George V. Higgins would join the ovation. This is a terrific book--tough, smart, spare, and authentic. Gabriel Valjan is a true talent--impressive and skilled--providing knock-out prose, a fine-tuned sense of place and sleekly wry style."-- Hank Phillippi Ryan, nationally bestselling author of The Murder List


Shane Cleary, a PI in a city where the cops want him dead, is tough, honest and broke. When he's asked to look into a case of blackmail, the money is too good for him to refuse, even though the client is a snake and his wife is the woman who stomped on Shane's heart years before. When a fellow vet and Boston cop with a secret asks Shane to find a missing person, the paying gig and the favor for a friend lead Shane to an arsonist, mobsters, a shady sports agent, and Boston's deadliest hitman, the Barbarian. With both criminals and cops out to get him, the pressure is on for Shane to put all the pieces together before time runs out.

Source: archaeolibrarian.wixsite.com/website/post/dirty-old-town-a-shane-cleary-mystery-1-by-gabriel-valjan
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review 2020-03-30 15:35
Colourful but complex
Love in the Time of Cholera (Marquez 2014) - Gabriel García Márquez

A difficult book to read. A book filled with so much imagery, overloaded with detailed descriptive prose. The setting is most probably (as it is never stated) a town in Columbia in the North Western corner of South America. The time the last few years of the 19th century and the start of the 20th.  The main participants are Doctor Juvenal Urbino, his wife Fermina Daza, and her admirer Florentino Ariza.


At its heart LITTofC is a love story and no matter how long that love takes to blossom, and whatever the obstacles, true love will always win through. But this is more than that…It is about honour, family loyalty, and above all belief, against a background of a colourful city, steamy and sleepy streets, rat infested sewers, old slave quarter, decaying colonial architecture and complex multifarious inhabitants. If a central character were to be chosen it would undoubtedly be Florentino Arizo. A successful business man, head of his own riverboat company, and always available to him a willing selection of attractive women knocking at his door. However his treatment of lovers did not always reflect a man of honour in particular mention should be made of America Vicuna. A child when she met Arizo, he was meant to educate and comfort her, instead he used his position as guardian to abuse with tragic unforgettable consequences.


I particularly enjoyed the closing chapters which to me was really a study of ageing, the approach of infirmities and the vital need for companionship and love even in the autumn and winter of our lives….”old age began with one’s first minor fall and that death comes with the second”……”After a long while Florentino Ariza looked at Fermina Daza by the light of the river. She seemed ghostly, her sculptured profile softened by a tenuous blue light”…”It was a meditation on life, love, old age, death: ideas that had often fluttered around her head like nocturnal birds but dissolved into a trickle of feathers when she tried to catch hold of them”……

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