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url 2017-07-21 23:21
THE 30 MOST ENTERTAINING AND UPLIFTING QUOTES FROM ANNE OF GREEN GABLES
Anne of Green Gables Novels #1 - L M Montgomery

Among my faves:

"I’ve done my best, and I begin to understand what is meant by ‘the joy of strife’. Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing."

 

"Kindred spirits are not so scarce as I used to think. It’s splendid to find out there are so many of them in the world.” 

 

"Don’t you just love poetry that gives you a crinkly feeling up and down your back?”

 

“Why must people kneel down to pray? If I really wanted to pray I’ll tell you what I’d do. I’d go out into a great big field all alone or in the deep, deep woods and I’d look up into the sky—up—up—up—into that lovely blue sky that looks as if there was no end to its blueness. And then I’d just feel a prayer.”

Source: bookriot.com/2016/12/07/the-30-most-entertaining-and-uplifting-quotes-from-anne-of-green-gables
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text 2017-07-21 07:51
Agents of Light and Darkness - Simon R. Green

It's been years since I read Something From the Nightside but I found it easy to slip back into the world without having to re-read the first book for refreshers. I really enjoy that. I also enjoyed this story. Not very long but a fast read, lots of action. Nice bits of background drops, not just on the main character, kept it interesting. Learning about all the ways John Taylor's gift for finding things can be used makes you realize that there's more than just people and objects that can't be hidden from him. The entities hunting him are the reason he doesn't make his life easy and use his gift each time someone hires him, which gives him depth. Add in the Unholy Grail, which is the cup of Judas, rather than the Holy Grail, the cup of Christ, and you have an interesting target. I think this is the first story I've run across that centered on the Last Supper that didn't revolve around the Holy Grail, and I found it a breath of fresh air.

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review 2017-07-15 14:25
More of a 3.5 Star Read Honestly
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

The problem most of the time is the book is better than the movie. In this case, I found the movie to be better than the book.

 

I think the fact that book jumped around a lot made it a bit hard to follow. And the ending was definitely bittersweet with so many characters who had lived with each other for decades who ended up moving on when their little town started to die. I guess this book made me a bit homesick and sad, since I see my hometown going the same way. It's slowly dying and eventually I think in a generation it will be almost a ghost town. 

 

"Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe" begins with a woman named Evelyn who on a weekly basis just forced to visit her mother in law at the retirement home the older woman now lives. She ends up sitting next to an elderly woman named Ninny Threadgood who proceeds to tell her stories about her family and friends that lived in Whistle Stop, Alabama. 

 

At first Evelyn feels annoyed this woman has latched onto her, but she soon starts to live for the weekly stories of Idgie, Buddy, Ruth, Stump, Big George, Sipsey, Dottie Weems, and others.  

 

I think that Evelyn and even Ninny were developed a lot. Others in the story I wish we could follow up with more. We just got quick vignettes with them. For example, Big George's kids popped in and out of the story, I would even say so did Ruth and Idgie. I would honestly say the character after Evelyn and Ninny I felt was developed very well was Dottie Weems. We are only introduced to her by way of weekly bulletins about Whistle Stop, but her humor and love for the town was great. 

 

I will say that the main reason why I just couldn't give this book higher than four stars was the fact that I thought that Flagg kind of took the easy way out not really describing the relationship between Idgie and Ruth. I'm assuming that they were both lesbians or at least that's how the book portrayed them. And that fact that everybody in the small town of Alabama in the 1930s was fine with Idgie and Ruth living together and Ruth's son Stump being called her son I thought was a bit of a reach. I can't see people being okay, but the fact that just called Idgie "wild" which I'm assuming was code for being gay was also weird to me. That's the only part of the book that felt kind of false to me. But then I also feel sad because I don't think the movie really showed her as being gay just as liking to wear men's clothes. So like I said I'm just kind of of two minds of how those two characters were shown. I just wish we had gotten more scenes between them.  

 

Flagg does also touch upon the racism of the south in 1930s and the late 1980s.  I did think she slowly shows that for some people even for some of the so called good characters they still had prejudices towards African Americans. For example, Evelyn realizing that she was just raised to be just scared of black men and when she finally went to the church and got to hang out with more African Americans felt at home I did not find uplifting, but sad. I do think the way that the book just portrayed African Americans in a couple of places did make me cringe. 

 

The writing was really good. Flagg can tell a story. The flow got off in the middle. The book just jumps from subject to subject before finally hitting it's stride again.

 

Whistle Stop as I said above reminded me a lot of my hometown and a lot of dying towns in the US. 

 

The ending as I said was bittersweet though I was a bit confused by it. We get to see what happened to one character and I'm surprised they were at another location far from Alabama.

 

Electronic pages 522

Multiplier 

$15.00

 

New balance: $163

 

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text 2017-07-15 13:53
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

I liked this. I think that I definitely preferred the movie though. This jumped around a lot, but was easy to follow. The book had a very sad ending at least to me. The people in this small town ended up scattered due to the railroads shutting down. And some of the characters who did the best they could, felt like in the end maybe they did t really get a great ending. I enjoyed Dottie Weems weekly going on about the town a lot. Wish I could have gotten a better sense for some of the characters that we were introduced to in the book 

 

Electronic pages 522

Multiplier 

$15.00

 

New balance: $163

 

 

 

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text 2017-07-15 02:32
Reading progress update: I've read 64%.
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe - Fannie Flagg

Hmm book feels a bit draggy. Most of it has been notices a character in the book writes about Whistle Stop with very little dialogue.

 

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