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review 2017-09-22 04:20
Excellent theme collection
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

Two encompassing themes to this collection: primarily, the evil of solitude, or how solitude equates with or drives one to madness; then boundaries, blurring and pushing them (of reality, knowledge, perception, life and death, even geography)

Celephaïs: Gorgeous in spite of the cold reality. From Kuranes dreams to mine... yeah, that's not disturbing at all.

From Beyond: The type of story one expects when one hears "Lovecraft". And it's freaking good.

Hypnos: *blink* Erh... OK. Like this wasn't disturbing, a final twist. I would have said it bore serious homo-erotic tones, but then... Begs for a second read. Or a tenth.

The Temple: That's what I call a bit of Karma for a stubborn nationalist.
Note: for some reason (and what I mean is lazy translation), it's titled as Santuario (sanctuary) in my Spanish copy instead of the closer Templo.

The Tree: Did not take the expected turn. And sent me on a wiki-walk that ended landing me on the seven wonders. Pretty imagery.

 

Actually, the whole collection, for all the horror elements, is powerful on beautiful and vivid imagery. The kind that plays as a magic-movie on your mind, fills you with wonder as you read and stays with you.

 

 

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text 2017-09-21 23:39
Reading progress update: I've read 39 out of 95 pages.
El santuario y otros cuentos - H.P. Lovecraft

That Crawford Tillinghast should ever have studied science and philosophy was a mistake. These things should be left to the frigid and impersonal investigator, for they offer two equally tragic alternatives to the man of feeling and action; despair if he fail in his quest, and terrors unutterable and unimaginable if he succeed. Tillinghast had once been the prey of failure, solitary and melancholy; but now I knew, with nauseating fears of my own, that he was the prey of success.

 

Disturbing spook of a story. Now here I have the horror Lovecraft *grin*

 

 

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review 2017-09-21 20:03
The Trust: A Novel (Liam Taggart and Catherine Lockhart) - Ronald H. Balson

There are so many good things going on in this book. I sped right through it. Not only was there suspense, action, and great plot twists, you also got to learn a little history of the "Troubles" in Ireland.

I went back and forth guessing the suspect so many times I thought I would get dizzy. Always a good thing when you are reading a "Whodunit".

I really grew to like Liam and his family and I was a little sad when it was over.

A great read with action, suspense, great character development, history of Ireland and totally unputdownable.

Thanks to St. Martin's Press and Net Galley for providing me with a free galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-09-21 19:21
The Player and the Pixie
The Player and the Pixie (Rugby Book 2) - L.H. Cosway,Penny Reid
Rugby, Book 2

I Picked Up This Book Because: Next in the series.

The Characters:

Lucy Fitzpatrick: Little sister with the patience of a saint
Sean Cassidy: World renowned player (both on and off the field) and arsehole.

The Story:

Overall I enjoyed Sean and Lucy’s story. I’m not quite sure I could do for any man what she does for Sean so good on her. I carry a grudge with Sean from book one and in the end I won’t say I like him but I understand him and I love him with Lucy. He treats her like a queen.

I had a rough time with the beginning of this book but sticking it out was totally worth it. I like where their story is going and I hope to see more of it in the future.

The Random Thoughts:



The Score Card:

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3.5 Stars
 
 
 
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review 2017-09-20 23:47
For the "right" person it could be a great gift.
Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Ch... Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...And Maybe the World - William H. McRaven

Didn't really know much about the author or the book but probably saw it somewhere as a recommended reading and it sounded interesting. The title may seem "simple" (making your bed) but the author expands upon why the seemingly simple nuggets of wisdom he shares are important tidbits to guiding life.

 

Best way to describe this based on books I've read was that this reminded me of 'Very Good Lives' by J.K. Rowling (her commencement speech to Harvard) and An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Colonel Chris Hadfield. This book is an expansion of McRaven's speech to the University of Texas's commencement and like Hadfield's book it integrate's the author's life and and career in the Navy. How these guiding principles helped in his professional life (and some personal) and why they can help a young person going forward in life.

 

It was okay. I've never cared for books by military people or military history so I found I could really only skim this. I couldn't relate to a lot of what he said (clearly demonstrating I'd never survive in the Navy or any other branch...) and at best it just seemed at times a bit simplistic, perhaps occasionally too "obvious". Accepting failure, learn how to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying, etc. Nothing earth-shattering or framed in such a way that really made me rethink anything.

 

That said: I think some of these approaches just aren't for me. Rowling's words resonated with me a lot more but I'm probably more similar to her than to McRaven. I think for the right person (someone considering military service or grew up with as an Army brat, etc.) might like this a lot more. Or maybe if you liked his speech and want to keep a physical copy that expands more on what he said. 

 

Bottom line it might make a great gift for the right high school or college graduate (I've read younger people like it too but I suppose that would depend on the person) but I was glad I borrowed this book from the library instead.

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