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text 2015-09-30 00:54
Currently Reading (aka still reading these)
The King of Attolia - Megan Whalen Turner
Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business - Neil Postman,Andrew Postman
Deceptions - Kelley Armstrong
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker

I can not believe how I'm dragging my butt on these books! it's  not like they are bad and not holding my attention, just..I don't know not in the reading mood.(again!)

 

The King of Attolia 

This is the third book in the series. the first book was a slow read for me , but the second book I flew through and enjoyed a lot. This book is bringing in a new character and I'm not sure what to make of him so far. Also I'm not sure what Eugenides up to either.

I'm on page 44.

 

Deceptions: A Cainsville novel

Also a third book in a series.

 I'm on page 25 of this one, so not to far at all. I think I may fly through this one if I just give it more of my attention. I really love the character Gabriel.

*side note - I hate this red cover on this HB copy. It makes it feel like those Contemporary Romance/Suspense books. (not that there is anything wrong with those, but it just isn't this type of story)

 

Amusing Ourselves to Death 

Reading this one to see if I want to add it to my son's reading list for school. I'm not that far in to it , but it so far it's interesting.

“Television is our culture's principal mode of knowing about itself. Therefore -- and this is the critical point -- how television stages the world becomes the model for how the world is properly to be staged. It is not merely that on the television screen entertainment is the metaphor for all discourse. It is that off the screen the same metaphor prevails."

 

 

Need to pick up The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats and read it before next Thursday, which is Book Club day!

*shit, I just saw some of the ratings on this one and honestly, not looking forward to reading another book that got bunches of 2 stars for a rating.  Who's picking out these bad books?!

 

 

 

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review 2015-09-23 19:04
The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats/ Jan- Philipp Sendker
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker

5 stars

 

'The Art Of Hearing Heartbeats' is probably one of the most beautifully written books I have ever read. Never mind that the story is a beautiful and heartbreaking one, and that the characters' lives are so smartly intertwined in a way that leaves you questioning everything until the last page. The emotional and picturesque way Jan-Philipp Sendker describes everything is what makes that book a piece of art. every sound, sight, touch and taste are described with such detail, it makes your heart flutter. It was a beautiful book but it could bore someone who doesn't like beating around the bush. There was one sex scene, but it wasn't graphic, so I think that's not really a problem. 

 

regardless, I really recommend reading this book sometime in your life, maybe when you're more patient :) 

 

read it and let me know what YOU think!

Georgie xxxx

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review 2015-02-27 05:54
Whispering Shadows
Whispering Shadows - Jan-Philipp Sendker

By Jan-Philipp Sendker
ISBN: 9781476793641
Publisher: Atria / 37 Ink
Publication Date: 4/14/2015
Format: Hardcover
My Rating: 4 Stars 

 

A special thank you to Atria Books and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

WHISPERING SHADOWS by Jan-Philipp Sendker, is a multi-layered extraordinary story of universal human emotions of loss, love, betrayal, and trust.

A gripping suspense story of a retired journalist in contemporary China attempting to crack a murder case, as he battles his own demons and loss of his son. A mix of a love story and crime mystery thriller, a captivating tale of a man’s desperation and search for redemption, in a land where secrets from the past threaten to destroy the future.

From Hong Kong and China, to exotic Lamma Island -- to the homeless. A unique character, Paul Leibovitz has lived in Hong Kong for thirty years until personal tragedy hit, and his life began to unravel and fall part piece by piece.

After the death of Paul and Meredith son, Justin dies of leukemia, Paul withdraws and buys a house on Lamma, an island- a ferry ride from Hong Kong. Living in isolation on an exotic island he meets an American woman whose son has gone missing and she wants him to help her solve the mystery behind the disappearance and into the underworld. Since Justin's death, he has not associated with hardly anyone except Christine, a Hong Kong–based single mother, and Zhang, a homicide detective in Shenzhen.

Under the bricks, cement, high rises, real estate development, airports, and all the new exploding development, there is evil, power, greed, and corruption. From misappropriation of official funds, tax evasion and murder---“Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.” Could you leave your shadow behind if you only walked fast enough?

He wonders about the people who lived here thirty years ago. In the last thirty years, despite all the advances in medical science, children die. People are consumed by feelings of guilt or sink into self-pity, unable to bear the emptiness or refused to let their children die. Life must go on.

The under story is the police detective recalling his life during the Cultural Revolution and how his life intersects with the powerful Chinese businessman deeply involved in the murder investigation. The face of this country had changed with complexities beyond comprehension.

An absorbing mystery of the old versus the new -- A chilling account taking you to the darkest places, the fears, the anxieties and the struggles, to the most exotic and riches, for an almost mesmerizing adventure, keeping you glued to the pages.

Rich in vivid exquisite settings, nature, culture, emotion, and well developed compelling characters, we learn about each character's complex past and their shared need to find redemption, as they search for the son.

Sendker does an outstanding job in creating the backdrop, as you imagine yourself there; he is in tune with the Eastern philosophies, and cultures, bringing passion, vibrancy, and authenticity to this well-written novel.

An engrossing book, and a heart-wrenching portrayal of the Cultural Revolution’s devastating effects —strongly recommend to lovers of history, literature, politics, cultural, romance, and mystery. An ideal choice for book clubs and group discussions.

Can’t wait to read “The Art of Hearing Heartbeats", as have heard nothing but rave reviews. Looking forward to the next in Sendker's intriguing trilogy!

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Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1135271045
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review 2014-10-08 00:00
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker Reads like a fairy tale, a mystical love story. Unfortunately for me, I guess I am not as forgiving as Julia and was left unsatisfied. The love story may have been fine, but I have a problem warming up to someone who continually abandons those he loves so dearly. For all his intelligence Tin Win makes a lot of unbelievably bad decisions.

Mi Mi was a wonderful character and many readers seem to love this book so maybe it just wasn't my type of read.
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review 2014-08-08 00:50
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats - Jan-Philipp Sendker I thought it was cheesy and I didn't feel bad for Tin Win. I felt bad the he went blind and his mother left him, but abandoning your family without a trace? Nope, no sympathy here.
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