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review 2019-03-10 21:07
Still Life with Tornado
Still Life with Tornado - A.S. King

This book was good. It was deep, it dealt with some heavy topics and I may have shed some tears along the way. The ending was a bit...preachy?? but it definitely gave it a satisfying feeling of closure. I'm still a little confused as to how certain things were possible BUT it was fun suspending Reality a bit in order to fully take in the story. I LOVED some of the characters and I really enjoyed the second POV. Helen didn't have too many chapters in her own voice but I enjoyed her contribution, it worked. I think the less you hear about this one the more you'll enjoy the ride so I'll leave it here.... BUT...


Over all: This was a quick, sweet, touching read.


~ Enjoy

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review 2019-03-09 03:39
The Running Man - audiobook
The Running Man - Stephen King,Richard Bachman,Kevin Kenerly

Audience: Adult

Format: Audiobook/Owned



She was squinting at the thermometer in the white light coming through the window.

- first sentence


I am a huge Stephen King fan since I was a teenager but it has been a while since I read some of his books. Lately, I started listening to the audio versions of his older books and it is quite fun to revisit them in a different format.


First, I have to say that if you are listening to the audio, and haven't read the book before, skip the author's note. It's not part of the story, and you can listen to it at the end. Otherwise, you will hear a spoiler that reveals the end of the story. :(


I enjoyed listening to this and am going to watch the movie this weekend just for fun and to see the differences. I do know that Ben Richards (in the book) is not built like Schwarzenegger. Most times, it's listening to his gut, his brains, or just plain luck that keeps him alive.



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review 2019-03-04 18:01
The Girl King - Mimi Yu
The Girl King (The Girl King #1) - Mimi Yu

I have to admit, it took me a while to warm to The Girl King as a book, as initially it seemed as though it was going through all the usual YA tropes and heading in an utterly predictable direction. We have, after all Boy Who is Secretly Special But Traumatised, Girl Who is a Better Fighter Than Everyone and that's just the main characters, not to mention there's a Tragic Romance That Can Never Be...


The basic premise of <I>The Girl King</i> is that Lu has been raised to believe by her father than she is going to be named as his heir - she somehow has been allowed, in a very hierarchical and gender-strict system, to be both a pampered princess and be trained as a warrior. Meanwhile, her weedy sister Min is always in Lu's shadow, so when Lu is overlooked in favour of their slightly-unhinged cousin, Min immediately gets groomed to marry said cousin regardless of his obvious negative qualities. Min also has a secret, and this is one place where things start to diverge slightly from my experience of YA and she starts to want power for herself. 


Meanwhile Lu has been forced to flee the capital after the death of her father and has met up with Nokhai, who she knew when they were both younger and who is one of the last survivors of a people who Lu's father has pretty much massacred wholesale. Nokhai is a shapeshifter but unable to control his abilities; together, they set out to try and find allies for Lu in order to help her regain the throne and unseat the dodgy cousin. This plan goes all sorts of wrong as the allies they try to recruit are not themselves the most reliable of people. 


One thing I didn't expect is that the moustache-twirling cousin meets a bad end before the end of the book, putting Min and Lu as antagonists in their own right rather than Min as someone else's puppet. I'm not sure I would buy the next book in this series (and to be honest, I got this one from the library) but I wouldn't turn it down if I managed to get my hands on it the same way. All in all, some interesting ideas and an author who may bear watching in the longer term. 

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review 2019-03-03 19:14
Review of Duma Key by Stephen King
Duma Key - Stephen King

It had been a while since I read a Stephen King book and I forgot what I was missing.  This was a classic King horror tale that was not only scary but also very human as the main character was recovering from a terrible accident.  I believe King wrote this as he was recovering from his accident, and I imagine it was a very cathartic experience for him.  My only criticism was that I thought it took a bit too long to really get into the main horror plot, but or me at least, it was worth the wait.

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url 2019-03-01 13:41
Tabitha King totally rocks!
The Book of Reuben - Tabitha King

This reminds me of the time when the company I work for was trying to encourage more women in the workplace. Diane Patrick was invited to speak. She is a senior counsel, an advocate for women's rights, and charity spokesperson.


She was introduced to us as the wife of the Governor of Massachusetts.


I sometimes wonder what century I'm living in.

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