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text 2017-07-05 23:51
Reading progress update: I've read 90 out of 217 pages.
My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Through the Mirror - G.M. Berrow

I am having a super crappy day. So I've decided to read something light and fun.

 

 

Husband is gone. I may not have even warranted an interview for the job I wanted at the local library. And the neurosurgeon may require me to go back to my primary doctor and get another referral for another MRI since mine is older than 8 months. I'm not in a good mood today. I really need a bottle of wine and a week on the beach. 

 

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review 2017-06-21 01:29
Windward by Kirby Crow - My Thoughts
Windward (Mirror Series Book 2) - Kirby Crow

This is a serious book!  Not for the faint-hearted, let me tell you.  And I loved it.  :)

We're back with Matty and Grant who still have so many things to iron out between them.  It's not an easy row to hoe by any means, love notwithstanding.  Are they to be allowed to do this by themselves?

Oh hell no.

If it's not interference and at times outright disapproval from Grant's family, it's the FBI come knocking with a request for Matty to help them out with the tracking down and capture of his ex-lover, the chilling assassin, Jaeger Koning.  And what's with Jaeger?  Well, nothing other than that he wants his one-time submissive, Matty, back where he belongs.  With Jaeger.

There's action.  There's banter.  There's humour.  There's emotion.  There's heart-stopping danger and there's moments that one is tempted to weep.   Seriously!

But the main strength in this book, I think, comes from the way the author brings us into the minds of the three main characters - Grant, Matty and Jaeger - sharing their thoughts and how their minds and their.. well... their selves are guided and formed by the power exchanges of D/s relationships.  I'm explaining it badly - who's surprised? - but I find the whole idea of power exchange to be sexy and heady and fascinating.

Loved it and I hope we may revisit the Mirror Universe at some point.  :)

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review 2017-06-04 12:18
So, I got this because Data
Star Trek: TNG: Mirror Broken #0 - David Tipton,Scott Tipton,J.K. Woodward

Yay, Data!   Especially, apparently, Mirror Data.   It turns out he's upgrading himself with Borg parts, because that's not both creepy and kinda hot all at the same time.   Sometimes I confuse myself so much!

 

This is also a little bit of a slow burn: the backstory about this series being created talks about not wanting to reveal too much too soon, so as to keep everyone interested, and also by getting a full view from a lower ranked, but familiar character.   (Barclay from the Next Generation series, by the way.)

 

This is also a fun look into the brutal world that is the Mirror Universe.   Dark, tense, where all you can do to gain rank is assassinate someone higher up the food chain than you are.   There are hints and nods to both the original series episode that introduced this darker world, as well as to the Next Generation series itself.  

 

There are also designs in the back, mostly going over the evolution of the characters and their uniforms.   There's also a letter explaining how this came to be which is a lot of fun, and then a couple short previews of other Star Trek series.  I wasn't expecting the previews, and I hate feeling suckered into them, especially since I'm now poking around at one series to see if I'm interested in Star Trek: Waypoint, which are short stories out each month. 

 

Because what I really need is to spend more money on Comixology and bloat my already too large Comixology to be read list...   Anyway, I knocked off one star for surprise previews.  I don't like them anywhere to be honest, and the fact that there like three in this made me twitch a little.

 

 

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review 2017-05-11 23:14
Good primer but would need supplemental resources.
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America - Ronald Takaki

This book looks at the history of the United States as told by people who came to the country in search for a better life. It is not strictly about immigrating to the US in itself, but rather why and how they came here and what challenges, successes, prejudices, etc. they encountered while trying to make their way on this land.

 

It is quite dense (in a good way) in the text of the groups that came (or how they adapted/coped in the case of Native Americans). There is a great deal of ground to cover and obviously it's not possible to do all of them justice. But there is probably a great deal to learn. I knew about the Chinese men who came and their struggles with being unable to bring their wives (in contrast to many of the Chinese women who were brought over and subjected to sexual slavery) but I did not know many of the stories like the Japanese in Hawaii as one example. 

 

In many ways the book is great in giving us snapshots of various groups, providing historical context that is likely just not taught unless you take a special class or happen to read about it in a book. But as others point out sometimes it can get formulaic (group moves to the United States, is the target of discrimination and struggles/adapts). Which is rather horrible in itself repeating over and over again. The framing device in using Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' and Caliban in particular is quite annoying (since I haven't read this play or watched any adaptation of it I kept wondering why Takaki kept mentioning Caliban/'The Tempest').

 

But if you liked Howard Zinn's 'A People's History Of The United States' you might like this. It's actually been many MANY years since I've read Zinn's book but as I read I couldn't help but think of that text. Takaki's book would make a good compliment but as mentioned it's a rather thick book.

 

Some other recommended readings to go along with this (perhaps to expand) would include: 'The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration', 'The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness', 'The Making of Asian America', and 'Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask'. There are probably tons more really great books but those are some I can think of off the cuff. That said, this is a book that you can probably read on its own but you might get more out of it if you have other sources to compliment your reading.

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photo 2017-05-09 16:49
The Broken Mirror - Mr. Ben
Tom and Cynthia's divorce saw an end a once-upon-a-time happy family and the beginning of discord in the lives of their identical twin daughters---Sophia and Cindy. Having been raised separated by the estranged parents living far apart, Cindy, who would always take sides with her mom, before and after the divorce, ended up hating Sophia, Tom's favourite. The cancer they carried affected their friends, particularly Daniel, who would live long enough to write the account---The Broken Mirror.
Source: www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=9781684111602
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