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review 2018-11-05 19:52
Tales from a Greek Island by Alexandros Papadiamantis
Tales from a Greek Island - Alexandros Papadiamantis,Elizabeth Constantinides,Alexandros Papadiamantes

This collection of 12 short stories was written by an author apparently renowned in his native country of Greece, though not translated into English until long after the fact; Papadiamantis lived from 1851-1911, while this collection was published in 1994. The translation is fluid, but a side effect of the long delay in translation is that its contemporary literary English makes it difficult to feel that one is reading a 19th century work.

 

The stories, set on Papadiamantis’s home island of Skiathos, chronicle the lives of humble people living there. Recurring themes and situations include marriage, the death of children, the injustice of the dowry system,* young men yearning for beautiful women, and middle-aged women whose lives are full of suffering. The portrayal of late-19th century Greek island life is interesting; it appears to be a society divided between the sea and everyday agricultural work, taking place in fields set far from the towns where people live.

 

I have to admit this collection didn’t do much for me. It wasn’t Papadiamantis’s much-discussed conservatism, which despite a couple of cringeworthy gender-essentialist passages doesn’t really seem to define the text. Perhaps it’s because, as the translator discusses in her introduction, several of these plots are taken from ancient Greek writings or mythology; perhaps the author was too devoted to recycling plots rather than allowing them to develop organically. Or perhaps these characters just didn’t strike a chord in me for any of the nebulous reasons that fiction can fall flat for some readers. But although I can’t point to a specific flaw in the crafting of the plots or characters, I was largely indifferent to these stories and eager to move on from this collection.

 

 

* In a couple of stories, families are forced to give up practically all they own to secure the marriage of a daughter, the parents moving out of their home to include it in the dowry, or a family giving up half of its land and mortgaging the other half. These situations were apparently based on reality; the author himself, through choosing the less-lucrative career of a writer, saw 3 of his 4 sisters unable to ever marry. But I’m baffled at how such a system can survive: if most women can’t afford to marry, then most men will also die single; from an economic standpoint you’d expect the dowry demands to decrease dramatically rather than allow a system in which most people never marry. The missing link would seem to be large numbers of men dying disproportionately young, which we don’t see here, unless we’re meant to conclude that they’re all setting sail for the Americas and most never return? The author of course had no need to explain their own society to contemporary readers, but the translator might have done so.

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review 2018-11-02 13:28
REVIEW BY MERISSA - Hexed (Paranormal Tales from Firefly Island) by Alyssa Drake
Hexed (Paranormal Tales from Firefly Island) - Alyssa Drake

Hexed is the first novella in the Paranormal Tales from Firefly Island series, and it tells the story of Remy - an undeveloped Witch who just wants to be normal. And by normal, she means being able to do spells like the rest of her family and friends. She doesn't have a very good time of it, and leaves home for pastures new when she is eighteen. However, that doesn't go quite according to plan either, so she ends up returning to Firefly Island to spend some time with her sister. One of the first people she bumps into is Sebastian, and things move quickly onward from there.

This is a fast-paced novella, with some steamy scenes in it. You will learn more about Remy's past, and the reason things were done in the way they were. Remy and Sebastian have their HFN ending, but it does leave it wide open for at least three more stories!

All in all, this was a very enjoyable, quick read, with no editing or grammatical errors to disrupt my reading. A nice introduction to Firefly Island, and I look forward to getting better acquainted in future books. Absolutely recommended by me.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and my comments here are my honest opinion. *

Merissa
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text 2018-11-01 19:38
COYER Winter Edition 2018 Participation Post
You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain - Phoebe Robinson,Jessica Williams
Cheer Up Love: Adventures in depression with the Crab of Hate - Susan Calman
Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars - Nathalia Holt
The Radium Girls: The Dark Story of America's Shining Women - Kate Moore
Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted: And all the Brilliant Minds Who Made The Mary Tyler Moore Show a Classic - Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Radio Girls - Sarah-Jane Stratford
Somewhere in France: A Novel of the Great War - Jennifer Robson
Ellis Island - Kate Kerrigan
London Belles - Annie Groves

Sign up at http://coyerchallenge.com/2018/11/01/coyer-winter-is-here-going-back-to-basics-again/.

 

Considering I only buy ebooks on sale, the restrictions this go around seems really easy. There are only a few books I have on my 2019 reading that don't fit the restrictions. My problem will be library borrows, as the winter editions don't allow library reading to count. 

 

My COYER TBR is just 15 books, which will allow for non-challenge reading.

 

1. You Can't Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson (memoir)

2. Cheer Up Love by Susan Calman  (memoir)

3. Rise of the Rocket Girls by Nathalia Holt (women's history)

4. Radium Girls by Kate Moore (women's history)

5. Mary and Lou and Ted and Rhoda by Jennifer Armstrong (pop culture)

6. The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin (historical romance)

7. A Dance with Danger by Jeannie Lin (historical romance)

8. North to You by Tif Marcelo (contemporary romance)

9. Radio Girls by Sarah-Jane Stratford (historical fiction)

10. Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner (historical romance)

11. Deliver Me by Farrah Rochon (contemporary romance)

12. Somewhere in France by Jennifer Robson (historical fiction)

13. Ellis Island by Kate Kerrigan (historical fiction)

14. Star Dust by Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner (historical romance)

15. London Belles by Annie Groves (women's fiction)

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text 2018-10-30 11:12
Reading progress update: I've read 90%.
Devil's Island - Mark Lukens

 

We have a possessed house this time.  Or maybe the entire island.

 

Most of the groups activities have been fairly intelligent as they try to get proof of paranormal activity.  Although, I would not have been anywhere NEAR as patient with Nick not giving the full story of why he brought them there, or for him taking so long to give the promised background.  

 

The gate has been locked (skulduggery!), they find out the salt trick really does work at least a little on the demon/entity/whatever (YAY!), and they rescue Nigel from it's clutches.

 

Apparently, however, the 2 sent to cut the chain off the gate have forgotten, or it didn't occur to them, that healthy humans are usually faster than zombies, and water dissolves salt.

 

Instead of running back to the porch after the opening the gate and pouring their salt circles, they do it in the pouring rain in the midst of a tropical storm.

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text 2018-10-24 11:29
What are the vital things you should consider as a Renter?

 

There are several important things you should have in your mind when you are going for renting a home or apartment.

 

Renters are very excited to look for a new place:

 

People feel so happy and their excitement that comes along with when they opt for a rented apartment in a new place. Many people say that they are excited throughout their search for a rental. They feel excited about new rental Greek property home because they love new experience.

 

An important thing in rental:

 

The two important things for renters when they are looking for the rental home are price and location. Price is most important because it shows how they are looking for, and many people say that they search the location for rent that is closer to their work because it will take much time to arrive there.

 

What do renters think about apartment hunting?

 

The renters think if they looking for the change then for this something in their mind like neighborhood, square footage specific amenities and utilities. Many apartments provide a gym, swimming pool, game pool and many more. If you have no price issue then you also see these things when you are going to looking for a change. They are also thinking about cyprus houses for sale if any available.

 

Compromising with rent:

 

This is the reality, just because of their responsibilities they have to sacrifice with rents. The least willing to compromise with location and facilities because if they want facility and apartments for sale in cyprus in a good location for this they have to pay much money.

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