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review 2018-05-06 08:05
Painless - S. A. Harazin

David is 17 (almost 18) and suffers from a condition where he can't feel pain and has troubles regulating his body temperature. Which sounds like it could have been a really nice book, but somewhere it fell short.

David really acted like a child most of the time and the writing didn't help there either. He has a constant assistant, but since he didn't have any mental issues and was perfectly aware (by training) of what he could and couldn't do I didn't really understand why. Surely he was capable himself of checking his temperature (he has a watch) or taking his blood pressure. I also wasn't sure why they would be putting him in an assisted living facility, since he was perfectly fine living on his own.

One other thing that bothered me was that everything happened really fast (like on a couple of pages) and was never mentioned later. One of his friends dies in a car accident, which is never mentioned later at all. They go to the funeral and that's about it.

Not really for me.

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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review 2015-02-27 00:00
Frugal Living Made Simple: Easy, Painless Ways to Simplify, Cut Back, and Reach Financial Freedom
Frugal Living Made Simple: Easy, Painless Ways to Simplify, Cut Back, and Reach Financial Freedom - Allison Logan A nice short overview telling how to cut costs of living and save money. This is quite basic with some great recipes included to make household and beauty items. Just by following Allison's simple recommendations, one should be able to get of of the paycheck to paycheck trap.
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text 2015-01-29 08:07
TBR Thursday #25
Victorian Fairy Tales - Michael Newton
The Sham - Ellen Allen
Painless - S. A. Harazin
18 Things - Jamie Ayres
Modern Rituals: The Wayward Three - J.S. Leonard
Footsteps in the Sky - Greg Keyes
Planck: Driven by Vision, Broken by War - Brandon R. Brown
First Activation: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller - D.A. & M.P. Wearmouth
The Last Bookaneer - Matthew Pearl
AsapSCIENCE: Answers to the World's Weirdest Questions, Most Persistent Rumors, and Unexplained Phenomena - Mitchell Moffit,Greg Brown

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...


Tomorrow I have my last exam and that it's one week of freedom before the next (busy) semester starts again. After two months of exams and studying I'm really looking forward to this vacation!


Reading this week has not been so great. I've been extremely tired (see above). I did add however more new books, even though I was trying not to. Once again less than last week (it fits in one post!) and I hope that next week I won't add new books. (But I can't promise anything).


TBR pile currently stands at 317. (+14)

(Netgalley ARCs at 139 (+11))



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review 2014-03-23 00:00
Painless American Government (Barron's Painless)
Painless American Government (Barron's Painless) - Jeffrey Strausser Wheeeeeee!

Okay, no. But this book is exactly what it claims to be: a succinct, readable, straightforward guide to the basics of American government.

My experience has been that the Barron’s “painless” guides live up to their reassuring descriptive. If you’re feeling a little rusty on the subject, or teaching someone who’s altogether new to it, I’d recommend this primer. (If it looks like I took eighty years to read it, that’s because I kept sending my son off to write reports every few pages, and we were reading it together.)

My only quibble is that if you write a book that makes reference to “our current president,” or to the political mood of the country, you’re committing to updating your book pretty frequently. This volume is ten years old. That doesn’t hurt the material covering the three branches of government or their various checks and balances. It does mean a little eye-bulging when your teen reads statements referring to George W. Bush still being in office, or people not really caring much about party affiliations any more.

And now that I’ve brushed up on the basics with this guide, I’m off to read “Americapedia: Taking The Dumb Out of Freedom” (“One Book, Under 300 Pages – with Knowledge and Nonsense for All”). “Painless” is politically neutral, as it should be. “Americapedia” has been described as the Daily Show in book form for teenagers. Here’s hoping.
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