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text 2017-04-03 17:17
I want to read this one (I think)
Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself - John Leonard Pielmeier

Saw that Purple People Reader shelved a cover-less book; checked publisher site to see if could add the missing cover and durned if this didn't sound intriguing: 

 "Hook's Tale: Being the Account of an Unjustly Villainized Pirate Written by Himself - John Leonard Pielmeier  


A rollicking debut novel from award-winning playwright and screenwriter John Pielmeier reimagines the childhood of the much maligned Captain Hook: his quest for buried treasure, his friendship with Peter Pan, and the story behind the swashbuckling world of Neverland.

 

Long defamed as a vicious pirate, Captain James Cook (a.k.a Hook) was in fact a dazzling wordsmith who left behind a vibrant, wildly entertaining, and entirely truthful memoir. His chronicle offers a counter narrative to the works of J.M. Barrie, a “dour Scotsman” whose spurious accounts got it all wrong. Now, award-winning playwright John Pielmeier is proud to present this crucial historic artifact in its entirety for the first time.

 

Cook’s story begins in London, where he lives with his widowed mother. At thirteen, he runs away from home, but is kidnapped and pressed into naval service as an unlikely cabin boy. Soon he discovers a treasure map that leads to a mysterious archipelago called the “Never-Isles” from which there appears to be no escape. In the course of his adventures he meets the pirates Smee and Starkey, falls in love with the enchanting Tiger Lily, adopts an oddly affectionate crocodile, and befriends a charming boy named Peter—who teaches him to fly. He battles monsters, fights in mutinies, swims with mermaids, and eventually learns both the sad and terrible tale of his mother’s life and the true story of his father’s disappearance.

 

Like Gregory Maguire’s Wicked, Hook’s Tale offers a radical new version of a classic story, bringing readers into a much richer, darker, and enchanting version of Neverland than ever before. The characters that our hero meets—including the terrible Doctor Uriah Slinque and a little girl named Wendy—lead him to the most difficult decision of his life: whether to submit to the temptation of eternal youth, or to embrace the responsibilities of maturity and the inevitability of his own mortality. His choice, like his story, is not what you might expect."

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text 2017-03-24 17:47
Ooh...this is not yet out but I definitely want to read
Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong—and the New Research That's Rewriting the Story - Angela Saini

Research by men in earlier decades about women is like a student re-writing a Wikipedia article to prove their paper.  Synopsis says:

"What science has gotten so shamefully wrong about women, and the fight, by both female and male scientists, to rewrite what we thought we knew

 

For hundreds of years it was common sense: women were the inferior sex. Their bodies were weaker, their minds feebler, their role subservient. No less a scientist than Charles Darwin asserted that women were at a lower stage of evolution, and for decades, scientists—most of them male, of course—claimed to find evidence to support this.

 

Whether looking at intelligence or emotion, cognition or behavior, science has continued to tell us that men and women are fundamentally different. Biologists claim that women are better suited to raising families or are, more gently, uniquely empathetic. Men, on the other hand, continue to be described as excelling at tasks that require logic, spatial reasoning, and motor skills. But a huge wave of research is now revealing an alternative version of what we thought we knew. The new woman revealed by this scientific data is as strong, strategic, and smart as anyone else.

 

In Inferior, acclaimed science writer Angela Saini weaves together a fascinating—and sorely necessary—new science of women. As Saini takes readers on a journey to uncover science’s failure to understand women, she finds that we’re still living with the legacy of an establishment that’s just beginning to recover from centuries of entrenched exclusion and prejudice. Sexist assumptions are stubbornly persistent: even in recent years, researchers have insisted that women are choosy and monogamous while men are naturally promiscuous, or that the way men’s and women’s brains are wired confirms long-discredited gender stereotypes.

 

As Saini reveals, however, groundbreaking research is finally rediscovering women’s bodies and minds. Inferior investigates the gender wars in biology, psychology, and anthropology, and delves into cutting-edge scientific studies to uncover a fascinating new portrait of women’s brains, bodies, and role in human evolution."

 

Another book spotted on  the Early Reviewer ARCs over on LibraryThing.

Source: www.librarything.com/er/list
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text 2016-09-16 23:55
Happy "Read an eBook Day"

See http://readanebookday.com for details.

 

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text 2016-09-16 02:23
Tomorrow is "Read an eBook Day" #ebooklove

See http://readanebookday.com for details.

 

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review 2015-08-25 20:08
Wonderful collection
Accidental Emeralds: Poems of Longing - Vivienne Tuffnell

This is a wonderful collection of poetry, it really does capture the feeling of longing in a beautiful and thought-provoking way.

 

I have to admit to having a favourite poem - Autumn Leaf. This poem just captured so much of how I'm feeling at the moment, not just as we approach the end of summer and the change of season into autumn but the many changes in my own life that I'm having to come to terms with. I just felt a feeling of not being alone in my struggles wash over me on reading these lines:

 

How long I may travel

I shall not know

Until I begin to sink;

The source and the sea,

They are still certain,

But the journey,

As you know, is not.

 

I also took a lot from Mind Mountains for similar reasons to Autumn Leaf. Just the much needed reminder that however much my own life contains me, there is so much more beyond the garden fence than my own thoughts. 

 

Spring is...? was also a lovely poem, one that made me smile. I loved the line 'It changes the rules and snows in May' because that is just so much of how life is. Unpredictable and yet somehow still beautiful.

 

And of course I adored Urban Springtime as it gave insight into the title for this collection. Accidental emeralds is such a lovely title and to know where it comes from is a much-needed reminder that there is beauty even in things that are broken. This poem in particular will stay with me, it's something to cling to.

 

Overall the collection at face value can be enjoyed as a group of poems about the changing seasons, but deeper than that is the underlying reminder that things change, things break, things pull you in different directions but there is still something beautiful in all of it if we just sit a while and take it all in.

Source: rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/2015/09/08/accidental-emeralds-by-vivienne-tuffnell
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