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review 2016-02-16 17:51
George - Alex Gino

This is one of those books that makes you think. At least it made me think.

'George' is about a girl trapped in a boy's body. She knows it, but no one else seems to notice that she is a girl. All she wants to do is play Charlotte in her school's theater production, but her teacher tells her that she can't though, because she is a boy.


This is the dedication page:

I really liked George and her narration reveals a really sweet child trying to figure out who she is.

You should keep in mind that this is a children's book, so it is meant to be read by children. Don't expect long pondering sessions of self doubt, world standards, etc..


I think the ultimate goal of the author was to teach children that it's okay to be different and you should accept others for being different too.


If you have children, I recommend this. I believe it will spark a nice discussion about gender equality.

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review 2016-02-01 20:22
Bodies left behind
The Bodies Left Behind - Jeffery Deaver

I read this back in 2011 according to my tracking progress in goodreads, so my memory is a bit fuzzy on this one.


If you haven't read Deaver yet and you enjoy suspense/thriller novels then I highly recommend him. This one is a page turner, with constant change of point of views: this is one hell of a way to build suspense.


The gist: A distress call sends a detective to investigate and she stumbles..well..to a number of 'bodies left behind'. I really enjoy reading about female investigators/detectives and really liked this one.

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review 2015-05-23 13:33
Review: Vampire Diaries: The Awakening & The Struggle
The Awakening and The Struggle - L.J. Smith

I've gushed time and time again over how much I loved the first three books of this series. (I found the fourth book kind of unnecessary and even though I've read it as much as the first three I just don't like it as much) I first read them when I was 14 or 15, (many many years ago) and love them and over the years since read them again and again. 


Elena Gilbert was just the type of girl I wanted to be - queen of the school popular, with great friends, and lived in an awesome town full of Civil War history. Then in comes sexy mysterious Stefan who Elena becomes entranced with but he's just not returning her interest. Its a complete shock to her system. Stefan's Italian history background is captivating. And of course there is the swoon worthy bad boy Damon. Its all very silly really. And Stefan's somewhat stalkery behavior is of course questionable. Damon is a killer with no conscience and no remorse and not above using vampire powers to get what he wants. This should not be sexy. But it kinda is, even though logically its just wrong. Elena does some insanely stupid things. She can be very selfish and stubborn.


I've read series where all these things happen and its driven me up the wall. However, logic does not really apply to reading this series. At least not to me. In spite of the silliness, the friendships, the town itself, the history, the vampires, the magic, the bitchiness of certain characters, the epicness of the romance....I love it as much as grown up as I did a teenager.


I will never get tired of reading these books. 


Reread Square crossed off for Spring 2015 Bookish Bingo. 

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review 2015-02-11 18:29
Neuromancer - Can a book be one of your best friends?
Neuromancer - William Gibson

I've felt like I've been in a bit of a reading rut lately. It feels like I've been unimpressed by most of the books I've read lately, but I've been getting my recommendations from the same sources and following the same due-diligence procedures as I have in the past. I refuse to believe books are getting worse - while there are many more shitty books being produced then in years past, there are also more good books being produced recently as well. Therefore the most likely culprit for my malaise is myself. Have my tastes changed without my realization? Has my tolerance for anything less than completely amazing shrunk? Am I just generally grumpy and upset and taking it out on my readings?

When the going gets tough, the tough reassess their datum. So I reread Neuromancer for the umpteenth time last week. I don't even know how many times I've read it - at least three dozen times is a rational guess. I read it the first time as a wee lad when it first came out and it completely blew me away. This was back in the days when email addresses used exclamation points instead of ampersands, a megabyte was an unfathomably huge chunk of storage, and the nascent internet held all the promise of a bright and glorious future of an interconnected humanity sharing their science, hopes and dreams. We've come to an interconnected first world sharing pictures of cats, so I guess the dream isn't totally destroyed yet - but I digress.

Neuromancer has spoken to me throughout my life: as a troubled teen, an aimless young adult, an alcoholic adult and a sober middle aged person different parts of the book have syncopated with my thoughts and feelings and not provided answers as much as provided a language for mapping my internal spaces. The way the setting unfolds from every character's position like a tesseract designed by a technofetishist doing rails of coke the size of Sharpies, how every character is filled with loneliness and wrapped in fear but is searching for a way to accommodate their need for companionship resonates with me in a way I can't describe without sounding like a ridiculous fanboy. Which I am, to be honest, but I'll spare us all the details.

So, yeah, I reread my all time most favorite book to see if I'd changed unbeknownst to myself. It turns out I haven't. If anything I appreciate it more as I grow older. I don't look up to Case and Molly like I used to; I don't want to be them or imagine myself living their life (ok, maybe a little...) but instead I think I can appreciate them more as characters that live their own lives separate from me. Even as my relationship with Case, Molly, Finn, Dixie, Wintermute and Rio evolve the world they live in is familiar and comfortable as a well worn blanket, a safe haven of lawless bright lights and technomagic.

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review 2014-11-12 03:36
Tigers and Devils
Tigers and Devils - Sean Kennedy

I had no idea what to expect from this book and don't care for soccer. Thankfully, while the story centers around a football fan and a football player, it didn't go into excruciating detail about football itself. I've also never read a book from an Aussie writer before and had a lot of fun reading the Aussie-isms and regional slang, none of which I had to look up to understand.

The characters are well-drawn and believable, and their relationships felt authentic. I immediately loved all the characters and it was clear that Simon and Deacon were going to change each other's lives. They commit to each other completely, and it's convincing everyone else of this that created much of the tension in the first half of the book, as well as the fact that Deacon was a closeted pro-football player.

I was worried at first that it was going into the realm of fantasy once Deacon came out, but the honeymoon proved to end rather brutally. If a pro-sportsplayer ever did come out, I can very well imagine the series of events taking place in real life that the characters experience here.

Is it perfect? No. The author on a couple of occasions repeats himself within a few paragraphs, and there is the cliche "misunderstanding" that separates the characters. Still, I didn't feel that it was contrived or forced. Simon had already proven that he's more than capable of being pigheaded, and Deacon had shown his flaws previously as well. The resolution certainly stayed away from cliche - even poking fun at all those Hollywood endings.

The most telling indicator that I just read a great book was that it stuck with me for many days after reading it. This is one to re-read and enjoy again and again.

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