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review 2013-10-31 05:39
Review: The Prostitution of Women and Girls by R. Barri Flowers
The Prostitution of Women and Girls - R. Barri Flowers

This book is a tedious read. I had to read it in chunks with large breaks between each. I am not all that impressed. In fact, I think the author was more impressed than I, the reader, as he tries time and time again to give a shock effect with the data. Mind you, the data is shocking, but the style of writing and the tone of Flowers is flat that I was just blasé sometimes. Or perhaps it is because of the far superior book I had read previous to this one: Sex for Sale (a collection of well researched academic essays), which is more comprehensive and up to date, although not as well focused on the prostitution of minors.

 

The book is divided into five main parts, each with it's own subsections.

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review 2013-10-23 19:40
Review: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
The Uncommon Reader - Alan Bennett

I'm starting to develop quite a fondness to Bennett's writing. This is another humorous and exceptionally well-written narrative, and this coming from a reader who is not fond of reading humor. 

 

This novella reads quickly and the story of the Queen of England suddenly developing a taste for reading literature and sneaking around borrowing books and clearing her schedule so that she can read, is not only lighthearted but it is endearing and charming. 

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review 2013-10-23 09:31
Review: Flash Forward by Robert J. Sawyer
Flashforward - Robert J. Sawyer

This is entertainment fiction, specifically science fiction. As I read less and less genre fiction, it takes a lot for me to stick with such books. I tend to gravitate towards literary fiction because I love the unsaid contract between author and reader that states: if I (the author) accomplish this properly, you (the reader)  will be wholly invested in my character(s).

 

Now, having previously read a Sawyer book which I did enjoy tremendously for its ideas (back when I wasn't so picky), namely The Terminal Experiment, I decided to give this book a try since it's been on my shelf for a while. I've recently downsized and reorganized my library, getting rid of some 200 books, mostly genre based or non-fiction that I don't intend to reference anymore. So, I needed to decide whether this stays or goes.

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text 2013-10-17 18:12
The Book Fairy Delivers

Look what the book fairy dropped at my doorstep this morning! 22 second hand books I ordered from AwesomeBooks.com with a total price tag of 60 euros ($80)!

 

Happy times :-)

 

 

 

Samir Rawas Sarayji

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text 2013-10-15 18:38
A Small Voice in the Virtual Ocean

Dear Friends,

 

I am infuriated like you all with everything that has been happening you-know-where lately... but is it wise for us to carry on with that fury in this sanctuary? Should BookLikes not be our haven, a peaceful place to start over and discuss the one thing that binds us all together - our love of books! What say we don't let the you-know-who overlords bad intentions and negative energy come here as well?

 

I hardly do anything anymore over 'there' and get depressed each time I log in because I'm reminded of everything that's still going on and only getting worse, and I see all my friends affected and their lovely work as well... it's so depressing. Then I come to BookLikes and I smile, I'm at peace, especially when I see more and more of my friends coming here. I have renewed hope that I'll stay in touch with them and that my experience will expand and so will my horizons through their wonderful reflections and thorough reviews of literature. 

 

Let's keep the love here and the fury 'there'. An occasional update is fine but if we don't watch out, all we'll be doing is turning this site into an anti-GR campaign. I really want to read your wonderful material on books and engage you in commentary and reflection.

 

 

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