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review 2019-07-18 11:55
The Vintage Bradbury ★★★★☆
The Vintage Bradbury: The greatest stories by America's most distinguished practioner of speculative fiction - Ray Bradbury

This collection of short stories was apparently selected by Bradbury himself, so that's an interesting insight into the author, or at least where his head was in the mid 1960's when this was originally published. I've enjoyed almost all of them, been frankly disturbed by a few, and just a couple found dull. My particular favorites: The Veldt, There Will Come Soft Rains, Dandelion Wine, Skeleton, and The Watchful Poker Chip of H. Matisse.

 

I've been documenting my thoughts on each of the short stories throughout my book update posts, so I've linked to them below. 

 

Here are my thoughts on the last 4 stories: 

 

The Dwarf – Cruelty vs compassion, or when compassion is cruel. Also, if the funhouse mirrors distorted us into revealing our true nature. Also, I’m starting to wonder why Bradbury’s female characters are always attached to such shitshow men.

 

Fever Dream – Legitimately freaked me out. Loved it.

 

The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit – oooooookay that was cringeworthy

 

There Will Come Soft Rains – Like The Veldt, this is a favorite and was also my introduction to Bradbury short stories. The haunting imagery of the empty house and the images etched into the exterior walls has stayed with me throughout my life, from the time I first read it for a middle school assignment.

 

Update #1

 

Update #2

 

Update #3

 

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Update #5

 

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review 2019-07-18 02:50
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter ★★☆☆☆
The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter (Audio) - Carson McCullers,Cherry Jones

I can see why some people love this book. It's a great book for people who like this sort of thing. But all the characters are sad and lonely and want to connect with others, but that connection mostly means a sort of selfish wallowing in their own needs with the one unselfish guy who they use as a sort of mirror to keep themselves company. And that poor guy is mostly bewildered and uncomprehending by their endless prattling and neediness, and just wants to be together with his dear friend (lover?) who really just wants to eat food. Then things end

badly and everyone left alive is still sad and don't appear to have learned anything from it. Some of them are even a little angry that they don't have their mirror anymore. 

 

(spoiler show)

 

The characters were well drawn and their stories mostly interesting but it's been a while since I read a work of fiction that left me so depressed. 

 

Audiobook via Audible, with an excellent performance by Cherry Jones. I was going to give this three stars because at least I managed to finish it, but on reflection, I'm downgrading it to two stars.

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2019-07-17 18:54
Book review : this lie will kill you Chelsea pitcher
This Lie Will Kill You - Chelsea Pitcher

July 8-17

One year ago, there was a party.
At the party, someone died.
Five teens each played a part and up until now, no one has told the truth.

But tonight, the five survivors arrive at an isolated mansion in the hills, expecting to compete in a contest with a $50,000 grand prize. Of course…some things are too good to be true.

Now, they realize they’ve been lured together by a person bent on revenge, a person who will stop at nothing to uncover what actually happened on that deadly night, one year ago.

Five arrived, but not all can leave. Will the truth set them free?
Or will their lies destroy them all? 


Review : this book was crazy so after an event a year ago they are all brought to this mansion to solve a fake murder but are they really . When they discover they were brought here under false information. Gavin was drugged . Parker is a creepy fucking stalker and a psychopath. He loves ruby but maybe to much Juniper thought she was protecting her friend . Ruby a year a go met a guy named Shane and parker didn't like him but Shane liked ruby a lot and a video was released of them having sex and everyone thought Shane did it but he didn't parker took it . He was the ringleader that brought them all to the mansion he was working with Shane sister who ended up dying at Ruby's hand . Brianna starts a fire parker dies he is the reason Shane is dead freaking psycho he is . We find out Ruby ended up killing her abusive father he was choking her but she hit him with a doll. Gavin , Juniper , Brett and ruby leave alive this book was very lyrical and I really loved it , it had twist and turns .

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review 2019-07-16 03:52
The Tombs of Atuan (Earthsea Cycle #2) (Audiobook)
The Tombs of Atuan - Ursula K. Le Guin,Rob Inglis

This was a great improvement over The Wizard of Earthsea. Since it wasn't trying to set up the entire universe and the rules in it, there was much less info dumping and less meandering. Le Guin narrowed in on the titular plot, following along with a young priestess name Arha (which sounded like Aha in the audio, lol) and the ancient underground vaults she's in charge of. The use of language here is lush and vivid, even more impressive that so much of it takes place in complete darkness. 

 

This follows up on some things set up in the first book, though I won't go into details, and adds a new dimension to it as we get to see another part of this world. The legend of the Priestess of Atuan is neat and the tombs sufficiently creepy. I thought the climax was a little too pat, though.

 

Rob Inglis continues to be a great voice in fantasy narration, and I found that listening to him at 1.4x was just right. Of course, every time I listen to one of these, I want to relisten to The Lord of the Rings. :D

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review 2019-07-15 14:12
The Stars at Oktober Bend: Has Lost Its Spark
The Stars at Oktober Bend - Glenda Millard

I want to keep this review as simple, direct, and quick. For me, things the book surely isn't. I found it complex, flowery, and draggy. 

 

Honestly, it took me months to finish this book. I started reading a third of the book then took a long break after that and finished it after a few months later. At the start of the story, it was very slow-paced and I hoped that there would be better progress in the chapters to come. It did build up for a few moments but then I felt that the story lost its momentum after half of it.

 

The idea of the book containing both prose and poetry excited me so I decided to read it. I did enjoy the small bits of poetry written by Alice. But once there was prose involved in the switching perspectives of Alice and Manny, things just got more confusing and it continued as the story went by.

 

The book did talk about heart-warming themes such as family, friends, love, etc. I saw that but to be honest, I just didn't feel it. The blurb intrigued me which made me curious. But as for the plot, it wasn't clear to me or maybe I just didn't understand it. The characters were okay, I guess and there was representation which was great. I didn't like or hate any of them so I think that's alright.

 

In conclusion, The Stars at Oktober Bend just didn't work for me. Maybe my expectations were just too high. I could say that it was good at the beginning and at the end of the story. I liked the poetry but other than that, I feel in-between about this up until now.

 

Thanks to NetGalley for providing me a copy.

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