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review 2017-09-12 16:44
#61 - The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
The Sun Is Also a Star - Nicola Yoon

Another book by Nicola Yoon that made me cry (well, I did not really cry unlike in Everything Everything where I was almost sobbing!). I listened to it as an audiobook on my way to work every day and it was a great experience. 

 

This book is about (impossible) love, but for me, it was more about immigration. It made me think about it in a way I had never before. I think it is really positive, I love books that made me think and I love even more books that I had not suspected would make me think.  

 

My great-grandfather arrived from Italy 60 years ago to work in the mines. This is why today, I live in Belgium and I am a Belgian citizen. I never really thought that deeply about it, I'm born in Belgium so I am a Belgian citizen, it's something I've always taken for granted. Until I read about Natasha, a teenager living in the USA since her childhood until she is being deported to Jamaica because her family is undocumented (what does it even mean?!) As if someone could come to my door one day and tell me I have to go live in Italy. That seems totally unrealistic and impossible. And yet, it happens in some other countries, something I had never suspected before (well, I have never thought about it thoroughly) 

 

Belgium is my home and it has always been. Just as the USA is Natasha's home. Why does she have to move in a country she does not know? 

 

This was for me the most important part of the book. I did not really care about the romance because it felt too unrealistic for me, I find it unbelievable to fall in love so fast. Then again, the story was beautiful so I did not particularly care about the unrealistic part of it. It was enjoyable and also really funny. 

 

I loved the fact that there was no "happy ending". It's sad, but it's also what life is made of. The very end was the part that made me almost cry.  

 

Another thing I really enjoyed was that you got the stories of other people, the "extras" who are just there to fit a purpose for the MC. It was so great and so unique, I had never seen that in another book. 

 

If you are searching for a book about love that is also full of diversity, this one is for you. I will read anything this great author will write in the future, she is totally amazing.

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review 2017-09-07 22:46
Giveaway & Review – Children of the Fifth Sun by Gareth Worthington @DrGWorthington @partnersincr1me
Children of the Fifth Sun - Gareth Worthington

Children of the Fifth Sun

by Gareth Worthington

on Tour July 24 – Sept 25, 2017

 

Children of the Fifth Sun

 

Book Details

Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller | “Science Faction” science fiction, action, adventure with fact-based science, theories and mythology

Published by: Vesuvian Books

Publication Date: July 25th 2017

Number of Pages: 407

ISBN: 9781944109400

 

Amazon US  /  Amazon UK  /  Amazon CA

 

MY REVIEW

 

WOW. Blew me away.

 

Children of the Fifth Sun was not what I was expecting. It was SO much more.

 

Evolution. Where do we come from?

 

A deadly virus.

 

Intelligent non human life form.

 

Kelly is a handful, with his flippant comments and sarcasm, but he had become Freya’s handful and someone I would want at my side in times of trouble. At least you know where he stands and that you can always count on him.

 

Amazing. I could not predict the ending, but I loved it.

 

So….strap yourself in, because this will be an action packed wild ride that takes you round the world in a nail biting, white knuckled, engrossing story.

 

I voluntarily reviewed a free copy of Children of the Fifth Sun by Gareth Worthington.

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review 2017-09-06 18:45
The Sun and the Moon
The Sun and the Moon: The Remarkable True Account of Hoaxers, Showmen, Dueling Journalists, and Lunar Man-Bats in Nineteenth-Century New York - Matthew Goodman

One morning in the late summer of 1835, New Yorkers woke up to read in the newspaper that the eminent British astronomer Sir John Herschel was in Capetown, in southern Africa, where he had invented a new type of telescope.  He had turned it to look at the moon, and made great discoveries; the moon possessed lakes and volcanoes, bipedal beavers, and man-bats worshiping at temples, among other wonders.

 

This was, of course, a hoax, but almost everyone in New York, and then a great many people in the United States generally, and many in Europe, believed it.  (Hershel complained in a letter to his Aunt Caroline that he had to answer letters in four languages asking about his great discoveries on the moon - he was quite apparently very fed up.)

 

The great hoax was the brain child of the New York Sun, the first "penny newspaper," which started publication in 1834.  Prior to that time, all of New York's papers cost six pennies a copy, and were aimed at the wealthier members of society, focusing their news on shipping reports and the stock market.  None of them had anything so ungenteel as a crime beat or police court reporters.  And none of them had a huge circulation.

 

And then there came The Sun.  It cost only a penny, which the vast majority of the city's population could afford to buy.  It was flacked by newsboys at every corner (something no established paper did).  And it already had a large circulation by the middle of 1835, buoyed by its innovation of crime reporting, and its coverage of the spectacular murder trial of a local religious guru, "Father Matthias."  It almost immediately started acquiring competitors, most notably James Gordon Bennett's New York Herald.

 

Bennett was one of the few in the city who immediately smelled a hoax.  The others seemed to be Edgar Allan Poe, who thought the Sun had ripped off one of his stories (and he was most indignant about it), and P.T. Barnum, who knew a good con when he saw one.  But few others smelled a rat, and The Sun soared in popularity to become the most read newspaper - certainly in the US, and probably on the planet.

 

The ironic thing is that Herschel was indeed at Capetown at the time - though he had not invented a new type of telescope, and was looking at pretty much everything except the moon!

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review 2017-09-05 07:55
If My Moon Was Your Sun by Andreas Steinhofel & Nele Palmtag (Artwork)

At about 37%, I was smiling, this so far has given me really good warm and fuzzy feelings. I am in love with the artwork. It's heartwarming and makes me happy. I do not know if I would call this a picture book. Sure, there are a lot of pictures, but just as much text or more. I feel like this book is good for any age, but when thinking about children, probably 7+ if the child is an avid reader and knows the love of a grandparent. They could surely relate to this story. I can relate, even as an adult. I feel like I would do something like Max did for a loved one if I knew I could get away with it and knew for sure there would be no dangers involved for anybody.

Whenever the grandfather does The Great Forgetting, I feel my stomach drop and I want to cry. It is so, so heartbreaking and Andreas Steinhofel writes this wonderfully. I am impressed with their writing style. It is beautiful and touching.

I smiled so much during the dancing bits. There are parts in this story that are cute and make me giggle, but then parts that make my heart hurt. There is a point in the book where Max mentions a fear he has and it caused me to feel overwhelmingly emotional. I love that this book invokes such emotions. To think, I just randomly found this for review on Netgally.

My final thoughts: I loved this. I would buy the final version. It's beautiful and I want the audiobook/music to complete my experience with this.

 



Disclaimer: I received this from Netgally in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for the chance to read this!

Just a note: This comes with an audiobook/music, but we do not get those when reviewing the book on Netgally. I do feel like it makes us miss out on some of the emotion the author wants us to feel, as the audiobook/music goes with the text.

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review 2017-09-04 13:08
Review: The Urth of the New Sun (The Book of the New Sun Book 5 of 5)
The Urth of the New Sun - Gene Wolfe

This was the last book in the series The Book of the New Sun.  For the most part, I really liked it, and I might even have rated it higher than the four stars I’ve consistently given the other books in this series.  However, I thought it went off the rails a bit toward the end.

 

It gave me the answers I was looking for in terms of what happened after the end of the fourth book, and I enjoyed the story it told.  Then, without giving anything away, it shed new light on many of the events from those first four books, and gave more meaning to them, and I also really enjoyed that.  Some things were spelled out, but others were quite a bit more subtle, and I enjoyed catching the various references.

 

My problem was that I thought the author went too far with it by the end.  Just as I was admiring the cleverness, he took things a few steps further.  I felt like, in an attempt to keep things twisty and complicated, he robbed it of some of the meaningfulness.  Kind of like a cook who can’t stop tweaking his recipe until it doesn’t taste quite right anymore, or a painter who keeps adding “just a bit more” to his design until it’s no longer quite as pleasing to the eye.

 

A smaller complaint I had with the series in general is that, since the story centers around Severian, there are some characters who play a large role in the series but for whom we don’t get much closure because their paths diverge.  There was one character in particular that I really wanted more follow-up on, especially considering how often he was remembered and referenced in Severian’s narrative.

 

Over all, though, I enjoyed this series quite a lot.  I liked that it wasn’t simple or straight forward, and I liked its unique (in my experience) blend of some of the best elements from both science fiction and fantasy.  For now, there are many other authors and books I’m interested in trying, but I’d like to cycle back around to give Wolfe another try sometime down the road.

 

Next Book

Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein.  This will be my first time reading Heinlein and I’m not too sure what to expect.  I have a variety of nebulous impressions based on comments I’ve seen here and there, but now it’s time to find out for myself.

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