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review 2018-08-14 20:33
Review of The Face of a Stranger by Anne Perry
The Face of a Stranger - Anne Perry

I liked it, but I didn't love it. This is the first in a series that I will certainly continue, and I imagine that the later books in the series will be better. The series follows a police detective in mid-19th century London. This particular novel used the old story that the detective has completely lost his memory, but doesn't want anyone to know as he returns to his cases and his life.


To be concise - I liked the detective story and the world building. I thought the author very much overdid it with the class divisions in the society of the time (it was an important point to make, but we were a bit beat over the head with it). I also don't really think it was necessary to use the amnesia angle - I won't say more as to not give anything away.


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text 2018-08-13 15:52
Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 438 pages.
Stranger in a Strange Land - Robert A. Heinlein

Oh man, Science Fiction from the 60's... So. Much. Sexism.

I am having a lot of Logan's Run flashbacks.

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review 2018-08-08 18:32
Not About Free Love: "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein
Stranger in a Strange Land (Remembering Tomorrow) - Robert A. Heinlein

“Dr. Jubal Harshaw, professional clown, amateur subversive, and parasite by choice, had long attempted to eliminate 'hurry' and all related emotions from his pattern. Being aware that he had but a short time left to live and having neither Martian nor Kansan faith in his own immortality, it was his purpose to live each golden moment as if it were eternity—without fear, without hope, but with sybaritic gusto.” 

In "Stranger in a Strange Land" by Robert A. Heinlein

I believe it was Spider Robinson who once wrote "There's a special word that authors use to describe someone who thinks that every character is speaking for the author himself. That word is 'idiot'. " An actor isn't the role he plays. Most people understand that. Why do they assume an author necessarily agrees with everything his characters say in his books? The trouble with trying to nail down the politics of a prolific writer of fiction is the tendency to forget that writers of fiction explore themes, not necessarily manifestos. What Heinlein set forth in any one book would have been an exploration of one of a variety of ideas that would have informed his entire philosophy.



If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-07-25 04:45
In Bed With A Stranger - Mary Wine

I totally adored and loved this book! Amazing 10 stars!! And what happens to Lady Phillipa and Mary at the end??? OMG, Epic awesome ending! :) 


Anne is the illegitimate daughter of the Earl and has to play maid to the Earl's real wife, Lady Phillipa and daughter, Mary, so that there won't be any discord in the Earl's home. 


Lady Phillipa is cruel though, and doesn't miss an opportunity to be unbearable to her husband's leman and their illegitimate children - even though the Earl tells Phillipa he'll give up his leman and children if his wife agrees to give him a son. Phillipa refuses as she nearly died giving birth to Mary and won't ever go through another birth again. 


So Phillipa tolerates her husband's leman and is the picture of tyranny until one day her husband marries his daughter, Mary by proxy, to his Scottish neighbor, Brodick McJames pledging a great dowry as well. Phillipa won't have this and refuses to let her spoiled daughter experience the horrors or child birth. So, instead of giving her daughter Mary, to a brute, she switches Mary with her husband's bastard daughter, Anne. 


She instructs Anne that she's to go to Scotland and be with Brodick and return when she's with child. If Anne should refuse, Phillipa threatens to put out all her family from her home and accuse them of stealing and taking them to jail. 


Anne agrees and feels horrible that she living a lie. Once she is with child, she's to return to her family and then Mary would switch places with her and go back to Scotland with the new babe in arms - thus avoiding giving birth. 


Anne can't believe the far fetched scheme as she and Mary don't look anything alike, but she's forced into action by the devilish Phillipa who is taking advantage that her husband is out of town and she's in charge. 


Anne tries her  damnedest to keep Brodick from consummating the marriage, but soon finds that she can't keep her eyes or hands off the gorgeous Scotsman. She doesn't make it through a week and soon is head over heels in lust with the Scot. But she feels terrible that she's lying to him and wonders what will be her fate when he finds out the truth though she's too busy at the moment exploring every inch of him.


But the truth will eventually come out. Will he hear her out or will he shut her away? Her heart anguishes to find the answer, though she figures a few more times in his bed won't hurt, before she tells the truth right? 


In a Stranger's Bed features: 


oral sex

historical romance





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text 2018-07-24 22:34
One of those series and authors I keep meaning to start reading ...
A Thousand Words for Stranger - Julie E. Czerneda

Finally starting this one.  It's been a series and an author I've been meaning to read for so long.


From opening author acknowledgements:

"I really was in a basement, studying the evolution of reproductive behavior in Pimephales promelas (the fathead minnow), and writing was two things to me: a pleasant habit and a way to explore Big Ideas. "

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