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review 2016-06-11 08:59
Darkness, forgiveness and endings (but not where and when you think)
Ties that Bind (The Complicated Love Series Book 3) - Neeny Boucher

I was provided a free copy of this novel in exchange for an unbiased review as part of a book-review tour. Having read the three novels I recommend that the whole series is read to get a better grasp of the story and the characters. See my other two reviews for full details.

In book three of the Complicated Love Series, we follow the story of Dina and Riley from where we left them in book two, when they had worked through some of the issues that had ended their previous marriage, but there were still many secrets and actions the characters had taken that their loved one didn’t know about, ensuring further complications. Again the story is told in alternating chapters from each of the protagonists’ point of view and there are some jumps in time where we get to learn more about the events surrounding their wedding and then the traumatic divorce, which had been referred to, but not discussed in detail. There are fewer changes in time (I wouldn’t call them flashbacks as they seem to come at points in the story where both characters are thinking about that particular event and they’re not exclusively narrated from one of the character’s perspective) than in book 2, and the narration is more straightforward, although it also swings to extremes, reflecting the emotions the characters go through. When things seem to have been solved between them, with all secrets revealed and both of them accepting the other for what and who they really are (and in the process accepting themselves too), thinks get much darker.

There are some sex scenes (I would rather call them sexy and passionate) but less explicit than in book two, and there is a hilarious scene early on in the book involving a cat. Well, there are several funny scenes involving that cat. Again there are funny and sad scenes in the novel, although I found them more finely balanced than in book two, with the ups and downs a bit less extreme.

I was particularly touched by the conversation between Dina and Riley’s Mom, a character that had been particularly difficult to understand up to that point. On the other hand there is a psychiatric diagnostic offered as an explanation in the novel that as a psychiatrist I had my doubts about, but even with that I enjoyed the ending.

I also enjoyed the secondary characters I had come to love in the previous book, and gained respect for some of the ones I didn’t like that much. Gabby, one of my favourite characters, comes into her own and she sizzles. The style of writing was again easy to read, dynamic and with great dialogue exchanges. A fitting conclusion to the series.

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text 2016-04-09 15:40
A Writing Competition about England's Future History

(reblogged from Bridget Whelan)


The website England’s Future History is looking for short stories between 500 and 3000 words set in England at any point in the future.


The organisers are clear what they don’t want:”… sci-fi, flying cars and jet packs…”


And they have ideas about the kind of stories they would like:
It could be the assassination of the Prime Minister, the future of housing in the country, or the day cancer is finally cured. We’re looking for personal accounts of similar events – were you there when the PM was killed, are you buying your first home in 2030 or was your dad the last person to die from cancer?


Is food a bit of a problem in the England of the future?



As new stories are published the events of these tales will be added to to the website’s timeline. They become the future history and your story has to fit in with the world they have created. Three stories have been selected so far. By the 2030s rats are farmed because they are a good source of protein and twenty years later we can engineer dreams and pay to have memories wiped. Towards the end of the century we’ve pretty much mastered the problem of recycling. Read the timeline in full HERE.


Read the rest of the article here.

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url 2016-02-10 17:48
Shakespeare timeline: follow the plot of the playwright's life

From his birth in Stratford-upon-Avon to family tragedy, friendship with the monarch and success at the Globe, explore the twists and turns in Shakespeare’s own story


Read more here.

Source: www.theguardian.com/stage/2016/feb/01/shakespeare-timeline-playwrights-life
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review 2015-11-06 17:07
DNF...I decided to watch the movie instead
Timeline (Audio) - Michael Crichton,John Bedford Lloyd

That turned out to be a way better option to experience this book because there is a scene where Gerard Butler takes his shirt off.  Much more enjoyable than trying to listen to this audiobook.



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text 2015-10-23 22:06
OT: Irrelevant flights of fancy


I just read an article in which the author says: Don't Kill Hitler!


He lists a number of valid reasons. They started me thinking about the same thing.


My list would be shorter. It can be summed up like this: You can't change the timeline.


The way I understand it, it's like this: even if we could travel back in time (and I believe Einstein once said that it's impossible), we couldn't change our own timeline. We could leave it and travel to another one (that is, naturally, if it were possible) and end up being stuck in that timeline/event horizon, but even if you could return to your own timeline, that wouldn't have changed. You will have created a new 'dimension' where Hitler died (when? as a child? early in his career?), but that's all.


Also, if you want to believe the Doctor, certain things are fixed points in time and can't be changed without dire consequences. Others - you can just keep your fingers crossed that your little 'change' is 'unimportant' enough to pass 'the laws of time' or whatever. Fortunately, I think my little life is insignificant enough to fall under the latter heading. So, if the Doctor existed and was right, maybe I could change a few things. If he would be willing to bring me in the Tardis and stand aside to let me change time. That is if I understand 'the timey-wimey stuff' correctly.

Source: crimsoncorundum.dreamwidth.org/143667.html
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