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review 2017-11-18 23:37
Too Stupid to Live (Romancelandia Book 1) Anne Tenino 4.5 Stars Review
Too Stupid to Live: Romancelandia, Book 1 - Riptide Publishing,Tobias Silversmith,Anne Tenino

t isn't true love until someone gets hurt.

Sam’s a new man. Yes, he’s still too tall, too skinny, too dorky, too gay, and has that unfortunate addiction to romance novels, but he’s wised up. His One True Love is certainly still out there, but he knows now that real life is nothing like fiction. He’s cultivated the necessary fortitude to say “no” to the next Mr. Wrong, no matter how hot, exciting, and/or erotic-novel-worthy he may be.

Until he meets Ian.

Ian’s a new man. He’s pain-free, has escaped the job he hated and the family who stifled him, and is now — possibly — ready to dip his toe into the sea of relationships. He’s going to be cautious, though, maybe start with someone who knows the score and isn’t looking for anything too complicated. Someone with experience and simple needs that largely revolve around the bedroom.

Until he meets Sam.

Sam’s convinced that Ian is no one’s Mr. Right. Ian’s sure that Sam isn’t his type. They can’t both be wrong...can they?

 

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This isn't a perfect book but its delightful and if you are a romance novel nerd like I am it is a must read for the meta commentary on the genre, the love of the gerne, and the playfulness Plus, it is a sexy romantic love story.

 

Same and Ian. I love that Ian isn't attracted to Sam at first because he is shallow but really more because he isn't attuned to himself yet. A great deal of this book his Ian's journey to become emotionally connect to himself and others after having lived a closeted life and believed the cultural lies told by hyper masculinity.

 

His journey is moving as his is falling deeper and deeper in love and lust with Sam. I am so happy Ian is already seeking therapy and continues to do so as the plot develops. I love his relationship with his cousin and the developing relationships with the people at his new job.

 

He tries and grows and does great romantic gestures and emotionial bravery and this makes him a wonderful deserving hero for Sam even when he struggles.

 

Sam is everything I love. A nerd, socially awkward bookworm with great friendships and a loving heart. He is super smart and his thinking of the world through romantic novels themes is at once funny, charming, and wise. He is brave and takes risk as Ian learns. Sexy as hell.

 

This is a well plotted book with great charters and love you can believe in. I liked the second book in the series much better after reading this one and can't wait for a third book.

 

The flaws are slight really. A weird lack of setting in an extra place. Western US not California. We never get to see Same as a grad student, writer, and teacher...just as a reader, friend, and waiter. This leaves some depth out of the novel that matters.

 

This will be a long time comfort read for sure. I am resisting the urge to reread right now!

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review 2017-10-24 12:02
Wie eine Tat im Affekt ein Leben voller Schuld bestimmt
Drei Tage und ein Leben: Roman - Pierre ... Drei Tage und ein Leben: Roman - Pierre Lemaitre,Tobias Scheffel

An einem Tag im Dezember 1999 verschwindet im französischen Dorf Beauval der sechsjährige Rémi. Mit einer großen Aktion wird nach dem vermissten Jungen gesucht. Am dritten Tag zwingt ein schwerer Sturm die Einwohner des Ortes in ihre Häuser. Nur der zwölfjährige Antoine, der mit seiner Mutter in der Gemeinde lebt, weiß, was wirklich passiert ist: Er hat das Kind im Affekt durch den Schlag mit einem Stock getötet, weil er wegen des plötzlichen Todes eines geliebten Hundes außer sich war. Antoine entschließt sich, zu schweigen und die Tat zu vertuschen. Er hat Angst davor, entdeckt zu werden. Doch wie lässt es sich mit dieser schweren Schuld leben? Und wird man ihm auf die Schliche kommen?

Mit „Drei Tage und ein Leben“ schildert Pierre Lemaitre eine beklemmende und tiefgründige Geschichte eines sehr jungen Mörders.

Meine Meinung:
Die Handlung spielt in drei unterschiedlichen Jahren. Erzählt wird mit Zeitsprüngen erst aus dem Jahr der Tat, also 1999, und später aus den Jahren 2011 und 2015. Die Geschichte beginnt mit einem langsamen Erzähltempo. Die Spannung steigert sich aber allmählich, als es zu dem tragischen Ereignis kommt.

Mir hat der leise, aber dennoch eindringliche Schreibstil des Romans sehr gut gefallen. Dem Autor gelingt es, eine intensive, etwas düstere Atmosphäre zu schaffen. Berühren konnte mich das Buch aber nicht zuletzt wegen des Inhalts. Trotz der grausamen Tat schaffte der Autor es, dass ich – vor allem anfangs - Mitgefühl für Antoine entwickeln konnte. Auch die übrigen Personen des Buches wie die Bewohner des Dorfes werden authentisch geschildert.

Obwohl der Täter schon vom ersten Kapitel an klar ist, ist der Roman fesselnd und besonders aus psychologischer Sicht sehr interessant. Daher habe ich gespannt weitergelesen, obwohl der Inhalt nur schwer aufzunehmen und zu verdauen war. Gut gefallen haben mir auch die unerwarteten Wendungen.

Gestört haben mich letztlich nur einige Kleinigkeiten. Die Übersetzung ins Deutsche wirkte auf mich an einigen Stellen holprig bis leicht fehlerhaft. Meinen Lesefluss ein wenig ausgebremst hat außerdem der Tempuswechsel zwischen dem ersten und zweiten Kapitel.

Mein Fazit:
Es handelt sich um ein ungewöhnliches Buch, das aufwühlt und nachdenklich macht. Obwohl oder gerade weil es keine leichte Kost ist, ist die Geschichte lesenswert. Ein Roman, der sicher noch eine Weile bei mir nachhallen wird.

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review 2017-08-05 18:13
As the title says: You too can go to college without incurring debt
Debt-Free U: How I Paid for an Outstanding College Education Without Loans, Scholarships, Or Mooching Off My Parents - Zac Bissonnette,Andrew Tobias

This is a very good book and I am reading books about paying for college and College Financial Aid because I am two years away from having a college Freshman and paying for college.  

 

From what I have read I believe I will not receive Financial Aid for my daughters and I figured that from day one.

 

Zac's premise is that if you go to an in state school you can pay for college by the student working part time and full time or more during the summers and the parents working more or taking on a second or third part time job to pay for college. 

 

While this logic is sound it is not the reality for many Americans.  Zac cautions against sending your child to an Ivy League school or even an out-of-state State school and while I agree with the logic about the Ivy League's I disagree regarding the out-of-state, State schools.  Where I live in Utah and in many other states there are reciprocity agreements so that if you go to a neighboring state you can still pay in-state tuition or close to it.  Furthermore, there is something to be said for sending your child to college and it being far enough away that they truly have to live on their own.

 

Zac also recommends buying real estate in a college town and I may try to do this where my daughters go to college.

 

This is a very good book and Zac has a great sense of humor too.

 

I highly recommend this book.

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text 2017-07-23 20:09
Reading progress update: I've read 64 out of 352 pages.
Mojo: Conjure Stories - Tobias S. Buckell,Neil Gaiman,Jarla Tangh,Jenise Aminoff,Gregory Frost,Barth Anderson,Kiini Ibura Salaam,Sheree Renee Thomas,Marcia Douglas,devorah major,Nisi Shawl,Gerard Houarner,Nnedi Okorafor,Luisah Teish,Andy Duncan,Eliot Fintushel,A.M. Dellamonica,S

 

I was out on the beach reading and then out with my family.    So I'm way past this, which is the first story, but surprise autograph!   (And I got this book for five dollars.)

 

And all the stories are spectacular. 

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review 2017-04-07 00:00
Ich möchte ans Meer gehen
Ich möchte ans Meer gehen - Fermin Higue... Ich möchte ans Meer gehen - Fermin Higuera,Tobias Burghardt,Juana Burghardt https://nouw.com/cwidmann/ich-mochte-ans-meer-gehen---yo-quiero-ir-29639519
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