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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 2018-07-29 18:14
Here's to Tomorrow (Here's To, #1) by Teagan Hunter
Here's to Tomorrow - Teagan Hunter,Murphy Rae

 

Rae and Hudson were my introduction to a series I never saw coming and an author I never thought to explore. Both left me pleasantly surprised. Here's to Tomorrow takes a bit of a hard road to love, but in the most adorably simple way. For Rae and Hudson, their path consists of learning from past mistakes and taking a chance on future happiness. There's a sweetness to the angst. Great beginning to what looks to be an unforgettable series.

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review 2018-07-10 02:09
The Boy From Tomorrow by Camille DeAngelis
Boy From Tomorrow - Camille DeAngelis

This is the kind of novel I would have loved as a kid, and happily it's one that I love as an adult. Josie and Alec share a house, even a bedroom, but have never met. It's because they live a century apart. Through the use of a spirit board - is Ouija trademarked? - the two become friends. Their communication is severed, but not before Alec gets a hint of danger ahead for Josie and her little sister. Is there anything that Alec can do to help them from a hundred years in the future?

Historical fiction is tricky business, and the hurdles may not be more difficult when writing for a younger audience, but they certainly get a little silly. DeAngelis skillfully leaps those boundaries without sacrificing any of the wonderful details of the past that she inserts into this story.

This is a great new-house story, historical mystery, and a touching depiction of an impossible friendship. OK, you won't cry as much as you did at 'The Fox and the Hound', but you have two children 100 years apart - there's sadness ahead, we both know it. A good story.

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review 2018-06-24 20:05
Love me tomorrow, won't you please. Promise me...
Love Me Tomorrow - Ethan Day,Jason M Frazier

Love me tomorrow like today...

 

Ok if you recognize the song that these words are from...stop it your age is showing...lol!!! I'm so glad I'm not alone on that by the way.

 

I loved this one from start to finish this story worked for me. I loved the humor. I loved that Jake was a fan of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons...*waves hand* me too. Sorry I've been known to geek out over the silliest things and this just made me smile.

 

I loved most of the secondary characters Levi's mom was awesome, as were Antonio (I think that was his name) he was one of Levi's employee's who had a thing for Levi and while he was a bit of a serial flirter he didn't cross lines...much, Jake's sister, Julia, his parents were idiots mind you. but that's ok they were suppose to be, Jake's friends sorry I can't remember their names and there were a few others that graced the pages of this story and I enjoyed them but Levi's friend/business associate Valerie was one piece of work that I just couldn't get my mind around...seriously if she'd been my friend I would have dropped her like a hot potato. The woman was missing filters...you know like the one that says 'shut your mouth because you've gone from funny to just plain rude and borderline vulgar' 'class she had none', sorry but she really grated on my nerves. 

 

Levi and Jake first meet by accident when paramedics are summoned to his mother's place to care for her. The attraction is definitely instant but the relationship is definitely more complicated and takes some time and more than a few rough patches to get going. Levi's busy building his career as an event planner and trying to take care of his mother. Jake's a paramedic but more importantly he's in a relationship and he doesn't cheat...but he's drawn to Levi and he can't deny it. 

 

Jake finally settles on the idea that he and Levi can be friends because that's a far more palatable idea than not having Levi in his life at all. They try seriously hard. Neither of these men are into the idea of cheating. Jake wants to be there for Levi to make his life easier and tries to help Levi out whenever he can but the more time these two men spend together the stronger their feelings get and the harder they get to deny. I was really torn with this because I wanted Levi and Jake to be together. i liked them together and surprisingly I didn't dislike Jake's boyfriend...I wasn't over the moon about him but he really wasn't a bad person either...just not the right person for Jake.

 

I really enjoyed the banter between Jake and Levi and between Levi's mom and pretty well anyone else as well Jake's sister was also an  interesting character.

 

Jason Frazier was the narrator for this audio book and while he's not new to me...more like nearly new to me. I've listened to one other book by this narrator and coincidentally it was also an Ethan Day novel and I enjoyed that first listening experience but I have to say for me this one was just that little bit better...whether it was actually the narrator's skill improved or that I liked the story a bit more than the other story...I neither know nor care but I do know that I enjoyed this one enough to want to listen to it again one day. 

 

One good story and one good narrator made for several hours of pure listening pleasure. This one was truly delightful.

 

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An audio book of 'Love Me Tomorrow' was graciously provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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review 2018-05-15 12:43
The Devil Take Tomorrow - Gretchen Jeannette

This historical fiction with some romance and mystery was well researched and written. Ethan Matlock, the principal male character, keeps the reader guessing through the book as to who he really is. A good guy or bad? One is left guessing as he seems to have sympathies with the rebel Americans fighting for liberty, but has befriended many influential and important Loyalists and British military soldiers. As the book progresses, one finds that he is actually acting as a double spy, giving the Americans accurate information while the British inaccurate. To complicate matters that threaten his mission to uncover a rumored plot against General Washington's life, he develops a fondness for a Miss Madelaine, step-niece to a Robert Sinclair, a particularly dastardly fellow who is helping fund the British forces. Maddie has much animosity for her step-uncle because he was responsible for having her father imprisoned for treason against the crown and she shares her father's beliefs. The book has lots of action and suspense, wondering if Ethan and Maddie will fall in love, if she will get to see her father released and if her uncle will get his just desserts; wondering if Ethan will get caught as every turn he could be discovered by the British or Maddie and wanting him to be successful in foiling the despicable plots. 

One minor character I liked, who is only mentioned briefly, was elderly Lydia Beltram, "a spry old widow who had fought Indians on the Pennsylvania frontier, rumored to have taken scalps, refused to house British soldiers when (General) Howe's army arrived in town. Owing to her age and her threat to burn down the place rather than live with redcoats, Howe made an exception for the woman he dubbed 'that white-haired fiend'. She sounds like a tough woman, strong and independent, not easily cowed... I like that!

I would recommend this book for lovers of historical fiction, suspense and romance. I received this book in exchange for an honest review-- thank you!

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