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text 2018-02-25 02:19
Reading progress update: I've read 3 out of 312 pages.
Bloodstone & the Legion of Monsters - Dan Abnett,Sonny Trinidad,John David Warner,Juan Doe,Dennis Hopeless,Michael Lopez,Andy Lanning

okay, so I've been an Elsa Bloodstone fan since her origin story in a 4-issue mini-series back in late 2001, and that was when they drew her as a Buffy clone. her breakout--and cooler look--came later, in the amazing Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. series. I also bought a Wolverine graphic novel mainly because she was on the cover. with this graphic novel, I get more Elsa--no complaints!--but I'm finally going to peruse the older material, featuring her father, Ulysses Bloodstone; his adventures date mostly back to the 1970s Marvel Monsters craze, and were in black&white Marvel magazines, not just comics. anyway, long live the Bloodstone line! (maybe they'll get a movie, one day...).

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review 2018-02-24 18:35
Crick Crack, Monkey by Merle Hodge
Crick Crack, Monkey (Caribbean Writers Series) - Merle Hodge

Published in 1970, this novella from Trinidad is classic postcolonial writing, but also the enjoyable story of the life of a young girl. Cynthia, called Cyntie or Tee, and her younger brother are raised by extended family after their mother dies and their father goes abroad. She has childhood escapades and attends a couple of different schools and it’s all vividly portrayed. But she also has a well-off aunt who prizes whiteness in all its forms – physical and cultural – and who makes Tee her project. And so it turns into a story about what in book-critic speech might be called the colonization of a person’s mind: how Tee turns against her upbringing and the people who really love her, but without gaining anything of value to take their place.


There’s a lot of postcolonial literature out there that follows children as they leave behind their traditional upbringings to attend school and encounter the white world – The Dark Child, Nervous Conditions and Mema all come to mind – but this one stands out for its exploration of how internalized racism works. It’s also different for being set in Trinidad, where there isn’t quite the “traditional” lifestyle that exists in Africa; the population is mostly descended from African slaves and South Asian indentured servants, a cultural mix that’s clearly present in the book and gives it a unique color.


But this isn’t only a political book, and I was a little surprised by how well the characters came to life, after seeing them discussed mostly for their ideological roles. Tee’s Auntie Beatrice, for instance, the symbol of colonial thought, turned out to be a surprisingly vulnerable and complex character. She lacks power at home, where her daughters flout her authority and her husband refuses to engage with the family, and in trying to change Tee she seems largely motivated by a desire for the ideal family she’s never had. Other characters likewise feel real and nuanced despite the brevity of the story.


Overall, this book was a pleasant surprise and one I would recommend; social justice oriented readers will particularly appreciate it, but in the complex characters, the vivid descriptions of Tee’s childhood, the rhythms of local speech and the colors of island life, it is also simply a good book.

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text 2016-09-25 06:00
THE GHOST – 2 day free download
The Ghost at 1 Cheshill Lane - Marsha Gomes-Mckie

Five star review: “I rather enjoyed this story. A story about a Caribbean Island with two resident demons, and the people who got caught between their individual snares. But mostly it was about Theodore and Madgalene; a ghost of a man, cursed for 100 years, and a young woman who desperately needs to take control of her own life. For them love was a trap, a poison and ultimately the one thing that could save them both.”


Synopsis: Magdalene inherits the neighborhood’s haunted house and she didn’t even know her family owned it.
She bravely decides to move in and finds the house is really haunted by a ghost who awakens her sensuality. He spends his time strumming an old grand piano and she knows she has found a soul mate for her violin.
When she digs into his past she unearths a family secret and comes face to face with a curse which threatens to hold more than her heart captive.
Magdalene starts a chain of events that puts them both at the mercy of an evil spirit.
Can she find the means to break the curse or is she destined to be yet another causality of the house on All Hallows Eve?


This book will be free to download on the 25 and 26 September 2016. Please download, read and leave a review.





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quote 2014-08-08 01:17
A woman must always smell like flowers or fruit. Never like musk," she told me. "A woman must always have clean ears, clean nose, manicure eyebrows, and clean fingernails.

"A clean presentable home is important, but not as important as a clean and presentable body. A woman can spend all day cleaning the house and never once stop to make sure she's fresh and beautiful. Then her man does come home and treat her like sh-t, and she wonderin' why, because the house is clean. Well, she's not clean!

Miss Claire giving "Lessons in Life" to Jacqueline pg. 211

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quote 2014-08-07 02:02
"You destroyed them t'ree chil'ren." She wiped her last tear. "You've broken their hearts over and over. And their mudda's, too. If you cared about them, you'd remember that the sins of the parents does fall unto the child. And God don't sleep."
'Til the Well Runs Dry: A Novel - Lauren Francis-Sharma

Farouk and Marcia pg. 87

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