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review 2017-07-15 10:48
DNF 50%
There Will Be Time - Poul Anderson

Like many older science fiction stories, this one feels dated, but I allow for that. It sort of dragged in the first few chapters but by chapter four, the time travel aspect became a little more interesting. It was in some ways over explained and became like 'telling', but the idea itself worked well enough.

 

Admittedly the story moves slowly. Maybe it's too much attempt at explaining something that very little was known about in its time, or maybe it's just the author's writing style. I haven't read anything else by him so I can't be sure. I persevered because it had a lot of recommendations, though it was hard work. Unfortunately it got to be drudgery a little past halfway and the misogyny was getting irritating. I allow for a certain amount in these older scifi books but it was getting a little too thick and the lack of action was putting me to sleep, so had to DNF.

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review 2017-07-12 22:13
I still don't care for essay collections.
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays - Scaachi Koul

I had first come across the author during the period that is covered by one of her essays: she chose to shut down her Twitter account after receiving a flood of awful tweets and posts threatening all sorts of violence and harassment. Since this book is a collection of essays I thought I'd skip it (don't care for the genre) but after seeing how some people reacted to an interview she gave I decided that the author should have some support.

 

The book is a collection of essays ranging on a wide variety of topics: racism, the harassment she received, a friend who was (is?) an alcoholic, sexual assault, the struggles of growing up Canadian with Indian (and immigrant) parents, etc. Some of the essays are very poignant: the one regarding sexual assault was short (it's also not graphic as it appears she was *very* lucky but her anecdotes and discussion about rape and rape culture showed how easily that might not have been the case) but I thought it was the "best" (it was hard to read but it absolutely got the point across). I actually somewhat wished it was longer and that she had expanded upon her thoughts and the analogy of being watched and hunted.

 

And some essays are too long and need better editing. Sometimes there are some really great sections and lines but while I thought I'd the ones about her upbringing and interacting with her parents best (as I can somewhat understand her POV), I found those were too long. Sometimes it was interesting (how she and her brother turned down the offers from their parents to arrange their marriages) and sometimes she does come across as whiny.

 

One frustrating essay that also needed something more was the one about the alcoholic friend. He disappears at the end of the essay and we don't know what happened to him. After spending the focus of the writing mostly on his struggle Koul turns it back on herself and how she considers getting in touch. I respect that she may not know or wanted to respect his privacy but it just seemed like an incomplete piece or a piece that needed better editing to be make less about the friend and more about what Koul learned.

 

Overall it wasn't as dreadful as other essay collections but I do understand why a lot of people found her whiny or that the text needed better editing or that they couldn't get it or into the book. I suppose if you follow her or read a lot of her writing it might be a good pick up to try but I'd recommend the library and skim.

 

 

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review 2017-07-12 12:02
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Flachsinn: Ich habe Hirn, ich will hier ... Flachsinn: Ich habe Hirn, ich will hier raus - Gunter Dueck,Matthias Lühn

Ein wichtiges Buch im Zeitalter von Stream, Filterblase und digitalen Schlammschlachten. Erobern wir das Netz zurück!

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review 2017-07-12 06:43
Will & Patrick Wake Up Married by Leta Blake
Will & Patrick Wake Up Married - Alice Griffiths,Leta Blake

This is my second book in a row where excessive drinking leads to the "morning after" comedy of errors. I think I need a shelf for that. 

The story is quite enjoyable, but the characters can be extremely frustrating at times, especially Will. He is whiny and he doesn't express himself very well outside his "mafia relations".

I don't understand why Present Tense is necessary in this book. I don't love it to begin with and failing to see how it supports the story or adds to it, I have no choice but to remove one star from my rating.

Final score 2.7

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review 2017-07-05 02:04
Didn't Like Some of the Characters
Only a Viscount Will Do - Tamara Gill

Lady Alice Worthington likes a good adventure, but when a highwayman robs her of her heirloom pearls, it’s a bit much. Callum Edwards, Viscount Arndel, is being blackmailed into stealing from his new peers, thanks to his late cousin. Now that he’s about done with his debt, he will have to eventually think about finding a bride and mother for his daughter.

I thought I was going to really like this book from the plot, but I had some issues with it. I really liked Callum and understood what he was going through. My problem was with Alice and her mother and occasionally her brother. They seemed to randomly correct about things at odd times that had me scratching my head. I found that I just didn’t like her. It made it hard for me to get through the book.

**I voluntarily read and reviewed this book

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