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review 2018-11-17 13:20
Review: “Winter Oranges” by Marie Sexton
Winter Oranges - Marie Sexton

 

~ 4.5 stars ~

 

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text 2018-11-17 09:23
Reading progress update: I've read 244 out of 350 pages.
Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose's Catastrophe at 16 Omnibus (2-in-1 Edition), Vol.1 - Yamato Yamamoto,Takaya Kagami

Women babble, screech, are weak are 'petulant children', they are annoying, they are everything but human.

 

In this section Guren is tortured and of course doesn't give up everything, meanwhile all the women are secondary and Mito Jujo is doing her "I'm a Jujo and don't like you, but because this is for dudes I have to love you because OH GUREN you are sooo strong!"

 

Everything is about fighting and strength, there's no empathy at all. This teaches men that only anger matters and that any other emotion is wrong and bad and weak and shit.

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review 2018-11-17 02:23
A fantastic ending of the series.
A Conjuring of Light - Gustav Schwab

I really loved this book, it was definitely my favorite of the three books, with a gathering of shadows, being my least favorite. I definitely think AGOS, just suffered from dreaded second book syndrome. While this one took me on a journey from the very first page, until the very end. My favorite character was most definitely Rhy.i liked both Kell and Lily, but I don't know if I would have loved the book so much ,if there wasn't my baby Rhy in it. There were a couple of times I wasn't drawn into the story as much as I wanted or thought I would be. But not enough to make me want to give it a low rating. Or to throw the book across the room or anything dramatic as that.

One of my gripes is that I wish the end of the book was tied up a little bit better and I didn't like some of the relationships. I did love Rhy and his love interest. My favorite parts also was when they separated and they all had different things they had to face. 

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review 2018-11-16 22:33
Good Night, Baby Animals
Good Night, Baby Animals You've Had a Busy Day: A Treasury of Six Original Stories - Laura Watkins,Karen B. Winnick

Good Night Baby Animals teaches us what an animal does in six different stories. Sleep is important for a baby and baby animals. This is true for hamans as well. This book show use though the baby animals what they do during there day.

They explore and what they need to rest as well when the time is right. The author does a good job doing this and showing children and teaching children that sleep and rest is important to all including animals.

The pictures are colorful. They are done wonderfully. They also can tell the story for young children. Parents should have this for their young children to learn about animals and rest.

Source: nrcbooks.blogspot.com/2018/11/good-night-baby-animals-youve-had-busy.html
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review 2018-11-16 18:30
THE BOOK OF ETTA by Meg Elison
The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere 2) - Meg Elison

 

THE BOOK OF ETTA (THE ROAD TO NOWHERE #2) is a heavy piece of dark, post-apocalyptic fiction.

 

This story picks up about 100 years after THE BOOK OF THE UNNAMED MIDWIFE. The Unnamed created the city of Nowhere and now they have developed their own way of life. Since the plague that started everything, women are scarce and children even more so. As such, Nowhere honors women and to keep the human race going, women there have created hives-a group of men/lovers who help that woman with chores and who also provide regular loving- with the hopes of childbirth as the result. According to the elders of Nowhere, this is the chief role of women now. Period. 

 

Here, we meet Etta, who feels constrained in Nowhere. Etta has no time for hives or for childbirth, and she wants no part of it. She goes out as a raider instead-looking for goods from the old world which can be made useful again. On her travels, she binds herself up to pass for a man and calls herself Eddie. There are more reasons for that other than the plain fact that it's safer to travel as a man, but I'll let you discover those reasons on your own. As Eddie, he comes across several towns, all with their own ways of doing things, (the world building here is impressive), and then he comes across the town of STL. (I see other reviews calling it Estiel, but I listened to the audio and I just assumed it was STL, so I'm sticking with that.) In STL reigns a man called "The Lion." What he has going on in HIS city is a travesty and an injustice-one that Eddie cannot let stand. Will he be successful in putting an end to the practices of The Lion? Will he survive? Will humankind survive? You'll have to read this to find out!

 

I didn't enjoy this book quite as much as the first, but I think that's because it took me a little time to get used to the voices of Etta/Eddie. Once I did, though, I settled down and let the story wash over me. As I said above the world-building here is so interesting, each town having their own beliefs about women and children and how to keep the humanity going, it provided a lot to think about. Also, it was sad to see what happened to America in the wake of the plague-how many things had been forgotten, the uses for implements lost to history, and of course, what happened to personal freedoms and choices. It's hard for women to live in this world right now, just imagine how hard it would be in a world with no medicines, no birth control, no choices at all for women in general. These were the aspects of this world that interested me the most.

 

As a note of caution to potential readers-there are all kinds of unpleasant happenings in this book. None of it surprised or shocked me, avid horror reader that I am, but it might shock some. Rapes, pedophiles, genital mutilation, child abuse and other things are part of the post plague world and if those things really get to you, you might want to take a pass.

 

That said, I recommend this book if you enjoyed the first in the trilogy. No, it's not the same as THE UNNAMED, and no, it's not even the same world as the first book because things have changed so much, but Etta and Eddie have a lot to say and I, for one, was happy to listen. I'm intrigued and excited for the last book,  THE BOOK OF FLORA, which I've already requested from NetGalley.

 

*I bought this audiobook with my hard earned cash and my opinion is my own.*

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