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review 2017-10-25 15:04
Autumn: A Novel - Ali Smith

Dreams and memories float in and out of the main narrative concerning a woman who visits her older friend in a hospice. Both are dealing with post-Brexit Britain in humorous, cultured ways which may ultimately not be enough, funny as the novel is. Done in an experimental style that recalls BS Johnson at times, but not at all difficult to read.

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review 2017-10-03 17:24
"Autumn" by Ali Smith - shortlisted for 2017 Mann Booker Prize
Autumn: A Novel - Ali Smith

Set in 2016 Post-Brexit vote Britain, "Autumn" revolves around the experiences of a young art historian and the old man who helped her learn to see and think when she was a child. The story moves up and down the timeline of both their lives and flips from strange, presumably allegorical, dream sequences, through discussions of art and imagination and freedom through to hyper-real depictions of the modern life.

 


The opening chapter is an allegorical dream sequence that screams the literary equivalent of college band concept album and was almost enough to make me stop reading, yet the next chapter got my complete attention.with a sequence about going into to use the “Quick Check” passport service in the ruined post offices our governments have created as they've pillaged public assets. Ali Smith makes this familiar activity fresh by a muted rage that clings to irony and comic observation as it hangs above the pit of despair that life in a totalitarian state produces.

 


"Autumn" is a book you have to engage with rather than glide through. It's a conversation with the reader rather than an entertainment. For the most part, it was a conversation that I took a lot of pleasure in but there were some parts, dream sequences, long lists of how Brexit split the nation, where I felt as if I wandered into the "Time Passes" section of "To The Lighthouse": I knew I was reading something bold and innovative but it didn't really engage me.

 

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"Autumn" made me re-examine what I thought I knew about the allegedly swinging sixties in England. I was four in 1960 and I realised it's a period that I've never really examined from an adult point of view. I grew up being aware of things referred to in "Autumn" like Christine Keeler and the Profumo Affair,  and (at the time) risqué movies like "Alfie" but had no real understanding of them. They were too recent and too long ago.

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I came to British Pop Art much later, so I thought I'd be on firmer ground but I was completely unaware of the work of Pauline Boty, who features heavily in the book and who Ali Smith examined in a piece in the Guardian.  Seeing pop art through the eyes of Ali Smith's characters made me hungry for it, even though most of it normally slides past me.

 

This is a book of big themes and real people. It explores the relationship between memory and imagination and how they compete and cooperate to construct and sustain the story of our lives that we tell to ourselves and others. It’s about seeing past the obvious to the real. It’s about a bloody-minded refusal to give in to all the people and institutions that try to make us live smaller lives. It's about borders and crossing them or being kept out. It’s about triumphing by finding a way to express joy.


This was my first Ali Smith book. It wasn’t always an easy experience but it was a memorable one. “Autumn” is the first of a four-novel seasonal sequence covering how the contemporaneous relates to the diachronic. I will be back for the rest.

 

The first link below is an extract from the audiobook. The second link is Ali Smith talking about "Autumn" to the TLS:

 

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review 2017-09-30 01:28
Book Review for Beyond Reckless by Autumn Jones Lake
 
 
 
 
 
Title: Beyond Reckless
Series: Lost Kings MC
Author: Autumn Jones Lake
Genre: MC Romance
Release Date: September 18, 2017
Arc copy provided for honest review
Reviewed by: Angles With Attitude Book Reviews
Kindle Edition


 
 
 
 
 
 
Blood doesn’t make you family, loyalty does.
 
Marcel “Teller” Whelan, Treasurer of the Lost Kings MC, has always been two things—honest and responsible. At ten years old, he was already taking care of his baby sister. At eighteen, he patched into the Lost Kings MC and took a major role in shaping the club’s future.
 
Three years ago, he thought he’d met the perfect woman, only to have her reject everything he is—a Lost King.
 
One bullet is a lifetime supply.
 
Now, after an accident that left a girl dead and Teller almost crippled, he’s struggling through the darkest time in his life. His niece, sister, and Lost Kings MC family are the only things holding him together, but his reckless actions are bound to drive everyone away.
 
Then, in the most unlikely place, he crosses paths with her again. The woman he once thought might be his perfect match.
 
Love soothes our inner demons.
Sparks fly for both of them. She’s the ride-or-die woman he needs, able to calm his many demons and bring the light back into his life. But she has a secret—one that forces him to lie to his brothers.
 
In chaos we trust.
When Teller’s brothers find out who he’s falling in love with, it will create a storm of chaos for the Lost Kings MC. But if there’s one thing Teller’s turbulent life has taught him, it’s that sometimes love is worth the chaos.
 
Beyond Reckless is the 8th book in the popular Lost Kings MC series, but can be read as a standalone.
 
 
“Amazing as always. Teller is...wow!” - Nothing but Sexy Books Blog
“With action, suspense, and plenty of steam, this is one MC Series you do not want to miss!” - Crazies R Us Book Blog
“Autumn has once again created another compelling and beautiful story of perseverance, love, loyalty and family and I hope she never stops writing about these characters and the LOKI world.” - A Girl and Her Books

Lets start off by saying that I love,love,love, this series and I thoroughly enjoyed each and every story so far and this current tale was no different.We loved it !I am glad that the author decided to continue Teller's tale onto another book as the story had so many issues to tie up or explain that the current story would have felt rushed otherwise.Teller is a character that is very complex and he doesn't show people the real him he as many layers that you really need to peel back those layers in order to get to know the real him.I think of him as the strong silent type but, don't get me wrong he is deadly as hell.

I loved Teller in this story and in the previous ones and I am so glad that he found someone  that was willing to peel back those layers and see the real Teller as he is a big softy at heart and very lonely even though he had his sister,Alexis and Murphy and of course the brothers.When I say lonely I mean that he secretly wanted what his brothers have found like Murphy and Rock and then of course Wrath.He was secretly wanting a women of his own and perhaps a family in time.

I found Teller to be super protective of those he loves,patient and kind ,loving and loyal .I love how he lights up every time he has his niece in his arms.I love how close he and Murphy are and the friendship they share.I think he is a big softy at heart.Then there is a whole other side to Teller that is seriously dangerous and deadly.The lengths he is willing to go through to protect his club his sister and her family and to seek revenge for a girl he barely new was short of amazing.

We saw Teller go through so many emotional changes in this story and his adjustment of his  sister becoming and old lady of his best friend and brother Murphy and off course recovering from his bike accident where someone tried to kill him in the previous story.I felt really bad for him at times as letting go of that responsibility for Heidi was not an easy thing for him and it really gutted him.Regardless of how close he and Murphy are changes are hard to except especially when the sister that you love above others is now is taking his best friends time when they were always in each others pockets to almost non existent.We saw him struggle between his wanting his sister happiness and fighting being jealous all the same. We see him struggle to adjust but, rekindling a romance with one of his past conquests is distracting him from all that.

Omg ! How I loved Charlotte and her fierceness and how feisty she was and also how she made me laugh.I found her to be the perfect match for Teller.I thought that this couple had amazing chemistry and they definitely burned up the sheets and they were super hot together.Charlotte is testing and challenging him at every turn but, Teller is proving to live up to that challenge.I think Teller is doing his best to win his girl!

I love when you can connect with the characters that you read about and I was able to do that with this couple.As always I love all the ins and out of the club and there drama .I love how all the characters of the previous books are all part of the current book.I think all the characters are amazing.Some of my favorites characters are Rock,Wrath,Trinity,Hope but I have to say that Wrath is and a all time favorite of mine..
He is definitely swoon worthy...
sigh...

Another amazing tale in this on going series that we love so much.I have to say this is one of my top three favorite MC authors.The story was a page turner for us and once we started we could not put it down.Another to go into the keeper pile for us .I have to say this is a series that I never get tired of reading over and over again.

Recommended read to all!
As Well as the series itself.

A personal note: This is a MC that must be read in order and not one to read out of it.Even though the MC members get their own story all the books connect to one another and also some characters have more than one book to continue their journey to finding their own happiness.

5 stars from us


 
 
 

“What’re you doing?” Teller asks in a low, gravelly voice.

 

My hands go to his belt working it loose. “You need to ask?”

 
One of his hands closes over mine. “Wait.”
 
I glance up, patiently anticipating his next words. 
 
“I’m all fucked up.”
 
I squeeze and run my hand over his cock gently through his jeans. “You feel good to me.”
 
Finally he lets out a soft laugh. “Yeah, that works fine. I mean, I’ve got a lot of scars from my accident.”
 
I’m not used to men like him sharing their vulnerability with me. 
 
I’m used to them acting like defensive assholes.
 
He’s so different.
 
“Everyone has scars.” My gaze collides with his intense stare. “They just mean you were stronger than whatever tried to hurt you.”
 
His eyes widen and he traces his fingers along my jaw. “Get up.”
 
“But I haven’t even started,” I protest. 
 
That edge of ferocity that I remember from our first encounter enters his eyes. He grabs me by my arms and hauls me to my feet. Then to my utter shock, he drops his shoulder and throws me over it. I yip and squeal, kicking my legs. “What the hell are you doing?” 
 
He pops me on the ass once. “Quiet down. Where’s your bedroom?”
 
“Put me down.”
 
“I’ll find it on my own.”
 
I keep still, afraid he’ll drop me, but a few seconds later, he’s tossing me on my bed. I’m so glad I took five minutes to fix my sheets and blankets this morning. At least I won’t give off the impression I’m a complete slob.
 
He reaches over and flicks on the small lamp sitting on my nightstand. Without taking his eyes off me, he shrugs out of his cut and drapes it over the back of my desk chair.
 
He threads his fingers into my hair, tilting my head back and presses a hungry kiss against my lips. “You’re even sexier than I remembered and I didn’t think that was possible.”

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
Autumn was born and raised in Upstate, New York. She spends her free time listening to music, going to concerts and spending time with her family. She enjoys reading, writing, acting and horror movies. Her favorite books are mystery, thrillers, horror, romance, erotica and urban fantasy.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
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text 2017-09-22 12:00
Happy First Day of Autumn

 

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-09-13 03:41
Thoughts on the Eve of the 2017 Man Booker Shortlist
Home Fire: A Novel - Kamila Shamsie
Exit West - Mohsin Hamid
Days Without End - Sebastian Barry
Autumn: A Novel - Ali Smith
The Underground Railroad - Colson Whitehead
Solar Bones - Mike McCormack
History of Wolves - Emily Fridlund

The Man Booker Prize shortlist announcement is hours away and I've been working hard to read my way through the list. Despite my best intentions, I was only able to completely read seven of this year's nominees as well as three others in part. That leaves three novels that are at this point a complete mystery to me, so I cannot speak on them. Here are some thoughts on who might make the list tomorrow.

I think Home Fire, Exit West, and Days Without End are the three strongest contenders from the ten I've read. I will be surprised if these three do not make the shortlist. I'll be really surprised if none of the three do.

Personally, I didn't enjoy The Underground Railroad much, but I think it also stands a good chance of being shortlisted. I'll be annoyed if wins the Prize given how much attention it has garnered this year, but a shortlist nomination would be accepted.

Rounding out the list is difficult. Autumn and Solar Bones are possible contenders.

I'd love to see History of Wolves on the list as it has been a personal favorite, so far. I know many readers had a very different reaction to this novel, however, so it's a long shot to make the list. (And it has zero chance of winning the Prize.)

If I had to put money on six and only six titles, they'd be
1. Home Fire
2. Days Without End
3. Exit West
4. The Underground Railroad
5. Autumn

6. History of Wolves (anything's possible, right?)

Have you been reading the Man Booker nominees? Have any thoughts on who might be shortlisted?

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