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review 2017-09-18 14:07
The Cure for Dreaming
The Cure for Dreaming - Cat Winters
I really enjoyed this novel. I wasn’t sure if this novel was for me but after the reading the first couple chapters, I was drawn in by Olivia. Olivia had a voice and she used it to express herself. She wanted change, she didn’t want what the world expected of her, Olivia wanted more. Her father tried to silence her, to make her one of the many women who followed the plan, set by history. He was determined to make Olivia an example of what women should become yet Olivia already had her mind set on what she wanted in her future.
 
I loved the execution of this novel, how a hypnotist could change the course of so many lives. It was brilliant! Set out to be entertainment value, the hypnotist’s talent soon became much more than fun and laughs, it became a commodity, one that could be exploited. There had to be a balance and I read to find this middle ground. A place where everyone’s needs could be reached. I cringed when Olivia and Henry started to get intimate, I didn’t want this and the book didn’t need it either. A romantic relationship didn’t need to be tangled up with what was transpiring within the pages of this book. I thought this novel was captivating, driven and executed in an excellent fashion. I highly recommend it.

 

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text 2017-09-18 02:57
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

This was a perfect antidote to the shenanigans of The Thin Man.

 

No dysfunctional families with a weird obsession with incest and cannibalism. No skeevy guys and because Jim Qwilleran is a recovering alcoholic, definitely no booze.

 

Ah yes, Jim Qwilleran. A man of his times (the early books were written in the 1960s). He sees women as decorative arm candy to be invited to Christmas parties. He prefers them to be subtle and he definitely knows what he likes when it comes to legs and cleavage. Hey Jim, women have brains you know.

 

But that's just feminist me quibbling. As cozies go, these books are fun and fluffy and Koko and Yum Yum totally steal the show as Siamese cats are wont to do.

 

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text 2017-09-18 01:36
Hallowen Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

"No one ever owns a cat," he corrected her. "You share a common habitation on a basis of equal rights and mutual respect . . . although somehow the cat always comes out ahead of the deal. Siamese particularly have a way of getting the upper hand."

 

Sounds about right. 

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text 2017-09-17 23:05
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

"You see, no one thinks of Junktown as a community of living people - merely a column of statistics. If they would ring doorbells, they would find respectable foreign families, old couples with no desire to move to the suburbs, small businessmen like Mr Lombardo - all nationalities, all races, all ages, all types - including a certain trashy element that does no harm. That's the way a city should be - one big hearty stew. But politicians have an a la carte mentality. They refuse to mix the onions and carrots with the tenderloin tips."

 

Probably more true now than in 1968 when this was written.

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text 2017-09-17 22:27
Halloween Bingo 2017 - Cozy
The Cat Who Turned On and Off - Lilian Jackson Braun

Mrs Cobb started up the creaking staircase, her round hips bobbling from side to side and the backs of her fat knees bulging in a horizontal grin. Qwilleran was neither titillated nor repelled by the sight, but rather saddened that every woman was not blessed with a perfect figure.

 

Well boo hoo Mr Qwilleran, you're no prize pig yourself are you?

 

 

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