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review 2018-05-03 21:32
[REVIEW] Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking - Susan Cain, Kathe Mazur

So incredibly and painfully boring. I didn't feel I learned anything new or interesting about introverts. It gave me the feeling that it was geared towards business people more than anyone else. Also, I felt this book was composed of many case studies and not that many self-help tips. It's my fault, really. I was warned that this was going to be boring and that I should stick to the Ted Talk the author gave instead. However, I needed something to listen to as I commute, something that wouldn't make me feel guilty while I ignored my many other responsibilities. The narrator spoke softly, and I did enjoy listening to her.

 

Was the book worth it? Meh. Hard to say.

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url 2018-04-27 01:53
Free short story: "Into the Gray" by Margaret Killjoy
The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain) - Margaret Killjoy
Shock Totem 10 - Roger Lovelace,D. K. Wayrd,Trace Conger,Barry Lee Dejasu,Edmond, Laurence Manning, Sidney Patzer, A. Fedor, H. Hasse, James D. Perry, Carl Jacobi, Frank R. Paul, and J. Harvey Haggard) (HAMILTON,Sara O. Moss;Ernestine Cobern Beyer;Mabel Harmer;Sarah L. Jo
Mythmakers and Lawbreakers: Anarchist Writers on Fiction - Margaret Killjoy,Kim Stanley Robinson
What Lies Beneath the Clock Tower - Margaret Killjoy
The Sky is Falling - Margaret Killjoy

 Read story at https://www.tor.com/2018/04/25/into-the-gray-margaret-killjoy/ .

 

Some other works by author pictured above.

Source: www.tor.com/2018/04/25/into-the-gray-margaret-killjoy
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review 2018-02-14 03:07
High Stakes
High Stakes (Betting Hearts) - Lilly Cain,Corinne DeMaagd

While I wouldn't necessarily call this one a comedy, it is an amusing and fun read. On first glance, it seems like the romance happens really fast, especially when you consider that the whole thing takes place over a weekend. But, Adrian and Jenn have known each other for most of their lives and been attracted to each other for quite awhile, so it's not the whirlwind romance that it seems. On the whole, this one is a fast paced, sexy but not overly steamy, light-hearted romance with some great characters and a bit of silly thrown in. 

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review 2017-11-05 00:00
Double Indemnity
Double Indemnity - James M. Cain Yikes! I read this on one day, and I read at only half the speed required for success in college, or so I was told back in my youth. Well, it was short, but also compelling. Not something one could easily put down once begun. Cain is a good author, if you like noir-y kinds of things. This is about as noir-y as it gets. A nice change from the heavier kinds of things I'd been reading.

So, an insurance agent, Walter Huff, makes a call on a client, Mr. Nirdlinger, who isn't home. Nirdlinger's wife, Phyllis comes down to meet Huff, and Huff is immediately smitten. Together they hatch a rather convoluted plot to insure Mr. Nirdlinger against accidental death with a double indemnity clause that kicks in should the accident occur in specific ways, such as being killed by an accident on a train. So, we get lots of plotting and practice.

Then, it seems, Phyllis has a 19-year old step daughter, Lola. Huff becomes rather enamored by Lola. Lola has a boyfriend, Nino, who may or may not be a sketchy character. Apparently, he is finishing up his Ph.D. in chemistry, but there are other things about him which may or may not be savory. Suffice to say the Nirdlingers did not approve of the alliance in the least.

Well, I could go on, but I can't write a plot summary nearly so well as Cain can write and flesh out the plot itself. One would be best to head for the nearest library, or book store if you prefer, and snag a copy. This is a true gem one should not miss.
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review 2017-10-31 00:00
Review: Cain (Out of the Cage Novel, #1) by Lane Hart
Cain (An Out of the Cage Novel) (Volume 1) - Lane Hart

Lane Hart does it again! It was a gripping story full of angst, drama, nail-biting moments, sweet yet passionate scenes, sexy and funny men. In short, all I could ever ask for in a story like this. 

I loved the friendship and banter among the three main males. Cain, Knox, and Ivan grew up together in a sort of “foster home” for homeless kids. The downside? They have to surrender their lives to a mafia mob leader as soon as they come of age. Their relationship was easygoing and relatable; each of them was true to their character from start to finish and as the reader I could understand their dilemmas and way of thinking. Gabby, the only woman of the group, may have sounded too innocent at times but that was completely understandable; she didn’t really have much life experience as she joined the men at a very young age. The fact that they all had each other’s back without even saying it out loud gave the story that feeling of tenderness and warmth. 

My only cavil (blame it on my pickiness and personal preferences) is that it was kind of hard to get past the idea that the two main characters were of a certain age and there was no fumbling, no silly experiencing, no funny or imperfect loving scenes. However, their romance was both raw and honest and if I'm being honest with myself (and when I was able to overlook what I mentioned earlier) then it all made for a phenomenal read. 

 

** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This is my honest opinion and it was not influenced in any way by the publisher or the author. ** 

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