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review 2017-03-29 23:28
Tropical Fish by Doreen Baingana
Tropical Fish: Tales From Entebbe - Doreen Baingana

This is a collection of eight short stories about the lives of three sisters as girls and young women growing up in Uganda. It's not an "awareness novel" - the stories are about relationships and the characters' inner lives, not "Africa issues," though one does deal with AIDS through a very personal lens. This was the most remarkable story in the collection to me, with more intense emotions than are found in the others. Overall, the writing is adequate, but I did not find this collection particularly noteworthy or memorable.

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review 2017-03-29 22:02
Review: People of the Sun by Jason Parent
People of the Sun - Jason Parent

 

People of the Sun has everything I love to find in a book. It's a mix of horror, sci-fi, thriller, and dark fantasy, and it ticked all the boxes for me - I'm especially fussy when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy too, so they are not boxes that are easily ticked! It really has something for every reader within its pages. Seriously, is there anything this guy can't put his pen to?

 

I was totally captivated by the characters, completely immersed in their world, their experiences and their emotions. The world around me ceased to exist while I had the book in my hands. I enjoyed watching the characters grow and change throughout the story. Seeing them become more human and relatable, both for the better and for the worse.

 

People of the Sun explores what it is to be human, it delves into the good, and the bad, and the effect they have on those around us. It's a sad poignant tale, but at the same time it's tension filled and has plenty of action. I was sad to see the story come to an end. I tried to draw it out. I didn't want to say goodbye. I wanted to savour it and stay with the characters longer, but I failed miserably and ended up reading it in one sitting. I really hope there is more to this story in the future especially after that ending, it killed me.

 

Highly recommended!

 

 

 

 

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review 2017-03-29 20:19
Review: Travel as a Political Act by Rick Steves
Rick Steves Travel as a Political Act - Rick Steves

A great book to travel through Europe, Central America, and the Middle East without leaving your couch. Steves takes you through some less than "safe" touristy places to reveal how travel can change a person's political and social beliefs - mainly by meeting people and talking about some perceptions one has about the place/people. Steves doesn't point fingers; he takes on the idea of travel as a political act by using himself as a guinea pig, in travels outside of those he does for his travel and tours business. Some of what is written here has shown up in two of Rick Steves' travel specials for PBS, but there is more behind the scenes of taping those shows in the book. The one thing about this book I didn't like was that he never wrote about East or South Asia or Latin America. He is an admitted Europhile, so a lot of time reading the book was set in Europe (I wonder what he thinks of the UK formally triggering Article 50 today).

 

All in all, I really loved his voice and his writing about the personal travel experience being a political act. I want to read more from him in the future.

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review 2017-03-29 19:53
Review: Sea (The Huntress Trilogy #1) by Sarah Driver
Sea (The Huntress Trilogy) - Sarah Driver

 

Unfortunately, I couldn't get into this book at all. The writing style wasn't to my taste and the dialect kept pulling me out of the story.

 

Not my cuppa tea this one.

 

DNF!

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review 2017-03-29 17:08
ARC Review: Olive Juice by Tj Klune
Olive Juice - T.J. Klune

Sorry, Tj. I love you, I do, but you should already know why I'm struggling with the words while writing this review. I'm not even sure you should expect anyone to review this book coherently. You know this, don't you? Don't you? I'm almost certain you're reading this review and others like mine, maniacally laughing at us. You are, aren't you?

For all you folks out there, thinking about possibly buying this book - yeah... you want to. You do. Because you need to read this.

Please don't read any spoilerish reviews before reading this book. It's best to go in fully blind, just like I did, with only the blurb as a hint, for maximum impact.

Read this, I BEG YOU!

This is Tj Klune's best work yet. The emotional depth, the realism of it all - I haven't got words to describe it.

Read this. Don't even hesitate.


** I received a free copy of this book from its publisher. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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