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review 2019-12-18 01:53
Guardian: Where a Dream Is Challenged "A World War 2 Airplane Who Decides To Never Give Up" by Greer Alexis Bacon
Guardian: Where a Dream Is Challenged - Greer Alexis Bacon,TD Smartgrouph

Guardian: Where a Dream Is Challenged "A World War 2 Airplane Who Decides To Never Give Up" by Greer Alexis Bacon is an impressive children's and middle grade story. I found it inspiring and believe it encourages belief in self and hope. Because my favorite little boy liked it, I gave it five stars.

 

Guardian was in an airplane junkyard. "She was a proud little airplane. She believed that she wasn't scrap, only in need of a little care. Always focusing on her dream, Guardian never stopped believing that she would fly again. The rest of the airplanes laughed whenever she spoke of being like new again, and flying at higher heights, and faster speeds."

 

I received a complimentary copy in an Amazon promotion. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00XRVPU90

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review 2019-09-29 21:15
Gilead
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood,Claire Danes
The Testaments - Margaret Atwood,Mae Whitman,Ann Dowd,Bryce Dallas Howard,Tantoo Cardinal,Derek Jacobi

Well, that was as soul-drenching as any double bill ever was (even though The Testaments is marginally more optimistic than The Handmaid's Tale). 

 

It's not always a good idea for an author to revisit one of their standout classics decades later, but in this instance it clearly worked.  Atwood stays faithful to the original tale while supplying additional depth to the world she created there.  (Now it remains to be seen whether the TV series, in turn, is going to stay true to the story as set out in The Testaments, which is set a decade and a half later.  Though I'm not sure Atwood herself considers more than a few basic facts from the TV series "canon" as far as her novels are conscerned.) 

 

And Atwood has clearly done her homework on dictatorships, theocratic and otherwise -- which is, of course, a large part of what makes Gilead come across as so goddamned credible (and hence, so goddamned frightening).  Like the authors of other dystopias (Orwell's 1984, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Du Maurier's Rule Britannia) -- and also like Terry Pratchett in the first Night Watch novel, Guards' Guards! -- she points out that once a country's democratic foundations have been allowed to weaken, it doesn't even take a violent toppling of government for a dictatorship to take root -- and while she may have been inspired by recent events to revisit Gilead and write The Testaments, this clearly is at the heart of The Handmaid's Tale as well, as it is there that the notion is presciently first given voice.

 

I'm glad I went through both novels back to back, and Halloween Bingo couldn't have ended on a bigger exclamation mark.  I also fervently hope the world doesn't even get within the equator's total length of Gilead, however; or rather, the actually existing theocracies will eventually be rooted out once and for all and no new ones will be added, anywhere on earth.  Most especially and for the immediate future I hope the Western world will come to its collective senses and manage to make a U-turn from the course that it started to take somewhere around the mid-2010s.  Heaven knows what the participants of late-22nd century historical conferences will otherwise have to say about us.

 

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text 2019-09-26 18:01
Halloween Bingo 2019: Final Square
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Testaments - Margaret Atwood

For my final bingo square -- "International Woman of Mystery" -- I've decided on a Margaret Atwood double bill: a reread of The Handmaid's Tale followed by its recent sequel, The Testaments ... if I can stand that extended exposure to Gilead, that is, and don't end up bailing out of The Handmaid's Tale halfway through.  Even if I do, though, I'm still planning on reading The Testaments.  Wish me stamina ...

 

 

 

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text 2018-09-29 18:32
Reading progress update: I've listened to 33%.
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Sally Beauman
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier,Anna Massey
Rebecca (Audiocd) - Daphne du Maurier
Rebecca - Daphne du Maurier

Final square -- revisiting Rebecca with the idea of a comparison review of the 3 audio versions I own (narrated by Anna Massey, Emma Fielding, and Emilia Fox, respectively).

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text 2018-09-09 14:06
Reading progress update: I've read 45 out of 386 pages.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

If only the King and King behemoth wasn't due back sooner, I could finish this and get a called square. I'm wretched at game theory. And staying focused. And following my own plan. So happily wretched.

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