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review 2015-07-30 00:00
Only a Taste (Chance Encounters #3)
Only a Taste (Chance Encounters #3) - He... Only a Taste (Chance Encounters #3) - Hedonist Six A lovely story of love at first sight set in a multicultural theme. Coming from a similar background and marrying outside of my community I can easily relate to Mandi's dilemma. Callum of course rises beyond all expectations and takes a stand for her which is very rare in real life. Of all the Chance Encounters titles, this one is definitely my favorite. A must read for all hardcore romantics

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review 2015-05-11 00:00
Beautiful Stranger (Chance Encounters #2)
Beautiful Stranger (Chance Encounters #2... Beautiful Stranger (Chance Encounters #2) - Hedonist Six You can always depend on Hedonist Six to keep it real. Not much in her books are overly fictional or too fairytale like. In fact you can expect them to be so relatable that it sometimes feels you are reading a page out of a book on your own life. Genuine people with with genuine problems, unexpected meetings and situations that turn out to blessings in disguise and leave you wondering how did you get so lucky. We've all been through that at some point in our lives. So you will not be disappointed with "Beautiful Strangler". Peter and Claudia are both leading seemingly (un)satisfactory lives, working dead end jobs on their respective planes but a chance meeting and a great camaraderie, leads to blossoming friendship and forces them to re-evaluate their lives.

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review 2014-01-04 22:03
The Luminaries - Eleanor Catton

I have read books with higher page counts than The Luminaries, for sure. Regardless, this may be the longest book I've ever read. I've stopped paying attention to what other books have been released recently. I've forgotten everything else I read in 2013. That there were other books in existence, I gave no thought of. I have been reading, and reading and reading The Luminaries. It is, as of this afternoon, finished. I can move on to the growing pile on my nightstand, enhanced by Christmas presents and my husband's recent reads that he places there so we can talk about them. We haven't talked about a book in months. I was reading the Luminaries, and I needed time to think. 

I complained - a lot - on how it dragged endlessly in the middle, on how inconsistent the narration was, on how I felt I got the authors notes for the novel as well as the novel itself. To friends, on the Facebook, and at the dinner table. (I've been complaining a lot lately, though - prompting my father, over Christmas dinner, to issue one of his famous bon mots, namely, that I suffer at an elite level. I am desperately in need of an attitude adjustment for the New Year and have found at least one resolution for 2014.) 

It took me two months to finish- far longer than many of my fellow readers- to read this book, and I am assured that everything meaningful about plot and the reader's feelings have been said. What this experience has taught me is this: novels built on elaborate structural motifs rarely are published with out a few seams showing, but are worth the effort regardless. David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas, which I read immediately before The Luminaries, was also built on sort of a pyramidal structure and, though it did not collapse under the weight of this device, showed a few cracks.The Luminaries, likewise, displays patches and cracks, for example towards the end, the italicized chapter introductions take the place of exposition as the length of each chapter wanes to fit the structural imperatives . . . . AND STOP THE PRESSES. Because in reviewing this review before I hit publish, a small spark began to smoulder in the back of my brain. And then exploded. I deleted 500 words of drivel. Three stars just got changed to five or ten -(12!). (Not that it matters.) I'm going to be up all night digging through this book again. EUREKA! As they say in a gold field. I've got it! It all f*cking makes sense! And damn the damn comments about inconsistency and structural imperatives and dragging on and on and on (let's stop here and face it - immediate gratification of our entertainment needs is not what all novels are for) - it all has purpose. And I think I've seen it, and now, if you can imagine fiction beyond narratives and sentences beyond aesthetic arrangements of words, if you can imagine that the shape of prose has purpose, if you can believe, for just a second, that not ever story has a beginning, middle and end. . . read this book. IT drags on and on in the middle. It is dense. You will hear the same things about the same people over and over and over again and instead of throwing your hands in the air please, just please, imagine that that may be the point. This isn't the super high quality linear-narrative historical fiction that you were told it was. (nor is it, I may add, inventing any new trope or structure or narrative type - it has just borrowed several of them to construct an elaborate 'sky wheel' of a structure). It is something else entirely. 

The Luminaries was sold as a new Possession, which though both are grand, are nothing like one another. If The Luminaries reminds me of any other novel that I've read, it is most like Kate Atkinson's Life after Life, but collapses the conceit of that novel into one plane in space-time. 

In another 24-hours, I may reconsider the impetuousness of this review and delete the whole thing. Until then, I hope you enjoy this fine novel. Highly recommended.

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review 2013-05-05 00:00
Chance Encounters
Chance Encounters - Linda Wells Chance Encounters - Linda Wells Me gusta como extrae los pensamientos de sus propios personajes para contextualizar mejor su carácter. Un argumento interesante y con muchos matices con la introducción de los nuevos personajes.
Los momentos de sexo explícito son numerosos y algunos inconsistentes, pero en su mayoría son descripciones creativas.
Esta autora no te deja indiferente con su narrativa, da la sensación que falta un trabajo de depuración pero sigues leyendo y encuentras sentido a lo que anteriormente se hubiera descartado y terminas disfrutando de la historia.
Wells te lleva a lo profundo de la relaciones humanas, su crecimiento haciéndose más intensas o deteriorarse ante los errores de los personajes.
Recomiendo este libro, no os dejará indiferente.

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review 2013-02-19 00:00
Chance Encounters - J. Sterling 2.5 Stars

UGH! I think that really sums it up.

So Johnny dies and Caroline gives this speech about living in the moment. Then she continues to lead Clay on because she's scared? Ummm....is that living in the moment? Is that following your dreams or your heart?

I didn't care for Tracy, LOVED Bailey. Alex was awesome. Even Tommy was cool, because he was just looking out for Jackson.

Oh sweet yummy Jackson. What a great "how's you meet story". Unrealistic, but cool.

I didn't really like it, because I wasn't fond of how stupid Caroline was. If Jackson wanted her so bad then why didn't he fly out to CA and fight for her?

There were some good quotes on viewing life, so that's why I rounded up ;)
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