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review 2016-01-05 23:40
More sugary sweet goodness
A Christmas Memory 2 (Memories) - Max Vos,All Indie Publishing,K. C. Wells,A. J. Corza

I can't believe how sweet this series by Max Vos is. After reading his dirty, raunchy anthology, this is a very different kind of crack. But he did it well. I might have liked this a little better than the first one, simply because it was more than an "insta-love at Christmas" story. In addition to homophobic coworkers and ex-girlfriends, there is Thad, the homeless young man from JJ's school, Adam's mum and her future, AND a new member of the family.


It had a little more depth, of course with a lot of sugar on top, but it really made me smile. Because mostly, it told a story about how family should always stick together and have each others back, especially when push comes to shove.

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review 2016-01-05 23:34
Geeeee, all the sugar...
A Christmas Memory - Max Vos


Melted sugar on top of syrupy sugar, garnished with sugar sprinkles.

Well, this was so unbelievably sweet, it still makes my teeth ache. J.J. is absolutely not interested in the holidays or the holiday spirit. Along comes Couch Sutton, who secretly had his eyes on him for years, and his whole Christmas is turned upside down.

It was way sweeter than what I'm used to from Max Vos, but as always he also delivered in the steam department. So it was cute, sexy and had the right holdiay spirit. But since I'm half Grinch, I'll give it 3 stars - because too much sugar makes me grumpy - and I have to say, some of the typos and little errors here and there put a damper on my enjoyment.

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review 2015-11-05 02:46
Breakfast at Tiffany's and Three Stories - Truman Capote

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Truman Capote

Paperback, 178 pages
Published October 1993 by Vintage International (first published 1958)
ISBN 0679745653



Every time I read a Truman Capote story, I am happily surprised. I too often think of Capote as the character in all interviews and media stories about him and his later life, which is not the right thing to do because he really does write well.
In Breakfast at Tiffany's, the only issue I had was I couldn't see the narrator and Holly Golightly to actually be friends other than living in the same building. What I did enjoy was how Capote described the NYC neighborhoods, and the way he described interactions between his characters. I think that is one thing he does well as an author.


This edition also included 3 of his short stories, of which A Christmas Memory was my favorite. I had a harder time getting interested in House of Flowers.

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review 2015-04-28 15:59
A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor by Truman Capote
A Christmas Memory / One Christmas / The Thanksgiving Visitor - Truman Capote

A Christmas Memory, One Christmas, & The Thanksgiving Visitor

Truman Capote

Hardcover, Modern Library, 107 pages
Published November 1996 by Random House (first published January 1st 1996)
ISBN 0679602372
I picked up this book because I was interested in seeing how Truman Capote constructed a story (other than In Cold Blood). I definitely enjoyed it. This short collection has only 3 of his short stories, and it was a good place to start for me without having to try to get through a complete compilation of shorts. These are his holiday stories, and I found I was able to complete them in one sitting. The Thanksgiving Visitor is the longest of the three. Capote uses a lot of strong descriptive words which evoke some great images.
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review 2015-03-16 22:47
Pure Comfort
A Christmas Memory 2 (Memories) - Max Vos,All Indie Publishing,K. C. Wells,A. J. Corza

Reading these Memories books by Max Vos are a bit like wrapping yourself up in a cozy blanket, in front of an open fire with a huge mug of hot chocolate (with or without a shot of rum according to your preference) within easy reach – pure comfort.


There’s nothing not to love about JJ and Adam nor the rest of the Sutton family. In fact, when all the Sutton’s get together they remind me a lot of my in-laws. Of course they run into issues and prejudice but problems are dealt with and solved, the broken are healed and love does indeed conquer all. And absolutely nothing happens without a huge helping of wonderful food.

Feel free to say this book glosses over issues, offers solutions which are too easy and an overly idyllic family picture; I’m not even going to argue with you. All I’ll say is that this book made me smile and laugh; I felt wonderful and uplifted when I finished the story and I am already looking forward to reading A Valentine’s Memory in the not too distant future. Sometimes all I demand from my reading is that it entertains me and leaves me feeling better. These books do exactly that.

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