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review 2017-12-01 16:09
Little boys at war
The Red Badge of Courage - Stephen Crane,Alfred Kazin

Today's book is a classic that I have wanted to read for quite some time but never got around to...until now. Stephen Crane's The Red Badge of Courage covers the American Civil War from the point of view of a Union soldier. It's the gritty portrayal of life at the front and just what it's like to lay down your life for a cause that you don't fully understand. In fact, our protagonist has almost no clue what it is that he's fighting for or against. He joined up because it was the done thing which seems to be the case for the rest of his regiment as well. There are those that brag about their bravado but when the time comes for the bullets to fly they are the first to turn and run. At first, our soldier is condescending towards these 'cowards' as he sees them but he very quickly sees the futility of their regiment's actions as they seem to be merely feinting and arbitrarily gaining and losing ground. It is a gritty, raw description of battle and defeat which is undercut with confusion and fear. These are children playacting warfare but the injuries and death are very real. Crane's insistence on not holding back lends a realistic, deadening of the senses feel to what it's like on the battlefield when you are surrounded by death and horror at every turn. He was making a commentary on the futility of war and how those who are a part of the 'war machine' are generally lost as to the meaning of why and who they are fighting. I am immensely glad that I finally picked this book up and gave it a read. I encourage ya'll to do the same. It's a slim volume and will take no time at all (though I don't promise you'll want a break every now and again from the bloodshed). 9/10

 

Here are a few more covers which I thought were worth sharing because they tell slightly different stories (and illustrate the point that covers do matter):

 

This one screams patriotism. Source: Goodreads

 

 

Yes, that is a bald eagle. [Source: Waldina]

 

 

Just so you get the message. [Source: Goodreads]

 

 

And my fave because RAINBOW. [Source: Amazon]

 

What's Up Next: Science of the Magical: From the Holy Grail to Love Potions to Superpowers by Matt Kaplan

 

What I'm Currently Reading: Slightly Foxed: Issues 50-53

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-11-23 05:53
Ultimate Courage - Piper J. Drake

I received this book for free through Goodreads’ First Reads.

 

This book was good up until the end. The ending was a little far-fetched and unrealistic given how the characters had previously acted. On the positive side, I did love the dog and the connection he had with both Alex and Elisa.

 

Overall, it was a good romance novel, but not the best.

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text 2017-11-21 06:14
Reading progress update: I've read 139 out of 336 pages.
Ultimate Courage - Piper J. Drake
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review 2017-11-14 00:00
The King's Courage
The King's Courage - Charlie Cochet The King's Courage - Charlie Cochet Book – The King's Courage (North Pole City Tales #6)
Author – Charlie Cochet
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 77
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd, dual person
Would I read it again – Yes!!
Genre – LGBT, Holiday, Fantasy, MM, Romance, Elves


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


Well, what can I say? I've been waiting for this book since last Christmas and now that it's finally here it didn't just live up to my expectations, it surpassed them.

With every story in the North Pole City Tales series, there's a warmth and a sweetness behind the romances that just makes me love each book more than the last. As the final book in the series, The King's Courage is my ultimate favourite, unsurpassed by the others. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and quite scandalous when it wants to be. It's everything I could have ever wanted from this story and more.

I can't say too much about the plot, because it would ruin the surprise, but I'll admit that I was crying before the book even reached the halfway mark, and again after that. There was so much emotion and story told in such few pages that it shouldn't have been possible to feel as connected to the story and the characters as deeply as I did. But the genius of this series is that each book has a link to the next, so we've known Dasher and the King since book one, even if their parts were small. We know them, we know their stories – or, at least, part of their stories – and there's less need for long explorations of who they are or their backgrounds.

Dasher was a bright, lovely character who reminded me of Vixen, a little. Both had been hurt and put on a mask to hide that hurt for too long. Eirik, the King, was a broken, lonely man until Dasher came along. Seeing them together, their chemistry is so brilliantly written, and I love how they become playful and open with each other. Yet it still manages to be gradual and gentle between them. There's heat – Holy Christmas, is there heat! – with the snowball fight and the whispers on the wind showing just how naughty they can be, but there's also tenderness and uncertainty, fear and doubt. In fact, it's probably the hottest, most scandalous book of the series, what with that beautiful moment of a father-son bonding conversation being sealed by Jack's parting words about that desk drawer!

Overall, I love it. From the world building, characterisation and plotting of the series, nothing has changed – it's just as brilliant as when I read the first book. Only, this time, I felt like I was returning to my favourite Christmas holiday spot, meeting old friends and celebrating their good fortune with them. The King's Courage might be the last in the series, but it's a perfect round up of all the stories, of the sweetness and spice, and a perfect ending for a perfect series. Charlie Cochet has surpassed themselves with this one.

I've just seen that the series will be compiled into a paperback, so guess what I'm getting for Christmas? Because this series is a re-read every single Christmas and there's no way I don't want a paperback where I can binge read from one to the other without even moving!

~

Favourite Quotes

“Eirik narrowed his eyes. “Why the blasted holly would you choose to sit in silence when faced with such merriment? You’re a Christmas elf. Frivolity and cheer are in your nature.”
“That’s true,” Dasher agreed, his smile warm. “It’s also in my nature to want to share such merriment with one I hold dear.”
Eirik scoffed. “Well, then, I suggest you go find him.”
“I already have.””

“Eirik let out a huff, but his eyes were alight with amusement. “What am I to do with you, Dasher Rein Dear?”
Love me.”
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review 2017-11-14 00:00
The King's Courage
The King's Courage - Charlie Cochet The King's Courage - Charlie Cochet Book – The King's Courage (North Pole City Tales #6)
Author – Charlie Cochet
Star rating - ★★★★★
No. of Pages – 77
Cover – Gorgeous!
POV – 3rd, dual person
Would I read it again – Yes!!
Genre – LGBT, Holiday, Fantasy, MM, Romance, Elves


** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **
Reviewed for Divine Magazine


Well, what can I say? I've been waiting for this book since last Christmas and now that it's finally here it didn't just live up to my expectations, it surpassed them.

With every story in the North Pole City Tales series, there's a warmth and a sweetness behind the romances that just makes me love each book more than the last. As the final book in the series, The King's Courage is my ultimate favourite, unsurpassed by the others. It's beautiful, heartbreaking, and quite scandalous when it wants to be. It's everything I could have ever wanted from this story and more.

I can't say too much about the plot, because it would ruin the surprise, but I'll admit that I was crying before the book even reached the halfway mark, and again after that. There was so much emotion and story told in such few pages that it shouldn't have been possible to feel as connected to the story and the characters as deeply as I did. But the genius of this series is that each book has a link to the next, so we've known Dasher and the King since book one, even if their parts were small. We know them, we know their stories – or, at least, part of their stories – and there's less need for long explorations of who they are or their backgrounds.

Dasher was a bright, lovely character who reminded me of Vixen, a little. Both had been hurt and put on a mask to hide that hurt for too long. Eirik, the King, was a broken, lonely man until Dasher came along. Seeing them together, their chemistry is so brilliantly written, and I love how they become playful and open with each other. Yet it still manages to be gradual and gentle between them. There's heat – Holy Christmas, is there heat! – with the snowball fight and the whispers on the wind showing just how naughty they can be, but there's also tenderness and uncertainty, fear and doubt. In fact, it's probably the hottest, most scandalous book of the series, what with that beautiful moment of a father-son bonding conversation being sealed by Jack's parting words about that desk drawer!

Overall, I love it. From the world building, characterisation and plotting of the series, nothing has changed – it's just as brilliant as when I read the first book. Only, this time, I felt like I was returning to my favourite Christmas holiday spot, meeting old friends and celebrating their good fortune with them. The King's Courage might be the last in the series, but it's a perfect round up of all the stories, of the sweetness and spice, and a perfect ending for a perfect series. Charlie Cochet has surpassed themselves with this one.

I've just seen that the series will be compiled into a paperback, so guess what I'm getting for Christmas? Because this series is a re-read every single Christmas and there's no way I don't want a paperback where I can binge read from one to the other without even moving!

~

Favourite Quotes

“Eirik narrowed his eyes. “Why the blasted holly would you choose to sit in silence when faced with such merriment? You’re a Christmas elf. Frivolity and cheer are in your nature.”
“That’s true,” Dasher agreed, his smile warm. “It’s also in my nature to want to share such merriment with one I hold dear.”
Eirik scoffed. “Well, then, I suggest you go find him.”
“I already have.””

“Eirik let out a huff, but his eyes were alight with amusement. “What am I to do with you, Dasher Rein Dear?”
Love me.”
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