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photo 2018-04-15 17:56
It - Stephen King

There's not many things more terrifying that Stephen King's Pennywise. I read IT last October, and per usual, King didn't let me down. His words crept into my nightmares and still reside there today. He's the Creepy King {hehe}, and I couldn't imagine the horror genre without him. 


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review 2018-02-16 18:34
Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs
Pilgrimage: The Great Pilgrim Routes of Britain and Europe - Derry Brabbs

I love to travel. I love to see new places, experience the sites and sounds of places I have never been. I have been a lot of places, and I will still go to more places. But there are some places I know I will probably never get a chance to visit. So I travel through books about real places. This is one of those books. Pilgrimage by Derry Brabbs is an amazing book to armchair travel and it is also a great guide book if you were to get a chance to actually go to the laces in the book. 


There are 11 routes in the book that Europe's Pilgrims used. From 3500 people walking the route from Northern Spain to the Shrine of St James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela in 1988 to 277,000 as of  2016. 


The book features amazing photos along the routes, maps, and lots of information about all the stops along the way and of course the ending point.  It tells you how many miles the route is and how many days it should take to cover the route. These routes are done by walking, they way the original Pilgrimage took place. I am sure some of the routes you could go by car but if you wanted to experience the routes they way the pilgrims did you would want to walk the route. 


I received this book from the Author or Publisher via Netgalley.com to read and review.

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review 2017-09-27 22:53
Really Great Book!
The Woman at 72 Derry Lane - Carmel Harrington

I enjoyed this one and am glad I took a chance on it. Fair warning, you will cry while reading this book.

We follow three characters, a young girl named Skye, a woman in a terrible marriage, named Stella, and a woman who can't leave her home, named Rea.


Rea and Stella are neighbors and we find out that Rea realizes exactly what kind of marriage Stella has right now. When the two women finally meet and become friends the book works much better. Thankfully the author, only keeps the women solo at the first little part of the book before merging them. You are going to wonder who Skye is and what she has to do with things, I guessed, and was wrong. And then I guessed again, and was right. I was shocked at Skye's story though. Harrington takes on some very tough subjects in this one and I think she did them very well.

I did think though that Rea's issue was a bit too readily resolved. I loved the outcome of Stella's though. We have some additional characters in this one and they all get a chance to shine.

Unlike with other books taking place in Ireland, this one really is just focused on three homes. We don't get a sense of Ireland in this one. This could be every women's story, which I liked. 


The writing was very good and you get a sense of three distinct voices while reading this. You get headers for each chapter though that let you know who is speaking. But after a few chapters, I didn't need those at all.

The men are not that important in this one, the women really are and we get to see how past and present link up between these women and families. 


The flow worked great, though I found myself most eager to read Skye's story and wanted to rush to get back to her again and again. I even had to go back and read this book twice, since in my hurry sometimes, I skipped over a few things about the other characters.

The setting of this book really is a small neighborhood in Ireland, as well as another country. I won't say which, cause that will spoil you to other plots in this book.


The ending I found lovely, though I wanted more. It was way too short an epilogue for me.

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text 2017-08-28 17:30
Erster Satz | Stephen King: Es
Es - Stephen King,Alexandra von Reinhardt,Joachim Körber

Der Schrecken, der weitere achtundzwanzig Jahre kein Ende nehmen sollte - wenn er überhaupt je ein Ende nahm - begann, soviel ich weiß und sagen kann, mit einem Boot aus Zeitungspapier, das einen vom Regen überfluteten Rinnstein entlang trieb. 

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review 2016-01-23 08:55
Idyll- James Derry

   This is one of the best books of any genre I have read for some time. Idyll is very much at the intelligent end of speculative science fiction. The technologies, once you start to understand them, may seem thin on scientific logic, but the philosophical speculation behind the storytelling process is extremely stimulating. How unique Derry's vision is I couldn't possibly say, as there is just so much brilliant and diverse science fiction out there now that the publishing walls have tumbled, but what I can say is that Derry is a good writer and an even better storyteller. There are certainly a host of books that cross the divide between the 'Western' and Scifi, in fact a huge sway of modern SF and Sci-fi books and films owe much of there appeal to 'Space Western' themes but Derry's creation reads as very original to me. I don't think, oh yes, this author has borrowed from Orson Scott Card, Michael Crichton or Alice Mary Norton; not a bit of it. Rather I think that Derry has absorbed a great deal of visionary depth from such writers, remodelled it brilliantly, and is himself adding must read copy to future SF authors.
   Apart from one particular continuity jump as the book started to build to completion which I felt needed a bit of smoothing, the plot line read very well. The interactions between the characters were truly fascinating. They would have worked in any genre setting. The book seems to have been finished with a sequel already well plotted. I hope that one soon emerges. Every now and again, at least for a while, one's favourite book becomes the one just finished. Derry has given me my recent favourite.


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