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review 2017-09-21 18:18
Impossible Views of the World - Lucy Ives

WAY too much unneeded description of everything. I could only stand 15% before closing this book. I won't be going back to it. Reading a book should be entertaining, not agony.

I really wanted to like this book, but it was just impossible for me.

Thanks to Penguin Group and Net Galley for providing me with a free e-galley in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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review 2017-02-26 19:37
Lord Peter Views the Body
Lord Peter Views the Body - Dorothy L. Sayers

I like Peter and Bunter, but the stories in this collection were lacking something - either the development of other characters or a hook.


I stand by my hypothesis that some authors are great at creating novels but can't quite transfer the same skill to short stories or - without referring to the format - simply shorter stories.


Still, some fun adventures with Peter.


Now on to the next Wimsey novel...

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text 2015-08-04 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 297 pages.
Falling into Theory: Conflicting Views on Reading Literature - David H. Richter

This edition was published over 20 years ago, but the arguments presented in the introduction are the same we are having now. I wonder if the rest of the content will hold up in the same way. And I wonder if that is a good thing or a bad thing.


I'm fascinated by the idea that conservatives are still hung up on the idea that students are "radicalized" from the top down- by charismatic radical teachers- when Tumblr and Twitter have now proven otherwise.

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review 2014-06-23 19:30
Views from the Depths
Views from the Depths - Jessica Grey

Views from the Depths is a collection of short stories, retellings of four classic fairy tales. The stories are explored from much darker, more melancholy perspectives, bringing an entirely new light to stories that most of us are more familiar with in their more sanitized Disney-style formats. This collection answers questions that most of us never realized needed to be asked, Each story is told from multiple first-person POVs, which truly expands the story.


The first story is based on the classic The Little Mermaid. This one was told from the POVs of the Witch herself, as well as the mermaid, her sister, and her land-born rival. It is a story of choices and how those choices affect others. It made me look at the story in an entirely different way!


The second story is based on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The story begins with The Huntsman's version, and then tells the story from the POVs of the Queen, one of the dwarves, the Prince, and finally, Snow White herself. This story is about jealously and betrayal, unexpected emotions, and the fight for survival.


The third story is a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. This story is told from the POV of the King, the oldest daughter, the captive/champion soldier, and the youngest daughter. This story is interesting in that it is a bit "behind the scenes" to the classic tale.


The last story is based on The Beauty and the Beast. It is told from the POV of the Fairy, the Merchant, the Beast, and Beauty. This is a story of pridefulness, good intentions gone wrong, arrogance, and love.


While there may be a HEA or two, these stories are rather bittersweet and often without that classic HEA.


Things to love...


--The fresh twist to fairytales. I like that they are told from POVs other than those that we are used to.
--The darker tone, as opposed to the overly perfect Disney-style versions.


My Recommendation


If you love fairy tale stories, especially those with a darker edge, these are perfect!

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review 2014-06-11 00:45
Redneck observations - and Trace makes a previous fan mad
A Personal Stand: Observations and Opinions from a Freethinking Roughneck - Trace Adkins

Opening line: "It's a damn good thing I wasn't the president after 9/11 because I would have...lets not go there yet."


This is not really an autobiography but as it states on the cover, "a collection of observations and opinions from a freethinking roughneck." That's too bad because the best parts of this book are the stories about his life and this would have been a 5 star read if Trace could have just stopped going off the rails with redneck 'observations' and concentrated on writing his autobiography a little more. However, he writes like he talks and I did get some laughs in during a couple of his life stories. But mainly I just laughed at his naïve views of the world. Trace doesn't hold back here, insulting just about every nationality except Americans.


 Having been a fan of his music and after seeing him on Celebrity Apprentice he seemed like an intelligent, interesting and gentle family man. This book has however changed my view of him and I no longer consider myself a fan. I found Trace's 'views' naive. He admittedly has only been out of America once, playing on an aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf and it is my opinion that he needs to get out from behind the windows of his tour bus and see some of the world. This would possibly open up his 'observations' a bit. However even if you don't agree with him he at least tries to explain why he feels that way.


In between his many rants you do get to learn about Trace's life; growing up in Louisiana (pop 924) he spent time working on the oil rigs and playing in honky-tonk bars before he became a country star. You'll learn of his problems with drugs and alcohol, his many brushes with death and his family. An oddly amusing story is how he got shot by his second wife. He describes the history behind some of his hit songs, what fame is like and how he still likes to get his hands dirty on his farm. There is a lot of time spent on politics and oil as well as his dislike of unions, illegal immigration, the tobacco industry and his love of Wal-Mart and NASCAR.


As a well travelled and fairly informed Canadian, I took particular offence to the following quote (regrettably it was written in the last 6 pages of the book or I would have stopped reading sooner)


"Supposedly Canada has the cleanest water and the best beer and a whole lot of oil. They've been sucking on our tit for so long now, and that's another thing I would do if I was President. I would make a call to the Canadians and say "look fellas, the only reason the Russkies didn't come over here in the 1970's and kick your ass is because we're your neighbor!" The time is now to start paying for the protection that we provide you. No more free ride eh."


In summery I suppose this was an eye-opening read, about a country singer from small town USA whose views are completly different than my own. It sure explained a lot about what I see on Fox News anyway.



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