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review 2018-07-15 15:29
4 Out Of 5 "a movie and a book" STARS
Winter's Bone: A Novel (Audio) - Daniel Woodrell,Emma Galvin

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~BOOK BLURB~

Winter's Bone

Danial Woodrell

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The sheriff's deputy at the front door brings hard news to Ree Dolly. Her father has skipped bail on charges that he ran a crystal meth lab, and the Dollys will lose their house if he doesn't show up for his next court date.

 

Ree's father has disappeared before. The Dolly clan has worked the shadowy side of the law for generations, and arrests (and attempts to avoid them) are part of life in Rathlin Valley. But the house is all they have, and Ree's father would never forfeit it to the bond company unless something awful happened. With two young brothers depending on her and a mother who's entered a kind of second childhood, Ree knows she has to bring her father back, dead or alive, or else see her family turned out into the unforgiving cold.

 

Sixteen-year-old Ree, who has grown up in the harsh poverty of the Ozarks, learns quickly that asking questions of the rough Dolly clan can be a fatal mistake. She perseveres past obstacles of every kind and finally confronts the top figures in the family's hierarchy.

 

Along the way to a shocking revelation, Ree discovers unexpected depths in herself and in a family network that protects its own at any cost.

 

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~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~

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Initially, the spare writing, left me constantly trying to fill in the blanks.  I was hoping that watching the movie would fill some of those in…and it did a few, actually.  I mostly just picked out the differences between the movie and the book, though.    There were quite a few, including the most obvious one; Ree's siblings.  The movie has a boy and a girl, where the book has two boys. 

 

Despite that, I would say that this story made an impression on me.  With the harsh living conditions and indelible characters, and the hopelessness of Ree's situation, I really felt for her.  Ree is poignantly portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence, and actually, the entire cast is spot on.  I think the book is better for the obvious and usual reasons but I also think watching the movie rounded out my experience of the Winter's Bone altogether.

 

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~MY RATING~

4STARS - GRADE=B+

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~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~

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Plot~ 3.8/5

Main Character~ 5/5

Secondary Characters~ 4/5

The Feels~ 4/5

Pacing~ 4/5

Addictiveness~ 4/5

Theme or Tone~ 3.8/5

Flow (Writing Style)~ 3/5

Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5

Originality~ 4/5

Ending~ 4/5

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Book Cover~ Movie Cover…

Narration~ ☆4☆ for Emma Galvin, her voice was perfect for this.

Setting~ Rathlin Valley, The Ozarks

Source~ Audiobook (Library)

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review 2018-07-07 00:34
The Best Book I've Ever Read!
Acid - Emma Pass

I'm usually an average reader, one book takes me 3-4 days to read if I read it every day. However, with A.C.I.D. I read it in 1.5 days, that's right less than half that of most books I've read. It had me captivated from day 1. I only wish that Emma Pass would write a sequel continuing Jenna's story, but even as a stand alone, this is by far my favorite and most recommended book.

 

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text 2018-07-05 16:09
Ménage By Emma Holly 99 cents! Great Read!
Menage - Emma Holly

Bookstore owner Kate comes home from work one day to find her two flatmates in bed...together. Joe - a sensitive composer - is mortified. Sean - an irrepressible bad boy - asks her to join in!

 

Kate's been fantasising about her hunky new housesmates since they moved in, but she was convinced they were both gay. Realising that pleasure is a multi-faceted thing, she sets her cares aside and embarks on a ménage à trois with the wild duo. Kate wants nothing more than to keep both her admirers happy, but inevitably things become complicated, especially at work. Kate has told her colleagues that Joe and Sean are gay but the gossip begins when she's caught in a clinch with one of them in her lunch hour! To add to this, one of Kate's more conservative suitors is showing interest again, but she's hooked on the different kind of loving that she enjoys with her boys - even though she knows it cannot last. Or can it?

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-07-04 22:31
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague - Emma (Ed.)/ Landry Judith (Translator) Wilson,Judith Landry,Sylvie Germain,Emma Wilson

This is the book I received when my book order was mixed up and my bookseller sent the wrong book...otherwise, I probably would never have known of its existence.

 

As it turns out, this book tells the story - in the way of a long poem - about the spectre of a woman who appears in various places in Prague of a number of years, then disappears, weeping for various people, or groups or people, or injustices.

 

I very much enjoyed the idea of the book: the spectre of a weeping woman as the soul of the city grieving for the injustices carried out in history.

 

However, the repetitive style and and sometimes over-explained descriptions did not make for a gripping read. 

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text 2018-06-30 14:14
The Elusive Lucio... (Book Order Mix-Up)
The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague - Emma (Ed.)/ Landry Judith (Translator) Wilson,Judith Landry,Sylvie Germain,Emma Wilson
Lucio's Confession - Mário de Sá-Carneiro

It seems that Lucio's Confession is a rather elusive book. I had ordered it through Ammy from a 3rd party seller when I first heard about a couple of weeks ago.

A day later I received a message that the order was cancelled by the 3rd party seller.

So, I ordered it again from another seller. 
A few minutes ago, I received the package...but they shipped the wrong book. :(

Does the book exist? Are the sellers trying to tell me something by not letting me get hold of a copy?

 
And what are they trying to tell me by instead sending The Weeping Woman on the Streets of Prague (by Sylvie Germain)???
 
In all seriousness, I'm still determined to get my mitts on Lucio's Confession. And the Germain book actually looks interesting - it is also very short.
 
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