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review 2020-12-17 01:02
Goodbye Stranger
Goodbye Stranger - Rebecca Stead

I gave Goodbye Stranger another chance after enjoying Stead's newest book The List of Things That Will Not Change. I managed to finish it this time and there were parts that I enjoyed (Stead writes friendships very well). Overall though I just don't think it's her best work, and I still found it less enjoyable than her other books.

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url 2020-12-09 10:32
Paris Climate Agreement Strategic Aims to Save The World

Paris agreement strategically deals with the greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, finance, and adaptation as well. It was sanctioned in 2016.

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review 2020-06-26 16:12
Contrasting Fortunes
Kinnara - Kevin Ansbro

One of the things I adore about Kevin Ansbro’s writing is the assured way in which he reconciles the seemingly incompatible. Few authors can so effortlessly weave together the incongruity of a European serial killer with a SE Asian mythical being, trapped in a two thousand year purgatory at the bottom of the Andaman Sea. Yet, the remarkable journey on which the author takes the reader also enmeshes very familiar human themes of attachment and loss, romantic love and platonic friendship, alongside Buddhist notions of karma. It makes for a heady mix!

 

This blending of perceived contrasts, the exotic and mundane, is exemplified perhaps in the main locations for the tale. With all due respect to the inhabitants of East Anglia, Norwich (UK) and Phuket (Thailand) are, on the face of it, very different! Still, through the travails of the main characters, the author suggests that human experience is not entirely shaped by location, or culture. If not ‘fate’, sometimes things are just ‘meant to be’.

 

Take the British couple, Calum and Hannah, they are close friends at school, but then are separated by the vagaries of family moves, but it is Calum’s solo visit to Thailand that proves the catalyst for a potential reunion with his ‘true love’. As well as developing an immediate affinity for this unfamiliar territory, Calum befriends a young local man, Sawat Leelapun, with a shared interest in martial arts, but a very different trajectory in life. As a boy, Sawat has survived the 2004 tsunami, but experienced the attendant tragedy and challenges that followed. He too has a significant other (‘Nok’), but more central is the bond formed between the two men and the influence of Sawat’s humble nature on his hot-headed British friend. As well as helping Calum reflect on his own approach to life, like the knock-on effect of dominoes, Sawat also confides in his friend an incredible secret he has harboured since childhood and introduces the reader to the mythical Kinnara.

 

This diversion into supernatural elements is not new for the author, but offers a very helpful vehicle for expressing the clear affection with which Mr Ansbro regards the people and culture of Thailand. ‘Klahan Kinnara’ is a prince among the mythical swan people, cast into the sea, spellbound and destined to be alone for eternity. Klahan is also separated from his beloved and like his human counterparts shares a profound sense of loss. The question posed by the story is whether the three couples can all rely on fate/karma/good fortune, or perhaps the invincible nature of their collective love, to generate similarly happy outcomes?

 

The fly in the ointment, of course, is the serial murderer I mentioned, but whilst the author has a penchant for a dash of the macabre, it is never arbitrary. Rather the latent threat is a further development of the contrast between good and evil. Just as the reader might hope for good things to happen to good people, the reverse can also be quite satisfying. With 'Kinnara' , the author has skilfully delivered another exhilarating and emotional ride for the reader and has secured another spot on my favourites shelf.

 

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2020-06-19 04:44
Book Review : Red queen Victoria Aveyard
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

May 27-June 18

Mare Barrow’s world is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court. There, before the king, princes, and all the nobles, she discovers she has an ability of her own.



To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess, and betroths her to one of his own sons. As Mare is drawn further into the Silver world, she risks everything and uses her new position to help the Scarlet Guard—a growing Red rebellion—even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction. One wrong move can lead to her death, but in the dangerous game she plays the only certainty is betrayal.



This sweeping story of palace intrigue, class hierarchy, and deception will keep readers hurtling along, desperate to find out Mare’s fate. Her honesty and determination, quick wit, and no-holds-barred attitude will surely make readers fall in love with her.


Review : This book was so good this is set in a dystopian world where you're blood defines you're worth Red is below the silvers . Mare is close to turning 18 and her best friend kilorne is going to have have to go into the war she's trying to find a way to stop it from happening so she has her sister help her go into silver world . A terrorist group called the Scarlet Guard are trying to take over and when leaving the Silver world gisa pickpockets a silver and she gets her hand smashed . When out again Mare pickpockets someone name Cal and he gets her a job at a silver palace but then something happens Mare finds out she has powers lightning powers .Mare finds out Cal is the prince and to hide her the queen fakes her as some lost princess and she is to be engaged to Cal brother Maven who is find to be an interesting character his father doesn't think Maven is not a good as Cal who is a soldier. Mare is able to visit her family with the help of Cal who hears one of her brothers is dead . Mare starts getting trained by Julian who is the brother of the former queen . Mare joins the Scarlet Guard and we find out Maven is also in the guard and they help Farley with giving her names . But at a party Maven and Mare are set to get certain people killed an explosion happens the guard is taken in . Mare has Julian help her get them released. They are traveling away from the Silver castle and Julian gave mare a note there were others like Mare some dead some still alive and she gives the names to Farley . With their plan executed Mare tries to convince Cal but it doesn't work and Cal brings Mare and Maven in but then we learn the queen and Maven have been working together and they kill the king and now Maven is the king because the put the blame on Cal . They are to be executed and put in to fight but then the Scarlet Guard comes to save them and we learn Mare brother is still alive.

Quotes
“The gods rule us still. They have come down from the stars. And they are no longer kind.”


“I will never make the mistake of loving you ever again."
"So you choose him?"
That's all this ever was. Jealousy. Rivalry. All so shadow could defeat the flame.”

“I'll make the other scream for you, Mare, every last one. Not just your parents. Not just your siblings. But every single one like you. I'm going to find them, and they will die with you in their thoughts, knowing this is the fate you have brought them. I am the king and you could've been my Red Queen. Now you are nothing.”


The truth is what I make it. I could set this world on fire and call it rain.”

 

 

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text 2020-06-19 02:08
Reading progress update: I've read 383 out of 383 pages.
Red Queen - Victoria Aveyard

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