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review 2020-04-30 19:30
DEAD OF WINTER by Kealan Patrick Burke
Dead of Winter - Kealan Patrick Burke

The weather here in the northeast right now is making it feel like we're still in the dead of winter. Going through the stack of books in my TBR, this title stood out like a sore thumb and here we are.

 

This collection centers around winter horror. Those short days when, after the snow has fallen, it's eerily quiet...sound has been dampened, and there's an illuminating glow from that snow after the sun goes down. Just enough of a glow to make shadows where there were none before. But, I ramble.

 

All of these stories were enjoyable but I especially loved DOOMSDAY FATHER CHRISTMAS. (To be honest, I really can't stand Christmas, so I agreed with Santa's feelings about it. Well, mostly.)

 

VISITATION RIGHTS was another special story that might not have worked in the hands of a lesser author.

 

Make no mistake, this book is dark. Grief and guilt are Kealan Patrick Burke's forte, he writes about them like no one else. These emotions are woven into his words, but the reader doesn't always know it at the time. It's when the story is over that it hits you like a freight train, or a bullet between the eyes.

 

Thankfully, I have a few of Mr. Burke's other books in my to be read stack. I am rationing them because I don't want to run out. It's great to have an author you know you can count on for entertaining stories.

 

Recommended! 

 

You can get your copy here: DEAD OF WINTER

 

*I bought this book with my hard earned cash.*

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text 2020-04-08 00:20
Why do we Need Family Counseling?

The family plays a huge role in the development of any society. The personality traits of each individual are affected by their family. The intimacy between the family members is deeply affected by technical advancement trends. The time spent by each family together is becoming very less these days. The economical crisis in many of the nations has destroyed the families on a large scale. Each member has to move to different places to earn money. The family gives emotional support to achieve the objective of life. Family counseling is very necessary to hold the emotional bonding between family members.

 

Role of Therapist in Family Counseling

 

The session of family counseling is done by counselors with great expertise in counseling. They should know the different psychotherapy techniques to implement family counseling. The counselors for the family should continuously monitor the family. They should prioritize family issues. They should evaluate the psychological and behavioural problems. They should guide the family to handle the issues.

 

Bowenian Family Therapy

 

This method is for the individuals who do not wish to merge in the family. The counselor works with all family members based on two approaches, triangulation, and differentiation. This approach helps to merge the individual with the family.

 

Structural Family Therapy

 

This therapy focuses on the psychic behaviour of family members. The counselors study their behavioral patterns and interaction between the other members. Based on the patterns they will devise the method to resolve your family issues.

 

Final Words

 

The differences between family members will be identified earlier. We have to seek the help of the counselor in case the difference is maximum. We have to ensure that each family members should cooperate with family counseling.

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review 2020-03-09 21:21
THE DEEP by Alma Katsu
The Deep - Alma Katsu

Set aboard the Titanic and aboard her sister ship, the Britanic, Alma Katsu weaves a haunting tale of love, grief, crime and class. Buy your boarding pass now!

 

I am a fan of alternating timelines and THE DEEP utilized that format. It was sometimes a little jarring, (I mean this in the best of ways), because of how vividly it brought home the differences between the Titanic, (the luxurious ocean-liner catering to the best of the best), and the Britanic, which by 1916 had been converted into a hospital ship serving during WWI. Men facing sudden, life- changing amputations and injuries vs. the creme de la creme of society in their fancy suits and gowns. It's a sharp contrast.

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The characters here are well drawn and there's nice variety too: Gay boxers/con-men, those that are obsessed with the spiritual world, degenerate gamblers and cheaters galore. In this way, the writing reminded me a lot of Edith Wharton's characters and settings, and also the characters of Charles Dickens. What a weird combination, right?

 

Behind all of these interesting characters lurks a bit of a mystery, and perhaps a supernatural one at that. A woman survives the sinking of the Titanic only to find herself on her sister ship a mere four years later. It's quite a different trip this time around but one is left wondering who was haunted here? The ships or the woman?

 

I'm not gonna lie, I went into this expecting a horror novel. I didn't get one. Turns out, that was okay because I got a fascinating historical fiction story instead. To be honest, as the tale progressed, I was more interested in the goings-on of both ships, than the lack of any real horror. (Other than the horrors of what happened on both of these boats.) To my unpracticed eye, the research seemed well done and like I said-the details of the daily lives of the passengers stole my heart and attention.

 

THE DEEP may not have been what I expected, but in the end, I think that made me love it all the more.

 

Highly recommended!

 

Available March 10th, here: THE DEEP

 

*Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-ARC of this tale in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

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review 2020-01-08 17:06
SPUNGUNION by John Boden
Spungunion - John Boden

SPUNGUNION! This book deserves all the stars, your time and your attention.

 

Deke is a truck driving man who returns home from an overnight run to find that his wife has been murdered. He cannot get over it. He's hanging on by a thread and I think he finally wants to let go, but he has questions that need answering first. Will he get those answers? Will he survive the weight of his grief? You'll have to read this to find out.

 

Immersed in the world of Deke's grief, riding with him in his 18 wheeler, listening to Waylon on the radio...I was there. I could smell the stale cigarette smoke, I could feel the air coming through the windows, (cracked open a bit so the smoke could escape)...I was there. I accompanied Deke on his search for knowledge, even though we both knew that the outcome wouldn't be good. I was there with Tiny, I was there with the behemoth and his small servant, I was there feeling the regret, feeling Deke's need to know. I was there.

 

Once again, John Boden has pierced my heart with his subtle wording, his outstanding writing, and his big, big heart.

 

"The reality is this: Life is just a balloon floating dangerously in a room full of cigarettes. At any moment, second, day or week, Pop! And then everything as you know it is different or gone. Sometimes both."

 

This is my second time reading SPUNGUNION, the first time was back in 2017. I love it just as much now as I did back then. Maybe more, because there have been some Pops! in my life since that time. Those Pops! make you more aware, make you more grateful, because for some like Deke, those Pops! can spell the end.

 

This version of SPUNGUNION features the same marvelous introduction from Bracken MacLeod, and it also features a brand new short story: THE DRAWER. It was fabulous, as is everything that flows out from John Boden's hand.

 

I'm so happy to say that this novella will now be available to everyone- and every fan of dark fiction needs to read it. You need to immerse yourself in it and let it surround you. You will be better for it in the end. Perhaps you'll be more grateful and content when you're done? Because you never know when that Pop! is going to come.

 

My highest recommendation!

 

Available on January 15th, but you can pre-order here: SPUNGUNION

 

*Thanks to John Boden for the e-ARC of this beautiful novella in exchange for my honest feedback. As always, this is it!*

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review 2019-12-05 23:54
She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders - Jennifer Finney Boylan
She's Not There : A Life in Two Genders - Jennifer Finney Boylan

Memoirs are hard to get right: too much honesty and everyone will come away hating you, too littleand everyone comes away hating you and thinking you're a phony. Then too, many people who have had interesting lives aren't able to articulate them very well. Then you can read a couple of hundred pages and still never have a clue what the author is like. And those who are good at turning their personal history into charming anecdotes are rarely also good at placing their narrative into a bigger context. Every single bit of it is hard: there are just so many places to screw it up.

Boylan does not screw it up. She gives the reader enough to feel engaged on an emotional level, all the while she's making one laugh and cry and laugh and sigh and laugh. I had no problem at all believing that she's the most popular professor at her college. She's funny as hell in a quiet sort of way, not at all like a string of jokes cobbled together. And then wham, right in the feels.

 

What I think it is, is this: Boylan is brilliant at capturing the concrete detail, and the detail is so much more evocative and visceral than emoting would be. There's no cataloging of emotional states, instead there are things that happen, or that noticeably fail to happen. There are weird relatives, and stupid kid stuff (from both the parent and child angles). I like the visit to the beach and the creepy aspects of an old house.

  

A good book by a writer who is new-to-me gives me a list of titles to look forward to reading. Not only do I want to read everything else Boylan has written, but I want to read everything Richard Russo has written, too.

 

Library copy.

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