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review 2020-06-13 20:15
I Was Born For This!!!
I Was Born For This - Alice Oseman,Aysha Kala,Huw Parmenter

english review only

audible audiobook


Summary: For Angel Ahmadi, life is only about one thing: The Ark – a pop-rock trio of teenage boys who are currently taking the world by storm. Being part of The Ark’s fandom has given her everything – her friendships, her dreams, her place in the world.

Jimmy Kaga-Ricci owes everything to The Ark too. He’s their frontman – and playing in a band is all he’s ever dreamed of doing. It’s just a shame that recently everything in his life seems to have turned into a bit of a nightmare.

Because that’s the problem with dreaming – eventually, inevitably, real life arrives with a wake-up call. And when Angel and Jimmy are unexpectedly thrust together, they will discover just how strange and surprising facing up to reality can be.


My review: Alice Oseman can do no wrong!!! (and no one can convince me otherwise)


I read her three books in order they got published and I love them all three, but I can totally see her growth through them all.


I LOVE this one. Obviously. The diversity, without playing into any stereotypes. I'M SO HERE FOR THAT. The characters were just amazing, frustrating but so loveable. Seriously they are all my children and THEY DESERVE THE WORLD. But I have to say in this book the grandparents are the real MVP's.


I loved the story. It went into a completely different direction than I thought it would go. And I loved it. Seriously. Such great storytelling. And all the different relationships. I love Alice Oseman's way of writing really great, not romantic, relationships.


Now I only need to get my hands on Heartstopper and the new book that should come out soon, and I'm the happiest of all the beans.

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review 2020-04-23 17:30
Jin Yong - Legends of the Condor Heroes / A Hero Born
A Hero Born - Anna Holmwood,Jin Yong

I've been wanting to try out a wuxia novel for a while, so after learning that there was an English translation of "Legend of the Condor Heroes", one of the most renowned and adapted stories of the genre, I picked up a copy.


As pointed out in other reviews, the comparison to "The Lord of the Rings" on the cover is very misleading - "Song of Ice and Fire" is more like it, in that while Tolkien was clearly trying to write high literature with LOTR, as he set out to rewrite a modern epic based on the classic Nordic ones that, as a philologist, he had studied through, Martin seems to have started what turned out as his own magnum opus mostly to have fun, and at most to make a more ambitious tale than the ones that were available when he started writing.


To me it seems that, while some parallels and callbacks are inevitable, Jin Yong didn't set to rewrite "The Romance of Three Kingdoms" with this story (at least from what I can tell from this volume alone), as much as he wanted to create a fun romp, one that stands out for the number of characters, the complexity of their relationships and the level of intrigue, political and not. And it makes for a really enjoyable and fun read, in a not completely mindless blockbuster kind of way.


So if you enjoy martial arts movies or anime where characters casually level mountains as if nothing were, you'll enjoy this novel. I docked a few points because of the translation; the translator is going for some old style pulp novel narration here, and while at times it works, in other point it makes the action a bit too wordy, and even dull. And the way the names of the characters get translated literally in English can get silly, especially for certain characters that have obviously meaningful names, and take the reader out of the flow.


Aside from that, it's a solid recommandation if you're into it. I'll definitely get the second volume as soon as internet book stores will start delivery to my country again.

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text 2020-03-11 11:29
New-Born Screening Market Analysis Global Industry Size, Share, Emerging Trends, Growth Boosted By Demand and Advanced Technology till 2025

Global New-Born Screening Market: Information by Product (Reagents and Assay Kits and Instruments), by Technology (Tandem Mass Spectrometry, Immunoassays and Enzymatic Assays, Hearing Screening Technology, DNA Assays and Pulse Oximetry), by Test Type (Dry Blood Spot Test, Hearing Screening Test and Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) Test), by End User (Hospitals, Maternity and Specialty Clinics and Diagnostic Centers) and by Region (Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East & Africa) — Forecast till 2025


Market Highlights


The Global New-Born Screening Market is expected to register a CAGR of 13.33% during the forecast period with a market value of USD 1545.98 Million till 2025. Newborn screening is the practice of testing every newborn for some harmful or possibly fatal disorders that are not otherwise obvious at birth. New-born screening involves the use of various devices for the screening procedure. Diseases such as phenylketonuria, congenital hypothyroidism, galactosemia, sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, tyrosinemia, and other such disorders can be screened using new-born screening devices.


The rising prevalence of neonatal conditions and government support along with new-born screening programs have led to the growth of the new-born screening market in recent years. Additionally, increasing neonatal population and technological advancements are likely to contribute to the growth of the market over the assessment period.


The key factors driving the market growth are increasing spending by government organizations on healthcare, rising prevalence of diseases in new-born children, and increasing neonatal population. However, factors such as the unreliability of new-born screening tests and lack of proper healthcare infrastructure and trained professionals may hamper the market growth.


Segment Analysis


The global new-born screening market is segmented into product, technology, test type, and end-user


The global new-born screening market by-products has been bifurcated into instruments and reagents and assay kits. By technology, the new-born screening market has been divided into tandem mass spectrometry, DNA assays, electrophoresis, pulse oximetry, immunoassays, and enzymatic assays, and hearing screening technology. Based on the test type, it has been segregated into dry blood spot tests, critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) tests, urine tests, and hearing screening tests. The global new-born screening market, by end-user, has been classified as hospitals, maternity and specialty clinics, diagnostic centers, and others.


Regional Analysis


The global new-born screening market, based on region, has been divided into the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa.


The Americas are anticipated to hold a significant share in the global new-born screening market. According to data published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in November 2018, congenital heart defects (CHD) affect approximately 1% or about 40,000 births per year in the US. Also, increasing awareness and rising demand for new-born screening are expected to drive market growth.


The new-born screening market in Europe is expected to propel owing to factors such as the rising prevalence of neonatal disorders and raising awareness about these disorders and their screening programs. According to a report published by the European Medicines Agency in May 2015, 1 in 10,000 babies born in the European Union was affected by perinatal asphyxia (a neonatal disorder wherein babies are born without enough oxygen in the blood). Also, technological advancements in the industry and government support in terms of National Health Service and health insurance are expected to drive market growth.


Asia-Pacific is anticipated to be the fastest-growing region in the global new-born screening market owing to the rising neonatal population, increasing mortality rate of neonates, and improving healthcare infrastructure. According to data published by the United Nation’s International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF), the rate of neonatal mortality in India was 24% in 2017. According to a report published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) in December 2016, approximately 0.75 million neonates die in India every year.


The neonatal mortality rate (NMR) for India is the highest for any country in the world. Also, the rising prevalence of neonatal disorders in developing countries and government support is fueling the growth in the market.


The new-born screening market in the Middle East & Africa is expected to significantly grow owing to the developing healthcare infrastructure and government support. The American Society of Hematology (ASH), led a campaign to fight the sickle cell disease in Africa in June 2018. It also urged the governments, particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, to invest in new-born screening of the disease. Additionally, raising awareness of newborn screening is fueling the growth in the market.


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Key Findings of the Study


  • The Global New-Born Screening Market was valued at USD 745.52 million in 2018, is estimated to grow at USD 1545.98 Million by 2025 at a CAGR of 13.33% during the assessment period.
  • Americas accounted for the largest share of the global market due to the presence of key market players and increasing the rising prevalence of congenital disorders in new-born, increasing neonatal population, and government support are driving the growth of the market in this region.
  • On the basis of product, reagents and assay kits accounted for the largest market share of 9% in 2018, with a market value of USD 521.05 million.

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review 2020-02-05 10:38
A Terrible Beauty Is Born
A Terrible Beauty Is Born - W.B. Yeats

I was looking forward to reading this collection of Yeats' poems. I hadn't read anything before, but had of course heard of him. However, I found I was a little bit disappointed, especially by his love-poems. They seemed rather simple to me and either way didn't resonate with me. His poems concerning the situation in Ireland, I liked best in this collection, but I don't think I will be reading more of Yeats.

~Little Black Classics #98~

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