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review 2018-04-05 02:25
The Importance of Being Urnest (Maggy Thorsen mystery, #10)
Importance of Being Urnest - Sandra Balzo

This series is one of my quiet champions; nothing flashy, nothing mind-blowing, but always solid writing, intelligent plotting and biting wit.  There's nothing cutesy or trendy about this series.  I am solidly in its demographic and just enjoy the dialogue, the plotting, the friendships, even the romance (what there is of it).


This book swirls around several different events: a shoot-out that leaves Maggy's boyfriend (also the Sheriff) injured; the unfortunate death of an elderly lady who had just been in Maggy's coffeeshop; the social drama surrounding the local assisted living; a friend's new job at the mortuary and crematorium.  There's a very obvious bad guy in the mix but how it all comes together in the end was cleverly done.


I'm not sure what else I can say except I'm looking forward to more. 


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review 2018-01-19 16:47
Didn't get the word play of the title until I was writing out my notes
The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People - Oscar Wilde

After what feels like a millennium, I have read The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde and I totally get the hype now. Oscar Wilde's play focuses on two men who independently of the other have invented alternate personas that allow them to cut loose without (hopefully) any repercussions. One of the men has created Ernest who is by all rights a scoundrel and his creator has finally decided to do away with him so that he can settle down and get married. The problem is that his friend (the other deceitful man) has decided to take on the mantle of Ernest so that he can win the heart of a girl that he's just met. (I recommend reading this in one sitting because otherwise you're liable to get confused.) Wilde uses word play and absolutely ridiculous circumstances to discuss the folly of youth and poke fun at the whims and fancies of people who believe they are really truly in love even if they don't truly know the other person. For instance, the two women of the play are determined that they will only marry someone named Ernest but as it turns out no one is named Ernest there is a bit of a kerfuffle. After all is said and done, no one comes out on top and everyone is depicted as foolish and unimpressive. It was thoroughly amusing and I guess now I'll have to see the movie that was based on it. :-P If you haven't read it yourself and you'd like a quick, fun read this will do just the trick. 9/10


And yes the title of this post is true. I was staring at the book's title and then it hit me: "Oh because it's about two men proclaiming to be Ernest and they do it will all earnestness."  *facepalm* 


What's Up Next: The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson


What I'm Currently Reading: The Portable Nineteenth-Century African American Women Writers


Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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text 2017-11-29 02:11
Bell Moore Group Inc. Review: Importance of Client-centered Strategy

Bell Moore Group Inc. has been working for many years to provide compelling value to local and national property tenants and buyers. The firm has been staying true to their mission of providing excellent professional service to institutional clients including the MAB American Property REIT in Australia, Sentinel Pension in New York, Paul Mitchell Trust in Hawaii and Summit REIT in Canada.


The essence of the success of Bell Moore Group Inc. is their ability to create value and simply to make things better for their clients. It is their priority to provide their client’s specific needs considering the current situation and working together to develop appropriate solutions to successfully reach their business goals. Clients trust Bell Moore to accomplish whatever is needed to maximize the benefits from the target properties. The company does this by comprehending the specific requirements of each client; evaluating alternative locations and choosing the most advantageous site that can boost the clients’ potential income generation.


Bell Moore makes sure that their clients’ are well-involved and central to their process as it is the key component to providing high-quality service. By taking a client-centered strategy to property operations allows the firm to attain the client’s goal and objective. Bell Moore sees to it that a meticulous assessment of the present value and the prospective value of any property is undertaken as well as identifying as many alternatives as possible, only then can values be accurately gauged and the relevant solutions can be developed to assure income growth before implementation. 


Bellmoore Group Inc review and assess the initial and planning phase to clearly measure the extent of their clients’ present holdings and its potential capability for high returns. It isn’t all about the technical and financial needs of clients but more so in generating value for every client. And that is where Bell Moore has found its fundamental role and has also maintained its excellent professional service to establish value to its own operations.        

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review 2017-11-05 10:15
Legitimate Form of Writing: "Little Misunderstandings of No Importance" by Antonio Tabucchi, Frances Frenaye (translator)
Little Misunderstandings of No Importance: Stories - Antonio Tabucchi
“Tell me, dear heart, dear chilled heart, what would you say to going to live in Lisbon? It’s surely warm there and you’d revive like a lizard under the sun. The city’s at the water’s edge and they say it’s built of marble. You see it is a country after my own heart; a landscape made up of light and stone, and water to reflect them! And so you walk slowly through this marble city, between 18th-century buildings and arcades that witnessed the days of colonial trade, sailing ships, the bustle and the foggy dawns of anchors being weighted."
In the short-story “Time is very strange” from the collection “Little Misunderstandings of No Importance” by Antonio Tabucchi, Frances Frenaye (translator) 
I am glad authors are challenging the homogenisation that is so demanded by many readers. Too much fiction does not reflect real dialogue; I know it can be harder to follow, but it is good that some writing is articulated in that way. Perhaps short-stories are best for this as readers might be able to tolerate for a shorter time than throughout a novel. However, online reviewing is effectively channelling so much writing into narrow parameters which squeeze out interesting and/or innovative approaches. I have also been pleased in recent years to see more short-story collections being physically published, even from obscure writers like Tabucchi (does anyone still read him in this and age?). Ironically short stories and episodic novels are ideal for reading the way most people use e-readers. Yet, the sense that they are an illegitimate form of writing with people saying they are waiting for the 'full' novel of the story or feeling that, as if by accident, the author has only published a 'fragment' of the 'proper' story, is too common. When you read a Tabucchi short-story we don’t have this feeling of incompleteness.
If you're into Lisbon, my city, read on.
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