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text 2018-04-26 12:48
"The Library At Mount Char" by Scott Hawkins - DNF at 6% - this one's not for me.
The Library at Mount Char - Scott Hawkins

I started this book more than three months ago. I kept coming back to it and deciding to read something else. Today I did that again and decided this one just isn't for me.

It's well written: strong characters, vivid action, a clear sense of place and lots of "something wicked this way comes" foreboding. But the pulse that beats beneath the start of this book is one of protracted, ritualised, violent abuse of children.

I'm sure there's an intriguing rationale for the abuse. There may even be a rebellion against it but I don't want that abuse in my head so this book and I have no future.

 

I haven't given a star rating as I don't think it's fair, given how little of the book I read. I'm putting this down to a poor buying decision on my part.

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review 2018-04-25 21:19
Review: "Rocky Mountain Refuge" by Nicky James
Rocky Mountain Refuge - Nicky James

 

~ 4 stars ~

 

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review 2018-04-24 22:41
Troublemaker
Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology - Rebecca Paley,Leah Remini

Last year, I discovered the show with Leah Remini and Mike Rinder and was mesmerized by the stories from former members of the "religion" and when it was mentioned that she had written a book, I marked it TBR and then put it on my Amazon List waiting for it to come down on price, which it hadn't when I found it on the library (Overdrive) and borrowed it. 

 

She starts with her life before, during and after and some of the things that the "religion" did to these children was horrifying. 

 

I think that she was very brave for putting all the things she did into the book and am grateful that she wrote this book for everyone. 

 

 

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review 2018-04-24 22:34
Stork Raving Mad
Stork Raving Mad - Donna Andrews

Meg is on the last of her pregnancy with twins. She and Michael had decided that while the twins are fraternal, they don't want to find out the last great mystery until they are born. She has a room set up for them and spends a lot of time resting, but her house is full to the brim with her brother, Rob, and cousin, Rose, that Michael calls borders since they have lived with them for so long in the 3rd-floor rooms. They are housing her grandfather, Dr. Blake because there are no rooms at the inn (the hotel that he always stays at). With this, they are also housing about 2 dozen drama students and about half a dozen of Rob's student interns. The reason they have so many in their home is that the school's boiler has broken and the Shiffley's won't fix the boiler until they are paid the half a million they are already owed for work they have already completed at the college. This is contentious and to top all of this off, two people from the college have shown up to state they are not allowing a show to happen and they are refusing to allow a student who has done all his paperwork for his doctoral thesis to continue with the work that he has completed already. 

 

They are so foul and hated that it is no surprise that one of them has been found dead in the library of the house and there are so many suspects available for the chief to try to wade through. Poor Meg, being so big in her final months (she is 8 1/2 months along) just wants to find places to sit and rest and keeps finding out information for the chief to help him solve the mystery. 

 

The only thing I didn't like (spoiler alert) is that at the end of the story they say she has gone into labor and is being taken to the hospital, but they don't say what she has (boys, girls or boy/girl) or their names and you have to wait for the next book (or find and read the next book). 

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text 2018-04-23 16:50
Reading progress update: I've read 61%. - this is so good and so gut-wrenchingly sad
Letters To My Husband - Stephanie Butland

This book started with a tidal wave of grief that left me breathless and wondering where it could go from there. Then I saw that there was a timeline format of Now, Then and Between which I wasn't sure would work.

 

It works well because it's so well judged. It broadens out the world and makes me look at the people in a new context.

 

The thing I like most though is that there are no villains and no saints. These are people, some of whom are nicer than others but they're doing what they can with what they have and sometimes even trying to help each other. The odd thing is that amplifies the impact of the grief.

 

I'm reading this slowly, partly because it's too good to miss and partly because there's only so much I can take of this emotional turmoil in a day.

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