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review 2017-02-24 08:55
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Second Draft - C.M. Seabrook,Carter Blake,Tanya Baikie

Carter and Layla met with a wham!  Then they run in to one another again.  Now if only he can convince her to give him her number....

 

Layla just wants a real future with a real family.  She has been hurt in the past.  Can she find all she has been looking for in a man who hasn't been around?  

 

This book was just so unexpected.  I loved how the characters just could not resist each other.  It was nice also to see them become friends.  I could not put this down.  I give this story a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2017-02-23 08:14
The Age of Genomes: Tales from the front Lines of Genetic Medicine by Steven Lipkin and Jon Luoma
The Age of Genomes: Tales from the Front Lines of Genetic Medicine - Steven M. Lipkin,Jon Luoma

This book is a collection of "tales from the front lines of genetic medicine".  The author discusses what is possible and not possible with current genetic technology.  He also discusses some of the ethical issues of this technology.  This book is set out in a conversational tone describing case studies, with limited science or technical discussion.  In short, interesting if you haven't read much on genetics, nothing new if you have.

 

OTHER BOOKS:

 

~Junk DNA by Nessa Carey

~The Epigentics Revolution by Nessa Carey

~ Mutants:  On Genetic Variety and the Human Body by Armand Marie Leroi

 

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text 2017-02-23 05:53
Reading progress update: I've read 25%.
Clarkesworld Magazine Issue 71 - Sofia Samatar,Neil Clarke,Kij Johnson,Catherynne M. Valente

 

Now, kids, don't forget to register your gift with the Ladies' Auxiliary. We wouldn't want your Daddy to get two of the same gift! How embarrassing! That's why Gimbels carries the complete Whole Father line, right next to the registration desk so your Father's Day is a perfect one.

 

Wuh? OMG! No wonder his "job is here" and the days alloted, and... damn! They are the only ones that don't go to war, aren't they?

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review 2017-02-23 04:13
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Silently and Very Fast - Catherynne M. Valente

This was so fucking weird. Gorgeous mind-screw. There is no way to really understand unless you walk the fine edge between paying close attention and just letting it flow. I can't even give a proper summary without diving into spoiler territory.

 

Dream-like and powerful in imagery, heavy on symbol, it draws a lot on traditional narrative devices and gives stark, analytical spins to them, (sometimes to such a violent degree, it becomes surprising or disquieting, and I've done my fair amount of research on the psychology of myth and fairy-tales; that's Valente for you). Monomyth is a concept that comes up a lot. Turing test too, to an ironic (bittersweet, vindictive, awesome) final mention.

 

It's a slow piece, patchwork style and complex. It demands you to think, about what you are reading and about things like the definition of feelings, of love, of being and self, of likeness and difference, of knowledge against imitation, and where the line is drawn. I had to reassess many of them in my mind as I read, and that's really something.

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review 2017-02-23 01:04
ARC Review: Class Distinctions by Rick R. Reed
Class Distinctions - Rick R. Reed

I read the 2nd edition of this book, out 2/25/17. 

 

 

 

A quick glimpse into the relationship and almost break-up of two college kids who are young, dumb, and in love.

Kyle and Jonathan, both freshmen at university, are madly in love. Except Kyle is ashamed of his humble background and believes that Jonathan and his rich parents will look down on Kyle's poor mother when they'll meet at the upcoming Parents' Weekend.

So, clearly, it's easier to just break Jonathan's heart, and his own. Right? Wrong!

In actuality, this book is simply too short. We don't get a full picture of their relationship, so it's difficult (not impossible) for the reader to put herself into the shoes of these young and dumb kids.

I would applaud Jonathan for not giving up on Kyle (after the initial shock wears off), and going after what he wants, demanding an explanation for that which is to him inexplicable. He does listen and learns something new about his boyfriend.

Kyle too learns that maybe he should have not assumed and instead be a grown-up and talk about his fears. Pulling the crap he pulled didn't win him any favors with me, even if I could to some extent understand his fears. Shame wasn't a good look on him, and while I felt sorry for him during his pain, he did bring this on himself.

The author does a really good job exploring the relationship each boy has with his mother, and that's where this book really worked. I also liked that we got a dual POV, as both Jonathan and Kyle deal with their equally broken hearts. There was a lot of emotion that really came across well in those lines.

I also liked that they both felt drawn to the special place where they shared their first kiss, and thus got a chance to find their way back to each other.

Still... not my favorite by this author. I think this story might have worked a little better if we had been given a bit of a lead-up to their almost break-up, and thus seen why they were so devastated, instead of simply being told they were.


** I received a free copy of this book from Signal Boost promotions as part of the re-release of this story. A positive review was not promised in return. **

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