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text 2019-03-20 21:35
Reading progress update: I've read 3%.
The Nix - Nathan Hill

I´m listening to this book on audio and I will add the audiobook edition later in the week. Tonight I´m just too tired to do it. But I´m tired for a good reason, because I have just come back from my local theater and a splendid perfomance of Oscar Wilde´s "The Importance of Being Earnest".

 

Anyhow, I´m not too far into the book, but so far the narrator Ari Fliakos is doing a great job in bringing the story to life. At least I don´t want to stop listening and I cannot wait too find out more about the main character Samuel, who is a college professor in literature and a MMORPG playing nerd.

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review 2019-03-16 20:45
Black Widow Volume 1: The Finely Woven Thread - Nathan Edmondson,Phil Noto

Meh.  Artwork is really wonderful.  Plot is meh.  I miss the fun Black Widow that was in a Marvel Team Up with Spider-Man.  

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review 2019-01-07 16:12
Good Story and Good Characters
For Finlay - J. Nathan For Finlay - J. Nathan

Caden is the perfect example of an egotistical jerk. He was no problem getting women. He is hot and he knows the women melt when he gives them his sexy wink and no. Until he meets Until he meets Finlay. Finlay hates Caden for reasons he doesn’t understand and wants to change Finlay’s mind about him. It’s tricky as he is in a relationship and wasn’t a guy who cheated. Finlay is trying to  honor the memory if her twin brother Cole. It had been his dream to play football and hopefully make it to the pros But Cole had a heart attack on the field. But Cole died too soon to see the dream fulfilled. Two years after Cole’s

death the shame and pain over her last conversion with Cole still haunts her. When the coach of the Alabama football team offers the opportunity to be the water girl for the team every practice and game , Finlay jumps at it. Finlay hopes to put her life back in order.  Caden is the star quarterback and he is the one who took Coles place. Finlay hates him. Caden hates dishonesty. Cole had been Finlays best friend as well as her twin. Cole died thinking Finlay hated him. When really Finlay was really proud of him and loved him. For her entire life finlay has run plays, watched practices and games, helped Cole to train and become better. Finlay was a freshman as she took a couple years off after Cole's death. Caden was a Junior. Cole was the football player everyone wanted to know , she used to hate it and resent Cole for all his fame in the town.. Finlay hated being referred as  Cole’s little sister . She wanted her own identity. When Finlay first starts as the watergirl Grady always had snarky comments for her until Caden stands up for her. Caden laughed at Cole’s funeral which added to Finlay’s hatred of him. Caden can’t seem to stay away from Finlay. Especially since they share a class and bus rides and keep bumping into each other at night as they both had insomnia.

I enjoyed  reading this book My attention was caught from the first page until the last. I didn’t want to put this down.This was a hate to love romance.  I chuckled at times and choked up at times while reading this. I really liked the plot and loved the pace. My heart broke for Finlay and the guilt she carried. I read this in one setting. I didn’t understand some of the scenes in this book. I didn’t really care for the ending. I felt this was fairly realistic. I loved seeing Caden and Finlay build a relationship. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of this book and I recommend it.

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review 2018-12-09 12:41
Performing in Silence: “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima
The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea - John Nathan,Yukio Mishima



(Original Review, 1981-04-24)





“They performed in silence. He trembled a little out of vanity, as when he had first scaled the mast. The woman’s lower body, like a hibernating animal half asleep, moved lethargically under the quilts; he sensed the stars of night tilting dangerously at the top of the mast. The stars slanted into the south, swung to the north, wheeled, whirled into the east, and seemed finally to be impaled on the tip of the mast. By the time he realized this was a woman, it was done...”

In “The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea” by Yukio Mishima.



I've read many scary books with frightening stories before and since, but they don't disturbed me the way this book did. The book was disturbing in a completely different way - it felt as if it was talking about me, saying something that's scary yet true about me.

 

 

 

If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

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review 2018-11-30 20:07
The Chronothon by Nathan Van Coops
The Chronothon - Nathan Van Coops

Note: Even though this is Book 2 in the series, it can be read as a stand alone.

Ben has decided to continue on with his time travel explorations. He’s been traipsing around with Mim Quickly, Dr. Quickly’s daughter. But before he knows it, he’s tricked into entering a competitive race, the Chronothon! Each competitor is matched up with a guide and they all vault through time, hunting out their specific hidden items at each stop, each hoping to be the winner. Alas, there’s a lot more going on with the Chronothon than just a simple time travel race.

I had a lot of fun with this story. I love this take on the Amazing Race. Ben has learned some great skills in the few months he’s been time traveling and this race will need all his tricks and wits. Even before he can get started, his assigned guide is murdered and he’s suspected of it! But the race must go on, so he gets a new guide (Viznir, who packs practical stuff like snacks).

There’s one weak spot in this entertaining story. It’s the ladies. Fresca from book one has a tiny cameo. Mim is a ridiculous woman who spends much of the story in a jealous sulk; the rest of the time she’s relegated to love interest & doesn’t get to do much else. There’s some new ladies introduced, out of whom Kera is the more interesting. I hope she gets a bigger part in the next book. I like her attitude and weapons. Mim grew up time traveling and yet the author hasn’t used her character for much. Such a shame. That’s a missed opportunity.

We have tons of new characters in this book. The other competitors include the kid Jonah and his dog Barley (yay!), the Ivans (two copies of the same guy), a tattooed green skin alien named Bozzle, and several others. There’s also several new bad guys like Ariella (who lured Ben into all this madness) and the time purists who don’t get names until near the end. Ben’s life is threatened more than once during the adventure. The scariest moment was when he tangled with the circus freak! Eeek! Yes, a real paid circus freak who lives and travels with a circus.

I loved the time traveling dog and his kid. Such an excellent addition to the story. This tale would have a been a bit less great without those two characters. Jonah’s special ‘organism gun’ brought a lot of humor to the story. Awesome! Can I have one of those guns? <img class="emoji" draggable="false" src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/11/svg/1f609.svg" alt="

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