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review 2017-12-10 20:15
The Jungle Book (Disney The Jungle Book) - Walt Disney Company


Good book. A nice, simple summary of the film adaptation. Good illustrations. A bit wordy, but still easy to understand.

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review 2017-12-10 17:30
All is Fair by Emma Newman
All is Fair: The Split Worlds - Book Three - Emma Newman

Series: Split Worlds #3


This book took me quite a while to get through, so this is actually the first book I've finished in December, but that shouldn't be viewed as a negative reflection on the book. The book (and the series) is great. Here we have the aftermath of the last book playing out and Cathy learns more about the Agency and tries to find new ways to help people in the Nether now that she's duchess. William even redeems himself a bit and the side plot with Lord Iron really didn't go the way I expected. I didn't expect the sorcerer of Mercia stuff to go the way it did either. Unexpectedness all around! 


The green cover lets me count this for square 10 for Festive tasks, Pancha Ganapati: read a book whose cover has one of the 5 colors of the holiday: red, blue, green, orange, or yellow.


I've decided to count this book for square 7's International Human Rights Day book instead, read any story revolving around the rights of others either being defended or abused. Cathy learns that even though she's paying the Agency for her servants as if they're earning wages, the servants don't actually receive wages and so she sets out to change this in her household. She also tries to seek out like-minded people who could help her fight for women's rights in the Nether.


And you know what's next in the series? The fourth book! (I'm pretty that's one of the other squares). [edit: square 5, actually: Advent]


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review 2017-12-10 17:00
great story, great characters
Heartbeat (Hollywood Hearts Book 3) - Be... Heartbeat (Hollywood Hearts Book 3) - Belinda Williams

Chloe’s good friends were Faith, Ally, and Lena . It was Chloe’s twenty first birthday party. Tonight five hundred people would be joining Chloe and her friends at her mother's estate. Chloe’s mom was a retired actress. Chloe couldn’t believe the band Gypsy Hour would be playing at her birthday party. Chloe had been acting since she was six so she was a well known actress known for her innocence and sweetness. Chloe couldn’t wait to meet the members of Gypsy Hour and she had a crush on the drummer Gabe. Chloe was innocent as she was still a virgin. Chloe did have a great time at her party even if she had been a little awed by Gabe. Chloe had drank a lot more than she normally did but you only turned twenty one once. At about two a m Chloe had to go to the bathroom and decided to use a guest bathroom and went into the guest room and Johnny was there with only his jeans on. He gave Chloe a birthday kiss and gropped her chest for a second and then Chloe slapped him. Someone had taped it but left out the slap. It was all over the internet shortly thereafter. Then an offer came through Chloe’s agent to d a music video with Gypsy Hour. Chloe didn’t want to do the video she felt she had blown her chance to get to know Gabe. But Chloe sis end up doing the video and talks to Gabe and they end up dating each other.

I loved this book. It was a short terrific enjoyable romance I loved how Chloe always believed in Gabe. I also loved how Chloe got Gabe and her very shy brother Damon to meet and start jamming together. I loved how close and caring Chloe was with Damon. I loved how the author showed how difficult coming out of the closet especially in a famous family was especially for someone like Damon. I thought there was a lot of realism in this book. I love how protective Gabe was of Chloe. But also Viktor who cared more than a bodyguard normally would about Chloe. I adored the ending of this book it was just great and brought everything together. I loved Chloe and Gabe together. I loved the plot and pace of this book. I loved Chloe and her good friends relationship and how they were all there for her. I couldn’t find a single thing I didn’t love about this book. I loved the characters and the ins and outs of thos book and I highly recommend.

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review 2017-12-10 12:34
A Fun, Enjoyable Historical Young Adult Book Not To Be Miss
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

Historical fiction is a genre I am most interested to read but have a fear that I might put it down. One week ago, I have heard a lot of good reviews and opinions about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue and with an upcoming book discussion and Skype with Mackenzi Lee. Here's some thing I have to be honest about - I would never pick up a book with a book cover that features a real person. I admit I was skeptical at first but after a while, just trusting my intuitive I give it a go and read it.


I have no regrets in the end.


Set in a 18th century period, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue begins with Henry 'Monty' Montague, a care less, young drunk charmer who happens to be a born gentleman from a high-class family waking up next to his best friend Percy, one day before their Grand Tour around Europe. Tagging along is Henry's sister Felicity, who is on her way to a boarding school. Every thing was thought as plan by Henry's father, only that it goes very wrong because of Monty's behavior that leads to (surprise) an unexpected turn of events filled with adventure, mystery, conspiracy, a little bit of science and of course, romance. For a young adult book, its a fun read. What is more surprising is that its so light and easy, its enjoyable in many ways. While its pretty straight forward, its the combination of all that makes this relaxing that doesn't need much deep thought but just sit back, rest and drink your preferred tea (or coffee).


I would recommend this without a doubt for anyone who wants light reading or a historical buff but in a young adult manner. I can't say much as it will spoil a whole lot more but this is a book, despite how people say never judge a book by its cover, should pick it up and read it.

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review 2017-12-10 05:52
Who am I? : "A Scanner Darkly" by Philip K. Dick
A Scanner Darkly - Philip K. Dick

I'm a big Pynchon fan, too, so don't get me wrong here, but it seems to me like the main difference between Dick's writing style and Pynchon's--or at least, the difference that mostly accounts for Dick being treated as a "pulp" author with some interesting ideas whereas Pynchon is considered a major "literary" figure--is simply that Dick tends to write in crisp, straightforward sentences that just directly say what he means to say, whereas Pynchon's writing is (in)famously dense with allusion and rambling esoteric figurative expressions to the point where it can be an intellectual exercise in its own right just trying to figure out what the hell Pynchon is trying to say.


All of which makes major Dick novels like “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” or “Radio Free Albemuth” sort of resemble, IMHO, what “Gravity's Rainbow” might have looked like if Pynchon had been working with editors who expected him to actually keep tight deadlines.


I think Dick was really gifted as a wry satirist, too, and this is something I think he's often under-appreciated for. Probably my favourite single episode in all of Dick's stories I've ever read--and I was quite overjoyed to see this faithfully recreated in the film adaptation--is still the "suicide" sequence from “A Scanner Darkly”. In short, I don't think Dick was ever bad at writing--he just doesn't seem to have had any real interest in the kind of writing that people like James Joyce or William Burroughs (or Pynchon, for whom to my mind it seems that both Joyce and Burroughs were major stylistic influences) were famous for.



If you're into SF, read on.

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