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review 2017-04-24 03:41
Really??
Evonnia & the Maiden - Keira Michelle Telford

I'm not sure what Miss Tellford is doing lately but I'm not really enjoying these shorts of hers. The overall plots draw me in but when I begin reading them I'm left feeling like the attempt was very poor and the dynamic was executed poorly. This was supposed to be a steamy one-shot, but it was anything but that. The sexual dialogue and description were very childish and silly even. It was so outlandish it was like 'Oh come already!'. Some people might enjoy that angle, but I am not one of them.

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review 2017-04-23 18:14
I Will Fear No Reread.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

So I have finished it. Was I disappointed? No. Was it as good as I remembered it? No. The story was entertaining but it didn't make a lot of sense, esp. towards the end. It also lacked depth. It was through and through a product of the hippy era which in itself is not a bad thing. It could have been so much more, though. It was amusing and whiled away a few hours and you can't ask much more than that.

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text 2017-04-22 21:18
Reading progress update: I've read 344 out of 414 pages.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

I'm enjoying this book a lot more now. I can't put my finger on why though. I think maybe that my initial expectations were just too high. I had built it up in my memory as this amazing work but once I got over my initial disappointment and took it at face value it grew on me again. I can't say that it lives up to my memories but I find myself occasionally sniggering at the dialogue between Eunice and Johann. The topic still hasn't changed, it is still all about practising procreation pretty much all of the time but for some reason I don't find it so annoyingly repetitive. It does leave me wondering though: was this how Heinlein thought all the time? Or was this how he thought women think? Or did he just wish that women thought that way?

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review 2017-04-19 18:50
Hmmmm..
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle - Jay Rubin,Haruki Murakami

I received this book as a Xmas present and started reading it in early January. For one reason or the other, I put it down, and only recently picked it back up again. Today I finally finished it! I must admit that this was a very strange read, perhaps even stranger for me than 'An Invitation to A Beheading' by Vladimir Nabokov. Needless to say, I found it very eccentric and to be honest this is my first time reading anything by Murakami. So I could just not be used to his writing style. But based on what I've read from this title, this is what I think. From the beginning, I was fascinated by what was happening, charmed even. Even if some of the events going on in the book were a bit odd, it was enduring. However, that eventually grew old and I found myself not being able to pay attention.

 

A lot of the book dragged on and on and was very long winded. I hated to say there were several parts that I active was saying 'Get to the point already!' Yet at other parts, I would find myself drawn in and there I was immersed once more. But the same feeling would return and I felt like this continued to be an endless cycle. I'll be the first to admit there were several times, that I didn't have a clue about what was going on. Whether it is mine lack of understanding of what the author was trying to bring forth, or whether it truly just filler, I don't know. But the overall book felt very manic pixie dream to me. But I can't dislike this title either because there were parts that I thoroughly enjoyed. Maybe someday I'll go back and re-read and change my stance, but for now, I'm not totally in love with this title.

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text 2017-04-17 18:37
Reading progress update: I've read 172 out of 414 pages.
I Will Fear No Evil - Robert A. Heinlein

Oh dear, this is not going as well as expected!

I'm sure I'm not really spoiling it for anyone if I say that so far Johann has woken up in his secretary's body. Ok, so I remember that but what I don't remember is the lack of depth to the story. The characters are soooo one dimensional! Eunice is a sex fiend and gets what she wants by manipulating men (and women) with the promise of sexual favours. It seems that as far as she is concerned EVERYTHING can be solved using her physical charms. Although I consider myself to be pretty liberal and certainly not some radical feminist I am finding this character rather...offensive, is probably the word I am looking for. The men aren't any better, they all respond to this in the same primitive way - they give her what she wants because she is beautiful and kisses them. Ok, so with 2 people inhabiting one body, sexual behaviour can get rather complicated, especially when one is a man and one is a woman but this could have been exploited to the plot's advantage, that would at least have made it more interesting. Instead, the body is still driven by Eunice while Johann takes a back seat and just goes along for the ride.

I just don't know...let's see how I feel at the end. At the moment it is all rather repetitive.

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