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text 2019-01-19 15:11
Reading progress update: I've read 52 out of 291 pages.
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Well, this settles it, BT. The creep is truly a creep:


Kenneth liked his walks, because his mind raced madly, inspired by the ever-changing objects that his eyes fell upon - a baby carriage, a policeman, a couple of overdressed women glimpsed briefly in a taxi, a fat woman lugging home still more to eat in huge grocery bags, and the smug people into whose living-room windows he could see - men in shirtsleeves watching television, a wife coming in with a tray of beers, warm yellow lights falling on bookshelves and framed pictures.

Snobs. Crooks, too, otherwise how´d they get so rich, how they´d get a woman to live with them and serve them? Kenneth had little use for women, and believed they gravitated only towards men with money to buy them and to spend on them. He was convinced women had no sexual drive at all, or not enough to warrant mentioning, and that they used their physical charms merely to lure men towards them.



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text 2019-01-19 10:52
New BR: A Dog's Ransom
A Dog's Ransom - Patricia Highsmith

Greta showed Ed the letter as soon as he came in the door. ‘I couldn’t help opening it, Eddie, because I knew it was from this – that creep.’

Just a heads up that Lillelara and I are embarking on our next Highsmith buddy read today: A Dog's Ransom


If the first line of the book (quoted above) is anything to go by, this should be fun and we should be back to "normal" Highsmith levels of messed up stories after the disappointment that was A Game for the Living


So, really just a note to say, there may be a few updates in you feed this weekend.

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review 2019-01-11 14:25
ARC REVIEW Summer of Love by Sidney Bristol
The Love Barn #2, I'm loving the Lively's. The only weddings Benjamin Lively is worried about are the ones that take place at his families wedding venue The Love Barn. Benji is enjoying life and has no plans to settle down himself anytime soon that is until he sees Dixie again. Dixie Applewhite is finally free from her husband after a grueling two year long divorce she plans to make up for lost time and she decides a summer fling with her secret high school crush Benji is just the thing she needs.

Benji has had a crush on Dixie since high school but he respected that she was in a relationship with someone else. Dixie was with Jace since she was 13 and she always thought him her Prince Charming until he wasn't any more. Dixie realized he was controlling and she had changed so much about herself to please him and his mother; it wasn't worth it anymore she wanted to be back in charge of her life. Being single for the first time in forever Dixie wasn't ready for a full fledged relationship so Benji and her started with just friendship until the sexual tension couldn't be ignored. Benji's problem was that he was already half in love with Dixie and the longer they are together the more the fling becomes something real.

Overall, this was a good read. It's written in third person mainly from over the shoulder of Benji and Dixie.I love Sidney Bristol's writing she really brings her characters to life and you empathize with them so much. That little Texas town of Ransom has become so real for me. Elizabeth better get her own HEA, I don't care what series it's in she just needs one! I liked the progression of the relationship and how stubborn Dixie was. I loved the side story with Garth, Benji's older brother, that really showed how much a person, ie. Benji, can mature when they need to. The little tease about Garth and the next book at the end was nice, I was hoping that was going to happen so I can't wait for that book.    


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review 2018-12-13 15:11
Review: A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs
A Map of Days - Ransom Riggs

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs is the fourth book in the Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children series. Jacob Portman is back in Florida trying to convince his parents that everything is fine.

This story picks up where the third installment left off. I absolutely love how the author uses old vintage photos to create his story. So brilliant, and fun to read, this series has become one of my all time favorite stories.

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review 2018-11-29 14:10
The Gods are Infantile and Infinitely Wise: "Ransom" by David Malouf
Ransom - David Malouf

(Original Review, 2010-01-15)

Someone else mentioned David Malouf's “Ransom” in a linked discussion. I highly recommend the book to others once they've been through “Homer.” What Mr. Malouf does with the relationship between Priam and Achilles manages - I think - to hold fast with the classic but simultaneously locate Homer's work in a contemporary context (2009 is barely yesterday in terms of the ages we're contemplating here). What Mr. Malouf does with Somax at the end is very clever, very satisfying to my modern inclination.
If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.


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