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Sleeping with Monsters
Sleeping with Monsters: Readings and Reactions in Science Fiction and Fantasy - Liz Bourke

It's a review book for the related works category.   I forgot Provenance at home and am at the summer house for the rest of the week. 

 

Finishing Provenance and Crash Override will be at the top of my to do list, and this one as well.   Another excerpt, and I'm enjoying it more than I usually enjoy nonfiction. 

 

"Perhaps it is in the tradi- tion of cyberpunk, but it doesn’t have the garish obsession with its own cool shit, or the in-your-face swagger I associate with that subgenre."

 

So the garish obsession with it's own cool shit and the in-your-face swagger of cyberpunk?   Liz speaks of them a bit dismissively, and that's okay: they're thing she doesn't like.   But she nailed two of the superficial literary kinks I have.   I think it's fair to point out because she lists her kinks and there's an argument for subjective reviews - like Liz's - to become conversations where other people point out what they like in the introduction to this book.   

 

I also ordered this from the ILL and it will be my third priority, but right now it's Provenance, Crash Override, Sleeping with Monsters - although I've yet to finish the excerpts/books included in the packet in this category - and then moving onto more Hugo reading.

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photo 2017-11-10 16:01

My new book is live! It's a satire about concentration camps for fat people and bureaucracy gone mad. (Don't worry, it's a love story.)

 

You can find it on Amazon and other bookstores now!

 

If you're interested in hearing me read from it, here I am reading the first and fourth chapters now.

 

I did chapter two here.

Source: markarayner.com/the-fatness
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review 2017-03-21 15:39
Book Review - Essential Readings and Study Guide: Poems about Social Justice, Women's Rights, and the Environment by KV Dominic
K. V. Dominic Essential Readings and Study Guide: Poems about Social Justice, Women's Rights, and the Environment - K.V. Dominic
The authors topics and themes he used for his poetry had me gripped from the first to the last page. The useful question's at the end of each one, checking for understanding, is an additional bonus.


As for any poet the subject matter is key, the author writes from his heart and is not afraid to challenge and test the reader with his beliefs. No situation or emotion is left uncovered, from birth to death and love to hate, politics and religion and the one thing that touches everyones heart our love for our pets. 

When you read each individual poem it will strike a chord and make you really challenge your own morals. The honesty and integrity of the writer shines through. 

Scholars will love the scripts as it will lead to endless discussions over their interpretation of the words and meanings.

 

https://beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/book-review-essential-readings-and.html

 

 

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2017/03/book-review-essential-readings-and.html
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The Coldest Girl Coldtown - My Thoughts
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black

Rating 4.5 Stars - Audio Version.

I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I just wanted to say Christine Lakin (the narrator) did a marvelous job with all the voices, she really gave this story life. The music was a wonderful touch as well, really added to the suspense & really should be included in more readings.

Tana was one of those characters that drive you nuts, but in the best of ways. At the beginning there she is sitting surrounded by corpses having a full on mental breakdown. Her brain just said 'nope, can't do this' & switched off for a few hours. Of course in turn I was like 'move you bloody idiot!' with the best of intention of course, I didn't want her to end up like everyone else. But the thing is her reaction, no matter how frustrating was realistic. You grab a teenager & throw them in a situation like that of course they're going to loose their shit. This is a big part of why I enjoyed this book so much, another factor was after Tana had her spaz moment, she picked her ass off the floor & planed her best course of action. No running around screaming, or being hysterical. Tana used her brains to improve her situation. Gotta love a girl like that!

This is pretty much how the rest of the story went - shit would go down and Tana would react, then use her noggin to improve her situation with the knowledge and skills she possessed at the time. Plus the girl had some Made self awareness. She knew she occasionally made reckless and insane decisions but she also knew why she did it. There's thousands of adults who wonder around on a daily bases doing this exact thing with no clue as to why they did it. 'It's just who they are'. Pfft. Tana (yes a fictional character, but the point still stands) could see when she was spiraling down hill and take maters into her own hands.

Anyways I'll stop fangirling over Holy Blacks talent to write fascinating characters (hello Gabriel) or her incredible skill at creating the scene, leaving me to be very concerned and creeped out throughout certain parts of the book..... okay after I say a few more things, then I'll stop!
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown could be pretty gory at times (makes sense being a vampire story) what sets this book apart from others was Tana's intimate fixation with said gore. She at times would go into hyper-awareness & just forget everything except what she was focused on with an unusual combination of lust and disgust. I'm not sure how H.B pulled it off to be honest but kudos! She did a spectacular job of it. Even I couldn't help but be dragged under and feel similar sensations when hearing from Tana's POV, which equaled a confusing mix of feelings and emotions for me. Which I imagine had probably been the point.

All in all I am a massive fan of this audiobook. It was perfect for Halloween (even if we don't officially celebrate here in Aus). I'm cut up that this isn't a series, I would have loved to read further adventures of Tana & Gab's. Bound to have been interesting that's for sure.

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