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review 2018-11-11 01:40
Social Intercourse
Social Intercourse - Greg Howard

Beck and Jax suddenly find themselves thrown together when their parents start dating one another and neither is happy about this. Beck is an openly gay guy living in a conservative small town with his single dad after his mother left both of them a few years ago. Jax is the school's star quarterback and son of two moms who recently separated who he's been trying to get back together, so having one of his mothers dating Beck's dad is wrecking that plan. The two boys decide to join forces to split their parents up while also helping put together their town's first Rainbow Prom (It's all part of their plan).


Social Intercourse was an engaging read right from the start. It had compelling characters and a plot that kept me reading. There was a lot going on, but it never felt like too much. It's just unfortunate that it has so much rampant unchecked misogyny and biphobia.


Beck lets the misogyny out right away when he meets Jax's mother, Tracee. His meeting of her is unfortunate since he walks in on her and his father in an intimate moment. From that point on he refers to her as a thing, a whore, or his favorite, Big Titties. He only starts referring to her by name once he begins bonding with her son. Otherwise, she's not deserving of respect.


Then there's the fact that Tracee was married to a woman, but is now dating a man. Jax is insistent on referring to her as a lesbian, despite the fact that he is bisexual and therefore knows that bisexual people exist, and says that she's going to dump Beck's dad because she misses vagina too much. He has one moment of wondering early on if maybe she's bisexual, but that passes and is never thought of again.


Jax then gets to face some biphobia of his own at the end of the book.

When he tells Beck he likes him, Beck asks Jax what happens when Jax starts to miss vagina.

(spoiler show)

That's not how bisexuality works. The fact that he thinks that's a valid question to ask a bisexual person makes me think that's not the last time Jax is going to hear that.


Beck and Jax do some awful things to try to break their parents apart.

In an attempt to make Tracee jealous, they trick JoJo into thinking homophobic bigots have discovered where she lived, followed her home, and thrown a rock into her window so that she'll call a Doris, a cop who likes her. Beck and Jax make her feel unsafe in her own home. Jax watched these bigots make JoJo cry earlier, and now he makes her think they've found her home. That's just so horrible.

(spoiler show)


And then Beck tricks Tracee into thinking his dad beats him after learning that would be a dealbreaker for her since Jax was abused by his birth parents before Tracee and JoJo were able to adopt him. There's no thought about how he could be potentially wrecking his dad's life if Tracee reported it. He eventually does come clean about the lie, but to pretend to be abused in the first place is terrible.

(spoiler show)


Side characters are pretty flat and stereotypical. Friends exist to just to be supportive of Beck and Jax. Villains are over-the-top homophobic (and sometimes racist) bigots.

The leader of the homophobic church and one of the men who work there are even outed as gay men who are clearly dealing with a ton of internalized homophobia.

(spoiler show)


It's honestly impressive that I enjoyed the book as much as I did with everything that happened in the book. The unchecked misogyny and biphobia. The awful actions of Beck and Jax. And some other bits of bigotry that popped up, including a random bit of racism that came from Beck's best friend in the last couple pages that was literally her last line in the book. The writing itself was fun and kept me entertained, but the content also had me cringing a lot or getting angry just as often. And that really cut into my overall enjoyment of the book.

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text 2018-11-05 06:58
A network of the banking system in UAE

To understand the banking system and its functions in UAE is not an easy task. This sector is linked with all of the other departments including Dubai trade and other businesses. So before moving towards the understanding of business trends, the first structure of the banking system is needed to understand.


We see that most of the investors and traders who are working in UAE are not well-familiar with the local region. It is also difficult for international traders and investors to get the whole idea and opportunities regarding local arena without the help of locals. So there is always a need for a dedicated relationship manager. Now, who is this person is another debate and we have to focus it in the coming paragraph.


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Coming back towards our main topic which is related to the banking sector, these are the following type of banks working in UAE:

  • Investment Bank
  • Premium Banking
  • Commercial banking
  • Traditional banks
  • Offshore Banks


There is a number of other banks including the Islamic banking system, wealth management banks, and insurance banks but it would be difficult to handle all of these in one article. So stick to these, Abu Dhabi Investment bank is one of the best options for investment services. They provide a complete guidance and equipment regarding your investment projects in UAE territory.


Besides this top banks in Dubai are also very much cooperative and help their customers for their business setup whether a small enterprise or a big project. They also guide you about the local environment and timing for grabbing opportunities from different trading markets.



There is another option for most of the frequent travelers in the form of best premium banking which is important for getting travel discount offers. Suppose you travel a lot from Dubai to other countries in a frequent manner due to your business setups. Now as your travel costs make a lot cut on your resources due to expensive flight tickets. If you have are availing premium banking services, you can get maximum travel points by using a premium credit card. In this way, you can compensate for your travel expenses.


What is the role of a dedicated relationship bank in UAE?


There are many factors and elements which are necessary to make a business successful in UAE. Make sure that your business plan either a small business setup or multinational investment projects would be catered by a . Such kind of banks provide services of financial managers who are pretty much aware of the latest trends in the trading markets.

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text 2018-10-17 07:45
Talent Relationship Management Market Volumes with Demand Factors and Opportunities 2018-2025

October 17, 2018: This report focuses on the global Talent Relationship Management status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players. The study objectives are to present the Talent Relationship Management development in United States, Europe and China.


In 2017, the global Talent Relationship Management market size was  million US$ and it is expected to reach  million US$ by the end of 2025, with a CAGR of  during 2018-2025.

The key players covered in this study

  • SAP
  • Oracle
  • Yello

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  • Softgarden e-recruiting
  • The St. John Group
  • rexx systems
  • Thrive
  • Clockwork

Market segment by Type, the product can be split into

  • Internal Talent Relationship Management
  • External Talent Relationship Management

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Market segment by Application, split into

  • Small and Medium Businesses (SMB)
  • Large Businesses

Market segment by Regions/Countries, this report covers

  • United States
  • Europe
  • China
  • Japan
  • Southeast Asia
  • India
  • Central & South America

The study objectives of this report are:

  • To analyze global Talent Relationship Management status, future forecast, growth opportunity, key market and key players.
  • To present the Talent Relationship Management development in United States, Europe and China.
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their development plan and strategies.
  • To define, describe and forecast the market by product type, market and key regions.

In this study, the years considered to estimate the market size of Talent Relationship Management are as follows:

  • History Year: 2013-2017
  • Base Year: 2017
  • Estimated Year: 2018
  • Forecast Year 2018 to 2025

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review 2018-10-04 14:48
A love letter in the guise of a horror book dealing with a painful topic. Highly recommended.
Creature (Fiction Without Frontiers) - Hunter Shea

Thanks to NetGalley and to Flame Tree Press for providing me an ARC copy of this novel that I freely chose to review.

I have read great reviews of this author’s books, all in the horror genre, and a recent one (by Char Horror, whose reviews I follow on BookLikes) convinced me to read one of his novels. I was lucky enough to find it on offer at NetGalley, and yes, the reviewers were right. It is a book worthy of reading.

It is difficult to review this book without giving too much of the plot and possible spoilers away. If I had to define this book, I’d say it is a love letter. I know it might sound strange when we are talking about a horror book, but there you have it. Of course, there are many elements of horror as well, but from reading some of the comments I guess this is a far cry from the author’s usual romp-and-munch monster books (or “cryptozoological”, as he defines them). There is a monster, well, a creature, although it comes in quite late in the book (we do feel some dark presence well before that, though), but this is a story that starts as a domestic drama and shares many of its elements. The protagonists, Kate and Andrew, are a young couple. Their life is completely taken by the wife’s chronic autoimmune and genetic illnesses (Ehlers-Danlos and lupus) and what it takes to keep her alive. She is a virtual prisoner at home and most of the time she struggles to even get out of bed. Her husband has a job but spends most of his spare time looking after his wife, and the rest of the time thinking about her. They have a dog, Buttons, who keeps watch over Kate, and she survives thanks to cocktails of pain relief medications, experimental treatments that bring on their own kind of hell, watching black and white movies and the support of her husband. When he manages to secure a few weeks off and a cottage by a lake in Maine, they both hope they will have a reprieve and a break from real life. Unfortunately…

The book, written in the third person, alternates the points of views of wife and husband, and the author is very skilled at describing the feelings of the couple, the effects of the illness, both physical and psychological (although Kate is the perfect example of the unreliable narrator, due to her illness and the pain-killers and other medications she takes, she is very articulate and finds ways to explain her symptoms that make us share in her suffering more vividly than many scare books) on both, and the toll it takes on a relationship to have to battle with such terrible monsters day-after-day. Yes, there are “real” monsters and also the illness, which is more monstrous, in many ways, than any monster, because it lives inside and it feeds off the person, literally. It is evident on reading it that the author has close and deep knowledge of the subject, and this is confirmed later in the afterword, which I found very moving.

The characters, which include the couple, Kate’s brother, Riker, and British sister-in-law, Nikki, are sympathetic, likeable, but also realistically portrayed, especially the central couple. If at times Andrew seems almost saintly in his patience and never-ending acceptance of his caring role, there are times when he gives way to anger, frustration, and a touch of egotism and selfishness. He also acknowledges that after so long battling with his wife’s illness, he might no longer know how to be anything else but her husband and carer. Kate is in and out of medication-induced slumber, at times hides things from Andrew, is not always wise and takes unnecessary risks, at least from her husband’s perspective. Theirs is not a perfect relationship, but considering the strain they labour under, it is pretty amazing in its strength and solidity.

The novel is claustrophobic despite its location and the brief excursions into nature. We are mostly reduced to the inside of the house/cottage, and to a single room most of the time, and that adds to the feeling of anxiety and tension that increases slowly but ramps up towards the end of the story. I kept thinking about Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game because of the location, and the way the story plays with the power of the mind to conjure up ghosts and monster from the dark recesses of our consciousness, but the background and the central theme are very different.

What about the creature? I am sure readers of horror will wonder from early on what the nature of that presence is. At first we have unexplained attacks on the couple and they do try to find rational explanations to allay their fears (and at some points, it looks as if the story is going to bear off into home invasion ground), but eventually, a not-easy-to-explain-away-rationally creature appears. What this creature is and where it comes from is something you can decide for yourselves, although there are clear indications and even explanations offered during the novel that make sense within the context. I did suspect what might be behind it from quite early on, but it is very well done and it fits into the logic of the story (however we might feel about horror and its hidden meaning).

Now, some notes of caution. There is a scene where the characters exchange jokes in poor taste, which might offend readers (yes, even horror readers), and although people in extreme situations might find refuge in pretty dark humour, there are topics that many people find disturbing. There is also quite extreme gore and explicit violence, although I don’t think that would put off fans of the genre.

As mentioned, this is not a standard horror book and it might be enjoyed by readers interested in domestic drama, chronic illnesses, and great writing, if they have a strong enough stomach to deal with the gore. There are also questions and answers at the end that would make the book suitable for book clubs interested in the genre and the central topic. Although I know this is not perhaps a typical example of Shea’s writing, I am impressed and intend to catch up on some of his other books, and his podcast. Hats off to him for his bravery in tackling this difficult subject, and I hope it was as therapeutic for him as he states.

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review 2018-09-23 19:59
Review: “One-Eyed Royals” (Seven of Spades, #4) by Cordelia Kingsbridge
One-Eyed Royals - Cordelia Kingsbridge


~ 5 STARS ~


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