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url 2015-11-15 06:18
A message from Ian McEwan in Paris
Atonement - Ian McEwan
Saturday - Ian McEwan
Enduring Love - Ian McEwan
Solar - Ian McEwan


"The death cult chose its city well—Paris, secular capital of the world, as hospitable, diverse and charming a metropolis as was ever devised. And the death cult chose its targets in the city with ghoulish, self-damning accuracy—everything they loathed stood plainly before them on a happy Friday evening: men and women in easy association, wine, free-thinking, laughter, tolerance, music—wild and satirical rock and blues. The cultists came armed with savage nihilism and a hatred that lies beyond our understanding. Their protective armour was the suicide belt, their idea of the ultimate hiding place was the virtuous after-life, where the police cannot go. (The jihadist paradise is turning out to be one of humanity’s worst ever ideas; slash and burn in this life, eternal rest among kitsch in the next).


Paris, dazed and subdued, woke this morning to reflect on its new circumstances. Those of us who were out on the town last night can only wonder at the vagaries of chance that lets us live and others die. As the slaughter began, my wife and I were in a venerable Paris institution, a cliché of the modest good life since 1845. In this charming restaurant in the sixieme, one shares crowded tables with good-willed strangers, visitors and locals in a friendly crush. With our Pouilly Fume and filets d’hareng, we were as good a target as any. The cult chose the onzieme, the dixieme, barely a mile away and we didn’t know a thing.


Now we do. What are those changed circumstances? Security will tighten and Paris must become a little less charming. The necessary tension between security and freedom will remain a challenge. The death-cult’s bullets and bombs will come again, here or somewhere else, we can be sure. The citizens of London, New York, Berlin are paying close and nervous attention. In January we were all CharlieHebdo. Now, we are all Parisians and that at least, in a dark time, is a matter of pride." 

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review 2015-10-31 03:27
{Review} Another Saturday Night and I Ain’t Got No Body by Jennie Marts
Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body - Jennie Marts

When elementary school teacher Sunny's neighbor disappears and a strange man takes up residence in the empty house next door, she and her book club friends have plenty to gossip about. He's mysterious and sexy, and Edna swears she saw him carrying a gun, but no one can figure out why he's really there — or what happened to Walter. Despite her friends' best efforts to resurrect her love life with blind dates, Sunny can't keep her eyes off the man next door, but giving into her attraction might lead to happily ever after, or it might just pair her up with a killer.

The Verdict: Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body just might be the most fun I've had reading in years.

Sunny's been in a dating rut for far too long, but while she'd love to find that special someone, she's not too worried about it. Her book club friends, on the other hand, have their own opinions on the matter. Sunny reluctantly agrees to let them set her up on a series of blind dates, and in no time, Sunny's dull summer turns slapstick crazy.

We're first introduced to the best secondary character in fiction history. Edna is one of Sunny's neighbors, a meddlesome, elderly woman who isn't exactly known for her tact. She watches the comings and goings on their street like an amateur detective, coming up with all kinds of screwball theories, but she's got a heart of gold. It's Edna who first notices the mysterious man who moves into their missing neighbor's house in the middle of the night. Sunny notices him, too, but while she's aware of Edna's suspicions, it's not Jake's gun that catches her eye first.

Jake seems like a nice enough guy, and he's more than a little easy on the eyes, but there's too much Sunny doesn't know about him. So while Sunny enjoys the view, she and the Pleasant Valley Page Turners book club do a little snooping and try to figure him out — and fix Sunny's dating life while they're at it. Their fix, however, is practically a comedy of errors, and I was so busy laughing at the scrapes Sunny found herself in that I didn't have time to wish she and Jake would just get to it already.

Another Saturday Night and I Ain't Got No Body plays out like an awesome movie centered around a group of women friends who have no real boundaries. Through it all, Edna provides constant shock and hilarity, there are some rather tender “true friendship” moments wrapped up in lots of lively fun, and the mystery surrounding Jake just gets deeper. Throw in some romance, more sleuthing, a possible stalker, and poor Sunny's dates falling apart, and you've got yourself an incredibly entertaining read.


***FicCentral received this book from The Romance Reviews for free in exchange for an honest review.


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Source: ficcentral.com/central-picks/book-review/review-another-saturday-night-and-i-aint-got-no-body-by-jennie-marts
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url 2015-07-04 17:34
Soundtrack Saturday | Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren


This is a meme hosted by Erin @ The Hardcover Lover. In this meme, I make a soundtrack of about 10 or 15 songs for a book I recently read, provide brief descriptions of the songs and what I feel they represent.


We are finally back on track with our Soundtrack Saturday posts!


This week, Cassia made a playlist for Waterfall by Lisa Tawn Bergren, which just happens to be one of her favorite historical fiction books. 


See all of the songs on the original post!




You can also find the playlist on our Crazy for YA Spotify account. 

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2015/07/soundtrack-saturday-waterfall-by-lisa.html
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url 2014-09-27 21:26
Soundtrack Saturday #1

This is our first Soundtrack Saturday! It is hosted by Erin at The Hardcover Lover. Basically, every week we pick a book and put together a list of 15-20 songs that represent the book. This week's book is..... The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black!

There is also a Spotify playlist available to download. 

Source: 4evercrazyforya.blogspot.com/2014/09/soundtrack-saturday-1-coldest-girl-in.html
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