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review 2018-02-23 21:04
Reading progress update: I've read 59 out of 220 pages.
Public Library and Other Stories - Ali Smith

This is my first Ali Smith and I'm enjoying it so much. I loved the first story about a disabled woman stuck inside a train. I have problems walking myself (muscle weakness), so I really appreciated the fact Smith had a disabled character. I hardly ever read a novel or short story with one. Does anyone know of any? The next two weren't as good, but I enjoyed them and they've cemented my love of the author. I must confess, Broken Tune, that I skipped to the end to read And so on. After you said how good it was, I had to read it and yes, it was excellent.

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review 2018-02-17 14:00
The Sky is Yours by Chandler Klang Smith
The Sky is Yours - Chandler Klang Smith

This book fits into so many genres: dystopia, fantasy, science fiction, and I could add more. This is definitely found this interesting and there was a lot going on. Definitely recommend this to anyone looking for something different then the normal. This is definitely intended for adults.

 

In this we a have a city that is clnstantly being terrorized by two dragons. The dragons have been targeting this city for a very long time. Some people have fled, others have chose to stick it out. In this world the wealthy are “safe” in their fancy homes in the outskirts of the city. In the city it is constant chaos not only because of the dragons, but also gangs.

 

I dislike all three of the main characters, but i think it is supposed to be this way.

 

There is so much in this book I seriously wonder why it wasn’t a series instead of a single installment.

 

ABOUT THE AITHOR: 

 

Chandler Klang Smith is a graduate of Bennington College and the MFA Creative Writing Program at Columbia University. Her new novel THE SKY IS YOURS is now available from Hogarth/Crown. She lives in New York City.

 

Amazon US

 

book provided by Blogging for Books

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review 2018-02-16 03:30
A Man Detached From The Living That Is Rich In Writing
The Outsider (Penguin Modern Classics) - Sandra Smith,Albert Camus

Detachment. Misunderstood. An outsider. The first time I read Albert Camus's The Outsider (also known as The Stranger for U.S. publication), I was recommended that this was his best work. With over a little 100 over pages, divided into two parts, this is a story of Meursault, a man that doesn't connect with the world of the living.

 

The book opens with a funeral of Meursault's mother. He doesn't feel any sadness of his mother, let alone feel anything at all. He shares a cigarette with a caretaker as his mother's friends attend and watch him, he doesn't shed a tear. After a few days, he met a girl named Marie and they became intimate. He made a friend as well with a colleague of his (Raymond) and soon they embark on a beach where one choice change the life of Meursault that leads him a destination he accepted, even he feels nothing towards the world of the living.

 

The Outsider in many ways speaks in volumes. The right to judge someone, the absurd condition of humankind and the right to challenge one's belief. There are many parts of this book that speaks well of people who many do not understand. I felt Meursault is not a tragic character but a character, in general, people do not understand. I for one... do. There is so much richness in this book that if read between the words, I understand that a person as simple how Meursault thinks about the world itself, its deeper than it covers the depths of a simple book. In fact, there is so much to explore and even discuss the meanings as much as how incredible and carefully written this book where its not meticulous and yet, well written in many ways. I truly enjoy the book as much as I understand the world Meursaultthinks he is in. Where one is forced to believe in God, he doesn't. Where one believes he had no attachments to his girlfriend Marie of love, but he would do what she wants him to. He did love his mother, but in his own way that nobody understands. In a point where how Meursault live his life, he felt indifferent towards what is in front of him.

 

I enjoy reading The Outsider. To me, I would recommend anyone with an open mind to read this. This is truly a book I consider a classic and its a rare thing to enjoy this much. I should have taken more time to finish this since its a short book but in the end, its worth finishing it.

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review 2018-02-14 14:24
The Geography of You and Me by Jennifer E. Smith
The Geography of You and Me - Jennifer E. Smith

For my thoughts: Bridget Blogs Books (opens in in window/tab)

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review 2018-02-14 00:00
No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith
No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith - Fawn M. Brodie I've read other LDS history, nothing new here. Skimmed.
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