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review 2020-02-20 08:11
Beginning
The Cheat - Marita A. Hansen

Lucy and Riley have a secret.  Lucy hates Riley, but he is her guilty pleasure.  She is crazy attracted to him and can't seem to stop herself.  If has ruined her high school years, so far.

 

Riley lives right next door.  The hockey star, and all around best looking student.  He needs her help now.  He wants to do all he can to stay on the team.  This could be Lucy's chance for some payback.

 

Such a short but very hot story.  These characters have an extremely shocking attraction.  I found myself strangely enthralled.  Now I cannot wait to read the next installment in this soon to be epic series.  I give this read a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

 

 

***This early copy was given by Netgalley and its publishers, in exchange for an honest review only.

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text 2017-10-13 20:13
Recommend me: Short classic novels!

Imagem de flowers, tea, and aesthetic

 

Hello again sweeties!

 

I came here very quickly because I would looooove recommendation from short classic books that YOU LIKED! :) It can be of any gender, I dont mind. You can just leave the title down bellow. 

 

PS.: I simply love this photo (L)

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review 2016-03-13 06:58
Battle of the Books
The Battle of the Books and other short pieces - Jonathan Swift,Henry Morley

I'm going to claim "read" on this one even though I haven't strictly read everything inside the covers.  I got through most of it, but after a rather arduous 30+ page rhyming poem, I couldn't make it much further though the rest (which was largely more poetry).

 

The book is cute, if anything over 140 years old can be said to be cute.  I bought it because I was charmed by the cover and the title and the old advertisements in the front and back cover ("To Mothers! Woodward's "Gripe Water' or Infants Preservative...") and really no bibliophile worth their salt could pass a story called "Battle of the Books".

 

Battle of the Books was, once I got past the archaic writing, clever and pretty epic for a short story.  It was written to be satiric, as a representation of the critical movement against the "Ancient Books" by literary critics of the age.  The battle is pitched at St. James' Library (I'm assuming once the library has closed for a good long weekend), with various deities finding it too irresistible not to choose sides, get involved, and make a mess.  

 

I won't tell you who won; that would be a spoiler.  I'd imagine that had I been a contemporary of Swift's (or just much better educated in literary criticism) the ending would have a deeper meaning that as it is, I can only guess at.  Still I enjoyed it - it was epic and fun even without all the insider's knowledge.

 

The next couple of stories are aimed squarely at almanac editors.  These were so acidly satiric they ceased to be 'funny' although the audacious claims remained amusing.  From there on, it's almost all poetry and most of it written as odes to the love of Swift's life, Stella.  Of them, the poem Baucis and Philemon firmly my favourite.

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review 2015-05-16 06:41
The Whisper Jar by Carole Lanham
The Whisper Jar - Carole Lanham,Kari Wolfe
The Whisper Jar: Short Story Books - Carole Lanham
note: i read and reviewed this book in January 2012 and it remains to be one of my favorite anthologies. i'd like to share it with you with the release of the new cover (right photo) with "new-fangled" photography by the author's son Jake)
 
 
“I do not know what you have done, but put your mouth right here. Confess your crime  to this fruit jar as though it were God’s ear.” - Carole Lanham from The Whisper Jar
 
author Carole Lanham's collection features nine delightful dark stories. two of these are poems with rhyming couplets and the rest are all in prose. 
 
i read this mesmerizing book in one sitting. once i was done with the eponymous first tale, there was no turning back. all the stories just drew me in and i lost myself in a world that was real but not quite so. always, there is a hint of something fanciful, whimsical, fantastic, wonderful, sensual, dangerous and terrifying. appearances are deceiving. motives are hidden and unexpected. nothing is predictable. 
 
Ms. Lanham's writing flows beautifully and i consider this a trademark of a master wordsmith.  choosing a favorite was quite difficult. although certain themes recur in most of the stories, each one is unique. each beats with a life of its own. 
 
all of these observations made my escape into and from the author's world such an enjoyable experience. 
 
i wish you the same as well
Source: aobibliosphere.blogspot.com/2012/01/review-whisper-jar-by-carole-lanham.html
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review 2013-02-03 00:00
The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces - Jonathan Swift Gutenberg version here.First use in print of phrase "sweetness and light."
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