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review 2018-09-20 02:59
First half to see good, then the shots are fired
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - John Berendt

When I was around two thirds in, I started idly concocting a review in my brain, about how the almost surreal elements and characters was what gave this narrative such a verisimilitude. Cue me over the 80% mark, just going to search for a detail, and finding out this is nonfiction. Sure, there are artistic licenses, but in essence?

 

I love it when knowing absolutely nothing about a book pays up in such ways.

 

As I mentioned previously in an update, the general tone reminded me a lot of latinoamerican writing. This has a lot to do with the conservative (and quirky) societies that brew in relatively small, isolated towns. You have the sedate and beautiful surface, and the decades, generations, long ugly undercurrents. Everyone "behaves" in public out of a certain need for society and peace, and whomever "pops" may as well go the whole nine-yards and wear it like a flag.

 

So, that's basically the aim: to illustrate Savannah. The plot as it were serves the theme. We go into the deep ugly undercurrents. Almost every ugly you can imagine. Sometimes you are enraged and amused at the same time from the sheer hypocrisy rampant. I spent most of the book in some queer state of entertained stupefaction because it is so grotesque you almost can't believe it. But you do. You recognize it. It is your hometown.

 

 

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text 2018-09-13 08:36
Why Businesses Need Mobile App Development Lebanon

In the current marketing trend, businesses are using every available strategy that can help them to be at the top of the competition. Having a mobile app can help a great deal to retain existing customers and also acquiring new ones.

 

Mobile app development Lebanon has become a standard and basic requirement for a successful business. A mobile app is advantageous to both customers and business owners. For business owners, it provides an approachable option for marketing and advertising their brand and services. And for customers, it can make purchasing things easier with secure payment portals and user-friendly functions. Thus, it guarantees a customer friendly experience. In this way, a mobile app development looks after both the customer’s and business owner’s requirements, by providing them with an effective tool.

 

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Here are some of the advantages that explain the importance of hiring the services of mobile application development Lebanon for business owners:

 

1. Increased Brand Visibility: - Mobile phones are the most massively used devices in our daily lives. This states a great opportunity for marketers to use these devices as a tool to expand their brand image. Mobile apps help to keep the company’s image fresh on the mind of the customers.

 

2. Developing Customer Loyalty: - With the evolution of mobile applications associated with a business, the owner has an opportunity to establish a direct connection with their potential customers. They can introduce any type of discounts, offers and online coupons which are readily displayed in the app. This helps in enhancing customers sales and also developing the brand loyalty.

 

3. Enlarging Customer Base: - Mobile applications can help in a great way when the company want to acquire new customers. As most apps are available for almost all mobile platforms, it directly increases the scope of marketing. The products and services gain wider exposure as the number of potential customers increases exponentially.

 

4. Stand out from the competition: - If anyone having a small business then a mobile app is also an essential tool for your business. Mobile applications at the small business level are still rare, and this is where you can take a big leap ahead of your competitors.

 

These are some of the advantages of mobile applications for your business. So what are you waiting for? It is the right time to create a mobile app for your business. There are various mobile app development companies exist in the market. Microbits is one of them which not only offers mobile app development and website development but also offers the full range of online services which includes SEO, Social media marketing Lebanon, E-commerce and much more.

 

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review 2018-09-13 00:01
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King, Owen King for Modern Masters of Horror
Sleeping Beauties: A Novel - Stephen King,Owen King

  I enjoyed this enormously. There were some surprises and some poor reading on my part (my earlier race comment was wrongish, because of my failure to notice and/or remember the race of characters, but also kind of accurate given later developments - it's complicated). Anyway, nice work with archetypes and fairy tales and a premise that is clearly fantasy, but also very grounded and concrete. There's a large cast and lots of plot. But also really nuanced and generous, kind even. Stephen has always showed an understanding of and sympathy with abused women, so a whole lot of compassion towards the inmates of a women's prison is no surprise. But there is also a lot of anger, some of it directed at people behaving badly and some of it directed at society for creating and exacerbating iniquity. Dickensian.

 

Good on these two for writing a book that is absolutely entertaining, but more than just entertaining.

 

Good for many squares, and recommended to those who don't care for horror in general.

 

 

Library copy

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review 2018-09-11 20:05
The more things change
North and South - Elizabeth Gaskell

How to tag this.

 

Know this though: if you expect a romance... well, there is romance, but it's not really the meat of the story. More like a sprinkled seasoning to give the excuse, and a happy ending I guess.

 

What this is about is industrialization, the theme for most characters was the failure point of their principles or what they considered their cornerstones, and the running one on interactions was misunderstandings arising from lack of enough knowledge to "wear another's shoes" (and no, I do not mean empathy), and it was masterfully done (if long-winded). So masterfully actually, that I had a raging fit and had to stop reading at one point (workers vs owners/strikes), because it is still such an on point analysis today.

 

The vehicle for all that is us following Margaret Hale through a three-year-long trauma conga line, through which she carries herself with so much poise and holding herself to such impossible standards that I could not help but want to shake her.

 

I'm a bit addled still by how packed this was, and I confess I'm downright intimidated by the prospect of her other books. I think I'll leave Wives and Daughters for another year's reading project.

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review 2018-09-11 11:16
Gorgeous and Flavourful
Akata Witch - Nnedi Okorafor

This one was fast fun and a different flavour on the usual tropes of it's genre. Big on representation, and an interesting peak into a rich and varied culture and myth set that I confess I know nothing about.

 

The kids feel a bit older than they are (might be a cultural thing), and this thing of putting the end of the world responsibilities onto the children's shoulders is one that constantly sticks in my craw now that I'm older, but I happen to know it was the bomb when I was a kid (Harry Potter, I'm looking at you) so the one star demoted might be an "unintended audience" thing.

 

Wondering what else I can get my hands on from the area, which this book's popularity might make easier, so kudos too for broadening horizons and opening markets.

 

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