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review 2018-04-23 10:49
Home - Amanda Berriman

[I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. ]

This started as a bit of an annoying read, due to the ‘child voice’ narrating it—it wasn’t so easy for me to get into it. Jesika is a difficult narrator to contend with, in that, on top of being unreliable because she sees the world through her own filters, those filters are very much naïve and different from an adult’s. The way she perceives and interprets events wasn’t always easy to follow, and the fact that the words she used weren’t necessarily the right ones didn’t help. However, after the first couple of chapters, I got used to her voice, and I didn’t notice its ‘quirks’ anymore, or at least not in a way that disrupted my reading. Which was, of course, a good thing.

The story itself deals with difficult themes, too, that aren’t completely visible at first due to the aforementioned filters. But don’t mistake those for callousness: because Jesika seems ‘remote’, this actually makes events more… raw, in a way, in the absence of adult filtering. The reader soon gets to realise the issues Jesika’s family is facing: poverty… but not enough to really get help; having to contend with shady people; illness, probably due to their dire living conditions; and, of course, what comes later, once Jesika meets Paige and starts to wonder if what’s happening at her home is normal or naughty, and if she should tell her mother Tina, and won’t her mother stop loving her if she does that? (And that’s the biggest fear for her child: being rejected by their parents…)

Although the novel never veers into sordid (I don’t want to say that Jesika’s narration revealed Paige’s secret in a ‘cute’ way, because it’s not cute, it’s never cute, it’s creepy AF and no child, well actually no one, should ever have to go through that—but it did soften the blows in a certain way), it wasn’t exactly an easy read. Jesika and Paige are both so very young and vulnerable, all the more when one remembers that getting through the regular babble of children at such a young age can be exhausting, and doesn’t leave much room for actually listening, really listening to them when they try to convey something serious. I did enjoy the grown-ups’ reactions around Jesika, though, since they did take things seriously. There was a particular moment, for instance, when Tina could’ve done the coward thing, could’ve chosen to ignore the signals, because acknowledging them sort of put her at risk, too. There are so many stories, so many happening in real life, too, when unfortunately people close their eyes on the obvious and choose the easy way out.

At the same time, the circumstances Jesika, her mother and her baby brother have to face aren’t all in shades of black only. There are people around who’re ready to help them, and once Tina manages to get past her pride and accept those outstretched hands, she realises that friendship and trust are things you can find even when everything looks bleak. There could have been darker consequences, and in fact, it’s good there weren’t, considering the story’s themes are already dark enough as it is.

Conclusion: 3.5 / 4 stars.

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text 2018-04-20 12:39
Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market: Global Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis 2012 to 2016 and Forecast 2017 to 2023

Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market: By device Type (Infusion Pump, Needleless Connectors, Intravenous Set, Others), By Pump Type (Enteral Infusion Pump, Insulin Infusion Pump, Syringe Infusion Pump, Patient-Controlled Analgesia, Volumetric Infusion Pump, Others), By Application (Infectious Diseases, Pain Management, Enteral Nutrition, Chemotherapy, Total Parenteral Nutrition, Others), By Distribution channel (Hospital Pharmacies, Retail Pharmacies, Online Pharmacies), and Geography – Market Estimation, Dynamics, Regional Share, Trends, Competitor Analysis 2012-2016 and Forecast 2017-2023



Market Outline: Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Home infusion therapy devices are used to administer drug solutions to treat various diseases that are unresponsive to the oral medication such as gastrointestinal diseases, cancer, and pain. Home infusion therapy devices also preferred in dehydration, diabetes, and cystic fibrosis treatment. Home infusion therapy declines the unplanned hospitalization and also improves the medication adherence. Most commonly used home infusion therapy devices for drug administration include intravenous set, needleless connectors, and infusion pumps among others.


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Market Dynamics: Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Increase in the demand for home infusion therapy from patients, high cost for hospitalization treatment, a wide range of applications with infusion devices, and presence of unmet medical needs are anticipated to fuel the home infusion therapy devices market over the forecast period. Moreover, increase in geriatric population, technological developments in home infusion therapy devices, and high prevalence of chronic diseases like diabetes and cancer are expected to boost the home infusion therapy devices market over the forecast period. However, the risk associated with the drug administration, product recalls, unfavorable reimbursement policies and misguidance about the usage of the device are impede the growth of home infusion therapy devices market over the forecast years.


Market Scope: Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Home infusion therapy devices market segmented based on device type, pump type, application, and application

Based on the device type, the market is segmented into the following:

  • Infusion Pumps
  • Needleless Connectors
  • Intravenous Sets
  • Others

Based on the pump type, the market is segmented into the following:

  • Enteral Infusion Pumps
  • Insulin Infusion Pumps
  • Syringe Infusion Pumps
  • Patient-Controlled Analgesia
  • Volumetric Infusion Pumps
  • Others


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Based on the application, the market segmented into the following:

  • Infectious Diseases
  • Pain Management
  • Nutrition
  • Chemotherapy
  • Others

Based on the distribution channel, the market segmented into the following:

  • Hospital Pharmacies
  • Retail Pharmacies
  • Online Pharmacies


Market Summary: Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Due to increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases majorly diabetes and cancer and increase in awareness about the home infusion therapy devices are anticipated to fuel the home infusion therapy devices market over the forecast period. Moreover, technological advancements such as the introduction of smart pumps that enhancing the overall ease of using home infusion devices are expected to drive revenue from home infusion therapy devices market. Furthermore, acquisitions and mergers, collaborations, and product launchings are the key strategies followed by the market players for generating larger revenue in the home infusion therapy devices market. For instance, in March 2016, PromptCare acquired Boston Home Infusion for expanding the product portfolio in Boston area. Similarly, in October 2016, ICU Medical Inc. acquired Hospira Infusion Systems for strengthening its home infusion therapy devices portfolio.


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Regional Analysis:  Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Geographically, global home infusion therapy devices market segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. North America home infusion therapy devices market growing due to increase in the awareness about home infusion therapy devices among key stakeholders, favorable reimbursement policies, and innovation of novel products are boosting the market. Europe home infusion therapy devices market expected to grow at a significant rate due to acquisitions between the companies for instance, in January 2015, Air Liquide acquired Optical Medical Therapies for expansion of business in German home infusion market. Asia Pacific home infusion therapy devices market expected to hold significant share owing to rise in patient awareness about home infusion therapy devices, adoption of newer devices, an increase in awareness about the advantages of home infusion therapy devices in the region. Latin America home infusion therapy devices market is projected to grow at a significant rate, which is attributed to the expansion of businesses by the market players, increase in the prevalence of cancer, and increase in geriatric populationMiddle East and Africa home infusion therapy devices market driven by developing healthcare infrastructure and increase in the prevalence of chronic diseases like AIDS, cancer, and among others.


Competition Assessment: Home Infusion Therapy Devices Market

Some of the market players in the global home infusion therapy devices market include:

  • Fresenius Kabi AG (Germany)
  • Braun Melsungen AG (Germany)
  • ICU Medical, Inc. (U.S.)
  • Terumo Corporation (Japan)
  • JMS Co. Ltd. (Japan)
  • Smiths Medical (U.S.)
  • Baxter International Inc. (U.S.)
  • Caesarea Medical Electronics Ltd. (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (U.S.)
  • Hoffmann-La Roche Ltd. (Switzerland)


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review 2018-04-19 23:21
there's delight in every sentence
A Long Way From Home - Peter Carey

It's been a long time since I've found such delight in a story's every sentence.


The telling is all fine wordsmithing and sharp phrase-turning and frank soul-searching, neither sentimental nor cynical nor pretentious, and thoroughly engaging.The story is also satisfying and among the best I've read, and it's not the only Peter Carey work to earn that status with me.


It's told in first person, primarily by two narrators, each nearing 30 and introduced as neighbors in small-town Bacchus Marsh. The woman, Irene Bobs, is married to car aficionado and would-be Ford dealer Titch Bobs, and they're raising two children. The man, Willie Bachhuber, is a school teacher and quiz-show whiz, who left his wife and child over a misunderstanding about the child's parentage. The latter leads to much of the story's depths and surprises, and takes the reader into the thick of Australia's troubled racial landscape. The narrators wind up in a car called a Holden (Ford's Aussie competitor) in Australia's 1954 Redex Trial, a cross-continent auto race over much grueling outback.


Irene is my favorite narrator, but I've grown very fond of both voices. Irene, who considers herself little more than a pretty decent mum, turns out to be a bad-ass driver. Willie is her spot-on though occasionally delirious navigator. Their personal journeys progress apace with the race, eventually along separate but criss-crossing paths, never stereotypically and always with great heart.


Here's a taste of the telling, from Irene's perspective:


"The smell of a rally car, the stink, the whiff, the woo, you will never find the recipe for this pong in the Women's Weekly but ingredients include petrol, rubber, pollen, dust, orange peel, wrecked banana, armpit, socks, man's body. I drove into the night on the ratshit regulator. My headlights waxed and waned depending on the engine revs. Beneath us was bulldust, two feet thick. It was always smooth and soft-looking but the Holden banged and thudded like an aluminium dinghy hitting rock. It is a miracle our suspension didn't melt. Sometimes I saw the shock absorbers of a car in front, white hot, glowing like X-rays. Cattle loomed from the blackness and if I had rolled or hit a roo, if I killed us all, what then?"


What then, indeed. It is well worth the read to find out.

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review 2018-04-19 15:32
The Nursing Home Murder by Ngaio Marsh
The Nursing Home Murder - Ngaio Marsh

Because this one involves the murder of the Home Secretary, which is apparently a cabinet level position in the British Government (it seems to correspond loosely to a combination of the Secretary of State and the Head of Homeland Security, near as wikipedia can help me to figure out), it is one of the featured books in Chapter 12 of TSCC100, Playing Politics. 


This is also the third Inspector Alleyn mystery, but is the first one that I've read. I am reserving judgment overall because it was obvious to me that there was a backstory to the characters that I didn't have.


The mystery itself was fun - by the time Inspector Alleyn gets called out to the deceased Home Secretary, who died on the operating table from a septic appendix, pretty much everyone is a suspect. He's been getting threatening letters from the local anarchists and Bolsheviks, and he's broken it off with a mistress who is taking it badly and who just happens to be, along with his former friend and hopeful swain of the above mentioned mistress, the nurse and surgeon, respectively. They've both recently threatened him because the nurse is not handling the rejection with equanimity. And then we have his rather bizarre wife, a Leninst nurse, and an anesthetist who is disturbingly fond of a hands on approach to eugenics.


I didn't get the relationship between Alleyn and Nigel Bathgate at all, and the relationship with his fiancee, the fair Angela even less. I think I need more data in order to draw any conclusions. It was enjoyable, but a bit farcical.


Unfortunately, the solution to the crime was just plain bad. I had to read the last two chapters three times before I was able to really absorb what had happened, and at the end I was still just puzzled about the entire thing.



Allrighty then.

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review 2018-04-12 01:05
The Oracle Year : A Novel - Charles Soule

Most fiction about the gift/curse of prophecy focus on how/why the individual can do this, what the prophecies are, and whether or not it's possible to change the future if you know it in advance. While those themes are in "The Oracle Year", most of it doesn't matter. What pulled me into this novel and kept me interested was how different individuals and groups of people reacted to the existence of the Oracle. Greed, desperation, joy, power, love, hatred, fear, curiosity, faith, trust, mistrust, and other emotions and motivations abound as everybody perceives the possibilities differently.


At the end a lot of questions are still unanswered for both the characters and the reader, just like in real life. And I didn't need those answers. Because what matters in this book is what people do, not what they know.


P.S. I read this because I've liked Soule's storytelling in comic books, so was certainly willing to give his first novel a try. I'm now looking forward to reading his second and beyond.

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