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review 2017-07-17 01:20
The Rebirths of Tao (Lives of Tao #3) by Wesley Chu
The Rebirths of Tao - Wesley Chu

There has been a major shift in the battle between the two alien factions: the Prophus and the Genjix. They’re still in opposition - but humanity now knows they exist and is hunting them ferociously.

 

It has managed to save the Prophus from complete defeat, but the Genjix are still pushing towards their plan to radically change Earth - even while rent with internal conflict and the human opposition. Prophus must fight them - while keeping under the radar of the human authorities.


This book is excellent because it brings so many different storylines and balances them all perfectly

 

We have the conflict of the Tan family discussing Cameron’s upbringing and questioning what they did for their child, what his future looks like and how alien he may be because of that.

 

We have Cameron and Alex with the teen love affair and poor Tao lamenting the horror of human puberty (and frequent threats to jump off a cliff in his sleep). I loved how it ended, the reality of it and how it didn’t become sickeningly twee or consume the book.

 

We have Cameron - and I really love Cameron. He is incredibly skilled, extremely dangerous and even as a 15 year old far more dangerous than nearly anyone around him. He’s been backed from a very young age with vigorous training and the brilliant insight of a million year old alien full of knowledge and wisdom. It would have been so easy to turn this character into a juggernaut of Gary Stu dangerousness. It would have also been easy to turn him into a character who mopes around “woe is me why can I be normal”.

 

Instead while aspects of this are all present and inform his character, none to an extreme. He’s a really balanced character who combines all of these elements while still being very human and really bouncing well off Tao.

 

Then there’s Roen with his former relationship with Tao and the wonderful complexity this brings with both Prophus - since he’s the maverick former commander who doesn’t quite fit into their hierarchy even with Tao. And now he has a son who is possessed by his mentor which brings another whole level of complexity

 

And through that is Jill, effortlessly, perfectly competent in so many ways. There is an edge of the woman/mother/wife as keeper: she becomes super competent and a leader because of the manchild she married needs her to play parent. Jill’s an awesome character but the idea that a wife ends up having to be the caretaker of her husband is a problematic trope.



I have to say i spent a large part of the book vaguely irritated at Roen and co for their hatred of the IETF without ever actually thinking about how… right they are. Honestly, aliens have invaded Earth, they’ve been here since the dawn of human civilisation and they’ve spent pretty much all of that making humanity kill each other. Over and over again for centuries. Humanity, the IETF, have every damn good reason to loathe the Quasing

 

And it’s not like Prophus are necessarily good - they decided humans not fighting may develop the technology they needed to get home: it’s how useful humanity can be. It makes me really glad to see Tao’s harsh summation of his species - as well as adding to this excellent world building; what the Quasing do, how they act on their homeworld and other planets and a really insightful look into what the Quasing actually are and how the Quasing on Earth are so very different from what they were at home on Quasar.

 

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/06/the-rebirths-of-tao-lives-of-tao-3-by.html
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review 2017-06-11 20:45
Blondynka Tao. Rajd samochodami przez dżunglę w Malezji
Blondynka Tao. Rajd samochodowy przez dżunglę w Malezji - Beata Pawlikowska

Beata Pawlikowska zabiera nas w podróż do malezyjskiej dżungli, gdzie uczestniczy jako obserwator w rajdzie off-road Rainforest Challenge. Podróżniczka opowiada o swoich towarzyszach oraz dobrach i niebezpieczeństwach dżungli...a tych nie mało.
Książka zawiera wiedzę na temat zachowań mieszkańców lasów deszczowych, ich kuchnię i kulturę. Można ja pochłonąć w jeden wieczór, gdyż styl jest lekki, historię są przyjemne a rysunki zabawne. No i znakomite fotografie.
Polecam. Ja natomiast nie raz jeszcze sięgnę po jej książki.

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url 2017-05-12 11:38
Ama Alchemy of Love by Nataša Pantović Nuit Book Quotes
A-Ma Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit
A-Ma: Alchemy of Love - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Ama Alchemy of Love by Nataša Pantović Nuit Book Quotes

 

"The formula of our Universe is governed by Will. Venus symbolizes the highest with the lowest material qualities: Love materialised on Earth. Born in water, from mud, she bears the lotus. In the process of creation, the Black King is marrying the White Queen, the male and the female principle in Nature merge. The result of the marriage is the Orphic Egg that is the essence of Life – the colour of egg is grey. It is capable of taking any possible form. 
Any Thought merging from Life becomes a Separation and it can be balanced if it is married with its Contradiction. The formula of continued life is death. The formula of ascending above the Abyss is resurrection."

 

Ama Book Quotes

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/191/ama-book-quotes
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quote 2017-03-19 18:29
‘A thought weaves into another thought, seeking the other.
The thought world has its-own Inner Life.
A rose acts upon us through its symbolism, through its beauty, through our conscious & sub-conscious mind.
Meditating we tap into the thought form of ‘rose adoration’.
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

meditation rose adoration conscious creativity mindfulness meditations book quote by Nataša Pantović Nuit

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video 2017-03-18 18:55
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations - Nataša Pantović Nuit

Somewhere within our brain we have a potential for higher mathematics, art, and magic of creativity. Somewhere within our brain we have a potential to live our highest potential and listen to our soul.

Mindfulness Training: Divergent Thinking or How to Practice Creative Thinking.
Conscious Creativity: Mindfulness Meditations Book (Alchemy of Love Mindfulness Training Book #7). Conscious and Unconscious Thinking.

If we free ourselves of negative beliefs and thoughts,we will learn how to listen to our souls. If we practice mindfulness we will learn how to access our creative force...

Source: artof4elements.com/entry/189/conscious-creativity-book
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