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review 2017-09-15 05:19
Wholeness, duality, I and Thou
The Left Hand of Darkness - Ursula K. Le Guin

I did not want this to end. I feel a bit bereft, and very emotional, and somewhat fragile (even if Rokkanon's World had prepared me for the possibility). And in awe. Dazzled in awe of how Le Guin can weave this beautiful settings to address concepts, limitations, canons of society, give them new perspectives and lead into discussions well before their time.

 

She did warn in a way, in that introduction. Because, it might be that I had late access to the Internet, and so was somewhat cut out from the world-dialogue, but it looks to me that talk of gradients and varieties of sex and sexuality (beyond the ever polemical homosexual, bisexual or trans-gender, and those as isolated phenomenons at that), is pretty recent. Yet here it is, served as a "fait acompli" in the form of a world where gender has always been a fluid thing, when it's even a thing, and the protagonist just has to deal, get over and past it, once and for all. Let me tell you, I had some fun mocking the MC over his inability to accept, because at some point, it annoyed me. Which is exactly the point of the book, I think.

 

Tied to that, all the issues of friendship, love, miss/understanding, acceptance, and what have you, in an epic sprinkled with back-ground myths and wrapped up in a sci-fi package. And by all the literary muses, I loved it.

 

 

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review 2017-07-03 05:42
Raven Black
Raven Black - Ann Cleeves

A young girl is found dead in a field and the police begin questioning everyone in an effort to find out who did it and why.  The community was sure it was an old man who lived alone and was a bit "daft".  He was questioned after another girl went missing 8 years earlier but that girl's body was never found.  This time Detective Jimmy Perez wants to make sure the right person is caught and not rush to judgment to get a fast resolution.  

 

I had never heard of this author until I won a book giveaway for the 7th book in this series. I wanted to start at the beginning and I was very intrigued by the different setting. I learned some things about Shetland as I read to help me visualize the setting and have a better understanding of the people, language, and culture. I located it in an atlas and looked up several terms that I was unfamiliar with too, like dram and churlish. I really enjoyed the book and the writing. I never was sure who murdered the girls and was surprised by the ending.

 

Shetland sounds like a cold place with a lot of wind and few trees. I live in Alaska so I know about cold but we don't get much wind here.  Wind changes everything.  I think living near the water with all the wind would be torture for me.  I'm in pain today since it is raining and I'm sure in Shetland I would feel like that every day.  

 

I will definitely be reading the rest of the series and would recommend it to anyone who has the patience to get used to the different lingo (unless you are from there).  I love learning about different places so this was right up my alley.  I think Ann Cleeves is one of the best writers I've ever read.  The writing was so crafted and nothing was predictable.  

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review 2017-01-10 03:56
Good Story and Characters
Teasing Hands by Elena M. Reyes (2014-09-17) - Elena M. Reyes

Amanda’s basketball team just won their college championship. Amanda and her teammates are all friends but Courtney is Amanda’s best friend. The girls are out celebrating and Amanda dances with a man she is very drawn to. Amanda’s mom gets her to have a girls day even though Amanda is very comfortable being a tomboy. Camden’s family owns the spa that Amanda and her mom have their spa day and Camden is Amanda’s massage therapist but he is also the man who Amanda had danced with and had been so drawn to. Camden has some rules: one is hands off clients and the other is no relationships. Camden is thirty two and divorced. Amanda is not looking for a relationship. Two years ago Amanda’s heart had been broken by Hunter when he wanted to pursue” other interest”. Amanda’s mom would like to see Amanda and Hunter back together and would try to help Hunter reach that goal when He wants to get back in Amanda’s life. Amanda finds she wants a relationship with Camden but he doesn’t do relationships. This was a good read. There was definite chemistry between Camden and Amanda. This also has a good plot. I liked when Camden felt jealous over Amanda I also liked to see the good relationship between Amanda and her mother. This was fast paced and had a good plot. I would have liked to see Amanda and Camden outside a sexual situation. I liked the characters and the ins and outs of this story a lot. I recommend this story.

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review 2016-04-09 00:00
Teasing Her Marine Master
Teasing Her Marine Master - Lola Rivera Teasing Her Marine Master - Lola Rivera SUPER HOT - SUPER SHORT - BDSM - YOUNGER WOMAN/OLDER MAN - EX MARINE - BEST FRIENDS DAUGHTER - NEEDED AN EPILOGUE

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review 2015-09-28 00:00
Teasing Her SEAL
Teasing Her SEAL - Anne Marsh
Character Chemistry: A

Sex Appeal: A++++

Comic Relief: A-

Story: B-

Total Grade: B+

My experience with author Anne Marsh is that she writes entertaining books that are sensual, romantic and adventurous. With Teasing Her Seal, Ms. Marsh stays true to that format. Laney finds herself thrust into the path of a sexy undercover Navy Seal that pushes all the right buttons for her. For Gray, Laney is his greatest temptation. She may become the key to his undoing. Teasing Her Seal supplies everything I expect from an Anne Marsh novel. It does Harlequin Blaze proud. My personal opinion as a reader of both the author and the Harlequin Blaze brand is that there was something lacking. It still proved to be a good read. Received an ARC of Teasing Her Seal By Anne Marsh in exchange for an honest review.

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