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text 2015-12-31 18:03
Books are our Time Machines

"We all have our time machines, don't we. Those that take us back are memories...And those that carry us forward, are dreams." H.G. Wells



Books contain our memories, both imagined and real, subjective and collective, personal and general. They can not only show us our past but let us experience it through the intimate process of reading. It is not just history books, historical fiction or classic books that have this impact, but also one's own history of reading, the books you have lived with, grown up with. Whenever I open my little cupboard full of childhood books, it's like opening up a little time capsule. Between the pages I suddenly remember things I thought long forgotten, feelings I felt at the time I read them, my dreams and hopes. Books can take us back to that and they can also take us forward. They can literally take us into the future through their exploration of science and technology or sci-fi, but they also make us dream about our lives, what we'd like them to become, and of our collective futures.


Books are our time machines.

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text 2015-12-31 16:32
My Winter Books
Sabriel - Garth Nix
The Diviners - Libba Bray
The Lake House: A Novel - Kate Morton
Wild Fell - Michael Rowe

Winter is the best time to read about ghosts, creepy haunted houses and murder mysteries!

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text 2014-07-15 19:44
Eva Evans – Claiming Their Lover (Alien Experiment #3)
Claiming Their Lover (Alien Experiment Book 3) - Eva Evans

Reviewer: Mandy

3 Hearts


Dean is ready to throw in the towel at work. It's not the intense manual labor that bothers him, but the backward attitudes of the men at the lumber camp. When he's scouting out a potential new road deep in the northern wilderness, he comes upon something that will change his life forever.


Dolph and Zyr are opposites in every way—except for the fact they're both fated to the same human male. Finding their lover on Earth is only half the battle. Getting along with each other is their biggest obstacle.


The three men must learn to accept one another, physically and emotionally, to have the hope of a loving future together.


I can't resist m/m/m stories, I try to, really,.....and fail each time. I have no self control when I see one out, I have to read it.

I didn't have high expectations of this one, thinking it's just going to be a light fluffy, fated mate sexathon.

And mostly it was.

The Oracle has given Dolph and Zyr the greatest gift, the knowledge that they have a mate on earth.

They might be from the same planet, but they are from opposite sides and there is instant mistrust and antagonism.

But the hope of finding his mate on earth makes the 7ft built like a brick house alien all mushy.

“His perspective on life changed ever since he knew there was someone out there meant for him. Dolph wondered if his human ever sat staring off into the fields, feeling alone in the world, or if he looked up at the stars, imagining how it would feel to be really loved.”

Zyr is from the rougher part of the planet and a bit harsher, but even he is all about finding his human, a planet by the way without any females and all fated matings are in threes or even fours.

“I need a saving grace more than you could ever know.”


Dean, poor closeted and virginal Dean, he sure hit the big-dominate-fated-mate lottery.
Lucky guy.


They find him, a little too easily, if you ask me, and of course my hopes of a little more meat to the story were dashed, but it was still a fun little escapism and a much needed m/m/m fix for me.

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review 2014-02-28 04:30
An Ordinary Cinderella
Cinderella: Faerie Tale Collection - Jenni James
"Ella picked up the last basket of clothing, her arms strained from attempting to carry the heavy, wet mass the twelve or so feet to the drying line."


I picked this book because I wanted to read a Cinderella story. This turned out to be a very non-magical fairy-tale retelling of Cinderella. All the aspects that made the original story wonderful are missing here. There is no fairy godmother, no magical transformation, no running away at midnight and leaving behind a glass slipper for the prince to find, and no sense of awe or wonder at the discovery of the identity of the mysterious and beautiful maiden at the ball since everybody already knows who she is. There are several other problems with the plot as well. 

Firstly, the only reason Ella was living as a servant in her own house was because she did not know her father had left everything to her in his will. This is revealed to her later by a servant. Why would the servant keep the secret for so long and let her suffer like that all these years? Did he deliberately wait for her to find a possible suitor first? 

Secondly, the abusive stepmother just allows her to go to the ball without trying to create any obstacles.  In fact, once she sees the Queen's invitation to Ella she just fizzles out of the story.

Also the fact that a ball was held so soon - just two months - after the King's death seems rather inappropriate, especially as it's followed by a wedding right after. Shouldn't the prince have waited at least a few months or even a year mourning for his beloved father?

(spoiler show)

In addition, there are also several typos and errors in the book that should have been edited out such as "He ran his fingers through his hair and rested his knees upon his elbows," or "Her faint worries were for not," or Ella asking "Anthony, were in the world are we?"


What I did like - the only thing I actually like - in this particular retelling is the character of Prince Anthony/John. So often in fairy tales we have just the princesses' POV, but one thing that's different in Jenni James' stories is that the princes are given just as much attention and a personality as the princesses. I have also read James' The Frog Prince and found it to be a much better retelling, even better than the original which I never really liked, and this is due to the inclusion of a very 'charming' prince in her version. And for that I'm going to try another of her books in her Faerie Tale Collection.

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review 2014-02-27 00:00
The Angel Experiment (Maximum Ride, Book 1)
Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment - James Patterson I thoroughly enjoyed this series as did my children, it was fast paced, exciting, action packed and very well written. The characters are all so different but gel together wonderfully and you can't help but get drawn into their world. Definately a series I would and have recommended to friends.
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