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review 2018-01-25 03:20
My Last Lament
My Last Lament - James William Brown

Ok, so I'm back on the "World War II books from rare perspectives"... is that a genre? This novel was not what I thought it was going to be, given the title, and the concept that the main character is one of the last remaining "lamenters" hired to mourn and celebrate a life in Greece. I was drawn to this idea, and the fact that attending a funeral and offering a eulogy is a paid position in some cultures. But this book's focus is not so narrow, and Aliki's lament is much longer than a funeral and more complicated. Telling her tale into a researcher's cassette recorder, Aliki describes an amazing journey, that is, in turn touching and almost barbaric. This is not the sweet tale the cover would have you imagine, there are events recalled here that are disturbing and decidedly lamentable. Aliki's voice is strong and her story is compelling, though the plot dragged at times and I didn't care about some of the characters I was probably supposed to be worried about or cheering on. But reading it, I could imagine I was in the company of an old soothsayer: wise, thought-provoking and perhaps a little controversial.

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review 2017-11-19 08:00
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception
Lament: The Faerie Queen's Deception - Maggie Stiefvater

I liked the series about the wolves and that was why I wanted to try this series as well. I had little to no knowledge about fairies and whatsoever but I thought; lets give it a try.

I was not really what I expected it to be. The love story was weak and not really imaginative, the story itself was not great either. I was quite disappointed reading it. For me, it was not as special as her other series, which I enjoyed. I wouldn't recommend this series, please try her other series!

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review 2017-10-22 00:17
Weaver's Lament by Emma Newman
Weaver's Lament - Emma Newman

Series: Industrial Magic #2

 

Charlotte's brother, Ben, is now working for the Royal Society in a mill (driven magically, naturally) and asks her to come visit him in Manchester to help him investigate the cause of some mysterious accidents at the mill. Apparently Socialists are suspected. Charlotte finds out that this is dead wrong, of course, and learns more about the Royal Society and Latents (latent magical users).

 

I still don't like Ben. He's very comfortable with using Charlotte, let's just say, and he always seems to get more out of her successes than she does (which she realizes as well). And even after seeing what working in those conditions does to her, he writes it off as she's just not used to hard work, not that there's something inherently unfair in the conditions at the mill. Poor Charlie.

 

I enjoyed this novella even more than the last, so I look forward to the next installment!

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review 2017-04-24 23:22
My Last Lament
My Last Lament - James William Brown

My Last Lament by James William Brown is a story set in World War II and its aftermath in Greece. It is the story of a young woman who feels responsible for one young man, falls in love with another man, and spends her life torn between the two. It is the story of two young men who both love the same girl. The political and war history is on the periphery; it provides context but not the main story. My parting thought on this book is that in some ways, it reads like a memoir of Aliki's life, her last lament becoming a lament of her own life, if you will. 

 

Reviewed for the Penguin First to Read program.

 

Source: www.memoriesfrombooks.com/2017/04/my-last-lament.html
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review 2017-03-14 00:41
My Last Lament
My Last Lament - James William Brown

What I loved about this novel was the journey that I took. Aliki was asked to talk about her life as a lamenter, recording her story on a tape recorder and some tapes for which a woman would later return and collect from her. As a lamenter, wearing the shoes of a deceased individual, Aliki would enter into a state, where she would compose a chant talking about the deceased individual and their life. It was usually the older individuals who called upon Aliki and then when her services were completed, the body was ready for burial. Aliki thought she should begin her story and these tapes at the beginning and so it is here in 1943, Aliki is 14 and the Germans are living in her homeland. This story is told to us as if it is spoken on audiotapes. It’s a story about Aliki when she grew up and about her current situation, simultaneously.

 

Her friend Stelios begins to make puppets and he asks Aliki to help him put on a show. The two of them become great puppeteers together and you can feel a closeness between them. Takis begins to act strangely but the two of them don’t pay much attention to him as I feel they are preoccupied with their own lives. The story becomes quite intense as the Germans hold nothing back as they attack the village, for it is time for them to leave and their exit is dramatic. This is a story of itself as their lives are no longer as they were. Stelios decides he will go to Athens. Aliki decides she will go with him and they will take Takis with them. With hearts that are heavy, promises that have been made, and troubles from within, these three individuals wander out into the world to find their place in it. I enjoyed their travels, their turmoil’s and their accomplishments. With lots of conflicts and drama, I liked the fight that Aliki fought all by herself. As we hear this story of her life we also hear how Aliki is dealing with her current situation. I liked this part of the story as Aliki was funny and she had a spark in her. Her life has been adventurous and now, one of her oldest friends is losing the battle of their life. This is not a real sad time in the novel but a time for reflection. Aliki reflects and talks with her friend and I like how the two of them chat and reminisce. This novel was better than what I had expected.

I received a copy of this novel from NetGalley and Berkley Publishing Group in exchange for an honest review.

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