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review 2017-11-27 18:31
Nothing to Lose by Clare Lydon - My Thoughts
Nothing to Lose - Clare Lydon

The blurb sounded so good!  Both MCs are on the cusp of turning 40, there are no deep, dark tragedies in either of their pasts, no one is suffering from any kind of mental illness or disease, neither is fresh from a break-up.  And, well, there you go. 

The premise was good.  Sudden flooding, one gal finds refuge at the other gal's, the mayor's, home.  Their paths have crossed previously and there's a bit of a disagreement about the local football club - soccer football, as this is set in England.  The problem was... things were set up so that there could be some conflict between the characters but it never came to fruition, it was all explained away.   As a result, the plotline was rather bland.  Not only did we have a case of insta-love, which, you know, I can buy from time to time, but it never felt that the new couple had any real hurdles to get over. 

The style of writing, the author's voice, I guess, didn't really appeal to me.  I kept thinking that it, too, was rather bland.  It never really came alive for me.  I felt constantly just a little off-centre the whole time I was reading.  I will say that the sexy-times scenes were quite well done.  A little flowery at times, maybe, but nothing to the point of where I was constantly rolling my eyes. 

The story was also billed as being humorous at times.  Well... I missed the funny.  I could see the chances for it, but it was something that the author never seemed to really deliver on. 

So, while this was an f/f romance that comes closer to what I'm looking for, it still missed the mark for me. 

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review 2017-11-17 19:56
WHAT WE LOSE Review
What We Lose: A Novel - Zinzi Clemmons

This is the coming of age of Thandi, a woman who was raised in Pennsylvania with roots in South Africa. Never quite feeling like she belongs, Thandi is in search of love. Not in the romantic comedy sense; she is desperate to belong. She is a light-skinned black woman, therefore she doesn’t feel at home with black or white people. Having been raised in the States but born in Africa, she feels she doesn’t belong anywhere.

 

A brutally honest rumination on race, sex, grief, and family, this short novel is written in searing, white hot language. Zinzi Clemmons’s prose is divine. Emotionally honest at its core, this debut novel hit me unexpectedly hard—it is exceptionally courageous. For example, one of my favorite passages:

 

<i>”When my lover and I fuck, we fuck with the fear of the world in us. We are fucking on the edge of a cliff. We are fucking death right in the ass, and death loves it. We are fucking our own deaths, and our mothers’ deaths, and the deaths of our friends and the deaths of our rights.”</i>

 

Wise and tender and achingly real, this examination of death and motherhood, country and brotherhood, is one not to be missed. A high-class literary treat. My highest recommendation.

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review 2017-11-12 20:53
Cheetah Can't Lose - Bob Shea

 

 

I am very conflicted about thus book.

This is a very funny book. I really liked the silly illustrations.

However, I'm not a big fan of the message. Cheetah is undeniably a big jerk who thinks he is better then everyone else. The cats trick him so they can win the race, feel bad about it, and then feed in to Cheetah's delusion of how amazing he is by telling him he won instead.

This is a story about friendship, but it is not a very good model of friendship. It's about arrogance, lying, and tricking "friends" to get what you want.

Fun illustrations, but a horrible message.

 

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review 2017-08-29 01:23
What We Lose: a Novel
What We Lose: A Novel - Zinzi Clemmons
I wasn’t quite sure what I was reading when I read this novel, was this a work of fiction or a memoir? The main character was personally reflecting upon her own life, the death of her mother and the aftereffects. As I read, I also had a hard time understanding some of the chapters as they didn’t feel connected to the storyline and they seemed to come out of nowhere. I have mixed feeling about this novel as I thought the storyline was good but the delivery was not something that I enjoyed.
 
Thandi addresses being part of the individuals who are mixed race. Thandi is fair complexed and she is having a hard time deciding where she belongs. It becomes a racial and a heritage situation in which Thandi is having a difficult time finding her balance. Her parents were both educated and successful and as she describes them, I found her parents to be determined individuals who were significant in their surroundings. It was interesting listening to her describe the differences between her two homes, the one in America and the one in Africa. Thandi problems are soon amplified when her mother becomes sick and she eventually passes on. I liked the advice that her mother gave her about having a secret stash, “it can be anything, land, property, even a couple hundred dollars. You know, in case something goes wrong and you have to get the hell out of there.” Her mother was aggressive and she spoke her mind, yet her daughter lived with confusion. After her mother dies, Thandi starts to experience other emotions and this was another great part that I enjoyed in this novel. There were many great highlights in this novel but I felt that I was missing something in the chapters that confused me. Would I have loved this novel if everything had made sense?

 

 

 

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text 2017-05-03 15:02
Reading progress update: I've read 258 out of 311 pages.
Lose This Skin - Jerry Sykes

nonstop startling developments, which is to be expected, as the big finale is not far away. Barney certainly made a momentous decision, but he's done it within range of the feelers of a very corrupt, horrid human being, so now everything threatens to tilt off the edge of sanity. I'll wrap this book up later--it's been a unique experience even after so many Crime novels--then my Teen Titans, then...I'm not sure yet. a few likely candidates, but they have a hard act to follow...

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