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review 2017-03-09 01:36
Tipping the Velvet
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

This was well-written and well-narrated by Juanita McMahon, just like Fingersmith was, but it didn't quite grab me the way Fingersmith did. Nancy King and her plights and travails through London on her quest to find herself, love and acceptance are all just a little too over the top for me. And talk about your coinkydinks! The last chapter especially was loaded with them. Maybe Waters was doing a final curtain call thing, but it was a bit too much, ya know?

 

I do like Nan's tenacity to keep going and never get knocked down no matter what life threw at her, and it was an interesting journey through London in the late 1800s, when things were still very dangerous for LGBT people. I didn't always understand why Nan made some of the decisions she made. They at times felt kind of generic, like she needed to make x decision so the story could go to y plot line, and the story just kind of meandered at points. 

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text 2016-11-24 06:24
A FREE Slice of Thanksgiving Meat!

Today, I'm thankful for all readers of horror, strange stories, and other nasty, nasty stuff.

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review 2016-07-31 21:46
So, so creepy!
Tipping: A Short Story - Gregor Xane

Man, this whole story was so fucking creepy.  

 

I can't even with how much this creeped me out.  It's taken me *mumble, mumble, can't remember, too long, mumble, mumble* to read this because every time I picked it up, I had to read it in short chunks and then stop before I started getting creeped out again. 

 

I'm not even gonna try to review without spoiling because I'm not sure I can tell you how creepy and effective this is without spoiling it. 

 

I need another shower now, though, that's how thoroughly creeped out I am.  And I couldn't say that to anyone but a horror writer and mean it as a compliment.

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review 2016-02-25 21:59
Review: Tipping the Velvet by Sarah Waters
Tipping the Velvet - Sarah Waters

Goodreads summary:

This delicious, steamy debut novel chronicles the adventures of Nan King, who begins life as an oyster girl in the provincial seaside town of Whitstable and whose fortunes are forever changed when she falls in love with a cross-dressing music-hall singer named Miss Kitty Butler.

When Kitty is called up to London for an engagement on "Grease Paint Avenue", Nan follows as her dresser and secret lover, and, soon after, dons trousers herself and joins the act. In time, Kitty breaks her heart, and Nan assumes the guise of butch roue to commence her own thrilling and varied sexual education - a sort of Moll Flanders in drag - finally finding friendship and true love in the most unexpected places.

 

My opinion:

I really, really liked this book. It is a different one than what I've read before, and so good. This is a historical fiction with a lesbian main character and she also stands up for social issues. I also really liked the theatrical aspects of this book. Those two things made me really like this book. I can't give it 5 stars though, because there were some minor things that bothered me (Nancy) and it was something very slowly. That is was a slow read was also because I really wanted to remember the story and I didn't want it to end (same thing happened with Great Expectations and Burmese Days) and the writing style made it a slow, but beautiful read as well.. It was also sometimes a little bit over dramatic, but that made it also realistic in a way.

At last I want to to be aware that there might be lesbian sexscenes and language, so if you're underaged or don't want to read about that, then don't read it. However, I liked those parts as well and that made the story also very realistic.

 

This was the first book of Sarah Waters that I've read (this is also the first novel she has written) and I really want to read all of her works now.

 

Have you read Tipping The Velvet? What is your favorite Sarah Water's novel?

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review 2016-02-15 22:39
Audio/Book Review of Tipping Point (Spire: Action-Thriller Book 1) by Simon Rosser
Tipping Point - Simon Rosser

 

Tipping Point: There will be no return...

 

1903: The Arctic's fabled Northwest Passage is navigated for the first time. 2012: An eminent climatologist is found dead in his London apartment. For Robert Spire, an environmental lawyer, what seems like a standard executor's appointment in his client's will, turns out to be anything but, as he is thrust into an international conspiracy involving a terrorist plan to push the Arctic to its tipping point, and the world to disaster...

 

TIPPING POINT is a fast-paced climate-fiction action-thriller with a perfect blend of suspense, action-adventure and thrills to keep you turning the pages until the very end.

 

TWO DEAD CLIMATOLOGISTS...
AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY...
A LOOMING ECOLOGICAL DISASTER...

 

When eminent climatologist Dr Dale Stanton - in the process of studying the Atlantic Ocean's Thermohaline Circulation - is found dead in his London apartment, environmental lawyer, Robert Spire, is given the task to administer a large legacy left by him to global warming organisations. The job should have been straightforward, until a second climatologist, Dr Jack Bannister drops dead on the other side of the Atlantic.

 

AN INTERNATIONAL CONSPIRACY

 

Spire's client - suspicious of her son's death - asks him to travel to San Francisco to investigate Dr Jack Bannister's death. Whilst there, Spire learns of a plan to seed the Arctic Ocean with an experimental substance - the aim, to prevent, or at least slow the Arctic's melting ice. A Russian female assassin is tracking Spire's every move however, suggesting that someone clearly has other plans for the region, and wants the climatologists dead at all costs.

 

A LOOMING ECOLOGICAL DISASTER

 

As evidence of increased glacial melt in Greenland and reduction in the Arctic ice mounts, Spire becomes determined to join the joint US/French expedition to seed the Arctic. He soon finds however, that the lives of all on board are in peril as he discovers a plan that threatens to push the Arctic to its tipping point and the Earth to disaster...

TIPPING POINT is an Action-Adventure eco-thriller which will have you racing from London, over to San Francisco and along the Northwest Passage to the Arctic.

 

Review 4*

 

I received a complimentary Audible code from the author in return for an honest review.

 

This is the first book in the Robert Spires series of thrillers. I really enjoyed it.

 

This book is narrated by Chris MacDonnell, who did an excellent job of bringing the story and characters to life. I did find, however, some of his reading pace a little too slow for my taste. His voice became so soothing that I felt myself nodding off. Now, this is not really a bad thing. However, as this is meant to be a thriller, falling asleep listening to it is!

 

Robert Spire is an interesting character. I liked him a lot. He is an environmental lawyer. He becomes involved in a mystery when he is made executor of Dr. Dale Stanton's will. As Robert delves deeper into the mystery of his charge's death, danger lurks in shadowy corners. Will Robert be able to find the truth, or will he die trying?

 

This is an intriguing story. I must admit that I did find the story a little difficult to get into at first. The story has several different points of view from several of the characters. I did find this a little confusing at times. Nevertheless, as the story unfolded, I began to enjoy it. There are several characters I liked, though a few of them fell foul of the Russian assassin, Ksenyia Petrovsky. They included Dr. Stanton, Francois Trimaud and Doris Stanton amongst others. However, there were a few other characters I didn't care for. These were the brothers' Farhim and Faric, as well as their servant, Gomez. These three men made me shudder! You'll have to read or listen to the book to find out why.

 

This story delves heavily into climate change and the science of reversing it. However, although I agreed with most of the author's views with regard to certain things, there were aspects, I felt, that were not explored well enough, or did not answer fully my own thoughts on climate change. Granted, this is a thriller and not a philosophical debate, so things were not as clear cut. In a way, I can understand the reasons behind Farhim and Faric's actions, even though I wouldn't condone it. I did find, however, some of the scenes to be rather drawn out, which made it lose some of the flow. A thriller is meant to build suspense for the reader. Unfortunately, I only found the last third of the book to be thrilling, as it culminated in a dangerous cat and mouse chase with the Russian.

 

Greed is a terrible vise. Unfortunately, I could see something like what happened in the book happening for real, which makes me incredibly sad. I have no answer to climate change. However, we need to all work together to slow down the impact we have on the atmosphere. We also need to plan better for more severe storms, floods, droughts and other weather related issues. We need to adapt to the weather quicker. Mother nature/ Earth is responding to our parasitic activity, she is completely within her rights to do so.

 

Simon Rosser has written a thought provoking action thriller. I love his writing style, though I did find it not as fast paced as other thrillers I have read it the past. This also affected the flow in my opinion. Other readers may not have the same response as myself.

 

Due to some scenes of a gruesome nature, I do not recommend this book to younger readers, or those of a nervous disposition. However, I highly recommend this book if you love spy thrillers, crime thrillers and mysteries. - Lynn Worton

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