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review 2017-10-23 17:08
Goat Castle A True Story of Murder, Race and Gothic South by Karen L.Cox

 

I admit that from the beginning to the end you are captured by Goat Castle A True Story of Murder, Race and Gothic South by Karen L.Cox published by North Carolina University Press.

First of all it has been written with great love, accuracy and passion. It pays a lot.
The author says that it was just for case that she "met" one day this story along her way, but she immediately understood that this one would have been her next book.
Second because the tale is vivid, characters centered very well, and it seems to stay there, it seems that this murder took place just last night and not in 1932, 85 years ago.
Third because of the location: the profound South of the USA, with all its magic, mystery.
Fourth: it's written with great participation.

You must know that Natchez, Mississippi tried to stimulate tourism thanks to  big mansions of planters at the beginning of 1900s and tourism intrigued by this spot of the world.
No one would have thought that the criminal case we will treat in a few seconds would have brought extra-publicity thanks also at the people involved in this story.

Protagonists are in fact not common.
They were all very rich people once and introduced in the best local and international society.
In 1932 when the facts took place, not anymore young, they lived weird, eccentric existences and all the glamour, richness, joy, happiness only a distant memory of the past.

Jennie Miller lived at Glenwood at the times of the facts baptized by  media and for decades Goat Castle because goats as you will see will play their role in this crime-story.

When young her reputation was beautiful because she was part of that great wealthy society able to make the difference, then with the time and when various facts signed her life everything changed and when she decided of buying this last house where she would have found her end, she became a secluded person.

The story of their friends Octavia and Richard, you will see is  fascinating and interesting as well.
After a close friendship when young now they where Jennie's closest neighbors.

It was a night like another one in Natchez. Duncan would have stopped by at the house of Jennie as he did all nights that Aug 4 1932, but when Duncan once arrived at Goat Castle, found the crime-scene and a missing Jennie, later discovered by the police men outside. Killed.

At first Richard and Octavia were the first ones to be suspected and they ended up in jail, but maybe the story will be different and more complicated as you will see.

What I can add is that of course we are in the the profound South of the USA and racism will play a big role as well.

Unbelievable but true, some of these protagonists, because the author will also let us know what happened to them in their life after jail, will take advantage from this crime for a long long time creating a sort of business with this story.

I thank NetGalley and North Carolina University Press for this stunning ebook!


Anna Maria Polidori
Source: alfemminile.blogspot.it
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review 2017-10-21 17:30
The Innocent Auction - DNF @ 25%.
The Innocent Auction - Story Perfect Editing Services,Victoria Sue

Contrived scenes to give the MCs forbidden but tepid smooching scenes, zero build up to any kind of relationship and zero chemistry despite all the lusting between them. Bored now.

 

There is an attempt at a plot though, so that's nice, but honestly, I've read much better master/servant fanfic than this back when I was absorbing every Frodo/Sam slash fic I could get my greedy little hands on. Plus, the constant bad grammar (was stood, had sat) and missing punctuation killed this story even before I got to this:

 

"...his skin taught..."

 

Um...sorry, honey, but skin cannot be taught. It has no brains to be learning with! It can however be taut.

 

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review 2017-10-18 04:51
The American Plate
The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites - Libby H. O'connell

A collection of "bites" about significant foods in American history, sometimes including recipes. I enjoyed this book at first and read half of it right away and then it took me a year and a half to read the second half. :(

 

What I liked: the historical trivia, the recipes that included the author's suggestions for contemporary or portion variations, and the broad selection of foods discussed. (Although honestly, I would not have minded not knowing about Kraft cheese. My childhood is ruined.)

 

What I didn't like: the soapbox politics that took up page space that could have been used to tell me more about the food. It seemed to get worse in the second half as the "bites" approached 20th century food culture.

 

As the title states, this book is also American-centric. YMMV on that bit.

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text 2017-10-17 12:43
Why Lenders Bring Installment Loans with No Credit Check?

 

The shortage of lending options is not what you see at the US marketplace because lenders are now quite sharp to their lending policies and the assistance of the brokers is always there. But the problem is that the people are not still aware of this and as a result, they struggle while handling the pressure of financial turmoil. Thus, the problem is not the lack of financial sources, but the problem is the lack of knowledge among the people. Same thing happens with installment loans no credit check claim.

 

Despite not counted among the standard loans, these loans are gaining importance on an instant basis because people get the easy repayment options to utilize. In particular, the people with bad credit scores find these loans more in their favour because they get a chance to repay the funds on their convenience. It would be easy for them to improve their credit scores too.

 

The question may arise that why lenders feel it necessary to bring installment loans with no credit check option? Here may be the reasons:

 

The figures are increasing of people with bad credit scores

 

Increasing debts or no repayment of the credit card or loan creates a problem of bad credit scores. The worst thing is that the numbers are increasing on rapid pace of those individuals, who are having the problem of bad credit scores. Banks or traditional lending institutions generally reject the loan applications of those borrowers, who are not good in maintaining their credit scores up to the satisfactory level. But it is not the solution because people are facing such problem in a huge way. However, options are very less but still hope is not ended because installment loans with no credit check are available to use.

 

The inclusion of online tool in the application procedure

 

Nowadays, everyone looks for the convenience and so do the lenders and the brokers. For the borrowers’ point of view, submitting loan applications early is essential because they need funds and quickly and the long application procedure won’t them at all. The online application procedure allows them to submit their loan request as early as possible and without too many formalities. Besides that, the lenders also find easy with the online tool, as they can approve multiple loan applications in a single day. It would be good to their business and borrowers have funds in their hands much quickly as they wanted.

 

Borrowers can get guaranteed loan approval

 

Few years back, people had several obligations to follow in order to apply for the loans. Providing the guarantor or placing the collateral was mandatory and if the borrowers miss even a single obligation, their loan applications were rejected on an instant. However, such obligations are also prevailing, but the major difference is the flexible lending policies. You should ask your broker to find out only those loan deals, where the loans can be applied without much condition to fulfil. It is really important if you are aiming for bad credit personal loans guaranteed approval.

 

Brokers make easy for both lenders and borrowers

 

Since the lending policies have turned more in favour of the borrowers, one should not forget the role of the loan brokers. These specialists have much bigger role to play because they work as a mediator between the borrowers and the lenders. In the USA, the loan brokers are known for their professionalism, such as the Loan Land US, where they first analyze the situation of the borrowers and then start searching for the suitable loan deals for them. As far as the lenders are concerned, the brokers are also useful for them in bringing more clients to use their loan products that will increase their business.

 

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review 2017-10-17 04:03
Beneath a Scarlet Sky
Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel - Mark T. Sullivan

5 stars for story

4 stars for narration

4.5 stars overall

 

I loved this. It's easily the best thing that has come out of Amazon Kindle First ever, and I'm so glad I picked it up. 

 

This is a "novel" only because the author wasn't able to verify all the facts of the story that Pino Lella told him about his time in Italy during the last two years of the war. As it explains in the foreword, a lot of documents were "lost" after the war, and many people who lived through it chose not to talk about it and simply let it fade into history. Being unable to 100% verify every detail, the author decided to call it a novel, but it is a biography. 

 

As such, I can't really critique this the same way I normally would any other story. These are real people and real events. There's no ultimate struggle of good vs evil (well, there is but as we all know, humans are complicated and things aren't always so black and white) and there are no tropes to rely on or subvert. This is just what happened, and it's both inspiring and infuriating. 

 

Without giving too much away - and assuming you're not a WWII history buff and might know some of these details already - Pino Lella was seventeen when the war came to Italy, and in order to avoid being conscripted and forced to fight on the German front in Poland, where many Italians pressed into service were losing their lives, he instead "volunteered" to work for Operation Todt. All he knew about it was that it was less likely to get him killed and would keep him off the warfront. Things don't go as planned and he ends up in a prime position to work for the resistance, getting them valuable information that helped the Allied invasion. 

 

For the first third of the book, things move pretty slowly. Pino is at first hidden in the mountains near the Switzerland border and helps refugees escape over the border. When his parents bring him back to Milan, things start to pick up and slowly get more complicated. And yet, things seem to almost go too well. Then the end of the war is in sight, and that's when things really hit the fan. The writing in the last third is especially strong and emotive, and I really had to work not to cry in the car as I listened to this on my daily commute. 

 

As for the narrator, Will Damron, he takes the Kevin Costner approach to accents. I would honestly have no accent at all than to listen to a really horrible Italian accent, so I wasn't bothered by this. He does do a decent German accent though. He's very clear and easy to follow along with, and he reads at a good pace. At first, his narration was almost matter-of-fact, but he can really bring the emotions when it's called for. I would say for the most part, he's a 3 star narrator, but the ending was strong enough to bump it up to 4 stars. (And he's certainly popular with audiobooks, so he has his fans.)

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