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review 2017-09-04 06:05
Better than I remembered
The Drawing of the Three - Stephen King

Second volume of this saga is sooo much better. Better than the first volume and better on second read.

Better than the first because it felt more grounded somehow. Despite the whole "magic doorway" thing, it was way less surreal than "The Gunslinger". The writing was more rounded too, and I connected better with the characters.

Better on second read because there was a dimension of meaning and character growth I could not appreciate first time around (having read it as a stand-alone), and because I'm older, and no matter how mature you think you are, there is a lot you can't really understand when you are a teen.

Despite remembering almost everything, I was not bored. At all. I actually sped through 3/4 of it before my brain revolted clamoring for sleep. That's a "good stuff" stamp, if there is ever one.

I'm full on board of this train now, and will be reading the next install soon.

 

 

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text 2017-08-24 13:02
Two Most Important Things to Consider while Selecting Interior Grade Cladding

If you live in a city in India you must be aware that homes nowadays are small and space is a major issue. Along with that you would definitely want to make your home look beautiful and give it a sense of space. Interior decoration materials like interior grade claddings can give a touch of elegance to your home. Expert interior designers also mention that strategically placed wall claddings can help give a sense of space, to your otherwise small house. The management of a reputed interior grade cladding manufacturing company said that home owners often reach out to their offices with the request of interior grade claddings that are attractive, easy to install and maintain and at the same time ideal to be used for domestic purposes. If you too are looking for the same things then ensure that you take into consideration the two major points that have been discussed below while purchasing interior grade claddings.

 

Ideal to be used for Domestic Purposes

The first thing to ensure while selecting interior grade cladding is that the products are ideal to be installed in homes. For that you must check the certification acquired by the manufacturer. For instance, the claddings that you procure must have GREENGUARD certification. This certification is granted by the designated authority after ensuring that the claddings do not cause indoor air pollution. Indoor air pollution can lead to many illnesses and hence, in order to safeguard the health of your family you must check the certification and ensure that claddings on being installed do not affect the indoor air quality. The same certification will also ensure that the release of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) from the claddings will also be negligible. Along with the GREENGUARD certification you should also check if the claddings are Anti-Bacterial. This is especially true if you want to install claddings in the kitchen countertop or the bathroom countertop. The Anti-Bacterial certification will guarantee that bacteria and germs cannot thrive in the claddings thereby protecting the health of your family.

Ideal for the Décor of your Home

The claddings that you install must add a touch of elegance and glamour to your home. Hence, you should select claddings depending upon the overall décor of your house. Some of the points that you must take into consideration while selecting claddings that complement the décor of your home are as follows:

  • The laminate wall that you install in your house should make the particular room look spacious.

  • If it is a sense of space that you want to create then it is advisable that you select light coloured claddings.

  • Depending on the usage of the room, like whether you want to install the claddings in the kitchen, bedrooms or nursery, you will have to select the colour and design of the claddings.

Thus, while selecting interior grade claddings the two most important things that you must ensure are that the claddings are ideal to be used for domestic purposes and that the claddings complement the décor of your home.

Source: www.greenlamclads.com
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review 2017-08-09 04:12
Watch the Wall, My Darling by Jane Aiken Hodge
Watch the Wall, My Darling - Jane Aiken Hodge

This was entirely delightful. I've never read anything by Jane Aiken Hodge, although I've read The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by her sister, Joan. 

 

I finally broke down and bought this book for the kindle after reading my second Phyllis Whitney reissue, Black Amber, which I've not yet reviewed over here, but which I actually enjoyed even more than Hunter's Green. This book continually popped up in my also boughts, so I've been eyeing it for a couple of years.

 

And, oh my, how delicious it was! The heroine, Christina Tretton, lately of backwoods America, currently of Dark House in Cornwall, was wonderful. Independent, capable, and handy with a pistol. The hero, Ross Tretteign, born on the right side of the blanket, but everyone knows that he's a cuckoo in the family nest, is a bit swoony, a patriot, smuggler, 100% masculine.

 

The book is set during the Napoleonic wars, when Boney is threatening an invasion. There's lots of midnight ramblings, a bullying grandfather, a silly French girl who nearly proves Ross's undoing, a neurotic mother, and a French spy.

 

There are no supernatural overtones to this one, just a good old-fashioned historical romance set in the marshlands, with a wonderful, strong heroine who is most emphatically not TSTL and who is resourceful and fully capable of rescuing herself. One of the most enjoyable books I've read this year, frankly, and quite a surprise.

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