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review 2017-09-29 17:02
Fear-mongering, transformation, and awakening
Do Not Say We Have Nothing: A Novel - Madeleine Thien

Much like when I read The Historian, I was unable to decide if what I was reading was fiction or nonfiction. (Of course, there were no vampires in this book so maybe this isn't the best comparison except for the way they both made me feel.) I couldn't put down Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien despite how much I sometimes wanted to in order to spare myself further heartbreak. This is the story of those who lived through China's Cultural Revolution and their successors a world away in Canada...at least a tiny little slice. Our main characters rotate between Sparrow, Kai, and Zhuli who lived during Mao Zedong's reign of terror, Ai-Ming who took part in the demonstrations of Tiananmen Square, and Marie who wants to piece everything together in present day Canada. This is also about music and its power to lift the soul or to mire it in secrets. A lot of sensitive topics are touched on in this book including but not limited to torture, public humiliation, and sexual assault. This is not just a work of historical fiction but also a mystery about people, events, and a book that keeps resurfacing. Intricately woven with details which seem to make the story come to life in vivid color right before your eyes this book is one that I think everyone should experience. This is the hallmark of excellent historical fiction. 10/10

 

For a nearly complete list of the classical music mentioned in the book: Spotify.

 

Source: Goodreads

 

 

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What I'm Currently Reading: Roald Dahl's Book of Ghost Stories

Source: readingfortheheckofit.blogspot.com
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review 2017-09-26 16:43
For Life or Until: Love and Warfare series book 1 - Anne Garboczi Evans,Heather McCurdy,Gregg Bridgeman

For Love or Until by Anne Garboczi Evans
This story starts out with Ness, a Celt and she's warming the water. Cedric loves her since forever. He wants to set up his farmland before he asks for her hand.
She plans her farmland and wants to raise sheep and weave the wool.
After the dance she's informed he had asked someone else to marry another girl.
The Roman tribune, Aquillus wants to marry her to raise their children as Romans and she accepts in retaliation of not being wed by Cedric.
She thought she'd be closer to her family but is not within days of their location any longer. She tries to befriend women and they just hate her, like she's from the wrong side of the tracks.
She has to go through so much pain and heartbreak and you wonder if the couple will ever be happy at all...
Parts that struck me the most were those of what she has to do to survive for her children and herself as she lends to the fields. She follows her passions and something she always wanted to do.
Like that after the Latin phrases are spoken they are translated in English so you can not left in the dark. Enjoyed listening to their traditions as they are explained.
Love the travel and that she had brought seeds for the land she was moving to. Love that knitting is mentioned and things other make and sell to make money for the family.
Love learning new words as I look them up to find out what they mean.
Excerpt from the second book in this series is included.
Received this review copy from the publisher Olivia Kimbrell Press via Bookfun.org and this is my honest review.

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review 2017-09-09 00:00
United States Naval Special Warfare: U.S. Navy SEALs
United States Naval Special Warfare: U.S... United States Naval Special Warfare: U.S. Navy SEALs - Greg E. Mathieson Sr.,David Gatley Interesting and fascinating book.
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review 2017-07-02 12:00
Open Warfare: The Secret of a Successful Marriage by whiskygalore
Open Warfare: The Secret of a Successful Marriage - whiskygalore

An entertaining fanfic in which omega Jensen is the reluctant bridegroom to alpha Jared. Poor Jared tries to be patient with his annoying husband but eventually succumbs to retaliation. Meanwhile Jensen is keeping his job as a stripper a secret. Recommended.

Source: archiveofourown.org/works/11272965
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review 2017-05-22 18:22
Gaming Book out in June about Elf Warfare
Elf Warfare (Open Book) - Chris Pramas,Hauke Kock,Darren Tan

Disclaimer: ARC via Netgalley

 

                My love of elves dates back to the first time I read Lord of the Rings.  It was because they were ageless, spoke funny, or seemed so wise.  It was because they used bows and arrows.  This is because one of the first movies I ever saw was Robin Hood.  Honesty, if the orcs had been as skilled with bows as Robin was, I would be constantly wondering why everyone painted those poor, misunderstand orcs as evil.

                It’s true.

                Osprey’s book about Elf Warfare written by Chris Pramas taps into the fascination that many people have with elves, whether or not said people only like them because of the Robin Hood collection.  The book is ideal for any gamer or writer.  Osprey presents the various fighter types as well as various battle formats.  It is in one part source book and one part history, with a sprinkling of storytelling thrown in. 

                Highlights include a nice bit about how elves work with allies- be they human or animal and a detailed discussion about how elven armies and how they are designed.  There is at least one illustration that looks like it was Bloom’s Legolas inspired, and one does wonder a bit about some of the Elven women’s battle dress.  But those are quibbles.

                It is a quick fun read that can spark creativity.

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