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text 2017-12-11 18:55
Shocking News, BrokenTune

It´s actually old news, because Themis has linked to the Tagesschau article more than once. But I really like that I found this random piece of information in one of the biggest German pharmaceutical journals.

So, Reinhold Messner might actually be on to something.

 

[Source: Deutsche Apotheker Zeitung; Ausgabe 49/2017]

 

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I´m really looking forward to our upcoming buddy read :).

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text 2017-11-29 18:45
It has arrived (I love my library)

Good news, BrokenTune. I got notifed by my library that a certain book has arrived, so I immediately went there and got it:

 

 

The picture section in my copy looks like it has been mauled by the Yeti himself:

 

 

I have to look out for that loose page.

 

So I´m ready to start reading it whenever you want to start it. Let´s see if Messner is able to clear up some of the prejudices concerning the abominable snowman (I have to admit, though, that I don´t know much about him anyway). But he could be a nice guy:

 

"Abominable! Can you believe that? Do I look abominable to you? Why can't they call me the Adorable Snowman or...or the Agreeable Snowman, for crying out loud? I'm a nice guy."
—The Yeti describing himself to Sulley and Mike in the Monsters, Inc.

 

Yeti says welcome to the Himalayas in Monsters Inc

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text 2017-06-05 14:30
Monster Porn Monday

3 Reviews ~ Erotica ~ Mature 18+

 

Source: imavoraciousreader.blogspot.com/2017/06/monster-porn-monday.html
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review 2017-04-22 21:31
A book for readers who enjoy science-fiction that asks big questions, with religious undertones, and lots of action
As Wings Unfurl - Arthur M. Doweyko

I thank the author who contacted me thanks to Lit World Interviews for offering me an ARC copy of his novel that I freely chose to review.

I am not a big reader of science-fiction (perhaps because I don’t seem to have much patience these days for lengthy descriptions and world building and I’m more interested in books that focus on complex characters) so I was doubtful when the author suggested I review it, but the angel plot and the peculiarities of the story won me over. There are many things I enjoyed in this book but I’m not sure that it was the book for me.

As I’ve included the description and it is quite detailed (I was worried about how I could write about the book without revealing any spoilers but, many of the things I was worried about are already included in the description) I won’t go into the ins and outs of the story. The novel starts as a thriller, set in 1975. A private detective has taken a compromising photo and that puts him in harm’s way. Apple, the main character, seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, although later events make us question this and wonder if perhaps what happens was preordained. One of the interesting points in the novel, for me, was that the main character was a Vietnam War veteran, amputee (he lost a leg) and now addicted to Morphine. He also experiences symptoms of PTSD. Although his vivid dreams and flashbacks slowly offer us some background information, and the whole adventure gives him a new perspective on life and a love interest, I found it difficult to fully connect with the character. It was perhaps due to the fast action and the changes in setting and point of view that make it difficult to fully settle one’s attention on the main protagonists. One of the premises of the story is that Angela, the mysterious character who is his ersatz guardian angel, has known him all his life. She is oddly familiar to him, and she decides to give up her privileges and her life mission because of him, but as Angela’s interest in him precedes the story, there is no true development of a relationship and readers don’t necessarily understand why they are attracted to each other from the start.

The story, written in the third person, is told mostly from Apple’s point of view but there are also two other characters, from Tibet, Shilog, a farmer, and Yowl, what most of us would think of as a Yeti, but that we later learn is a member of a native Earth species. In my opinion, these two characters are more fully realised, as we don’t have any previous knowledge or any expectations of who they are, and they work well as a new pair of eyes (two pairs of eyes) for the readers, as they start their adventure truly clueless as to what is going on, and the situation is as baffling to them as it is to us. They are also warm and genuinely amusing and they offer much welcome comic relief. They are less bogged down by conventions and less worried about their own selves.

I enjoyed also the background story and the underlying reasoning behind the presence of the “angels” (aliens) in the world. It does allow for interesting debates as to what makes us human and what our role on Earth is. How this all fits in with traditional religions and beliefs is well thought out and it works as a plot element. It definitely had me thinking.

I said before that one of the problems I had with some fantasy and science-fiction is my lack of patience with world building and detailed descriptions. In this case, though, other than some descriptions about the Tibetan forest and mountains, I missed having a greater sense of location. The characters moved a lot from one place to the next and, even if you were paying attention, sometimes it was difficult to follow where exactly the action was taking place (especially because some of the episodes depended heavily on secret passages, doors, locked rooms…) and I had to go back a few times to check, in case I had missed some change of location inadvertently. (This might not be a problem for people who are used to reading more frantically paced action stories.) I guess there are two possible reading modes I’d recommend for this story; either pay very close attention or go with the flow and enjoy the ride.

I really enjoyed the baddie. Dane is awesome. I don’t mind the bad characters that are victims of their circumstances or really conflicted about what they do, but every so often I like a convinced baddie, who takes no prisoners and goes all the way. She is not without justification either, and later we learn something that puts a different spin on her behaviour (I didn’t find it necessary but it does fit in with the overall story arc). The irony of her character and how she uses human institutions and religions to subvert the given order is one of my favourite plot points and she is another source of humour, although darker in this case.

All in all, this is a book for readers who enjoy science-fiction that asks big questions, with religious undertones, lots of action and not too worried about the psychological makeup of the main characters. Ah, and if you love stories about Bigfoot or the Yeti, you’ll love this one.

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review 2016-10-05 11:18
Heart and Brain: Gut Instincts: An Awkward Yeti Collection - The Awkward Yeti

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I follow this artist on Twitter, and I just heart his comics. Some are just pure brilliance, others make me laugh aloud.

The comics are about the organs (in what I am guessing is the artist's body), from going to the doctor and fooling the heart, to what happens when you eat something wrong (I laughed so hard about that one). I do have to say that I generally liked the ones without the brain more, or the ones in which the brain wasn't talking in overload. I know the series is Heart and Brain, and I do love heart, he is just so funny and hilarious. A typical heart, never thinking, and often just jumping into things without regard of the brain.

The most gruesome comic? One that I also know from online, the one with with nails and the teeth and the modification. *shivers* That was just a bit too much for me.

We also see the artist (Awkwardyeti) himself and then see how the brain or other organs are tricking him. (Like when you wake up for toilet because your bladder thought 4 am was a perfect time, well then the brain also wakes and it wants to do all sorts of things, have fun sleeping again! Or when you want to impress someone, and your brain just conveniently forgets everything!)

The art is pretty awesome, though I mostly tend to come because of the awesome, spot-on comics.

There are also several new comics, which is great, I do like it when I see something new in a comic bundle. Not only online stuff, but new or unpublished stuff as well.

Would I recommend this book? Oh yes I would!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com

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