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review 2020-12-26 16:05
One Of Us Is Next by Karen McManus
One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus
So this was good, but not as good as I hoped it would be.
This story has us reading about the same kids. This time there is a new game to be played, though no one wants to play. Revenge is the name of the game. 
I did like the twists and that I did not have a clue who was the mastermind working with the guy hosting the game. When all was revealed, I was shocked and amazed! Then a side twist made it even more shocking!
Still, the first half of the story was a little boring. I felt like it took a minute to gain momentum. And the very end felt like it sped up really fast just to get the story over with. Maybe it's me, but consitency is key.
I don't know that I would read another if this series had a book 3. It's kind of done over now. Y'know what I mean?!
Source: www.fredasvoice.com/2020/12/one-of-us-is-next-by-karen-mcmanus-65.html
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text 2020-07-01 21:07
June 2020 Wrap-Up
Maerlin's Storm - Nav Logan
Crystal Zodiac - Katie Huang
The Brothers York - Thomas Penn
The Secrets of Ayurveda - Harish Chandra Verma,Gopi Warrier,Karen Sullivan

I haven't bothered with these monthly wrap-up posts in recent months because I've got so little reading done and with moving my account, it just got lost in the shuffle.


So anyway, four books finished in June. Only one fiction that I chose to read and it was pretty good. Three non-fiction from Netgalley. I seem to have a backlog of those all of a sudden. Some of them are a bit woo but I do take an interest in all sorts of things.


I'm reading several books at once so I may have more books done by the end of July. I'm still getting back to normal reading after the end of the world in march so I'm just glad to be reading again!

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review 2020-06-25 12:02
The Secrets of Ayurveda
The Secrets of Ayurveda - Harish Chandra Verma,Gopi Warrier,Karen Sullivan

by Gopi Warrior, Dr. Harish Verma, Karen Sullivan




I've been aware of Ayurveda for a while but this is the first time I sat down and read a book about it. This one is divided into four chapters: Ayurveda: The Science of Life, The Ayurdedic Approach, Diet and Lifestyle and Practitioner Led or Self-Help?


The first chapter explains what Ayurveda is and gives history and a method to determine your Ayurvedic constitution. It points out that medicine is one "spoke on the wheel" of a holistic lifestyle approach to promote balance and good health, thereby making it easier to combat illness and mostly prevent it.


It explains that illness affects both body and mind and not just one in isolation of the other. It claims that modern illnesses like chronic fatigue and irritable bowel syndrome have been successfully treated with Ayurveda when modern medicine has failed.


It has its roots in Hinduism and both date back over 5000 years, yet stay dynamic to keep up with modern conditions. There are some surprising facts cited about the history, like knowledge of cells and microscopic organisms in a book written 2000 years before the microscope was invented. There's a strong spiritual connection with the practice, yet it embraces science and finds a balance between the two.


The book is filled with colourful pictures of the sort you might see in Hindu texts or temples and these are accompanied by snippets of relevant information. Over all the book is beautifully laid out.


Naturally the Hindu belief system that Ayurveda is based in comes into it and the concept of Karma is explained in full as well as the belief in reincarnation connected with it. In some ways the book is repetitive as the basic concepts get restated many times, but I can see why it is important to drive a different way of thinking into the average western mind.


I admit to feeling some scepticism about the physical types and how it affects the person to be one or another. It seemed too generalised to me. Having said that, I fell heavily into the Kapha category. The second chapter expands on methods and the third chapter, as the title suggests, deals with diet and lifestyle. The final chapter explains when you need to see a practitioner and how to treat yourself at home.


Overall I found the book very informative and easy to follow. While I might not be in complete alignment with the beliefs expressed, they are explained well and I felt the book covered the subject very thoroughly and clearly.

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review 2020-05-28 13:53
The Dreamers
The Dreamers - Karen Thompson Walker

by Karen Thompson Walker


I've been caught out once again by a book written in present tense. Why, oh why is this a thing?


The story is about a strange virus that makes people fall asleep and not wake up, but remain dreaming. It was an interesting premise, but because present tense is so difficult to read I couldn't really get into the story.


Some interesting ideas in there, but it's just not for me.

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text 2020-05-12 17:38
Ach Karen...
Todesstoß: Thriller - Karen Rose

ich weiß es doch auch nicht.

Ich hatte eine schwere Phase mit Madame Rose in meiner Jugend. Krimi und Sex. Offensichtlich unterhielt das mein jungendliches Ich. Das könnte man jetzt sicherlich auch großzügig psychoanalysieren...naja.

"Todesstoss" ist ein Überbleibsel auf meinem SUB von damals. Was soll ich sagen... Der Thriller ist im Ganzen gesehen sehr überladen und hanebüchen: zwei Psychopathen, die zufällig zur gleichen Zeit wüten und die die selben Opfer forcieren. Das war mir ja schon zu viel Plot. Und wie immer bei Frau Rose gibt es die große Liebe zwischen Kommissar und Opfer. Die Liebe des Lebens, nach 3 Sekunden Bekanntschaft (Grüße gehen raus an Nicholas Sparks). Kommissar und Opfer sind natürlich beide schwer traumatisierte Persönlichkeiten (hier: Kommissar trockener Alkoholiker, weil er Frau und Kind verloren hat und Opfer war natürlich schon mal Opfer durch einen anderen Psychopathen), lassen sich aber inmitten der Ermittlung auf einander ein und heilen sich. Auch wenn das Opfer fast erneut stirbt. Und wie stark Karen Rose auch versucht ihre Frauen darzustellen, sind diese am Ende des Tages auch nur schwach und geben sich dankbar einem starken Klischeemann hin. Traurig und sehr frustrierend. Ich will jetzt hier nicht politisch überkorrekt sein, aber das fiel mir schon sehr stark auf. 

Die Handlung, sowohl die kriminelle als auch die ramontische, konnte ich sehr genau vorhersagen. Vielleicht liegt das daran, dass ich schon einige Bücher von Madame Rose gelesen habe oder der Plot so locker gestrickt ist oder weil Karen Rose und ich eben Namensbasen (weibliche Namensvetter eben) sind. Ich werde den Gedanken nicht weiter verfolgen. Es ist wie es ist.

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