Dec 19 2017

#NewAsh and Book Reviews

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Flowers for Algernon

by Daniel Keyes
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I think many people would benefit from reading this book, as it offers a great perspective and a chance to grow. However, I’m not sure how many people would understand it, as it’s possible that, unless you can identify with how the main character feels, it simply wouldn’t be an interesting book. Mostly I want certain people to read it in the hopes they’ll gain insight into why the example they’re setting is a bad one. The very people to whom I refer are the ones most likely to have the point sail clear over their heads. It’s an ironic twist as, in not understanding, they would become like the main character, who is someone they wouldn’t like.

In the book, Charlie is given something and is supposed to be grateful for it, even when it’s corrupted and the end result turns heartbreaking. There were several times in the book that the main character’s plight reminded me of my fellow Native Americans. Told we were not humans before outsiders changed us. Then, even those who changed, even those who surpassed the outsiders, are still treated differently. The old, “you are this and you’ve done that, in spite of being you.” Just enough so you’ll always be reminded that some folks will keep you on the outside, no matter what. And leaving you with the choice to be like Charlie was, laughing along in the hopes they’ll like you, even when they aren’t honestly good to you; or being like Rose, always obsessing over what others think, until that’s all you have left and people end up pitying you (at best).

This is well-written literature. It might not seem so for the first ten percent of the book, but the reasoning becomes clear. Then it shifts to the grammatical structure to which most readers are accustomed. It’s worth hanging in there. The voice reminds me of J.D. Salinger. (It was published in April 1959, where as Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye is from 1951.) It’s a believable story told in first person (via the reports Charlie keeps), one of person-versus-self (or, arguably, person-versus-society), but it’s not a happy escape, nor does it have a HEA. The purpose is to make the reader think, and to remind the reader to be grateful for the ability to do so. It can make you a little bit better of a person, if you let it. But, like Charlie, you have to have motivation.

My Highlights:
I learned about the TAT, which I’d never heard of before. TAT

I thought Charlie’s notes on God, when he thinks about Him in context for the first time, were interesting. “I remember Him as a distant uncle with a long beard on a throne…”

And the heartbreaking thought, which too many of us have with age or disease:
“I’ve got to try to hold onto some of the things I’ve learned. Please, God, don’t take it all away.”


Savage (MC Biker Romance)

by Lee Mae
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Short, easy to read. A more-good-than-bad guy hooks up with his nurse. Written in third-person point of view. Decent romance with some heat.


Lifers

M.A. Griffin
4 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
A very interesting thriller. There’s quite a bit to unravel as it bounces between memories and regrets. It’s easy to identify with Preston.

Urban explores who look at the world in a different way, looking for secret parts of a city, sound really interesting!

I do feel my appreciation was slightly hindered by an “accent/language” barrier, as there are some British words and references which I’m not sure I properly comprehended. This is a reflection on me, and how ridiculously long it’s been since I traveled abroad, not on the book or the writer.


Beneath This Mask

by Meghan March
5 star rating image on the blog of @JLenniDorner
Wow!
This book blew my expectations out of the water.

I only read a few romance-type books a year. But this book? It burned a hole in the genre box! It was nearly everything I’d want in a book. Yes, there was sizzling hot romance, but there was also mystery and suspense, and amazingly well-developed characters with deep backstories.

By the way, if you like tattoos, there are several scenes that you’ll very likely LOVE.

And a quick note to fellow TwiHards… there are a few scenes you’ll love. (No vampires here, but still.) Here’s one: “I’m not strong enough to walk away from you again. This time, you’re going to have to tell me to go.”

The Charlotte / Charlie reveal is fantastic. It says something about our society, about being true to yourself over being who people expect. There’s real depth there.

A former military person dealing with mental trauma and not seeking help — the book is worth reading just for this reality, which needs to change. “I didn’t want anyone to know that I was broken.”


Private Reserve (Dossier #1)

by Cathryn Fox
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Good character building. Intriguing world building. Fast, easy to read. A great amount of heat almost right off the bat.

There’s a lot of …”frustration” in wanting the characters to just be honest with each other, to just communicate already! It’s what builds the tension in the story.

It does have M/M and F/M/M scenes. Responsible, informed, consenting adults safely engage in erotic playtime.


Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-sitters Club Graphix #5)

by Ann M. Martin
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Time-traveled back to my childhood for the fifth time! (Plus, this book means the series is halfway to including Logan Bruno!)

Yes, I know, some of you are wondering why I’m into these books. A big part of it was having a crush on Mary Anne during my youth. (What? Yeah, I know. Shut up.)

The books are just as fun to read now as they were twenty-five years ago (crap, I’m old). It’s a time before mobile phones and everyone having the Internet. I guess they could have rewritten/updated/ modernized the series, but I’m kind of glad they didn’t. This is part of my history, of the way life was back then.

Plus, lots of my friends were girls, and they loved reading these, so I got sucked in. Sometimes it’s okay to be a sheep, like when it means reading books like these.


Writing the Paranormal Novel:

Techniques and Exercises for Weaving Supernatural Elements Into Your Story by Steven Harper
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Good book. Lots of cool tips and tricks. Glad I read this one.

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