I kept thinking about the first volume of this series. Burrowes did a good job with the storyline and the characters. I wanted to find out what happenI kept thinking about the first volume of this series. Burrowes did a good job with the storyline and the characters. I wanted to find out what happened next.
I rarely read romance series in order. Also since I like a lot of different authors in this genre, it is even more unusual for me to read two books byI rarely read romance series in order. Also since I like a lot of different authors in this genre, it is even more unusual for me to read two books by the same author right in a row. However, I just learned that MacLean reviews romances for The Washington Post. Which reminded me that the second volume of this series was available. I jumped right on it.
Not disappointed - very happy with my choice. Another wonderful hot fudge sundae of a book. Lots of fun without lots of calories....more
”As applied to individual stories, ‘noir’ can be reduced to ‘tough’ or ‘gritty’ or just ‘not cozy.’ But the fierce regional pride that runs through th”As applied to individual stories, ‘noir’ can be reduced to ‘tough’ or ‘gritty’ or just ‘not cozy.’ But the fierce regional pride that runs through this collection does capture the characters’ fatalistic sense of alienation, even in their own hometowns.” from “You Wouldn’t Want to Live There: ‘USA Noir,’ and More” by Marilyn Stasio in The New York Times, January 3, 2014.
I have known about the Akashic Noir series for a long time. If you had asked me, I would have said that I was planning to read Richmond Noir first, since I live near there. However, I needed a book that I could interrupt if necessary and this one appeared on my library’s sell shelf.
My biggest problem with this collection prompted the quotation above. What is noir? I thought that noir usually included murder. Most of these stories do not. They are more likely to fit Stasio’s definition that I have above. The stories in this volume are undeniably not cozy.
However, the reason I liked most of these tales is that the authors seemed to know the community that they were writing about. I have only been to Tel Aviv once, but now I feel like I have visited there multiple times. These are dark short stories and if alienation is part of being noir, the works in this volume are most definitely noir.
I don’t know if you have any interest in short stories or noir fiction. However, if you do, I recommend you find the Akashic volume set closest to your hometown. I suspect you will find some stories to your liking in that volume. ...more
This is the eighteenth romance I have read by Mallery. Of all the romance writers I read, I may have read the most by Mallery. However, it has been thThis is the eighteenth romance I have read by Mallery. Of all the romance writers I read, I may have read the most by Mallery. However, it has been three years since I read one of her novels. This does not mean I stopped liking her writing. It just means that there are so many good romances out there.
I think this was a good dish of chocolate ice cream. Not the best book I ever read, but who turns down chocolate ice cream?...more
”Even if a woman wanted to express her anger right away, often her brain circuits would attempt to hijack this response, to reflect on it first out of”Even if a woman wanted to express her anger right away, often her brain circuits would attempt to hijack this response, to reflect on it first out of fear and anticipation of retaliation. Also, the female brain has a tremendous aversion to conflict, which is set up by fear of angering the other person and losing the relationship. Instead of triggering a quick action response in the brain, as it does in males, anger in girls and women moves through the brain's gut feeling, conflict-pain anticipation, and verbal circuits.”
This book is more than ten years old. This means that some of the research that Brizendine quotes might be twelve or more years old. Scientific research grows exponentially. So, as I read this book I took everything with a large grain of salt. Not because the author was lying or didn’t know what she was talking about, but because I am sure that some of what she had to say is no longer thought to be true.
As a general introduction to human brains, I thought this was good. Yes, there are a lot of generalizations, but this is an overview, not an in-depth scientific paper. I wasn’t always happy with some of what Brizendine had to say. I thought that many reading this could say that women’s roles are set by biology rather than society. However, I was not looking for confirmation of my feminism. I just wanted to see what one woman found to be interesting about the female brain. And that is what I got.
If you are looking for the “answers” about female biology you won’t find them here. We are a long way from that. If you want some interesting reading about human biology, stuff that will give you something to think about, I recommend this book to you.
What I have learned is that I am comfortable learning that human brains may differ by gender. I am fascinated by the way the female brain appears to change over time. I was grateful that I had read something about pregnancy and mothers’ brains because it led to a good discussion with some of my family. ...more