Great little book! I got it initially for research purposes for a book I've written (editing and fact-firming stage), and though it ended up being not...moreGreat little book! I got it initially for research purposes for a book I've written (editing and fact-firming stage), and though it ended up being not quite fitting, I still read it throughout because I found it quite interesting!
Some of the verbiage and jargon used was a bit lost of me, as it is more of a scholarly publication than a mass audience book (and I never studied anthropology), but I still understood the gist of it. I especially liked how the author refers to related books & articles throughout; reading it on my mobile from the Kindle app was very handy as they are all linked and I could click through to any of them.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the subject of how humans came to be what they are, and how race is viewed and considered and how it applies - or not! - to humans today.(less)
A very powerful book. I came in expecting a romance with a backdrop setting of war. Instead, I was thrown full blast into a front-drop setting of war,...moreA very powerful book. I came in expecting a romance with a backdrop setting of war. Instead, I was thrown full blast into a front-drop setting of war, and all the intricacies it implies. And yes, there was romance - but not in the fairy tale sense.
The war is ever present in this book, but not in the gory, front line of action, things (and people) being blown to bits way. Apart from the opening scene with the IED, there is no actual scenes of war. Rather, we are plunged into the psyches of the different characters: two who are in semi-hiding/semi-capture with no inkling as to when, or if, they'll get home, and two who have remained at home, with no inkling as to whether their loved ones are even still alive.
Follows a series of narratives that happen simultaneously in the present (at war and at home), intersperse with recollections of the moments that led to the CivPol Constables' departure. Having the narrative out of order permits us to delve deeper in the minds of the characters, as various emotions spark the memories, while giving some dynamic to the narrative. We are given a cold, hard look into the mixture of despair and hope of those who are missing, while at the same time paying tribute to the pain and anger of those who remain at home.
War isn't easy, in many more ways that the death tolls it creates. We are quick to write and read novels about soldiers on the front line. But we don't often enough pay attention to those who are waiting for them, or to what happens to those soldiers when/if they come back, or when they are taken captive and lay awaiting their fate - to what goes on in all their minds.
Yes, this is an erotic romance fiction, with quite explicit scenes. But I would still recommend this book, even if it's out of your usual reading genre. At worst, skim over the scenes with a slight blush and one hand over one eye (ahem...). BUT don't skip them altogether. They are not just there for the fun of it (though it is fun) - they serve a huge purpose in establishing the depth of the various relationships in the novel, which makes the ending so much more moving and the whole story more complex. It's more than just people having sex and missing each other, hoping they will come back and live happily ever after, the end. SO, so much more.(less)
Great little book! Well divided in sections, easy to navigate, short sections that give the basics for quick reference. I would call it more "102 thing...moreGreat little book! Well divided in sections, easy to navigate, short sections that give the basics for quick reference. I would call it more "102 things to consider while writing your novel" - the book doesn't give 102 prompts or ideas to get you writing, but rather explore the whole writing process, from idea to publishing, in 102 small sections. It's short and basic, but great as a reference - you can always dig deeper into any of these things as needed.
What a great little book! At only 101 pages (of reading), it's a quick and manageable read that will get you started quickly and efficiently. The auth...moreWhat a great little book! At only 101 pages (of reading), it's a quick and manageable read that will get you started quickly and efficiently. The author guides us through her system for not only getting the whole family involved in cleaning and keeping the house in order, but also for training our young ones in matters of home management, giving them essential life skills they will need as adults
The book offers a step by step guide (with worksheets and templates!) to create, set up, and implement a home maintenance schedule for the whole family. The author also includes a section on organizing clutter in your house, from "stuff" to paper clutter. Her advices are sane, realistics, and encouraging, and include a list of related resources and good reads to further the subject, should you wish to do so.
The book IS written from a Christian homeschooling point of view; however, don't let that stop you from checking it out should those not apply to you. The actual system can be applied by anyone and everyone!(less)
At first I felt like this was an ordinary read, good but not special. It just needed a bit of setting up before it got good th...moreAwww! What a cute story!
At first I felt like this was an ordinary read, good but not special. It just needed a bit of setting up before it got good though. Real good.
I really loved the different layers of the book, the different themes explored. A bit of romance, a bit of family fiction, a bit of self- and soul-searching. The characters were deep and attaching, and before long, I couldn't put it down at all.
I often find that books will make me smile, maybe chuckle if a passage is funny enough. With this one, I found myself laughing out loud numerous time, often even going back to re-read the passage once or twice more, for the sheer pleasure of it. The author's writing is entertaining in itself, and when you add a few lively and witty characters, it's a great mix.
A nice piece of light fiction that nonetheless have lots of depth in the story-telling.
Book 2 of a series I found on my Nook for like $0.99 a book. Can't remember how I found them, maybe they were in Promotions. Anyway, they are short re...moreBook 2 of a series I found on my Nook for like $0.99 a book. Can't remember how I found them, maybe they were in Promotions. Anyway, they are short reads, but decently written, with a compelling plot and fast-paced action. I enjoyed the first 2 books!
(Edit: Other books are $3.99, 7 books are now out, there will be 8 books in all)(less)
Love it! A great young adult read, that is neither too teenagy-girly nor too adult - perfect for a wide audience of readers.
I was glad when Lisa Bergr...moreLove it! A great young adult read, that is neither too teenagy-girly nor too adult - perfect for a wide audience of readers.
I was glad when Lisa Bergren announced she would publish a novella e-book depicting what happens right after the end of "Torrent". Although "Torrent" didn't end suddenly or anything, I felt like I couldn't quite leave Gabi and Lia's world just yet! I know that she is working on the next installment, which will be Lia's story, but it feels like it won't be quite the same, being told from Lia's point of view and all. I suppose I wasn't ready to leave Gabi and Marcello just yet ;)
Not only was this novella a good read - just like all the other River of Time books - but it was cleverly written from both Gabi and Lia's point of views, making it a nice transition from Gabi's story to Lia's story. I was able to grow more attached to Lia and Luca, hearing Lia speak, while still getting a bit of Gabi. Now I feel ready to switch to Lia in "Tributary" ;)
Looking forward for it to come out! And I'm not convinced enough to seek some of Lisa's other novels.(less)
Très bon livre, je suis contente de l'avoir choisi! J'ai découvert qu'il s'agissait du tôme 1, donc j'ai bien hâte que le tôme 2 sorte!! J'ai bien hât...moreTrès bon livre, je suis contente de l'avoir choisi! J'ai découvert qu'il s'agissait du tôme 1, donc j'ai bien hâte que le tôme 2 sorte!! J'ai bien hâte de voir la suite!(less)