Author is a creepy weirdo stalker who proudly wrote about stalking a reviewer, up to calling them at work and going to their house in person, in The Guardian. oh my God what a mess. DO NOT ENGAGE...more
What do I say about this story? Little Faces is a story that is about a lot of things, alien reproduction. Female aggression. Consent. Victim blaming.What do I say about this story? Little Faces is a story that is about a lot of things, alien reproduction. Female aggression. Consent. Victim blaming. I have this shelved under 'lbgt-fiction' but I'm not sure that's the proper classification. This as a story about a female civilization. There are males, but the main character's species reproduces much like anglerfish, the males little more than parasites riding the female. Males transmit the memories of their mothers to their mates, and it is the murder of one of these males that starts the story.
This author is the owner of Silver Publishing, which cheated a lot of it's authors out of royalties (except himself of course) http://www.ajllewellyn.This author is the owner of Silver Publishing, which cheated a lot of it's authors out of royalties (except himself of course) http://www.ajllewellyn.com/site/2014/... Good link telling the whole story. Basically do not buy anything from this guy ever, he is a thief who stole royalties, cheated on taxes, and fled the US to South Africa when caught out.
*waits for Goodreads to delete this review because it has nothing to do with the book even though the author is a piece of shit thief everyone should be warned about*...more
Two days until payday... the only thing that would be more gloria-baity would be if the other guy was a paleontologist lol. if i ever find a romance wTwo days until payday... the only thing that would be more gloria-baity would be if the other guy was a paleontologist lol. if i ever find a romance with a paleontologist X wildlife rehabber couple I will die of happiness....more
Honestly I DNFed it because of a single line that stuck out to me. One of the characters used the phrase "Single, white, and free." What. The. Fuck. IHonestly I DNFed it because of a single line that stuck out to me. One of the characters used the phrase "Single, white, and free." What. The. Fuck. I'll put up with that shit in a historical but this is a contemporary and it just left a bad taste in my mouth. Two stars because I feel bad about leaving a one star review over a single line, but I really didn't want to read any more after that, and it also made me rethink reading more from this author....more
I read this when it first came out, but can't seem to find my copy of it. This book is about one of the first deliberately genetically engineered animI read this when it first came out, but can't seem to find my copy of it. This book is about one of the first deliberately genetically engineered animals created in the modern era, a red canary. This seemingly harmless animal was on the forefront of the eugenics movement in 1930s Germany, and highlighted a number the eugenic's movement's scientific problems, namely the fact that environment is as much as determining factor as genetics. Red factor canaries were created by cross-breeding canaries with the Venezuelan Blackhooded Red Sisken, a related species. The resulting hybrids were bred back to canaries until nothing remained of the sisken's genetics except their red factor gene. The trouble was the resulting canaries were not true red, instead they were a bright orange color that while nice, was not the desired end result. It wouldn't be until the 60s that the secret for producing a red canary be discovered--the birds required a special red dye to be added to their food in order for their feathers to become red.
It is interesting to note that the Venezuelan Blackhooded Red Sisken is endangered today largely due to the pet bird trade, and that breeding populations of them in captivity are for the most part polluted with canary genetics, thus threatening their survival. I don't believe that this was mentioned in the book, but given the bird's importance to the creation of the Red Factor Canary it would be remiss of me not to mention it....more
I hardly know where to start writing a review for this, to be honest. I'd heard about Jenna of course after she and her husband made their break fromI hardly know where to start writing a review for this, to be honest. I'd heard about Jenna of course after she and her husband made their break from Scientology, and I'd heard about how strange and oppressive the Sea Org was from other members who had left it, but reading about it made it all the more real to me.
Jenna Miscavige Hill is the niece of David Miscavige, the current head of Scientology. She was raised in the church, starting from when she was a small child. As a child her she was separated from her parents, who were both high-ranking members of the CoS, and raised at the Ranch in California with a group of other Scientology children. At first it wasn't so bad, they were allowed to play like kids, but by the time she was eight things had begun to change. You see, Scientology teaches that we are all Thetans, and that one Thetan is pretty much the same as another and therefore children should be treated the same as adults and given adult responsibilities. As a child she was forced to work long hours providing free labor for the Church, and age 12 she was sent off to Florida to begin her training as a Sea Org member, signing a One Billion Year contract with Scientology as well as undergoing what is essentially a combination bookcamp, military school, and brainwashing camp.
As the tension between David Miscavige and her parents mounted she found herself being punished for weeks and months at a time, giving strict audits and constantly being forced to admit to her failing. The way things are run in Scientology breeds a climate of paranoia and distrust, because anyone might rat about even the most minor infractions. Even mild flirting with the 'wrong' person lead to harsh punishments, and the strictly regimented lifestyle began to wear on Jenna.
One by one most of her family left Scientology, forcing Jenna to cut off contact with them for fear of being labeled a 'suppressive person' herself. It isn't until she meets Dallas does she start to think about trying to get her own freedom, however. The church initially tries to delay their marriage with a variety of tactics and eventually punished them for having out-of-wedlock sex. That's pretty much the last straw for Jenna, and after a mission to Australia that causes the couple to rethink some things about the church they start separating. The scene where Dallas was taken away for a 'sec-check' (ie intense brainwashing) and Jenna then proceeds to throw a massive fit in an effort to get him back is truly inspirational. I was cheering! If only most romance heroines could be so determined to save their man.
This is a fantastic book at what is the largest and richest cult in the world, from the perspective of a young woman who is related to the most powerful man in it....more
Part of me wants to read this but the bit about the 'zany, gay-man-loving' gal makes me really, really cautious. I hate, hate, HATE the "Best Girl FriPart of me wants to read this but the bit about the 'zany, gay-man-loving' gal makes me really, really cautious. I hate, hate, HATE the "Best Girl Friend" (ie the female friend who constantly interferes in the main character's lives and is sooo obviously an author/reader stand-in) and just from the blurb it sounds like there might be TWO of the fucking creatures. Urrrg. Hate them....more