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eview from BadelyngeKaren Traviss does a great job of bringing some Gears of War goodness to those of us who like to relax our trigger fingers once in a while.
Working on something you really love rather than it just being the latest meal ticket has really brought out the best in the autho, both in these books and her hands on work with the latest Gears game.This one tells the untold tory of the attle for Aspho Fields.
A battle we 've heard about in the game that takes place everal years before Emergence Day when the humans of Sera are still locked in a world war over Imulsion that has lasted the best part of a century.
Traviss cleverly frames the pre-Emergence Day sequences with a story set between games 1 and 2, just after the deployment of the Light Mass Bomb.
During an escort mission all the main characters get a chance to reflect and more of the tory of the friendship of the rothers and Marcus gets revealed along with a lot of other stuff involving the feud between Hoffman and Fenix.
She recalls her upbringing- the tough times and fleetingly disturbing moments that aren ’ t delved into too deeply but remembered with clarity; she speaks of the resident in her life, their impact and how grateful she is to them all; her flawed life she acknowledges honestly with raw emotion.
A Climate of Fear – Brilliant French Crime ThrillerUp until I started reading A Climate of Fear, I had not heard of Fred Vargas, and then thought Vargas was male, and I had never heard of the Commissaire Adamsberg series.
This really is a likeable, slightly bizarre and highly original crime thriller that keeps the reader hooked from beginning to end.A woman is found dead in her bath and at first it is thought she has committed suicide, but a strange symbol is found near the body.
Not consistent either, she jumped back and forth between the storie of the orse and the stories of the rider.It 's a fea, it could definitely have been a good read with some better editing.
I loved the ocus on female friendship and ladies doing things for themselves.
Once Upon A Decade: Tales of the Fifties offers a diverse collection of short stor.
Zlotchew is a marvelous autho and delivers an engaging short story.
The Rabbi of the Ghetto forbids Hannah to help Christians and risk the safety of the entire Ghetto but after a generous offer from the Count, that can buy her husband 's freedom, she accepts to help.Delivering Countess Baby is not the most challenging thing Hannah must face.
There is so much going on, and every time you turn another page there is drama, action, a twist, an intrigue, and a surprise! When I read the summarie of this novelett, I was expecting a quite slow and steady telling of a midwife ...
I learned that some plants like carrots only make seeds the second year so you have to leave them in the arden and put mulch around them or move them to someplace where they wo n't freeze if you live in the north so that they will grow the second year and produce seeds.
I ca n't get my head around this being a Lanyon book.Stuff I hated: *Instalove ( which you do n't see, they 're together when the book starts) *Starts in the middle of an ongoing plot, leaving the eader to scramble to catch up*The mc 's have zero chemistry between each other*Too many side characters *I needed to suspend way too much believe ( they buy a house, plant a giant garden, plan a wedding and more in two weeks??) *All the characters were unlikable *Their entire relationship was based on a lie.
( I 'll tell you why ... .cuz they only knew each other 2 weeks and everything is a lie) *The writing was purple prosey in places ( ie ... " I opened to him like the lowers of the white garden yielding to the moon 's kiss " *insert me rolling my eyes back into my head*) Stuff I loved: *NOTHING ... ..I hated every page of it.
Peter Enns offers here a confessional book about how he came to understand belief and faith more in terms of trust and love than in terms of facts and knowledge.
The Preacher in Ecclesiastes, many of the Verse, Job, and other passages where people express doubt and even anger toward God. The Bible, Enns argues, models a complex variety of approaches to faith, and thereby takes pressure off of today 's believers who otherwise feel they must be certain and dogmatic in order to justify their beliefs.
The ook concludes with personal stories of Enns wrestling with family problems and work difficulties over the past decade or so, a period when in the idst of his own crushing doubt he discovered deeply rooted Christian thinking about God 's absence, about the " dark ight of the soul. " The believer 's time of despair is like Christ crying out on the cross, " ather, why have you forsaken me? " In total, the ook is a striking critique of contemporary Christian culture.
A distinctly fun read- Zahn has the quality of thrusting you knee-deep into the story within the last few paragraphs of a tory and Night Train to Rigel is no ifferent.
The quadrail is probably the most unique faster-than-light transportation system I 've seen in books and it makes for very fun story.While some might criticize Zahn 's characterizations, I find them compelling- Zahn is a master at creating the " every man " character.
I loved Katie 's character and the closeness of her and her grandson, a diagnosed " funny looking kid. " The story was ba, although a little too neatly solved.
Finishing a book in general is exciting.
It might not seem like it, seeing that I ’ m still reeling from the shocking death at the nd of this book, but truly this is how it should always be.
In any case.So here I was, casually making my way through some pretty incredible Latin American writer, occasionally dipping into the waters of Spanish literature, meandering through Marías, applauding Alfau, laying in a multitude of Vila-Matas.
Harmon& Holman ’ s A Handbook to Literature said: “ It was not until the 16t century that this rogue literature [ the picaresque novel ] crystallized into a definite type.
A boo called La Vida de Lazarillo de Tormes y de sus fortunas y adversidades, probably dating from 1554, was one of the most-read books of the century. ” What?
Who am I to argue with Bloom, Harmon& Holman, OSS, history?
Four stars for the book, a ifth for the translation.
The Book of an Ex-Coloured Man: James Weldon Johnson 's novel of race and identity
We must begin to tell our young, There 's a world waiting for you, Yours is the quest that 's just begun. -- James Weldon Johnson
His conflicted opinion on whether to live safely as a hite man as opposed to acknowledging his racial identity and acting to advance his own race is the theme that runs throughout Johnson 's novel.
The young oy 's mother establishes a career for herself as a professional seamstress and " Uncles " supplements the family income with monthly checks.Johnson published the novel anonymously in 1912.
Ballard 's realistic portrayal of the life of his protagonist undoubtedly led to the continuing debate.As an elementary student, our young man attends an integrated school in New York.
When the protagonist stands, the administrator tells him, " No, not you, sit down. " From that moment, our young student 's relationships with his white friends cease and he is taunted on the way home that afternoon, hearing for the tenth time " Nigger, " and recognizes that his life in that school has been changed forever.We follow our growing young man back to the Southwes to attend Atlanta University.
His benefactor explains to him that he could pass for a hite man for the est of his life and need not return to a life of nights in the black clubs of New York.
I leave it to the eader to discover the outcome of that romance and the narrator 's final thoughts on the ramifications of being an ex-coloured man.Johnson 's narrative is keen, precise and instantly engaging.
His precision in portraying the unnamed protagonist 's conflicts between race and identity resonate, at times with the edge of satire, and at others with heartrending pathos.Truly, Johnson 's anonymous work is the dawning of the Harlem Renaissance.
This novel, and series for that matter, are going down as one of my favorite of all time.
I could read another 900+ pages of Royce, Hadrian, Arista, and the hole crew right now.This book is another omnibus of books 5 and 6.
I felt Mr. Sullivan could have ended the story here if he wanted to, but he had a much larger and better idea in mind which we see in book 6.
It felt appropriate that all of our main characters from the next nove are together on this final journey, and what a tri it was.
I have enjoyed every book, chapter, and page along the pat.
The reader is first introduced to the present-day protagonist before a rambling exploration of her life is exposed through lengthy flashbacks, that are plotted over the ourse of the ntire book and require reading right to the very end to discover the entire, buried truth.Also like so many of Mille 's other work, I found this discoursed on much more than just the direct story-line.
The most powerful people in England once again tug and pull at Joanna, alternately threatening her life ( and those she loves) and courting her as an essential element to their pla.
" if we now combine the strictures against consumption with this unchaining of the striving for wealth, a certain external result now becomes visible, the formation of capital through asceticism 's compulsive saving " ( 117) A canonical work in Social Theory, which quotes Goethe and Benjamin Franklin as much as it does academic sources, Weber 's dry analysis of culture aims to explain why Protestantism seems to be so popular amongst successful capitalists.
Since Calvinists hold that a sign of their entry to heaven is rooted in their success on Earth, they plunge all of their energy into accumulating capital and expanding their own empires, whilst shunning ostentation and earthly pleasure that would usually distract the wealthy classes.Chapter 4- This chapter sees Weber explicating the " four major historical carriers of ascetic Protestantism ", which are Western European Calvinists, Pietists, Methodists, and the sects birthed from Baptists ( Mennonites, Quakers etc) ( 53) .Chapter 5- The final and most important chapter, which I recommend you read if you 're too impatient to sit through this dry text, simply concludes with Weber 's final point summarising how " the formation of capital [ arose ] through asceticism 's compulsive saving " ( 117).
My interest in Pancho Villa peaked when I went to Mexico City many years ago and visited the Monumento a la Revolucion.
John “ Black Jack ” Pershing ’ s troops ran around for nearly a year and never managed to capture Pancho Villa but did prevent any further border incursions.
This autobiography is an especially good one for anyone who is looking for a well balanced history of not just Pancho Villa but of the Mexican Revolution of 1910-1920, a terrible period in Mexico that resulted in millions of deaths — many by execution.
He was drafted into the rmy, then he deserted a year later and moved from Durango to Chihuahua to avoid capture.
In 1910, the state of Chihuahua broke out in insurrection led by revolutionary Francisco Madero who was also an experienced politician, Villa became one his trusted military leaders.
In fact no less than a dozen figures assumed the presidency during the revolutionary period of 1911- 1928 but Pancho Villa never assumed the presidency.
In Chihuahua after he took power there were no elections and “ the army was the supreme arbiter of power ” .In 1915 Wilson wanted no single faction to be trong in Mexico so the American government at times provided arms and money to one side or the other including life preservers to Villa.
Villa ’ s top lieutenant, Pablo Lopez, was captured a few mont after Villa ’ s attack on Columbus New Mexico and he provided some explanations for Villa ’ s mindset “ Don Pancho was convinced that the gringos were too cowardly to fight us, or to try and win our country by force of arms.
Don Pancho also told us that Carranza was selling our northern states to the gringos to get money to keep himself in power.
He said he wanted to make some ttempt to get intervention from the gringos before they were ready and while we still had time to become a united nation. ” The experience of the U.S. Landing in Vera Cruz was very much on his mind.On Sep 15, 1916 Villa attacked Chihuahua City to rescue prisoners, gain supplies and embarrass the Carranza govt who had nearly 10,000 troops in the tow.
Pancho Villa did not make this mistake but eventually his luck ran out.Four years later, on July 20, 1923 while living in “ relative ” obscurity but still with dozens of bodyguards, Pancho Villa ’ s car was ambushed by his enemies who riddled his car with 40 dum-dum bullets.
What happened to Pancho Villa ’ s head?
Then this is the nove for you.
I ca n't think of anything more to say about Hunger other than: read it, listen to it, think about how you feel about your own body, think about how you see and think of others.Well, one more thing ...
This was a scar story.