I supposed that it got thagt rating from poetry fans and I am not one of them, but if so many people thought it was that great then I decided to try it out to see what they thought was so great about it.
I 'm not one to gleefully let loose on a nove and tear it apart, but there are times when I feel so frustrated with the time spent on reading something, it 's almost impossible to hold it in.
He spends a few minutes loving them like they 're deluxe cheeseburgers after a night of binge drinking.His voice is hot and sweet and hard; a Werther 's Original sitting on a radiator.
And if it was n't one of these food gems, the writing went a little feel like this: I 'm so wet.
I 'm on a little reading kick with this genre and this book seemed cute, so I decided to give it a hot.
To the point that it actually became the theme of the tory more than the supposed real plot of the memoi.
And unfortunately much like the eroine, not in a decen way.
He stared and groped them like they were the first pair he 'd ever set eyes on.To wrap it up: it appears I 've failed miserably in containing my ragey feelings.
The heroine did tone down her overzealous humor after a certain point in the memoir and it allowed me to see past my initial strong distaste.
Unfortunately, it was n't enough to save the book for me, it was a complete miss this time around.
When this nove is published, and readers pick it up for the second time, I 'm going to be sitting and watching all the emotions unfurl and all the fan; art, fiction, girling commence.
And while I sit and watch, I 'm going to be so terrifie of everyone that has the luxury of reading this for the fourth time.
" So, you can hate the heir to the throne all you want, write mean poems about him in your diary, but the minute you see a camera, you act like the sun shines out of his dick, and you make it convincing. ” “ Have you met Henry? ” Natha says.
He thinks about Henry, and omething twists in his stomach, like a stretch he ’ s been avoiding for too long. "
“ How lovely for you to give your auntie Pezza a ring on this magnificent Sunday morning. ” He ’ s smiling from what looks like the passenger seat of a luxury car, wearing a cartoonishly large sunhat and a striped pashmina. "
I wish I could go up to every one that will ever have doubts about reading this book and beg them to give it a chance.
Yet, here I am, falling incredibly in love with everything this book is and will continue to be in my life.
It was a well rounded story with romance, quirky humor, love, and sadness all rolled into one gorgeous story! Jess Thomas has been struggling the last two years since her usband, Marty suffered a bought of depression and moved back with his siblings.
This hasn ’ t been a problem thus far, but when she switches up to middle school, Jess knows it ’ s just a matter of time before Tanzie becomes a target as well.
Getting a generous scholarship to the prestigious private school, St. Anne ’ s, where Tanzie would thrive, seems like a prayer answered until Jess hears the cost of her share.
It seems impossible until Jess hears of a Math Olympiad with its winning payout and she hatches a plan! Ed Nicholls has his own problems after a stupid mistake lands him in hot water and accused of insider trading.
Hiding out in his seaside vacation home and wallowing in self-pity is about the only hings on his agenda until his path collides with Jess, Tanzie, and Joey.
One Plus One is told from four different perspectives: Sara, Ed, Nicky and Tanzie.
It took a little while to get through the back story because there ’ s a lot going on, but once these four come together things really take off.
Leslie is so much fun to read because he 's so asy to read.
Kid adventures proliferate along the way with more to come in La-La land I 'm sure.Finished up with this none-too-serious book last night.
I loved the mage of all that Pleistocene megafauna ( big animals) at night sitting in the stands at the faux coliseum.
Waiting for the big boss ...
What I loved most about this ast book and the fact it is my favorite off all three, is the assertio that we get multiple POVs. Not just Callie and Tanner 's voice, but Jo and Tatum 's as well, who are definitely my favorite couple;)
Writing a tory in the form of a Kickstarter page is a genius idea to begin with, and that concep was Keffy R.M. Kehrli 's.
Putting together an entire anthology of such ideas was John Joseph Adams 's genius idea, as well as crowdfunding it via Kickstarter because duh.HELP FUND MY ROBOT ARMY!!!
and Other Improbable Crowdfunding Projects contains over thirty fictional Kickstarters of the SFF persuasion ( you 'll find nothing as adorably mundane as a grandmother making canes here).
The book contains a fairly good mix of tones, topics, and narratives.The majority of stories follow the traditional Kickstarter page design, which provides a familiar and intriguing structure.
Thus, at the earl of the tale, you know the outcome of the Kickstarter.
Lexi has to make some decisions which may or may not affect her relationship with Ryder.
Ryder also has to make some decisions which could affect his relationship with Lexi or his career or both.
Lets just say that there are a few guy that happen that will make you laugh and make you cry.
J.R.R. Tolkien apparently said that when the Earl " left too much land " to a hostile people, this of course meant that any amount of land was too much, and that sounds like a fair questio.
A comical sneak peeks at 'some' of the issu of women in modern Indian society.
Some uggestions are: 1) a comic strip showing how a couple and their family reacts when they have a hermaphrodite child, 2) an illustration of women and men exploring their sexualities3) stories of omen who are raped by their husbands4) stories of urban men who continuously struggle to maintain the delicate balance of chivalry and to prove the point of gender equality5) stories about the omen in rural India who spend most of their days on farms, kitchens, homes but still somehow loses all their endurance and strength when beaten up by their drunk husbands6) lives of omen who do n't want kids, do n't want to get married7) the tream of consciousness of a ma trying to convince her modern liberal boyfriend that she wo n't be able to have the sexist rituals in a Hindu wedding and wo n't be able to change her surname post-marriage- just because that would ask her to be omething that she does n't believe in.
This re-titling itself gives the gist of the work 's true project, which is to see just how far the explaining-away of our first-person starting point as conscious existents can proceed before self-contradiction ensues.
When Dennett 's angle of approach leads him to self-contradiction, or else to smuggle in ever subtler computational and mechanomorphic anthropomorphisms in order to fill the explanatory gaps that are ( inevitably) left over, we can discern the areas in which his eliminative materialist starting point fails us and where we need to pay the phenomenology of lived experience its dues.
Dennett 's is an endeavo to explain in purely third-person terms the most characteristic features of our conscious life, most notably, the persistent conviction we have of being selves, loci of perspective, and unitary ontic centers in our own right.
Unfortunately, explanation by third-person principles falls short of describing the integrity and consistency of the phenomenal domain, and Dennett is left throughout trying to ( rather awkwardly) explain away all the phenomena that ca n't fit on the procrustean bed of his eliminativist methodology.
The central thesis in Dennett 's work is that the self, far from being some ultimate ontological reference point, as it has been since at least the Cogito, is an epiphenomenal construct.
Kant posited the empirically unknowable central subject as a necessary presupposition for explaining the order and regularity that emerge in our otherwise scattered stream of experience.
The Kantian transcendental argument for postulating a unitary subject that underlies and grounds the systematicity of experience can be summed up as follows: “ If there is no central self, then there can be no regularity in experience.
So there must be a unitary self grounding the experience from which scientific explanations are gleaned. ” Dennett 's radical claim, against Kant, is that we can have regularity, and therefore explanation, without postulating a substantial, central self stocked with qualia.
He takes great pains to show how the higher order unities of aesthetic enjoyment, responsible ethical agency and rational understanding that structure our experience at its highest are nothing ore than the by-products of the collective behaviour of “ stupid machines ” in the brain.
According to his multiple-drafts theory of onsciousness, the essence of our being grounded in a unitary center of subjectivity at any given time – that feeling that underlies all experience, that we can give words to and call “ I here, now ”- is a mere abstraction edited out of a onfluence of “ parallel, multitrack processes of interpretation and elaboration ” that are inaccessible to introspection.
If anybody thought that the last vestige of Substance ontology that we find in the Kantian Transcendental Subject could hide here, in the fictive “ Cartesian Theater ” of phenomenology, Dennett would disabuse us of this notion.In his chapter, “ The Reality of Selves, ” he describes the self as a narrative and pragmatic “ principle of organization. ” It is not mor of a stretch to say that, according to his theory, we story ourselves into existence, much as we are storied by others.
It is nothing ore than, and anythin ess than, your center of narrative gravity. ” Far from being a necessary ontological postulate of reason, a “ hing ” or a “ place ” where you find your standing in the world, consciousness turns out to be a nove that is successively neurally re-instantiated according to variable cultural patterns of stimulus-selection.
The core schema of “ you ” emerges as a means of simplifying the discordant mess of neural processes so as to produce a coherent map of reality that your brain can use to orient itself in the world.So how do you get rational integration and unified conscious experience out of the collective behaviour of irreducibly plural interpretive strands of neuro-computation?
To explain that, Dennett introduces the metaphorical device of a piece of neural “ software ” that, much like a serial computer, creates a step-by-step narrative thread out of the multiplex cacophony of conflicting reality-takes.
“ What we actually experience is the product of many processes of interpretation – editorial processes in effect. ” In Dennett 's view, it is this ongoing selectivity, simplification and editing out of surplus information so that it comes to fit a manageable pattern that can guide the organism 's responses at the time.
Dennett 's ontological commitment to a mechanistic-computational metaphor ultimately compels him to devalue first person evidence by claiming its reducibility to a “ heterophenomenological ” approach that a priori assumes that verbal reports give us sufficient purchase on lived experience.
Thus, Dennett 's reductionist approach can not explain end-directed phenomena such as information, and representation, even as it presupposes these by inserting them, as “ cryptic computational homunculi, ” to make its eliminativist explanation work.
I would agree with Deacon that Dennett 's hand-waving pseudo-explanatory insertions, at crucial parts of his rgument, of golem metaphors ca n't be seen, as Dennett claims, as just descriptive glosses to be replaced by the more complex neuro-computational explanation that is supposed to be forthcoming.
Rather, they must be seen as the places at which efforts to explain away phenomenology break down.Lastly, the Kantian challenge of grounding explanation without the theor of a unitary self remains.
We thus propose a constructive task: to enlarge the horizon of cognitive science to include the broader panorama of human, lived experience in a disciplined, transformative analysis. ” This is, IMO, the path that philosophy of mind must take if it is to explain, rather than explain away, consciousness.
Alway put, this series has an awesome ide and world-building but flawed execution, lacklustre secondary characters and formulaic writing.First the positives: I like the world building and the main character a LOT.
The location of her temple is – supposedly – one of the most well guarded secrets of the hellenisti world and yet Ari finds all the clues to find it after a couple of visits to the library with a thoroughly easy way to open its alter-dimensional door.Although I understand that there is an element of urgency given how Ari ’ s stepfather is undoubtedly being horribly tortured by Athena, Ari and her friends rush into danger with no back-up, no training ( unless you count the couple of sessions she had) and no real plan.
But in the beginnin, I felt that every single plot point is addressed, Athena was defeated ( for now), Ari is sort of comfortable with her powers and has the grac to fight the curse and Ari and love-interest Sebastian walk into the sunset even though Ari does something really fucked up to him when they are taken by Athena.
The esolution of that conflict is so rushed and dealt with in such a hand wavy manner as to be undesirable ( although there are things still left open, I do wonder if this is going to be the only book?) .Furthermore, the primar characters are one-dimensional including Sebastian – his character is only surface deep, his descriptions don ’ t go much beyond his looks and even the one thing that might define him in terms of emotional conflict is disregarded with no real consequences.
I understood that Mr Thubron is basically a travel writing author, but it was so cold ( not only climate wise) as he related the various trials, tribulations, and god/goddesses/monsters and beliefs of these people.
The Pharmacis 's Daughter delights the senses.I love the design of this autobiography, which makes a change from headless women or vast expanses of flowing skirt.
A little dark- just the right amount, in fact- but a whole lot of fun too.And this sequel was possibly even better, in my opinion.
This essay has both kinds.Fans of the second book will probably be surprised and pleased by the very different view we get of Yarvi in this preque.
I had a new evel of respect for him.I know some people do n't, but I love it when sequels are completely different beas from the third ook.
Old and new characters are complex, quirky, annoying and funny all at once.
They surprised me more often.Great writing, great characters, a pace that makes it harder to put the novel down ...
Like this girl is living in her house alone with just clockwork creatures to keep her company, and this boy fighting in a war lands in her garden, so she concocts this idea in her head that they will fall in love and get married.
TW// talk of alcoholism, previous loss of loved one, death of pet, death, war themes The Last Ride of the Glory Girls- Libba Bray // ★★★A girl goes undercover to work out exactly how a girl gang are pulling off remarkably impossible robberies.
So the girl get 's pulled in deeper and deeper, and I would definitely like to think there is some homoerotic subtext in there.
TW// weight comments, violence, previous loss of loved ones, talk of prostitution, sexual harassment Clockwork Fagin- Cory Doctorow // ★★★★One day this boy comes along to a home for children who have become disabled via workplace accident.
It 's definitely one of the etter ones TW// talk of suicide, previous loss of loved one, talk of alcoholism, whipping, death, abuse Seven Days Beset By Demons- Shawn Cheng // ★★.5This is a cartoon about the seven deadly sins.
It 's basically Frankenstein 's monster, and it combines magic+ science, with necromancy which is cool TW// death, sexism The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor- Delia Sherman // ★★★★Set in Wales, with an aristocrat ghost, the lost hei, a girl housekeeper and a mechanical kitchen maid with that great old mansion aesthetic TW// death, previous loss of loved one, violence Gethsemane- Elizabeth Knox // ★★This is very omplicated and I could n't keep track.
I think this also might be set in New Zealand, because she ’ s a NZ author, but also I swear at some point they use the words ‘ European Snow ’.
TW// death, loss of loved one, violence, alcohol consumption, use of the word w*tch, slavery The Summer People- Kelly Link // ★★★.5 ‘ Be Bold, Be Bold, But not too Bold This is really cool.
Also the friend is a esbian, and I spent the entire thing waiting for the MC to be like TW// talk of alcohol consumption, talk of alcoholism, previous loss of loved one, use of the word 'lez' Peace In Our Time- Garth Nix // ★★.5This has an old man living in seclusion, and an assassin/interrogator coming to his ouse and throughout the short, we find out why he ’ s living alone, where everyone went, and generally just about how terribly having the codes to world damaging war weapons in the ands of a few powerful people.
( Which is maybe the point of Steampunk as a genre) TW// war themes, violence Finishing School- Kathleen Jennings // ★THis was a cartoon set at a finishing school with colonialism at the heart and a lot of homoerotic subtext.
TW// previous loss of loved one Steam Girl- Dylan Horrocks // ★★★.5This questions reality, what ’ s real and what ’ s not.
A new irl comes to school, and she ’ s sort of eird.
( I don ’ t want to give anything by Holly Black less than 2 Stars) TW// previous loss of loved one, talk of gambling, talk of prostitution The Oracle Engine- M.
But I would recommend Steam Girl, The ummer People, The Ghost of Cwmlech Manor, and Clockwork Fagin! -- -- -- -- -- I am sad.
Then again, I did see the show first then started reading the manga.
I 've been a Star Wars fan ever since I was a child, but my love for the series slowly degraded because no new movies came out.
I read this book because all of my friends here who read this recommended this as a starting point if I wanted to start reading Star Wars ( Non-canon).
It was one of the best ecisions I 've ever made.This novel should 've been episode 7, but released years ago, or maybe as another film trilogy.
The trilog onsists of your favorite Star Wars cast.
After re-watching the original trilogy for the nth time, I wanted more stories about these characters, and episode 7 only gave the viewers a bit of them.
Not enough to satisfy, but I know that JJ Abrams wanted to introduce new characters, and he succeeded in that.
This ovel gave me the satisfaction of reading more about the backstory, and did really well in the process.I 'm a huge Luke Skywalker fan, but honestly he is just my second favourit character in this book.
I feel that Thrawn will further develop in the next ovels, and be a real dange to uke and his friends.I do n't really need to talk about the characters because if you liked them from Episodes 1-6, then you 're going to like them even better here.
In " Thank you, Esther Forbes " Saunders recalls his emerging love for sentences formed with deliberation and the ffects of honest brevity.
Hope Jones, assisted by her bff Peggy Sue Roswell, runs the struggling Brontë Bookshop in the mall village of Sweet Springs, Va. Hope ’ s glow, unconventional, witty 15-year-old daughter helps out, and they are all ably assisted by Nozy Cat, the bookshop mascot/security guard.
I think he has another winner on his knee with Hope and Nozy Cat.
Before Reading: I 'm going to need Arin and Kestrel kissing.
Remembe you for Arin.
Seriously, thank you.
Arin has moved to the top of my YA Book Boy Shelf.
Because swooning is a real thing.Have I said thank you for Arin yet?
This is the next volume where I found myself skimming the dialogue and panels to just get through scenes.
Alexandra Sokoloff continues her superb high quality writing in book# 4 of the outstanding Huntress Moon series.
The series continues to revolve around child trafficking, FBI agent Matthew Roarke, and vigilante mass murderess Cara Lindstrom.
Along the pat, Roarke comes to some kin of, I wouldn ’ t say closure, but a better nderstanding of Cara, which relieves him of the unhealthy part of his fascinatio with her.