Serena Proud Reviews

The ther ide of the spinning coin of fate. " Ku Klux Klan are " those loonies in their bedsheets ". " Alone is n't spelled the same as lonely. " He had " a high stomach on the tyle of a pigeon. " Cowboys are those that are " perpetually starved for women " .I like this ind of writing.

:0) Even though I like the writing style, I will only give this ook two stars.

Prairie Nocturne has characters that you meet in Dancing at the Rascal Fair, and in that one the plot, the tory, is more gripping.

No, you will do better by reading another of Ivan Doig 's books.

Ashbaucher did a onderful job relaying to the reader the things that maybe we would n't quite understand, unless explained thoroughly.This is a great nove for those who want to learn muc about God, his loving nature and the trinity.

:) ABOUT THE NOVE: Made in the mage of God is a memoi for those who seek a deeper nowledge and understanding of who God is and how we as human beings relate to him physically, emotionally, and spiritually in a moral way, both now and in the future.

If you have an interest in the ord of God, possess some basic nderstanding of the criptures, and seek to know more about the God who provides our salvation, then this ook is for you.

I was a little isappointed when I learned who one of the " true " villains was, but only in the subtlet that I had really liked the villai and was pleased that they turned out to be so evil.I 've enjoyed the hole rilogy and do n't think that the historia could have written a better ending to it.

irst book felt like a very long build up.

Actually, if you think about the forced journey Alric took in the Theft of Swor and Arista 's journey in this books, the similarities between their maturity levels are obvious.

Alric was like an condescending pubescent having a temper tantrum *still is* while Arista is shedding her entitled upbringing and maturing.

Especially in the seventh nove! Long story short, Alric sucks! I 've come to respect Arista in the nd of the first nove.

and that ending!!!* " Have you ever been in love, Hadrian? ” “ I ’ m not sure.

Zip.You have your main character Anika ( which is pronounced Ann-ika, just like it 's spelled.

The second most popular is Becky, Anika 's not so friend.

So if it was n't clear, I did not like Anika.

I felt like all of the characters had the same way of speaking.

And I like me some romance in my boo, all that teenage angst and tension, I 'm a fan.

As well as a desire to reread Fitzgerald, Lee 's book has opened up fresh avenues in my reading life- I 'm now curious about the poems of Charlotte Mew, for example, and must finally make time for a boo called The Restraint of Beasts.

Set in the Hollywood Hills, Lady Daniels is working on a novel about her cousin, Jesse, a selective mute, who is now in his late eens.

But, the story ’ s main ocus is on the omen, ‘ S ’ and Lady, and their friendshi with each other, with Jos, and with their own babie.

For Lady, the act that Seth does not speak, has her over compensating in a way that freezes out her youngest son.

Guilt, an unhealthy fixation on her ex, mingled with regret, and an obsessive need to micro-manage and protect, Seth makes her vulnerable to ‘ S ’, a young oman she becomes very close to.

Sometimes, when I read a nove like this one, I worry about missing something symbolic or that the allegory is sailing right over my head.

The other is to help Boss, a Rottweiler, and Ned his owner from losing their home.The author writes the story as the protagonist and does a excellent job in description, mystery, omedy, and caring amongst family and riends.

arents will enjoy this nove as well.I Iike the author 's willingnes to keep the reader 's attention; Keep them laughing and sometimes wondering how far these animals will go to help a friend.

The poe used her skills to entice the reader into a world of animals with unusual characteristics, funny, caring for friends and family and downright determined to becoming detectives.

I do believe the parent and child will enjoy reading this book together.

From what I remember, I read this ook as a kin of encyclopedia, a bunch of short articles about whaling and whale taxonomy and many thing to skin a whale and occasional interruptions from little bits of what ( as I now see it) was the plot.

I could finally see what my nine-year-old past self did not care about ( and appropriately so, in the light of literal-mindedness and straightforwardness that children possess)- Melville 's constant, persistent comparison of whaling to life itself, using bits and pieces of whaling beliefs and rituals to illuminate the dark nooks and crannies of human souls, to show that deep down inside, regardless of our differences, we all run on the same esires and motives and undercurrents of spirit.

Melville gives us one of the xtremes, the viewpoints of a single-minded fanatic, of one who puts everything aside, sacrifices everything ( and everyone else) for the sake of a ream, of a desire, of a goal; the person who is apable of leading others unified in his focused, narrow, overwhelmingly alluring vision.

We can also call him a great leader, a visionary of sorts- had he only used the charisma and the drive and the single-minded obsession to reach a goal less absurd, less suicidal less selfish.

Moby-Dick, the elusive and largely symbolic whale- until, that is, the last haunting three chapters where the chased idée fixe becomes terrifyingly real and refuses to humor Ahab 's life goal- is a force of nature so beautiful, so majestic and breathtaking, so lovingly described by Melville over pages and pages ( even though, in all fairness, he breaks up the fascination but trying, unsuccessfully, to persuade the reader that the amazing whale is just a fish).

Really, the rational of a mere human considering it his right, his goal to stand up to the majestic nature force, armed with a destructive deadly weapon, and bring it to the end after a long chase in the ultimate gesture of triumph- that idea is chilling in its unremarkability.

But Moby-Dick, finally abandoning his run from Ahab and standing up to him with such brutal ease is a reminder of the folly of such thinking and the reminder that there are forces we need to reckon with, no matter how full of ourselves we may get. -- -- -- -- -- -- Why only three stars, you ask, when clearly I appreciate the greatness of the classic?

( It was educational, though, if you 're the type who is interested in seeing how others live through similar times.) Post Cards gave me a line I really identified with in the essay entitled " Vindictively American. " Justine was studying abroad and in one of her orientation seminars, her group was asked, " 'What would you do if you were abroad and some foreigners came up to you and expressed anti-American sentiment?' 'Agree with them,' [ Sarah ] said. " I felt the same when I lived in Russia once upon a time ( in the mid-90s).

I immersed myself in the ultures of the places I found myself and most all of those guy that were American about me fell by the wayside.Anyway, moving on ... Post Cards also gave us our first truly educational history essays.

I enjoyed reading and learning about the Chelsea Hotel ( and its denizens) in New York in " Chelsea Girl " and " Michigan and Wacker " was a super interesting essay about the historie of Chicago.The next section, Obituaries, was rather heartbreaking because it included an essay about the Trail of Tears and Sarah 's modern journey across it with her twin sister ( " What I See When I Look at the Face on the$ 20 Bill ").

" Just as our blood will never be pure, the rail of Tears will never make sense. ":' ( " Ixnay on the My Way " followed -- a short ssay about Frank Sinatra 's death and songs.Then the final ection, Mix Tapes, mostly seemed to me to again be about Sarah 's experiences with certain aspects of American culture ( like driving and goths) .As I 'm a fan of Sarah Vowell 's writing, there were several lines in this novel that made me laugh.

Do you?' Why the station manager did n't immediately grasp my broadcasting potential then and there based on my nuanced, articulate approach and offer me my own show remains a mystery. " ( From page 45 in " The Beginnin is Near, Nearer, Nearest. ") lol;-) Post CardsIn " These Little Town Blues, " Julie is in Hoboken, New Jersey, absorbing the culture to be found in Frank Sinatra 's birthplace.

:-) Mix Tapes " Drive Through, Please " is about Sarah finally learning to drive at the age of about 28: " When someone asks me why I do n't drive, I usually say that my sister drives.

I felt like I was back in high-school talking about oys and thinking about sex.

Final thoughts, even though it was a buddy read ( not my choice) I enjoyed it and it was a nice hot story of love lost and found.

Much more believable given their interactions than them being 28 year olds.

Also, It 's technically a safe book given that they were never together 10 years ago.

I really loved the unique world that was starting to be built in this memoir.

The women treat the men like dirt and the " weet " Magnolias treat them even worse.

No plot, no change or progress through the ook, spineless characters, meddling spinsters, lousy sex and the endings are inevitably sappy they make you roll your eyes at the sachrin proclamations the doormat, er hero, spouts.

" I sometimes feel like my subconscious is possessed by another person or creature. ” One of the main characters thinks this thought towards the beginnin of the novella, and the interesting thing is it could be any one of them thinking it.

If you don ’ t drink vodka, gin, scotch, or bourbon at the end of this retellin, you may be indulging by the nd of it.

Who desires whom; who deceives whom, and who is aranoid about what? And how does all this lead to….MURDER ... REDRUM? This story begins in Bulgaria, or does it begin in Kansas or maybe Macedonia?

They might hang out together at parties in Skopje, but really Joanna is friends with Alison, and Maddie becomes friends with Trevo, but when they are together, somehow Ian has to choose.

Maddie routinely crosses a very unstable border from her home in Bulgaria to go to Macedonia to see oanna.

Needless to say, relationships like these tend to fall apart under the very weight of the personalities attached to them.

Becky Ward reveals this story in a mosaic of chapters.

ost of the time we don ’ t even realize we are lying.Statements like this one are interesting.

Those are eternal love type statements that a person can always remember fondly when times get tough.

Will things said or thought at one point in time be enough to avoid a tragedy at a future point in time? Ian is, frankly, shattered by the events he has seen.

They are the ypes of hings that cling to a person with ghostly hands, even long after he arrives back in Kansas from some godforsaken part of the world.

Maddie isn ’ t the same person now either, or maybe the real Maddie is finally emerging from the swaddlings of education, experience, and eleganc, that she wrapped around herself, and now she is like an Egyptian mummy rising from the dead by the elixir of love.

I would like to thank Park Row Books for providing me with a copy of the essa in exchange for an honest review.

They ’ re fun to read and recite.Another one I enjoyed was Poem XIII: When I was one-and-twentyI heard a wise man say, ‘ Give crowns and pounds and guineasBut not your heart away.Give pearls away and rubiesBut keep your fancy free.But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me.

But, by the end, I just wanted to be finished with the books, so I could tick it off my to-do list.

Again, this could quite possibly be because I was n't fully invested in the outcome of these haracters, due to not having read the nex two of books.

Ta-da! Having not read the other ooks, I do n't feel right rating this lower than 3 stars, but I 'm not going out of my way to recommend this one to someon, either.

Rosmersholm is one of Ibsen 's later plays and I think I would have been more inclined to give it a 5 star rating had it not seemed to me so similar to earlier works like Ghosts and The Wild Duck, and even to later works like John Gabriel Borkman.

It is no surprise then that I penciled in the argins of the book various times throughout similarities that I noticed between this play and Ghosts, which preceded Rosmersholm by only about five years.

This play is focused ( much more so than some of his arlier works), it asks us important social questions without feeding us the answers, it contains philosophically rich dialogue ( if a bit stuffy and dated at times) and it contains many dramatic possibilities, particularly via the characte of ebecca and Rosmer, who are both more complex than they at first seem, like so many of those we meet on a day-to-day basis.

In Rosmersholm Ibsen perhaps refines ideas that he explored in plays like Ghosts and The Wild Duck, making it in that sense ( thematically) the best of the three works, but the similarities also devalued the play a bit in my ears, for though key ideas are presented more keenly here many of the fundamental points are the same and, therefore, somewhat stale.

if omeone is described as your best friend then you know you can talk to them about anything..she did so with Lily ... I really liked Max..i thought he was the one who truly showed up in the marriage and was looking out for the best interest of his husband and family.

Then she has an encounter with Alex her old frien and does n't mention it at all to Max. So that soap box that Andy has been standing on collapsed.Emily ... .i did n't understand why ndy would ever be friends with Emily.I still don't..Basically the whole ook is Andy looking for a fac to divorce Max and justify her passiveness on how horribly she was treated by Miranda even though she was not so stressed out to use her name to get ahead a few times ... I felt bad for Max. Max was my avorite haracter and Andy was a whor and I hated her.

There is a not so typical twist to the Gardiner and Renner relationship, but that gets spoiler-ish, so I will leave it to you to find out about it for yourself! But, what I really want to talk about is the cover.

I mentioned how unrelated to the essa the cover of the first Gardiner and Renner book was in my reviewin of it That trend continues here.

They do mention willows a couple of times, but, while I know from experience that Cleveland has some very nice parks, none of the ook takes place there.

I love boo that can make me feel for the character and be in the oment with them rather than just reading and observing.

Wildflower Hill appears to be a breathtaking location and I was taken away with all the vivid escription of the countryside.This book is a " must-read ".

Re-Read in December 2014 for Harry Christmas To You SO I HAVE A FEW NOTES ON THIS ONE: -at the beginning, Voldemort says to Wormtail, " I will allow you to perform an essential task for me, one that mos of my followers would give their right hands to perform ... " OMG J.K. ROWLING FORESHADOWS EVERYTHINGGGG-when the Weasley men come to Privet Drive through the Dursleys' fireplace is just ....

It was a nice thing to throw in there.-Dobby is also in this nove ore, and seeing how different he is was really fun.-Harry and Ron fighting made my heart hurt so much.-All of the rama at the Yule Ball just made me SQUEEE because it 's so subtl that Fran and Hermione like each other and they just do n't want to admit it and GAH.

He was such an amazing person, and I wish that he could have survived so him and Harry could have been buddies.-VOLDEMORT FORESHADOWS HORCRUXES IN THIS BOOKS.

I 've been reading Young House Love ( the blog) for a while, and I like Sherry and John 's voice- funny, dorky, warm and humble.

The nove has a imilar voice.

I was given the roof of this sometime ago, and kept putting off reading it in preference of other publication.

Taking on the history of Western metaphysic, Gray starts with Plato-Socrates, continues with Christianity-Gnosticism, and then moves on to the enlightenment, modern-day science and now the world of algorithms.

For the religious faiths, it was about submergence to God ’ s will; for the Gnostics, it was an “ exiting from the natural world. ” ( 2) Though focused on this-world concerns, the cientific and enlightenment tradition is, Gray argues, equally inflicted with a Socratic-Gnostic hubris in which “ freedom was achieved by the possession of a special ind of knowledge. ” “ Modern rationalism is another version of this ideology, ” Gray writes.

“ The purpose of such ‘ negative freedom, ” Gray writes, “ is to protect human beings from each other. ” The divide between the freedom of one from the freedom of the other is that point of balance that minimizes resistance and, thereby, allows the movement of each.

( 1) “ In Socrates, ” Gray writes, “ this belief in the saving power of knowledge expressed a metaphysical faith: if a wise person was bound to be bad, it was because they identified themselves with a perfect order of things that existed beyond the realm of the enses.

If you read only conventional histories of philosophy, you would never know that the saint of rationalism consulted oracles, looked for meaning in dreams and obeyed an inner guide that he described as ‘ the voice of God. ’ Socrates never altogether renounced ancient Greek shamanism; but his intimations went far beyond such beliefs and practices.

Its origins forgotten or denied, this became the basis of western rationalism – the hollowed-out version of Socrates ’ teaching that Nietzsche mockingly called Socratism. ” ( 2) The Gnostics, Gray writes, “ did not deny that order existed in the world; but they viewed this order as a anifestation of evil to which they refused to submit….humans can escape this slavery by acquiring a special sor of familiarit.

In Gnosticism, Gray writes, “ evil and ignorance are one and the same; when gnosis is attained, evil vanishes – at least for the adept. ” ( 3) Gray writes of the Aztec human sacrifice in a way that I found confusing, though his overall point was clear enough.

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