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S. Heron

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novelty from tradition

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Évalué le: 2020-02-05

I can't say enough good things about this book. I loved the performance. The reader's portrayal added so much to the character. the story itself was fresh and delightful UK l, in spite of what were likely fairly traditional themes.

internal conflict made visible

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Évalué le: 2020-01-03

I didn't find the story engrossing, though the characters certainly were. The issue is that I listen while doing manual tasks, so perhaps the significance of some of the imagery used was lost on me? I liked the innovative writing style and concepts, though.
when all the conflict and resolution is cerebral (yet visible) for the characters it makes some things more subtle.

so very well crafted!

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Évalué le: 2019-12-24

I had just come back from Warsaw, and so perhaps this story struck a cord. I am not Polish (that I know of) but it is such a resilient and vibrant place! This book feels like a personal quest for the author, bringing in intimate family details. It is not a casual book, but one rich with emotions, losses and gains. Every character is complex and three dimensional, even the walk-ins.

modern tale for adults

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Évalué le: 2019-10-29

This is a basic story of self-fulfilling prophecy and Noble warriors fulfilling it. The story has a few twists, that make us curious to follow the author's train of thought to its destination, though the destination is well-traveled and thoroughly mapped. the journey has some novelty to it, due to the author's treatment of language, for example.

it was a bit jarring having a genre that has typically avoided obscenities and adult situations actually embracing them. It actually added to the tale, IMO, as it gave it a fresh feeling. Additionally, strong female characters featured prominently, if a tad unrealistically. This is a fantasy novel, though., so "impractical" can be ignored.

I personally take issue with the idea that a story can't occur between two covers, so I felt a bit deceived when this book ended in a "to be continued" manner. I wouldn't have picked it up had I known. it's a decently spun tale with strong personalities if a bit simplistic. Don't expect your grey matter to be challenged much here.

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I failed to pay enough attention

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Évalué le: 2019-10-08

I was seeking fiction, and the "supernatural" title sucked me in. Its a bit unfair to review this based on that perspective, but it is what it is. it's a documentary of a broken man with no childhood that he remembers and an odd hobby... ghosthunting. but that hobby could be stampcollecting for all it contributed to the story.

The subject is a man with a scar. The book started out with the premise that they were seeking how the child that he was, got the scar. It is paced realistically, with insights into his life over half a decade or more. Apparently there is a corresponding film.

It has some good insights into abuse and the sequelae of it. Otherwise it is just a bird's eye view of an abuse-survivor's life. it's decent, but the material fails to generate a theme that spans the narrative, and the narrator's closure at the end seems contrived.

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gripping

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Évalué le: 2019-10-04

This had me believing it was a real documentary for the first half hour. it was riveting. I actually think the ending could have been better, but the entire performance was top drawer.
The character we follow is an American student in Leeds. She receives a Voicemail from an unknown source, and she decides to follow up on it as a class project; to do a documentary. it ends up consuming her.

well done

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Évalué le: 2019-09-24

it is a fairly straightforward retelling of a fairy story, yet the author brings a thoroughly modern perspective, using the perspective of the narrator, townsfolk and other characters to bring depth to the tale.

blending of cultures

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Évalué le: 2019-09-24

the storyteller crafted a supernatural tale, using cultural elements from the near east. the source material had been a British curiosity, and the author devised something completely different.

Pizzatech

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Évalué le: 2019-09-24

this is a dystopian future where pizza delivery is the pinnacle of technology, and factions replace nations. The author has invented a complex future world with fully formed characters but the plot itself seems tacked on. it is almost like the author changed his mind about who the main character was. I loved the inventiveness of society and technology the author exhibits. This genre isn't generally my go-to, but the world this author created was three dimensional and quite entertaining.

astounding

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Évalué le: 2019-09-24

this was, by far, the best performance by a reader I have ever encountered. She let me feel her terror, and I felt I was actually there. I don't know if I would have loved the story quite so much if I had read it myself, but luckily I don't have to. Ms. Atwal is superb and the story ends up being riveting. Almost a genuine horror story.