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Freckles
Freckles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Determinism in America in the late 1800s............, July 24 2015
This review is from: Freckles (Kindle Edition)
Written in and reflecting upon a bygone era, Freckles clearly shows us both the class differential and rugged individualism of the early 1900s. While the underlying theme is that of a homeless boy and his determination to be the most productive person he can be in his social class there are other areas that the author explores. Emotional feelings of love, respect and admiration from other characters, the value of truth and honesty, the existence of selfishness and crudeness in the world and, yes, even the 'happily ever after' ending we all search for. This is an excellent YA book that should be read along side of 'Silas Marner'..................

The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
The Field Updated Ed: The Quest for the Secret Force of the Universe
by Lynne McTaggart
Edition: Paperback
Price: CDN$ 15.15
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let us stop arresting Galileo ....................., July 14 2015
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My review is twofold; first a few comments on the author and then a few more on the negative ratings some readers have posted.

First; Bravo to Lynne McTaggart! In a world that is overwhelmed with opposing views, black vs. white, conservative vs. progressive, science vs. religion, we have a reporter who not only realized that there is a middle ground that lies unfurrowed between science and religion but a person who took years from her life doing the necessary research and self-education in order to help define what this area is. Her book is well foot-noted and while her scientific language usage has developed past that of common understanding, she defines this middle ground with well thought out examples and the concise language that it deserves. I, likewise, have spent the past thirty years of my life attempting to comingle science and spirituality and this book has served as an excellent summary for the travails I have undergone.

Secondly; The only people who do not make mistakes in this lifetime are the ones who willing to do nothing more than repeat their past victories over and over again. Those who dare to probe into unknown territories, peek into ‘truisms’ to see if they are valid and risk being labeled as being eccentric in their theories and concepts are the only ones who will actually make mistakes. But they, too, are the only ones that will make incredible breakthroughs that move our world in a forward, evolutionary fashion by their courageous insights and daring. The reviewers who have degraded this author for her taking ‘questionable’ experiments and ‘off-the-wall’ scientists are the ones who are stuck in yesterday’s science and are only willing to accept thoughts that have proven themselves over the decades. While science, during the Enlightenment Era, had been able to move the world slowly away from religious dogma, they now are creating the same ignorant and immovable atmosphere that they originally found themselves into. They, in fact, have their own set of dogmas, their own set of beliefs that cannot be questioned and have created an atmosphere that there is no reality that exists outside of the small sphere that they have defined. We live in a world that is not at all the manner that we see it to be nor in a world where we are fully knowledgeable. We live in an atmosphere where we are trying to measure eleven dimensional space with primitive three dimensional objects. We live in a world wherewe ponder, but never truly grasp, the simple definition of the words ‘consciousness’ nor that which is ‘eternal’. No, dogmatic scientists do not meet weekly for Sunday service. Instead they simply control the reputation of their colleagues, the purse strings for experimentation and the publication power for future writings that prevents new and unique concepts of reality from receiving the attention they deserve. Please, let us stop locking Galileo in prison because he does not agree with our 1850 Newtonian concept of physics or that Einstein is the final answer for all space-time concepts We are ages away from complete scientific understanding. Why must we pretend that we are fully arrived?....

The Book of James
The Book of James
by Ellen J. Green
Edition: Paperback
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1.0 out of 5 stars 'much 'ado about nothing'................., July 8 2015
This review is from: The Book of James (Paperback)
Every time that I am lured into reading a novel that has received a great number of positive reviews, I seem to forget who the reading public has become who wrote these reviews! They are a group of persons who can no longer tell the differences of Dickens and Faulkner from the Roberts and King's of the world! This book is built upon an elongated series of unbelievable occurrences, mixed in with secrecy, blatant acts of stupidity and then topped off with a double dose of incest and active paternal manipulative violence. This all occurs because of a dominating and disgraceful father-figure and his need for power and control? Where was Cora's responsibility for her reaction to his actions and her ultimate illegal behavior? Are we all meant to blame our socially unacceptable behavior on our parents? And, if so, at what age are we supposed to give this up and assume responsibility for ourselves?
Lapses in reality is what is the cause of failure for many recent novels, this one is no exception. Since when has Benadryl been used as a hallucinogen and control substance for an elderly person? Someone should contact the manufacturer and let them know that it does more than relieve allergic reactions! And how is it that a young, vibrant woman is trapped in a closet fearing for her life with only an elderly, lethargic matron carrying a flashlight and makes no attempt to overcome her and escape through an unlocked door? Isn’t her motivation to be freed greater than the matron’s to keep her imprisoned?
No, this is not James Faulkner, this is a pseudo-Stephen King novel and, being so, it is 'much 'ado about absolutely nothing.'..............

Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)
Pines (The Wayward Pines Trilogy, Book 1)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Wayward Pines Trilogy............, June 26 2015
Writing a dystopic novel that somewhat borders on believability and contains a group of characters that can be easily identified by its readers is a difficult task. To write a fast moving trilogy about this topic both monumental and rare. The author has accomplished this in an admirable fashion. While some reviewers complain about the slow down of the 'action' in book #2 I feel that Mr. Crouch took this opportunity, through a series of flashbacks, to further familiarize us with not only the lead, but ancillary, characterizations. The action is fast and extremely gory at times while all the while we hold out hope for Wayword Pines' citizens. We have the typical 'good guys vs. bad guys vs. monsters' but it is done in an aura of good writing skills and semi-believability..............

The Husband's Secret
The Husband's Secret
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5.0 out of 5 stars It is the webs of deceit that ensnare us all.............., June 15 2015
When we look back on our own lives we can clearly see the missteps that have previously been taken by ourselves or those close to us. This reflection, however, should reveal that one of the greatest harms that is done to us or those around us is one simple word; deceit. Whether the lie is created to protect ourselves from the truth or whether it was created to protect those close to us, when the eventual truth is revealed (as it always is) the damage may have become irreparable and the relationships involved, being dashed against the boulders of reality, may never to be the same again. Ms. Moriarty has captured the destructive force that such falsehoods will lead all of us to.
The novel itself captures the intricacies of three separate families and all the foibles that accompanies them. They are all then thrust, through different circumstances, back into the town in which they all formerly resided and their lives become enmeshed with the deceit of the past. Each family attempts to seek a new level of homeostasis while vain attempts are made to leave the past where is obviously belongs; in the past............................

What Alice Forgot
What Alice Forgot
Offered by Penguin Group USA
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4.0 out of 5 stars A delightful rendering of an overdone topic..............., June 10 2015
This review is from: What Alice Forgot (Kindle Edition)
While there have probably been more books written about amnesia than there have been actual worldwide cases, it is an interesting topic to peruse. Ms. Moriarty does an admirable doing such. While her introductory 30 pages and her ending have been highly touted by all readers, the mid-section of the novel has been demeaned more than a number of times. While it did have a tendency to be mundane at times, would this not be an accurate depiction of the thought process of a person caught in such a malady? I think so. This novel also gives each of us an opportunity to redefine our personal feelings about marriage and divorce; Which is the most rational decision to make to a dilemma that affects so many?

Heaven and Hell Unveiled: Updates from the World of Spirit.
Heaven and Hell Unveiled: Updates from the World of Spirit.
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5.0 out of 5 stars We all see the world through our eyes only............., June 4 2015
I have rated this book a full 5 stars, but not necessarily for its accurate content. Its rating was given as a symbol of encouragement to those readers who have repeated their religious dogma incessantly without ever questioning its validity or why it was created in the first place. It may be time that you set aside these teachings and explore alternative reasonings for the world you see around you and the eternity that is yet to come. Myths, whether they are told today or 2000-4000 years ago are nothing more than that; Myths. They may be created as a primitive means of explaining the confusing world around themselves, may be used as a means of propaganda in order that a certain culture will see themselves as `exceptional' or `favored', or, lastly, simply used as a method by which to control the social masses such that they conform to a certain set of rules, morals and behavior.

I have taken the same journey that this author has taken; I have spent nearly three decades researching, studying and experimenting with what some people call `our spiritual side'. While he and I agree on most of the basic concepts attained through mediumship, the details, however, are quite different. I will not defend my alternate view nor will I degrade the author's findings for, in fact, we both may be correct or we may both be incorrect. Neither of us has experienced what truly is beyond the veil, if anything, and only have 3rd and 4th hand reports from which to develop our conclusions. The author has a tendency to have the deceased seek a higher level of atonement than I have deduced, sees a greater array of order and corporate structure present than I do, and, most importantly places a high value on some of the reports that I have discounted as questionable. He has done the same to my studies.

So what is the world beyond the veil like? None of us will truly know for all of our readings and research must be first filtered through our own consciousness and, being so, becomes quickly laced with our own subjective thoughts and emotions. In other words, we interpret the writings in the manner that is best suited to our own perspective whether or not this matches actual reality or not. I, during a hospital stay, had a partial Near Death Experience which differed from other people's reports of such because it was my consciousness that recorded it and it was strewn with all my own personal and subjective nuances. I congratulate the author for having the courage to write this summary book of mediumship. He must feel assured that what he is saying is fully accurate and objective or else such publication would not have taken place. I can only warn him and all others that simply because we read, see, feel and make a series of conclusions about a given matter does not necessarily mean that our conclusions are fully accurate. We can only conclude that they are accurate for ourselves, and ourselves alone...............

The Grave Tender
The Grave Tender
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful..............., June 1 2015
This review is from: The Grave Tender (Kindle Edition)
Having spent a great deal of my career working as a therapist for both individuals and families I can honestly say that I have never encountered a family as deviant and as viciously maladapted as the one portrayed in this novel, but, then again, a novel is not necessarily meant to always represent an actual slice of reality. Novels, for the most part, are meant to display the overlap of fantasy, fears and gut-level passion as viewed through the eyes if the author. If done well, the author is then able to wrap these thoughts in the luster and glow of quality writing skills. Ms. Maxwell has done that and done that very well................

Things We Set on Fire
Things We Set on Fire
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent writing but a flawed plot line........, May 22 2015
The author's choice of titles was well thought out and her writing style is both fluid and highly descriptive. She is able to capture the emotional responses to events. locations and objects brilliantly. That being said, however, her plot line contained numerous flaws. First, if a mother of a dysfunctional family becomes removed and abusive to her children the children themselves would have a strong tendency to grow closer to one another instead of further apart as these characters were shown to do. Secondly, she had the father of the children locate the main character and his children while they were being housed in a far removed B and B. How could he possibly have known where they were? Lastly, dysfunctional families, such as this one, seldom, if ever, have satisfactory resolutions between their members. The author, unfortunately, had all family members living 'happily ever after'. This resolution to a lifetime of disturbance is both naïve and unrealistic......................

The Girl With All the Gifts
The Girl With All the Gifts
Offered by Hachette Book Group Digital, Inc.
Price: CDN$ 9.99

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2.0 out of 5 stars After the mystery is solved, the novel quickly loses its merit..........., May 17 2015
Admittedly the first portion of this novel is truly gripping. We see through the eyes of a young blond 'girl' who lives in a mysterious, caustic environment under highly adverse conditions. As such we strain mightily to identify who she is and why these horrific events are occurring around her. Unfortunately once her zombie-like identity is made known, our fascination quickly wanes and we are left with simply another 'good guy vs. bad guy' scenario. We are then robotically led from one chase scene to another or from one gory slaughter to the next. The book's ending quickly becomes predicable and ends without any literary merit whatsoever. But, obviously, this probably level of mindlessness will appeal to our violence enthralled reading public nonetheless.........

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