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Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.  Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?  Sometimes as a series continues, the later books can begin to get a little boring and contain few surprises. But not the Mercy Thompson series. You managed to surprise and shock me mightily. In fact, I think Fire Touched contains one of the biggest shockers in the series and we are now up to book 9. download free full epub ebook kindle mobi
Fire Touched - Patricia Briggs
Tensions between the fae and humans are coming to a head. And when coyote shapeshifter Mercy and her Alpha werewolf mate, Adam, are called upon to stop a rampaging troll, they find themselves with something that could be used to make the fae back down and forestall out-and-out war: a human child stolen long ago by the fae.

Defying the most powerful werewolf in the country, the humans, and the fae, Mercy, Adam, and their pack choose to protect the boy no matter what the cost. But who will protect them from a boy who is fire touched?

Sometimes as a series continues, the later books can begin to get a little boring and contain few surprises. But not the Mercy Thompson series. You managed to surprise and shock me mightily. In fact, I think Fire Touched contains one of the biggest shockers in the series and we are now up to book 9.

Fans ought not to worry, the shock is something which, when one thinks about it at all, is entirely organic to the plot and makes sense and it happens fairly early in the piece. But it’s a big shakeup in the Mercyverse and the ramifications of it will ripple into the next Alpha & Omega book and at the least, the next Mercy book too.  And no, I’m not going to say what it is.  Even though it happens in the first third of the book and usually I’d consider that fair game for a review, I really think it’s best experienced without spoilers.


Which leaves me with the dilemma of what I can say about the plot. Here goes.

The story begins with Mercy and Adam getting a call from the local police; there is a troll on the Cable Bridge between Pasco and Kennewick, damaging cars and lives have already been lost. Can they help?  Of course, Mercy and Adam being who they are, do indeed rush to the bridge, together with other pack members who are close at hand. Mercy’s fae walking stick has recently turned up again and it decides to go along for the ride also.  The fight with the troll takes a toll on the humans and the wolves but they are ultimately successful. Aid comes in a surprising form; a young human boy, who, to all appearances, looks about 10 years old, but who was taken by the fae possibly centuries ago. He has been “fire touched” and has the gift of fire. He is also unexpectedly helpful to Joel (pronounced Hoe-el), who readers will remember was turned into a tibicena in Night Broken. Aiden, the fire touched, asks the pack for sanctuary from the fae (from whom he has escaped) for a period 24 hours.


All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood

New York Times Bestseller
Goodreads Best Fiction of 2016 Runner-Up

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things - Bryn Greenwood As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer. amazone google goodreads bestseller download free here
All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
- Bryn Greenwood

As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. Struggling to raise her little brother, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible "adult" around. She finds peace in the starry Midwestern night sky above the fields behind her house. One night everything changes when she witnesses one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold, wreck his motorcycle. What follows is a powerful and shocking love story between two unlikely people that asks tough questions, reminding us of all the ugly and wonderful things that life has to offer.
By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself.

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"Greenwood’s powerful, provocative debut chronicles a desolate childhood and a discomfiting love affair... It’s no storybook romance, but the novel closes on a note of hard-won serenity, with people who deserve a second chance gathered together....Intelligent, honest, and unsentimental."

~Kirkus Reviews (STARRED)
"Captivating and smartly written from the first page, Greenwood’s work is instantly absorbing. This book won’t pull at heartstrings but instead yank out the entire organ and shake it about before lodging it back in an unfamiliar position."

~Christina Ledbetter, The Associated Press

"A memorable coming-of-age tale about loyalty, defiance, and the power of love under the most improbable circumstances."

~Publishers Weekly

"An emotionally resonant novel with an unlikely cast of characters you won’t soon forget. Bryn Greenwood’s unique voice and her understanding of human nature offer an amazing tale of family, loss, and love that’s as unpredictable and inspiring as love itself."

~Brunonia Barry, New York Times bestselling author of The Lace Reader

"Written in lyrical and searingly honest prose,  Bryn Greenwood tells a powerful story of love and resilience against the bleakest of backdrops. Like the best fiction, this is a novel that means to disturb and challenge as it forces us to look with compassion on every last one of its flawed, memorable characters. I was captivated from the first page to the last."

~Patry Francis, author of The Orphans of Race Point

“Achingly raw and beautifully written, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things is both a hypnotic coming-of-age story and a heartbreaking tragedy. Greenwood’s emotional prose and her well-drawn characters immediately drew me in and kept me captivated. I’m still thinking about Wavy, and her ugly and wonderful world, long after I’ve turned the last page.”

~Jillian Cantor, author of Margot and The Hours Count

“Throughout the book, Greenwood challenges the ways we glorify tragedy by patronizing those who experience it and insisting on their victimhood before personhood. The result is a challenging, brain-addling novel, one that shocks us less with its content than its intimacy.”

~Liz Cook, Kansas City Star

Greenwood ... astounds in creating a world where assorted murderers, felons, and thieves are sympathetic ... the writing is direct and muscular, a snake with all the slithery danger of a coiled rattler on a hot rock.






Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - Parts I & II The Official Script Book of the Original West End Production

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Parts I & II  The Official Script Book
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A new Harry Potter book has gone on sale, and it’s already the biggest literary event since, well, the last Harry Potter book.

The difference is that the new story, the first since 2007, isn’t a novel. Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is the script for the stage play, written by the playwright Jack Thorne, based on a story devised in collaboration with JK Rowling and director John Tiffany. The West End show, split into two parts, officially opened on Saturday to rave reviews, with The Telegraph’s Dominic Cavendish calling it “a triumph”. The playtext was published at midnight on Sunday.

The publication has delighted both fans and booksellers, with Waterstones managing director James Daunt dubbing Rowling the “patron saint of bookshops”, and queues of customers snaking out of the doors at shops across the country in order to get their hands on a copy. Though the theatrical run of the show in London will extend well into 2017, before a likely tour, the publication of the script enables the story – effectively a Rowling-sanctioned eighth instalment of the epic fantasy global mega-franchise – to reach a far wider audience.


It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn't much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.



While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son, Albus, must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: Sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places.

The playscript for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child was originally released as a "special rehearsal edition" alongside the opening of Jack Thorne's play in London's West End in summer 2016.

Based on an original story by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, and Jack Thorne, the play opened to rapturous reviews from theatergoers and critics alike, while the official playscript became an immediate global bestseller






Daniel Harris - Blogging 100 Success Secrets

There has never been a Blogging Guide like this.
100 Success Secrets is not about the ins and outs of Blog-ging. Instead, it answers the top 100 questions that we are asked and those we come across in forums, our consultancy and educa-tion programs.  It tells you exactly how to deal with those questions, with tips that have never before been offered in print.
This book is also not about Blogging’ best practice and standards details. Instead, it introduces everything you want to know to be successful with Blogging. It includes:
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Advertising Products using a Blog..................................................10
What are Blog Links for?...................................................................11
The Importance of Blog Pinging ......................................................12
What are the Effective Tools in creating a Blog? ...........................13
Celebrity Blogs: A better way to entice Traffic .............................14
Getting Ready to Create Food Blogs ...............................................15
Tips on how to make a Blog .............................................................16
How to Write Good Travel Blogs ....................................................17
Blogging as a means to generate more Money..............................18
What are the “To-Do-Lists” on a Blog?...........................................19
How a Template Helps a Blog .........................................................20
The Significance of a Blog Traffic ....................................................21
The Growing Rate in Christian Blogs .............................................22
The Benefits of Free Blog Hosting ...................................................23
News Blogs: The Emerging Trend in Web Logging ....................24
Blogging Software: Your Tool To Right Blogging.........................25
Green Blogs and Its Influence To The World.................................27
Popular Blogs Due to Market, Politics, Products, and
Entertainment Commentaries ..........................................................29
Business Blogs That All Entrepreneurs Should Bookmark..........31
Online Blogs and Blogging Practices That Bloggers Do...............33
The Best Blogs and the Politics Behind Blogs ................................35
The Existence of Blog Hosting Providers ...................................... 37
In Search of the Right Blog Templates ........................................... 39
To Make A Blog Is To Maintain A Huge Online Resource ......... 41
Photo Blog As An Internet-Based Technology ............................. 43
Blog Design Elements: To Create Audience Impact or Not........ 45
The Question of Credibility of Blog Sites ...................................... 47
Software and Services Used to Create a Blog................................ 48
The Personal Reflective Blogs.......................................................... 50
Web Blog: The Internet Phenomena of the New Era ................... 52
Blog Aggregators: Website-Based Aggregators............................ 54
Blogging Sites: Free and Coupled with Benefits........................... 56
Corporate Blog: Minimize the Communication Difficulties....... 58
Health Blogs: Consulting the Blogs ................................................ 60
How to Make a Blog: Important Developments in Internet
Interaction .......................................................................................... 62
Blog Editor: Choosing the Best for the Style ................................. 64
Blog Tools: Blogging for the New and Professionals................... 65
Design Blogs: Advertising Creativity............................................. 67
History Blogs: Blogs vs. Books ........................................................ 68
Tech Blogs: Tech Blogs in Advertising........................................... 70
Better Search Engine Ranking with a Blog Directory .................. 71
Various Options for Different Blog Layouts ................................. 73
Examples of a Group Blog ............................................................... 75
Sports Blog: Subgenres and the Top on the Rank ........................ 77
Why Should Someone Start Blog? ...................................................79
Top Blogs According to Three Different Groups ..........................80
What Is Blog and Its Origin? ............................................................82
The Importance of Blog Layout to the Content .............................83
Common Mistakes on a Blog Website ............................................85
Real Meaning of Political Blogs .......................................................87
How to Start a Blog? ..........................................................................89
Determining the Best Technology Blog ..........................................90
What Is a Blog and Its Different Types? .........................................92
Audio Blog: Bringing Music and Voice to the Blogosphere ........94
Different Blog Awards: Do Accolades Really Matter for
Bloggers? .............................................................................................96
How to Choose a Blog Host that Provides the Best Service?.......98
A Blogger’s Guide to Find the Best Blog Service.........................100
Business Blogging 101: Applying the Basic Blog Principles to
Business Sites ....................................................................................102
Free Blogging: Choosing an Enjoyable and Useful Free Host...104
No-Brainer Steps on How to Create a Blog..................................105
Latest Blog Entry: Blogging Steps from Sign-up to Publishing 106
Personal Blogs: The Grandfather of All Modern Blogs ..............108
Strategies to Make a Popular Blog.................................................110
The Goldmine of Blog Ads .............................................................111
Blog Definition: The Evolving Meaning of Blogs.......................112
Blog Search Engine: Helping Bloggers Deliver Content to the
Public................................................................................................. 114
Understanding the Importance of Blog Websites....................... 116
Take a Peak of a Conservative Blog.............................................. 118
Get Artistic with Free Blog Templates ......................................... 119
How to Start a Blog: Establishing the Theme of the Blog is More
Important.......................................................................................... 120
Perhaps Blog Could Remedy Stress ............................................. 122
Understanding the Politics of Politics Blog ................................. 124
Build More Traffic to your Web Blogs with Weblogs.com ....... 126
Why Is Blog Marketing Effective? ................................................ 127
Blog This! A Cool Way to Create Links ....................................... 128
Free Blogs for All!............................................................................ 129
Mobile Blog: Making Exchange of Information, Ideas and News
Faster and Easier ............................................................................. 130
Tips on Gaining Blog Money......................................................... 132
Stay Connected through a Family Blog ....................................... 133
Tips on How to Make Money Blogging....................................... 134
Tips on Choosing a Topic For Blog............................................... 136
Tricks on Getting Readers for Online Blog.................................. 137
Understanding Video Blog ............................................................ 138
How to Create a Blog and Be Successful ..................................... 140
What Make a Travel Blog Interesting?......................................... 141
Basic Knowledge About Blog........................................................ 143
Search Your Blog and Ranking ......................................................144
Uses of Blogging...............................................................................145
Free Blog Service ..............................................................................146
Putting Music on Your Blog from Music Blog.............................147
Things to Know About Blog Comments.......................................148
Types of Blog Sites ...........................................................................150
Know Your Favorite Celebrity through Blog...............................151
Steps on How to Blog ......................................................................152
Tips on Creating New Blog ............................................................154
What Makes Up A Best Blog On The Internet? ...........................156
Blog Software: Comparison Among Drupal, WordPress, and
Expression Engine............................................................................158
How Blog And RSS Technologies Revolutionized Research
Methods And Communication ......................................................160
Business Blog: An Effective Way To Advancing Even The
Smallest Business .............................................................................162
Creating Blog Effectively To Maximize Business Benefits On The
Net......................................................................................................164

Marlena by Julie Buntin

 An electric debut novel about love, addiction, and loss; the story of two girls and the feral year that will cost one her life, and define the other’s for decades

Everything about fifteen-year-old Cat’s new town in rural Michigan is lonely and off-kilter, until she meets her neighbor, the manic, beautiful, pill-popping Marlena. Cat, inexperienced and desperate for connection, is quickly lured into Marlena’s orbit by little more than an arched eyebrow and a shake of white-blond hair. 

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As the two girls turn the untamed landscape of their desolate small town into a kind of playground, Cat catalogues a litany of firsts—first drink, first cigarette, first kiss—while Marlena’s habits harden and calcify. Within the year, Marlena is dead, drowned in six inches of icy water in the woods nearby. Now, decades later, when a ghost from that pivotal year surfaces unexpectedly, Cat must try to forgive herself and move on, even as the memory of Marlena keeps her tangled in the past.

Alive with an urgent, unshakable tenderness, Julie Buntin’s Marlena is an unforgettable look at the people who shape us beyond reason and the ways it might be possible to pull oneself back from the brink read more











 Reviews

  • Extraordinarily well-written book that tells the story of a doomed friendship between teenage girls. Shades of WHO WILL RUN THE FROG HOSPITAL? (less funny but significantly more wrenching and therefore better), the Neapolitan Novels, and, in its examination of the opoid crisis and resolutely mid-western focus, a contemporary Marilyn Robinson.

    The frame narrative here is smart - we get the story in flashback, as Cat, the lead, struggles with alcoholism (very believable and smartly depicted) as she thinks of her dead friend. There is no mystery here, just a slow approach toward T-0 when we know Marlena will die, but there are still quite a few heart-in-throat moments. In particular, a beautifully set-up house party caused me a great deal of subway angst. We care about Cat. She has an agreeable way of creating major issues for herself without losing her moral core.

    But all that - the strong plot, the timely issues, the excellent supporting cast (this is a wonderfully PEOPLED novel) - pale in comparison to the sentences. It's almost silly to excerpt any; you can pick up the book anywhere and find something great. Buntin alternates cadence and tone skillfully, and has a perfect ear for teenage dialogue. She makes me want to write.
    It's funny: I put this down after 3 or 4 pages when I started reading it. I felt like it was going to be bleak, and I wasn't sure I could face it. Don't make the same mistake I did.
  • I certainly love a story about an intoxicating female friendship, those that venture into coming-of-age territory. Books where a friendship maybe causes a young girl to go completely off the tracks. I enjoy the psychology of it. This one does the thing I enjoyed most about The Girls by: Emma Cline, which is include the use of a retrospective narrator. The thing is...that one did this so much better.

    What is fascinating is how you know the narrator is deeply affected by this time of their youth. She is looking back wistfully on the past, on a time filled with regrets. As an adult she can view her friendship in a more honest way for what it was, when as a teenager it was an all-consuming friendship that may have caused Cat to spiral a bit.

    When Cat moves down the street from Marlena with her mother & brother, her life changes. Marlena is from a very different world than Cat. It's not that she is two years older..it is because she has been exposed to a much darker life. Addiction, overly-sexualized, living in poverty without a mother. From the beginning we know Marlena's days are numbered.

    This isn't a mystery, though. While we know Marlena dies, we even find out how early on. I thought there may be a twist surrounding the death, but I was wrong. Expecting that will only harm the reading experience because you'll feel letdown. That's not the point to this story.

    The point of Cat looking back on this time is Marlena's younger brother having called to meet up with Cat. She knew him when he was a child sparking her recollection of the friendship with his sister. This didn't exactly feel necessary. It never went anywhere and ultimately felt like a waste of time.

    The prose got to be too much at times. My main issue is really that this one paled in comparison to The Girls, which I read just a few weeks ago.

 

Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games 01 - The Hunger Games

The nation of Panem, formed from a post-apocalyptic North America, is a country that consists of a wealthy Capitol region surrounded by 12 poorer districts. Early in its history, a rebellion led by a 13th district against the Capitol resulted in its destruction and the creation of an annual televised event
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known as the Hunger Games. In punishment, and as a reminder of the power and grace of the Capitol, each district must yield one boy and one girl between the ages of 12 and 18 through a lottery system to participate in the games. The 'tributes' are chosen during the annual Reaping and are forced to fight to the death, leaving only one survivor to claim victory read more...

When 16-year-old Katniss's young sister, Prim, is selected as District 12's female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, are pitted against bigger, stronger representatives, some of whom have trained for this their whole lives. , she sees it as a death sentence. But Katniss has been close to death before. For her, survival is second nature.
Also check outCollins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games 02 - Catching Fire
Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games 03 - Mockingjay 






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Now, if you haven't read The Hunger Games yet, I won't even try to justify why you should. You just should. This is just one of those books that someone says "This book is AMAZING." Then, you take their word for it and read it.

And seriously, WHY haven't you read it yet?

This is the kind of book that is so awesome in a completely thrilling and demented and emotional and shocking way that it makes you want to bang your head against the wall while throwing fairy dust in joy. Two things that I have done in the past, but never before at the same time. That's how powerful this book is.

After that, it makes you want to cry. Cry like a little baby. Like a little baby in it's crib. Then scream. Scream like a frikkin banshee with a frikkin laser beam on it's forehead.

Before I read this, I had a friend who told me that this book was 100 times better than Twilight. (I'd say that it's actually more like a gorgonzolazillion times better and don't ask me the exact amount that represents. Let's just call it "To infinity and beyond.") She also said that it was going to be an even bigger phenomenon than Twilight. I was like "Hah!" Let's face it, it can get ridiculous with the Fangirl mobbing and the crying. But I concur. I think this WILL be bigger than Twilight and obviously better. Maybe even Oscar worthy. I certainly hope so, anyway.

I know that I said I wouldn't try and talk you into reading this book but I honestly can't help it. I'm not sure that I'm doing a great job at it, though. Let's try a little visual aid.


~SO THIS IS WHAT ALL THE FUSS IS ABOUT~
THE HUNGER GAMES is a fantastic, breathless and somewhat brutal read that once you start you simply can’t put down again. Initially I had no idea what this book was about or what to expect in terms of YA writing, it had just been recommended to me by so many people and had such a buzz surrounding it that I had to find out for myself why.

Written along the lines of Stephen King’s The Long Walk or Orwell’s 1984 (I may be aging myself here) this story still feels very original and sucked me in completely with its modern day Survivor-esque retelling. The Hunger Games is the ultimate in reality TV, suspense, scripted realism, romance and survival that you should not miss.

Set in a post apocalyptic future (although we frustratingly never learn the why's, how’s or even when of this future.) This new communist-type America known as Panem has been divided into a Capital and its 12 districts. We follow 16 year old Katniss as she struggles to keep her starving family alive, hunting and gathering with her best friend Gale. Unbeknownst to her these are valuable skills as the annual hunger games are about to begin.

Each year these games require two children from each district who are chosen based on a lottery system for compulsory participation. These televised games are then broadcast throughout Panem (with mandatory viewing) as the 24 contestants fight each other to the death, leaving just one victor at its violent conclusion. It’s kind of like Survivor but instead of being voted off the island you have to kill your competitors. When Katniss’s younger sister is chosen as the female contestant from their district Katniss volunteers to take her place. Then together with Peeta the other lottery winner they travel to the capital and begin preparations for the opening ceremonies and ultimately their death in The Hunger Games.

Oddly this has been written without paragraph breaks and I have to admit the first part of it dragged for me, as Katniss is groomed, clothed, and schooled by her entourage within the capital. However as soon as the games begin, lookout! By this point in the story you have become attached to several key characters and its then that you realize things can’t end well as there will be only one winner. Over a period of about 2 weeks and against overwhelming odds we watch 24 victims dwindle as they struggle to survive. Simultaneously avoiding and hunting each other they form alliances, face hunger and mind numbing thirst, mutant animal attacks, friendship, love and ultimately a distrust of everyone as Big Brother raises the stakes to keep the audience interested.

This is an exciting book that will keep you up late into the night and resonate with you long after you’ve finished. Cheers
 

Game of Thrones Boxed Set by Martin George R R

Well, do i need to tell you more about Game Of Thrones? Everybody knows it!
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Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.



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As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.




The Handmaids Tale by Margaret Atwood

Offred is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead. She may leave the home of the Commander and his wife once a day to walk to food markets whose signs are now pictures instead of words because women are no longer allowed to read. She must lie on her back once a month and pray that the Commander makes her pregnant, because in an age of declining births, Offred and the other Handmaids are valued only if their ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she lived and made love with her husband, Luke; when she played with and protected her daughter; when she had a job, money of her own, and access to knowledge. But all of that is gone now...Read More



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I’ve been moved by books in the past, many times, but I’ve never before read a book that has emotionally drained me to such a degree. This is frightening and powerful. And sometimes it only takes a single paragraph to make you realise how much so:

“Yes, Ma’am, I said again, forgetting. They used to have dolls, for little girls, that would talk if you pulled a string at the back; I thought I was sounding like that, voice of a monotone, voice of a doll. She probably longed to slap my face. They can hit us, there’s Scriptural precedent. But not with any implement. Only with their hands.”

Needless to say, this is an absolutely awful situation. From the very beginning, I knew how much I was going to like this book. Its story isn’t one that it is simply read: it demands to be heard. It beckoned me to see the full force of the situation. The Handmaids, the average woman, have no free will or individualism; they are treated as simple baby producing machines. An oppressive regime is forced upon them, and to deviate from the said standard results in a slow and agonising death. There’s no hope or joy for them, only perpetual subjugation.

Indeed, this is where Atwood’s awe inspiringly persuasive powers reside. By portraying such a bleak situation, she is able to fully demonstrate what life could be like if we suddenly followed the misogynistic views of the old testament with fierce intensity. Women would have no power whatsoever. This would be reinforced by a complete cultural destruction and lack of any form of self-expression. They would not be able to read or write; they would not be able to speak their minds. It would even go as far as to condition them so powerfully, that they completely lack the ability of independent thought. And, to make it even worse, the women know no difference. Sure, the narrator of this remembers her past, but she’s not allowed to. She is forced to repress any sense of individual sentiment.

“But who can remember pain, once it’s over? All that remains of it is a shadow, not in the mind even, in the flesh. Pain marks you, but too deep to see. Out of sight, out of mind.” 

The Fix by David Baldacci

Amos Decker witnesses a murder just outside FBI headquarters. A man shoots a woman execution-style on a crowded sidewalk, then turns the gun on himself.

Even with Decker's extraordinary powers of observation and deduction, the killing is baffling. Decker and his team can find absolutely no connection between the shooter--a family man with a successful consulting business--and his victim, a schoolteacher. Nor is there a hint of any possible motive for the attack.

Enter Harper Brown. An agent of the Defense Intelligence Agency, she orders Decker to back off the case. The murder is part of an open DIA investigation, one so classified that Decker and his team aren't cleared for it.

But they learn that the DIA believes solving the murder is now a matter of urgent national security. Critical information may have been leaked to a hostile government--or worse, an international terrorist group--and an attack may be imminent.

Decker's never been one to follow the rules, especially with the stakes so high. Forced into an uneasy alliance with Agent Brown, Decker remains laser focused on only one goal: solving the case before it's too late.



Golden Prey by John Sandford

The man was smart and he didn't mind killing people. Welcome to the big leagues, Davenport. 
Lucas Davenport's first case as a U.S. Marshal sends him into uncharted territory, in the thrilling new novel in the #1 New York Times-bestselling series.

Thanks to some very influential people whose lives he saved, Lucas is no longer working for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, but for the U.S. Marshals Service, and with unusual scope. He gets to pick his own cases, whatever they are, wherever they lead him.
And where they've led him this time is into real trouble. A Biloxi, Mississippi, drug-cartel counting house gets robbed, and suitcases full of cash disappear, leaving behind five bodies, including that of a six-year-old girl. Davenport takes the case, which quickly spirals out of control, as cartel assassins, including a torturer known as the "Queen of home-improvement tools" compete with Davenport to find the Dixie Hicks shooters who knocked over the counting house. Things get ugly real fast, and neither the cartel killers nor the holdup men give a damn about whose lives Davenport might have saved; to them, he's just another large target.

Filled with his trademark razor-sharp plotting and some of the best characters in suspense fiction, Golden Prey is further reason why "Sandford has always been at the top of any list of great mystery writers" (The Huffington Post).

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Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.
Peter lies. 
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After Christina Henry’s masterful retelling of Alice in Wonderland, she brings her talent to J.M. Barres’ story of Peter Pan, subverting the tale into a darker frame as we see Peter Pan through the eyes of his greatest enemy and former best friend…Captain Hook.
“Peter will say I’m a villain, that I wronged him, that I never was his friend. But I told you already. Peter lies. This is what really happened.”
Jamie, the narrator of the story, is one of the first Lost Boys and Peter Pan’s best friend.  Though he looks to be between eight and twelve, he is in reality 100 plus years old and he has slowly grown disillusioned with his endless childhood and the burdens placed on him by Peter’s callousness, irresponsibility, and perpetually need for adoration.
“I had been with Peter longer than I’d been in the Other Place, longer than I could count, anyway.” 
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The Alchemist - Paulo Coelho, Free Kindle

Now this is something you need to understand, Paulo Coelho is a God artist, he inspires you, shows you the way to understand people, understand the world, religion, psychology, lust.

He invites us to explore the mind of an artist, a psychopath, an ordinary human(such as the shepherd in The Alchemist)
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Santiago searching for his treasures

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While sleeping near a sycamore tree in the sacristy of an abandoned church, Santiago, a shepherd boy, has a recurring dream about a child who tells him that he will find a hidden treasure if he travels to the Egyptian pyramids. An old woman tells Santiago that this dream is prophetic and that he must follow its instructions. Santiago is uncertain, however, since he enjoys the life of a shepherd.





Next Santiago meets a mysterious old man who seems able to read his mind. This man introduces himself as Melchizedek, or the King of Salem. He tells Santiago about good and bad omens and says that it is the shepherd boy's duty to pursue his Personal Legend. Melchizedek then gives Santiago two stones, Urim and Thummim, with which to interpret omens. Read more

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 The #1 New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Book of the Year, now a major motion picture starring Emily Blunt. Don't miss Paula Hawkins' new novel, Into the Water, coming May 2017.

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EVERY DAY THE SAME

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning and night. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. Jess and Jason, she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

UNTIL TODAY

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel goes to the police. But is she really as unreliable as they say? Soon she is deeply entangled not only in the investigation but in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

Veronica Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

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Veronica Decides to Die
by Paulo Coelho
Do you value your life? Do you accept it for what it is? Do you think you have done anything in your life, and don't know what to do more? Paulo Coelho has the answer for it.

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Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho is something more than a mere psychological thriller. It touches the conscience, and directs the thoughts and concepts of humans about their life. It has a profound influence on human race especially on the generation titled as “New Generation”; bearing a fragile mind in their sound body. When life fails to bring in home the colors, merry and jubilation which the young people of today expect, they readily reach at a conclusion that their life is boring and leading a life of this sort is completely absurd. They are living in the world of technology where everything is at their finger tip. The role of science and technology in the human life has shifted the entire concept about human beings and human life.

Of course, Veronica Decides to Die won't show you what to do with your life, but will show you why you should value it, why there is always something to it that you haven't explored, a Gem...

As morbid and depressing as the title seems, this Coelho book takes the usual turn for understanding of the universe and an inspiration for readers to strive not to settle into the kind of routine they don’t wish to be in.

Twenty-four-year-old Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for—: youth and beauty, pleny of attractive boyfriends, a fulfilling job, and a loving family. Yet something is lacking in her life. Inside her is a void so deep that nothing could possibly ever fill it. So, on the morning of November 11, 1997, Veronika decides to die. She takes a handful of sleeping pills expecting never to wake up .

Naturally Veronika is stunned when she does wake up— at Villete, a local mental hospital, where the staff informs her that she has, in fact, partially succeeded in achieving her goal. While the overdose didn't kill Veronika immediately, the medication has damaged her heart so severely that she has only days to live.




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Fantastic read! Awesome! I could not put the book down!

“Veronika Decides to Die” – just read the title again….decides to die…
How many times have you said to yourself, at least I have, “Ahh…I don’t care, I don’t really want to live anymore”, without even thinking about the meaning of it.

So Veronika said the same thing and decided to do something about it. Why?
Nothing bad had happened to Veronika, she was beautiful, had a regular life…very ordinary though ... but normal
She decided that it was not exciting enough, and decided to die!
But her suicide attempt didn’t succeed and she ended up in the mental hospital. The pills ruined her heart and she had one more week to live before she dies – or so she was told.

"An awareness of death encourages us to live more intensely." Having only week to live, Veronika re-discovers herself sexually and emotionally, falls in love, and starts having this eagerness to live.

In addition, her suicide touched lives of other people in the mental hospital, who started cherish every day of their lives.

"Basically everything that happens in our life is our fault, and our fault alone."

So when the next time you say to yourself, “Ahh…I don’t care, I don’t really want to live anymore” - think twice.

2014 Update:
I re-read this book this year for my book club... 6 years since I read it first. I agree with all points after my first read but want to add some additional points on issues that Coelho discusses:

- Conformity, society norms and its danger
- Madness/insanity and what they really mean within the chains of society norms; how society norms varies from culture to culture, and how personal individuality can be affected by these “norms”
- Death and life and how knowing that death is imminent changes your perception of life: you start appreciating every moment and allow yourself to express yourself
- The book discusses other characters, Mari, Zedka, and Eduard. They were hiding inside the walls of Vilette because they were trying to escape the real world due to similar reasons related to to not being understood by their families and society. Vilette’s environment created a shield from the real world, “society”, and allowed these “insane” people to express themselves and behave the way they want without criticism. At the end… Veronika’s suicide affects them profoundly awakening in them a desire to live outside of Vilette’s walls and also making them to realize that Vilette is just another form of controlled society with its own rules and acceptance. And that at the end the true happiness lies in our own desire and believe, in our own acceptance and willingness to remove any boundaries and allow ourselves to live to the fullest, and be happy!

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At about 50 pages in, it's a little frightening how much I've identified with Veronika thus far, how much I understand her rationale for wanting to die. She can only see one path unfolding for herself, and it's one she can't stomach. I get that. But unlike Veronika I haven't given up hope that my path may yet fork off in unexpected and exciting directions.

I also read and think there must be a certain kind of comfort in going truly insane. Not this garden-variety neurosis I experience, but really, disconnected-from-reality insane. We're so frightened of the idea of insanity, of not knowing what's going on around us or not being able to distinguish truth from fantasy, but what would it be like to live it? There's a part of me that thinks maybe it would be just a little liberating, and I can understand why the Fraternity (?) wants to stay in the asylum instead of returning to the world outside.

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I'm settled in to read. It's drizzling rain and the sky outside is a deep, melancholy gray. I've got pillows stacked up on the couch, the cat languorously swishing his tail as he gazes out the window, and a cup of chocolate truffle coffee on the little rolling cart we use for a coffee table. Angelo Badalementi's haunting soundtrack music from Twin Peaks pours from the tinny speakers on my laptop. It's kind of a perfect day.

I just came across this passage.

Depression.

The doctors said that a recently discovered substance, serotonin, was one of the compounds responsible for how human beings felt. A lack of serotonin impaired one's capacity to concentrate at work, to sleep, to eat, and to enjoy life's pleasures. When this substance was completely absent, the person experienced despair, pessimism, a sense of futility, terrible tiredness, anxiety, difficulties in making decisions, and would end up sinking into a permanent gloom, which would lead either to complete apathy or suicide.

...

In Zedka's case, however, the reasons were simpler than anyone suspected: there was a man hidden in her past, or rather, the fantasy she had built up about a man she had known a long time ago.

Oh, Zedka, I suspect many of us can trace the roots of depression to the fantasy of a man (or woman) hidden in our pasts.

I'm now eager to read on and discover Zedka's story.

The impossible love. The refusal to believe the impossible love is impossible. Hope itself can be a sort of madness sometimes, when it's false, when we allow it to consume us rather than uplift. Yes. I know this.

Now back to Veronika, and, holy shit, I could just as well be reading my own journal.

She had overcome her minor defects only to be defeated by matters of fundamental importance. She had managed to appear utterly independent when she was, in fact, desperately in need of company. ... She gave all her friends the impression that she was a woman to be envied, and she expended most of her energy in trying to behave in accordance with the image she had created of herself.

Because of that she had never had enough energy to be herself, a person who, like everyone in the world, needed other people in order to be happy. But other people were so difficult. They reacted in unpredictable ways, they surrounded themselves with defensive walls, they behaved just as she did, pretending they didn't care about anything. ...

She might have impressed a lot of people with her strength and determination, but where had it left her? In the void. Utterly alone.

I suspect Veronika soon will learn she's not quite as alone as she thinks. God, I hope so.

Also? I think I have to stop reproducing passages from this book or I'll end up quoting the whole damn thing.

Dr. Igor? The psychiatrist? Quite possibly the craziest character in the book. He's laughably absurd. I loved the interchange between him and Veronika's mother -- the jumping back and forth between points-of-view and the mother's puzzlement at the things Igor was saying.

Oh. Here's another snippet.

"Haven't you learned anything, not even with the approach of death? Stop thinking all the time that you're in the way, that you're bothering the person next to you. If people don't like it, they can complain. And if they don't have the courage to complain, that's their problem."

The supposedly insane people in this novel are all ones who are challenging and rejecting these unspoken rules we all live by, that hold us down and hold us back. These ideas that we should follow certain expected paths and behave in certain ways and suppress our true selves. These lunatics are calling bullshit on society, and it's wonderful.

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And now I'm done, and I feel like I've gone on a journey with this book and come out the other side much like Veronika, Mari, Eduard and Zedka -- ready to embrace my life and my capacity for love.

Source: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1431.Veronika_Decides_to_Die 

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

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Maria, a beautiful Brazilian girl went to Europe to work as an exotic dancer, but ended being a prostitute. An expensive one, "working" in a luxurious bar in Geneva. Maria's goal is to earn enough money to buy a farm in Brazil for her and her parents and leave Swizerland in a year. "Eleven minutes" is her story.



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But what is her story?

The men she had met since she arrived in Geneva always did everything they could to appear confident, as if they were in perfect control of the world and of their own lives; Maria, however, could see in their eyes that they were afraid of their wife, the feeling of panic that they might not be able to get an erection, that they might not seem manly enough even to the ordinary prostitute whom they were paying for her services. If they went to a shop and didn’t like the shoes they had bought, they would be quite prepared to go back, receipt in hand, and demand a refund. And yet, even though they were paying for some female company, if they didn’t manage to get an erection, they would be too ashamed ever to go back to the same club again because they would assume that all the other women there would know..

In comparison to my experiences with his other pieces. I can confidently say that this Paulo Cohelo work tests the reader in a unique and dangerous way.

Each of his novels teach valuable lessons for adults through the interesting happenings of his protagonists. This story does the same. However the lesson taught borders on relationship counseling and sexual education. It was just as compelling and effective as it was uncomfortable. Uncomfortable in the sense that the information being learned as one reads each chapter is not theirs to have. He accomplishes this through the less than innovative approach of journal or diary entries, but envertheless, it is striking how moving it is to read the sexual and romantic discoveries of a conventional young lady.

A book that is difficult to put down. A must-read for many, but especially those who have not yet discoveredy what makes them tick, oo and ahhh. Again, an inspiration!

Quotes:




“Everything tells me that I am about to make a wrong decision, but making mistakes is just part of life. What does the world want of me? Does it want me to take no risks, to go back to where I came from because I didn't have the courage to say "yes" to life?” 



“When I had nothing to lose, I had everything. When I stopped being who I am, I found myself.”



“Now that she had nothing to lose, she was free.” 



“Passion makes a person stop eating, sleeping, working, feeling at peace. A lot of people are frightened because, when it appears, it demolishes all the old things it finds in its path.
No one wants their life thrown into chaos. That is why a lot of people keep that threat under control, and are somehow capable of sustaining a house or a structure that is already rotten. They are the engineers of the superseded.
Other people think exactly the opposite: they surrender themselves without a second thought, hoping to find in passion the solutions to all their problems. They make the other person responsible for their happiness and blame them for their possible unhappiness. They are either euphoric because something marvelous has happened or depressed because something unexpected has just ruined everything.
Keeping passion at bay or surrendering blindly to it - which of these two attitudes is the least destructive?
I don't know.”