What I’ve been reviewing – I Saw You First by Cindy Blake

I Saw You FirstI Saw You First by Cindy Blake

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I really love this book. The couple at the heart of it are truly adorable.

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What I’ve been reviewing – The Cage by Andrea Newman

The CageThe Cage by Andrea Newman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Better by far than the overrated Bouquet of Barbed Wire. Miserable, fierce, a study in frustrated ambition and the missteps of youth, of a big personality cramped into a tiny little life, with all routes out being blocked from view. Definitely intense.

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What I’ve been reviewing – The Realms of Gold by Margaret Drabble

The Realms of GoldThe Realms of Gold by Margaret Drabble

My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Mimsy Hampstead-liberal wandering aimless fluff. And I use the word ‘fluff’ advisedly, as one who has no idea of the Goodreads policy on effing and jeffing. Drabble actually goes in for some meta idiocy at points, admitting she’s making it up as she goes along, has changed her mind about some plot points and doesn’t know what she’s doing. Tip: DON’T DO THAT.

If you’re still going to read it, I have no idea what to say to you.

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If I had to pick just one

I like this one too.

Pam Grout

“It’s all about having a clean antenna.”—Pete Holmes
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As a travel writer, I get this question a lot. What’s your favorite country? Or city? Or destination in general?

I have a couple pat answers. Either I answer with the country or city or destination I last visited—because, after all, that’s what lovers of travel do. They fall in love with every place, everything, every person.

Or I point out that, just like you don’t want pizza at every meal, you can’t narrow your favs to just one. It depends on an evolving string of moods and desires. Favorites change.

The one question I’ve never gotten, however, is what’s your favorite Course in Miracles lesson. If anyone every did ask, I’d undoubtedly pick ACIM Lesson 189.

Here’s why:

1. It promises a world alive with hope and blessed with perfect charity and love. I mean, what more could you ever want?…

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What I’ve been reviewing – The Waterfall by Margaret Drabble

 

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The WaterfallThe Waterfall by Margaret Drabble

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I was actually slightly engaged by this Drabble, which is still by no means a recommendation. The antiheroine is so aggressively depressed and protective of that immersed gloom and negativity that I felt rather like applauding her. It’s a stance you have to tough out and justify with chin thrust out, in a world trying to drag you into a perpetual love-in. That said, still not a great book and a limp rag of an ending.

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