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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Review: The Obsession by Nora Roberts

The ObsessionThe Obsession by Nora Roberts

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I am staggered by Nora Roberts's ability as a writer. She can take the ingredients which make her genre, all commonplace and expected by readers, and turn them into a cracking good story and a corking good read. She doesn't write badly either.

In the Obsession we have the hurting heroine, the 'tough guy but not a jock' hero, a lovable dog, Big city girl falling in love with the Real America as in the sweet little home town in the country, good old home town folk who are kindly and caring, and the villain gets his comeuppance. These all the ingredients many Americans want to believe in and and want to read about. Nora Roberts stirs 'em up and comes up with a page turning story and an HEA ending without nauseating or infuriating this particular, very picky, 'wouldn't read Nora Roberts unless I had to' reader. Impressive.

I wish I had half her story telling skills, eye for detail and the ability to make a fairy story so realistic. Next time I'm down with 'flu or need a comfort read I shan't ignore the many Nora Roberts on the library book shelves. They are a cheering read even if they are fairy tales.



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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Review, 'An Asronaut's Guide to Life On Earth'

An Astronaut's Guide to Life on EarthAn Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Now this is a book I would like every aspiring youngster to read. Kids who want to be the tops and never mind youngsters, all adults should read this book. It's a great advert for co-operation, for planning, organising and thinking ahead, and gives excellent reasons why striving to be number one and better than everyone else, and making sure they know it, is not the way to succeed.

Chris Hadfield is a laconic Canadian, the astronaut who sent back from the space station all those lovely Youtube videos of life in space and the beautiful photographs of earth and space. He writes about his journey to become an astronaut and how all those bromides we hear are not a good idea. You should sweat the small stuff or disaster will happen. You should plan and organise and practise, practise, practise. You should co-operate and work with your colleagues/people around you because your life, and theirs, depend on each one's knowledge, and care.

Well, obviously that has to be done in space, people will say. Yes, but what about our planet which needs us to be as careful and caring as astronauts need to be. it's already in a critical state.

Yes, there are some really valuable lessons to learn from this book and it's a well written, fascinating read by a clear sighted, clear thinking, caring human being. We need to do a Gideom's Bible trick and get this book into every place and reach as many people as possible. After all isn't planet earth just a large space station floating in space?





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