Rosie’s Review Team #RBRT The Old Man At The End Of The World by @AKSilversmith #TuesdayBookBlog

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Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs here http://www.scifiandscary.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Lilyn has been reading The Old Man At The End Of The World by AK Silversmith

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The Old Man at the End of the World was an amusing novella that captivated me from the first page. The characters are delightful, and the contrast between Ham and Gerry cracked me up more than once. Both of them sound like good fellows to have around, and Gerry’s crotchety in that delightful way that old folks can get.

There were a few times where the Britishisms almost lost me, but I was able to muddle along until it got back to stuff I was familiar with.

I think it’s a fairly safe bet to say that if Shaun of the Dead amused you, you’ll find something to love in this first Bite by AK Silversmith.  The Old man at the End of…

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Ausone’s notebook, 74.th instalment #amwriting #mondayblogs #cats #IARTG

Good morning, humans. It’s Monday again thus your favourite cat is ranting again. Let me precise two things 1.favourite cat? I certainly do not know if this is true. But I just like the sound of it. Accept it. 2.Ranting? We’ll see. I try not to. But when talking to humans? It’s complicated not to. But I’ll try my best.

And I’m afraid I’ll have to excuse myself. I wasn’t really telling the truth. Several times I wrote that I’m bored. And this is not really true.

In fact, it’s not true at all. As you should know by now I’m a CAT. And being bored is a human feeling. As a cat I’m not bored. I could spend easily several hours lying on the table on the terrace and just watch the grass grow in the garden. Which wouldn’t be a pleasure at the moment. Much too windy and the temperatures are not what I would call, using a human expression, cosy. At the moment I prefer to cuddle on the bed and watch my favourite human typing on the laptop. And as there is no grass to watch grow. I make a thorough inspection of the inside of my eye lids. No, I’m not sleeping (OK, occasionally I do). Very extended ‘cleaning sessions’. Which is not only cleaning, it’s a massage, too. If you were ever licked by a cat. You may have realized that a cat’s tongue is kind of rough. Helps cleaning, taking off loose hair and massages the skin too. Humans go to a beauty shop (mostly females) to get this treatment. I’m doing this on my own. And my beauty shop is wherever I want it to be. And I don’t have to pay for the treatment.

I just can’t help it, a bit politics. Not really politics but something about politicians. I was talking several times during the last weeks about the ‘scandal’ with the overpaid reunions.

This made me think about something slightly different. Here in Belgium as wall as in France. It is possible that one single politician is mayor of a big city and at the same time has an important position in the government.

For example the last ‘Premier ministre’ was at the same time, and this he still is, mayor of Mons. No idea about the actual one but I’m quite sure he is in a similar function somewhere.

How is this possible? Not; how is this legal, it apparently is. But how could you ‘take care’ of a city and at the same time ‘take care’ of a whole country? In my small brain I’m convinced you can do just one of them and not both.

Just imagine in your role as prime minister you may have to take a decision against the city where you are mayor of. Or you may not. Your decision could be good for the country and bad for the city. Or good for the city and bad for the country. Which one do you take? In Belgium they like to let the judges take the decision. So you drag yourself to the court? I know that in my human’s country of origin, this is prohibited by the law. It’s either or. You can’t be both. In France it’s allowed, in Belgium it’s allowed. Maybe French and Belgian politicians are superior beings, I don’t know.

Milady is till not taking new photos. Stock again, but don’t worry the stock is large enough.

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See you next week

Yours

Ausone

The “Civilized” World Looked On and Did Nothing

And still many Americans just don’t get it…

By Deborah H. Sussman I grew up believing that American democracy was the corrective to the fascist virus that overtook Germany in the 1930s, and that I lived in a country which, while deeply flawed, was fundamentally committed to justice and becoming more so. I think my refugee father believed the same thing. My father […]

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Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT SERENGETI by @Rockwell_JB #SciFi #WeekendBlogShare

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Today’s team review is from Lilyn, she blogs at http://www.scifiandscary.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Lilyn has been reading Serengeti by JB Rockwell

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So, I never thought I’d read a story where the whole first third of it was one massive battle, and walk away saying I liked it. I have a short attention span, so protracted scenes tend to make me wander off. However, the action in J.B. Rockwell’s Serengeti was interesting enough that it kept my attention glued to it. I read it while taking a bubble bath, whilst walking through the house, etc. And when things calmed down (and they do calm way down), I happily kept reading it.

Serengeti is one part pulse-pounding action, two parts Wall-E 2. And, surprisingly, the two completely different types of books work really well together. The first third allows you to garner respect for the AI controlling the ship Serengeti, and to begin…

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#Bookreview ‘Angels&Demons’ by Dan Brown #ccbookreview

Today I’m reviewing “Angels&Demons” by Dan Brown translated from American into German (‘Illuminati’) by Axel Merz. Another part of my ‘50 Classics Challenge’

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Blurb (via Amazon):

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy

An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol—seared into the chest of a murdered physicist—he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati…the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy—the Catholic Church. Langdon’s worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican’s holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival. Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and even the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair…a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

 

Did I like it?

It is quite complicated to judge this book without comparing it to the one I’ve read before. I do not think it is fair to judge Dan Brown in comparison to Jane Austen. Even if you forget that these are two completely different works. Austen work of art, Brown work of ??? commerce. With Dan Brown’s book I couldn’t help but constantly thinking the book is written to be sold. And that is the only reason it was written. Like one of the courses ‘How to write the next bestseller’ Dan Brown sold a sh..load of this book. So who am I to judge

 

What I didn’t like

See above. The book reads like an article in a magazine. Not a bad one but like a long article in a magazine

 

Would I recommend it?

If you haven’t read it and you are interested by conspiracy thrillers, by the Vatican. A bit by medieval art (architecture in the widest sense this time) and you’re not looking for literary merit (for whatever that may mean). Why not? 15 out of 20 points