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Birthday Book Tag

Hello everyone, today it’s my birthday!

As a serious and responsible adult, today I will do the same things that I do every day, plus cake. Oh, and I ordered a few books on BookDepo.

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I found this tag on A book. A thought. Please go and check this great blog!

Count your birth day along your bookshelf and then subtract your birth month.
What book does it land on?

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It depends, because I have a lot of little bookshelves everywhere in my house. But on the main one, this is the book it lands on.

If You Could Spend Your Birthday With Any Fictional Character Who Would It Be and Why?

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I tend to gravitate between a few books and characters, so this time I will choose an underrated main character: no, it’s not a Victorian gothic Draco Malfoy but it’s The Necromancer Johannes Cabal. He’s a great character with an impeccable sense of fashion. In the first book he doesn’t have a soul, but nobody’s perfect.

Find A Book That Takes Place In The Season You Were Born In

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The bronze horseman, or The Winter’s knight as in the Italian translation. I didn’t read it yet, but I hope it takes place in winter.

Find A Book That Is The Color of Your Birthstone

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Amethyst is my birthstone, and purple is also my favourite colour!

Is there a series with the same number of books as your age? If so what is it?

With this question, you really want to know our age, right? No, I don’t think there’s a series with *cough* 32 *cough* books. But if you know it, please tell me!

Pick a Book Set in a Time Period, World or Country You’d Like to Have Been Born In

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A Victorian Steampunk London for me it’s the best choice.

And that’s all! Hope you like my answers! Bye!

1 star, review, Senza categoria

Just one damned awful book: a review

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Title: Just one damned thing after another

Author: Jodi Taylor

Genre: science fiction, time travel

Pages: 322

Publisher: Night Shade

Goodreads rating: 3.89

My rating: 1

Trigger Warning: sexual assault, s*x scenes, death, blood, war, curse words.

Synopsis:

“History is just one damned thing after another.” —Arnold Toynbee
Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary’s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don’t call it “time travel”—these historians “investigate major historical events in contemporary time.” And they aren’t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets.
The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary’s is that one wrong move and history will fight back—sometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it’s not only history they’re often fighting.
The Chronicles of St. Mary’s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriots—Director Bairstow, Leon “Chief” Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many more—as they travel through time, saving St. Mary’s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea.
From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary’s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake.

Review with spoiler:

This is one of the worst books I ever read, and one of the most stupid. I wasn’t thinking that for the first 4 or 5 chapters: it wasn’t a well-written story, and all the characters were acting like a teen, but the idea behind the story was interesting, and I found myself reading out of curiosity.

But then I began to see the fall of the plot: the basic rule in every story about time travel is “do not change the past”, but this rule doesn’t apply to our MC. All the science fiction parts of this book are done approximately, and we read this story like: ok that doesn’t make sense.

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The historian of the St. Mary institute are sent to the past just to observe the situation but:

  1. They died. A lot.
  2. Our MC saves a couple of lives during WWI and nobody cares.
  3. And the future doesn’t change!
  4. They didn’t send the historian to the period he/she has a degree, they send them randomly.
  5. We really need to talk about the final exam.
  6. Like she’s just drinking tea and has done nothing and she has passed the exam.
  7. They are sent in a dangerous era without weapons.

These are some of the things that I found stupid in this book, but nothing compares to the s*x scene randomly placed after a car accident. So they are like friends, he’s driving a car, she makes a dirty joke and he BAM, crush the car against a tree. He calls for help, then “take off your clothes and we make it on the car that is destroyed.” I was–>tumblr_omule3fwZC1w1swfno1_250

really, that books keep goes worse every page you turn.

The characters are all historian with degrees in a specific era and they act like teenagers; the plot behind the time travel is so bad I want to cry; the sexual scenes and assault are totally amiss; even the parts in the past are annoying.

The writing style is very elementary, the dialogue is so bland.

There’s nothing except the cover that I will save about this book.  I’m sorry. Please don’t be offended if you liked it, this is only my opinion.

 

meme, Senza categoria

When translation goes wrong: Eng vs Ita #3

Hello and welcome back to this meme that I created, in which I compare the original english title (and cover), with the translated one.

The previous post:

When translation goes wrong: Fortunately, the milk

When translation goes wrong: The martian

This time I will show you a thriller that I read in December 2018, and it became one of my fave reads of the year:

The Sherlockian by Graham Moore

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I really like this cover, it’s pretty simple but it’s perfect for a crime/thriller book.

And then the Italian cover and title:

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Franly speaking, I love this cover. I have on my bookshelves three or four books with a character on the cover, surrounded by the fog. It seems to be a leitmotiv.

But can we talk for a moment about this title?

The man who hated Sherlock Holmes? Really?

This book has waited on my TBR for years, because of this title. Why I have to read this book, when I already know that was Conan Doyle the man who hated Holmes?

The cover blurb says also: The last enigma for the greatest detective of all the time. But it wasn’t Holmes who investigate, it was Conan Doyle. tumblr_o6livvg8i11rzd9pfo1_500

In fact, it’s a really good book, especially for the parts sets in the past. The couple of detectives Conan Doyle/Stoker is really funny, and the mystery is well articulated.

I recommend it if you like historical crime/thriller, or are a fan of Conan Doyle’s work.

Have you read this book? Which covers is your fave?

 

 

 

5 star, non fiction, review, Senza categoria

ARC review: All That Remains

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Title: All that remains

Author: Sue Black

Genre: nonfiction, biography, medical

Editor: Arcade

Pages: 360

Expected publication: March 5th 2019

Trigger Warning: death, blood, corpses, medical examinations, violence

Add on: Goodreads, Amazon

Goodreads rating: 4,43

My rating: 4,75/5

Summary:

Dame Sue Black is an internationally renowned forensic anthropologist and human anatomist. She has lived her life eye to eye with the Grim Reaper, and she writes vividly about it in this book, which is part primer on the basics of identifying human remains, part frank memoir of a woman whose first paying job as a schoolgirl was to apprentice in a butcher shop, and part no-nonsense but deeply humane introduction to the reality of death in our lives. It is a treat for CSI junkies, murder mystery and thriller readers, and anyone seeking a clear-eyed guide to a subject that touches us all.
Cutting through hype, romanticism, and clichè, she recounts her first dissection; her own first acquaintance with a loved one’s death; the mortal remains in her lab and at burial sites as well as scenes of violence, murder, and criminal dismemberment; and about investigating mass fatalities due to war, accident, or natural disaster, such as the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. She uses key cases to reveal how forensic science has developed and what her work has taught her about human nature.

Review:

After the mini-reviews of 2 nonfiction books about an asylum and murderers, here it is a review of a biography/nonfiction book about death. Well done Diana! I have to say, this book is really fantastic!

I found it on Edelweiss and it was free to download for everyone. If you are interested in the subject (not only death, but anatomy too), you really need to read this book.

“What makes us human? One of my favourite definitions is: Humans belong to the group of conscious beings that are carbon-based, solar system dependent, limited in knowledge, prone to error and mortal.”

Dame Sue Black writes about medical and anatomical things but it’s not difficult to comprehend, and she melts accurately with some dark humour and even memories from her past and her family, so it’s not a book totally focused on death.

In fact, the part that I enjoyed the most is the chapter who explains how the human body is formed when we are a fetus. And alongside with that, I totally enjoyed these medical facts and “rules” (like the rules of 3 for surviving) and I even memorized them!

But please pay attention: it’s not a book suitable for children or sensible readers.

I truly learned a lot about humans, anatomy, death and grief thanks to this book, and thanks to the author too. My mum hopes they translate it in Italian so she can read it too!

So why it wasn’t a full 5 stars rating? Because one chapter is really gross and difficult, and, in my humble opinion, not to be included in a book for masses (It’s a spoiler, if you want to read it, highlight the following phrases): a chapter is dedicated to the best instruments, techniques and locations for dissecting corpses if you want to get rid off of them. I totally understand that this is a book about death and murders too, but I really don’t want to know where is better to cut a leg with a chainsaw, or if the shower is better than the floor to wash away the blood. Seems like a manual for serial killers, and definitely not good to put in a book.

*all the quotes are from the ARC copies. I received a free copy in exchange of an honest review.

This is my Review of the Month for the review collection on LovelyAudiobooks.info