Friday, April 17, 2020

NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 17 + April PAD Challenge 2020 Day 17: Sedoka For a Lost World

visitors to Earth
long after life had vanished
found many exotic things
tomes filled with strange glyphs
would they ever decipher
the meaning of our lost words?


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Wordy Thursday: Ornery Reviews: Project Tau

Project Tau
Genre: Science Fiction
Rating: Three of four stars for Online Book Club and four of five stars for Amazon
Disclosure: I received an advance copy of this book for review purposes. This review is a duplicate of my review on Amazon. This post contains affiliate links. If readers make a purchase through the links provided, I will earn a small commission from Amazon.
The author did an excellent job creating the personalities of the main characters, Tau and Kata. I really appreciated the bond they formed as they helped each other cope with the terrible conditions at the lab where they were imprisoned and experimented on.
The book touches on important topics such as the ethics of cloning and the dehumanizing treatment people inflict on those they consider inferior.
The only reason I didn't give the book five stars was because I felt that other than the Trendellian security chief, Samara, the female characters were two-dimensional. The male characters were much better developed.
Homecoming by Jude Austin
I am already reading the second book in the series, Homecoming. I couldn't wait to find out what was next for Kata and Tau after the shocking culmination of the first book.
Your ornery Aunt Cie
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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Wordy Thursday: Ornery Book Reviews: The Lovely Bones


Five out of Five Stars for Goodreads

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I really enjoyed this touching and powerful book. I appreciated the author's ability to connect the reader with Susie, the victim of a horrific crime committed by a very evil man. I enjoyed experiencing Susie's thoughts from her vantage point in the afterlife. I also appreciated the fact that the author discussed the ways in such a devastating incident disrupts the family of the victim. I simply can't think of much to say without giving away things that the reader should discover for themselves, so I'll keep it brief. Read this book (or listen, as I did.) It is an amazing experience.

The following questions are from the Insecure Writers Support Group Book Club discussion of this book.

1. The main character, Suzie Salmon, is killed in the first chapter. The author, Alice Sebold, has very little time to build Suzie as a character and get readers to connect to her.

QUESTION: Did you feel a connection to Suzie in Chapter One? What helped to create that connection?

I liked Susie from the beginning. She was an ordinary girl. Personally, that's one of my favorite protagonists: simply an ordinary girl trying to get through life.

2. Have you ever written a story in the point-of-view of a ghost/spirit?

If yes, what technique did you use? (How did you handle not being able to use certain senses such as touch and smell, and was your character able to interact with other characters?)

I primarily write paranormal/science fiction hybrids, so I write about ghosts quite a bit. My ghosts can see, touch, and smell things but have trouble interacting with the living unless they encounter someone who is sensitive to their presence.

3. The story jumps from character to character a lot and includes a lot of flashbacks. Did this detract from or increase your enjoyment of the overall story?

I thought the author did a great job of this and it added richness to the story.

4. What did you think of the description of Suzie’s Heaven?

I liked the realism of it, although I think it would suck to be there. I request a different heaven!

5. Overall, people love this book or they hate it. Where do you stand?

I liked this book very much and recommend it highly. It gets the Ornery Seal of Approval!

Ornery Owl
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