Monthly Archives: March 2014

Cherishing Mothers by Gifting Them 1 hour Less Sleep

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother’s Day to all British mothers!

It also happens to be the day the clocks go forward as we move from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to British Summer Time (BST).

Doesn’t feel like summer. Where’s the damn sun?

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YOUR Goodreads Reviews are Promoting PORN and BOOK PIRACY

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As you can see my box is unticked and has been this way for a few months.

I thought my reviews were just being used to sell books.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

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The week before reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland I read The Migraine Brain in which I learned that Lewis Carroll was a migraine-with-aura sufferer. Migraines muddle thinking and reduce concentration. And for him, a migraine meant distorted vision. Disproportional Alice. Tall and small Alice. Strange tastes. Odd sights and sounds. Mixing up words. All inspired by migraines. Without knowing this, my experience of his most famous work would have been very different.

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The Happy Prince and Other Stories by Oscar Wilde

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Wilde’s anthropomorphizing parables are beautifully written, emotionally moving and exquisitely poignant; praising the laudable virtues of the Catholic Church and warning of the shameful outcomes of the seven deadly sins. Themes of friendship and charity feature heavily with Christian overtones, which normally I find off-putting, but I didn’t here. (I’m an athiest.) I think my favourite would have to be The Nightingale and the Rose. I’d definitely give this to children despite the unhappy endings.

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He Ain’t Lion (Ridgeville #1) by Celia Kyle

He Ain't Lion (Ridgeville, #1)
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Despite He Ain’t Lion‘s rocky and repetitive start, it delivers the funny in spades with inventive swearing and crazy canibalistic thoughts, and dishes up a sexy, but self-conscious, plus-sized main character who upon meeting and bedding the alpha male of a lion shifter pride, transforms from a human female into a fierce and hungry shapeshifting alpha lioness. And there are no premature I Love Yous with the Happy Ever After!

The men here certainly seemed to like a girl with some cushion for the pushin’. At least, that’s what their gazes told her. Hell, even some of the ladies were giving Maya the same lustful glances. But tonight was not the night for lovin’ with the female persuasion, though. Maybe another time…
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She had big hips, big thighs, and big breasts, all of which added up to a big woman.

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On Being Asked to do Another’s Homework

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A couple of hours ago I received this private message on Goodreads:

Hi!

I saw you rated the short-story The Lottery by Shirley Jackson here on Goodreads. I’m doing a school assignment and have to compare dystopian traits in two fictional works to elements in society. But I don’t know where to start if I want to compare dystopian traits in The Lottery to our society. Do you have any thoughts or something that can help me start? I would really appreciate it if so!

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I’m Starved for You (Positron #1) by Margaret Atwood

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Men fucking chickens. How…? Why…? [You can thank me for the mental image later. Or better yet, type that sucker into Google and go blind.]

You’re voluntarily imprisoned every other month in exchange for jobs, shelter and a full stomach, but you can’t wait 4 weeks for sex? And you’d choose a live chicken before another man?

I’d rather have gay sex than be guilty of bestiality. Those poor chickens.

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Living with Mother: Right to the Very End by Michele Hanson

Living with Mother: Right to the Very End
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I didn’t like the ending. Stupid, I know. It’s right there in the title. I found it so upsetting, I ran into my mother’s bedroom, woke her up and hugged her tightly. I have been taking her for granted. She won’t be around forever and I must appreciate her more now while she still has all of her faculties despite her difficulties with her mental and physical health. The next day I ran out and bought her flowers, chocolates and her favourite cheesecake as early Mother’s Day gifts.

This is a collection of short autobiographical articles covering 10 years, originally written for the author’s column in The Guardian. We begin with an 89-year-old independent grandmother called Clarice deciding to move from her home on the coast in Brighton to live with her 54-year-old daughter and 18-year-old granddaughter in London.

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