Tangled Webs and Deception ever go together

‘Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive’.

Marmion by Sir Walter Scott.

Ever since the film about Richard Gere offering a $1 million for someone to sleep with him we have seen some variations on this concept.

Just what would you for that amount of money if you were really out of money? And Options? how far would you go?

This was a new idea on the same theme set in the Lake District, UK based around Windermere – which is a lovely, if very touristic, town on the side of the lake. The heroine is a physiotherapist with an obsessed patient who pays her large amounts to sleep with him.1-windermere-db

The Lake District, as it name implies, has a number of lakes of varying sizes, but Windermere is the largest with a ferry that travels regularly from one end to the other and round the lake as a trip. there is a lovely hotel set at the far end which has a waterfall in its garden. you need to beware the water levels in the Lake as they vary and sometimes it is not possible to get to it.

We have visited the area a number of times especially in winter.

There was for me a British style of writing – down to earth, pragmatic and not over-emotional. The author writes about that which she knows well as she live sin the area and it is very obvious to those of us who have been there. it is geographically accurate and her knowledge of anatomy comes from her own experience. This makes it ring very true.

A Netgalley review 4 stars for The Mistake I Made by Paula Daly

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Time travel completed

Here comes Outlander again – and the Bruce… such a fascination for the Scots wild laddies!Men-in-Kilts-kilts-645814_300_400

Come on,let’s have some originality here… and then I might buy more of your books. See below. I’m easily swayed…

I reviewed the first book in this box set of Time Travel Romances on the 4th August – i then completed the whole series of 9 related to just that one book – so it was time to get back to reading the remainder of the set.

Book 3:

An echo of Outlander again with some women travelling through time through these ‘places of power’ eg the stone circles, with some modern healing skills.

The difference being that this time the heroine was born in the 15th century and travelled forwards not backwards.

Book 4:

Again Scotland and again a medic travelling through time, though this time only 100 years, and therefore found herself in the Victorian ea with indoor plumbing and flush toilets!

Book 5:

What’s not to like? Ghosts, ghoulies, occult, vampires, arcane, and time travel all thrown in with a professor and his dedicated student… maybe too much of everything?

Book 6:

This is the original bloodstone book for travel through time.

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In Defence of Uncomfortable Subject Matter

 

 in [Genre] Fiction

Is it ever justified to write about uncomfortable matter in fiction? Whether genre or not? –

Tom Hawking wrote a piece on   august 18, 2015 in http://flavorwire.com/ commenting on a New Stateman’s blog by  Liz Lutgendorff, who has read, she claims every book on a tp 100 of sci-fi list and finds them shockingly full of pervasive sexism. She especially considers rape scenes as being a bad example of this sexism. However, she does not consider, it would seem the necessity to write about very uncomfortable matter in order to being to the readers’ notice the very existence of these happenings and their outcomes.

I am not sure that genre fiction is particularly bad at this, and have read the Thomas Covenant novels she cites and enjoyed them. I was especially impressed that it highlighted the issues of leprosy which is far more of a subject matter that we do not like to think about as it makes us very uncomfortable indeed. Are response has generally been to hide sufferers away from our sight.

I think that it is indeed literature’s role to look at these subjects that make us uncomfortable and even to demonstrate what sexism looks like and indeed rape, incest, or mothers suffering from post-partum depression killing babies or thinking about it. I think we do need to look at these very difficult incidents and occurrences from both the sides – we need to try and understand why they happen as well as the outcomes and his will enable to us understand better how to prevent them and how to help any who have been impacted by these events.

I don’t think that just because we feel things like sexism are wrong that we should prevent them being written about and I do personally feel that some feminists go too far with this – art must imitate life and also expand on life and imagine this life under many and different situations. Artists have imaginations for the rest of us and just reading soft or cosy matter that does not stretch the mind – happy books are a drug that it is nice to have at times, but our emotions are far more involved in darker and more desperate stories. The ones that make us cry!

So let’s cheer for those who write about the subjects that we wish weren’t there and read their books and blog about them and share our thoughts with others. We need this writing as much as we need chick literature and happy historical romances!

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The British Library on Steroids

The Invisible Library

By Genevieve Cogman

Book Review

The Ultimate.

Every book ever written. bookpile1.jpg

In every Universe.

In every time.

Outside Time.

Outside Space.

And you and I can’t go and read these books – only the Librarians can!

Shame on them!

A British Library on Steroids and I’m not allowed in?

I fume against it – except that no-one has ever known that it existed so secretive is it.

So this is a fantasy story where librarians go adventuring and are trained spies and infiltrators. And are also trained in self-defence – to some extent – even if sometimes dragons need to assist – and to know a magical language. So what fun it would be to one of these Librarians…

Overall, I enjoyed this story as the basic premise was excellent and the heroine worth following in her future adventures – even if not yet written – but which I am sure will appear.

4.5*

 

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Love Rosie? Hate Rosie? Where is Rosie?

Film Review

Love Rosie

I chose this film because of the Boston location having just visited there (watched on return) . It is based on the novel ‘Where Rainbows End’ by Celia Ahern which I have not read but do like her as author.

In fact Ahern was listed as the Co-Production Director.  Which I assume gave her some say over how well the film represented the book.

However, on reading the credits I found that it was actually filmed in Toronto! And then in Ireland in Dublin and Wicklow… so much for Boston. No wonder I couldn’t recognise any of the places. It is almost as bad as the films/ TV shows set in New York which only show one view – the tall buildings of Manhattan! Even worse, the film was a British-German co-operation. Also, I thought that the hotel that Rosie owned was supposed to be in Cornwall but…

I did enjoy the film which I felt had a very nice story that moved to and fro. I thought that Ahern’s influence on trying to keep to the plot was obvious. The film didn’t receive rave reviews with only a 26% approval rating on the review site Rotten Tomatoes, or 3.5 stars on imdb. I usually use the later to choose TV programmes and films so… but airplanes don’t always give you this option! You takes what you get. I may well use Rotten Tomatoes more though as they had a 96% rating for Outlander and 4.7 stars!

However, I find that reading the book after the film is always a disappointment as you then see just how much was missed – don’t mind the other way as I just suspend disbelief  that it is the same story – like the current Outlander series on TV. At least they admit that the actor playing the heroine is nothing like described in the book!

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