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The Summer of Living Dangerously - Guest

The Summer of Living Dangerously – Guest

LBC regular reviewer Michael has been reading again…

Thanks again Michael!

THE SUMMER OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY JULIE COHEN

THE SUMMERAlice Woodstock is a writer, or more precisely making her income from writing technical reviews of industrial products. She sees a job advert for guides at Eversley Hall, who spend the day being an character from the hall’s history and answering visitor’s questions. For Alice,…

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Blonde Bombshell and The Fields of Fortune Reviews - Guest

Blonde Bombshell and The Fields of Fortune Reviews – Guest

Thanks to our Guest Star Michael for contributing the following reviews. He’s becoming a regular book-reviewing wizard!   BLONDE BOMBSHELL TOM HOLT Like other Tom Holt books, you either get the humour or you don’t! Having read “May Contain Traces of Magic” by the same author, I was looking forward to another rather zany novel. The Ostar, who we later find out are actually intelligent…

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Rich Girl, Poor Girl - Val Wood Review - GUEST

Rich Girl, Poor Girl – Val Wood Review – GUEST

RICH GIRL, POOR GIRL
VAL WOOD

 

Thanks to our Guest Star Michael for contributing the following review.    Set in Victorian England, this novel tells of two teenage girls, one from a well-to-do family, big house, servants, father in the Army, and the other the child of a single mum, living in slum housing typical of the time. Just before Christmas, each girl’s mother dies in childbirth,…

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Dark Tower 01 - The Wind Through the Keyhole - GUEST

Dark Tower 01 – The Wind Through the Keyhole – GUEST

DARK TOWER 01 - 
THE WIND THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
STEPHEN KING Stephen King’s first Dark Tower novel – The Gunslinger – was published a long time before the rest of the series, which follows the quest of the last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain, and his companions along the Path of the Beam to find the Dark Tower.   These books are set in a post-apocalyptic world where there is a slow decline into…

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Legends of Shannara - Terry Brooks - GUEST

Legends of Shannara – Terry Brooks – GUEST

LEGENDS OF SHANNARA - 
BEARERS OF THE BLACK STAFF
TERRY BROOKS

 

Thanks to our Guest Star Michael for contributing the following review.    Five hundred years after the disintegration of society and the destruction created in the battle between the Word and the Void, Panterra Qu and Prue Liss are training as Trackers in a valley sealed off by magic from the world outside. However, the passage of…

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Wighill Book Exchange!

A friend of mine emailed me a little while ago about a little book swap shop with a difference that he located in Wighill. 

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  “We went for a cycle ride this morning  and visited Wighill on the way, where  - inside an old phone box -  they have a swap shop for books!”   Credit to Michael Credit to Michael What a wonderful way to…

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mashable:

Tribute to the cover of X-Men #137, by Mashable’s talented illustrator Bob Al-Greene.

mashable:

Tribute to the cover of X-Men #137, by Mashable’s talented illustrator Bob Al-Greene.

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mashable:

Remember that time the Queen of England photobombed two hockey players taking a selfie?

If this is real (yes, yes, I know that it’s less a photobomb than a pic through the fence) then it confirms that the Queen is pretty cool!

mashable:

Remember that time the Queen of England photobombed two hockey players taking a selfie?

If this is real (yes, yes, I know that it’s less a photobomb than a pic through the fence) then it confirms that the Queen is pretty cool!

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branwenslayne:


“Alone we are born and alone we die, but as we walk through this black vale we draw strength from one another. “
Fire and Ice (Melisandre and Ghost)
http://dejan-delic.deviantart.com

branwenslayne:

“Alone we are born and alone we die, but as we walk through this black vale we draw strength from one another. “

Fire and Ice (Melisandre and Ghost)

http://dejan-delic.deviantart.com

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Women and street harassment.
By Gwen Sharp, PhD
Yesterday I was walking to a convenience store when a guy shouted at me that I looked really pretty. I ignored him. He yelled again and walked up to me. I gave him that tight, uncomfortable half-smile-with-no-eye-contact women sometimes use to try to acknowledge random male attention just enough so maybe the guy will feel like he’s gotten the reaction he is entitled to, in the hopes that he’ll then lose interest and go away.
He did go away, but only to get in a car with this friends and then drive slowly next to me, yelling “compliments” about how pretty I looked and trying to get me to look at them. And when I continued to ignore them, they finally yelled “bitch!” and drove off, a situation I’m sure many of our readers have experienced — the reaction you get when you dare to not be just pleased as punch that some men are following you on the street, helpfully going out of their way to openly approve of your performance of femininity, thus letting you know that you are a worthwhile human being.
And today I opened an email from Susan C. with a link to this cartoon over at Ampersand that nicely sums up this oft-played-out scenario. Thanks, Susan!
Cross-posted at Jezebel.
Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

socimages:

Women and street harassment.

By Gwen Sharp, PhD

Yesterday I was walking to a convenience store when a guy shouted at me that I looked really pretty. I ignored him. He yelled again and walked up to me. I gave him that tight, uncomfortable half-smile-with-no-eye-contact women sometimes use to try to acknowledge random male attention just enough so maybe the guy will feel like he’s gotten the reaction he is entitled to, in the hopes that he’ll then lose interest and go away.

He did go away, but only to get in a car with this friends and then drive slowly next to me, yelling “compliments” about how pretty I looked and trying to get me to look at them. And when I continued to ignore them, they finally yelled “bitch!” and drove off, a situation I’m sure many of our readers have experienced — the reaction you get when you dare to not be just pleased as punch that some men are following you on the street, helpfully going out of their way to openly approve of your performance of femininity, thus letting you know that you are a worthwhile human being.

And today I opened an email from Susan C. with a link to this cartoon over at Ampersand that nicely sums up this oft-played-out scenario. Thanks, Susan!

Cross-posted at Jezebel.

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

aseaofquotes:

David Nicholls, Starter for Ten

Spot on. Except for true friends. You can’t shake them for anything!

aseaofquotes:

David Nicholls, Starter for Ten

Spot on.

Except for true friends. You can’t shake them for anything!

Exciting News - My brothers first LBC review!

Exciting News – My brothers first LBC review!

My little brother has graciously provided this stellar review of the SF epic Dune.

DUNE FRANK HERBERT

Review submitted via facebook.

I’d provide a link for his twitter but he doesn’t believe in it. As in – he disputes its existence altogether.

Colm's first LBC review

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drneevil:

My friend is a cosplayer par excellence - please like her page!

LBC3 Reads - Mason and Dixon - the non-write up

LBC3 Reads – Mason and Dixon – the non-write up

Cafe 164 Date:  19th of January 2014 Time:  11am – 1pm Address: Unit 2 Munro House, Duke St, Leeds LS9 8AG



Book the 5th:


MASON AND DIXON THOMAS PYNCHON BLURB

Charles Mason (1728 -1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779) were the British Surveyors best remembered for running the boundary between Pennsylvania and Maryland that we know today as the Mason-Dixon Line. Here is their story as re-imagined…

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