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Goodreads is a fantastic way of keeping a track of all the books you want to read, the ones you’re reading and the ones you’ve read. A social hub of fiction and non-fiction enthusiasts. Often I’ll be in a book shop or looking online and I’ll be able to have a look at my ‘want to read’ list to remind myself of that book I saw months ago but didn’t buy at the time. It’s a handy tool. The only thing that doesn’t work for me is the ‘Recommendations’ section - whoever has written that algorithm hasn’t quite done Goodreads justice. I’ve never read a book that showed up in mine However, if you have enough people in your network that you follow then you’re more likely to pick up better recommendations from them anyway.
Lermontov: A Hero of Our Time
An unexpected tale of the ‘unsuspected’, a metaphysical tale of the uncanny.
As one of the premier russian psychological novels, expressive language marries poetic prowess, the author has splashed the pages with colourful narrative. Lermontov gifts us wonderful imagery, adoringly. A women described as a ‘sprite’ reveals a skilful knack and playfulness.
It is an innocent age which gallops through the classic, Cossacks and criminals jostle, asking us to enquire and consider belief in fate. As Lermontov states: “How often our beliefs are mere illusions or mental aberrations”.
He advises to doubt everything and not talk to drunks after dark, pertinent truths. Lermontov offers us a timeless script embedded with ceaseless advice, today we discuss enquiry not doubt, attributes that questioning with a positive flourish or tone, today doubting is cast aside, displaced by values attached to enquiry, reflective of a modern ‘positive’ approach, doubting typifies the classic’s historic element.
Overall, this renders a charming novel and worthwhile read, Lermontov is playing with psychological impact and ‘bigger than man as individual’ ideas. Lermontov reminds us how man proposes and god disposes, how in an instant, all changes. His craft flows with descriptive eloquence, he addresses interesting notions and projects these through metaphysical counterpoise. The uncanny was as thematically popular during this time as it is today.
She was working alone he was all alone
Sent to tag valuables on an abandon space ship Anna didn’t expect to to meet lonesome Leo an alien shifter who could be anything at all, he had been in limbo sleep for probably thousands of years she and her mothership had been sucked through a worm hole and hundreds of years had passed the minute they met he knew she was his blood mate at the time she was very much attracted to him. Strange things where happening on the ship, which brought them further in close proximity to each other, they found a pod with a baby in which was a clone of Tolstoy they both became very protective of the pod with the child this is a hot story that I won’t spoil by telling you it all in this review. I recommend this book and look forward to the next in Tasha Blacks library
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