This would be a great book to have read in college or even high school as it really humanizes the effects of communism, not just tells about it in a matter of fact way. Textbooks talk about “farmers” and “peasants” and “workers”, but we never really connect with them as “people” – people like us. That is what struck me most about this book, was that Teodor, his mother and father, his grandparents, his friends, neighbors, etc…any one of them was just like us. Like me. Like you. From the mischievous actions of a school boy, to the first loves, to the stress and strain of a family under constant scrutiny— so many things that we can all relate to, yet so many extraordinary things that most of us will never have to face. The endurance and struggles the family goes through was so beautifully written I admit I had tears in my eyes more than once. And I was sad to see the end, but loved looking at the lovely faces from the past, ones I’d forged a connection with. I cannot recommend this book enough, I’ll be singing its praises to whomever will listen. Thank you so much for writing this amazing book!
Normally fantasy isn’t really my favorite genre, but I’ve been trying to expand my reading list lately and thought the “Crow God’s Girl” by Patrice Sarath sounded interesting. And I am glad I gave it a chance! I thoroughly enjoyed every page of this epic YA fantasy. I almost read it in one night, but it turned into two (dang sleep!) I love the alternate world of Aeritan the author imagined, and thought all of the characters (and there is a lot of them!) really came to life on the pages. There were some minor editing things, but nothing major that hindered my enjoyment any. All in all a very good read that I’d recommend even to those who don’t normally read this sort of thing…try it, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!
Being totally unfamiliar with the story that “Margaret of the North” is based on (the series “North and South”), I was able to read and appreciate this book with a clear and open mind. I immediately was drawn into the story of Margaret and John and loved watching their romance unfold. The author did a wonderful job of taking my imagination to another time and place and keeping it there. The characters were well-rounded and dynamic, the storyline engaging and intricate, and the descriptions clear and vivid. Almost everything I could want for in a great book. It is a bit on the long side compared to what I am used to, but in my opinion it was well worth the read.
Four friends decide that they want to move to Costa Rica, so they decide to start smuggling in drugs (naturally). But it doesn’t stop there…they soon become unwitting recipients of what could be a windfall worth billions…problem is it isn’t as cash, but bonds that need to be laundered at a loss. But they will still make out like bandits if they are successful and if they can get away with it with the FBI hot on their trail. The main guy August is probably the most interesting character and he is well developed (more so than some of the others). I appreciated the fact that this story was presented in a factual manner, yet was written in a way that made it feel like I was reading a fiction crime-drama novel. The authors, Andrew Rafkin and Louis Pagano, are most talented and I will be reading more of their other works very soon.
Another fabulous story by David Litwack! It’s only a matter of time before this author gets the recognition he deserves! His novels are so well thought out, he thinks outside of the box, writes in a relatable and fluid and engaging way, and manages to hook you from beginning of the story through the end! This is so rare that books do all this, at least for me. The only other author I feel like this about is Jodi Piccoult (her fans know what I mean), and even though it’s a different genre (Mr. Litwack’s tend to skew toward the fantasy as a metaphor for real life) it has the same deep emotional impact. I loved the ending and thought it was very sweet. I was sad to see it over! In fact, I think that the story should continue somehow, with Kailni as she’s older. Just a thought :-)
hmmm… I have a tough time trying to figure out how to review this,, because there are several different stories and I can’t recap them all. So I’ll just do my favorite, which was actually the first one. I liked how the guy’s relationship developed, it seemed real and not forced, and what happened to Naseem’s family was sad. But I was very surprised more with what Naseem did, and was sad. In a way it almost seemed like a Native American legend or something, the way it was retold, and has a ‘spiritual’ quality to it. I thought many of the other stories were like this too, and it’s what made me like this whole book.