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But as I read, I became more and more impressed with the fullness of the world of this family with too much drinking, too much smacking around, and too much abusive sex–especially the sister used by the stepfather.

What Brenna does extremely well is to convey accumulative psychological damage over time. Only the best prose narrative can do this kind of painstaking, deliberate laying on of detail that captures the accretions of time, the slow changes of life. I don’t mean to suggest that the novel doesn’t move. On the contrary, it goes fast; Brenna’s storytelling has tremendous momentum, and as the narrator matures from child to teen, there is a wonderful demonstration of the many selves he develops.

He becomes a car thief and worse, and for self protection, he practices little bits of casual sex that either are or aren’t consensual. Sometimes the user and sometimes the used, he also reads widely and takes care of his little sister.

From time to time there are small moments when some adult makes a serious effort to understand him and his sisters, including his mother when she isn’t drinking and decides to focus on someone besides herself. Always, too, he has a solid relationship with those sisters.

Along with the sex life and the crazy destructiveness, we see the narrator gradually growing a moral consciousness and the ability to begin to love.

This is young adult L. The earlier novel was lots of fun, but tended to insert new characters and new settings to keep things moving. This time, we have a fully realized science fiction world where two energetic, hopeful young characters try to make political change and find adventure.

In this world, all the men have died off–except for a few “cretinous males” in the Land of Barbarians. Everyone here is female, “born” in a Hatchery as clones of an original or so chosen women.

Technology is fantastic in some ways viz. The two main characters, “schatzies,” German for treasure and slang for girlfriends and I assume lovers, although there’s nothing explicit discover that the nonhuman clones are nonhuman only because the bosses say so. The exciting story line is about how the girls try to start a revolution and free the klons. What’s neat about the book is that the girls are brave, resourceful, and smart— and not unsuccessful, but it also turns out that the Klons have been running away on their own with no help from members of the ruling class.

In the end, the girls go to the only other part of the world delineated in this book, where the so-called Barbarians live. The Barbarian women turn out to be rather nice, if a little on the crunchy side— they hatch their babies in their own uteruses and keep their hairy cretin-sons around and seem to be fond of them. It’s a high stakes but high spirited adventure, and I recommend it for yourself and the teens in your life: And Olsen leaves an opening for more adventures!

For more in feisty female protagonists, try No Name by Wilkie Collins. This one of my cheap-to-free Victorians for the Kindle. Collins’ other books I have read have been entertaining, but sometimes too convoluted for my taste. This one is certainly highly plotted and also melodramatic, but the main character makes suspension of disbelief well worthwhile.


The underlying situation is that English law of the time could deprive children of their father’s legacy if encyclopediaa is not married to their mother, even if everyone thought they were married, and playng if he wants the legacy to go to the children. This is what happens to two young women raised to be ladies; to their horror, they are, overnight, turned into illegitimate orphans with no money ruktowski a grasping uncle who intends them to have none of their father’s legacy.

The situation itself– that the parents were secretly unmarried– was considered racy at the time, but more shocking is that the younger sister, Magdalen, a teen-aged dynamo, decides to seek revenge.

She has enormous personal agency, earning money and generally running circles around the objects of her hate. She flees her friends and the impoverished safety they offer; she goes on stage for money; she arranges a partnership with a con man; and she eventually effects a mercenary marriage of revenge.

She also suffers from some of her actions. Laws are probably broken, as Magdalen disguises herself and spies on her enemies and obtains a proposal of playiing with complete underhandedness.

She only breaks down in her wild careen of vengeance with poverty and illness. There is some officious narrative hand-wringing over her unwomanly behavior, and she is punished– a little– but quickly redeemed and given a good, devoted, solvent man who loves her and nurtures her encjclopedia to health.

But what you remember is all her adventures, and you have to feel that Wilkie Collins is himself in love with her nostril-flaring passion and determination.

I was really on a Wilkie Collins kick last month. It was published in and did not do well commercially. He planned a Part II about an unconventional marriage, but never wrote it. The main character is a young man, a passionate Christian Socialist raised in an American utopian community.

Quick to express indignation and maybe like Wilkie himself only handsome, he falls in love impetuously with a conventional girl who totally misunderstands him when he takes under his wing a girl-prostitute off the streets. He causes scandals in a dozen directions— the prostitute of course, but he also gives a scandalous lecture on Socialism.

The novel has unconventional women, including one strong individual with a tragic self-inflicted end. It’s sentimental and melodramatic, but also anti-capitalist and proto-feminist. Next I read a short biography of Wilkie everyone called him by his first name: Wilkie Collins by Peter Ackroyd.

This gave me some of what I wanted, namely which other of his books I might enjoy, but it wasnt a really satisfying biography for me. Ackroyd is the biographer of Dickens, and a novelist himself, and I had the feeling he condescended to Wilkie with his sensation novels and coincidenes, especially in comparison to Dickens. The biography never really approaches his unusually empathetic attitude toward strong women and the plight of women— and how at the same time, he kept two families and never married either woman.

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Divided into “Men’s Work” and “Women’s Work,” it sets as its subject Italian immigrants, although many other groups and individuals are included. The most brutal poems come out of the Shirtwaist Triangle Factory fire–and seem fearfully relevant as I write this a few days after the collapse of the Rana Plaza factory in Bangladesh. Corso has poems about the coke ovens of Pittsburgh and environs where Corso’s own family lived and worked. Most of the poems are built of words from encyc,opedia of public hearings and news reports as well as memoirs and academic studies.

Meticulously footnoted, the book has a wonderful quality of poetry blooming out of a great ocean of information and lost voices, past and present. The Debt of Tamar by Nicole Rutkowskii is a love story that begins in the 16th century in the time of the Inquisition, less than a hundred years after Christopher Columbus’s voyages, among rich, secret Jews.

It moves on to Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire, and ends in contemporary times among the wealthy jet set. At heart, the story is a romance that crosses religious and national barriers— and centuries of time! The people who are tied in this way are from a wealthy Jewish family, the Nissims, and the imperial Osmans, including Selim Osman, a playboy with a good heart and a terrible disease.

The love story is moving, but perhaps the understated theme of Jews and Muslims intertwined in their commonalities is what really powers this surprising debut novel. It takes place in contemporary London among rather repressed and literate people for whom a love affair is major excitement and not having an affair seems morally admirable.


Somehow, it all felt light to me. And if so, is that a bad thing? This novel is beautiful and impressive with its powerful repetitions “my mother died at the moment vard my birth” “I can’t love anyone” and its mix of splendid language and anger. A short book, it has a richly sensual yet oddly ascetic view of life. The narrator, a black woman, ends up living with the enemy by marrying a ruttkowski white colonial man. He is weak and clueless; she is vital and barren, except for her imagination and language that burgeon with imagery.

Readers experience a kingdom described in intricate detail and populated by unique imagined characters. A place inhabited by unicorns, gypsies, priests, villains, and more playingg animals than Hogwarts.

The protagonist, young Blackie, is not a cautious teen. Ignoring rutkkowski advice of his rather sedate elderly father, he sneaks off from his forest home determined to see the world and test his mettle. He soon runs afoul of meat-eating peasants and villages who chase him from their luscious gardens. Worse, he can’t recall how to get back home.

But the world is not all bleak. Blackie meets a beautiful princess and her bumbling Prince George, both in need of a hero. George enlists Blackie’s help saving the princess from a marriage to the treacherous and nasty Prince Vile. The unlikely duo sets out for the kingdom of Vile. Their journey leads them to villages full of mistreated peasants, herb women, dangerous animals, a band of conniving gypsies, and smelly flying creatures spewing fire.

Just when Blackie is getting the hang of fighting, his baby horn falls off.

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Meanwhile Prince George keeps losing his swords and shields. But on they go to Vile. Harry Potter fans will enjoy the colorful details of life plsying this era. The fight scenes with hellions and dragons rytkowski graphic enough for any adventure movie and the plahing and priests are especially well drawn.

Flurishes author has a great sense of humor and an incredible knowledge of unicorn lore, mythology, and the days of dragons. Here in West Virginia folks know the author as Dr. George Byers, an esteemed teacher of Shakespeare and children’s literature, now retired from Fairmont State University. His former students can attest to his skills as a teacher and to his wonderful wacky sense of humor.

I am fortunate to be one of them. Here are the top five fiction and non-fiction e-books listed in the Times on April 7. Of the Victorian Novels mentioned in these pages, another volume, my candidate for admission, Lady Audley’s Secret Oxford World Classics ,is the product of the prolific Mary Elizabeth Braddon, whose eighty-fifth novel was published one year after her death in Their villains, such as Count Fosco in The Woman and Lady Audley, are an admixture of charm, threat, and ruthlessness.

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Invariably, this sort of work played off against nineteenth-century anxieties over illegal and secret confinement. A different fate awaits the murderer, Lady Audley, who initially poses as humble and efficient housekeeper, but is utterly satanic in fulfilling her designs on Audley manor. Her foil turns encyclppedia to be an unassuming, but dogged member, of the Audley family like many of these heroes, he has little sense of rutkodski Each hero also becomes more “manly” by the books’ conclusions.

Braddon herself was not unfamiliar with asylums; her long-time lover, John Maxwell, had a wife who was in an Irish sanitorium. When his wife died the couple married and had playinf children. An absolute comic masterpiece.

There are many books that I find humorous and funny, even to a grand degree Hitchhikers Guide comes to mindbut there are few that cause me to laugh and guffaw aloud as much as I did with this book.