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Solar Arc Directions

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4.9 rating

Very little has been written about solar arc in astrological literature. This book fills that need and is dedicated to isolating it as a major tool in showing turning points in people's lives. Although solar arc is commonly known as a reliable astrological predictive technique, this book goes further by describing patterns within the process. Using ordinary people's charts, it is demonstrated and verified by actual case histories. Also, it explains how solar arc can be valuable in mundane charts, as well as showing turning points and passages in relationships by applying it to composite charts, and how it can be used in the rectification of birth times. Above all, in the chapter entitled "The Mid-Life Shift Into Reverse", Ms. Devine's discovery that our lives repeat in reverse order after age 45 is an original breakthrough.

A Dark Matter

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2.96 rating

Comment 1: I might disagree that the opposite of love is evil. I think it might be a complete and utter lack of caring; an unwillingness to even recognize the other person's existence. Being a teenager in the 60s, we seemed to be bombarded by gurus and mystics and truth tellers all armed with drugs and self help books aimed at enlightening our sheltered and unknowing lives. It was a thing and most of us survived the sweat lodges and circles and meditation camps. We hardly remember a thing, except when it s Comment 2: The storytelling in A Dark Matter is unique, and may not necessarily click with all readers. The story itself rarely Happens during the moments the story is Told. Similar to "IT" by Stephen King, A Dark Matter concerns events which happened in the history of a group of friends. But where Stephen King's story would bounce back and forth in time between adult/kids events, A Dark Matter is strictly recounted from the adults' time/pov. This means there is much reminiscing, remembering, interviewing, Comment 3: Thought this was an amazing story told through the eyes of different participants of an experiment held in 1966. The characters were complex and I really enjoyed how they interacted with one another. I plan on also reading 'The Skylark' which is another edition of this novel that I believe has additional material. Check out 'A Special Place' by Straub before reading this one. It gives a more in depth look at Keith Hayward who is a prominent character in this novel. Fans of the supernatural and t

BRO'

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3.47 rating

Comment 1: Clayton Westfield is rich, arrogant, handsome… really handsome, and he knows it. Women are exchangeable and available to him. Always. And he doesn't discriminate. Much. Not boyfriend material for sure. Yet, he is the only one that has Nevada Jones up in knots. It had always been this way. Nev's mom worked for Clay's dad and they lived in the Westfield's property as a benefit. So, she'd known him pretty much all her life. Yet, this was the first time he ever noticed her. Growing boobs did that to Comment 2: I received and ARC from the author and must say I did enjoy this story. it's about Clay who is abspoulwd rich kid and Nevada who is his dad's assistants daughter. they grew up together , she always had a crush on him and he was busy having fun with other girls. she is no longer the mouse he remembered. she has grown into her skin and he realizes he has always wanted and cared about her. this story is about their journey and struggles to get there. as usual very well written and entertaining. gre Comment 3: I love Joanna's writing style so I knew I'd really enjoy this book! I liked that it wasn't a deep read but the story line was good. Nevada was awesome, I loved her new found self esteem and knew she was going to kick butt! Clay was that hot guy that we all want but he was so sweet! If you're looking for a quick read with some steam then this is it! The chemistry between all the characters is great and the story just flows from page to page with no boring parts.I can't wait to read more from this

Rhett in Love

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3.69 rating

New Standalone book from New York Times Bestselling author J. S. Cooper Rhett Madison and Clementine O’Hara were best friends for years before they decided to give dating a shot. Everyone around them thought they were perfect for each other, but neither one of them realized just how much their relationship would change once they got together. They’d only been dating for a couple of months when they decided to move across the country and live together. Neither one of them were prepared for all the trials and tribulations they would face as a new couple living in sin, as Clementine’s Nanna called it. Rhett’s still acting like he’s a bachelor and Clementine’s not sure if going from friends to lovers was the best decision they ever made. So they decide to enroll in a relationship course to see if they are meant to be together. Only it seems like Rhett’s more interested in the passionate side of their relationship, as opposed to the deeper more emotional side. Hilarity and chaos ensues when Tomas and Jake come to visit and Rhett and Clementine are both faced with questions that could change their relationship status once again. Neither one knows what’s going to happen, but no-one ever said that the pathway from friends to lovers was going to be an easy one. Rhett in Love is a standalone sequel to the New York Times Bestselling book, Rhett.

The Tally

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4.44 rating

Comment 1: The Tally is a true to life portrayal of student life meets murder mystery, and unlike anything I have read before. The novel is at times puerile, but as already said, it is only trying to be an accurate depiction of student life, and the thought processes of the average male student, something the novel nails brilliantly. The Tally is on occasion laugh out loud funny, but with frequent asides of philosophical inquiry to add depth. The book, like the characters it portrays, has a superficially c Comment 2: Something of a learning curve to start given the accents of the characters, further troubled by the disjointed split narrative E.G. Wolverson takes in telling his story. I wasn't sure whether I should be focusing on the relationship troubles faced by the characters or whether there was some hidden clue that was being peppered in to help the reader guess who the killer was. This lack of focus made The Tally a difficult book to stick with and one that I only ended up finishing because I had nothin Comment 3: Violent, perceptive and funny; brutal, subversive and sly; this is a dazzling read from a writer who punches with both hands and winks at the crowd while he's about it. The Tally is an experimental, split-narrative, multi-viewpoint tale of the seedy side of student life as well as an exploration of the warped workings of the psychotic mind. Truth may be stranger than fiction but in the hardened artery of Wolverson's intricate story you'll keep on guessing till the end and you'll think about the

Union Atlantic

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3.34 rating

Comment 1: Adam Haslett’s 2002 short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here explored topics we often conceal from others: solitude, suicide, mental illness, and death. These themes are present in all of Haslett’s exquisitely crafted stories. Haslett possesses an exceptional gift of bringing together characters with very different values, social statuses, and sexual orientations. As an anthropologist for wayward souls and misfits, Haslett is fascinated with the beauty and learning that emerge from the Comment 2: Yet another 21st century novel that was gushingly/eagerly recommended ( by the New Yorker) and a several other reviewers I have trusted over the years, fails to truly engage me. I think with the little time left and so many , many books to read, I will no longer waste any more time with new books by 21st century novellists written and published in English (as mothertongue) in the so called literary metropole after 2010, because I just "can't get no satisfaction" there. Better to stick with the l Comment 3: Doug Fanning, a cocky war hero, is a tremendously successful banker in Boston, where he works for a major financial institution. Having grown up the son of a housekeeper in a working-class suburb of Boston, his competitive nature has taken him to the top of his profession, giving him authority for multi-million-dollar financial transactions all over the world. Charlotte Graves is an eccentric former teacher whose family has long had roots in the wealthy Boston suburb of Finden. She lives with he

Human Condition

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4.13 rating

Comment 1: Wow. This book was fantastic. I really enjoyed the way it was formatted, starting in the present and then flashing back 15 years to learn joe and Mike's story. I especially enjoyed it because it got me through done rough times, when I was tormented by the angst and tragedies in the book, to know that there us a blissfully happy ending. I think this author is immensely talented and I loved this book. Comment 2: As I read the first chapter I remembered I read this story a long long time ago,when I devoured original fiction like air.I really liked it then and I still wanted to slap Joe...he was such a coward and I think Mike should have made him grovel more.I really liked how each chapter began with them in the future, it was nice to know there is a happy ending before you finish the story ^_^ Comment 3: Better than average free online story of a man's recounting of how he and his partner finally got together. Each chapter starts with a moment in current time before going back to the past - between five and eight years earlier. Definitely worth a look, but be warned, it does contain a rape scene (by a relative stranger). Comment 4: Bumpy start, but this little love story definitely grew on me. As an unedited free read it certainly has its faults - but the main characters really were quite endearing and despite the dramatic plot, a bit too much drama at times, one might add,

Union Atlantic

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3.35 rating

Comment 1: “Union Atlantic,” Adam Haslett’s first novel, is the best fiction I’ve read to address the recent house of cards financial near-collapse on Wall Street. If that conjures up college nightmares of classes in economics theory, this novel couldn’t be further from that image. The clever plot brings a Katharine Hepburn-like retired school teacher and her fight to save her family’s long held lakefront Connecticut property into the story of an amoral trader who illegally (maybe) builds a McMansion next Comment 2: Mai romanzo mi è sembrato più adatto a questo preciso momento storico: tutti i giorni ormai infatti si sente di Borse che crollano e manovre speculative ai limiti del consentito, di fallimenti, di truffe ai danni dei risparmiatori, di mercati nel caos ed economia impazzita, e questo libro è ambientato proprio nel mondo delle banche e degli "squali" della finanza. In realtà, è stato scritto nel 2009 (quando comunque la crisi era già in atto), ma questo non fa che confermare le doti di preveggenza Comment 3: At its core, this is a novel about three well-drawn characters—a clash between two of them and their impact on a third, whose identity is still emerging. Doug Fanning is a driven young man, a military veteran and son of an alcoholic single mom, who is helping his boss, Jeffrey Holland, turn conservative Boston bank Union Atlantic into a money-making powerhouse through far-flung investments. He builds an outrageously-sized mansion in the suburb Finden (think Weston and Wellesley combined), and in

Solar Arc Directions

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4.9 rating

Very little has been written about solar arc in astrological literature. This book fills that need and is dedicated to isolating it as a major tool in showing turning points in people's lives. Although solar arc is commonly known as a reliable astrological predictive technique, this book goes further by describing patterns within the process. Using ordinary people's charts, it is demonstrated and verified by actual case histories. Also, it explains how solar arc can be valuable in mundane charts, as well as showing turning points and passages in relationships by applying it to composite charts, and how it can be used in the rectification of birth times. Above all, in the chapter entitled "The Mid-Life Shift Into Reverse", Ms. Devine's discovery that our lives repeat in reverse order after age 45 is an original breakthrough.

The Big U

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3.23 rating

Comment 1: Первый роман Стивенсона — чуваку было сколько, 29, когда он вышел? — и совсем непонятно, почему он обойден вниманием руссоидателей, так обильно на Стивенсона фапающих (уважительная причина может быть только в том, что сам Стивенсон не дает его на русский переводить, оберегая нервную систему своих фанов, но переиздавать же дал, так что все равно непонятно). Comment 2: I’m moving house soon, so it’s time to re-read books and decide whether to keep them. ‘The Big U’ stands up well to a re-read, I must say. Neal Stephenson is a fantastic writer, so this wasn’t much of a surprise. ‘The Big U’ was his first novel and is quite different to his subsequent, often much longer works. It reminds me, in fact, of a mashup between the oeuvre of J.G. Ballard and the TV series Community. The Ballardian connection comes from the lead character being a structure rather than a Comment 3: This is no Snow Crash, but it is clearly it's predecessor. I really liked this book. It really took me back to my college days, sort of. The first half feels like a send up of college life, albeit in a futuristic sky-srapered campus. I am not one to laugh out loud at books, even funny ones, but I often found myself chuckling along with the absurdities. The second half seemed to take a drastic that involved students real life larping with their trans dimensional selves. Awesome. (Not to mention t

Devour Me

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3.64 rating

Comment 1: Taryn's dreams are coming true. She gets accepted to the International Institute of Culinary Arts her ultimate dream and her way to help her mom with their restaurant back in New York. Taryn has always dreamed of being a chef. She has a passion and drive that leads her all the way to Paris. As soon as she arrives at the institute she gets mulled by a dog and faced with a man who only speaks French. In walks Errol King. A world-renowned chef who is known to be not only hot and have a string of wo Comment 2: I signed up for the Book Tour for Savor Me and decided to read it without reading Devour Me first which I thought was doable. The author made it where it was easy to catch on so I can be done if needed. But after reading Savor Me (Book 2) I just had to backtrack and read this one too. I got so caught up in the drama between Taryn and Errol and wanted to know more. I am sure you will too so if you had a choice in the matter, read this one first. Believe me you won’t regret it. Comment 3: OH MY PETIT POIS! Yup… that’s about all the French you are going to get out of me…but this book is so full of such a beautiful language. Obviously a language I never grasped unless it is hot to call someone a “garden pea.” Probably not, so I am going to stick with what I do love about this book and that is just about everything! This book is hot, and I mean hot, from the very beginning. The moment Taryn gets out of the cab in France, you can feel the steam rise!

Frost

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3.89 rating

Comment 1: They say that the great artist is able to take the personal and - through the glamours of their craft - present it as the universal: certainly the torment called life that afflicts the Painter Strauch in Bernhard's first published novel, Frost, will resonate with certain readers at certain parts; for myself, there was so much about Strauch's plight that hit home with stunning effect that I felt drained by the time I finished its 342 ragged, caustic and beautiful pages.The novel is, essentially, the rage poetry of Bernhard put into prose; it slices and bites and gouges at the reader through the medium of the story, narrated by an unnamed young medical intern from the Austrian city of Schwarzach who has been sent to make contact with the disturbed painter Strauch, the estranged brother of the intern's superior at the hospital. Traveling to the bleak village of Weng - an alpine Hell of glacial frigidity and sin-shrouding snow that has drawn the artist back - he assumes the role of a law student, takes a room at the same inn where the painter Strauch is boarding, and quickly initiates contact. He then passes twenty-seven days as a walking sounding board for the increasingly unhinged rants, confessions and shadow philosophy of the tortured artist - and discovers that Strauch may bear the terminal burden of being mortally ill - while secretly composing letters to his superior detailing the precarious mental state of the doctor's sibling.Using the bitter cold, the frost-flecked air as a prism, Bernhard refracts a rainbow depicting the afflictions of the artist, from a neglected and abusive childhood through to his struggles as a student, and his banal and hated stints of employment, including as a substitute teacher and laborer, that he endured when his potential as a painter was terminated by a fracturing despair that drove him to destroy all of his paintings. Despair is soaked into the pages of the book: Strauch, pursued by fear and visions, haunted by dream-sight and the shrill shrieks of death that fall upon his ears from the very air he breathes, cannot transfer the truth that he graps with his mind onto the canvas. Everything he paints - in the dark so that the light won't blanch his fever - cannot measure up to the standard he has set for himself, cannot depict the ice-limned clarity that is frozen in his consciousness, and so it must burn. Such raw and ragged souls learn that creativity and inspiration carry the germs of madness within, that the stronger the compulsion to put truth into material form, the more searing the flame of insanity's torch; that, as the truth reveals itself in full to the creator, honesty would compel all but the very greatest to recognize the paucity of their interpretations - and that such a recognition would shatter.In the village of Weng, its sallow citizens are actors portraying the quotidian travails of everyday life - eating, drinking, fucking, cheating, stealing, fighting, laughing - without any time or inclination to pursue anything other than their immediate gratifications and needs; their low pursuits. In contrast, the painter - with the intern the Boswell to his agitated Johnson - is helpless to stopper the madcap torrent of words that flow forth in his effort to try and paint a portrait for his quiet companion of the terror and misery that his untethered mind, his cracked-mirror soul have been endlessly assaulted with, of his unparsable knowledge of the world as it is: a hell where the damned are forced to don a bewildering variety of masks, where the past uses its talons to rend the future to ribbons and its gorgon-gaze to paralyze the present. Eventually, the young intern begins to show signs of having been infected by Strauch's nausea, his bleak belief in the meaninglessness of everything - and it dawns on him that Strauch, having been born for suicide if he can ever summon the fortitude to scale the barrier of his fear, may have been using his companion as fuel for that resolve.This novel, obviously, will not appeal to everyone; and though Michael Hofmann's translation is reliably brilliant, Bernhard can be very abstruse and impenetrable, Strauch's outbursts and tirades difficult to understand. Yet the writing sings, it soars, it wrenches your attention to the mordant words of the painter's savage solipsisms - and, for all of its hopelessness, buttresses any who have, in some manner or form, trod the broken paths of the same dark and painful solitudes wherein the ravaged Strauch was imprisoned.

Honeydew Syndrome, Vol 1

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3.86 rating

Comment 1: Book one is amazing, but don't even bother with two. I suspect the creators got sick of their characters and it really shows. A lot of lazy storytelling and unresolved story arcs. That being said, book one is still definitely worth a read. It stands alone well. Comment 2: I read this online a while ago but didn't know the authors would be at NYCC 2012. Imagine my surprise when I saw their booth in Artist Alley! Comment 3: The plot is uncomplicated and the art kept as very simple stark sketches, it makes for a cute little comic. A quick read, I liked it.

The Soul Thief

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2.88 rating

Comment 1: The Soul Thief, a novel by Charles Baxter, focuses initially on two guys and two girls living in Buffalo, New York. One of the girls is a lesbian cab driver. The other girl and the guys are students at a Buffalo university. Guy number one, Nathaniel, first falls for good-looking girl number one, Theresa, when they help each other find a party they’re going to. She’s a knock-out, flip, provocative, and Nathaniel thinks immediately he loves her. Waiting at the party is guy number two, Jerome, who Comment 2: On one level this is an unsettling meditation on identity in modern America (even though that is specifically rejected in the story itself). The story centers on the question of what if your identity is not your own? what if it's stolen by another? Who are you and what do you become, both as an individual and in relation to others? On another - and perhaps, no less unsettling - level, the book is about the act of creating a story. Baxter plays with that notion from the opening of the novel to it Comment 3: The experience of this book was exactly how I rated it. It was ok. It's a confusing book and my mind was muddled by the reflections of sad and empty individual, who turns out to be not as sad and empty as he starts out to be. I would have rated this higher if it wasn't for the ending, which in my opinion did not merit the time spent to reach its conclusion. I liked it well enough at the start, especially the (dark, dreary and exciting) description of a life spent far away from the sunny confines

She, Myself & I

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3.61 rating

The Cassel sisters have little in common besides a pair of wacky parents and a maddening knack for eluding happily-ever-after endings. But when their lives require damage control, only a dose of sisterhood will do. Paige, the oldest, is a go-getter divorce attorney who’s reeling from her own disastrously failed marriage–and the fact that her ex has suddenly come roaring out of the closet with a cute boyfriend in tow. Middle sister Sophie is having trouble adjusting to life as a wife and expectant mom. With her doubts on the rise along with her weight, she’s ogling every available baked good–and every available man–that crosses her path. And up-and-coming medical student Mickey has a racy new plan for her future that’s sure to shock her entire family. It includes a dangerously handsome, decidedly married chef…private cooking lessons…and spicy lingerie. To top it all off, the parents who dragged them through the Divorce from Hell years ago are acting like teenagers in love…with each other! One by one, Paige, Sophie, and Mickey are about to learn just how good it is to have a sisterly shoulder–or two–to lean on.

The Predictable Failure Of Educational Reform: Can We Change Course Before It's Too Late?

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4.67 rating

Sarason challenges educators to understand that to continue to struggle for 'power over' rather than 'power with' overlooks the mutual interest of all parties that will stifle any real progress in education reform. In a classroom utilizing effective teaching practices students would respond to the question, 'How do you rate this book?' with all thumbs up. ?Choice

First Anal

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3.33 rating

Here are five of Debbie Brownstone’s incredible tales of first anal sex bliss. So strap on and hold tight for stories of backdoor sex delight as only Debbie can write them. Get ready for lots of first anal sex with submission! BENT OVER ON A BLIND DATE (A First Anal Sex erotica story) Kari’s been so introspective lately that her friend sets her up on a blind date. Kari doesn’t know the whole plan, though. Russ takes her to a nightclub, but this is a nightclub with special rooms, and before she knows it, Kari is strapped onto a table with hands and mouths on her body. When she realizes that Russ intends to introduce her to her first anal sex experience, what can she do? Her mouth is occupied and she’s strapped to the table. ROADSIDE ANAL SERVICE (A First Anal Sex with Submission erotica story) Kelsey can’t believe her bad luck! A flat tire on a country road with no cell service means she might miss her date. Fortunately, Derek drives by and stops to help her change her tire. She’s grateful, but he’s not looking for thanks. He’s looking for some backdoor sex fun in the back of his truck! Will this be her first anal sex experience? SCHOOLHOUSE ANAL ADVENTURES (A First Anal Sex With Teacher Student Sex erotica story) Vincent isn’t a good student, but he’s eighteen and hot. Monica attempts to correct him for his poor work, but he’s having none of it. He’s seen how she looks at him, and if he can’t get an A from her, he’s at least going to get some anal sex from her. Time to teach the teacher all about anal sex. THE ANAL CLUB (A First Anal Sex and First Gangbang erotica story) Jill and her friends decide on a popular nightclub for their girls night out. They’re disappointed when it looks like they’ll never get past the velvet ropes, but they’re overjoyed when they’re given an opportunity to join a wealthy patron in a private club room. Of course, the patron has a number of other guests, and Jill is about to be initiated into the world of anal sex, by six or seven guys! Will this be her First Anal Sex experience and her first gangbang too? THE PRIVATE ANAL LESSON (A First Anal Sex With Teacher Sex erotica story) Rachel is ready to give up on men altogether and get back to the dreams of her childhood. When she goes to pick up a guitar to restart her lessons, she runs into the handsome and rugged Curtis. She wasn’t counting on a hot guy to interfere with her break from men, and she finds herself agreeing to in-home lessons. Curtis is ready to teach her a whole lot more than guitar, though. She’s about to learn about the sweet music she and Curtis can make together in an anal sex experience unlike any she’s ever had. Get ready for an anal sex ride. Warning: This ebook contains explicit descriptions of oral sex, anal sex, lesbian sex, reluctant sex, rough sex, sex with strangers, backdoor sex, teacher with student sex, gangbang and sex with multiple partners. It is intended for mature audiences who are not offended by graphic depictions of sexual situations between consenting adults. Here is a preview from THE ANAL CLUB (A First Anal Sex and First Gangbang erotica story): Hands reached out of the smoke and grasped her around the waist, pulling her deeper into the room. As she was dragged along, she noticed different groupings of people engaged in various sex acts. Panicked, she looked back, trying to locate her friends. She was roughly spun around and pushed into a group of three men who stood naked in the smoky atmosphere.