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The Monday Poem: The Detained of Release Comes In by Jay Snelling

The Detained of Release Comes In

 

The extremist’s

offices of thinking show a protester carrying a condemned bottle of the

sacred film.

Your people, and then theirs and all of the political elite are in attendance at the dawn. Despite this, they are very loudly asking for the film

and causing quite an affront.

 

Review: Fevre Dream by George R. R. Martin

When struggling riverboat captain Abner Marsh receives an offer of partnership from a wealthy aristocrat, he suspects something’s amiss. But when he meets the hauntingly pale, steely-eyed Joshua York, he is certain. For York doesn’t care that the icy winter of 1857 has wiped out all but one of Marsh’s dilapidated fleet. Nor does he care that he won’t earn back his investment in a decade. York has his own reasons for wanting to traverse the powerful Mississippi. And they are to be none of Marsh’s concern—no matter how bizarre, arbitrary, or capricious his actions may prove.

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So far, I’ve read all of A Song of Ice & Fire (including spin-offs) and The Armageddon Rag. When I read the latter I was really surprised by how different it was to the former. Now that I’ve read Fevre Dream, I’m surprised again at Martin’s range of writing.

Although nothing compared to his major work (IMO), I wasn’t disappointed by this book. It’s a strangely slow and rambling tale but it’s also gripping to the end. Kind of like a cruise on an old riverboat steamer I would imagine.

My knowledge of boats and rivers is next to nothing, but I’d be interested to find out more as a result of reading Fevre Dream. It all seems so elegant yet dangerous and dirty at the same time.

Definitely recommended whether you’re a GoT fan or not. 4/5 stars.

Review: Forgotten Reflections

Forgotten Reflections is a gripping coming of age story set among war and romance. The novel was written by Young-Im Lee.

This is a fascinating book and I do not usually dip into the two latter categories but I love intriguing coming of age tales and the backdrop of South Korea also appealed to me. The book was so good that I couldn’t put it down and it certainly exceeded my expectations.

Forgotten Reflections by Young-Im Lee

Forgotten Reflections by Young-Im Lee

In the current international climate where North Korea takes center stage, “Forgotten Reflections” weaves an inspirational tale of family, lost memories, folklore and an unforgotten history, spanning three generations as South Korea rises from the ashes.

This is a really interesting book with a fantastic and thrilling original story. It is also quite easy to follow, despite flitting between the past and present.

The fascinating story is set in South Korea during The Korean War. The character I like best is Iseul, an arrogant and feisty young woman.

I am not sure that the story benefitted by being told by her granddaughter in the present day, but it still worked as a strategy. The evocative plot focuses on the relationship between Iseul and her foe-turned-friend, Jung-Soo.

Their heart-warming friendship is sweet and believable. The characters are very well drawn and readers can identify with them easily.

There was also an unexpected twist to the story, but of course I won’t mention that here! What I liked best was the way that the author personalised the sensitive experience of living through war, reminding us that it’s different for everyone.

It will change the way you see the various roles of people in a war-torn country, whether they’re fighting on the battlefield or striving to keep a small community alive.

My only reservation about this book is that, unfortunately, it needs some serious proof-reading, but I would not let that put you off giving it a try. (Note: I noticed that the cover shown on Amazon differs slightly to my copy, so perhaps the book has been edited and re-released.)

DARE TO DREAM IN THE MIDST OF WAR.

Forgotten Reflections is a powerful first novel by Young-Im Lee and it’s a highly entertaining read. I definitely recommend that you add this memorable book to your collection. Don’t miss it – this is well-worth reading.