Book Review: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

17 Jul

In Margaret Atwood’s dystopian future, environmental disasters and declining birthrates have led to a Second American Civil War. The result is the rise of the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian regime that enforces rigid social roles and enslaves the few remaining fertile women. Offred is one of these, a Handmaid bound to produce children for one of Gilead’s commanders. Deprived of her husband, her child, her freedom, and even her own name, Offred clings to her memories and her will to survive. At once a scathing satire, an ominous warning, and a tour de force of narrative suspense, The Handmaid’s Tale is a modern classic.

My Review

I usually read a book before watching the movie, but I watched the first season of The Handmaid’s Tale before I read the book. I like dystopian novels so I expected to like this book at least as much as the series. Unfortunately, this is one of those cases that the movie (or Hulu series) is better than the book.

Even though there are many similarities between the two, I found the book difficult to read. I couldn’t connect with Offred and there were pages of rambling that didn’t add to the story. It is presented as Offred’s musings, observations, and memories.

Although I was disappointed in The Handmaid’s Tale, I may still read the sequel when it comes out. It sounds like it’s going to be based on the Hulu presentation so it may be easier to read (I’m keeping my fingers crossed).

About the Author

MARGARET ATWOOD, whose work has been published in over thirty-five countries, is the author of more than forty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid’s Tale, her novels include Cat’s Eye, shortlisted for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and her most recent, Oryx and Crake, shortlisted for the 2003 Booker Prize. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibson.


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Book Review: Irving Titans by Jeff Dawson

15 Jul

1989: The Irving Titans reached an all time low: 1-15. The glory days of NFC Championships and Super Bowls were a distant memory. That was about to change as the collapse of the S&L’s would force the current owner, Bum Reason, to sell the storied franchise to billionaire oilman, Reuben Weitzman.

Weitzman would initiate sweeping changes: eliminate the current collection of players, revitalizing the fan base with the promise of returning to the glory days and fire the most beloved coach of the NFL—Steve Osburn. He would replace him with Marshall Jankowski, an old classmate chum and top coach in the collegiate ranks. 

The one player he’d like to cut but can’t, is veteran quarterback, Jimmy Stone. His occasional lover, Charlene Rivers has more dirt on Jankowski, Weitzman and other NFL notables, than a dump truck could haul-off. 

Strap yourselves in for the most raucous, rambunctious, risqué ride in sports history! 

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

What a ride! If you’re a football fan or a Cowboys lover or hater and you don’t mind a lot of sleaze, this is a hilarious book. My husband is a big Cowboys fan and if he was a reader, I would recommend this book to him.

I couldn’t find one person in this book that I liked. I tried to like Jimmy, the protagonist, but I was unable to find any redeeming qualities. It doesn’t matter, though, because Irving Titans is a well-done farce.

This story of the rise and fall of the Titans is also about the rise and fall of most of the characters involved. Interestingly, the main driving force of both the rise and fall of the Titans is Charlene, a woman who will sleep with anyone and has no qualms about bribing anyone either. As a reader (and a woman), I liked the power she had as a woman but hated (yes hated) the way she got that power.

If you’re a football fan and you’re looking for a good laugh, this is the book for you…if you have an open mind.

About the Author

I spent twenty-five years in the wonderful world of road construction. Back surgery in 2010 put the skids on that career. My body couldn’t handle the rigors of twelve to sixteen hour days, six to seven days a week. As I convalesced, licking my wounds, I wondered what to do next. Not being out in the sun getting baked, or dodging traffic, was going to be a hard act to follow. Seriously, what else did I know? An article in the Dallas Morning News caught my eye. It was about being a professional speaker. Hmm. That sounds interesting. Becoming mobile again, I took a seat in front of the blank monitor, pondering what to write. Let’s start with something we know—my life. 
The first work was titled “God’s Plan: A Glimpse Into One’s Life.” I re-titled it six months later to “Why Did Everything Happen?” I looked back at the last twenty-five years and how the death of my partner, father and true love affected my life. I was amazed at the revelations. Since then, I’ve moved on to write in several different genres. Some say I should change my name when diverting from the path. Well, right or wrong, I’m sticking with my name. The current works range from the memoir of my one true love: Debbie Beck—RIP 7-20-2009—Love’s True Second Chance, an alternative historical perspective of Vampires and WWII—Occupation, a newly released Sci-Fi time travel adventure,—Gateway: Pioche. If that isn’t enough, how about two Baseball Coaching Manuals? 

I currently live in the DFW area, spending time with my daughter, her girls and my oldest son. When I was in construction, I never had or took the time to enjoy what surrounded me: love, family and friends. My true love, Debbie and her girls reminded me what was important in life; “we work to live, not live to work.” 

Twitter: jeffdawson59

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Book Review: Intermittent Fasting by Ashley Fiorentini

10 Jul

WARNING!!! Reading This Book Will Improve Your Life!

Are you interested in a weight loss program that has been proven to work?
Have you tried and failed to lose weight in the past?
Does intermittent fasting hold the answers?

Losing weight is hard work and often ends in failure. The reasons are complex, but part of it is that dieters often seek advice from books that simply offer basic ideas that have little substance and lead to frustration. Fad diets also play their part in this, and it can result in a long sequence of yo-yo dieting which leads nowhere.

Why do you need to choose this particular book? How does this book differ from the rest?

Most of the information you read online and offline now is either incomplete or just total garbage. Most of the systems and techniques the so-called experts feed you, don’t work. Why? Well, it’s simple, most books out there are just written badly, not thinking about their audience at all. Sometimes those books just repeat information widely available on the internet. You can forget all about that now because this book understands you and your needs.
This book, Intermittent Fasting, is a totally different concept and provides up-to-date and relevant information that has been properly researched and proved to work, including:

  • What is Intermittent Fasting
  • Who can use it and who can’t
  • Food and drink you can take and those to avoid
  • Myths about intermittent fasting
  • Common mistakes to avoid
  • Tips and tricks for success
  • 28-day diet plan
  • And lots more…

Complete with recipes with nutritional values, shopping lists, cooking methods and full color photos, this book not only provides you with exciting and delicious recipes, but also the science that is behind this amazing weight loss program.

Also, by purchasing this book, you will receive a FREE BONUS e-book “The Best 77 Ideas for Breakfast”, which contains delicious and healthy recipes for breakfast.

Available on Amazon.

My Review

I chose to read this e-book after receiving a free copy from the author. All opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased.

I had read a little about intermittent fasting in a book about nutrition a while back so when the author offered this book to me, I was happy to read it because I was interested in learning more. Intermittent Fasting has a lot of good information!

The book starts by explaining what intermittent fasting is, the benefits of it, who should not try it, and the many different types of intermittent fasting from just a few hours to a day or two. It also details what foods are best to eat and which ones to avoid. There is plenty more information and then the second half of the book is full of recipes, some of which I’m going to try out.

This book and other sources explain the scientific reasons why fasting is important for our bodies. I think it’s important information for those with Diabetes Type II, those who want to lose weight, and anyone who wants to feel better overall. The most important thing is to pick the one that is best for you and your lifestyle.

I definitely recommend Intermittent Fasting, and I plan on trying it myself. This is not a diet…it is a change in eating habits. I’ve known for a long time that lifestyle changes are what help us lose weight and keep it off.

About the Author

Ashley is a beginner in the writing of culinary books. Based on her passionate cooking hobby, she decided to use her own cookery experience and become a culinary author.

Ashley’s goal is to share the recipes she has changed as well as her personal recipes.

Her books are filled with a description of the beneficial properties of each dish, a detailed description of the cooking, as well as color high-quality photos of the finished dishes.

We hope you enjoy reading her books, as well as creating and enjoying the dishes according to her recipes.

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