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“Written with clarity and style, this is a book that offers the best of sociology: a mix of people’s compelling, even tragic stories and an innovative contribution to what we know about work, highlighting a poorly understood phenomenon that nonetheless is happening right under our noses and that illustrates some important trends. I would definitely assign this.”–Allison J. Pugh, author of The Tumbleweed Society: Working and Caring in an Age of Insecurity

“As this brilliant and thought-provoking book makes clear, key groups in American society who labor intensely day in and day out, doing essential tasks and generating profit for other people, aren’t at all valued as ‘workers’ and thus aren’t seen as citizens who contribute. Erin Hatton pushes us to reckon with how we view 'work’ and, in the process, challenges us all to question why it remains acceptable to allow some people, particularly people who are marked by their race and class marginalization, to be utterly exploited in ways we would never accept for those marked by their position of privilege.”–Heather Ann Thompson, Pulitzer Prize-Winning author of Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy

“By recognizing similarities between very different types of workers–prisoners, graduate student assistants, college athletes, and workfare workers–Erin Hatton illuminates status coercion, a system of labor control that is transforming work and labor in America. Her interviews with such workers vividly reveal how they experience and resist such work.”–Arne L. Kalleberg, author of Precarious Lives: Job Insecurity and Well-Being in Rich Democracies

“The real value of this text is that it highlights not just the relationship between the growth of the carceral state and subsidies from private industry but how each has implications for the way work is done in the modern era. This is a major, major contribution.”–Adia Harvey Wingfield, author of Flattlining and Mary Tileston Hemenway Professor in Arts & Sciences and Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Washington University in St. Louis

“This book represents a much-needed–and innovative–contribution that will advance the social scientific study of punishment and corrections as well as the study of work and labor.”–Michael Gibson-Light, Assistant Professor of Sociology & Criminology, University of Denver

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Antes de nada, espero que todos os encontréis lo mejor posible dentro de esta situación tan extraña. Cuidaos mucho. Cada día que pasa estamos un día más cerca para dejar atrás esta crisis sanitaria <3


SENTIDO Y SENSIBILIDAD

Autora: Jane Austen

Género: romance

Nº de páginas: 303

Puntuación: 4 🌟


Elinor y Marianne Dashwood son dos hermanas con personalidades muy diferentes. Por un lado, Elinor es tranquila y paciente, pero Marianne es impetuosa y extrovertida. Aunque sus personalidades chocan, ambas comparten el mismo afán por encontrar el amor.

Elinor confía en salvar con su discreción los obstáculos que impiden su relación con Edward Ferrars. Marianne, por el contrario, no duda en dejarse conquistar por el seductor Willoughby.


No había visto ninguna sinopsis de este libro por lo que a pesar de que intuía de que iría la historia, no estaba del todo segura. Lo cierto es que había intuido bastante mal de que iba a tratar Sentido y sensibilidad, por lo que me ha sorprendido bastante y para bien. Sumando el hecho de que no tenía las expectativas muy altas en la historia, he de decir que leer este libro ha sido una grata experiencia.


Pensaba que este libro iba a hablarnos básicamente de un triangulo amoroso formado por dos hermanas de personalidades diferentes y un caballero ideal, pero no. En esta historia nos encontramos con dos hermanas con personalidades que chocan, pero sus historias de amor son paralelas la una a la otra. Este ha sido uno de los aspectos que más me ha gustado del libro, las historias están intercaladas, por lo que cuando acaba el drama de Marianne empieza el de Elinor, y así sucesivamente. He de decir que aunque es verdad que el libro tenga drama, no es algo exagerado, lo cual veo bien porque sino habría sido surrealista.

Ahora bien, una de las cosas que no me ha acabado de convencer en el libro han sido los intereses amorosos de las protagonistas, que no me han parecido nada memorables.

En cuanto a Elinor y Marianne, ambos personajes están bien construidos. Para mi ha sido más fácil identificarme con Elinor, y quizá por eso me ha caído mejor que Marianne.

En este libro también encontramos una pequeña crítica a la sociedad de la época que vemos de la mano de los conocidos de las hermanas Dashwood.


En cuanto a la manera de escribir de Jane Austen, es casi poética. Sus descripciones son muy buenas y da los detalles exactos para no aburrirse, aunque he de decir que agradecería pausas entre diálogos, ya que algunos de ellos abarcan más de una hoja.


¿Os interesa este libro o alguno de los de Jane Austen? ¿Habéis leído alguno?

Nos leemos pronto 💕

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[This is quite long but I believe this book deserves all this praise. Please read! There are NO SPOILERS!]

It BLEW MY MIND by how much it completely surpassed my expectations. Now I know most of us are most familiar and devoted to the early iconic AR novels, the ones with TONS of explosions and gunfire and witty puns and banter. In my opinion as the series went on some novels were more boring; it felt like the same thing each new book. (Crocodile Tears for example, I thought didn’t add much of substance.) I loved Scorpia but Scorpia Rising felt like scattered, leftover pieces of a storyline. I was super glad when Never Say Die came out, continuing the series chronologically, but the book was kind of a bummer for me because it felt formulaic, the same thing over again. It felt like AH was just dragging the storyline along. 

Don’t get me wrong, I love all the action scenes even if some seem repetitive in certain novels, but what I feel truly makes an AR book amazing is seeing Alex as a person, not just a spy. When you can feel Alex’s inner turmoil or sense of betrayal, like in Scorpia or even Snakehead with Ash, that’s what makes a novel great. Alex going over to Yassen at the end of Eagle Strike and accompanying him in his final moments spoke volumes about who he was as a person. The best Alex Rider books involve something personal to Alex where he shows his own character. 

Enter Nightshade. 

First off, we have a new criminal organization. I must say that Scorpia pales in comparison to Nightshade. (This isn’t a spoiler, it’s made clear from the beginning, even in the end of Never Say Die:) Nightshade uses children, which I think draws a stark comparison between them and MI6 with Alex. A huge tenet of the AR series is children being used in dark situations like spying, killing, etc. I think this new agency rings true to a this central topic of the series, all the more fitting for this agency to take hold in the storyline. Overall it’s like Scorpia but hitting closer to home for Alex because of the similar ages. 

This also means some of the main antagonists are Alex’s age. I won’t get too much into it here since many of you may not have read it yet but let’s just say that the dynamic between a teen spy and teen killer(s) is much different than one of a teen spy and power-hungry old guy who wants to take over the world (a.k.a. the main villain of basically every other AR novel lol). 

What I love most about this novel is that you see Alex’s character, his compassion even in the most unlikely circumstances, his care for people both close to him and even enemies. I don’t think any other novel illustrates this as much as Nightshade, not even close. And I think there’s a good reason earlier novels didn’t: when Alex first starts going on missions, he’s a little bit cocky and a smart-ass (all those iconic insults!). It’s not until much later in the series, especially Scorpia Rising, where we see the traumatizing toll his work has taken on him. Alex has grown up. Of course, there’s still some golden sassy one-liners in Nightshade, but my impression of Alex in Nightshade was one who was more cautious and careful, aware of repercussions, and thoughtful. There’s a hilarious chapter where he manages to cause a ton of chaos but overall, he wants to minimize who gets hurt. There’s definitely a shift in Alex that’s different from the most early novels, but I think it’s a good change that really shows his increased maturity and experience and takes the storyline to even greater heights. 

Second, the plot itself is paced superbly and you don’t want to put the book down. The plot is interesting and this novel really does a great job of putting in foreshadowing that doesn’t hit you until the moment it is used and you just go “wow so THAT’S what it was for!” There’s less explosions/fighting than previous novels, but I didn’t mind because it goes with how Alex wants to minimize chaos. I was literally holding my breath for certain scenes. What really makes this story pop is how in certain scenes, I didn’t really know what Alex was going to do next. Once again, he shows his own character by some of the decisions he makes. Overall, though, I believe the storyline in Nightshade is way more well-constructed than most of the books in the series. The foreshadowing is awesome, when Alex gets out of certain situations it’s never in a cheap, deus-ex-machina way. This novel is quintessentially Alex 100%. That’s what I love about it. 

Third, you get to learn so much about MI6. Granted, MI6 is much different in this novel compared to previous ones due to Smithers and Blunt leaving earlier, so it’s basically just Mrs. Jones and Crawley. But you get to see a much more human side of them and their personalities, and MI6′s weakness at times. You learn SO MUCH about Mrs. Jones, and I’m really glad her story is becoming much more prominent in the overall storyline as it really ties the constant key players from the start of the series together now as time has passed. Personally, I’ve always kind of loved Crawley and he really shines in this novel as he has a much more prominent role. Something new I learned this book was that Crawley has ATTITUDE(!!) and is overall, a badass. #stancrawley

Fourth, this book highlights Alex and Tom’s friendship better than any other novel, even Scorpia in my opinion. Tom is also a badass, that’s all I’m gonna say. (Jack is also a badass, but let’s be honest, we knew that already since Stormbreaker.) Nightshade also highlights Jack and Alex’s relationship and overall, the bonds between everyone in this series. (Not rly a spoiler since it doesn’t have anything to do with the plot but there’s not even a mention of Sabina in this book but honestly I breathed a sigh of relief at that. Thank god we’ve escaped from her at last.) 

Lastly, the book really does take a new direction for the overarching Alex Rider storyline. There’s the organization of Nightshade and a bunch of new characters introduced, mostly antagonists. BUT THEY’RE ALL HIGHLY INTERESTING GREAT CHARACTERS THAT YOU WANT TO READ MORE ABOUT!! Early AR novels gave us the icons Yassen Gregorovich and Julius Grief, now Nightshade has given us ****** ****. (<– not trying to give spoilers so once you have finished the book, figure out the name that spells this. Hint: monkey toy) This character has filled the hole in my soul that Yassen and Julius left. If you’re looking for a new baddie to appreciate, look no further than that guy. (I rly do be shipping him with Alex…) 

Basically, this Nightshade book has given me newfound hope in the continuation of the series. (Never Say Die took away this hope big time but it’s all back now!) I have been reminded of why I love this series from reading this book. Nightshade has everything you want in an AR novel but with deeper meaning and connections between characters. Anthony Horowitz, I forgive you for the infamous crime of the Fox/Wolf identity mishap; you have proven yourself with this book. I am so excited for the future of this series after seeing how good this book turned out.  

IN CONCLUSION, IF YOU LOVE ALEX RIDER PLEASE READ NIGHTSHADE ASAP. IT WAS GOOD ENOUGH TO WARRANT ME WRITING A WHOLE ESSAY HERE ON WHY YOU SHOULD READ IT!! REBLOG AND SPREAD THE WORD, BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, GO READ NIGHTSHADE!!!

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Für die Zeit des bösen Virus - etwas Werbung in eigener Sache. Wer gerne Fantasy liest, sich für Okkultismus interessiert oder einfach nur spannende Geschichten mag, kann mit meinem Erstling bestimmt einige Stunden angenehm verstreichen lassen.😉

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Hey guys, there’s only 12 days left to support my Kickstarter! The Unseen Hand, my latest novel will whisk you away to a fantasy world filled with adventure, magic, and romance. The hardcover is signed, hand numbered, and beautifully illustrated by Polish fantasy artist Agata Fiszer. The eBook is also available. 

I’ve worked on this book for the last seven years and would love it if you could support me and buy a copy. Thank you so much! 

GO TO KICKSTARTER TO VIEW THE CAMPAIGN

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/inksorcery/fantasy-novel-the-unseen-hand?ref=user_menu

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I bought the ebook already and I can’t wait to read it 

except I’m lowkey TERRIFIED to read it too. 

at this point I’m nervous to see which direction AH will take my beloved series/if any characters will have their identities mixed up again/if any characters will die

AH I swear to god if you touch one hair on Smithers, Ben Daniels/rest of K-Unit, Tom Harris, or even John Crawley’s (for some reason I have a soft spot for Crawley now, he’s been a constant figure in this series so why not) head, I’m gonna be pretty distraught for the rest of the week. 

Let’s hope this post ages well…

I’m opening up my Kindle now. Here we go. The trip back down memory lane and all the reasons why I love this series to death has begun…

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New Young Adult Releases Coming Out Today! (April 7th, 2020)
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Have I missed any new Young Adult releases? Have you added any of these books to your TBR? Let me know!
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New Standalones/First in a Series:

  1. What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter 
  2. Rules for Being a Girl by Candace Bushnell & Katie Cotugno
  3. They Went Left by Monica Hesse
  4. We Didn’t Ask for This by Adi Alsaid
  5. The Lucky Ones by Liz Lawson
  6. Goodbye from Nowhere by Sara Zarr
  7. It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood 
  8. Little Universes by Heather Demetrios
  9. Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me by Gae Polisner
  10. Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington
  11. The Best Laid Plans by Cameron Lund
  12. Bonds of Brass by Emily Skrutskie
  13. Girl Crushed by Katie Heaney
  14. The Perfect Escape by Suzanne Park
  15. Mad, Bad, & Dangerous to Know by Samira Ahmed
  16. Somebody Told Me by Mia Siegert 
  17. Crave by Tracy Wolff
  18. The Burning by Laura Bates 
  19. Golden Arm by Carl Deuker 
  20. The Loop by Ben Oliver
  21. A Werewolf in Riverdale by Caleb Roehrig

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New Sequels:

  1. Ruthless Gods (Something Dark & Holy #2) by Emily A. Duncan
  2. Sword in the Stars (Once & Future #2) by Amy Rose Capetta & Cori McCarthy 
  3. The Empire of Dreams (Fire and Thorns #4) by Rae Carson
  4. So This is Love (Disney Twisted Tales) by Elizabeth Lim

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Happy reading!

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When you are reading a phenomenal book but you don’t want to continue because then it will get to the good parts and you want to enjoy the good parts as much as you can, you want to absorb it via osmosis but you know you are too tired and you also don’t want to continue because then the novel will end and you’ll have to face the fact that it was, after all, just a novel.

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A MOST ANTICIPATED BOOK OF 2020 (Vogue・Thrillist・The Millions・ Literary Hub・Now Toronto・Metropolis Japan)

The story of three women by a writer hailed by Haruki Murakami as Japan’s most important contemporary novelist, WINNER OF THE AKUTAGAWA PRIZE.

“Breasts and Eggs took my breath away.”―HARUKI MURAKAMI

Challenging every preconception about storytelling and prose style, mixing wry humor and riveting emotional depth, Kawakami is today one of Japan’s most important and best-selling writers. She exploded onto the cultural scene first as a musician, then as a poet and popular blogger, and is now an award-winning novelist.

Breasts and Eggs paints a portrait of contemporary womanhood in Japan and recounts the intimate journeys of three women as they confront oppressive mores and their own uncertainties on the road to finding peace and futures they can truly call their own.

Reviews

“A bracing, feminist exploration of daily life in Japan.”―Entertainment Weekly

“Kawakami’s narrative is bracing and evocative, tender yet unflinching in depicting the relationship between the sisters and between mother and daughter.”―Publishers Weekly

“Within an affecting portrait-of-an-artist-in-transition, Kawakami deftly, deeply questions the assumptions of womanhood and family―the bonds and abuses, expectations and betrayals, choices and denials.”―Booklist

“A unique, direct voice―almost every page contains sentences that stop me in my tracks.”―Literary Hub

“Timeless and thoroughly contemporary, intimate and expansive.”―Mari’s Book Reviews

“I can never forget the sense of pure astonishment I felt when I first read Mieko Kawakami’s novella Breasts and Eggs … Kawakami is always ceaselessly growing and evolving.”―HARUKI MURAKAMI, author of The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

“Mieko Kawakami is Japan’s Brightest New Literary Star.”―The Economist

“One of Japan’s brightest stars is set to explode across the global skies of literature … Kawakami is both a writer’s writer and an entertainer, a thinker and constantly evolving stylist who manages to be highly readable and immensely popular.”― Japan Times

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The English-language debut of one of the most thrilling and accomplished young Mexican writers

The Witch is dead. And the discovery of her corpse―by a group of children playing near the irrigation canals―propels the whole village into an investigation of how and why this murder occurred. Rumors and suspicions spread. As the novel unfolds in a dazzling linguistic torrent, with each unreliable narrator lingering on new details, new acts of depravity or brutality, Melchor extracts some tiny shred of humanity from these characters that most would write off as utterly irredeemable, forming a lasting portrait of a damned Mexican village.

Like Roberto Bolano’s 2666 or Faulkner’s greatest novels, Hurricane Season takes place in a world filled with mythology and violence―real violence, the kind that seeps into the soil, poisoning everything around: it’s a world that becomes more terrifying and more terrifyingly real the deeper you explore it.

Reviews

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“Melchor’s English-language debut is a furious vortex of voices that swirl around a murder in a provincial Mexican town. Forceful, frenzied, violent, and uncompromising, Melchor’s depiction of a town ogling its own destruction is a powder keg that ignites on the first page and sustains its intense, explosive heat until its final sentence.”
- Publishers Weekly

“"A brutal portrait of small-town claustrophobia, in which machismo is a prison and corruption isn’t just institutional but domestic, with families broken by incest and violence. Melchor’s long, snaking sentences make the book almost literally unputdownable, shifting our grasp of key events by continually creeping up on them from new angles. A formidable debut.“”
- Anthony Cummins, The Guardian

“A dazzling novel and the English-language debut of one of Mexico’s most exciting new voices.”
- Marta Bausells, The Guardian

“Written with pain and enormous skill, in a rhythm at once tearing and hypnotic, Hurricane Season is an account of the wreckage of a forsaken Mexico governed by nightmarish jungle law. An important, brave novel by a writer of extraordinary talent, magnificently translated by Sophie Hughes.”
- Alia Trabucco Zerán

“Brutal, relentless, beautiful, fugal, Hurricane Season explores the violent mythologies of one Mexican village and reveals how they touch the global circuitry of capitalist greed. This is an inquiry into the sexual terrorism and terror of broken men. This is a work of both mystery and critique. Most recent fiction seems anemic by comparison.”
- Ben Lerner

“Propelled by a violent lyricism and stunning immediacy, Hurricane Season maps out a landscape in which social corrosion acquires a mythical shape. This masterful portrayal of contemporary Mexico, so vertiginous and bewitching it pulls you into its spiritual abyss from the opening page, is brilliantly rendered into English by Sophie Hughes. Fernanda Melchor is a remarkable talent.”
- Chloe Aridjis

“Hurricane Season is a hell of a force to be reckoned with.”
- Claire-Louise Bennett

“Melchor wields a sentence like a saber. She never flinches in the bold, precise strokes of Hurricane Season. In prose as precise and breathtaking as it is unsettling, Melchor has crafted an unprecedented novel about femicide in Mexico and how poverty and extreme power imbalances lead to violence everywhere.”
- Idra Novey, author of Those Who Knew

“Hurricane Season is an unrelenting torrent of violence, barbarity, recrimination, sex, greed, trauma, corruption, neglect, fear, lust, deceit, baseness, and the insidiousness of evil. The young Mexican author writes with unflinching ferocity and her propulsive prose is simultaneously scintillating and suffocating. Hurricane Season brings to mind other darkly delirious works of (semi)fiction like Rafael Chirbes’ On the Edge, Bolano’s 2666, or even the novels of Santiago Gamboa. Inspired by a story Melchor encountered in a local newspaper, Hurricane Season offers a testimonial of our increasingly depraved age of disconnection and disposability. A remarkable, indelible work of art.”
- Jeremy Garber, Powell’s Books

“Fernanda Melchor is part of a wave of real writing, a multi-tongue, variform, generationless, decadeless, ageless wave, that American contemporary literature must ignore if it is to hold on to its infantile worldview.”
- Jesse Ball

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Happy sts and positive vibes to you! What's the soundtrack of your OC(s)'s life? - notwritinganyflufftoday

Thanks for the ask!

Zercey would like everyone to know that her’s is the sound of a train jumping the tracks and rolling down a hill at speed.

I don’t know if she’s intentionally misunderstanding the question, but I feel no guilt.

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Happy STS!! How does your OC react when they see a puppy or kitten?

Thanks for the ask!

With Vyxen, it doesn’t matter what it is - the animal is now her precious baby and she will protect it with your life and hers.

Tundra is a dog person. He doesn’t care about cats, but he’s on his knees playing with that puppy in -12 seconds.

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