Try Kindle Unlimited (KU)

The following is a brief review of a brief overview. I am a fan of Kindle Unlimited (KU) and frequently mention it in my book reviews as a good alternative to the high costs of books in my expat living situation (Indonesia).

Kindle Unlimited: Is It Right for YOU? by Charles Wright is described in the following subtitle: “A Brief Guide to Understand the Positives and Negatives.” At eleven pages, it meets the requirements of brief. For me, the authorship was confusing. Released in 2015 by author Sherry Everett, it appears here as written by Charles Wright. I will place my question about why this is so in the basket for things I no longer care about and will not investigate further. Because I am an avid fan of Kindle Unlimited (it works well for me) I wanted to see what others thought the negatives were. Being a positive person, here we go.

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Going Upp?

Unexpected endings.

Alliteration aside, does anyone anticipate this end to THE journey? Even a certain infamous figure from the past might say “Wait, I gave Volkswagons to millions and I built autobahns on which to frolic! I don’t belong here.”

It is generally accepted that entrance to this destination as well as the other far more preferable one is not dependent on a self-assessment of accomplishments. There is an external evaluator.

Another good reason to think of others.

Mostly miscellaneous mental meanderings.

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tltweek106SamuelWong photo by Samuel Wong via Unsplash

It wasn’t what he had expected.

Where were the bright lights…the presence of loved ones…the pearly gates?

Then it dawned on him, as sweat drenched his forehead and his skin tingled from the heat.

~kat

A Three Line Tale for Sonya’s Three Line Tale flash fiction challenge based on this photo by Samuel Wong via Unsplash.

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Butterflies Are Not Free

There is a lot to like in The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison. I first liked the simplicity yet expressiveness of the cover (at least in the Kindle selection I read.) There is a butterfly, the novel’s name, and the author’s name. There are no blaring font announcements that this is a thrilling psychological thriller (that will leave you gasping). No promises that it is a page-turner. Just a good presentation. But it is one of the best psychological thrillers I have read. There are surprises; it will leave a reader turning pages quickly and it will appeal to fans of a TV series “Lie to Me.”

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Organ Harvest

Nine, Ten … Never Sleep Again by Willow Rose is book number five in the Rebekka Frank series, the last book in a five-volume boxed set. I liked this one best and was looking forward to reading other series by this talented author. At the end of this volume, I found, however, that there are two other volumes in the Rebekka Frank series. Volume five ended in such a satisfactory manner that I can’t imagine what further horrible things could take place in the life of Rebekka Franck. She has had enough unusual serial killer events for five “ordinary” people. What more could possibly happen to her? A visit to Amazon free samples gave me the answer and I am sure I will soon read the other two books in the series.

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Character Overload

Death on Lake Michigan by Steve Arnett is a 225-page 13-chapter mystery novel published in 2015. On the one hand I found it to be a good example of linear interesting storytelling and on the other hand, I felt uncomfortable with characters popping up just because the story needed a character to supply a small bit of needed information. I felt there were too many unneeded characters in the story.

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Don’t Try To Be Badder Than The Bad

The Wrong House to Burgle was offered to me by the author through a website. It is a short story published in 2017 that serves as a preview of the author’s writing style. If I liked this story, I would probably download some of the author’s longer works.

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Sunday’s Week in ReVerse – 4 February 2018

This reblog from the ever brilliant Kat Myrman has two parts. Fans of poetry and verse will like the 04Feb ReVerse. Do you know what a ReVerse is? I didn’t. Kat explains it at the end of her post. I’ll just go ahead and appreciate the content of the verse. Her explanation of how she creates it leaves me in awe similar to the feeling I get when my son is trying to explain why a certain online game is great.

What I really, really liked was the first part of this post, “A Note to Self.” Once again Kat points out the power of language as it affects the listener. Students of language (me for one) many times focus on ourselves as architects of a message. We think about grammar, cool vocabulary choices, and appropriate register for a group we are addressing. There is little attention paid in a language learning environment to the feelings of and effects on the listener. The cutting, humorous remark that left the speaker in stitches might cause listeners to seek a place to get a few of their own. As you look at the two lists, it is easy to categorize one as negative and one as positive. For a mental exercise, really look at each “comment.” Some are double-edged.

From the “negative” list: “You’re too much.” Depending on the intonation, I might like to receive this critique.

From the “positive” list: “It’s never too late.” On first read, this is motivational. You can still succeed. But, by the way, you failed on your earlier attempt.

And sure, people can over analyze and take any remark delivered differently to skew surface meaning into positive or negative implications. Overall, Kat’s post points out the power of language. “Like daggers, they [[words]] have slowly chipped away …”

Another rant on the importance of taking responsibility as a speaker of any language.

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Note to Self…

You may have forgotten who you are, and believe me, I understand. How could you not? From your first breath everything you thought you knew has been slowly chipped away by the fearful, insecure others because your brilliance terrifies them…and because they forgot their own brilliance.

“Don’t speak unless you are spoken to.”
“You’re just a…”
“You’re not smart enough…you’re too smart.”
“You’re not invited.”
“Wait for your turn.”
“Go to the back of the line.”
“Get with the program.”
“You can’t do…or say that.”
“You’re too young…you’re too old.”
“You’re not ………….enough.”
“You’re too much.”
“Don’t make waves.”
“Get over it.”
“If only you had…”
“It’s too late.”
“You are being selfish.”

Sound familiar? How many times did you take one of these lies to heart? How many times did you repeat them to yourself…to others? Without realizing it you allowed these words to attach themselves…

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