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Kate Douglas, Author of the DemonSlayer and Wolf Tales series, says: "Hot sex, hotter action, and a story that won’t turn you loose. It just doesn’t get any better than CHANGELING MOON. I highly recommend this one. Make room on the keeper shelf — Dani Harper is definitely an author to watch."
She never met an exclamation she didn't like! If you live in the area, it's fun, but certainly not great literature.
Great analysis of Holocaust memorials, and well written and engaging!
I don't think I'll bother with this author again. She is ok, but there is so much stuff out there that is better.
When the Joads are forced out of their sharecropping unit during the Dust Bowl, they join thousands on the road to California, drawn by promises of jobs in the land of plenty. The reality they find, though, is fierce competition and a hostile community. Grapes of Wrath describes the hardships one family endures as they struggle to stay together during the Great Depression. Thoughts and reactions (in no particular order): * It was interesting reading this book so soon after reading East of Eden because it provided some insight into how Steinbeck's personal experiences informed the characters and events of his purely fictional novels. For example, in East of Eden, Steinbeck discusses one of his favorite memories of his Uncle Tom: how he'd leave gum under Steinbeck's and his sister's pillows while they were sleeping. This is also a trait of the Joads' Uncle John. (Uncle John also had some personal demons much like Uncle Tom did.) * The first time I read this novel was when I was in high school, and I read Grapes of Wrath around the same time that I read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair. Both stories are somewhat depressing glimpses of the working conditions of lower classes. After reading these books, I was decidedly pro-union. As I get older and see the strength of some unions almost bringing down the companies that provide their jobs, my opinion has become more gray in color. But it's always nice to get a reminder of how things were so that we can reflect on how times have changed. * The ending! I'm still trying to wrap my mind around it. Part of me was extremely disturbed, part was uplifted. I'd be interested in hearing others' thoughts about the ending. * Ma was my favorite character of the book. To me, she was the embodiment of Woman, a strong, determined, compassionate, down-to-earth person. My least favorite characters: Ruthie and Rosasharn. I could at least feel sorry for Rosasharn, as self-absorbed as she was. Ruthie just needed some discipline. * My favorite part of the book was when Tom and Al stopped by the junk yard and encountered the one-eyed man. I could fully understand the discomfort of Tom and Al hearing the sob story of the man, and I just loved that Tom wouldn't feel sorry for him and gave him the blunt truth from his perspective. I sometimes wish I had the guts to tell strangers that share their sad stories with me to quit complaining (as Tom essentially did), but instead I politely lend my sympathetic ear. * Overall a great book. I really enjoy Steinbeck's writing style.