When God was a Rabbit by Sarah Winman
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
So quirky, touching and a great read
I bought this book a little while ago and have no idea why. Probably, because I think rabbits are cute and if they are called "God" it must be a fascinating story.
And I was certainly not disappointed. "When God was a Rabbit" entangles us into the life if Elly, her brother Joe, her friend and her family.
We meet her rabbit which is called God but also her neighbour Mr Golan whom she liked until he did things he should not have done. Her new Friend Jenny Penny has similar experience but Elly won't learn about it until much later.
Both are outsiders and rather frowned upon in school but as they have each other it doesn't matter. Until Elly moves with her parents to Cornwall and Jenny and her mother have to escape a violent ex-boyfriend.
They lose contact as Jenny was not allowed to for safety reasons. But again Elly doesn't learn about it until much later.
This is only part of the fascinating labyrinth of this story which leads you from the seventies up to 9/11 in which her brother is gets missing but not for the obvious reasons.
We meet many quirky characters like Arthur who home schools Elly after their move and her aunt Nancy a gay actress. Or is she?
This book is a tapestry of life in all its glory and pain. Easily told from Elly's point of view you just fall into the story and can't let it go by cause you just need to know what happens on the next page.
A warning though. If you are affected by abuse or by 9/11 this book might cause you flashbacks or other trouble.
This was one of the best reads in a left fe time.
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Book: Bump Time Meridian
Author: Doug J Cooper
Publisher: Douglas Cooper Consulting (1 May 2020)
Formats: Kindle & Paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Fantasy, Time Travel
I was kindly given a free ARC version of "Bump Time Meridian" in exchange for an honest review.
From the blurb:
David "Diesel" Lagerford rides his T-box across timelines, where each stop is a parallel world with its own Diesel, wife Lilah, and daughter Rose. Its origin uncertain, the T-box is safe for any of the Diesels to use, and they do so to gather and bond in a tight brotherhood. But instant death awaits all other would-be travelers, a limitation unacceptable to the Lilahs and Roses. Determined to travel the timelines themselves, the "sisters" work to reverse engineer the T-box. But in their rush to succeed, they inadvertently expose the technology to an outsider-Sparky Fontaine-who exploits the information to build his own device. Intent on gaining immense wealth and power, Sparky uses his T-box to kidnap Diesel, and then makes alarming demands for his safe return. Cornered, the Lagerfords devise a high-stakes rescue gambit. But how do they locate a hostage adrift in time? And can they execute their plan without revealing their secret to the world?
I was so looking forward to reading this book. Last year I stumbled over Doug J Cooper on Goodreads. He invited readers and bloggers to review the first book of his "Bump Time" trilogy, and on a whim, I signed up.
That was one of my best reading decisions ever. I so loved the first book. It ended with a huge cliff hanger, and I was so curious how it would go on. When I got Doug's email asking for reviewers of the second book "Bump Time Meridian", I could not resist. And again I was not disappointed.
I think the first book put more emphasis on the superpower AI that acts in the background, Diesels development and the relationship between Diesel and Leilah. This second book shows more about their daughter Rose and how a mission to save Leilah can go horribly wrong. It again ends with a great cliff hanger, and I can't wait to read the last book in the series. It left me with so many questions that I can't wait to have answered in the last book.
Admittedly, I needed a little to get back into the story and remember who was who and what exactly was going on. The chapter which gives a summary of book one plus an extra introduction to Rose and @Ciopova the AI helped a lot. It was great to see how the Leilahs and Roses of several timelines worked together to create a solution to Leilah's future death. Like in the first book, I felt the female characters have as much importance as the male, which kept me reading the first book.
The new "badie" character Sparky Fontaine felt a little flat. But I might have missed some parts of his backstory as I was skipping some to get to the end faster. However, the idea that someone else picks up the advanced technology was subconsciously on my mind while reading the first book. So it was great to see it incorporated in the second.
It was also interesting to see that I wasn't so much bothered about the power of AI in our lives as I was while reading the last book. Maybe I got more used to the idea of AI taking tasks in our lives over. I have to admit that I found the concept of household AI doing tasks for me very attractive.
The question that bothered me this time was the changing of the past. Most science fiction that worked with time travel warned its characters not to change anything as it would change the future in unforeseen ways. This series, however, plays with the idea of multiple timelines that have no impact on each other. So many more possibilities are there for the author to play with.
Dough J Cooper's writing style doesn't work with too many technical expressions. So it was easy to understand this fiction world full of AI and self-driving or -flying vehicles. The worlds in this series are also close enough to today's reality.
Anybody who loves science fiction in connection with time travel will love this series as it plays with a different concept of time travel. I believe it is also an excellent entry book for someone who wants to find out if he or she likes science fiction.
Hello out there, dear readers, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not, feel hugged. This post should have gone up last week Thursday. However, I was trying out the Weebly App on my phone and it did not upload to post. I considered shortly to post it on another day but that did not feel right. So you'll learn about my 2020 reading list today.
I have a bit of a reading spree at the moment. Well, it’s more a reading and listening spree, to be honest. Last December I discovered the free audiobooks by the BBC Sounds app. Later on, I got a free month from Amazon prime which included a free month on Audible, and I am trying out an app called “Free Books” which offers audiobooks too.
Housework is so much more fun when you can enjoy a good book with it. That is the reason why I have already managed ten books of my 52 book Goodreads goal. At this rate, I am going to double my goal this year.
Many bloggers share their reading lists at the beginning of the year, which I used to find rather courageous. What if you can’t manage? It doesn’t matter, though, does it? Maybe you look stupid but that’s all.
So this year I am going to join the reading list publishing bloggers and am excited to find out if I’ll manage.
Goodreads Goal: 52 Books
Read/listened to so far
1. Bramblestars Storm – Erin Hunter
2. The Memory Tree – Linda Guillard
3. Secret of the lost Stones – Melissa Payne
4. Two hearts Unspoken – Tamara Ferguson
5. Norse Mythology – Neil Gaiman
6. The Secret Commonwealth – Philip Pullman
7. Two Hearts Surrendered – Tamara Ferguson
8. Lords and Ladies – Terry Pratchett
9. The 39 Steps – John Buchan
10. Dark Matter – Michelle Paver
11. The Kingdom of Copper - S. A. Chakraborty
12.The Gods of Mars – Edgar Rice Boroughs
13. City of Brass ~ S.A. Chakraborty
14. The Door Through Space – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
15. The Reluctant Dragon – Kenneth Grahame
16. The Double-Decker Dead – EM Kaplan
17. The Magicians Sire – Linda G Hill
18. The long Cosmos – Pratchett, Baxter
19. A Princess of Mars - Edgar Rice Boroughs
20. The Vine Witch - Luanne G. Smith
21. Lyra's Oxford - Philip Pullman
22. The Abandonned - Rysa Walker
23. Chocolat – Joanne Harris
24. A Bad Birdwatchers Companion - Simon Barnes
25. Bump Time Meridian - Dough Cooper
26. Life on Earth - Sir David Attenborough
27. Cosmic Quest - Heather Cooper
Currently Reading/ listening to
Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine- Gail Honeyman
Grand Union ~ Zadie Smith
Singing in the rain - Rachel Kelly
Mindfulness for health - Vidyamala Burch, Danny Penman
Manifest your Desires – J. Hicks
365 Days with Self- discipline – Martin Meadows
Life Coaching for Dummies – Jeni Purdi
Bread and Circusses – Patrick Breitlinger
La Poesie de Youssef Rzouga - Aude Richeux-Diano
Planned to read/listen to in 2020:
The Colours of Space – Marion Zimmer Bradley
The Planet Savers – Marion Zimmer-Bradley
The Picture of Dorian Gray – Wild
The Book of Dragons – E Nesbit
Faloons of Narabedla Marion Zimmer-Bradley
A Voyage to the Moon – Cyrano de Begerac
The House of Pomegranates – Oskar Wild
A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula Le Guine
The Girl who lived twice – David Lagerkrantz
Bohemian Rhapsody – Lesley Anne Jones
Something to Tell You – Lucy Diamond
The Good Thieves Guide to Amsterdam – Chris Evan
The Persistence of Frost – Chris Kim
Moth – Daniel Arenson
Two Hearts Undone - Tamara Ferguson
Cranford – Elizabeth Gaskell
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
The Railway Children E Nesbit
Walking in this World – Julia Cameron
Arterial Bloom - Mercedes M. Yardeley (Editor)
Ah, I am so looking forward to the reading/listening this year. Do you have a reading list and would you publish it?
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