Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Women Wednesday: Women Empowerment Tag

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Women Wednesday: Women Empowerment Tag
1. Sisterhood, strength, unity and the ability to have our voices heard against toxic masculinity.
2.  The women I admire the most (from past to present) are:
Frida Kahlo, Rosa Parks, Elizabeth Jennings Graham, Victoria Woodhull, “Nellie Bly”, Mary Jones, Marilyn Monroe, Madonna, Sharon Stone, Fran Drescher, Annie Lennox, Jameela Jamil, and Malala.
The women from the past started a revolution and they refused to conform; they set in motion events that are now being continued, in some other shape and form, by the women in our present. These women of different ages and time do not let us forget that we have a voice and we stand strong and in the end, whatever it is that we have to endure or have endured, has led us to where we should be in the world.

3. There are various stories of women heroes who manage to prevail against the male toxic behavior. However, the one story that keeps coming back to mind is the story of Malala, this incredibly brave 21-year old who has risen to become an activist for female education. Her story has spread globally, and with her courage and bravery against oppression, she will not remain silent and has gone on and founded the Malala Fund, and in 2014 she was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. I can only hope that more girls in the world will aspire to use their voice and no longer be silent and submissive.

4. The best lesson I learned in a situation of leadership, from an objective perspective, is that the person who assumes the role of the leader should be kind, a team player, compassionate, trustworthy. In short, a leader includes the rest of the team.


5. I often use social media. It is a great tool to promote awareness on issues that affect us. The cause the keeps that coming back to me is women’s rights against toxic masculinity. I am a person that does not like to be kept silent and I like to express myself using my voice, in any shape or form.

Safe

Safe,
As I walk down the street, under the cloudless sky,
I see a woman; she is in the rain,
Why rain?
There is no rain,
Safe,
I am back in my memories, of that woman and that room,
The ever-shifting room,
That changed its colors to devour us,
Did it devour us?
Safe,
We play in different parts; our mind is the ocean,
We can swim to safety or drown in darkness,

But will we be safe?

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Water in the Dark

The sound of water makes her think of ghosts,
The blood that trickles,
Tap water in the dark,
Tap, Tap,
Against the window,
Now the blood is drained,
And she is left hanging,
She was standing by the window last night,
Again,
And as the glass shattered,
A scream was heard in the dark,
A figure is waiting for me, she says,
She died in this House, you know,
As many do.

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Why do I blog about crime fiction?


Why do I blog about crime fiction? (in points)
  • I love the suspense
  • I love the mystery
  • I love playing detective (and I am always fairly certain about who did it)
  • I love that sometimes there is a supernatural twist (Yrsa Sigurdardottir, I Remember You: A Ghost Story, Camilla Lackberg, The Lost Boy)
  • I love the inspiration vibes that I get from crime fiction
  • I love the excuse to read my favorite authors (Ruth Rendell, Yrsa Sigurdardottir, Camilla Lackberg, etc)
  • I love all crime fiction if there are interesting characters and a strong plot. If the first sentence of the book fails to "sink" me in, I will not bother with the rest.
  • I love reviewing crime fiction as it makes me feel like a criminologist (even though I am far from it)
  • I love crime fiction because it's not another sappy Nicholas Spark's novel, with unrealistic stories and characters (see Atonement for more feels + real love)
  • I love crime fiction because I grow tired of reading other people's love stories as I am too busy waiting for my own!

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Rottweiler

Setting/Style
 A gloomy and atmospheric London

Plot
Inez Ferry lives a lonely life after the death of her beloved husband. She spends her nights in quiet desperation, watching life from the sidelines. She runs an antique shop on the ground floor of her home, but she is pulled out of her comatic state when the Rottweiler kills again, this time near her residence.
The Rottweiler strangles his victims, and after doing so, he takes an item off them. When one of the items turns up in Inez's shop, she finds herself questioning everyone around her.

Characters
Fleshed out really well, not wooden or decorative. Flawed in their own way, others dark, some deadly...

Impressions
This book reads like an Agatha Christie novel, but that being said, I don't mean it's not original. The author, Ruth Rendell creates mystery, tension, suspension in stages. The setting is so well written that I felt I was there, the characters so well fleshed out, that I felt I knew them. I would say the book is more character driven, as the characters create the story, and if you like that sort of thing (like I do), then I recommend this book!


10/10

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

The Little Stranger

Sarah Waters' The Little Stranger,  is set after the Second World War in a ruined mansion called Hundreds Hall, which stands formidable and gloomy, in the English countryside; the only company that is kept there are the ghosts of the past.
Dr. Faraday, a country doctor by profession, is called back to Hundreds Hall after 30 years since his last visit there... Once there, he meets with the Ayers family and takes an immediate liking to the eldest sister, Caroline, but is perplexed by Roderick's, Caroline's younger brother, increasingly erratic behavior, while shadowy memories from the past begin to seep in...


Style

Sarah Waters delivers an atmospheric ghost story; a slow burn in the same vein as The Haunting of Hill House. It is a vivid  "portrait" of a family's slow decline into destitution and with a ghost attached to it, or ghosts (that is open to your own interpretation).


Characters

I wasn't attached or intrigued by any character specifically, rather their actions to the events that unfold around them, but if I was to pick, I would say it is Caroline, as she seems to be the strongest of the three, and the one who is more practical and reasonable.

 9/10

Sunday, April 15, 2018

The Girl in the Woods

Another Camilla Lackberg gem! If you are a lover of crime fiction, such as I am, be sure to check out the author's latest: The  Girl in the Woods. When 4- year old Nia, goes missing from her home, an idyllic country house in Fjalbacka, old memories are awakened: 30 years prior, right from the same country house, 4-year old Stella is found murdered. Subsequently, two 13-year old girls are convicted of her murder. Now, one is back in Fjalbacka, and she is a famous Hollywood movie star, while the other one, has never left and now lives a boring, almost obscure, existence. In this book, the eleventh in the book series, Detective Patrik Hedstrom, and his beloved wife Erica Falk try to uncover the mystery behind the two cases. Are they somehow connected? This book is far more gritty than the rest of Lackberg's books; its intensity lies in the writing of the plot. Lackberg paints a harsh picture of a community of total strangers, that are thrown together when tragedy strikes. I "devoured" this book in just four days, and I kept going back to it after I was done, like a detective returning to the crime scene. Who did it? Who could have been so heartless, and what kind of world are children being raised up in? 

Score: 10/10 Worth it!

Women Wednesday: Women Empowerment Tag

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