Sanjeev Sharma Sharma itibaren White Lake, ND, Birleşik Devletler
Got this book because I love Susan Howatch. These earlier stories aren't up to her later stuff, but still a compelling read.
I’ve been reading plenty of books in the 18 months or so since I last posted a “book blog” entry. I’ve been a lazy blogger. I admit it. After waiting for my number to come up for this book on loan from the library, I began reading “NEXT” late Thursday night. Actually, I only read the introduction and then went to sleep. Then I picked it up the next afternoon. This book became my Friday night date, and I finished it Saturday morning. “NEXT” is a well-timed book about genetic engineering — specifically, our total lack of legal, social, and ethical preparation for how to handle this science that is growing by leaps and bounds. This is not a ground-breaking or earth-shattering book, but it is a page-turner, despite some editorial errors: in one case, a genetic experiment which had nothing to do with sexuality or gender identity was mistakenly referred to as “transgender,” rather than “transgenic.” Did the book make me think? Probably not in the way the author and publisher intended. Genetic engineering has been on many people’s radar for a good while, and there’s little news coming out of this arena that shocks me. A number of years ago, I just started assuming that human cloning projects were already underway and all manner of experiments had at least been attempted, at some time in some place. Do I think that we have the necessary wisdom to make sensible and ethical decisions about the short- and long-term impact of genetic manipulation? As a mass consciousness, no, not so much. As individuals, some of us do, many of us don’t. I do admire Crichton’s ability to interweave so many characters and sub-plots, while introducing expository information in just the right amount at just the right time. Many authors struggle with this — Dan Brown in particular. While being carried along by the story, I was also studying Crichton’s style, and am understanding why he’s such a popular author — even though his books tend to be rather long and scientifically dense (if not always completely accurate). I love it when I get hooked like this by a book. I remember similar marathon reads of Crichton’s “Jurassic Park” and “Timeline.” I also hate it — because I was already really tired when I started reading, and had a lot of other things to get done in that period of time. Still, I found myself carrying some saltines to bed Friday night, so I could keep reading while actually eating something (since I’d forgotten about food for a while). Now, it’s back to the library for this book, so the next patron can have a go at it. I hope that person will enjoy it as much as I did. In the meantime, I’ve got many more titles waiting for me….
I first described this novel as sort of a "hooker with a heart of gold" but the "hooker" is man, which takes place in the regency/Victorian era in London. And I have to say I haven't read a regency romance like this before, it was refreshing reading a new plot (which was very steamy at times) in this genre (well new, in regard to the male hooker thing). The novel quickly pulls you into this world where beautiful Alex (he even has adorable dimples) is a whore in a brothel for women. He specializes in virgins, who want to be prepared and able to seduce their future husbands, but dear Alex doesn't like his job. He's a prisoner in "gilded cage" owned by Lady Lavender, the madam of the brothel. Now meet Grace, who is accidentally, on purpose, sent to the brothel under the guise she would find help discovering a hidden treasure. Alex is tasked with teaching her the ways of the boudoir, but all Grace wants to know is where is the treasure book. It takes a while for Grace to figure out what's going on (Alex has to get completely nude for it to sink in) and she leaves... but that brief meeting sparked something in the pair. The novel follows Alex's attempts to escape from his prison and Grace's desire to provide for her sickly mother and little sister. It was a compelling story which at times you won't want to put the book down because you eagerly want to know how it will end. I have to warn you, I found this novel quite erotic, but not enough to classify it as erotica, but certainly for the 18+ crowd.
Put this on my "chiklit" shelf because I think only women will read, enjoy & be able to relate to it. Like many of Siddons' books it has a melancholy feel. Enjoyed her descriptions of Martha's Vineyard and the atmosphere "painted" in the novel. Another Siddons' that helps us realize "family" may not be our blood relations, or even those we marry, but a group of people who are together and care for each other.