Book Review: Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed by Laurie Halse Anderson & Leila del Duca (2020)

Tuesday, June 9th, 2020

A fresh reimagining of Wonder Woman’s origin story.

five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC through NetGalley chaos on the net. Trigger warning for violence against women and children, including street harassment, human trafficking, and allusions to rape.)

Princess Diana’s sixteenth Born Day party is well underway when the barrier guarding Themyscira from the human world ruptures, allowing several rafts filled with scared refugees ashore. In keeping with the Five Mothers’ decree, Queen Hippolyta is content to care for those who make it to shore, nursing them to health, only to send them back into the world they fled – after administering a forgetting serum, of course story von instagram herunterladen. But further Amazonian intervention is prohibited until the mysterious “Great Evil of the Universe” returns.

So when a raft packed with men, women, and children threatens to capsize at sea, Diana rushes to their aid. Though she’s still coming into her powers, this Changeling-Amazon is plenty strong enough to pull the raft to Themyscira … that is, if the barrier didn’t do such an excellent job of shielding it from the outside world, which is where Diana now finds herself egg clock.

Along with her comrades, Diana eventually winds up in an immigration camp in Greece, where her ability to speak literally every language makes her an emissary of sorts. She quickly catches the eyes of Steve and Trevor Chang (side note: I love love love the recasting of Steve Trevor as a gay couple!), who use their UN connections to get Diana a U.S where can I download tubemate. student visa and temporary housing in NYC.

Diana becomes fast friends with her pseudo guardian, Henke, but Henke’s granddaughter Raissa proves harder to win over. Diana loves helping Raissa in her volunteer work – providing free lunches to kids during the summer months, and tending to the community’s green spaces – even if it introduces her to some of the harsher realities of life in the human world: street harassment, homelessness, corporate greed, human trafficking, and sexual violence gratis herunterladen von youtube. When one of her young friends goes missing, it’s time for Diana to break out the lasso of truth and get to superheroing.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I love DC’s YA imprint, because it makes a nice entry point for relative newbies like myself. But Wonder Woman is a bit of an exception, both for me and as a whole: I’m already familiar with some of DC’s Wonder Woman titles (most notably the New 52), and she’s such a huge part of popular culture, that I don’t think you can help but have some passing knowledge of her mythos herunterladen. That’s not to say I don’t love and adore Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed – just for slightly different reasons.

For starters, there’s the storytelling; it’s lovely and urgent and exactly what you’d expect from Laurie Halse Anderson. In keeping with the progressive bent of DC’s YA titles, Wonder Woman: Tempest Tossed gives Wonder Woman’s origin story a fresh spin that incorporates a number of pressing contemporary social issues herunterladen. Chief among them is the plight of immigrants and refugees, a group that includes Wonder Woman herself. Cut off from her homeland, unable to return, Diana is a young woman without a country or family…at least not one that exists in this world. She’s special, sure, but also one of millions: just one face in the huddled masses. Absent her warrior tribe, Diana must learn how best to harness her powers to help lift up others herunterladen.

The theme of alienation also hangs heavy: as the only child born on Themyscira, Diana isn’t like her Amazon sisters. She’s (comparatively) weak, frail, and prone to mood swings and inexplicable crying fits. Her body frequently betrays her. She’s a (shudder) teenager – on an island filled with ageless, immortal warrior women. The indignity of it all musikvideo downloaden! But if she feels like she doesn’t quite fit in on Themyscira, Diana is truly out of her element in Greece and NYC, where capitalism is a death cult that reigns supreme.

I really enjoyed watching Diana Prince adapt to her new life, making friends, mastering parkour, and beating on street harassers. Raissa and Henke are interesting characters as well, but mostly take a backseat to a young Wonder Woman (as does almost everyone, or so one must assume) herunterladen.

The ending is a little improbable, in that the two big bad plotlines converge so neatly, and yet. Maybe it’s no so outlandish after all. The one percenters have all but become cartoon villains these days.

The artwork is lovely, and I especially loved those scenes set on Themyscira. (Hippolyta & Co., living the dream. Although the scene where she kicked a refugee in the face was unexpectedly harsh and dark. I wonder if we’ll get some backstory there?)

And the final pages, where Diana and her new family celebrate Henke’s boyfriend’s naturalization? TEARS.

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Book Review: After the Flood by Kassandra Montag (2019)

Monday, September 2nd, 2019

A promising premise that does not deliver.

two out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss stream videos herunterladen firefox. Trigger warning for rape, kidnapping, human trafficking, suicide, and drug use.)

This is how the water takes us.

DNF at 76%.

Thirty-something Myra lives in a future that could one day very well be our own. Flooding fueled by climate change gradually claimed the coasts before she was born; and, when she just a young woman, the Hundred Year flood reached her doorstep – the plains of Nebraska – sweeping her mother away in a tidal wave from deezer. The family – her migrant husband, Jacob; daughter Row; and Grandfather – retreated to the second floor of the house, as Grandfather raced against time to build them a boat on which to navigate this terrifying new world. But before he could finish, Jacob fled with a neighbor, taking Row with him…and leaving a pregnant Myra behind.

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Bird is too small to make such as a treacherous passing – but the Sedna, which comes to their aid, is just perfect. Can Myra convince its inhabitants to make the journey? Should she? Is it okay to sacrifice their lives for that of their daughter? To sacrifice Pearl for Row?

If this sounds like Mad Max: Fury Road, but with too much water instead of not enough, then you understand my initial excitement kik herunterladen. I devoured the first 25% or so of the book; the early world building is promising:

We still called oceans by their former names, but it was really one giant ocean now, littered with pieces of land like crumbs fallen from the sky.

The remnants of humanity either live in crowded slums wedged into the sides of what used to be mountain ranges, but are now more like islands; the rest risk weather, starvation, dehydration, and pirate-raiders (the descendants of private military outfits, natch) at sea separation of goods free of charge. Human trafficking is prevalent, as is colonizing, now with the biological warfare!

Sadly, After the Flood breaks down like this: 40% pointless whining about ethical dilemmas (Myra’s gonna Myra, am I right?), 30% boat talk, 10% cringy sex scenes, and maybe, generously, 20% intriguing world building and poetic prose about the natural world.

The characters are either unlikable or not fully fleshed out (or both) – and when I say “unlikable,” I don’t mean in that love to hate ’em, Gone Girl kind of way herunterladen. Unlikable characters can be super-entertaining, but this is not the case here. Myra is unrelentingly irritating; her internal conflicts are dull and repetitive, and the umbrage she takes at discovering that other people also have their own, sometimes hidden agendas would be laughable if it wasn’t so annoyingly self-absorbed and hypocritical. (Pot, meet kettle.) She flies into a rage with Daniel even though her deceptions are arguably worse; he’s just floating along in the wake of destruction she’s creating in her quest to rescue Row diskpart herunterladen.

Daniel is wholly uninteresting, and Pearl is more of a brat than is reasonable in this world; idk how she could act like that and survive for so long. And for all her whining about how Myrna doesn’t listen to her…didn’t they just spend the better part of a decade trapped on a small boat together, with only each other (and, for a brief period, one other person) for company herunterladen?

Abran, the captive of the Sedna, is not believable as a leader at all. He’s a bossy, short-tempered alcoholic without the stones to make the hard decisions. I can’t see anyone following him from one Grateful Dead concert to the next, let alone across the vast, empty ocean. Montag forces him into a love triangle with Daniel and Myrna and the whole thing is just yawn wallpapers for free.

It hurts to see what could have been an engaging and prescient story go down like this, but it is what it is. Honestly, I’m puzzled at all the glowing early reviews. Were we reading the same book?

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Book Review: The Girl Before, Rena Olsen (2016)

Monday, August 8th, 2016

A harrowing (if atypical) tale of human trafficking free pc cleaner.

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free electronic ARC for review through NetGalley adblock plus firefox for free. Trigger warning for violence, including rape.)

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Alt title: “The Deprogramming of Diana McKinley.”

The Girl Before begins with a bang and a whimper as federal agents raid the headquarters of a human trafficking ring in the Rocky Mountains new font. Among the girls and women rescued is Clara Lawson (real name Diana McKinley), who was abducted from a park near her home when she was just six years old herunterladen.

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Book Review: The Glass Arrow, Kristen Simmons (2015)

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

Meet The Handmaid’s Tale’s Younger YA Cousin

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review from the publisher am handy bilder herunterladen. Trigger warning for rape – including allusions to rape, at least one rape attempt, medical rape, and general rape culture – human trafficking, slavery, and violence.)

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Fifteen-year-old Aiyana (Aya to her family; Clover to her captors) is a rarity – a free woman living in the forests of Isor haikyuu. Along with her mostly-adopted family – her cousin Salma; fellow refugee Metea; and Metea’s children, Bian, Tam, and Nina – Aya hunts and gathers the food she needs, prays to Mother Hawk for guidance, and just generally goes about her business, all while evading detection by the feared Trackers mit firefox youtube musik downloaden.

In the nearby city of Glasscaster, women are items to be bought and sold. Property. Slaves. Young women may be purchased for sex (read: rape) or for breeding, only to be foisted off on pimps in the Black Lanes after they’re all “used up.” Along with “First Rounders” (read: virgins), “wild girls” are among the most valuable of them all – not only do Magnates take especial pleasure in breaking these formerly free women down, but their time outside of the city and its attendant pollution has blessed them with superior fertility sims 4 für mac download kostenlos. Lucky them.

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Book Review: The Country of Ice Cream Star, Sandra Newman (2015)

Friday, April 3rd, 2015

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five out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free copy of this book for review through Goodreads’s First Reads program herunterladen. Major trigger warning for rape, human trafficking, forced abortion and sterilization, violence, and scenes of war.)

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Of littles, there be Dinty Moore Two Fall who cannot hear, Naomi Two Forgotten, Maple Two Diop who be a son of John of Christ, Mohammed Three Insulting, Story Four Duval that has got reddish hair, Problem Four Tool, Luvanna-Lana Five of Lowell, Best Creature Five Wang who is misname and be annoying, Mustapha Five Insulting, Dollar Saver Six Fall, a fine enchanting little who can sing, Baboucar Seven Grandpa, Jeep Cherokee Seven Skips and Foxen Seven Fall stream and. The mother of all three Falls be alive but gone to Lowell, now name Lowell Second Plumber and got posies bad.

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Next be Tequila Fourteen Tool, Mari’s Ghost Fourteen Diouf, Hate You Fourteen Ka, and Asha Badmouth Fifteen Feet. Then come my place. Then come malicieuse Crow Sixteen Doe, and Villa Seventeen Insulting, fool infatuate for any male. When she ain’t bother males, she eat, that be the list of what she do. Last come my Driver, which make thirty-eight in Sengle town.

These been my Sengles in the year when Driver been our sergeant; time that kindly John been husband of the Christing fellowship; when the Lowells’ El Mayor been Sengle born and Sengle brave. Mamadou was NewKing of Mass Armies, savage like his people – yet the child have dignity and sense, best of the worst.

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Book Review: The Walled City, Ryan Graudin (2014)

Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

“We’re stronger than they think.”

four out of five stars

(Full disclosure: I received a free ARC for review through Goodreads’ First Reads program how to download videos from zdf mediathek. Also, trigger warning for rape.)

Mei Yee was just fifteen years old when her abusive, alcoholic father sold her to the Reapers for mere pocket change word gratisen student. In the dark of night, the Reapers came for her: they stole her from where she slept, tossed her into a van with a group of other trafficked girls, and crossed into the Hak Nam Walled City – a place of pain, disease, and death shieldwall herunterladen. Here she was purchased by the Brotherhood of the Red Dragon, the brutal gang that controls the 6.5 acres of the Walled City, and put to “work” in one of their many brothels herunterladen. Unlike the twenty other girls who share her prison, Mei Yee is “lucky” – rather than servicing four or five men in one night, many of whom get off on hitting defenseless girls, Ambassador Osamu took a shining to the beautiful girl and purchased the right to rape her exclusively herunterladen.

It’s been two years since Mei Yee last saw her sister, but Master Longwai’s words echo in her head: “There is no escape.” Certainly not for Sing, who was quickly caught after a botched attempt and injected with heroin as a lesson to the others instagram stories herunterladen app.

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Quick Hit: Pork for Tits

Monday, January 19th, 2009

This story has already made the rounds, but I think it merits another mention anyway: A California man stands accused of selling his 14-year-old daughter for $16,000, 100 cases of beer and several cases of “meat” herunterladen.

CNN has a fairly detailed report on the case:

A California man sold his 14-year-old daughter to an 18-year-old man for cash, beer and meat — then called police when the prospective bridegroom didn’t live up to his end of the deal, authorities said Tuesday herunterladen.

Marcelino de Jesus Martinez, 36, of Greenfield, California, was arrested Monday and booked into the Monterey County Jail, Greenfield police said in a statement discord herunterladen chip. He faces felony charges of receiving money for causing a person to cohabitate, police said.

Martinez had arranged through a third party to have his daughter marry the older teenager, identified by authorities as Margarito de Jesus Galindo, of Gonzales, California herunterladen. In exchange, Galindo was to pay Martinez $16,000 and provide him with 160 cases of beer, 100 cases of soda, 50 cases of Gatorade, two cases of wine, and six cases of meat, Greenfield Police Chief Joe Grebmeier told CNN spotify musik herunterladen offline.

All those involved in the case are from the western Mexican state of Oaxaca, the police chief said. In the Oaxacan community, such an agreement is “normal and honorable,” he said vimeo video herunterladen mac. “In California, it’s against the law.”

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He said he wanted to send a message to immigrant communities that such behavior is unacceptable. He said his department has long heard rumors of children as young as 12 being sold or offered for sale tierbilder kostenlos herunterladen. The Greenfield police statement said arranged marriages between young girls and older men “have become a local problem.”

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