giovedì, febbraio 23, 2017

Change Your Mind, Heal Your Body: When modern medicine has no cure, the answer lies within by Anna Parkinson, Benjamin Zephania (Foreword)

Change Your Mind, Heal Your Body: When modern medicine has no cure, the answer lies withinChange Your Mind, Heal Your Body: When modern medicine has no cure, the answer lies within by Anna Parkinson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The story of a woman and how she managed to heal a brain tumor using yoga and meditation. Also interesting because of the other stories she describes.

La storia di una donna e di come sia riuscita a curarsi da un tumore al cervello utilizzando lo yoga e la meditazione. Interessante anche per le altre storie che illustra.

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martedì, febbraio 21, 2017

Parallel Attraction (Midnight Warriors, #1) by Deidre Knight

Parallel Attraction (Midnight Warriors, #1)Parallel Attraction by Deidre Knight
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The idea was pretty good, but in the end the book was a little bit boring, maybe the next one is better....

L'idea iniziale non era per niente male, tra alieni e viaggi nel tempo, ma alla fine il libro era un po' noioso, magari il prossimo é meglio.

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domenica, febbraio 19, 2017

Suspicious Minds: Madness, Society, and the Limits of Neuroscience by Ian Gold, Joel Gold

Suspicious Minds: Madness, Society, and the Limits of NeuroscienceSuspicious Minds: Madness, Society, and the Limits of Neuroscience by Ian Gold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The history of "madness" with particular attention to delusions. Everything starts from patients who develop the " Truman Show syndrome", id est those who believe that their life is not real, but part of a drama and then taken by the cameras 24 hours a 24, an interesting name for one of the infinite variations of paranoid psychosis. Through the stories, which sometimes seem surreal if they were not sad, the authors illustrate the various paths that lead to delusion and suspicion as the modern context facilitates everything. In all this, biological psychiatry could help to lend a hand and also use the context as a part to be changed to facilitate the healing of the client, or at least make some symptoms more tolerable in order to enable him/her to live a proper life.

La storia della "pazzia" con particolare attenzione alle illusioni. Tutto parte dai pazienti che sviluppano "la sindrome del Truman Show", quelli cioè che ritengono che la loro vita non sia reale, ma faccia parte di uno sceneggiato e quindi ripresa dalle telecamere 24 ore su 24, un nome interessante per una delle infinite variazioni della psicosi paranoica. Attraverso le storie, che a volte sembrano anche surreali se non fossero tristissime, di alcuni pazienti, i due autori illustrano le varie strade che portano dal sospetto all'illusione e come il moderno contesto faciliti il tutto. In tutto questo la psichiatria biologica potrebbe aiutare a dare una mano e utilizzare anche il contesto come parte da modificare per facilitare la guarigione del cliente, o quanto meno rendere alcuni sintomi piú tollerabili in modo da permettergli di vivere una vita adeguata.

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venerdì, febbraio 17, 2017

The Arrow (Highland Guard, #9) by Monica McCarty

The Arrow (Highland Guard, #9)The Arrow by Monica McCarty
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Beautiful new book in this series, which occasionally reserve a few surprises like the story between Gregor and Cate. He is the handsome knight, but he is one of the phantom of Bruce and the best archer in circulation. She lives in his castle ever since she has been found at five years old in the bottom of a well. Both hide some secret, perhaps she a little bit more thank him, but some they are able to explain, or at least they try.

Bel nuovo libro in questa serie, che di tanto in tanto riserva ancora qualche sorpresa tipo la storia tra Gregor e Cate. Lui é il bello della situazione a cui di solito non danno tanto credito, ma é anche uno dei Phantom di Bruce ed il migliore arciere in circolazione. Lei vive nel suo castello da quando é stata trovata a 5 anni sul fondo di un pozzo. Entrambi nascondono qualche segreto, forse lei piú di lui, ma e´anche vero che quando i nodi vengono al pettine, riescono a spiegarsi, o almeno ci provano.

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mercoledì, febbraio 15, 2017

From Souk to Souk: Travels Through the Middle East by Robin Ratchford

From Souk to Souk: Travels Through the Middle East

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Delightful book, the trips of an courageous woman to the major capitals of the Middle East: going from Instambul to a Syria that had not yet been ravaged by war and then visiting Damascus and Aleppo. Continuing through all the various nuances of the money through Dubai and Qatar to arrive in Arabia Felix, i.e. Yemen which is drying. Then move from Afghanistan and Iraq, as not to miss anything. Charming

Libro delizioso, i viaggi di una donna intraprendente nelle maggiori capitali del medio oriente: partire da Instambul passando per una Siria che ancora non era stata devastata dalla guerra e visitando quindi Damasco ed Aleppo Proseguire attraverso tutte le varie sfumature dei soldi attraverso Dubai e il Qatar per arrivare nell'Arabia Felix, nello Yemen che si sta seccando. Passare poi dall'Afghanistan e dall'Iraq, cosí, tanto per non farsi mancare niente.
Affascinante.

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lunedì, febbraio 13, 2017

Crave The Night (Midnight Breed, #12) by Lara Adrian

Crave The Night (Midnight Breed, #12)Crave The Night by Lara Adrian
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As a matter of fact I was longing for the book of Nathan, and it didn't really disappoint me, I was just hoping for something different, something "more" whatever it means....

Devo dire che il libro su Nathan lo aspettavo da tanto e non mi ha deluso, solo che speravo in qualcosa di diverso, in qualcosa di "piú", qualsiasi cosa significhi....

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sabato, febbraio 11, 2017

Why Can't They Get Along?: A Trialogue Between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian by Dan Cohn-Sherbok, Dawoud El-Alami, George Chryssides

Why Can't They Get Along?: A Trialogue Between a Muslim, a Jew and a Christian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Interesting and deep dialogue between three professors who profess the three monotheistic religions: Christianity, Judaism and Islam. For once, also, it is not only the tolerance is preached, as well as the importance of knowing what are the main differences between cults and what are the major differences in dealing with key issues such as sex.

Interessante e profondo dialogo tra tre professori che professano le tre diverse religioni monoteistiche: cristianesimo, giudaismo ed Islam. Per una volta inoltre, non é solo la tolleranza che viene predicata, quanto anche l'importanza di conocere quali siano le principali differenze tra i culti e quali siano le maggiori differenze nel gestire le problematiche fondamentali come per esempio il sesso.

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giovedì, febbraio 09, 2017

Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair, #3) by Raine Miller

Eyes Wide Open (The Blackstone Affair, #3)

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Let's be clear: without the sex scenes this book would last less than 50 pages. That said, the story finally finds a purpose and Ethan, fascinating and rich sociopath, and Bryenne have the happy marriage. So now it is explained the necessity of a spin-off, but not that of a fourth volume in this series.

Che sia chiaro: senza le scene di sesso questo libro sarebbe durato meno di 50 pagine. Detto questo la storia finalmente trova una fine ed Ethan, fascinoso e ricco sociopatico, e Bryenne convolano a felici nozze. Quindi ora mi spiego la necessitá di uno spin-off, ma non quella di un quarto volume in questa serie.

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martedì, febbraio 07, 2017

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Stretch: Unlock the Power of Less -  and Achieve More Than You Ever ImaginedStretch: Unlock the Power of Less - and Achieve More Than You Ever Imagined by Scott Sonenshein
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was interesting enough, but from time to time I got the impression that, as the title meant, the author was stretching some situations and experiences to validate his point of view. Still it was a worth reading.

Abbastanza interessante, se non fosse che a volte ho avuto l'impressione che l'autore stesse "stiracchiando" alcune situazioni ed esperienze per confermare il suo punto di vista. Comunque vale la pena leggerlo.

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Batman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the BatmenBatman: Detective Comics, Volume 1: Rise of the Batmen by James Tynion IV
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Such a cool story with great illustrations and dialogues, sooo looking forward to read the next chapter!

Storia fighissima con illustrazioni magnifiche e bei dialoghi! Non vedo l'ora di leggere il prossimo capitolo della saga.

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Quantum Fuzz: The Strange True Makeup of Everything Around UsQuantum Fuzz: The Strange True Makeup of Everything Around Us by Michael S Walker
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Starting from the beginning of 1900 the greatest physic's discoveries and their real or hypothetical applications, explained with a clear language (when possible) and with pictures. Very interesting.

La storia delle piú recenti scoperte della fisica (a partire dal 1900) spiegate chiaramente (quando possibile) e corredate di immagini. Molto interessante.

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The RefugeesThe Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After reading The sympathizer, I was looking forward to read this book and I was not disappointed because, as a matter of fact, I think the author is even better at writing short stories than novels, but as I read only this two books I cannot really say.
The deep meaning of living abroad, far from one's country, in a different culture, what does really mean loss, all subjects that are developed by this stories and gives us a lot of food for thoughts. Remarkable.

Dopo aver letto The Sympathizer non vedevo lora di leggere questi racconti e non sono sicuramente rimasta delusa, in quanto, secondo me ma é ingiusto dirlo, l'autore é piú bravo con le storie brevi rispetto ai romanzi, anche se ho letto solo 2 sue opere. Il significato piú profondo di vivere in un paese che non é il nostro, il concetto di cultura differente, cosa significa veramente perdere la propria patria e tanti altri concetti, vengono affrontate in queste storie che danno sicuramente molto da pensare. Libro notevole per molti versi.

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The Duke (Victorian Rebels, #4)The Duke by Kerrigan Byrne
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Cole and Ginny are two good characters but someway their story is not so compelling. The beginning was pretty good but in the end the "secret" was kept too long and the "resolution" was too fast, I think it could have been handled in a better way. I mostly gave 3 stars to this book because I'm a big fan of this series and I hope for the next book to be better.

Cole e Ginny non sono male come personaggi, ma in qualche modo la loro storia non decolla nonostante l'inizio promettente. Secondo me il problema é stato che "il segreto" é stato mantenuto troppo a lungo e quando finalmente siamo arrivati alla soluzione era, secondo me, un po' troppo tardi e troppo affrettata. Gli ho dato 3 stelle fondamentalmente perché sono una grande fan della serie ed ho fiducia per il prossimo libro.

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Marta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset, Tiina Nunnally (Translation)

Marta Oulie: A Novel of BetrayalMarta Oulie: A Novel of Betrayal by Sigrid Undset
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Too cynical and disenchanted to look like Emma Bovary or even Effie Briest, this woman whose diary we read and that begins with the famous words "I have been unfaithful to my husband" I didn't really made appreciate. The book is beautiful, mind you, I only had a few problems to empathize with the main character, she is looking for something that, being a woman at the beginning of the last century (or even this if you want) and the double standards prevailing at the moment, she is prevented from finding. But then I'm not really sure that she knew what to look for, as I had the feeling of a more generic horror vacui.

Troppo cinica e disincantata per assomigliare ad Emma Bovary o anche ad Effie Briest, questa donna di cui leggiamo il diario che inizia con la fatidica frase "sono stata infedele a mio marito" nonmi ha poi fatto impazzire. Il libro é bellissimo, sia chiaro, ho solo avuto qualche problema ad empatizzare con il personaggio principale, alla ricerca di qualcosa che sia l'essere donna agli inizi del secolo scorso (o anche di questo se vogliamo) sia la doppia morale imperante, alla quale comunque non si piega in finale, gli viene impedito di trovare. Ma io non sono poi convinta che lei sapesse cosa cercare, ho come avuto la sensazione di un piú generico horror vacui.

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domenica, febbraio 05, 2017

Right Wife by Beverly Barton

Right WifeRight Wife by Beverly Barton
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Strange book, but not bad. My main problem is that I spent the whole story to deeply hate the main character, whom should be the hero to be precise. Maggie has always seemed to me a bit too easy to fall prey to her passions, so I'm fond of a lot more secondary characters compared to the couple protagonist of the novel.

Libro strano, ma non brutto, il mio problema fondamentale é che ho passato tutta la storia ad odiare profondamente il personaggio principale, quello che dovrebbe essere l'eroe per capirsi. Maggie mi é sempre sembrata un po' troppo preda delle sue passioni e quindi mi sono affezionata molto di piú ai personaggi secondari che non alla coppia protagonista del romanzo.

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venerdì, febbraio 03, 2017

Moral Imagination: Essays by David Bromwich

Moral Imagination: EssaysMoral Imagination: Essays by David Bromwich
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The author uses a series of essays based on discourses of men -famous for various and different reasons - like Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Abraham Lincoln, etc... To highlight how the moral imagination, allows us to determine whether an action or situation are "morally right" regardless of self-interest that we may have. Clear, but not particularly compelling and at times repetitive.

L'autore utilizza una serie di saggi basati su discorsi di uomini famosi per varie ragioni (Martin Luther King, Shakespeare, Abramo Lincoln, etc.) per sottolineare come l'immaginazione morale, ci permetta di stabilire se un'azione o una situazione siano "moralmente giuste" a prescindere dal tornaconto che potremmo averne. Chiaro, ma non particolarmente avvincente ed a tratti ripetitivo.

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giovedì, febbraio 02, 2017

Echoes in Death (In Death, #44) by J.D. Robb *BLOG TOUR*



WITH MORE THAN 450 MILLION BOOKS IN PRINT WORLDWIDE NORA ROBERTS IS
THE THIRD MOST BESTSELLING AUTHOR IN THE WORLD

OVER THE LAST 30 YEARS, AN AVERAGE OF
27 NORA ROBERTS BOOKS HAVE BEEN SOLD EVERY MINUTE

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ECHOES IN DEATH
Publishing 7th February 2017
Hardback | £18.99 | Also available on eBook
A dark and gripping new case for Lieutenant Eve Dallas – from number one bestseller J.D. Robb
New York at night. A young woman stumbles out on to a busy street - right in front of Lieutenant Eve Dallas and husband Roarke. Her name is Daphne Strazza, and she has been brutally assaulted. Confused and traumatised, she manages to tell them one thing. Her attacker wore a devil's mask.
As Eve investigates this shocking case, she soon discovers a disturbing pattern. Someone is preying on wealthy couples, subjecting them to a cruel and terrifying ordeal. Worse still, the attacks are escalating in violence and depraved theatricality. Eve and her team are now in a race against time to find the man behind the mask - before he strikes again. But for Eve, this case in particular has unsettling echoes of her own troubled past . . .
Nora Roberts is the number one New York Times bestseller of more than 200 novels. She published her first novel using the pseudonym J.D. Robb in 1995, with the In Death series, Robb has become one of the biggest thriller writers on earth, with each new novel reaching number one on bestseller charts over the world. With over 450 million copies of her books in print, she is indisputably one of the most celebrated and popular writers in the world.
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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

After 44 books, this is one of the few series I'm pretty sure I will love forever. Eve and Roarke knows no limits and their stories are as cool as ever. J.D.Robb (aka Nora Roberts) please tell me your secret!!!!

Dopo 44 libri questa resta una delle serie di cui ancora aspetto con ansia il prossimo volume e sono quasi certa che non smetterá mai di piacermi. Eve e Roarke sono sempre i migliori e le loro storie le piú belle di sempre. J.D.Robb (ovvero Nora Roberts) per favore svelami il tuo segreto!!!

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mercoledì, febbraio 01, 2017

Rule Breaker (Breeds, #29) by Lora Leigh

Rule Breaker (Breeds, #29)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

As I look for the reason why can not tear myself away from this series even though we arrived to find the book number 29, I could't find it. It is not just the topic of mate forever, that there is in fact almost in all paranormal romance, or sex, which also abounds almost everywhere. I think Lora Leigh, as later in this book where the confusion also reach very high levels, has managed to create a real world where to move her characters, and almost always make the stories very interesting, so as not to leave them, a little like Scarpetta or Alex Cross.

Per quanto io cerchi la ragione per cui non riesca a staccarmi da questa serie anche se siamo arrivati al libro numero 29, non la trovo. Non é solo la questione del mate forever, che insomma c'è quasi in tutti i paranormal romance, né il sesso che pure abbonda quasi ovunque. Credo che Lora leigh, per quanto poi in questo libro la confusione arrivi anche a livelli altissimi, sia riuscita a creare un vero e proprio mondo dove fare muovere i suoi personaggi e a rendere quasi sempre le storie assolutamente interessanti, tanto da non poterle lasciare, un po' come la dott.ssa Scarpetta o Alex Cross.

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