the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood by Kasia James (ed.)

MOFK
My rating: 
4  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

‘Mother’ is a word heavy with associations.

Becoming a mother is surely one of the biggest changes and challenges in a woman’s life. It is at once an absolutely unique experience, and yet one which is so common that it is often overlooked. Motherhood is intense, relentless and absorbing, in all senses of the word.

Popular culture seems to have a split personality when it comes to motherhood – at once holding it up as a sacred ideal, and yet being a little dismissive of women as mothers. A diverse international group of women have been brave enough to share their stories, poetry and artwork to encourage you to think and feel about this most influential of relationships in a new and enlightened way.

***Contains Reading Group Questions***

My Opinion

This book is clearly structured. Cover, Contents, and Introduction are followed by the short stories, collages, poems, and illustrations. The Contributors’ chapter introduces you to the authors, a very nice supplement. The Discussion Questions complete the book, really make it whole.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is certainly not a fast read. Instead, I needed to absorb the story I just read before I could start reading the next one. Some stories are heart-breaking, all may make you contemplate your life from a different point of view.

The experiences made, differ from one story to the next. While reading, I could often relate. Reading also made me grateful. My family always believed in me and my decisions.

Congratulations to all who participated in creating this book! Reading the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood does not only mean time well spent. This book provides food for thought even before reaching the reading group questions.

the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood is a book to read again. The questions for discussion certainly ensure amazing insights.

About the editor:

Kasia James writes primarily science fiction, with forays into other slightly unreal realities, and is the author of the novel ‘The Artemis Effect’.

She reads widely and eclectically, in all genres from classics to mysteries to the occasional romance.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia, with a hydrologist and a big black cat called George.

 

My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood?  Or – if you did not yet read the MILK of Female Kindness – an ANTHOLOGY of Honest Motherhood – are you now interested?

 

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

 

Interview – David Coles

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Dear readers,

a little while ago – on 2013-10-05 – I introduced British author David Coles to you by providing his 10 Statements (10 Statements – David Coles). On Friday, 2014-03-07, my husband and I had the great pleasure to meet him and his wife Jan at the National Railway Museum in York for a short interview.



David, you and your partner in writing, Jack Everett, have written awesome books for different genres. What is your favourite genre?

My favourite genre is definitely fantasy and science fiction, perhaps favouring fantasy slightly more. Like Jack, we grew up when UK libraries were stocking f&sf from Victor Gollancz – we didn’t know each other then, of course but we both used to wander round the shelves looking at all the yellow jackets: VG’s trade mark.

Researching for a story – do you enjoy it that much that you are already inspired for another book?

I enjoy researching, I think Jack finds it less enjoyable but in both cases, it can lead to another book. Since Jack is often the initiator of a particular book, my research goes on at the same time as writing, thank goodness for the Internet and Google maps.

How do you and Jack split your work on a book?

This has changed over the years. At the start of our partnership, we used to write alternate chapters and try to leave the hero in big trouble so the other had to get him/her out of it before continuing in the same way. Nowadays, Jack has graduated to thrillers at which he is better at coming up with ideas; so now, I follow along behind checking facts as I go and adding further ideas to the plot. A case in point is our forthcoming DI White novel: “Damaged Souls” (ms has just gone to the publishers last week) where I added a full preliminary chapter following the villain’s service in the Bosnian conflict and setting the scene for his subsequent activities in the UK.

What about post-processing – how much time does it normally take?

Post-processing, I assume you refer to editing and polishing; takes some months. Jack & I will read and polish the manuscript twice, sometimes more and then divide it into separate chapters to be dealt with by our editor at the publishers – Barking Rain Press. Ti Locke is an editorial director and fantastic editor and I count her very much as a friend. She queries words or phrases not used in America: … parked on the verge – no such thing: parked on the roadside grass. Just one example of how a common language separates our two countries. She also suggests connections or possibilities we haven’t noticed. That process takes at least 6 weeks: two checks through the manuscript with each chapter being returned each time with the queries and a final check once the manuscript is ready for printing and eBook conversion. Turning the edited work into print-ready copy is no small task either and must take its turn in the queue.

What is your next project – would you like to provide a little teaser?

We’re contemplating a fourth outing for our DI White – a more light-hearted Agatha Christie type of thing and just possibly, a third sf volume in the “Arcady” series, though not with Gyle Meredon this time (as far as we know). Adele has already started a second in the “Amaranthines” series; she wants to write 3 or 4 books, each one narrated by a different character; this one by ‘Uncle Max’ is set at the turn of the 12th century in Rome – now there’s a job and a half of research.

Preview – Prologue

Amaranthines series - preview:  Prologue

Amaranthines series – preview: Prologue

 

Thank you very much for these amazing insights, David!

 

Dear readers,

for more information on David Coles, Jack Everett, Adele Abbot, and their works, please refer to the following related articles. Further reviews are upcoming, among others Postponing Armageddon by Adele Abbot.

Related articles:

Review – 1/1: Jihad-Britain

Review – The Diamond Seekers

10 Statements – Jack Everett

10 Statements – David Coles

http://www.davidbcoles.co.uk/

http://www.archimedespresseuk.com/

http://archimedespresseuk.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/at-national-railway-museum.html

 

1/1: Jihad-Britain by Jack Everett, David Coles

1-1_Jihad-Britain
My rating: 
5  of  5  stars

Plot
(by Goodreads)

New Years’ Eve: the world parties on unaware as a toll of death far beyond 9/11 and 7/7 spreads across Britain. The UK makes its own rules as 1/1 dawns and they don’t include fair play. A global-warming fuelled disaster engulfs the country. Can its citizens pull together despite differing skin colour and culture? Years later and still at large, the New Year bomber has a private agenda and a nuclear bomb.

My Opinion

When reading this thriller I was impressed by the story’s evolution. The readers not only learn what happens at New Year; they also learn why some of the terrorists started to be trained and to put their evil deeds into action. We also learn what the new Prime Minister, Francis D. Raike is up to – regarding the national safety. The characters are realistic and believable with all their flaws.  The story is is best read at a slow pace, which is good, given the alternating locales and protagonists. The story drew me in, making it difficult to put the book away between chapters.

The authors Jack Everett (http://www.jackleverett.me.uk/) and David Coles (http://www.davidbcoles.co.uk/) have written together for many years and are the best of friends.

Congratulations, Jack and David!  Reading 1/1: Jihad-Britain means time well very spent.  🙂

A must read for all thriller fans.

I am looking forward to reading further books by David Coles and Jack Everett.

1/1: Jihad-Britain as a movie?! Absolutely!

My statement on reading is described in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about 1/1: Jihad-Britain?  Or – if you did not yet read 1/1: Jihad-Britain – are you now interested?

My question for you cinephiles:
If 1/1: Jihad-Britain was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂

Related articles:

Review – The Diamond Seekers

10 Statements – Jack Everett

10 Statements – David Coles