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Copper Sun by Sharon M. Draper – And Other Stuff

I owe everyone an apology, as this book was on the Audible Daily Deal today, and I missed getting it posted. Bad Leiah! No Biscuit!

It’s been a hard week for me – not an excuse, just an explanation. My HiJinx is going downhill. Well, she is nearly 12, which is amazing for a Boxer – jinxballinmouththey usually hit about 10 and simply fade away. So I have been lucky – but with so much loss lately I find myself hanging on to her. So, sleep has been a matter of a few minutes here and there so that she doesn’t slip away while I sleep. Selfish, I know. But my housemate was home today, so I slept for hours on end knowing she would wake me if anything happens.

Sex Trafficking by HARO21
Photo courtesy of Deviantart.com All rights reserved. HARO21

So, Back to Copper Sun. This looks like a really terrific listen. It actually caught my attention more than some because of what is going on in “the world today. Americans seem to have a built-in filter – a filter which wipes their brains of the fact that, while we kick and scream and come off all “Holier-than-Thou” when it comes to the “we are perfect when it comes to human rights” scenario. We aren’t, and we never were. Slaughter of the Native Americans, Slavery, our history is checkered, to say the least. Even today, slavery is rampant – though now it is white women and children who are the victims in massive sex trafficking rings.

Yes, we need to help the victims in other countries. But we also need to acknowledge our own history – and help the victims who still exist in America today.


 

draperWritten by: Sharon M. Draper

  • Narrated by: Myra Lucretia Taylor
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins Unabridged Audiobook
  • Fifteen-year-old Amari witnesses the murder of her family and the destruction of her remote African village. She endures countless humiliations as she is beaten, branded, and forced to board a slave ship. The atrocities continue as she struggles through endless days of backbreaking work and daily degradation on a plantation.
    Photo courtesy of Robert E. Howard. All rights reserved.

    Somehow, through it all, Amari’s hopes and dreams survive, because there are moments of kindness from an indentured white girl, Polly, and the gentle wife of the plantation owner. Amari and Polly find that by working together, freedom could be possible.

    In this well-researched novel, award-winning author and educator Sharon M. Draper successfully embarks upon historical fiction to explore plantation life.

    ©2006 Sharon M. Draper; (P)2006 Recorded Books, LLC

     

Review: The Vines By Christopher Rice

You want to believe that there’s one relationship in life that’s beyond betrayal. A relationship that’s beyond that kind of hurt. And there isn’t.Caleb Carr

vinesCaitlin Chaisson has been betrayed, in the most horrible ways, all of her life. Her family and her husband have used and abused her since childhood. Her own father tried to pay her best friend to marry her. Well, she may be rich, but being ugly made her a victim of her family’s humiliating treatment since her birth. But when she walks in on her husband having sex with gold-digger in the bathroom during her birthday party, well, what happens next will open the door to an old, old evil. An evil that is determined to give birth.

I haven’t read Christopher Rice before, but after reading The Vines, I will be looking up his other books. This falls easily within the horror genre, with quite creative “monsters” – but as much as the horror-story monsters are scary in their own right, the monstrous humans were actually just as scary. No, scratch that. The human monsters were more scary. Hatred, bigotry, murder, all those human emotions are there, as well as betrayal and humiliation. And deep, deep hatred.

The history of African Slaves in Louisiana is a big part of the story – and that story one of horror that even the most scary of the written genre cannot touch.  For all the American preaching about the horrors and despair in other countries, our own history is filled with rivers of blood, pain and death to rival any third-world country’s history of warlords and genocide.

I highly recommend the book. It is odd, quirky, scary and above all beautifully and atmospherically written. Well worth your time.

I receive this book from the publisher in return for a realistic review. If you like my review, please choose “This Review Was Helpful” when the book posts to Amazon.com on October 21! Thanks!

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