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This is a amazing read for anyone intereseted in what it's like for a child to grow up as a kid of missionaries in a foreign country. This book descriptively tells the story from a young boy's perspective. Having attended boarding school with Tim, I know the setting well and love his descriptions of Ethiopia and Bingham Academy. Although his recollections of a time when he was just 3 or 4 years old are incredibly detailed for a kid that age, I enjoyed reading them. I don't doubt we all remember stories we've been told and retold within our families.
This is a very interesting narration about the adventures and difficulties faced by a missionary family serving in Ethiopia during the reign of Haile Selassie as told by the youngest son. The experience is enriched by Bascom's reflections looking back as an adult years later. The happenings are vividly described and the reflections are spiritually serious. Simple to read and well worth it.
This is a neat small book about a young boy growing up as a missionary child in Ethiopia. It is an interesting read, and well written. Reading the book, I felt my pulse slow, and the day meander by, and felt a small of what the author must have felt as a boy in that situation. The book does a amazing job of taking the reader to that place.Anyone wishing to experience the life of a missionary kid, or perhaps that of the kid of a foreign relief worker, may have fun this book.
This memoir begins when the writer @ age 3 goes to Ethopia with his missionary parents (his father is also a physician) and 2 brothers. Mr. Bascom is a very amazing writer, and has an uncanny ability to recall his years spent in Ethopia. I suggest that his story would have wide appeal to readers, and highly recommend it.
Contrary to what other reviewers read in this book, I found it to be less an acc of missionary experience (adequately written or not) than an acc of being a very little kid who was placed in a constant state of insecurity and anxiety by his parents. This was their choice of life, but they subjected their very young kids to the consequences of their adult choices. That they placed their kids in such constant disruption and uncertainty seems to me to be irresponsible. It seemed to me that they were very neglectful, selfish and even emotionally abusive. Does having a "calling" or a cause give permission to treat one's kids the method that these parents did? The focus of this book was on this small boy's impressions of family, of his own emotional state and a child's perspective of some experiences. As a narrow view of political happenings or of missionary life affected that child's life, they were included, but it is mainly a story of a neglected, lonely and frightened kid kept in persistent anxiety about matters of safety, security and family relationships. I don't know how representative this kind of neglect of missionary kids is of missionary life in Africa or anywhere else, or whether it was special to these two parents, but I found myself annoyed with these parents through much of this reading. It was astonishing to remember that for much of the time written about, this small boy was 3-4-5 years old being sent away to boarding school far away from his parents.
Four-year-old Tim wants "the straight scoop on hell." After a serious accident involving a hoe and his younger brother, visions of Cain and Abel ratchet up guilt. When his anguish collides with his missionary mother's flannel graph story--three men in the fiery furnace--his questions echo our own: What happens after death? When things go wrong, how does one keep a family together?The Bascom family's years in Ethiopia unfold in vibrant detail. From the book's blurb we know they will face culture shock, hostilities and secret riot drills, isolation and a crumbling empire. These threats hum beneath the narrative surface, partnered by longing.But this book is not in a hurry. Don't expect the sensationalized. Chameleon Days gives us time to absorb a foreign milieu, its rhythms, its natural wonders -- one of them emblematic of young Tim: a chameleon clutched his outstretched palm "... trying desperately to search a fresh balance, a fresh stability."Without hyping events, without veering toward self-pity, Bascom honors as well as examines the ideals and frailties of faith as well as the people and system his parents strive to serve. With candor and amazing beauty, he evokes a childhood haunted by the feeling that no one understands his journey. Even on furlough he feels "like a foreign coin in a dime-store register." His epilogue provides a fitting capstone to a memoir that combines the shrewd with a lucid sensibility.
This is a short collection that I will be reading again. I felt the author painted beautifully brief narratives, and was able to pull the reader in quickly and tease them just enough before moving on. This left me wanting more. I wanted more after every stanza, and more at the end. This is amazing though, as it pulls you through the work, and that is what you wish a amazing story to do. His wording is on point. I almost hate mentioning that the only thing I did not like was the few uses foul language. Not that I search problems with the use of such language, but I think the author is talented enough and his story told well enough that it doesn’t need them. Bravo.
It's best to give this story your full attention. Yes, it's a short story but there's so much action, adventure and practically the kitchen sink thrown in that if you're distracted, as I was, you'll need to begin over. I'm satisfied I e author, Layden Robinson, paints an wonderful picture but I have a feeling each reader will probably draw something various from the story. For me, I thought it about escape and freedom. But from what? It could be anything or maybe not at all. I may not be making excellent sense here but once you read the book, you may obtain what I'm saying.I have fun reading novels and short stories that don't have predictable plots. While the entire short story with its' twists and turns had me wonder what would come next, I especially enjoyed the first several pages the best. I think that comes as close as what the story may be about. I thought of demons - the kind we all have had at one time or another. Some of us can escape whatever hell we're in, others perhaps fantasize of winning wars or making peace with a loved one to create the pain lessen or create us feel amazing about any rate, I read most of the book twice. The story makes you think about all kinds of life situation. If you have an active imagination, this story is for you!
This book is an absolute rollercoaster of emotions for the Man. He goes through some majorly intense spiritual changes, and I believe it is an adventure of one soul being reincarnated, maybe. The entire premise of the book is slightly confusing to me, but I enjoyed reading the Man's experiences as he goes through whatever it is he's going through. I loved his time with Charles, a small boy he encounters while traveling through "life," because of how the Man helps Charles obtain over what he's been through. I also enjoyed his war with the "Blue" people and him saving their victims. This book requires a re-read and some more in-depth thought processes and I will modernize once I do that. This book is super psychologically intense, and I feel like I need to read it once more to fully understand it.I highly recommend you check this book out! It was a fun, thoughtful experience.
Layden Robinson is the Picasso of the writing community. Related to an abstract piece of art, the more you look at the artwork, the more you explore the underlying meaning/message. Layden Robinson’s followers would be happy to know that ‘Chameleon’ is no exception. ‘Chameleon’ is about a main hero (the man) struggling with his demons that is consuming his life. We first met the man as he is held captive by his fear of failure, anxiety, broken love, and depression, that he is unable to leave his home. Determined to defeat his fears, he confronts the demons of his childhood only to end up in the mental ward with other heavily medicated individuals. Held “against their will within a hazy warehouse while listening silently within the shadows to each of their screams and desperate pleas to be set free.” ‘Chameleon’ is a strong descriptive story of what it feels like for anyone struggling with major chronic depression and the journey they endure to be able to function in society.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.I started reading this book without really knowing what to expect; even after reading the description. Depending on who you are and your reading style, there really are three various ways to take the book:- Literally- Metaphorically- A combination of literally and metaphoricallyIf you take the book literally, it reads like a short, dark fantasy epic. If you look at the book on a metaphorical level (which I did initially), it is a mind-blowing journey where white, black, and every shade of gray exists. You will argue that it is a philosophical contemporary fiction work. If you look at it as metaphor mixed with reality, you will think that it is a horror short e landscape that the protagonist is journeying through is dark and hopeless with a few locations of light. It is simple to obtain drawn into the story immediately because you are wanting to know where this protagonist is going, and you really do not know what to expect.I am actually blown away by Chameleon. The description of the landscape is detailed and flawlessly executed, and there are so a lot of ways to interpret the story. How you view the story seems to depend on your mindset going into the story, your life experiences, your mood, and what you expect to see. My interpretation of the story changed each time I read it.If you are looking for a dark and special read, something that is provides you with fresh insights each time you read it, or if you think you have read just about everything that there is to read; grab a copy of Chameleon and read it a few times, because it is unlike anything that you have read before.
I've lost interest in android games and only a few catch my eye, and this is one of them. The video test is smooth and beautiful, the respawn rate is instant so you do not have to wait even for a second when you die and no ads or in-app whatsoever. Not a lot of stages available, but the ones that are available are challenging enough and you have different targets in each stage, so playing every scene over and over again doesn't feel repetitive as you have various targets each time.
This. Everything about this book. Perfect. There was not one single page that I did not like nor relate with. This book is worth every cent to buy. It’s not one of those thin poem books that you search on here, there are 279 pages to be exact. Unbelievable writing and a attractive message! I received it in the mail today and finished it within two hours. I HIGHLY recommend this to anyone in need of self love and self healing.
Mr. Chapata's book is one of my favorite books to date. I have dubbed it the self-love bible because it is a book filled with reminders that self-love is important for alignment with all the awesome things that awaits us in life. I have gifted it to so a lot of people, men and women, and they all love it! 10/10 - this book!
This company was my favorite but after this android game I don't like this.. If you wish to know why because when I pause on which colour it was it automatically changed into another color. And if it is not changed after pausing on the pink one yellow is running and on yellow pink is running I'm getting confused sometimes and there Is so a lot of adds
Buy yourself this book and it'll be the best bonus you obtain yourself all year. Share it with others and they will thank you endlessly. I dog eared 80% of "Sour Honey and Soul Food" it is that amazing. Billy writes with the kind of vulnerability we all feel in our hearts but rarely share, even with our closest tribe and maybe even ourselves. Do yourself the favor in reading the words you have probably felt but did not have the words for. We are not alone and Billy reminds us of that endlessly.
Love this book. I’d read a few pages every night until I was done. I bookmarked SOOO a lot of pages of poems in it to reference back to that I enjoy! I’ve been a long time admirer of Billy Chapata’s words & this is my 1st book from him. It’s definitely NOT my last!!! Love it!!!
The android game is awesome. Only one thing that the progress is not linked with google play games. It restart my progress to zero when I restarted the device after it started to run slow. It is so hard to clear all levels and when all is reset, it feels bad. Please fix this dev..
I followed Billy Chapata on Ig and felt like he posted so much attractive work, I thought I would give his book a try, and was far from disappointed. His words are like medicine for a broken soul, helping to induce healing and positivity. I have already recommended this book to my huge following, so I hope he continues to publish more attractive work like this. Absolutely wonderful
I kept seeing this pop up for recommendations but I honestly never heard of the author so I didn’t bother to look further...silly, right? I finally flipped through it in Barnes and Noble, but saw it was cheaper here and gave it a try. I’m in love with this book. The poetry absolutely hits the heart anddd is kind of a punch in the face.
This android game is absolutely phenomenal. I got it more than two years ago, and have been playing it ever since. This is the only android game that I play on a everyday basis. The graphics are amazing, the controls are easy but feel natural to use. It's everything I've ever wanted in the game. Im in the top 10 for almost every level. I only have one complaint. I should be in second put on level 2-4 (10.100 sec.) but it still shows that I'm in 9th. Please fix!
This was a bonus for our daughter. She is a large fan of poetry of the modern days. She loved it and appreciated it so much. It was in very amazing condition and our only complaint was it has a black cover which is excellent except it seems whomever packed it along, with the other books purchased appeared to have been eating greasy foods and didn't wipe their hands before packing the books. There are greasy fingerprints on the covers of all 3 books.
This is an entertaining urban fantasy series. It's supposed to be set a hundred plus years in the future, but the future looks a whole lot like the present, just hotter, more polluted, and more corrupt. Our likable character is an killer with a heart of gold, and the supporting cast is beautiful well brought to life. There are amazing action sequences and plenty of snappy dialogue.I will read the rest of the series and recommend the book to anyone who enjoys light urban fantasy.
This book is so refreshing! It has a feeling of old urban fantasy, with the powerful heroine that is not 100% concerned with romance. There IS romance here but it's not overwhelming. I highly recommend! Hopefully there's a second book coming soon!
I have read several BR Kingsolver novels. Ok, pulp action novel series. Not much thought but lots of action. Keeps your interest with a heroine superwoman. But, I was bothered by the abuse trifecta of verbal abuse, mental abuse, and physical abuse in this series. Superwoman got her kicks insulting and abusing less strong men. They were ok for but that rarely got in the method of her lack of respect. For some reason it was difficult for the author to realize her hero is a female ver of the men she hated for getting drunk and beating up their wife. For that reason I can not recommend the Chameleon series. I can say that later Kingsolver series obtain over this blind spot and are better.
I was pleasantly surprised to run across this book to read. It was actually a beautiful awesome mystery, with amazing characters that hold you entertained. The twists and turns in the story hold you guessing about every thing. If you like mutants, mystery, and excitement in a book, you will love this.
I am not generally a fan of dystopian futures, but I got sucked into this series because of the interesting, smart [email protected]#$% heroine with a compelling back story and awesome parents. The future globe is interesting (and, unfortunately, a believable consequence of what is event in our world) and the plots would be interesting in any setting. The secondary characters flesh out a series that I prejudged badly (I had the first book for a couple of years before reading it) because of the dystopia. I have a test because I greatly enjoyed another series by the author (Rosie O'Grady's Paranormal Bar and Grill) and I am very glad that I did so).
Usually I can guesstimate where a book will take me within a chapter. I was prepared for a normal mystery with a few SF bits to dress it out. The Chameleon Killer was an entirely various e heroine has a 'secret' mutation, she has chameleon capabilities. And the author still managed to hold her very real, not a superhero. Liz is a woman I would hang with... except for the rock climbing, I like a amazing manicure over imitating a ronto has a drug issue and she is hired to investigate. The tale took me locations I never expected to go. Mission Impossible meets Castle in all the best ways.
The globe that Kingsolver has made is nothing short of amazing. The main hero Libby is brilliant and kept me avidly glued to my Kindle until the book ended.(Here is a brief globe summary I wrote for my friend)Pollution and leftover bomb radiation changed human DNA and we became mutants. Some of us have visible mutations, and others are barely noticeable or non-existent. The polar ice caps have melted and any cities on the coast are completely gone. Where is the government? Oh, that's gone too. The Fortune 500's took over and now they run things; as long as you are in the upper levels of management, you'll eat true food. Otherwise you can hold dreaming. Most of our museums and farms were destroyed in the floods that ravaged the globe when the sea level rose. The government has issued meal cubes to fulfill our nutrition requirements, but the taste is something else. The corporations couldn't be bother to concern themselves with that minor detail.I'm Libby, and this is the globe 200 years in the future.
This is turning out to be a amazing series. I have fun the characters and the world. the heroine is likeable and there is a amazing stable of supporting characters. I recommend this to anyone who likes Patricia Briggs or Kim Harrison.
2 books into the series and loving it. Both able to stand alone but even better in the whole. Loved the characters and intricate plot with multiple twists yet you don't obtain lost on the way. Can't wait to dive into the rest and test other books by the auther.
This is a very welcome sequel to ‘Closure’, although you won’t have to read the first book to have fun this one. I loved ‘Closure’, and this is a amazing read too. It is also a pleasure to see how the author’s writing has matured. A lot of of us obtain into toxic relationships, and not good Tara seems to do it more than most, but we can see why, and we can relate that to our experiences. Falling in love doesn’t come with much of an instruction guide, and a lot of of us learn from our own mistakes rather than the wisdom of others. I found this an enjoyable read, with additional suspense thrown in!
This was the sequel to the author's first book and I actually preferred this one. If the author gets better with each book, she will certainly go places! I love pyschological thrillers so I enjoyed this. It was a fast simple read done in one sitting. It was hard not to be irritated with the main character, Tara, for hanging in with a psychopath for so long. The ending was exciting and satisfying! I look forward to the author's next book to see what she has in shop for us!
I had place off reading this story because I wasn't sure if I would like it. Boy was I wrong. Wrong huge time.Have you ever watched a reality present or a drama where the female hero kept on falling for the wrong guy?Or maybe your mate happens to hold on meeting these guys thinking they can "fix" them?Man, I felt like I was there WATCHING this story instead of READING it. The imagery by the author draws you in and will create you cry out loud "GIRL! Watch out!" -or- "OMG! I can't believe you fell for that... again."It was a fun, quick and thrilling riously, you should obtain this story n't wait. Read it now.
"I love you, Tara. I'll never leave you." Any man that says that to a woman, after only one month of knowing her...she most definitely should RUN! Geoffrey has anger & insecurity problems & Tara is a doormat w/abandonment issues, how could this union be anything other than doomed from the start! Wow! I both hated Tara's williness to submit to create Geoffrey at ease at the expense of her happiness & also felt for her at the same time. The ending...the ending. You'll have to read it to search out!
A terrific folow up to Tasche's first book "Closure" which I enjoyed immensely. Chameleon is richly packed iwth engaging characters and plot turns that keeps you moving through the story. The main character, Tara, is struggling with her own problems of love and dealing with a teenage daughter. When she meets a man who appears to be the "man of her dreams" the mind android games begin, and then...a whole lot more!This is the excellent psychological thriller that created me remember old classics such as "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct". Amazing storyline and believable characters!A definite amazing read you don't wish to miss!
This was my introduction to this author and I was very excited to search a book that had depth and kept me engaged throughout. The author does a unbelievable job of creating a globe that you can obtain lost in and really connect with the e brings in true life mental problems in a method that makes you feel the characters are true but then takes you on a ride.I highly recommend this book even if you are like me and have not read the first book in the series, although because I did have fun this one so much I will be getting the first book to read next.