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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    What a amazing book. Enjoyed every bit of it, I just want there was more. I cant wait for the next book.

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    I own all of Joe's items but this the most boring book he has released. Read it before bed and you will be asleep in no time. It's all political schemes and these characters are a bit hollow. I frankly don't care about most any of them. But he got my cash again so 🤷.

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    Once again after a trip to the land of The First Law I'm eagerly awaiting a return trip to these familiar lands with characters I've grown to love.

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    Abercrombie never disappoints with the First Law World. Don't pick this one up and begin reading or listening, unless you have plenty of time, cause putting it aside is not an option, once you ace is supposedly at hand, but the problem with peace, is that people are involved and as we know, you can't please everybody. My favorite character, King Orso shines in this installment as the one person that would love to be a peacemaker, but how interesting would that be, if everyone got along? Backroom politics abound, with chop throat tactics, and soooo..many private agendas, it's hard to hold up with. Those unbelievable creations of Abercrombie radiate with personality, that projects you into their world, to feel their pain, anxiety, love, hate, laugh out loud, and even latest moments. We know the battles, down to the frightening and exhausting info all performed excellently, as usual by Steven Pacey.

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    Definitely his best to date! And that is saying so much. Incredibly action-packed and not at all at the expense of Abercrombie’s skillful characterization across a diverse and unforgettable cast. The only flaw is the wait until the final installment of the trilogy. Only a year to go, by the dead!

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    The Problem with Peace marks the ninth installment in the First Law globe as envisioned and scripted by the self-proclaimed Lord Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie. I know it’s nine books because I have just completed a unbelievable journey for the latest 12 months reading through all the currently published books with my now 15-year-old son, Josh. In fact, I read all the books out loud to him, averaging around 10-15 pages most days at about 3-4 mins per page. Reading one book immediately after the one before made a unbelievable larger narrative of nearly 4,500 pages, and allowed us to experience these tales together in a satisfying story arc full of rich characters and a completely developed fore I go any farther, if you are reading this and considering The Problem with Peace as your next book to read, please STOP. While I will spend the rest of this review trying to convincing you to pick up this grimy gem, I suggest that you first create sure to read all eight of the books that came before it. There is just method too much history that would be missed, method too much perspective missed with the depth of characters, and the current tome will not be nearly as satisfying. So, it would seem, I’m trying to sell you nine books, not just this fore moving into the info on The Problem with Peace, Josh and I both put this book (and A Small Hatred, the first volume in The Age of Madness trilogy) just behind the three books in The First Law trilogy. Honestly, The First Law books take a slight edge because of the prominence of Glokta and Logen in those books, two of our all-time favorite characters. While Glokta was again in this book, he is portrayed as only a fraction of the ruthless, heartless, vicious creature as he was before. He is still great, but the charisma is e Problem with Peace picks up largely where A Small Hatred ended. There isn’t exactly peace, or even a real cease-fire, it’s more like the losers are licking their wounds and plotting their next moves. Before long, unlikely alliances are brokered, and dissent is fueled to a frenzy. King Orso, who only recently was given the crown, and who is still dealing with a rejected marriage proposal, and who has lived a life absent of effort or cares, is dead center in the sights of those who mean to overthrow him. While much of their hostility is truly birthed out of a system that elevates the wealthy, the nobility and the strong while oppressing the masses, more notably as influenced by the members of the corrupt Councils, he is nevertheless the representative and the target for their anger.Written into this struggle is a form of commentary to the greater struggle that humanity faces in our modern day. We still face corrupt politicians, as well as rampant problems of inequality and prejudice. When we see how this book handles subjects like politics and worker’s rights, they come across as believable because they have a familiarity to them. All of this follows a seemingly natural progression where injustice leads to debate and a sense of helplessness which escalates through personal backroom deals and eventually can boil over into war. Every aspect of his globe is diverse and expansively realized, far beyond socio-economic, geographic, ethnic and more, clearly showing a meticulous attention to ese books, in our opinion, stand out because of the superbly crafted characters. Josh was even telling me, moments after finishing this book, how well written a lot of of the characters are, such that he can practically picture them in his mind. He is already inspired to make some drawings based on those whose bodies have been more disfigured. Beyond just visually, the characters are so well portrayed as constantly wrestling with choices between poor and worse, between black and dark grey, and despite the probable unfortunate cirtances. Even more impressive is that all their choices fit who we have come to understand them to be. “Of course Savine would do that.” “That’s classic Shivers, right there.”Many will point to the action in this book as its strength, and they will comment about the heavy conflict that is inevitable given the posturing and positioning, not to mention the furor that is barely restrained. Abercrombie does not keep back in the mayhem and carnage, and the scale of the conflict here is equal to his previous offerings. All his works feel like a secret android game of cat and mouse, in which the strong use the hoi polloi as pawns, and this one is no different. They also feature plot twists aplenty, and we see it again here. While most of this book is not surprising, the latest 20 pages sure ffice it to say that we are eagerly looking forward to the conclusion in The Wisdom of Crowds in 2021. If you love other Joe Abercrombie books, you will probably love this one too. It is as amazing as we hoped it would be. No actually, it was better. 5 stars!!!

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    Loved the book, the whole series really, could not place the thing down. Ending broke my heart, though. Actually shed tears!

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    If you’re here reading these reviews, you’re probably already very familiar with Abercrombie and the First Law world. If not, I’m going to do you a favor and stop you right here...start at the beginning and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome reading experience. Where’s the beginning? Well that’s up for debate since the author has written quite a few books set in the First Law world, some trilogies, some stand alones. But to obtain to this novel you must, at the very least, read the First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Latest Argument of Kings) where you will meet most of the characters. After that you can proceed to the first book of this follow-up trilogy called A Small Hatred, or delve into the other previous novels that are called stand alone stories, but they are all set in this same globe and all your favorite (and not so favorite) characters pop up from time to time. It’s bloody brilliant, all of is novel is the second of a follow up trilogy to the original, set in the same globe but 20 years or so in future. The globe is no less settled, however. Now of course we all know what is going on behind the curtain (Bayaz) but there is certainly no more stability. Politics is the name of the android game for this novel. I’m sure there are some folks who will miss the graphic battles/violence normally present, but this book was absolutely needed to see us through to the finale. It’s difficult for me to rate one novel in the First Law globe as any better than another...to me this has been one giant, epic story being told.I should also mention that I do not consider myself a normal fan of the genre. I don’t read hundreds of fantasy novels every year. But I know an awesome story when I read it and I like to mention this in case anyone out there might think that because they don’t normally have fun fantasy they won’t like these books either. You don’t have to be an aficionado of the genre to have fun these books. Quite the opposite, in fact. Some of the best books I’ve ever read were not in my favorite genre (Lonesome Dove, Gone With the Wind, etc).A fast note: I may not be an expert in this genre but I’ve read enough to be disappointed in most female characters. It’s a sad fact that women are most often used for and violence scenes (ahem, GRR Martin). Abercrombie banishes those tropes out of the water and does it so effortlessly it’s hard to read the works of lessor authors that cannot seem to obtain it right. The women in the First Law globe are every bit as strong, clever, and flawed as the male characters. Especially in this installment of the trilogy where we see these women evolve in both amazing and poor ways, setting the scene for a final installment I nearly dread coming because it will mean the end of the story. If I had my way, the author would just continue to turn out First Law stories forever.

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    Another amazing one by Abercrombie. He tells a story of poor people doing poor things meeting poor ends, and yet he’s amazing enough at making his characters compelling that you root for them even knowing that it(usually) won’t work out for them. He’s also an expert at writing combat scenes that are exciting and unpredictable, keeping you at the edge of your seat to see how it’s all going to somehow go down. I can’t wait for the climax of the trilogy next year!

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    The Trouble with Peace []  2020-9-23 19:25

    This book picked up not too long after the happenings that concluded A Small Hatred. There is much turmoil and dissent as The Union struggles to maintain its tenuous keep on power. Plots of overthrow continue to brew in seclusion from the outlaw group The Breakers and a lot of like them. The Union finds itself threatened not only from these outside groups but also from within as there are some who do not agree with the harsh way of rule that King Orso has instituted among the Begin Council. In order to maintain his slipping grip he has decided that benevolence is not exactly the method to ere are also whispers that the Amazing Wolf of the North Stour Nightfall is plotting his own attack to reclaim Union taken land. Taking a cue from his predecessor Bethod, Nightfall believes he can succeed in this endeavor and his arrogance and ruthlessness knows no bounds. He only knows one method to lead: by crushing his enemies and anyone in his own ranks who may disagree with his unusually cruel methods. The time is quickly approaching were talk is cheap and words will eventually necessitate action. The only question is whether or not Nightfall has the wits and the manpower to outwit a very formidable foe to the south in The Union and its anwhile, Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the famed inquisitor Sand Dan Glokta, has ambitions of her own. Savine has identified a path through an advantageous marriage and also her own hard-earned connections, that will enable her to gain back her tarnished reputation and climb to the highest rungs of Union investments once again. One can't support but feel that when all is said and done, Savine will use whoever and whatever she needs to victory versus those who would test to try her and bring her is is definitely a various book from the first one. There is a amazing deal more political maneuvering and back-stabbing in THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE that I found an enjoyable change of pace. I've said before that Joe Abercrombie doesn't obtain enough credit for how well he writes political items because his dialogue and characters are so brilliantly done. But in this book that part of his craft really shines and we obtain to see just how multi-layered and unpredictable the plots between the various factions in the story are. There is no method to tell who is 100% on one side or the other because these characters can switch allegiance with every considerable bribe or threat, and often at's not to say that this book suffers from middle book syndrome at all. Yes there is absolutely a sense of chess pieces moving and being set up for the finale, but this book had plenty of action and intrigue to more than stand on its own as a terrifically entertaining story. In all honesty, I think I liked this book slightly more than A Small Hatred. I think part of this was the fact that the fresh characters and descendants of the main players from First Law have already been introduced and we are more familiar with their personalities and motivations in this one.I can't review a Joe Abercrombie book without touching on the extraordinary dialogue. There is simply nobody better in my opinion at writing dialogue than this guy. And this book is no exception I'm satisfied to say. I know that when I read an Abercrombie book there are always going to be a number of scenes that will blow me away with how effortless and witty the conversations are. I could quote some of them but there are just too a lot of to pick from. Abercrombie has a knack for conveying a character's mood without needing to describe it explicitly, but rather, just by the method the words are delivered. You can almost see the facial expression of each hero in your mind as you are reading. It's something that is extremely hard to do and can't be taught, Joe just has is is even more brilliantly handled via the use of one hero in particular, Rikke. Possessed with a talent called The Long Eye, which enables her to see flashes of the future, this book utilizes those flashes to make a foreboding series of happenings that may or may not come to pass. Not even Rikke fully knows. These flashes are ambiguous enough that it is somewhat tough to piece together what might happen, yet shed a little glimpse at enough specifics that they almost force you to test and figure it all out. The issue is you can't really do it and I think this is part of the plan so that when book 3 delivers the ultimate climax, we will all be shaking our heads saying, "Oh yeah! how did I miss that?" This was an element that really raised the book to another level in my opinion. Just an added dimension to wrap your head around and think about between reading sessions.I don't give out excellent ratings very often, but I feel like this one most certainly deserves it. When a book makes you think about it at the dinner table, while mowing the lawn, in the shower (sorry for that image), then that's a bloody unbelievable book. There aren't a lot of that can engender that type of obsession from me. But when one does, it is truly worthy of recognition and that simply can't be denied. I don't think I have the patience to wait for book 3 of this series because what I just read was a reading experience the likes of which don't come around very often. And the cliffhanger was just too much to take. I just hope that time moves quickly so that I can read the ending of this series as soon as possible. I recommend starting with the First Law trilogy before diving into this one. You will obtain so much more out of the story knowing the history and background from those books. But you need to do it because Joe Abercrombie is in top form right now and continues to pump out tremendous books to happily devour.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    Joey Pigza remains my favorite of all the books of Jack Gantos. I can't remember a hero like Joey. Joey Pigza showed up just as our collective awareness of ADHD was growing, but Joey is just an impulsive child who can't sit still. He doesn't need a label; he just needs understanding and acceptance and patience. Later Jack Gantos is asked about his brush with the law in author interviews, and Gantos decides to talk...candidly. This book is a continuation of that candid conversation. In this book, Gantos explores the pivotal relationship with an older neighbor child whom he has often referred and how that relationship changed his life forever. It's not just an autobiography or a true-life coming-of-age story. Gantos uses his own story to discover and reveal what happens when a child "turns bad." It isn't that his story speaks of something largely human; it is that he purposefully uses his story to discover questions of what motivates us, why do some people draw us in, why do we follow, what makes some of us more vulnerable to risks than others, and so forth. I love his mission. His prose isn't as clear as his purpose though. I want the story was as stripped down as his aims. Instead, the story is loaded up with metaphor after metaphor, description after description, and his words are as thick as that murky c in the sweltering Florida afternoon. Worth the read but want the ride was a bit more slippery like the story itself.

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    I saw them in Anchorage on scene with my first spouse of seven years when he was sick and dying of brain cancer. I bought both of their CD's a few years later while dating and gave them as a gift. They now sit on the CD rack in our house. I've been with my second spouse for 17 years but I take the CD's out once in awhile and have fun the melody and remember those days when I was taking care of my first spouse.

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    I am very glad I came across this Cd. The 1st time I heard it was 1987. I was 16yrs old, and just realizing I was . My wise old aunt gave me this tape on a hunch I was like her, along with some Judy Fjell tapes. This tape is hilarious. They are witty and intelligent. "Must've Been Drunk" and "Wimp" are my private favorites. The words to "Drunk" have always stuck in my head like a amazing "CAMP" fire song should. And "Wimp" just cuts to the heart of the matter on everyones feelings of insecurity, but pokes fun at it in only the method Ron & Paul could. The "Dont Use Your For A Brain" may now be a bit dated with the Ronald Reagan mention, but it is still true. Just fill in any current politicians name. "Carnival People" ,while it may be a tad on the schmaltzy side, is still a gem of a small story about theatre folk and ourselves to for those of us who go through or days pretending and acting. For the nostalgic ones out there, this is a must to have, along with the important copy of their album "Emotional Rollercoaster"

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    Huge Bill Broonzy brings the best in traditional blues. His early death from throat cancer at about 65 years of age in 1958 kept him from ever seeing the end of the Jim Crow south, and because of that this album contains such songs as When Will I Be Called a Man, and Black, Brown, and White. For those of us who lived through the early 1960's and saw Jim Crow fall it seems a tragedy that Huge Bill Broonzy died just before those days and never got to see that e songs here will take the listener from the rural blues of his early days in the 1930's up through his relocation to an urban melody scene.I consider this to be one of the absolute amazing traditional blues albums. There are others, don't obtain me wrong, others as great, but I don't think any surpass him.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    I have fun listening to this CD very much. I am impressed with the sound quality, remembering that this melody was recorded a long time ago.

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    Just what my grandkids wanted!

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    Not only is Bill Harley funny in songs like "Dad Threw The TV Out The Window," he's also versatile! On this CD, Bill performs the best rendition of Jan Nigro's "Walk a Mile" that I've heard--worth the cost of the CD alone. Kids's can identify with, and love songs like Bill's "Your're in Trouble!"

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:38

    Problem in Dreams is Vancouver-bred Dan Bejar's ninth album as Destroyer in 12 years. This would be a make-or-break situation for most bands, the point at which their listeners stay tuned or stop caring. Destroyer leans slightly toward the former outcome because its previous effort, Destroyer's Rubies (2006), was easily the band's best, and because Bejar and whatever lineup he's recording with continue to create interesting records--restlessly creative yet completely recognizable as Destroyer's work. And yet, Destroyer remains a qualified success, almost through no fault of its own. Bejar's oblique lyrical musings and nasally, Renaissance Faire tenor are the definition of an acquired taste, and if you don't have the stomach for a certain strain of jaunty Canadian indie rock, forget it. Like most melody we'd casually label "experimental," Destroyer has always been both inviting and isolating: inviting for genre-heads willing to suspend their disbelief the method they might while watching a fantasy film, and isolating for everyone else.If you didn't know Bejar and his staunchly iconoclastic view of his own music, Problem in Dreams might sound like Destroyer's semi-conscious bid for mainstream listenership, or at least an attempt to reach a few people outside of the already converted. "Dark Leaves Form a Thread" approaches Adult-Oriented Rock with its giant guitar hooks in the chorus, and county-rock number "The State" moves even closer to the middle of the road, actually making me a small nostalgic for Hootie and the Blowfish. But Bejar would never aim directly for terrestrial radio, so the relatively safe, freakout-free melody on Problem in Dreams probably stems from the fact that it's Destroyer's (say it with me in a sluggish voice) ninth album, the one on which the musicians understandably obtain tired and/or tired of trying to outpace themselves. It's reductive, but Problem in Dreams is Destroyer's Rubies, just a tad more winded, colorless, and ter all, the prototypical Destroyer elements that flowered on Rubies are still in place. There are songs about women, songs about being crushed by the world, and songs that frankly don't create any sense. Bejar still sounds like Bejar (with the exception of "Blue Flower/Blue Flame" on which he becomes a dead ringer for a weary Jeremy Enigk), singing with flair and conviction. And no late-era Destroyer album would be complete without the obligatory long, epic jam (here, the long and epically-titled "Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night's Ape)"). The band is the same one as on Destroyer's Rubies, minus drummer Scott Morgan, and they sound just as confident on the catchy space-rock chug of "My Favorite Year" as they do on the unwieldy, prog-tapping "Shooting Rockets." For better or for worse, the sun rises and sets on Bejar's whirligig phraseology, so the success of Problem in Dreams may rest on whether enough people have fun hearing him sing lyrics like "I was starving in that s***house, the world" as though he were recounting a story about wizards to a group of tots, while the band follows may not surprise anyone that I search Destroyer's relatively accessible songs the easiest to listen to. I'm not sure if the guitar-only opener "Blue Flower/Blue Flame" is a wink or a full-on tribute to Galaxie 500's "Blue Thunder," but it nonetheless retains that song's blissfully gy, skyward-looking vibe. Then, "Dark Leaves Form a Thread" crashes in with big, galvanizing guitars, sunny synthesizers, and a solid pop-rock song structure that might actually create Clear Channel sit up and pay attention. Then comes the groovy alt-country track "The State," the sweetly elegiac "Foam Hands" and the amiable "My Favorite Year," making for a beautiful amazing five-song run. But it doesn't stay that way. By the eight-minute centerpiece "Shooting Rockets," Destroyer is gallivanting around of its own accord, becoming tangled up in its complex cadences and lyrical gobbledygook. It all reaches a nadir on the penultimate song "Plaza Trinidad," a loopy yet oddly unexciting romp that could be held up as an exemplar of what Destroyer's detractors roll their eyes ouble in Dreams retains yet another hallmark of Destroyer's late-era discography: It's a remarkably exhausting listen. Reviewers have admonished me not to read Destroyer's albums as books, but how can I refrain when the lyrics booklet looks exactly like one (with paragraphs, chapters and so on) and Bejar stuffs his phrases with so much prolixity? The thing is, I can't say I know what this "book" is about. There are too a lot of photos and adages that require explanation, and Bejar isn't talking (key lyric: "I'll tell you what I mean by that / Maybe not in seconds flat / Maybe never"). The lyrics' tone, style and rhythm remind me of those on Joanna Newsom's perfect Ys LP in 2006, but while those lyrics worked as a continuously flowing narrative, here I just obtain lost in all the free-associations that are constantly slamming into each onically, I search myself enjoying Problem in Dreams when I'm not paying much attention (an easier proposition on the album's first half) the method Bejar probably intended for me to. The moments that I can sink my teeth into are the ones in which I can successfully ignore the different intrusions, but then, those "intrusions" may be the gems--Destroyer's rubies, if you will--that will hold fervent fans attentive and appreciative when the tenth album hits. When all is said and done, the story here is the same as it's been with every Destroyer record in latest memory: If you like hearing Dan Bejar emote in brazenly literary fashion while his band spins webs around him, you will like Problem in Dreams. If you don't, you won't.

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    Lady-bug In Trouble [App]  2020-7-21 13:30

    Lady bug in problem is very unbelievable and lovely android game .i like it very much .its very simple to play and install .thanks to be android game maker .

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    Lady-bug In Trouble [App]  2020-7-21 13:30

    Ladybug in Problem Play the lady-bug superhero android game and hold running the lady-bug and collect a lots of coins and diamonds.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    This is my first Huge Bill Broonzy albumn and what a find! Have heard his singing/playing on others and wanted one of just BBB. There are 24 songs that are all just great, plus you obtain the words for all of them in the 33 page booklet enclosed, along with some commentary. I love that I can read the words since sometimes they are a small hard to understand on older recordings. This does not come in a jewel case but in a "cardboard" foldover so it still protects the CD and it's reminiscent of the old style LP covers. Each song is a gem and amazing to hear some of the ones never recorded in the U.S. like his "Black, Brown and White Blues". If you only have one of Broonzy's albumns, I suggest this is the one.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    Amazing quality and amazing assemblage of his best and most famous pieces. One of the recordings any blues roots collection must have.

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    If you wish to have something to play in your vehicle that everybody will agee on, test this. Our favorites are "You're In Trouble" and "I'm Busy" since they capture that illusive relationship between parents and children. When the parent refuses to listen to his kid in "I'm Busy" he gets eaten by the creature that the kid is trying to warn him about. That ought to teach you to listen to your kids!

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    My family and I loved the catchy and humorous songs on this album. The favorites being "Dad Threw the TV out the Window" and "You're in Trouble". Our cassette tape wore out from over use and now we are purchasing a replacement plus several other Harley albums. He is a gifted storyteller using a children point of view to both entertain and teach at the same time.

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    I joke that this album should have been called "A Fleetwood Mac Moment," considering that Ron Romanovsky and Paul Phillips were having marital woes as this disc went to press. I don't think this is the "real" breakup album, but the edgy and candid lyrics of a few songs here suggest it wasn't long in coming. Did Stevie and Christine suffer needlessly, guys?People may scoff if I liken "Trouble In Paradise" to Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," but both highlight alternate sides to the same human drama. Even the melody shows slight similarities: piano/keyboard-centered melodies, slightly "sweetened" vocals and easy straightforward Pop arrangements. Producer/performer Teresa Trull adds just the right (albeit spare) musical accompaniment, at just the right mix level. Since neither Ron or Paul project their vocals, they are brought up in the mix, which is prudent since you have to hear the lyrics to fully appreciate the songs.R&P trade off musical valentines and "dear johns," questioning their own individual worth as often as they consider the value of their relationships, true and imagined. Strangely, this album is not a downer, even though it's likely to remind listeners of their own ere is politics here too. "Homophobia", like the best kind of "message" song, is short, to the point, and just a bit sassy. The true gem in this category is "Don't Use Your P*nis (For A Brain)". The 'message' is a bit broader, but the performance is irresistable. The Latin musical accents and the unforgettable chorus produce one of the funniest songs you could ever ere are more laughs and chuckles: "Guilt Trip" is exactly what it says, "Wimp" needs a kick in the butt, "Must've Been Drunk" wants to explain. The jokes aren't all obvious, and some of the lyrics are beautiful sharp sentiments. My favorite track here also qualifies as a 'funny' tune: "What Kind Of Self-Respecting Am I?" Amazing vocal arrangement, amazing 50s-feel arrangement, very memorable lyric.I guess the reason I prefer this album of the five or so in their catalog is because it sounds so un-affected. Though they had toured extensively by the time of this recording, they were still fairly straightforward performers...no ad-libbing and few diva-esque vocal moments. That kind of simplicity was what created Ron & Paul so loveable in the first place.I should also mention this is a amazing "all purpose" disc, if you play it in moderation. It's nice for vehicle trips, a laugh or two on the bus, or maybe played for mates after dinner. If the slightly fey cover graphic doesn't scare your mom or roommate away, they might obtain a chuckle or two out of this recording. The amazing thing is, the melody and melodies stick with you. You'll wish to sing along, long after you've memorized all the funny bits.-Mic

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    Problem in Paradise is a must have for any man or lesbain with a wicked sense of humor. Romanovsky and Phillips take aim at everything from stereotypes in "What Kind Of Self-Respecting Am I." They focus on how we would all like to see happen to our exes in Guilt e songs range from funny to serious and thought provolking with "To Myself" which explores the feelings we've all felt when we realized the person we are enamoured with doesn't share the same feelings.If you are a fan of R&P pick up this classic. It will be a welcome and well used addition to you CD collection.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    I am not at all familiar with the works of Jack Gantos, and it is my understanding that The Problem in Me is a fictionalized memoir of what appears to have been a very troubled childhood. Gantos was apparently one of those very awkward children who never fit in to the middle school and high school culture. While he had a amazing relationship with his mother,his father is portrayed as a tyrant related to the father in The Amazing Santini. Things really begin going downhill in the author's life when he become acquainted with Gary Pagoda, a delinquent teen who has already had several brushes with the law. A book I would share with someone age 13 and up, particularly someone with relationship and self esteem issues. I am not sure if the author is a totally reliable narrator, but the story speaks to those of us who had a hard time fitting in when we were in our early teens.

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:38

    This is the first Destroyer album I bought. I was definitely overwhelmed at first. So much going at one time. After several listens, I found my self singing the songs in my head at work. How can something this strange be so catchy. I don't mean Pop song catchy at all. Can't really explain it. Something about his voice going with the melody that is so soothing.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    I love these recordings. They sound newer or to say later in his life. Perfect songs with amazing spirit and emotion. A must own for people who love the folk blues and delta singers.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    If you are not familiar with this guitar, bluesman, whiz---get acquainted---you'll not be sorry! He plays a lot of types and styles of guitars. Check him out-you will not be sorry.

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    When I was very little - 3 or 4 and up - we listened to this tape non-stop. My sister (three years my elder) and I thought Bill Harley was the funniest guy - and we loved all of his songs! Guess What: 15 years later we still create references to it! Every once in a while, a family member will break out into "When my parents came home...they hit the roof!" (You're in Trouble) or we'll create reference to his a lot of stories. I have fond memories of this tape driving down with my dad to Indian Princesses with the YMCA. The cd itself is funny (though parents may wish to hide it after awhile) and the songs really stick with you!

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    Great!

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    Playful yet strong these boys provide the sort of solas in troubled times as I garner from Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul and Mary only much funnier and more irreverent. I'm a mundane, suburban housewife in a southern banking town. In the 20 years I've been listening to R & P I've found that in addition to being amazing music, R& P's albums create a fine tool for screening fresh acquaintances for homophobia and acute right wingitis.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    Another startlingly honest chapter in young Jack's story--well-written, hilarious, heartbreaking, wise. A excellent YA offering.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    A skilled writer of children’s books, Jack Gantos pours his careful mix of humor, insight and tip into his newest endeavor,THE TROUBLE IN ME. Jack didn’t have to look far for the inspiration of his fresh coming-of-age novel --- all he had to do was take notes on his 14-year-old pturing the span of a week, THE TROUBLE IN ME reveals the journey that led Gantos spiraling down the wrong paths. Set in warm, sunny Fort Lauderdale, Gantos recounts his early teen years with a direct and straightforward honesty. Unlike a normal autobiography, Jack writes his encounters very personally, and above anything else, with wonderful humor. Although the story drags on at a slow pace, at times, and is bogged down by unnecessary insight, it makes up for this with its balance of action, adventure and wittiness.With the unlikely arrival of Gary Pagoda, who is newly freed from juvie following his conviction of vehicle theft, Jack is mesmerized and infatuated with becoming someone he is not. Gantos showcases his thought process at this time, and his desire to break the rules just to fit in with the fresh cool guy in town. I liked how the author explained some of the decisions he made, and it helped the reader understand the book and the characters roughout the story, Gantos begins to lose the most necessary things to him. As he continues to be Gary’s disciple, he becomes desperate enough to do whatever it takes to be like him. When he realizes that this comes with amazing sacrifices --- like when he stands on the wrong side of a jail cell in a federal penitentiary --- it makes the reader speculate if the “trouble in him” will hold blazing out of E TROUBLE IN ME might just be a excellent fit for those who can relate to becoming someone they’re not and listening to the wrong voices or are looking for a story of ed by Ariel G.

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    Lady-bug In Trouble [App]  2020-7-21 13:30

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:37

    "Ok fine, even the sky looks like wine/And everywhere I turn there's/a fresh face in time, stuck inside the well..." Daniel Bejar drawls in a weary voice.Well, that doesn't exactly wear off quickly. Destroyer's eighth album -- or maybe its tenth, I'm not sure -- is full of reflections to those who "live in darkness" and think "light is a dream." But "Trouble in Dreams" definitely transcends its rambling poetry with full-bodied, expansive instrumentation -- think a shoegaze opens with a bittersweetly folky ode to... not sure. Maybe it's infidelity: "Blue Flower Blue Flame,/a woman by another name is not a woman/I'll tell you what I mean by that, maybe not in ten seconds flat, maybe never..." Bejar sings over a piano and 's followed by the far more uptempo, angular rock'n'roll of "Dark Leaves Form a Thread" and the blurry, bassy "The State." But then they embrace a stranger, more distant kind of melody -- quirky melodies infused with organ, shoegazey rockers, rambling folky rock, stretches of fuzzy balladry, and the exquisitely shifting dark expanses of "Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night's Ape)."Though it sounds much like a continuation of Destroyer's latest album, "Trouble in Dreams" is a bit of a contradiction at times. Bejar has solidified Destroyer into a permanent lineup, meaning that the sound is much fuller, lusher and clearer than in Destroyer's days as a shifting (or even one-man) band. But on the other hand, the melody is even stranger -- and at times, fuller of distortion -- than ever before.And that fresh fullness of sound suits the melody well -- swirling shoegazer melodies spiked with sharp riffs, buzzy basslines, piano and carpets of colorful keyboard. Some of the melodies are whittled down to a more bare-bones lineup, with lots of guitar, bass and sharp drums... I have to admit, a couple of these sound too demoesque to really fit in. But at least Destroyer somehow melts some additional complexity into those with a bit of distorted guitar, sometimes with an undercurrent of the middle of all this, Bejar might have gotten lost if he didn't have that penetrating, somewhat drawly voice. He rambles through the album like a self-reflecting poet, dropping vivid phrases ("Sipping sherry branded by moonlight") and dark, rather enigmatic reflections on the globe ("It's a not good feast we've been stuffing our faces on/A not good breeze from the east coming on/Bearing the scent of our one hundred first kills...")"Trouble in Dreams" refers constantly to both problem and dreams, and its rambling poetry and lush instrumentation present Destroyer off in amazing form. And it only promises more in the future.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    This is an perfect read for teens and adults alike. Entertaining and swiftly placed, the notice is clear. I'm off to purchase and read Hole I in my Life! Thank you, Jack, for sharing this story! Always a fan and proud to tell everyone you were my favorite writing professor at Emerson College. Much love and respect, always!

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    The Problem in Me is an autobiographical novel written by Newbery Medalist Jack Gantos. Centered around a week or two in 14-year-old Jack Gantos's childhood, The Problem in Me is the story of how the people around him and his experiences shaped Jack and later led to his decline down a dark path, as featured in the memoir Hole in My Life. The book follows Jack's relationship with his bad, dangerous, and gangster-like neighbor Gary Pagoda, whose life is created up of visits to juvie, lifting and dating. Gary's lifestyle starts to rub off on Jack as he gets closer and closer to his notorious neighbor. Soon enough, Jack wants to be just like Gary, and starts mimicking his ways, dressing like him, and doing whatever Gary asks. But will Jack have what it takes to fully become Gary? Or will he suppress the problem in him for another time? My favorite part of the book was when Gary created Jack test out his daredevil stunts in the Pagoda Olympic Games. Other readers, especially tweens, teens, and young adults, will have fun this book because of its relatable thoughts about life and growing up, as well as its humor and crazy excursions. Overall, The Problem in Me is a amazing novel about growing up and the influences others can have on us, and Jack Gantos's special voice will have you begging for more stories about his life.Owen L., age 14, Delaware Valley Mensa

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    Rating w/o review

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    I like his style and that's all that I can say about it

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    if you haven't heard bill harley then you missed an necessary part of childhood!

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    The songs are catchy and simple for children as well as adults to sing. Our family often will begin singing without the cd even playing. I would recommend this cd and any of Bill's. You and the kids will love it. We do!

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    Lady-bug In Trouble [App]  2020-7-21 13:30

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:37

    I wouldn't consider myself a fan of Dan Bejar. I began to listen to his solo work only after falling in love with the Fresh graphers. And he was the latest artist from that group that I purchased solo melody from, Neko Case and A.C. Newman (respectively) being the first two.I didn't care for Destoyer's first couple albums at all. Rubies came out and everyone including legitimate review sources were drinking the Destroyer Kool-Aid. Honestly, I didn't really care for that album either. It was alright, but it didn't compel me to place it in my melody rotation. So I sold it. Then I bought it again, thinking I just wasn't "ready" for it. Then I sold it again.Enter: Problem In Dreams. A lot of people in the forums were saying this album was so much various than Rubies and even people who weren't fans of Rubies liked this album. I just had to give it a listen because I heard a few things on Rubies that I liked, and if Bejar improved upon them or changed direction a small bit, I just might consider myself a fan.Well, I love this album. It's definitely my favorite Destroyer album and it has been on massive rotation on my iPod. It's strange because the same musical elements are show on this album that were show in Rubies, but yet it's different. I guess it's something that has to be heard and compared to be understood. In any event, Dan Bejar and Destroyer can now consider me a fan.Oh and by the way, I bought Rubies again and now I like it a lot as well.

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:38

    Dan Bejar has been bringing superlative melody to the indie stage for so long that it was just a matter of time before the critics ran out of words and got nervous. How long can somebody create melody so soulful and smart before it became routine, before it just started to sound phoned in? The respond is not yet and maybe never. He has such an understanding of what makes his indie prog-pop rock works. He moves on a very fine edge. Too far one method and it is art for art's sake ( in other words, obtain ready to suffer) and, too far the other method and it is another puff piece that sounds fine but forgettable. The balance of quirk to craft is precise! The band here is tight and Dan's voice is mellowing into something which is nuanced but smooth. I am not even going to attempt to pick highlights. Like all amazing records, various musical and lyrical passages will jump out at you if you give the record the time to weave its magic. I believe that Problem in Dreams is the ideal spot for the adventurous indie pop listener to jump in. This is a man and his band create the melody they wish and not giving a damn about current trends. Begin here and work your method back. Just give it time. Soak in and obtain familiar. This is an album that gets better the more time you spend with it. It doesn't disappear into insignificance with knowledge. It just gets more grand with every spin.

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    This album was my introduction to Huge Bill Broonzy and I'm hooked! Amazing guitar work, and Traditional Blues at it's best. A powerful suggestion for any Blues fan!

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    Trouble in Mind []  2020-1-16 22:52

    As was the case with huge joe willaims I also recorded huge bill from 33'sonto my Grundig reel to reel. Also my wife threw these reels away so now I have a reel to reel player but no tapes. Thanks to you-all I can now have fun Huge Bill along with ank you.

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    You're in Trouble []  2020-1-16 23:28

    Version y good!

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    Trouble in Paradise []  2020-1-17 5:26

    I was fortunate to see a review of this album which began something like: "If you can handle the first song, you'll probably be fine with the rest of it". With a warning like that, I had to hear it.And they were right: combine the cheekiness of Monty Python, social activism, and the songwriting of folk's Golden Era and you have a fair representation of Romanovsky & Phillips. Here, they practically DARE you to listen to frank discussions of different issues, a lot of of which are unmistakably quite -oriented (this would be even more real of the perfect followup album, EMOTIONAL ROLLERCOASTER).Which is exactly what the globe needed: unflinching, unromanticized, and yet not without humor. "Wimp" is one of the smart-funniest songs ever, and "The Answering Machine Song" makes me laugh every time I hear it. "To Myself" on the other hand is unabashedly sentimental (maybe too much so?) and "Lost Emotions" is really about trying to handle brotherhood, plain & easy -- no gender preference involved.But that's not the heart of the album, which begins with the gleeful first track and zips through "Must've Been Drunk" and "Don't Use Your (For a Brain)". Not that it's all fun times: "He Wasn't Talking To Me" is heartbreaking, and "Trouble In Paradise" is exactly how it sounds. "Guilt Trip" is aptly named (being a guilty pleasure as well), with Paul's lispiest voice used to hilarious l in all, a amazing album of well-crafted songs over a dozens of styles, with smart & funny commentary and perfect musicianship, as poignant and pointed today as it was in 1984. I hate to give out 5-star ratings, but when it's as well-deserved as this, it would be criminal to rate otherwise.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    13 yr old son loved this book & all the others written by Jack Gantos. The guy writes amazing books for boys. My son can't obtain into the Harry Potter type fiction. This was just his style!

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    I liked this book because Gantos managed to fill a book with just a few days and hold me interested.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    THE TROUBLE IN ME is a book that took me some time to read, but not because it was too long or too complex. It took me a while because I wanted to really savor it.Whether writing for adults or now a younger audience Jack shows us that no matter where you are from or where you come from you can create changes in your life not just for yourself but that will impact others. We're also able to see that no matter what your age you can have an impact both positively or otherwise on those around you. That is what Jack realized at a young age, and because being the poor guy is sometimes seen as the cool thing to do, he realized that what really matters is to love you and do what is right for you.I applaud him and his candor, and the method he makes you reflect on your own life by reading about his own. I also like the fact that he is able to see himself how his choices brought about the consequences that they did: a amazing reminder for us all when it comes to the things that we this book and have already been telling others about it. The Problem that Jack dealt with confronts us all. May be search the courage to rise above it.

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    The Trouble in Me []  2020-1-14 19:32

    Jack Gantos is a brilliant writer, and I firmly believe that any teenager struggling to search his method and learn how to be real to himself will search it simple to relate to this story. I also firmly believe that it's a miracle that ntos survived his adolescence. I know that this is a fictionalized account, but even if only a portion of this is true, then it had to be a is is a short, quick read filled with perceptive observations on growing up, hilarious accounts of poor behavior, and heart breaking moments of such poignancy that they took my breath away. All of these can occur on a single page, as this is the bonus of Jack Gantos. This book takes put over a very short period of time. It ended up feeling a bit truncated. The ending seemed abrupt, just as the beginning felt like being thrown in the deep end of the pool after all the party guests had already been there for a couple of hours. Still, there is amazing items in these pages. The Problem in Me is a must read for any troublemaker or anyone trying desperately not to become one.

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    Trouble in Dreams [Vinyl] []  2020-7-19 19:37

    "Ok fine, even the sky looks like wine/And everywhere I turn there's/a fresh face in time, stuck inside the well..." Daniel Bejar drawls in a weary voice.Well, that doesn't exactly wear off quickly. Destroyer's eighth album -- or maybe its tenth, I'm not sure -- is full of reflections to those who "live in darkness" and think "light is a dream." But "Trouble in Dreams" definitely transcends its rambling poetry with full-bodied, expansive instrumentation -- think a shoegaze opens with a bittersweetly folky ode to... not sure. Maybe it's infidelity: "Blue Flower Blue Flame,/a woman by another name is not a woman/I'll tell you what I mean by that, maybe not in ten seconds flat, maybe never..." Bejar sings over a piano and 's followed by the far more uptempo, angular rock'n'roll of "Dark Leaves Form a Thread" and the blurry, bassy "The State." But then they embrace a stranger, more distant kind of melody -- quirky melodies infused with organ, shoegazey rockers, rambling folky rock, stretches of fuzzy balladry, and the exquisitely shifting dark expanses of "Shooting Rockets (From the Desk of Night's Ape)."Though it sounds much like a continuation of Destroyer's latest album, "Trouble in Dreams" is a bit of a contradiction at times. Bejar has solidified Destroyer into a permanent lineup, meaning that the sound is much fuller, lusher and clearer than in Destroyer's days as a shifting (or even one-man) band. But on the other hand, the melody is even stranger -- and at times, fuller of distortion -- than ever before.And that fresh fullness of sound suits the melody well -- swirling shoegazer melodies spiked with sharp riffs, buzzy basslines, piano and carpets of colorful keyboard. Some of the melodies are whittled down to a more bare-bones lineup, with lots of guitar, bass and sharp drums... I have to admit, a couple of these sound too demoesque to really fit in. But at least Destroyer somehow melts some additional complexity into those with a bit of distorted guitar, sometimes with an undercurrent of the middle of all this, Bejar might have gotten lost if he didn't have that penetrating, somewhat drawly voice. He rambles through the album like a self-reflecting poet, dropping vivid phrases ("Sipping sherry branded by moonlight") and dark, rather enigmatic reflections on the globe ("It's a not good feast we've been stuffing our faces on/A not good breeze from the east coming on/Bearing the scent of our one hundred first kills...")"Trouble in Dreams" refers constantly to both problem and dreams, and its rambling poetry and lush instrumentation present Destroyer off in amazing form. And it only promises more in the future.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    What a amazing book. Enjoyed every bit of it, I just want there was more. I cant wait for the next book.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Another amazing one by Abercrombie. He tells a story of poor people doing poor things meeting poor ends, and yet he’s amazing enough at making his characters compelling that you root for them even knowing that it(usually) won’t work out for them. He’s also an expert at writing combat scenes that are exciting and unpredictable, keeping you at the edge of your seat to see how it’s all going to somehow go down. I can’t wait for the climax of the trilogy next year!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    This book picked up not too long after the happenings that concluded A Small Hatred. There is much turmoil and dissent as The Union struggles to maintain its tenuous keep on power. Plots of overthrow continue to brew in seclusion from the outlaw group The Breakers and a lot of like them. The Union finds itself threatened not only from these outside groups but also from within as there are some who do not agree with the harsh way of rule that King Orso has instituted among the Begin Council. In order to maintain his slipping grip he has decided that benevolence is not exactly the method to ere are also whispers that the Amazing Wolf of the North Stour Nightfall is plotting his own attack to reclaim Union taken land. Taking a cue from his predecessor Bethod, Nightfall believes he can succeed in this endeavor and his arrogance and ruthlessness knows no bounds. He only knows one method to lead: by crushing his enemies and anyone in his own ranks who may disagree with his unusually cruel methods. The time is quickly approaching were talk is cheap and words will eventually necessitate action. The only question is whether or not Nightfall has the wits and the manpower to outwit a very formidable foe to the south in The Union and its anwhile, Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the famed inquisitor Sand Dan Glokta, has ambitions of her own. Savine has identified a path through an advantageous marriage and also her own hard-earned connections, that will enable her to gain back her tarnished reputation and climb to the highest rungs of Union investments once again. One can't support but feel that when all is said and done, Savine will use whoever and whatever she needs to victory versus those who would test to try her and bring her is is definitely a various book from the first one. There is a amazing deal more political maneuvering and back-stabbing in THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE that I found an enjoyable change of pace. I've said before that Joe Abercrombie doesn't obtain enough credit for how well he writes political items because his dialogue and characters are so brilliantly done. But in this book that part of his craft really shines and we obtain to see just how multi-layered and unpredictable the plots between the various factions in the story are. There is no method to tell who is 100% on one side or the other because these characters can switch allegiance with every considerable bribe or threat, and often at's not to say that this book suffers from middle book syndrome at all. Yes there is absolutely a sense of chess pieces moving and being set up for the finale, but this book had plenty of action and intrigue to more than stand on its own as a terrifically entertaining story. In all honesty, I think I liked this book slightly more than A Small Hatred. I think part of this was the fact that the fresh characters and descendants of the main players from First Law have already been introduced and we are more familiar with their personalities and motivations in this one.I can't review a Joe Abercrombie book without touching on the extraordinary dialogue. There is simply nobody better in my opinion at writing dialogue than this guy. And this book is no exception I'm satisfied to say. I know that when I read an Abercrombie book there are always going to be a number of scenes that will blow me away with how effortless and witty the conversations are. I could quote some of them but there are just too a lot of to pick from. Abercrombie has a knack for conveying a character's mood without needing to describe it explicitly, but rather, just by the method the words are delivered. You can almost see the facial expression of each hero in your mind as you are reading. It's something that is extremely hard to do and can't be taught, Joe just has is is even more brilliantly handled via the use of one hero in particular, Rikke. Possessed with a talent called The Long Eye, which enables her to see flashes of the future, this book utilizes those flashes to make a foreboding series of happenings that may or may not come to pass. Not even Rikke fully knows. These flashes are ambiguous enough that it is somewhat tough to piece together what might happen, yet shed a little glimpse at enough specifics that they almost force you to test and figure it all out. The issue is you can't really do it and I think this is part of the plan so that when book 3 delivers the ultimate climax, we will all be shaking our heads saying, "Oh yeah! how did I miss that?" This was an element that really raised the book to another level in my opinion. Just an added dimension to wrap your head around and think about between reading sessions.I don't give out excellent ratings very often, but I feel like this one most certainly deserves it. When a book makes you think about it at the dinner table, while mowing the lawn, in the shower (sorry for that image), then that's a bloody unbelievable book. There aren't a lot of that can engender that type of obsession from me. But when one does, it is truly worthy of recognition and that simply can't be denied. I don't think I have the patience to wait for book 3 of this series because what I just read was a reading experience the likes of which don't come around very often. And the cliffhanger was just too much to take. I just hope that time moves quickly so that I can read the ending of this series as soon as possible. I recommend starting with the First Law trilogy before diving into this one. You will obtain so much more out of the story knowing the history and background from those books. But you need to do it because Joe Abercrombie is in top form right now and continues to pump out tremendous books to happily devour.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    Definitely his best to date! And that is saying so much. Incredibly action-packed and not at all at the expense of Abercrombie’s skillful characterization across a diverse and unforgettable cast. The only flaw is the wait until the final installment of the trilogy. Only a year to go, by the dead!

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    The Problem with Peace marks the ninth installment in the First Law globe as envisioned and scripted by the self-proclaimed Lord Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie. I know it’s nine books because I have just completed a unbelievable journey for the latest 12 months reading through all the currently published books with my now 15-year-old son, Josh. In fact, I read all the books out loud to him, averaging around 10-15 pages most days at about 3-4 mins per page. Reading one book immediately after the one before made a unbelievable larger narrative of nearly 4,500 pages, and allowed us to experience these tales together in a satisfying story arc full of rich characters and a completely developed fore I go any farther, if you are reading this and considering The Problem with Peace as your next book to read, please STOP. While I will spend the rest of this review trying to convincing you to pick up this grimy gem, I suggest that you first create sure to read all eight of the books that came before it. There is just method too much history that would be missed, method too much perspective missed with the depth of characters, and the current tome will not be nearly as satisfying. So, it would seem, I’m trying to sell you nine books, not just this fore moving into the info on The Problem with Peace, Josh and I both put this book (and A Small Hatred, the first volume in The Age of Madness trilogy) just behind the three books in The First Law trilogy. Honestly, The First Law books take a slight edge because of the prominence of Glokta and Logen in those books, two of our all-time favorite characters. While Glokta was again in this book, he is portrayed as only a fraction of the ruthless, heartless, vicious creature as he was before. He is still great, but the charisma is e Problem with Peace picks up largely where A Small Hatred ended. There isn’t exactly peace, or even a real cease-fire, it’s more like the losers are licking their wounds and plotting their next moves. Before long, unlikely alliances are brokered, and dissent is fueled to a frenzy. King Orso, who only recently was given the crown, and who is still dealing with a rejected marriage proposal, and who has lived a life absent of effort or cares, is dead center in the sights of those who mean to overthrow him. While much of their hostility is truly birthed out of a system that elevates the wealthy, the nobility and the strong while oppressing the masses, more notably as influenced by the members of the corrupt Councils, he is nevertheless the representative and the target for their anger.Written into this struggle is a form of commentary to the greater struggle that humanity faces in our modern day. We still face corrupt politicians, as well as rampant problems of inequality and prejudice. When we see how this book handles subjects like politics and worker’s rights, they come across as believable because they have a familiarity to them. All of this follows a seemingly natural progression where injustice leads to debate and a sense of helplessness which escalates through personal backroom deals and eventually can boil over into war. Every aspect of his globe is diverse and expansively realized, far beyond socio-economic, geographic, ethnic and more, clearly showing a meticulous attention to ese books, in our opinion, stand out because of the superbly crafted characters. Josh was even telling me, moments after finishing this book, how well written a lot of of the characters are, such that he can practically picture them in his mind. He is already inspired to make some drawings based on those whose bodies have been more disfigured. Beyond just visually, the characters are so well portrayed as constantly wrestling with choices between poor and worse, between black and dark grey, and despite the probable unfortunate cirtances. Even more impressive is that all their choices fit who we have come to understand them to be. “Of course Savine would do that.” “That’s classic Shivers, right there.”Many will point to the action in this book as its strength, and they will comment about the heavy conflict that is inevitable given the posturing and positioning, not to mention the furor that is barely restrained. Abercrombie does not keep back in the mayhem and carnage, and the scale of the conflict here is equal to his previous offerings. All his works feel like a secret android game of cat and mouse, in which the strong use the hoi polloi as pawns, and this one is no different. They also feature plot twists aplenty, and we see it again here. While most of this book is not surprising, the latest 20 pages sure ffice it to say that we are eagerly looking forward to the conclusion in The Wisdom of Crowds in 2021. If you love other Joe Abercrombie books, you will probably love this one too. It is as amazing as we hoped it would be. No actually, it was better. 5 stars!!!

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    The Trouble With Peace: Book Two (The Age of Madness) []  2020-9-15 19:0

    The Problem with Peace marks the ninth installment in the First Law globe as envisioned and scripted by the self-proclaimed Lord Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie. I know it’s nine books because I have just completed a unbelievable journey for the latest 12 months reading through all the currently published books with my now 15-year-old son, Josh. In fact, I read all the books out loud to him, averaging around 10-15 pages most days at about 3-4 mins per page. Reading one book immediately after the one before made a unbelievable larger narrative of nearly 4,500 pages, and allowed us to experience these tales together in a satisfying story arc full of rich characters and a completely developed fore I go any farther, if you are reading this and considering The Problem with Peace as your next book to read, please STOP. While I will spend the rest of this review trying to convincing you to pick up this grimy gem, I suggest that you first create sure to read all eight of the books that came before it. There is just method too much history that would be missed, method too much perspective missed with the depth of characters, and the current tome will not be nearly as satisfying. So, it would seem, I’m trying to sell you nine books, not just this fore moving into the info on The Problem with Peace, Josh and I both put this book (and A Small Hatred, the first volume in The Age of Madness trilogy) just behind the three books in The First Law trilogy. Honestly, The First Law books take a slight edge because of the prominence of Glokta and Logen in those books, two of our all-time favorite characters. While Glokta was again in this book, he is portrayed as only a fraction of the ruthless, heartless, vicious creature as he was before. He is still great, but the charisma is e Problem with Peace picks up largely where A Small Hatred ended. There isn’t exactly peace, or even a real cease-fire, it’s more like the losers are licking their wounds and plotting their next moves. Before long, unlikely alliances are brokered, and dissent is fueled to a frenzy. King Orso, who only recently was given the crown, and who is still dealing with a rejected marriage proposal, and who has lived a life absent of effort or cares, is dead center in the sights of those who mean to overthrow him. While much of their hostility is truly birthed out of a system that elevates the wealthy, the nobility and the strong while oppressing the masses, more notably as influenced by the members of the corrupt Councils, he is nevertheless the representative and the target for their anger.Written into this struggle is a form of commentary to the greater struggle that humanity faces in our modern day. We still face corrupt politicians, as well as rampant problems of inequality and prejudice. When we see how this book handles subjects like politics and worker’s rights, they come across as believable because they have a familiarity to them. All of this follows a seemingly natural progression where injustice leads to debate and a sense of helplessness which escalates through personal backroom deals and eventually can boil over into war. Every aspect of his globe is diverse and expansively realized, far beyond socio-economic, geographic, ethnic and more, clearly showing a meticulous attention to ese books, in our opinion, stand out because of the superbly crafted characters. Josh was even telling me, moments after finishing this book, how well written a lot of of the characters are, such that he can practically picture them in his mind. He is already inspired to make some drawings based on those whose bodies have been more disfigured. Beyond just visually, the characters are so well portrayed as constantly wrestling with choices between poor and worse, between black and dark grey, and despite the probable unfortunate cirtances. Even more impressive is that all their choices fit who we have come to understand them to be. “Of course Savine would do that.” “That’s classic Shivers, right there.”Many will point to the action in this book as its strength, and they will comment about the heavy conflict that is inevitable given the posturing and positioning, not to mention the furor that is barely restrained. Abercrombie does not keep back in the mayhem and carnage, and the scale of the conflict here is equal to his previous offerings. All his works feel like a secret android game of cat and mouse, in which the strong use the hoi polloi as pawns, and this one is no different. They also feature plot twists aplenty, and we see it again here. While most of this book is not surprising, the latest 20 pages sure ffice it to say that we are eagerly looking forward to the conclusion in The Wisdom of Crowds in 2021. If you love other Joe Abercrombie books, you will probably love this one too. It is as amazing as we hoped it would be. No actually, it was better. 5 stars!!!

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    The Trouble With Peace: Book Two (The Age of Madness) []  2020-9-15 19:0

    This book picked up not too long after the happenings that concluded A Small Hatred. There is much turmoil and dissent as The Union struggles to maintain its tenuous keep on power. Plots of overthrow continue to brew in seclusion from the outlaw group The Breakers and a lot of like them. The Union finds itself threatened not only from these outside groups but also from within as there are some who do not agree with the harsh way of rule that King Orso has instituted among the Begin Council. In order to maintain his slipping grip he has decided that benevolence is not exactly the method to ere are also whispers that the Amazing Wolf of the North Stour Nightfall is plotting his own attack to reclaim Union taken land. Taking a cue from his predecessor Bethod, Nightfall believes he can succeed in this endeavor and his arrogance and ruthlessness knows no bounds. He only knows one method to lead: by crushing his enemies and anyone in his own ranks who may disagree with his unusually cruel methods. The time is quickly approaching were talk is cheap and words will eventually necessitate action. The only question is whether or not Nightfall has the wits and the manpower to outwit a very formidable foe to the south in The Union and its anwhile, Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the famed inquisitor Sand Dan Glokta, has ambitions of her own. Savine has identified a path through an advantageous marriage and also her own hard-earned connections, that will enable her to gain back her tarnished reputation and climb to the highest rungs of Union investments once again. One can't support but feel that when all is said and done, Savine will use whoever and whatever she needs to victory versus those who would test to try her and bring her is is definitely a various book from the first one. There is a amazing deal more political maneuvering and back-stabbing in THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE that I found an enjoyable change of pace. I've said before that Joe Abercrombie doesn't obtain enough credit for how well he writes political items because his dialogue and characters are so brilliantly done. But in this book that part of his craft really shines and we obtain to see just how multi-layered and unpredictable the plots between the various factions in the story are. There is no method to tell who is 100% on one side or the other because these characters can switch allegiance with every considerable bribe or threat, and often at's not to say that this book suffers from middle book syndrome at all. Yes there is absolutely a sense of chess pieces moving and being set up for the finale, but this book had plenty of action and intrigue to more than stand on its own as a terrifically entertaining story. In all honesty, I think I liked this book slightly more than A Small Hatred. I think part of this was the fact that the fresh characters and descendants of the main players from First Law have already been introduced and we are more familiar with their personalities and motivations in this one.I can't review a Joe Abercrombie book without touching on the extraordinary dialogue. There is simply nobody better in my opinion at writing dialogue than this guy. And this book is no exception I'm satisfied to say. I know that when I read an Abercrombie book there are always going to be a number of scenes that will blow me away with how effortless and witty the conversations are. I could quote some of them but there are just too a lot of to pick from. Abercrombie has a knack for conveying a character's mood without needing to describe it explicitly, but rather, just by the method the words are delivered. You can almost see the facial expression of each hero in your mind as you are reading. It's something that is extremely hard to do and can't be taught, Joe just has is is even more brilliantly handled via the use of one hero in particular, Rikke. Possessed with a talent called The Long Eye, which enables her to see flashes of the future, this book utilizes those flashes to make a foreboding series of happenings that may or may not come to pass. Not even Rikke fully knows. These flashes are ambiguous enough that it is somewhat tough to piece together what might happen, yet shed a little glimpse at enough specifics that they almost force you to test and figure it all out. The issue is you can't really do it and I think this is part of the plan so that when book 3 delivers the ultimate climax, we will all be shaking our heads saying, "Oh yeah! how did I miss that?" This was an element that really raised the book to another level in my opinion. Just an added dimension to wrap your head around and think about between reading sessions.I don't give out excellent ratings very often, but I feel like this one most certainly deserves it. When a book makes you think about it at the dinner table, while mowing the lawn, in the shower (sorry for that image), then that's a bloody unbelievable book. There aren't a lot of that can engender that type of obsession from me. But when one does, it is truly worthy of recognition and that simply can't be denied. I don't think I have the patience to wait for book 3 of this series because what I just read was a reading experience the likes of which don't come around very often. And the cliffhanger was just too much to take. I just hope that time moves quickly so that I can read the ending of this series as soon as possible. I recommend starting with the First Law trilogy before diving into this one. You will obtain so much more out of the story knowing the history and background from those books. But you need to do it because Joe Abercrombie is in top form right now and continues to pump out tremendous books to happily devour.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    Once again after a trip to the land of The First Law I'm eagerly awaiting a return trip to these familiar lands with characters I've grown to love.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    The Problem with Peace marks the ninth installment in the First Law globe as envisioned and scripted by the self-proclaimed Lord Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie. I know it’s nine books because I have just completed a unbelievable journey for the latest 12 months reading through all the currently published books with my now 15-year-old son, Josh. In fact, I read all the books out loud to him, averaging around 10-15 pages most days at about 3-4 mins per page. Reading one book immediately after the one before made a unbelievable larger narrative of nearly 4,500 pages, and allowed us to experience these tales together in a satisfying story arc full of rich characters and a completely developed fore I go any farther, if you are reading this and considering The Problem with Peace as your next book to read, please STOP. While I will spend the rest of this review trying to convincing you to pick up this grimy gem, I suggest that you first create sure to read all eight of the books that came before it. There is just method too much history that would be missed, method too much perspective missed with the depth of characters, and the current tome will not be nearly as satisfying. So, it would seem, I’m trying to sell you nine books, not just this fore moving into the info on The Problem with Peace, Josh and I both put this book (and A Small Hatred, the first volume in The Age of Madness trilogy) just behind the three books in The First Law trilogy. Honestly, The First Law books take a slight edge because of the prominence of Glokta and Logen in those books, two of our all-time favorite characters. While Glokta was again in this book, he is portrayed as only a fraction of the ruthless, heartless, vicious creature as he was before. He is still great, but the charisma is e Problem with Peace picks up largely where A Small Hatred ended. There isn’t exactly peace, or even a real cease-fire, it’s more like the losers are licking their wounds and plotting their next moves. Before long, unlikely alliances are brokered, and dissent is fueled to a frenzy. King Orso, who only recently was given the crown, and who is still dealing with a rejected marriage proposal, and who has lived a life absent of effort or cares, is dead center in the sights of those who mean to overthrow him. While much of their hostility is truly birthed out of a system that elevates the wealthy, the nobility and the strong while oppressing the masses, more notably as influenced by the members of the corrupt Councils, he is nevertheless the representative and the target for their anger.Written into this struggle is a form of commentary to the greater struggle that humanity faces in our modern day. We still face corrupt politicians, as well as rampant problems of inequality and prejudice. When we see how this book handles subjects like politics and worker’s rights, they come across as believable because they have a familiarity to them. All of this follows a seemingly natural progression where injustice leads to debate and a sense of helplessness which escalates through personal backroom deals and eventually can boil over into war. Every aspect of his globe is diverse and expansively realized, far beyond socio-economic, geographic, ethnic and more, clearly showing a meticulous attention to ese books, in our opinion, stand out because of the superbly crafted characters. Josh was even telling me, moments after finishing this book, how well written a lot of of the characters are, such that he can practically picture them in his mind. He is already inspired to make some drawings based on those whose bodies have been more disfigured. Beyond just visually, the characters are so well portrayed as constantly wrestling with choices between poor and worse, between black and dark grey, and despite the probable unfortunate cirtances. Even more impressive is that all their choices fit who we have come to understand them to be. “Of course Savine would do that.” “That’s classic Shivers, right there.”Many will point to the action in this book as its strength, and they will comment about the heavy conflict that is inevitable given the posturing and positioning, not to mention the furor that is barely restrained. Abercrombie does not keep back in the mayhem and carnage, and the scale of the conflict here is equal to his previous offerings. All his works feel like a secret android game of cat and mouse, in which the strong use the hoi polloi as pawns, and this one is no different. They also feature plot twists aplenty, and we see it again here. While most of this book is not surprising, the latest 20 pages sure ffice it to say that we are eagerly looking forward to the conclusion in The Wisdom of Crowds in 2021. If you love other Joe Abercrombie books, you will probably love this one too. It is as amazing as we hoped it would be. No actually, it was better. 5 stars!!!

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    This book picked up not too long after the happenings that concluded A Small Hatred. There is much turmoil and dissent as The Union struggles to maintain its tenuous keep on power. Plots of overthrow continue to brew in seclusion from the outlaw group The Breakers and a lot of like them. The Union finds itself threatened not only from these outside groups but also from within as there are some who do not agree with the harsh way of rule that King Orso has instituted among the Begin Council. In order to maintain his slipping grip he has decided that benevolence is not exactly the method to ere are also whispers that the Amazing Wolf of the North Stour Nightfall is plotting his own attack to reclaim Union taken land. Taking a cue from his predecessor Bethod, Nightfall believes he can succeed in this endeavor and his arrogance and ruthlessness knows no bounds. He only knows one method to lead: by crushing his enemies and anyone in his own ranks who may disagree with his unusually cruel methods. The time is quickly approaching were talk is cheap and words will eventually necessitate action. The only question is whether or not Nightfall has the wits and the manpower to outwit a very formidable foe to the south in The Union and its anwhile, Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the famed inquisitor Sand Dan Glokta, has ambitions of her own. Savine has identified a path through an advantageous marriage and also her own hard-earned connections, that will enable her to gain back her tarnished reputation and climb to the highest rungs of Union investments once again. One can't support but feel that when all is said and done, Savine will use whoever and whatever she needs to victory versus those who would test to try her and bring her is is definitely a various book from the first one. There is a amazing deal more political maneuvering and back-stabbing in THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE that I found an enjoyable change of pace. I've said before that Joe Abercrombie doesn't obtain enough credit for how well he writes political items because his dialogue and characters are so brilliantly done. But in this book that part of his craft really shines and we obtain to see just how multi-layered and unpredictable the plots between the various factions in the story are. There is no method to tell who is 100% on one side or the other because these characters can switch allegiance with every considerable bribe or threat, and often at's not to say that this book suffers from middle book syndrome at all. Yes there is absolutely a sense of chess pieces moving and being set up for the finale, but this book had plenty of action and intrigue to more than stand on its own as a terrifically entertaining story. In all honesty, I think I liked this book slightly more than A Small Hatred. I think part of this was the fact that the fresh characters and descendants of the main players from First Law have already been introduced and we are more familiar with their personalities and motivations in this one.I can't review a Joe Abercrombie book without touching on the extraordinary dialogue. There is simply nobody better in my opinion at writing dialogue than this guy. And this book is no exception I'm satisfied to say. I know that when I read an Abercrombie book there are always going to be a number of scenes that will blow me away with how effortless and witty the conversations are. I could quote some of them but there are just too a lot of to pick from. Abercrombie has a knack for conveying a character's mood without needing to describe it explicitly, but rather, just by the method the words are delivered. You can almost see the facial expression of each hero in your mind as you are reading. It's something that is extremely hard to do and can't be taught, Joe just has is is even more brilliantly handled via the use of one hero in particular, Rikke. Possessed with a talent called The Long Eye, which enables her to see flashes of the future, this book utilizes those flashes to make a foreboding series of happenings that may or may not come to pass. Not even Rikke fully knows. These flashes are ambiguous enough that it is somewhat tough to piece together what might happen, yet shed a little glimpse at enough specifics that they almost force you to test and figure it all out. The issue is you can't really do it and I think this is part of the plan so that when book 3 delivers the ultimate climax, we will all be shaking our heads saying, "Oh yeah! how did I miss that?" This was an element that really raised the book to another level in my opinion. Just an added dimension to wrap your head around and think about between reading sessions.I don't give out excellent ratings very often, but I feel like this one most certainly deserves it. When a book makes you think about it at the dinner table, while mowing the lawn, in the shower (sorry for that image), then that's a bloody unbelievable book. There aren't a lot of that can engender that type of obsession from me. But when one does, it is truly worthy of recognition and that simply can't be denied. I don't think I have the patience to wait for book 3 of this series because what I just read was a reading experience the likes of which don't come around very often. And the cliffhanger was just too much to take. I just hope that time moves quickly so that I can read the ending of this series as soon as possible. I recommend starting with the First Law trilogy before diving into this one. You will obtain so much more out of the story knowing the history and background from those books. But you need to do it because Joe Abercrombie is in top form right now and continues to pump out tremendous books to happily devour.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    If you’re here reading these reviews, you’re probably already very familiar with Abercrombie and the First Law world. If not, I’m going to do you a favor and stop you right here...start at the beginning and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome reading experience. Where’s the beginning? Well that’s up for debate since the author has written quite a few books set in the First Law world, some trilogies, some stand alones. But to obtain to this novel you must, at the very least, read the First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Latest Argument of Kings) where you will meet most of the characters. After that you can proceed to the first book of this follow-up trilogy called A Small Hatred, or delve into the other previous novels that are called stand alone stories, but they are all set in this same globe and all your favorite (and not so favorite) characters pop up from time to time. It’s bloody brilliant, all of is novel is the second of a follow up trilogy to the original, set in the same globe but 20 years or so in future. The globe is no less settled, however. Now of course we all know what is going on behind the curtain (Bayaz) but there is certainly no more stability. Politics is the name of the android game for this novel. I’m sure there are some folks who will miss the graphic battles/violence normally present, but this book was absolutely needed to see us through to the finale. It’s difficult for me to rate one novel in the First Law globe as any better than another...to me this has been one giant, epic story being told.I should also mention that I do not consider myself a normal fan of the genre. I don’t read hundreds of fantasy novels every year. But I know an awesome story when I read it and I like to mention this in case anyone out there might think that because they don’t normally have fun fantasy they won’t like these books either. You don’t have to be an aficionado of the genre to have fun these books. Quite the opposite, in fact. Some of the best books I’ve ever read were not in my favorite genre (Lonesome Dove, Gone With the Wind, etc).A fast note: I may not be an expert in this genre but I’ve read enough to be disappointed in most female characters. It’s a sad fact that women are most often used for and violence scenes (ahem, GRR Martin). Abercrombie banishes those tropes out of the water and does it so effortlessly it’s hard to read the works of lessor authors that cannot seem to obtain it right. The women in the First Law globe are every bit as strong, clever, and flawed as the male characters. Especially in this installment of the trilogy where we see these women evolve in both amazing and poor ways, setting the scene for a final installment I nearly dread coming because it will mean the end of the story. If I had my way, the author would just continue to turn out First Law stories forever.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Definitely his best to date! And that is saying so much. Incredibly action-packed and not at all at the expense of Abercrombie’s skillful characterization across a diverse and unforgettable cast. The only flaw is the wait until the final installment of the trilogy. Only a year to go, by the dead!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    The Problem with Peace marks the ninth installment in the First Law globe as envisioned and scripted by the self-proclaimed Lord Grimdark, Joe Abercrombie. I know it’s nine books because I have just completed a unbelievable journey for the latest 12 months reading through all the currently published books with my now 15-year-old son, Josh. In fact, I read all the books out loud to him, averaging around 10-15 pages most days at about 3-4 mins per page. Reading one book immediately after the one before made a unbelievable larger narrative of nearly 4,500 pages, and allowed us to experience these tales together in a satisfying story arc full of rich characters and a completely developed fore I go any farther, if you are reading this and considering The Problem with Peace as your next book to read, please STOP. While I will spend the rest of this review trying to convincing you to pick up this grimy gem, I suggest that you first create sure to read all eight of the books that came before it. There is just method too much history that would be missed, method too much perspective missed with the depth of characters, and the current tome will not be nearly as satisfying. So, it would seem, I’m trying to sell you nine books, not just this fore moving into the info on The Problem with Peace, Josh and I both put this book (and A Small Hatred, the first volume in The Age of Madness trilogy) just behind the three books in The First Law trilogy. Honestly, The First Law books take a slight edge because of the prominence of Glokta and Logen in those books, two of our all-time favorite characters. While Glokta was again in this book, he is portrayed as only a fraction of the ruthless, heartless, vicious creature as he was before. He is still great, but the charisma is e Problem with Peace picks up largely where A Small Hatred ended. There isn’t exactly peace, or even a real cease-fire, it’s more like the losers are licking their wounds and plotting their next moves. Before long, unlikely alliances are brokered, and dissent is fueled to a frenzy. King Orso, who only recently was given the crown, and who is still dealing with a rejected marriage proposal, and who has lived a life absent of effort or cares, is dead center in the sights of those who mean to overthrow him. While much of their hostility is truly birthed out of a system that elevates the wealthy, the nobility and the strong while oppressing the masses, more notably as influenced by the members of the corrupt Councils, he is nevertheless the representative and the target for their anger.Written into this struggle is a form of commentary to the greater struggle that humanity faces in our modern day. We still face corrupt politicians, as well as rampant problems of inequality and prejudice. When we see how this book handles subjects like politics and worker’s rights, they come across as believable because they have a familiarity to them. All of this follows a seemingly natural progression where injustice leads to debate and a sense of helplessness which escalates through personal backroom deals and eventually can boil over into war. Every aspect of his globe is diverse and expansively realized, far beyond socio-economic, geographic, ethnic and more, clearly showing a meticulous attention to ese books, in our opinion, stand out because of the superbly crafted characters. Josh was even telling me, moments after finishing this book, how well written a lot of of the characters are, such that he can practically picture them in his mind. He is already inspired to make some drawings based on those whose bodies have been more disfigured. Beyond just visually, the characters are so well portrayed as constantly wrestling with choices between poor and worse, between black and dark grey, and despite the probable unfortunate cirtances. Even more impressive is that all their choices fit who we have come to understand them to be. “Of course Savine would do that.” “That’s classic Shivers, right there.”Many will point to the action in this book as its strength, and they will comment about the heavy conflict that is inevitable given the posturing and positioning, not to mention the furor that is barely restrained. Abercrombie does not keep back in the mayhem and carnage, and the scale of the conflict here is equal to his previous offerings. All his works feel like a secret android game of cat and mouse, in which the strong use the hoi polloi as pawns, and this one is no different. They also feature plot twists aplenty, and we see it again here. While most of this book is not surprising, the latest 20 pages sure ffice it to say that we are eagerly looking forward to the conclusion in The Wisdom of Crowds in 2021. If you love other Joe Abercrombie books, you will probably love this one too. It is as amazing as we hoped it would be. No actually, it was better. 5 stars!!!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    Definitely his best to date! And that is saying so much. Incredibly action-packed and not at all at the expense of Abercrombie’s skillful characterization across a diverse and unforgettable cast. The only flaw is the wait until the final installment of the trilogy. Only a year to go, by the dead!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    I own all of Joe's items but this the most boring book he has released. Read it before bed and you will be asleep in no time. It's all political schemes and these characters are a bit hollow. I frankly don't care about most any of them. But he got my cash again so 🤷.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Loved the book, the whole series really, could not place the thing down. Ending broke my heart, though. Actually shed tears!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    If you’re here reading these reviews, you’re probably already very familiar with Abercrombie and the First Law world. If not, I’m going to do you a favor and stop you right here...start at the beginning and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome reading experience. Where’s the beginning? Well that’s up for debate since the author has written quite a few books set in the First Law world, some trilogies, some stand alones. But to obtain to this novel you must, at the very least, read the First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Latest Argument of Kings) where you will meet most of the characters. After that you can proceed to the first book of this follow-up trilogy called A Small Hatred, or delve into the other previous novels that are called stand alone stories, but they are all set in this same globe and all your favorite (and not so favorite) characters pop up from time to time. It’s bloody brilliant, all of is novel is the second of a follow up trilogy to the original, set in the same globe but 20 years or so in future. The globe is no less settled, however. Now of course we all know what is going on behind the curtain (Bayaz) but there is certainly no more stability. Politics is the name of the android game for this novel. I’m sure there are some folks who will miss the graphic battles/violence normally present, but this book was absolutely needed to see us through to the finale. It’s difficult for me to rate one novel in the First Law globe as any better than another...to me this has been one giant, epic story being told.I should also mention that I do not consider myself a normal fan of the genre. I don’t read hundreds of fantasy novels every year. But I know an awesome story when I read it and I like to mention this in case anyone out there might think that because they don’t normally have fun fantasy they won’t like these books either. You don’t have to be an aficionado of the genre to have fun these books. Quite the opposite, in fact. Some of the best books I’ve ever read were not in my favorite genre (Lonesome Dove, Gone With the Wind, etc).A fast note: I may not be an expert in this genre but I’ve read enough to be disappointed in most female characters. It’s a sad fact that women are most often used for and violence scenes (ahem, GRR Martin). Abercrombie banishes those tropes out of the water and does it so effortlessly it’s hard to read the works of lessor authors that cannot seem to obtain it right. The women in the First Law globe are every bit as strong, clever, and flawed as the male characters. Especially in this installment of the trilogy where we see these women evolve in both amazing and poor ways, setting the scene for a final installment I nearly dread coming because it will mean the end of the story. If I had my way, the author would just continue to turn out First Law stories forever.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    Another amazing one by Abercrombie. He tells a story of poor people doing poor things meeting poor ends, and yet he’s amazing enough at making his characters compelling that you root for them even knowing that it(usually) won’t work out for them. He’s also an expert at writing combat scenes that are exciting and unpredictable, keeping you at the edge of your seat to see how it’s all going to somehow go down. I can’t wait for the climax of the trilogy next year!

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    What a amazing book. Enjoyed every bit of it, I just want there was more. I cant wait for the next book.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    Loved the book, the whole series really, could not place the thing down. Ending broke my heart, though. Actually shed tears!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    This book picked up not too long after the happenings that concluded A Small Hatred. There is much turmoil and dissent as The Union struggles to maintain its tenuous keep on power. Plots of overthrow continue to brew in seclusion from the outlaw group The Breakers and a lot of like them. The Union finds itself threatened not only from these outside groups but also from within as there are some who do not agree with the harsh way of rule that King Orso has instituted among the Begin Council. In order to maintain his slipping grip he has decided that benevolence is not exactly the method to ere are also whispers that the Amazing Wolf of the North Stour Nightfall is plotting his own attack to reclaim Union taken land. Taking a cue from his predecessor Bethod, Nightfall believes he can succeed in this endeavor and his arrogance and ruthlessness knows no bounds. He only knows one method to lead: by crushing his enemies and anyone in his own ranks who may disagree with his unusually cruel methods. The time is quickly approaching were talk is cheap and words will eventually necessitate action. The only question is whether or not Nightfall has the wits and the manpower to outwit a very formidable foe to the south in The Union and its anwhile, Savine dan Glokta, daughter of the famed inquisitor Sand Dan Glokta, has ambitions of her own. Savine has identified a path through an advantageous marriage and also her own hard-earned connections, that will enable her to gain back her tarnished reputation and climb to the highest rungs of Union investments once again. One can't support but feel that when all is said and done, Savine will use whoever and whatever she needs to victory versus those who would test to try her and bring her is is definitely a various book from the first one. There is a amazing deal more political maneuvering and back-stabbing in THE TROUBLE WITH PEACE that I found an enjoyable change of pace. I've said before that Joe Abercrombie doesn't obtain enough credit for how well he writes political items because his dialogue and characters are so brilliantly done. But in this book that part of his craft really shines and we obtain to see just how multi-layered and unpredictable the plots between the various factions in the story are. There is no method to tell who is 100% on one side or the other because these characters can switch allegiance with every considerable bribe or threat, and often at's not to say that this book suffers from middle book syndrome at all. Yes there is absolutely a sense of chess pieces moving and being set up for the finale, but this book had plenty of action and intrigue to more than stand on its own as a terrifically entertaining story. In all honesty, I think I liked this book slightly more than A Small Hatred. I think part of this was the fact that the fresh characters and descendants of the main players from First Law have already been introduced and we are more familiar with their personalities and motivations in this one.I can't review a Joe Abercrombie book without touching on the extraordinary dialogue. There is simply nobody better in my opinion at writing dialogue than this guy. And this book is no exception I'm satisfied to say. I know that when I read an Abercrombie book there are always going to be a number of scenes that will blow me away with how effortless and witty the conversations are. I could quote some of them but there are just too a lot of to pick from. Abercrombie has a knack for conveying a character's mood without needing to describe it explicitly, but rather, just by the method the words are delivered. You can almost see the facial expression of each hero in your mind as you are reading. It's something that is extremely hard to do and can't be taught, Joe just has is is even more brilliantly handled via the use of one hero in particular, Rikke. Possessed with a talent called The Long Eye, which enables her to see flashes of the future, this book utilizes those flashes to make a foreboding series of happenings that may or may not come to pass. Not even Rikke fully knows. These flashes are ambiguous enough that it is somewhat tough to piece together what might happen, yet shed a little glimpse at enough specifics that they almost force you to test and figure it all out. The issue is you can't really do it and I think this is part of the plan so that when book 3 delivers the ultimate climax, we will all be shaking our heads saying, "Oh yeah! how did I miss that?" This was an element that really raised the book to another level in my opinion. Just an added dimension to wrap your head around and think about between reading sessions.I don't give out excellent ratings very often, but I feel like this one most certainly deserves it. When a book makes you think about it at the dinner table, while mowing the lawn, in the shower (sorry for that image), then that's a bloody unbelievable book. There aren't a lot of that can engender that type of obsession from me. But when one does, it is truly worthy of recognition and that simply can't be denied. I don't think I have the patience to wait for book 3 of this series because what I just read was a reading experience the likes of which don't come around very often. And the cliffhanger was just too much to take. I just hope that time moves quickly so that I can read the ending of this series as soon as possible. I recommend starting with the First Law trilogy before diving into this one. You will obtain so much more out of the story knowing the history and background from those books. But you need to do it because Joe Abercrombie is in top form right now and continues to pump out tremendous books to happily devour.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    Abercrombie never disappoints with the First Law World. Don't pick this one up and begin reading or listening, unless you have plenty of time, cause putting it aside is not an option, once you ace is supposedly at hand, but the problem with peace, is that people are involved and as we know, you can't please everybody. My favorite character, King Orso shines in this installment as the one person that would love to be a peacemaker, but how interesting would that be, if everyone got along? Backroom politics abound, with chop throat tactics, and soooo..many private agendas, it's hard to hold up with. Those unbelievable creations of Abercrombie radiate with personality, that projects you into their world, to feel their pain, anxiety, love, hate, laugh out loud, and even latest moments. We know the battles, down to the frightening and exhausting info all performed excellently, as usual by Steven Pacey.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    If you’re here reading these reviews, you’re probably already very familiar with Abercrombie and the First Law world. If not, I’m going to do you a favor and stop you right here...start at the beginning and you’ll be rewarded with an awesome reading experience. Where’s the beginning? Well that’s up for debate since the author has written quite a few books set in the First Law world, some trilogies, some stand alones. But to obtain to this novel you must, at the very least, read the First Law trilogy (The Blade Itself, Before They Are Hanged, and Latest Argument of Kings) where you will meet most of the characters. After that you can proceed to the first book of this follow-up trilogy called A Small Hatred, or delve into the other previous novels that are called stand alone stories, but they are all set in this same globe and all your favorite (and not so favorite) characters pop up from time to time. It’s bloody brilliant, all of is novel is the second of a follow up trilogy to the original, set in the same globe but 20 years or so in future. The globe is no less settled, however. Now of course we all know what is going on behind the curtain (Bayaz) but there is certainly no more stability. Politics is the name of the android game for this novel. I’m sure there are some folks who will miss the graphic battles/violence normally present, but this book was absolutely needed to see us through to the finale. It’s difficult for me to rate one novel in the First Law globe as any better than another...to me this has been one giant, epic story being told.I should also mention that I do not consider myself a normal fan of the genre. I don’t read hundreds of fantasy novels every year. But I know an awesome story when I read it and I like to mention this in case anyone out there might think that because they don’t normally have fun fantasy they won’t like these books either. You don’t have to be an aficionado of the genre to have fun these books. Quite the opposite, in fact. Some of the best books I’ve ever read were not in my favorite genre (Lonesome Dove, Gone With the Wind, etc).A fast note: I may not be an expert in this genre but I’ve read enough to be disappointed in most female characters. It’s a sad fact that women are most often used for and violence scenes (ahem, GRR Martin). Abercrombie banishes those tropes out of the water and does it so effortlessly it’s hard to read the works of lessor authors that cannot seem to obtain it right. The women in the First Law globe are every bit as strong, clever, and flawed as the male characters. Especially in this installment of the trilogy where we see these women evolve in both amazing and poor ways, setting the scene for a final installment I nearly dread coming because it will mean the end of the story. If I had my way, the author would just continue to turn out First Law stories forever.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    What a amazing book. Enjoyed every bit of it, I just want there was more. I cant wait for the next book.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    I own all of Joe's items but this the most boring book he has released. Read it before bed and you will be asleep in no time. It's all political schemes and these characters are a bit hollow. I frankly don't care about most any of them. But he got my cash again so 🤷.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    Loved the book, the whole series really, could not place the thing down. Ending broke my heart, though. Actually shed tears!

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    Once again after a trip to the land of The First Law I'm eagerly awaiting a return trip to these familiar lands with characters I've grown to love.

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    The Trouble with Peace: The Age of Madness, Book 2 []  2020-9-23 19:48

    I own all of Joe's items but this the most boring book he has released. Read it before bed and you will be asleep in no time. It's all political schemes and these characters are a bit hollow. I frankly don't care about most any of them. But he got my cash again so 🤷.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    Another amazing one by Abercrombie. He tells a story of poor people doing poor things meeting poor ends, and yet he’s amazing enough at making his characters compelling that you root for them even knowing that it(usually) won’t work out for them. He’s also an expert at writing combat scenes that are exciting and unpredictable, keeping you at the edge of your seat to see how it’s all going to somehow go down. I can’t wait for the climax of the trilogy next year!

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness Book 2) []  2020-9-23 19:21

    Abercrombie never disappoints with the First Law World. Don't pick this one up and begin reading or listening, unless you have plenty of time, cause putting it aside is not an option, once you ace is supposedly at hand, but the problem with peace, is that people are involved and as we know, you can't please everybody. My favorite character, King Orso shines in this installment as the one person that would love to be a peacemaker, but how interesting would that be, if everyone got along? Backroom politics abound, with chop throat tactics, and soooo..many private agendas, it's hard to hold up with. Those unbelievable creations of Abercrombie radiate with personality, that projects you into their world, to feel their pain, anxiety, love, hate, laugh out loud, and even latest moments. We know the battles, down to the frightening and exhausting info all performed excellently, as usual by Steven Pacey.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Once again after a trip to the land of The First Law I'm eagerly awaiting a return trip to these familiar lands with characters I've grown to love.

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    The Trouble with Peace (The Age of Madness, 2) []  2020-9-23 19:47

    Abercrombie never disappoints with the First Law World. Don't pick this one up and begin reading or listening, unless you have plenty of time, cause putting it aside is not an option, once you ace is supposedly at hand, but the problem with peace, is that people are involved and as we know, you can't please everybody. My favorite character, King Orso shines in this installment as the one person that would love to be a peacemaker, but how interesting would that be, if everyone got along? Backroom politics abound, with chop throat tactics, and soooo..many private agendas, it's hard to hold up with. Those unbelievable creations of Abercrombie radiate with personality, that projects you into their world, to feel their pain, anxiety, love, hate, laugh out loud, and even latest moments. We know the battles, down to the frightening and exhausting info all performed excellently, as usual by Steven Pacey.

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    Hello developers i just wanted to say hi this android game is amazing btw, have a nice day

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    The graphics are great. Just want there were method more people playing on it. Logged in today and no one was on.

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    When I saw this android game I was so shocked so I downloaded it, but the thing is after the unity intro then everything becomes grey, and I can't even play the z fix thx.And I had 4 gb.

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    Amazing application

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    Pls Go Obtain Run On HTC M9 Plus pls fix it I Clear the cache all the application and TTT pls fix it I will 5 star if the next Modernize pls fix it Ok thx for reminding of outdated phone Iam not angry but modernize better on the future bye developers

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    I have player ttt so I am satisfied that it is on mobile but when I test to play the android game the screen is black for about a min but then exits the app.

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    Big Trouble in Little China [Movie]  2017-10-13 21:49

    I think this film was marketed as an adventure film when it came out. I can imagine that some people were disappointed if they were indeed expecting a true adventure movie. I remember being one of those people when I first saw this movie. However, if you approach it seeing what it is, that is a comedy or at least an action-comedy, then it is actually a quite enjoyable movie. The entire film is utterly ridiculous. The screaming, posturing Asian martial art winner parodies especially so. Everything in this film makes you laugh as long as you do not test to take the film seriously. The action scenes are often absolutely hilarious. They are also quite well done and choreographed actually. The unique effects are of course utterly outdated but they are amazing enough for this movie. There is a story as well but it doesn’t really matter much. It is just there to tie the funny scenes together, especially the action scenes. Acting? Well, let’s just say that it matches the comic nature of the movie. I actually just picked this film as a trial experience in using Netflix (which finally came to France latest Monday) on my PS3 for the first time and I did not wish to begin something were I would be @#$%ed off if it turned out that it stopped working halfway through. I have to say that I had much more fun watching this film this time than the first time I was watching it…and Netflix worked perfectly on my PS3.

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    Trouble in Terrorist Town Portable [App]  2019-8-30 21:20

    It's looks amazing and I was so excited to play but there's only one problem...... THERE IS NO ONE ONLINE :(

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    Trouble []  2020-2-1 2:26

    Jane Kurtz has once again taken the raw material of the oral tradition and translated it to print, without losing the "feel" of a story told face to face. Tekleh, armed with a plaything that was designed to hold him out of trouble, finds himself trading it and each fresh item he receives, to stay out of trouble. As is traditional in such a circular tale, he ends where he began. For those who want to venture into the globe of telling a story without the book, this is one story that will support you avoid "trouble" as you retell the tale. For those who appreciate the appeal of an illustrated tale, the pictures are just enough to delight, but will let the reader/listener their imagination at the same time.

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    Trouble []  2020-2-1 2:26

    Love this tale--wholesome, sweet, fun. A family win.

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    Trouble []  2020-2-1 2:26

    I would love to translate this book to Tigrinya and [email protected]#$%! . Very well written and amazing moral book. I like the the art too. must be painted by native . It is amazing to have this book for English speaker and/or Amharic speaker or learners.

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    WE COME IN PEACE... [App]  2019-10-13 14:5

    Definitely worth it for all Daydream VR owners! The 360degree attack is special and keeps you on your toes if you are too lazy. The recent modernize was a major Improvement to the aim as well as all the other aspects of the game! I love this Daydream VR android game and would love to [email protected]#$%! if I could aim better... Loads of fun!

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