Tuesday, 30 April 2019

The Red Badge Of Courage by Stephen Crane

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
First published by D Appleton and Company in America in October 1895 after newspaper serialisation of an abridged version the previous year.

How I got this book:
Downloaded as part of the 2015 AudioSYNC season

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This story is about a young soldier, Henry Fleming, fighting in the American Civil War. It is a vivid and stark portrayal of war on the human psyche, interspersed with symbolic imagery and biblical metaphors. The story realistically portrays the young soldier's physical and psychological struggles after fleeing from his first encounter with a battle. He returns to his regiment to become a strong soldier and even taking on the task of the flag bearer in the final battle.

Though Stephen Crane had never been in any combat situations, his interviews with a wide number of veterans enabled him to create this novel, widely regarded as a unusually realistic depiction of a young man in battle.

This review was first published on my Stephanie Jane blog in 2015.

The Red Badge of Courage is the earliest dated book I received via this summer’s AudioSYNC programme. An American classic, it was first published in 1895 so is even before the first segment of theBookcrossing Decade Challenge I have joined on Goodreads.

Young Henry Fleming has enlisted to fight in the America Civil War. Naïve to what awaits him, he flees during his first battle, finding himself among wounded men whom Henry sees as displaying their red badges of courage – their bloodstains. After being hit by one of his own side, Henry returns to his regiment where, believing his previous cowardice unnoticed, he seizes the flag when its bearer is killed. Suddenly brave beyond his experience, he leads through intense fighting, remaining unharmed.

Red Badge of Courage is written in an impersonal fashion which I thought both helped and hindered its impact. By not particularly detailing people’s or places’ names, it can be a novel of any low-tech war, as relevant now as then and all across the globe. However, devices such as continually referring to Henry as ‘the youth’ made it difficult for me to really invest in his story and I found myself frequently drifting away from listening. I am also not sure whether Crane’s message was meant to turn readers on to or away from war. The descriptions of fighting and casualties are powerful, but our protagonist redeems himself by rushing headlong into battle, glorifying the bloodshed in order to 'become a man'.

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Monday, 29 April 2019

Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed by Christine Doré Miller + #Giveaway

Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed by Christine Doré Miller
Published in America by Evernight Teen on the 24th April 2019.

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Naive sixteen-year-old Andrea Cavanaugh is elated when Josh, a charismatic, bright-eyed piano prodigy, becomes her first boyfriend. But the closer she gets to him, the more she realizes that he is not the boy she first fell for.

In its poignancy and emotional darkness, Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed takes you deep into the delicate and devastating web of shame that spirals from the depths of dating violence when dreamy teenage love turns dark. Andrea must find not only an escape, but a belief that she is even worthy of freedom.

Meet the Author 

Christine lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband and their two children. She works full-time as a senior marketing manager for a large media company and holds a Bachelor's of Business Administration degree from Western Michigan University where she studied marketing. Growing up in the chilly midwest, she developed a deep passion for dramatic writing and alternative music at an early age, which still peaks through in her adult-corporate-mom life today. Forgiven Are the Starry-Eyed is Christine's debut novel.

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Sunday, 28 April 2019

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng

The Garden of Evening Mists by Tan Twan Eng
First published in the UK by Myrmidon in 2012.

One of my WorldReads from Malaysia

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In the highlands of Malaya, a woman sets out to build a memorial to her sister, killed at the hands of the Japanese during the brutal Occupation of their country. Yun Ling's quest leads her to The Garden of Evening Mists, and to Aritomo, a man of extraordinary skill and reputation, once the gardener of the Emperor of Japan. When she accepts his offer to become his apprentice, she begins a journey into her past, inextricably linked with the secrets of her troubled country's history.

The Garden Of Evening Mists began by thwarting my assumptions which is always a good way for a novel to capture my interest. It was so long since I had read the synopsis that I forgotten everything except its post-war Malaysia setting (or Malaya as it was then). So I envisaged Judge Teoh making his way to his retirement celebration only to be brought up short when She arrived! Tut tut me assuming a judge would be male!

Tan Twan Eng has created an absolutely beautiful novel here. I loved his delicate turns of phrase in describing the incredible natural Malaysian landscapes as well as the deliberate beauty of the eponymous garden. This garden is designed according to Japanese teachings and I felt the whole story reflected Japanese style. Its theme of cultural conflict takes many forms from the obvious of the austere garden on a lush mountainside, to the aftermath of the Japanese army's horrific acts against the Malaysian-Chinese population during the Second World War. Much of Teoh's post-war is an attempt to come to terms with her treatment during those war years and, while Tan steers clear of overtly graphic detail, we readers are left in no doubt as to what Teoh and her sister endured. She narrates in two timelines being desperate to remember her personal history before disease takes her memory forever.

Tan writes brilliantly for a female narrator and I never had any doubt that I was reading a woman's words. I also appreciated the diversity of his cast of characters. Malaya at this time was a fervent melting pot of cultures on the brink of shaking off British colonial rule so we not only see the aftermath of the war, but also the guerrilla struggles to establish an independent future. So many narrative threads should have made The Garden Of Evening Mists a complicated novel, but it actually has a real clarity of vision and portrayal. And it's just beautiful!

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Saturday, 27 April 2019

Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks

Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country by Tony Hawks
First published in the UK by Hodder And Stoughton in 2015.

How I got this book:
Swapped for on Camping Le Moulin book exchange shelves

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

You can take the man out of the city, but is the countryside ready for him?

Comedian and born and bred townie, Tony Hawks is not afraid of a challenge - or indeed a good bet. He's hitchhiked round Ireland with a fridge and taken on the Moldovan football team at tennis, one by one. Now the time has come for his greatest gamble yet - turning his back on comfortable city life to move to the wilds of the West Country.

With his partner Fran in tow and their first child on the way, he embraces the rituals of village life with often absurd and hilarious results, introducing us to an ensemble of eclectic characters along the way. One minute he's taking part in a calamitous tractor run, the next he's chairing a village meeting, but of course he still finds time for one last solo adventure before fatherhood arrives - cycling coast to coast with a mini pig called Titch.

In the epic battle of man vs countryside, who will win out?

I blogged about Once Upon A Time In The West ... Country on Stephanie Jane on Thursday, choosing it as my next Books From The Backlog read. This reminded me of my enthusiasm in originally choosing Hawks' memoir last year. I hoped his humour would be the perfect foil for our current dismal weather and I also thought it would be a good literary palate cleanser after the intensity of Demian by Hermann Hesse! So I queue jumped it and started reading pretty much straight away. Both things turned out to be true - and the sun is now shining too! Perhaps not as 'hilarious' as other Hawks memoirs I have read, Once Upon A Time is fun nonetheless. It covers three main events: Tony and his partner, Fran, relocating from London to rural Devon; Tony cycling from coast to coast across Devon with an adorable miniature pig; and Fran's pregnancy and giving birth to their child. As such, the book felt bitty - more like three short books than one full memoir, however it is light enough to carry this.

I noticed, at the risk of alienating any Devonian readers I might have, that Tony and Fran appreciated Devon far more than Dave and I did after our move there. Perhaps their not picking Torbay might have had something to do with it! Personally I would quite happily never set foot in the county again, but then I did recognise a number of places Tony visited as part of his epic pig-carrying cycle that we too had enjoyed visiting. If you're looking for a quick, light read that might just inspire you to pump up your bicycle tyres (or move to Devon!) this book could be the perfect choice. There's a strong message about taking time to appreciate our immediate surroundings, and a little preaching from Hawks who appears (then) to be a recent convert to serious environmentalism. There's also lime and coconut cake, and a day out on a vintage tractor - what more could you need!

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Friday, 26 April 2019

Demian by Hermann Hesse

Demian by Hermann Hesse
First published in German in Germany by Fischer Verlag in 1919. English language translation by Hilda Rosner published in 1923.

D for my 2019 Alphabet Soup Challenge, one of my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge reads and one of my Classics Club Challenge reads.

How I got this book:
Bought the ebook from Amazon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Demian is a classic coming-of-age story that continues to inspire generations of readers in its exploration of good and evil, morality, and self-discovery. The main character of this classic novel, Emil Sinclair, is a young boy raised in a bourgeois home. Emil's entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds—the show world of illusion and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. According to Hesse, the novel is a story of Jungian individuation, the process of opening up to one's unconsciousness.

It's been two and a half years since my first Hesse book (Rosshalde in September 2016) and I've been meaning to read more of his works since. Now I've finally got around to it thanks to featuring Demian as one of my Books From The Backlog. Unfortunately I felt this one was nowhere near as good as Rosshalde. It's a fairly standard coming of age story where young Emil Sinclair first discovers lying to his parents, then getting drunk at boarding school, then has a massive crush on an older boy, the eponymous Demian, before realising it's actually Demian's mother who is the real target of his affections. As you do!

Emil's personal disasters and consequent emotional growth do make for a pretty interesting story, but this is hidden in pages and pages of religious philosophy, plus our Emil is possibly the most pompous precocious egotistical little oik I have ever 'met'! Now, I don't mind an unlikeable protagonist (Fatboy Fall Down being a recent example), but Emil is, frankly, insufferable and I spent most of his story cheering his misfortunes. Oh, and his view of women is decidedly bizarre too. At times I wondered if Hesse had ever actually spoken to a real woman. However you probably shouldn't take my complaints too seriously if you're deciding whether to read Demian for yourself. I saw a lot of Goodreads reviewers raving about this being a life-changing philosophical novel for them so I'm wondering if this is a book which should be read at a certain age in order to truly appreciate it?

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Thursday, 25 April 2019

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis + #Excerpt

Caught In A Web by Joseph Lewis
Published by Black Rose Writing on the 3rd May 2018.

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The bodies of high school and middle school kids are found dead from an overdose of heroin and fentanyl. The drug trade along the I-94 and I-43 corridors and the Milwaukee Metro area is controlled by MS-13, a violent gang originating from El Salvador. Ricardo Fuentes is sent from Chicago to Waukesha to find out who is cutting in on their business, shut it down and teach them a lesson.  But he has an ulterior motive: find and kill a fifteen-year-old boy, George Tokay, who had killed his cousin the previous summer.
Detectives Jamie Graff, Pat O’Connor and Paul Eiselmann race to find the source of the drugs, shut down the ring, and find Fuentes before he kills anyone else, especially George or members of his family. The three detectives come to realize that the ring has its roots in a high school among the students and staff.

Extract #4 = Introduction to Jeremy, Brett and Jeremy’s Family

Jeremy Evans is a high school counselor. He’s single, but is dating fifteen-year-old Brett’s mother, Vicky. Jeremy is also the single father for three adopted fifteen-year-old boys, twins Randy and Billy, and a full-blooded Navajo, George. Brian is a friend of the boys and spends so much time at the Evans house, he’s an unofficial member of the family. This passage highlights his relationship to them, and the boys’ relationship to him.

Brett nodded and stared at the fire, but held Jeremy’s hand. After a time, he said without looking up at him, “Can I ask you a question?” 


“You’re my dad. You’re Bobby’s dad.” 

Jeremy felt himself blush, but he couldn’t help smiling. 

“And you and Bobby are my sons, just as much as Billy and Randy and George are. Even Brian.” 

Brett nodded and said, “I love them . . . all of them. I love Brian.” 

“Me too.” 

He turned and looked up at Jeremy and said, “So, I was thinking. Let’s just say if by some chance . . . if you and mom don’t marry or if mom starts dating some other guy and ends up marrying him. Would you still be Bobby’s and my dad?” 

Jeremy smiled down at him and kissed his forehead and gave him an Eskimo. 

“I doubt that will happen, little man. Honestly. But if by some chance that happens, you’ll have three men in your life who care about you and love you very much.” 

“Three?” Brett asked. “You’re including Tom?” 

“He is your biological father.” 

Brett shook his head and said, “He’s nothing to me.” 

Jeremy knew better than to argue the point. He’d never win, and he’d never dissuade the boy. 

“Do you promise that no matter what, even if mom marries someone else, you’ll be Bobby’s and my dad? Promise?” 

Jeremy hugged him fiercely and Brett hugged him back. They held onto each other and kissed each other’s cheek. 

“Brett, you and Bobby mean as much to me as Randy and Billy and George and Brian. I mean that and that will never change.” 

They hugged each other again, exchanged kisses and Jeremy repeated, “Ever.” 

Brett nodded and wiped his eyes on his t-shirt. 

“If I take a nap, can you wake me up at five-thirty? We’re going to the movie and it starts at six-forty-five.” 

“Which theater?” 

“The Marcus on Bluemound.”  

And not waiting for an answer, Brett curled up on the couch using Jeremy’s leg as his pillow. Still holding onto Jeremy’s hand, he shut his eyes and was out. Jeremy took the blanket off the back of the couch and with one hand, covered Brett with it. 

Jeremy alternately watched Brett sleep and watched the fire, happy with his life and his growing family. 

Meet the author

Joseph Lewis has written five books: Caught in a Web; Taking Lives; Stolen Lives; Shattered Lives, and Splintered Lives. His sixth, Spiral into Darkness, debuts January 17, 2019 from Black Rose Writing. Lewis has been in education for 42 years and counting as a teacher, coach, counselor and administrator. He is currently a high school principal and resides in Virginia with his wife, Kim, along with his daughters, Hannah and Emily. His son, Wil, is deceased.

Lewis uses his psychology and counseling background to craft his characters which helps to bring them to life. His books are topical and fresh and appeal to anyone who enjoys crime thriller fiction with grit and realism and a touch of young adult thrown in.

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Wednesday, 24 April 2019

The High Court by Chris Ledbetter + #Giveaway + Guest Post

The High Court by Chris Ledbetter
Category: YA Fiction, 290 pages
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Month 9 Books
Release date: October 16, 2018
Tour dates: April 1 to 30, 2019
Content Rating: PG (some profanity (damn, ass), no f-bombs, some kissing, no sex scenes, some violence, nothing gory or graphic)

High atop Mount Olympus, dawn breaks on a new academic term. Normalcy has returned to campus following a harrowing expedition into The Underworld to rescue kidnapped students by Zeus and his fellow Olympians. Now, as they prepare to testify in The High Court, Hyperion will be tried for the attack on Crete and death of Anytos. Kronos will stand trial for the murder of Mount Olympus Prep’s Headmaster Ouranos.

As the trials draw near, Mount Olympus Prep students and faculty are besieged repeatedly by a race of gargantuan stone and earth giants. Under heavy assault, the Olympians are forced to flee to the volcanic island of Limnos to regroup. Meanwhile, a toxic poison Zeus has carried with him since a prior fight with a dragoness, creeps toward his brain.

In a race against time and beasts, Zeus and his friends must find a way to survive not only the toxin ravaging Zeus’ body, but also the giants who grow stronger after every attack, and somehow make it to the The High Court alive.

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Meet the Author:

Chris Ledbetter is an award-winning author of short fiction and novels for young adults. “Jason’s Quest,” a short story retelling of the Jason and Medea Greek myth was published in the anthology, Greek Myths Revisited. His first full-length novel, Drawn earned him two awards, Library of Clean Reads Best YA 2015 and Evernight Publishing Readers’ Choice Award Best YA 2015, as well as a USA TODAY “Must Read” recommendation. His second novel, Inked, concludes that duology. The Sky Throne is his newest young adult series. It includes, thus far, The Sky Throne and The High Court.

He's a proud member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators) and a strong supporter of the Need for Diverse Books. He now writes and lives in Wilmington, NC with his family, including three cats.

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now About Writing

One thing I wish I knew at the time I started writing was how much I didn’t know. I had an idea of the type of stories I wanted to write, but not really how to write them. Putting words on a page isn’t necessarily the art of crafting a story. But putting words on the page is important, because you can’t edit or revise an empty page.
I’m such a late bloomer. I really wish I had started sooner. I wish I had maybe majored in English literature or creative writing. Writing is a craft not easily mastered. It’s a tall hill to climb, especially if one’s background isn’t in creative writing. Being a strong reader does help, though.

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Tuesday, 23 April 2019

The Seventh Train by Jackie Carreira

The Seventh Train by Jackie Carreira
Published in the UK by Troubadour on the 31st March 2019.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Railways, one of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads and a Book With A Vegetarian Character

How I got this book:
Received a review copy from the publisher via NetGalley

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What if you can’t stand where you are because there’s nothing there? What if you don’t want to end up anywhere else in case that’s empty too? When life has lost its road map, sometimes the only way to get back on track is to get back on the rails.

The Seventh Train is a ride - a ‘road movie’ on the railways. It’s a journey that Elizabeth invented; the only original thought she has ever had in her previously uneventful life. Unbeknown to her, she is not travelling alone. If only she’d pretended that the spare seat was taken.

With a wonderfully eclectic cast of characters, The Seventh Train takes its passengers on a journey from the tragic to the strange, arriving finally at hope. By turns heart-breaking, thought-provoking and hilarious, this tale is a life-affirming exploration of the human spirit via the British railway timetable! 

I gave Jackie Carreira's previous novel, Sleeping Through War, 5 stars last year because I loved her writing so I was excited to spot this new novel, The Seventh Train, on NetGalley recently. Less ambitious in its scope, The Seventh Train is nonetheless a thoughtful and well observed story. I now have a new travel quote to accompany my all time favourite 'I'm always homesick for the journey' (Discovering Aberration by S C Barrus). In The Seventh Train I could completely empathise with Elizabeth's assurance that 'Travelling is just a way of not staying where you are.'

I could see shades of myself in Elizabeth which helped me to understand why she decided on her present transient lifestyle. In fact, by the end of the story, I was feeling quite enthused to join her - although I don't know whether she would appreciate yet another companion stepping into her idea! All the characters are very real so I could easily believe in them and their individual emotional journeys. Ellie particularly is great fun to spend time with! Her lively outlook and humour is a good foil to the darker themes surrounding the characters. I felt especially strong sympathy for Daniel and could not imagine how I would cope in such a situation.

The Seventh Train began life as a short play and Carreira explains its growth through various theatrical incarnations before its current presentation as a novel. Having a little theatrical experience myself I recognised scenes that would play brilliantly on stage and would love the chance to see a production in the future!

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Monday, 22 April 2019

April In Paris by Michael Wallner

April In Paris by Michael Wallner
First published in German in Germany by Luchterhand Literaturverlag in 2006. English language translation by John Cullen published by John Murray in 2007.

How I got this book:
Received a copy in a publisher's giveaway

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

When people on Paris's bustling streets look at Michael Roth, they see little more than a Parisian student, a quietly spoken young man with a book under his arm, handsome but guarded. What they do not realize is that he is carrying a painful secret, one that he cannot even reveal to the woman he loves.

For Michael is no ordinary Frenchman but a German. He has been sent to Paris to assist the Nazis in dealing with Resistance fighters. Desperate to escape his daily life, he steals into the world of the oppressed Parisians, and into the path of Chantal. But as Michael falls for the bookseller's beautiful daughter, he discovers that a person's past always catches up with them. Soon he will be forced to make the ultimate sacrifice and choose between his country, his life and his destiny.

Daring, romantic and of exceptional quality, April in Paris is an extraordinary love story which will stay with you long after its final pages.

April In Paris is billed as a wartime love story, but it is a novel with surprisingly little romance between the two characters, Michael and Chantal. Wallner instead shows how Michael's belief in his love for Chantal, a woman he barely knows, is actually fuelled by his love of his idea of himself as someone completely different from reality. Michael is a bilingual Wehrmacht Corporal who finds himself working as a translator during SS interrogations. His regular metamorphosis into French student Antoine is his escape from these daily scenes of brutality and I appreciated how Wallner depicts this duality in his personality. As readers we get to see scenes of wartime Paris both from the German and the Parisian perspective which is interesting.

I found April In Paris to be a very readable novel which I happily polished off in a couple of sittings. The narrative isn't particularly unusual and, although it kept my interest throughout, I could usually guess the outline of where the story would go. There are harrowing descriptions of torture, some of which I wish I could unread, so readers of a more squeamish disposition might want to give this one a miss. However, otherwise, April In Paris is a good addition to the WWII genre.

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Sunday, 21 April 2019

The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden + #Giveaway

The Stars in the Night by Clare Rhoden
Published in Australia by Odyssey Books on the 26th January 2019.

Featured in Cover Characteristics: Barbed Wire and 5Books1Theme: The Great War, and one of my 2019 New Release Challenge reads

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“Harry Fletcher is a confident young man, sure that he will marry Nora, no matter what their families say. He will always protect Eddie, the boy his father saved from the gutters of Port Adelaide.
Only the War to End All Wars might get in the way of Harry’s plans…
From the beaches of Semaphore to the shores of Gallipoli, the mud of Flanders to the red dust of inland South Australia, this is a story of love, brotherhood, and resilience.”

The Great War was said at the time to be 'the war to end all wars' yet warfare has raged in one form or another, in one nation or another, across the globe ever since. The Great War still holds a unique place in history though and I felt that Rhoden does a wonderful job in this novel of bringing the Australian soldiers' experiences to life. She has obviously thoroughly researched her subject and I appreciated the authenticity reflected in The Stars In The Night. The novel begins whn Harry is an elderly man, just after his wife has died, and his granddaughter, Kate, wants him to talk about an old notebook she has found amongst her grandmother's possessions. For Kate the notebook is a historical artefact, but its contents are still very real and vivid to Harry. Rhoden then takes us back in time to witness Harry signing up to fight so we can understand why he chose to do so, and see how the war he experienced was so horrifically different to what the young soldiers expected.

I loved Rhoden's character creations. Everyone felt genuine and I could appreciate less well known ideas such as Irish mother Ellen's being so against her Australian son signing up to fight an English war. Even though this family lived thousands of miles away, European ideas were still important to them and the men were keen to fight for Britain in a war that otherwise would not have reached Australian shores. A lot of the war scenes are understandably difficult to read because Rhoden doesn't shy away from the grim realities of trench life. This harshness is countered though by the heart warming bonds formed between most of the soldiers. We also see how the war remained with them for decades after the conflict itself had ended. Australia was a very different place when they returned and lots of their traditional job roles were either no longer there or had been taken by women. Expectations altered drastically in the 1920s and trying to cope with this while also suffering from physical and mental war damage must have been such a struggle for many families including Harry's as we see here. The Stars In The Night is an emotional and beautifully written reminder of a war that should never be forgotten.

Meet the author

Clare Rhoden writes historical fiction, sci-fi and fantasy (check her titles at Odyssey Books). Clare lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Bill, their super-intelligent poodle-cross Aeryn, a huge and charming parliament of visiting magpies, and a very demanding/addictive garden space.

Clare completed her PhD in Australian WWI literature at the University of Melbourne in 2011, and a Masters of Creative Writing in 2008, in which she investigated the history of her grandparents who emigrated for Europe to Port Adelaide in January 1914. The Stars in the Night is the result of her research.

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