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Awakening Kindness: Finding Joy Through Compassion for OthersAwakening Kindness: Finding Joy Through Compassion for Others by Nawang Khechog

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This easy to read book is based on Khechog’s Kindness workshops and his years as a Buddhist monk. It weaves his life story, folklore, the quotes of other visionaries, Buddhist thought and meditation into one accessible read. It shouldn’t be a surprise that by showing kindness your own life might improve but that kindness doesn’t always come easy to everyone. While not ground breaking by any means, it is at least an interesting read.

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Bride of the Water God, Volume 8Bride of the Water God, Volume 8 by Mi-Kyung Yun

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

My interest in this story ebbs even lower. It’s gotten very confusing. If nothing else, a glossary would have helped because it’s very steeped in Korean lore and I’m sure if I could understand that better, this would be less confusing. It doesn’t help that while beautiful, the art isn’t as distinctive as it could be. I have issues telling some characters apart and there are a lot of characters.

Further muddying the waters is the fact that Habaek, the water god, has been drugged and lost all his memories and the emperor, his father, has convinced Habaek that Nakbin his first human (and dead) bride is back, leaving Soah (the current human bride) adrift. And even that isn’t all that it seems and Soah and Nakbin seem to compete and we have layers of court intrigue that left me feeling lost.

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Tags: non-fiction, paranormal

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