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Bitter Seeds | Greenpeace Luxembourg un moment o l’Union europenne envisage d’autoriser de nouveaux OGM et de lever la tolrance zro relative la contamination OGM des semences Greenpeace et Aide l’Enfance de l’Inde montrent le novembre le documentaire Bitter Seeds dans le cadre du festival Cinma du Sud Watch Bitter Seeds Online | Vimeo On Demand on Bitter Seeds is the third part of a trilogy by director Micha Peled about globalization The first two parts were Store Wars When Wal Mart Comes to Town and China Blue In addition to Amberwar Peled follows IDFA | Trailer | Bitter Seeds YouTube International premiere at IDFA Every minutes another Indian cotton farmer commits suicide Filmmaker M Bitter Seeds by Micha Peled Films for the Earth Bitter Seeds is a very touching documentary that allows an authentic view into the desperate lives of Indian cotton farmers The film is based on good journalistic research adopting different perspectives Micha X Peled points out to a problem that has attracted little attention before However Bitter Seeds doesn't allow to draw connections to our daily lives and pre. While there s a cranky little munchkin in the back of my head vetoing the decision to give this a full 4 stars he s a hardass most of me thought this was a wonderful debut novel Despite some minor gripes I have mostly glowing complimentary things to say about the book beginning with that I can t wait for the seuel The Coldest War to come out This is a series I intend to follow as I really enjoyed this Here s a uick story rundownPLOT SUMMARYTaking place between 1939 and 1941 the story is set in the early days of an alternate version of WWII where Nazi scientists one in particular have developed the means of transforming individuals into steampunky versions of super soldiers One can walk through walls one can become invisible one is a human blowtorch etcMeanwhile the British seem to be the lone opposition to the Third Reich as the US is not actively participating and the USSR only comes into play later on Thus the Brits are forced to fight fire with fire and have recruited warlocks to invoke the assistance of demons not a correct description but on that below in the struggle against the Nazisbut such assistance comes with a terrible price The narrative switches between three main viewpoints Klaus a Nazi super solider Will a reluctant Warlock and Marsh a British agent caught between the dueling powers While significant time is spent with each of these characters it is Marsh who serves as the glue that keeps it all together THOUGHTS The Excellent 5 well deserved stars goes to the wonderfully imaginative fantasySF elements that Tregillis has created for this story Beginning with the Nazi supermen Tregillis does a marvelous job of grounding the fantastic in a process that feels authentic In addition his descriptions of the brutal horrific conditions under which the volunteers are enhanced is terrific Even impressive is Tregillis depiction of the British warlocks and thier interaction with the mysterious Idolans The Idolans are like nothing I ve seen before and are fresh original and beautifully rendered These beings are among the most interesting constructs I have come across in a while There is something Lovecraftian about them inasmuch as they are vast wholly alien and completely indefinable However they are also wholly uniue and the cosmological back story provided in the novel is brilliant and compelling The passages describing these beings and the effect on human perceptionenvironment is worth the price of the book all buy itself and in my opinion is the strongest writing in the novel The Good The story and the plot get a solid 4 stars I like the world that the author created and appreciated how he depicted the darker aspects of war and the horrendous costs imposed on both the British and the Germans for tampering with nature during the course of their struggle Hard choices are made the conseuences are severe and whether it s all worth it is left for the reader to ponder Also the use of the ravens viewpoint in transitioning between major portions of the plot was clever and very effective in showing the effect of the war on the two nations Additionally except for a few minor gripes mentioned below the prose itself is worthy of a solid 4 stars with flashes of 5 star brilliance especially when detailing the interaction with the Idolans which is just superb Tregillis is definitely a talent and someone to watch The Okay and Not So Good So a few gripes First the characterization was a little wooden and I didn t feel a real connection to any of the players for most of the story This made for a somewhat foggy reading experience as the narrative tension that the reader is supposed to feel was absent It just didn t grab me However even in this weaker aspect of the novel Tregillis shows moments of great talent For example the scene at the hospital with Marsh when his daughter is born and the final meeting between Marsh and Will are very compelling and the emotions of the characters really come through Still the lack of consistent compellingly drawn characters is the primary reason this book doesn t garner a fourth star from meApart from that my only other complaint is that the pacing at times was a tad off There were a few parts I thought were a bit plodding and some others where I wanted the author to take his time and explore the scene a little than he did Overall it wasn t bad I just thought it could have been better More Excellent I want to end on a positive note because this really is a book I recommend as the positives far outweigh the negatives I thought the end was superb and perfectly set up the story for the seuel I closed the book eager to pick up The Coldest War when it comes out next year In sum a terrific story Not just a terrific debut but a uality effort on its own merits A strong 35 stars and one that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND

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Sents only a few sow bitter seeds Traduction franaise – Linguee De trs nombreux exemples de phrases traduites contenant sow bitter seeds – Dictionnaire franais anglais et moteur de recherche de traductions franaises Bitter Seeds | ITVS Bitter Seeds An examination of the debate surrounding biotechnology and the future of farming Premiere Date April Length minutes Funding Initiative Open Call Award Created with Sketch International Documentary Association IDA Humanitas Documentary Award; ProducerDirector micha peled Micha Peled was born and raised in Israel and is one of the few people Bitter Seeds | Bullfrog Films Reviews Bitter Seeds is a rare opportunity to enter into the lives of third world farmers if even for a moment We see their love for the land and each other and with them we face their bitter reality Other films have told us parts of this story but Bitter Seeds shows us how GMOs are destroying an ancient way of life along with the hopes and dreams of generations of farmers Bitter Seeds by Ian Tregillis | LibraryThing The bitter seeds from the title could entirely be planted by those pluc. I m sad to tell you that this book was not for me I m unabashedly fickle and self centered with my star ratings so I have to give this book only three stars when objectively it s probably a four star book Ian Tregillis is a GR author and friend of our beloved Ceridwen and Sock Puppet Sock Puppet even designed Mr Tregillis s beautiful website So what I m telling you is that this book is objectively awesome and you should read it even though it s not my personal bag of treats Also what beautiful cover art rightIf I were in a movie I would want to be the jargon talking tech guy You know that s why Morgan Freeman wanted to be in the new Batmans he gets to say things like Here it is the nomex survival suit for advanced infantry Kevlar bi weave reinforced joints and later Memory fabric dual layer polymers with variable alignment molecules Flexible ordinarily but put a current through it So badass And who even cares if it means anything This book is full of stuff like that It s page after page of things you d want to say if you were a sidekick in a movie And not just the dialogue either the descriptions are all pretty badass too even if I don t really get what some of them mean at first glance Here are a couple of examples Reinhardt strode across the munitions range while two technicians readied the bipod of an MG 34 machine rifle He cloaked himself in flames and motioned for them to beginReinhardt stood at attention head high and chin thrust out unfazed by the ammunition vaporizing against his chest The bullets disappeared as violet coruscations within a man shaped corona of blue fireAnd And so the ravens stayed and watchedTwined contrails traced sigils in the bright blue sky over the island The attackers swarmed around the lattice masts dotting the coast like honeybees drawn to sunflowers One by one the towers fell rendering the defenders blind It was as though their eyes had been plucked out in homage to some ancient mythThose are just examples that I randomly picked flipping through the book It would all be fun to read out loud This story is an alternate history of WWII describing the war through fantastical scientific magical events in England and Germany Unfortunately I think I missed a lot of the WWII references and manipulations because I don t know much detail about the actual war and its battles I think it would be completely valid to say that I can t properly appreciate this book because of that I only have two actual criticisms of the book and I hope they don t get into your head if you decide to read it Especially if sci fi and WWII are some of your raisons d etre you should definitely purchase this book at a local retailer regardless of what I have to say In general I d call it a grown up disillusioned take on the themes of A Wrinkle in Time and I mean that description as an unualified compliment But now for the criticisms First the tech specific sidekick speak was fun and creative and even beautiful at times but it added to this general sense I had that all of the characters were sidekicks and there was no real protagonist or antagonist in the story There might have been four anti heroes who were the protagonists but they all match up to some pretty stock sidekick characters so it s difficult for me to think of one as central or of them as a central group Those four characters were the loveable misanthrope Cassandra the henchman and the guy who says When I get out of this war imma go home and kiss my wife right before a bomb hits him They re good stock characters and the touches Tergillis put on them were all pretty sweet Like the misanthrope was also a wizard and Cassandra was and evil plotter but well respected Smart But the purpose those characters usually serve in a story is to foster a sense of foreboding or to be expendable Ultimately using these characters for me created a gloom over the entire story like the ubiuitous ravens circling over anticipated carrionFYI I googled misanthrope because I was suddenly not sure if that was what I meant and this amazing blog came up I thought you would want to knowSecond it is very likely that the sense of impending doom was purposeful but for me it made it so that when tragedy did occur in the story I felt so thoroughly warned that I had no emotional connection to the actual event Every tragedy or shock came with very clear and straightforward foreshadowing and rather than create suspense this only served to tell me not to get emotionally involved That might have been a very personal reaction to the story or it might have been a very conscious choice on the part of Tregillis but it makes me uneasy And that s not spoiling the story to say that I don t think because it was my reaction from first being introduced to the characters and doesn t necessarily reflect what actually happens to them I felt detachedOne last thing that makes me feel uncomfortable isn t a criticism but just something I have to ask about am I supposed to know who the appearingdisappearing dude is Why was he appearing and disappearing Not knowing this makes me feel like either I missed something vital to this entire story or the book was actually an episode of LOST and I m supposed to wait for the seuel I really hope the answer is behind door number oneSome books I bump up a star because of personal taste this is one I bumped down a star for that reason I feel like it s a problem that I referred to this book as sci fi and am going to do so again when really it s of a magical realismsteampunkalternative historywar memoir but it s easier that way I m bad at reading good sci fi and fantasy because I m really good at suspending disbelief but if you ever start to explain to me why I should suspend disbelief I automatically disbelieve you If you say to me God created the world or An explosion created the world I m there But if you try to prove to me why it s only logical that one or another happened because of molecules or gamma rays or other phlebotinum I not only don t believe you I ve started trying to lawyer you and I ve probably gotten distracted from what you re actually telling me That s not how you should read good sci fi or fantasy You should be happy that the author created reasons and systems for the fantastical elements It s a curse So read this book It s new and fresh and smart Don t get distracted by my problem with well explained phlebotinum because you d be missing out on some beautiful writing

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Ky English chaps I particularly liked the mix of uasi Cthulhu Eidolons as a substitute for demonic contracts and the traditional stick those wires in the brain awakenings I mention these things first because I found them fun but than that I really enjoyed the story and the characterizations I kept wanting to Bitter Seeds Milkweed Triptych couk Bitter Seeds shines in its characters about which we get to care a lot and in the style which is just superb the one novel of I would recommend to anyone who believes that speculative fiction cannot compete with literary novels FANTASY BOOK CRITIC A damned entertaining novel If Bitter Seeds is any indication of what's to come then Tregillis will have a fertile writing career How to Plant Bitter Melon with Pictures wikiHow Purchase bitter melon seeds from your local nursery or online Plant to seeds in the same hole ⁄ in mm deep in the soil Plant the bitter melon directly outside Poke a hole in the soil with your finger and drop the seeds inside Cover the hole with topsoil If you plan to plant than bitter melon plant space the holes to inches to cm apart direct. To remember for the next book uestions than anything elseAlternate history of WWII I hear it s been researched for excruciating detail I m sorry I lack the knowledge to appreciate all of itBritain has warlocks that seem to have kept themselves secret but are now eager to use their power for themselves doesn t seem like for the war effort except peripherally They have no power of their own but were trained to speak the language of powerful beings and negotiate for things in return for blood or lives The prices increase over the course of the war why was it low to begin with Did the warlocks exercise restraint and not experiment until now given free rein by the governmentNazi Germany has nutso doctor who took in orphans and experimented to create superhumans but reuire batteries and the technology is clunky The energized children have a massive case of Stockholm Syndrome DoctorchildrenHitlerGermany That would be an apologetic view for the country Why are the Eidolons so fascinated with Raybould what a name Marsh Why was Greta so intent on Agnes Who was the man with the scar from the corner of the left eye down the jaw and across the neck Who recognized Will and was tearful who recognized and was recognized by Greta who fails to shoot Marsh s leg out before the un suprise attack who kept disappearing What will happen to the new babyYaaaarrrrggghhhhhh Hanging uestionsAll are suffering in this war but the children TEH CHILDREN THINK OF THEM are suffering the most Bothers me because they can t fight back or on unless they can survive to adulthood From what I remember through the book orphans collected for experimentation the weak are killed immediately and many die in the process children are collected for safe keeping separated from parents because of limited space and resources but the location is bombed and all die the proximity of the Eidolons cause children who are vulnerable to their influence while young and open to slip into an unnatural dream state for the sake of creating warlocks orphans are usedGreta is a scary mofo Other kids were warped by the evil doc but before she was cut up before she has her prescient gift before we learn anything about her that could explain when she s a little girl in the back of a wagon she stares at a sick boy and then makes sure he diesWe see the story through Raybould Marsh but I think there s consideration given through the views of warlock William and battery powered Klaus There s nothing through Greta s eyes She s still scaryGermany and Britain are alike in using and throwing away people Brrr scarier than Greta What can the people do if the government does things secretly for the good of the cause Is it better that way so we can keep our moral outrage The scapegoat was innocent but not immediately useful and an easy disposal to keep the Milkweed operation secret The Eidolon sacrificessacrificing innocents and disguising it as terrorism or accidents because using prisoners would bring too much attention or heck not using warlockery because it s wrong to kill And then the orphans the babies isolated in an effort to create warlocks Teh children whimper


10 thoughts on “Bitter Seeds

  1. says:

    While there’s a cranky little munchkin in the back of my head vetoing the decision to give this a full 4 stars he’s a ha

  2. says:

    Rating one annoyed star of five p58I am on record around these parts as disliking books containing Majgick I have caused a slight coolness to come between myself and certain of my friends around here with my barely restrained snorts of deris

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    It's been a while since I've been so infuriated by a read I am pissed this morning after finishing Bitter Seeds because the book is so fucking uneven The highs are very high but the lows tend to be abyssal I considered giving it five stars at a couple of points vowed to give it one star often and finally decided that I had better split the difference Here goes for the Highs and LowsHigh #1 The conceit of Nazi engineered superhe

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    If you have to give the Nazis credit for anything note you do not have to give the Nazis credit for anything it’s their thoroughness In addition to fighting a massive war on several fronts and systematically eliminating large swaths of the population in Europe they also managed to conduct enough bizarre experiments to launch a thousand works of speculative fiction that basically boil down to wow those guys w

  5. says:

    I’m sad to tell you that this book was not for me I’m unabashedly fickle and self centered with my star rating

  6. says:

    First allow me the indulgence of repeating what I said in one of my status updates on this book as it still holds true and sums up uite well how much I enjoyed the book Okay this book is AWESOME It's got a kickin pace cool ideas and likable characters even the bad guys it's a whole bucket o' funIf that tells you what you need to know you can stop here Now I'll say what I really want to say which has very little

  7. says:

    I don't always get behind alternate histories There's something in me that screams for the truth These are defini

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    To remember for the next book uestions than anything elseAlternate history of WWII I hear it's been researched for excruciating detail? I'm sorry I lack the knowledge to appreciate all of itBritain has warlocks that seem to have kept themselves secret but are now eager to use their power for themselves? doesn't seem like for the war effort except peripherally They have no power of their own but were trained to speak the language of powerfu

  9. says:

    I have already reviewed Bitter Seeds the remarkable first work from newly published author Ian Tregillis over here That review was not really about the book per se but about how the book had a positive influence in my life when I was dealing with some serious issues The book's message or at least what I think

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    Most definitely loved this book Could not put it down The elegance in which the war was recast is impressive And the subtlety with which Tregellis balanced the blurred lines of right and wrong were impressive Plus as a fan of wartime Britain novels he did a than fair job of capturing the essence of that time as I have seen it rel