The Greek government might also find it needed exchange controls in the short term as no new international funding would be available. Following the conversion, the drachma would probably drop to about one quarter of its previous value, as did the Argentine peso in This would not reduce Greek living standards by three quarters, but by about half — Mercedes in Athens would become four times as expensive, but haircuts and moussaka would not. Greece would then need to renegotiate its international debt, involving a substantial write-down of principal.
Greek banks would be insolvent, but could be recapitalized with new drachmas by the government, while foreign banks that suffered losses on Greek paper could be bailed out by their own governments if that was mistakenly thought desirable. With wage costs at one quarter of their previous level, around those of Bulgaria and Macedonia, Greece would now be able to export successfully, and within a year or two its payments deficit would become a surplus.
At that point, the future would be in the hands of the Greek people. If they continued to elect Papandreouists, expanded their public sector and presented a surly attitude to foreign tourists and investors, they would stay poor. Their lives would be much less comfortable than those of the post Argentines, because unlike Argentina Greece has few natural resources.
Either way, EU subsidies should be cut off altogether, to keep the Greek government honest and assist in repaying EU taxpayers for the costs of the bailouts followed by default. If Greece foolishly wished to leave the EU because of the new austerity, it should be free to do so. This drastic course of action would be appropriate for Greece.
The plot was very interesting and the characters were developed well. Those that have a bent toward science fiction and fantasy would find this a delightful read. Happy Reading Everyone! This was a fabulously cute, fun read. And just what I needed to get into the holiday spirit. Because nothing says Christmas like the Fates taking potshots while you try to fall in love, right? Jan 07, Mary rated it liked it Shelves: romance. Wendy Sparrow has a great talent for characterization. You can see, know, and understand her characters as though they exist in your regular life.
Her use of humor and dialog carry a novella where a longer plot is absent. I rarely rate any books with 5 stars, and it would take a lot for me to rate a romance 4 stars even when it is well-written BUT I can acknowledge an author's skill without loving her medium. For a romance lover, this is a 5 star aut Wendy Sparrow has a great talent for characterization. For a romance lover, this is a 5 star author. If you love sweet romances, you'll love Hannah and Zeit.
Unlike in many romances, rather than being smitten in a moment by dashing physical characteristics alone, Zeit falls in love with her slowly They say that the deepest love is built by serving another, and he continues to take care of her through the end of the story.
That kind of love is much more believable, and gives the reader a realistic hope of a forever kind of love much less exciting, but more comforting. Hannah seems a bit too trusting of this strange man, but I suppose naivety is not exactly unusual.
She could feel his love for her from the first time she met him. Although you know it's going to work out, you don't know how. Sparrow imbues comfortable suspense all the way to the end.
I love her talent for inserting details that guide our opinions without explicitly telling the reader what to think. I prefer authors like her, who assume their reader is as smart as they are. I was convinced that he was another son of Father Time, sent to finish the job that Zeit refused to do. I kept waiting for the plot twist where he gets called off by the Fates or Father Time, and they feel suckered that they never saw the imminent danger.
It felt unfinished. Feb 15, The Book Junkie Reads. A quick fun read that gives one of Father's Time sons a chance to make good on his job, but the catch awaits him this time with one mortal woman that for some reason he cannot kill. He chose to make as substitution and this cost him. He has to spend the coming year watching over the one he spared. Hannah Lyons got a second chance at life.
If I could get the pictures back I would. They tell him they have some stolen art and show him an exhibition flyer depicting Lucian Freuds Woman with Eyes Closed, one of the paintings they stole that night. I kept waiting for the plot twist where he gets called off by the Fates or Father Time, and they feel suckered that they never saw the imminent danger. The alarm goes off at a quarter to seven local time. Dirk out in Dallas? On Thursday 11th October, six days before the break-in, Radu pays a last visit to the museum, this time alone.
But will it last. Again I say that I had fun reading this one. I found it refr A quick fun read that gives one of Father's Time sons a chance to make good on his job, but the catch awaits him this time with one mortal woman that for some reason he cannot kill. I found it refreshingly sweet.
Dec 04, Amalia Dillin rated it it was amazing Shelves: got-it , mythology , can-t-wait-to-read-again. Who thinks of writing a love story for a son of Father Time? Who even considered that Father Time might have sons at all?! Wendy Sparrow, that's who! From start to finish, Zeit just steals the show with his wry humor and wit and his incredible evol Zeit is AMAZING, and this story is the perfect feel good holiday fantasy romance for the Christmas season.
From start to finish, Zeit just steals the show with his wry humor and wit and his incredible evolution -- how she made a 98 page novella feel like it had a whole novel's worth of character arc packed inside, seamlessly, for Zeit, I do not know, but it's amazingly well done, and I might just be a little bit in love.
Sometimes a book comes to you at just the right time with all the things you need in that moment, and this was definitely one of those stories, for me. Nov 14, Nina Rodriguez Colon rated it really liked it.
Stealing Time follows the life of Hannah Lyonns, an ordinary woman with a major issue- she keeps losing time. Mysteriously she can be fine one moment only to wake up somewhere different and time has lapsed.
Frustrated that there is no explanation for these events, Hannah works hard to find a common thread and it appears in the form of an intense and sexy man. Zeit, a keeper of the world's natural balance, has experienced all of what this world has to offer and this mortal woman Hannah intrigues Stealing Time follows the life of Hannah Lyonns, an ordinary woman with a major issue- she keeps losing time.
Zeit, a keeper of the world's natural balance, has experienced all of what this world has to offer and this mortal woman Hannah intrigues him.
Problem is Time has run out for her. He must now find ways to keep her alive long enough to know her, not an easy task as fate and her clumsiness are working against him. Stealing time is a short book that grabs you from the start and leaves you wishing the author wrote more. Nov 24, Abby rated it really liked it. This is a fun, light romance. I would classify it as a clean romance, but that is not to say there is no mention of sex.
I actually didn't realize it was a holiday story until I read it, so that was a fun surprise! There were a couple things that seemed inconsistent like how the male lead kno This is a fun, light romance. There were a couple things that seemed inconsistent like how the male lead knows a lot about certain aspects of being mortal and next to nothing about others , but even those made sense to some degree and didn't pull me out of the story.
Dec 18, Kelly rated it it was amazing. I received a copy free from the author. This does not influence my review at all. I really love Christmas books, and this is a very cute Christmas story. The happy ending does seem a bit obvious from the beginning, but Christmas books are like that, and the writing, and how it gets to that ending is a very enjoyable read. I loved this book from the first page.
The author's writing style is very comfortable and fun.