April 2nd, 2010

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Hello... Newbie post.

A short summery and review of all the books I've read so far this year... WARNING: Reviews may contain SPOILERS.

1. The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury - A collection of short stories that span across a timelime of a few decades. Collapse ) 2 1/2 stars out of 5.

2. An Unquiet Mind by Kay Redfield Jamison - An autobiography about a woman with manic-depressive illness. Collapse ) 5 out of 5

3. Half Broken Things by Morag Joss - A story about a housekeeper, a theif, and a runaway that are brought together by a house and worked together to make it a home. Collapse ) 5 out of 5.

4. Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z. Brite - A Heartwarming tale of two serial killers that fate brings together to do what they do best... Collapse ) 1 out of 5 stars.

5. Child of the Dark by Carolina Maria De Jesus - An autobiography of a woman living in the favela (sp?) of Brazil. Collapse ) 4 out of 5.

6. A Thousand Days in Venice by Marlena De Blasi - The story of a middle aged woman who meets the man of her dreams in Venice. Collapse ) 4 out of 5 stars.

7. The Postman by David Brin - The story of a man surviving in a postapocolpitic world. Collapse ) 4 out of 5 stars.

8. Rachel and her Children by Jonathan Kozol - The story of Homelessness in America in the 1980s. Collapse ) 4 1/2 out of 5 stars.

9. Stories to Stay Awake By Edited by Alfred Hitchcock - A collection of Short Stories that disturbed Mr. Hitchcock so much that he had trouble falling asleep afterwards. Collapse ) 5 out of 5 stars.

10. Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury - The story of a Carnival that rolled into town unleashing shananigans everywhere. Collapse ) 1 1/2 stars out of 5.

11. Black Bridge by Edward Sklepowich - The story of a Venetian murder mystery and the dectective assigned to the case. Collapse ) 1 out of 5 stars.

12. Dark Cities Underground by Lisa Goldstein - The story of a man who as a child was the inspiration behind Alice in Wonderlandesk stories. Collapse ) 4 out of 5 stars.

13. When Rabbit Howls by The Troops for Truddi Chase - An autobiography of a woman with Multiple Personality disorder. Collapse ) 5 out of 5. Wins the Most Disturbing Book I have Ever Read Award

14. Perfect Victim by Christine McGuire - The true story of Colleen Stan, a woman who was kidnapped and held captive in a box for seven years. Collapse ) 4 1/2 out of 5.
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March Reads

25.  Mulberry Park by Judy Duarte This is a great story of how seemingly different people come together at the local park.  Clare comes to the park everyday for her evening run, especially after losing her son in a hit and run accident three years ago and after her husband had divorced her.  When a little girl who had recently lost her parents starts writing letters to God and leaving them in the tree Clare finds one of them and answers it for her.  She becomes closer to the other visitors to the park even becoming friends with them allowing herself to open up to other relationships.
26.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
27.  Anne of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery  In the sixth book in the Anne of Green Gables series we see Anne as a young mother of five living children with one on the way.  We see more of the adventures of her and Gilbert's children rather than Anne's adventures since the series was geared towards younger readers.  She is starting to doubt Gilbert's love for her when her and Gilbert are invited to dinner with an old flame of Gilbert's.  The only thing was that her and Gilbert had sheltered her other children when she was expecting her seventh child that one of her children was scared that she was dying since they were not told of the new arrival.  Diana Blythe learns some hard truths about people.
28.  The Inheritance by Simon Tolkien This is a good crime suspense novel that is set inside the course of a trial and the events surrounding the trial of the murder of a famous professor by one of his own sons.  The police Inspector,Trave sets out to find out who was the real killer of Professor Cade.  The suspects have different reasons for wanting to kill the professor though the identity of the person who really killed him was a surprise.  You find out the relationship that the different suspects had with the murder victim and how the British court system worked in the late fifties.  The executions were carried out quickly, so the case was not wrapped up in appeals today like they are in today's American court system.
29. The Dog of the World by S.E. Karsnick
30. Snow in August by Pete Hamill  In 1940s Brooklyn Michael Devlin an eleven year old Irish Catholic boy and Judah Hirsch a Jewish Rabbi meet by chance where Michael learns about the Jewish faith.  Rabbi Hirsch teaches Michael about the Jewish faith, Kabbaluah and the traditions from his native Prague while Michael teaches him about American culture and baseball.  He also places references to Jackie Robinson in the story since he played for the Brooklyn Dodgers at that time and Michael is a huge Brooklyn Dodgers fan.  Unfortunately Michael has a run in with the local gang who is Anti Semitic so they distrust his relationship with the Rabbi.  Michael realizes that there is hate in both America and in Germany whose father had died in Belgium fighting the Germans. 
31.  Land of a Hundred Wonders by Lesley Kagen  This book is told from the point of view of a young woman who had suffered brain damage as a result of an auto accident that had killed her parents. She captures the main character's point of view with her limited understanding of the world beautifully.  She finds the dead body of Buster Malloy who is planning on running for governor of Kentucky.  She plans on investigating the murder for her small paper that she publishes on her own in order to prove to everyone that she is Quite Right instead of Not Quite Right.  In the course of her investigation she uncovers family secrets.
32.  A Gift of Grace by Amy Clipston 
33.  The Ghost Road by Pat Barker  In this third book in her Regeneration trilogy the end of World War I is near.  Billy Prior is sent back to the front in France while Rivers is suffering from the flu.  While suffering from the flu Rivers remembers his work in the South Pacific with a tribe that has a culture of death.  She does go back and forth from the two different points in time effectively and between the two different point of views.
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Books 10,11 & 12

10.Lackey, Mercedes Moving Targets and Other Tales of Valdemar pb, fantasy anthology, my copy (343 pages, 2,283pgs)
Fourteen tales by various authors including Tanya Huff, Judith Tarr and Fiona Patton add more to the world of Valdemar. I enjoyed the appearance of the kyree Rris in 'A Dream Deferred' by Kristin Schwengel. The twins, one a Bard, the other a Healer, who couldn't function apart and how they were dealt with in 'The Power of Three' was also a fine tale. I enjoyed most of the stories in this collection, although overall I found them less engrossing than those in the first anthology 'Sword of Ice'. (4.5/6)

11.Robb, J.D. Fantasy in Death hb, futuristic crime, borrowed from a friend (356 pages, 2,639pgs)
This is the latest in the Eve Dallas & Roarke series so no spoilers, other than to say I thoroughly enjoyed this. It's murder in a computer game setting and do I ever want a game like this? Maybe not! I decided on my choice for whodunnit about a third of the way in. Sometimes in this series I haven't been able to pick the killer until the big reveal or pretty close to; often I make up my mind quite a bit further on than this, so I was chuffed my choice was right and I was pretty close as to the reason too. I sat up all night to finish this one. (6/6)

12.Feagan, Stephanie Show Her the Money pb romantic suspense, my copy (289 pages, 2,928pgs)
It's a Silhouette paperback that doesn't end up with a marriage, engagement, baby or even just living together. This couple have both been burned in previous relationships and after solving the crime, end up deciding simply to keep having sex. Not what I expected. I'd say it was a good thing, however it threw me a bit because being a Silhouette, I had different expectations. It's one of the Bombshell range, so maybe I'll give another a go and see if it's similar. I didn't really bond with 'Pink' Pearl, the main female character, so I really didn't care which male, and there were several candidates, she ended up with. Actually, if one took out most of the kissing/relationship stuff, this may have been a better crime novel. Nah – I just don't like Pink enough to care. (2/6)