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The Venetian Betrayal (Cotton Malone, #3)
Well, I read these books just for fun and I have to say that this one is not his best. The author introduces to many characters way to quickly with so ...more
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Jan 24, 2010
The Lace Reader
Hmmmmm, slow and steady until the very end when it turne donto a page turner, but then had an unsatisfying ending. The authors story-telling technique ...more
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Aug 21, 2010
The Abstinence Teacher
This book was a definate dissapointment. It started out with a bang with some great characters that were well developed and in intriguing and current ...more
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Jan 10, 2010
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet
I liked the idea of the story and the topic of the Japanese internment camps in the US was fantastic---However, the book was about 50-60 pages fto lon ...more
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Feb 18, 2010
Almost Home
This was a fun read, easy to move through with little effort. Definatley a nice airplane book or poolside book as it doesn't require careful attention ...more
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Jun 09, 2010
The Piano Teacher
I so wanted to love this book and I really tried but it had to many problems tat seriously detracted from the storyline.

My rating of 2 stars looks qui
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Dec 24, 2009
The Book Thief
Great story, great character development, great window into the experience of the German people under Hitler---BUT about 200 pages to long. I also fou ...more
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Sep 30, 2009
The River Midnight
Story of the families in a Jewish village in POland 1900s. Great story really drawing me in to begin with. However, the method of telling the story fr ...more
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Mar 18, 2009
The Last Pope (Vaticano, #1)
Silly fun stupid adventure thriller. bad story line, mediocre characters but a quick read most appreciated for its distracting qualities. ie a great w ...more
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Feb 22, 2010
The Good Thief
Hmmmm, to call this an "American Dicknsian" type story is not very accurate. The language use does not come close to Charles Dickens. I was dissapoint ...more
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Dec 07, 2009
The Help
I really enjoyed this novel. It covers a favorite period of US history (civil rights). As an Oral Historian I realy appreciated the mechanism of recor ...more
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Feb 05, 2010
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Not the best work on the topic of the cultural revolution--one of my favorite topics/periods in modern history. I would suggest Red Scarf Girl as a fa ...more
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Sep 10, 2010
White Ghost Girls
Didn't really grab me at any point. The story just sort of meandered and sputtered out. The character development was weak leaving me not really carin ...more
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Jun 16, 2009
Fractured and lacked a cohesive theme. Several characters developed then dropped without any completion. Writing style made the reader feel vouyeristi ...more
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Mar 18, 2009
Sundays at Tiffany's
That was a stupid book! I wsn't expecting a cheesy Harliquin romance packaged as something more than that! At least it only took an afternoon to read!
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Aug 08, 2009
The Templar Legacy (Cotton Malone, #1)
Could hav ebeen great--but wasn't. Interesting premise for the story! However, it was about 100 pages too long! Oh well.
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Aug 30, 2009
The Namesake
Immigrant experience, clash of cultures, tangled ties between generations.

An exquisitly lyrical story traversing the life of an Indian family's journe
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Jul 08, 2008
The Last Witchfinder
Fun, Fun, Fun! Long but worth it! I loved the historiucal tie in with European and US history!
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Jun 01, 2009
Friendship Cake (Hope Springs #1)
Ahhhhh pretty average. The most interesting part is the reciepes included at each chapter.
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Dec 19, 2010
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
I really love Mark Twain--I just don't think Huckleberry Finn is as amazing as Tom Sawyer
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Oct 19, 2009
The Last Cato
DaVinci style mystery--slow at first but ended up being a really fun read
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Mar 18, 2009
Johnny Tremain
great for grades 6-7, nice story, useful literature tie in for history lesson
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Mar 19, 2009
Shoot the Moon
Pretty dissapointing, the entire plot was preety obvious by page 30.
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Sep 10, 2010
Veil of Roses
Fun summer read--blending of cultures--americanization
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Mar 18, 2009
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society
Interesting method for telling a story--I really enjoyed it.
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Apr 23, 2009
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West (The Wicked Years #1)
Somewhat tedious, long winded, the musical wasd way better
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Mar 18, 2009
The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)
Just plain ol fun!
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Oct 10, 2009
The Worst Thing I've Done
Unique approach but this one would make a better movie than novel! The imagery and flashbacks would be far more effective in film.
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Jun 01, 2009
Sarah's Key
Started out really slow, getting tired of novels with two story-lines/times-lines that develop then intersect with what should be a great creshendo. S ...more
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Jun 14, 2010
The Ritual Bath (Peter Decker/Rina Lazarus, #1)
A rape and murder take place at a Los Angeles Yishiva community. The story focuses on the interaction and attraction between the one female witness, a ...more
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Jul 08, 2008
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