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When the Lights Go Out
I must begin by admitting I'm not an experienced Young Adult (YA) reviewer, so I'll comment based on how I felt about the potential of the book for it...more
Sep 22, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
The Innocent Man: Murder and Injustice in a Small Town
This is the first book written by Grisham that is non-fiction, although the victims names were changed. The narrative chronicles the twelve year saga...more
Oct 2011
Sep 12, 2011
The Yellow Eyes of Crocodiles
This was a free First Readers copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review, so my first comment is that I do not read chic-lit works gener...more
Dec 06, 2013
Dec 01, 2013
Defending Jacob
The author has created an interesting crime mystery novel using his own background as a District Attorney. The protagonist is a DA who discovers his s...more
Oct 12, 2011
Oct 08, 2011
Changó's Beads and Two-Tone Shoes
This was an interesting book. At once both prone to slow reading and fast run-on sentences, it chronicles the adventures of a newspaper writer in the...more
Sep 28, 2011
Sep 20, 2011
A book that mixes romance and interpersonal relationships with touches of erotica and chick-lit, this is not the type of book that I would normally se...more
Nov 24, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Edward Wilson's Antarctic Notebooks
With a few essential pages describing history from the life of Edward Wilson, two of his nephews have collected a representative sample of sketches an...more
Jan 12, 2012
Dec 09, 2011
The Betrayal
The second of Dunmore's historical novels set in 1950's Russia following the siege of Leningrad, “The Betrayal” is effectively a stand-alone work. Alt...more
Oct 20, 2011
Oct 11, 2011
The Road from Gap Creek
Author Morgan weaves a tale of life in Appalachia as told by Annie, a young woman, as though reading her diary. Isolated incidents are put together to...more
Nov 07, 2013
Nov 01, 2013
The Sleepwalkers
Set in early Nazi Germany, this historical novel, while fictional, uses very plausible situations to generate its story line. It is written in an easy...more
Sep 29, 2011
Sep 05, 2011
A Sound Among the Trees
This actually a contemporary story using old diary-like letters as an historical flash-back to reveal the truth behind old beliefs and superstitions a...more
Oct 03, 2011
Sep 29, 2011
A Safeway in Arizona: What the Gabrielle Giffords Shooting Tells Us About the Grand Canyon State and Life in America
Coincidentally, I finished this book on the anniversary of the attempted homicide of Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. The title refers to the Safeway par...more
Jan 08, 2012
Nov 29, 2011
Northwest Corner
A book using the familiar topics of family estrangement and coming-of-age tensions and mistakes, Northwest Corner is a gem of unexpected metaphorical...more
Sep 20, 2011
Sep 12, 2011
In the Face of Evil: Based on the Life of Dina Frydman Balbien
This is a terrible book - terrible in its naked account of one of the survivors of German death camps. The author is daughter of the survivor and writ...more
Jan 22, 2012
Jan 04, 2012
Intrusion: A Keeno Action Novel
Intrusion is a novel in the mold of James Bond with a bit of sci-fi electronics and biology to create the scenario. Overall, I enjoyed the book, whic...more
Dec 06, 2011
Oct 25, 2011
Punishment: A Legal Thriller
This is a fine legal thriller, intended to be the first of a trilogy. It contains some inside perspective of court procedures given by the author, a F...more
Aug 03, 2012
Jul 23, 2012
Oh, Beautiful: An American Family in the 20th Century
This book is a gutsy exposé of a Polish immigrant family, its trials, struggles, disagreements and connections. It runs a gamut of issues from mental...more
Jan 21, 2012
Dec 30, 2011
Lady Justice And The Avenging Angels (Lady Justice #4)
I'm not in the habit of reading a single book in the middle of a series, but then most crime/mystery books are self-standing outside of continued char...more
Nov 16, 2011
Oct 20, 2011
The Shakespeare Thefts: In Search of the First Folios
This is a non-fictional, informational book that reveals the known histories of several of Shakespeare's "First Folios" which are bound collections of...more
Dec 14, 2011
Nov 08, 2011
Ghost Hero (Lydia Chin & Bill Smith #11)
Ghost Hero has nothing to do with the paranormal or a Kung Fu spirit, rather it's a well written mystery by an accomplished author. Three private inv...more
Nov 10, 2011
Oct 12, 2011
This is a book that follows a mentally disturbed patient from her trigger incident, into and through a mental hospital. Written in typical irrational,...more
Jan 24, 2012
Jan 06, 2012
A Vine in the Blood: A Chief Inspector Mario Silva Investigation
I found this to be a pretty good mystery. It contains a few adult situations (not many), some interactive humor among characters, and some spicy langu...more
Feb 14, 2012
Jan 17, 2012
You Know When the Men Are Gone
I enjoyed this book, a series of eight short vignettes of life on a U.S. Military base as experienced by the soldiers and their wives. While it is fic...more
Feb 12, 2012
Jan 13, 2012
Walden 3.0: A Dystopian Romance
Thoreau was best known for his literary work at his secluded pond. In Walden 3.0 , author Fragasso takes his journalist protagonist on a guided tour o...more
Jan 02, 2012
Nov 08, 2011
Cleaning Nabokov's House
Romance isn't perhaps the best genre for this book, but it probably fits that category better than most. Vladimir Nabokov was, of course, the author o...more
Dec 03, 2011
Oct 21, 2011
Waves of Regret
The author has put together a nice action novel in which the U.S. government authorities race a self-proclaimed vigilante millionaire and his mercenar...more
Dec 06, 2011
Oct 22, 2011
Artemis Rising
I found this to be an interesting novel. Set against the myth of the classic story of Tristan and Isolde, the characters struggle with oaths, promises...more
Dec 08, 2011
Oct 26, 2011
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