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Captains and the Kings: The Story of an American Dynasty
Taylor Caldwell is largely unknown today, and CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS is virtually the only novel of her left in print in mass-market paperback, and le ...more
Jan 2007
Mar 19, 2009
Time and Again (Time, #1)
TIME AND AGAIN is probably the most famous novel about time-travel published in past half-century, and one of the most convincing. I first read it aro ...more
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Jan 14, 2009
Random Harvest
RANDOM HARVEST is one of the two James Hilton novels I re-read about every five years or so (the other is LOST HORIZON).

It's an engrossing tale of a m
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Jan 13, 2009
Asta's Book
7/24/13: It's always interesting to get other readers' 'take' on a book - it's almost as thought they read a different book! Ironically, some of the t ...more
Dec 02, 2012
Sep 05, 2007
The Killing Doll
Interesting to find so much dislike for this novel here, and for the very reasons so many Ruth Rendell fans LOVE her books!!! I first read it in the l ...more
Dec 31, 2009
Dec 25, 2009
Postern of Fate (Tommy & Tuppence, #5)
Forewarned is forearmed: POSTERN OF FATE was the last book Christie wrote, and is and generally conceded to be her worst (actually, she was dictating ...more
Dec 15, 2013
Apr 10, 2010
First read this in 1972, then again in the mid-80s, by which time Howatch had also written CASHELMARA, THE RICH ARE DIFFERENT, SINS OF THE FATHERS and ...more
Jan 11, 2010
Dec 28, 2009
Auntie Mame (An Irreverent Escapade)
I've been an AUNTIE MAME fan for over 40 years, since I first encountered the Roz Russell film accidentally one afternoon. They showed it in two parts ...more
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Jan 12, 2009
The Vault (Inspector Wexford, #23)
Wexford returns!

For the first time, Ruth Rendell has written a sequel to a previous stand-alone novel (A SIGHT FOR SORE EYES), and added now-retired,
Jun 18, 2011
Jun 19, 2011
Anyone seeing my praise and high ratings for other Vine novels will no doubt be surprised at this book's two-star rating - quite simply, it's my least ...more
Jan 2000
Feb 18, 2010
The Heart Listens
During the 1970s and early 1980s Helen Van Slyke carved a nice successful niche for herself with the contemporary 'woman's novel,' a niche she shared ...more
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Dec 27, 2010
The Lawgiver
Gotta hand it to Herman Wouk for moving along with the times - this epistolary novel is made up of emails, Skype transcripts, memos, notes, and even j ...more
Oct 23, 2012
Oct 22, 2012
The Pale Horse
First read this 1961 Agatha Christie novel of modern-day 'witchcraft' in the early 1970s. Of course I'm not reading a St. Martins Press paperback edit ...more
Nov 09, 2010
Nov 05, 2010
The Chimney Sweeper's Boy
**spoiler alert** This is another of the Vines that I seem drawn to re-read every three years or so, and it never disappoints, though I do have one re ...more
Aug 13, 2010
Mar 10, 2009
Rose's Last Summer
Originally published in 1952, this is my first reading of a novel by Margaret Millar, the highly-respected mystery writer who was married to another h ...more
Oct 12, 2010
Oct 11, 2010
The Blood Doctor
5/29/14: I've actually changed my rating of this book from ***** to **** - I am almost finished with a re-read and find it to be probably Vine's 'busi ...more
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Jan 22, 2010
The Forgotten Garden
I've just finished The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton, which will be
published in the U.S. in April. I didn't finish her first book, THE HOUSE AT RIVE
Feb 25, 2009
Feb 25, 2009
A Dark Adapted Eye
If I were asked to recommend a book that would give someone a good idea of what life was like for many British people in the years during and after Wo ...more
Jun 20, 2012
Jan 14, 2009
The Distant Hours
THE DISTANT HOURS has enough plot for five novels - unfortunately, the five novels don't add up to a very satisfactory whole.

02/15/11: When a book fea
Feb 20, 2011
Feb 13, 2011
Loop Group
Larry McMurtry has said in several recent memoirs that some writers go on producing novels long after they've run out of steam. He has also said that ...more
Dec 22, 2009
Dec 17, 2009
A Demon in My View
I’m re-reading A DEMON IN MY VIEW, one of the most highly-regarded novel from Ruth Rendell’s ‘early’ period (in this case, 1976 – it was her 14th nove ...more
Jan 07, 2011
Jan 03, 2011
A Caribbean Mystery
Latter-day Agatha Christie can be hit-or-miss - A CARIBBEAN MYSTERY was published in 1964 and was one of her better 1960s efforts. It re-reads well (I ...more
Oct 08, 2010
Oct 08, 2010
Lovers All Untrue
Norah Lofts had a long career as a historical novelist, during which she diversified with novels of mystery/suspense/occult under the pseudonym Peter ...more
Apr 07, 2012
Apr 04, 2012
Grand Hotel
Something I enjoy from time to time is reading the original novels upon which famous films were based (VERTIGO, THE LODGER, WRITTEN ON THE WIND, IMITA ...more
Feb 22, 2012
Feb 18, 2012
The Brimstone Wedding
This is one of my very favorite Vines, one I seem drawn to re-read every two or three years - I just re-read it this past January - it "called" to me ...more
Dec 30, 2011
Mar 10, 2009
The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris
Although McCullough's two Pulitzer Prizes have been for biographies, Truman and John Adams, make no mistake: McCullough's no slouch as a popular hist ...more
Aug 27, 2011
Aug 11, 2011
The Monster in the Box (Inspector Wexford, #22)
With the publication of FROM DOON WITH DEATH, author Ruth Rendell and her creation, Reginald Wexford, appeared in bookstores at the same time - 1964 t ...more
Sep 30, 2009
Oct 06, 2009
Then Again
I have to start out by saying that I've never been a particularly big fan of Keaton's acting - maybe I found her too quirky and ditzy, I don't really ...more
Nov 16, 2011
Nov 17, 2011
The Story of Esther Costello
Surprised to see that this book showed up here! I always find it interesting when a movie gets you to read its source-novel. Joan Crawford, Heather Se ...more
May 31, 2010
May 31, 2010
Although he can't be said to have written a single memorable line of prose, Arthur Hailey was one of the most popular novelists of the second half of ...more
Dec 12, 2012
Dec 18, 2012
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