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The Janson Directive (Paul Janson, #1)
I doubt that Ludlum wrote much of this book. The descriptions of murder and violence are excessively detailed and in many cases just gratuitous sadism ...more
Dec 27, 2008
Jan 01, 2009
Carrion Comfort
This book is the most original story about humanity and lack of humanity that I have read in years. If you like Stephen King books or long books with ...more
Jan 28, 2010
Jan 28, 2010
The Gold Coast
I like his books about police work better. This books' topic is one with which I have little patience (old money). The rich old families represent suc ...more
Mar 20, 2009
Mar 19, 2009
The Swan Thieves
You can only make it through this book if you have some knowledge and interest in art. Even then, nothing happened that I cared about until about page ...more
Apr 06, 2010
Apr 06, 2010
Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1)
**spoiler alert** At first this book is a fluffy trip down "memory lane." It is a book that women who remember the 70s might enjoy-she does not miss a ...more
Feb 16, 2009
Feb 16, 2009
Bitter Sweets
Although the back cover classifies this as an Indian saga, to me it was more of a London story. I enjoyed the phrases and "accents" that I could place ...more
Jul 17, 2009
Jul 17, 2009
Bridge of Sighs
I liked Empire Falls and Straight Man much better. Straight Man made me laugh aloud (or out loud). I suppose this novel has more character development ...more
Jan 13, 2009
Jan 01, 2009
The Kitchen House
Excellent book: Historical fiction with characters I cared about. Almost every character has strengths and flaws, and I thought it was an interesting ...more
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 26, 2010
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Millennium, #3)
I loved this one also. However, it took the first 200 pages to get around to some action. Great female characters, but for some reason he feels it nec ...more
Jun 19, 2010
Jun 19, 2010
The Yiddish Policemen's Union
I love Chabon's writing style. He uses so many metaphors and has such extensive vocabulary that the reader never tires of the story. This book was a c ...more
Feb 06, 2012
Feb 06, 2012
Down River
This was an outstanding book. I am a huge fan of Hart's style, and his dialogue is seamless, making me want to stay "tuned in" to follow the main char ...more
Mar 06, 2012
Mar 06, 2012
Dead and Gone (Sookie Stackhouse, #9)
Contrary to most of the reviews for this book, I liked this one better than the last. Sookie is quite endearing, and I don't pay enough attention to s ...more
Nov 2009
Nov 01, 2009
The Road
I did not read the review by the New York Times well enough before I read this book: "....consistently brilliant in its imagining of the posthumous co ...more
Nov 19, 2008
Nov 19, 2008
Digital Fortress
Dear me- what a disappointment. This book is written at the junior high level, making me think, "Let's just get on with it." And, unlike Angels and De ...more
Mar 07, 2009
Mar 07, 2009
Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4)
ha ha ha ha...These get more and more eccentric. I am tired of the Sam character, and would like to see the return of Bill to the story line. However, ...more
Sep 07, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
In the Woods (Dublin Murder Squad, #1)
I thought the style of this book was excellent, and the plot/character development was very good up until about the last 50 pages. Once there was some ...more
Oct 06, 2009
Oct 08, 2009
The Lion's Game (John Corey, #2)
My goodness- I am now hooked. I like the plot and the level of suspense, but most of all I like what a wise guy DeMille is. For example, the comment b ...more
Mar 2009
Mar 02, 2009
Simple Genius (Sean King & Michelle Maxwell, #3)
This dialogue was way more stilted and contrived than I remembered in other books by Baldacci. He should stick to details, action and plot-character d ...more
Oct 31, 2009
Nov 01, 2009
The Midnight House (John Wells, #4)
This novel is timely and is moderately interesting--I found it slow compared to the first novel he wrote about this character. The Faithful Spy was mu ...more
May 11, 2010
May 10, 2010
Bound South
Four stars for plot and readability. However, the characters and descriptions are stereotypical and there is no shortage of cliches in this story. I d ...more
May 26, 2010
May 27, 2010
The Third Secret
If you like stories about church politics, this book is for you.
Things that annoyed me:
-Where else would a priest wear a pectoral cross? The author n
Aug 12, 2012
Aug 17, 2012
The Lacuna
I love her metaphors. The setting switches between Mexico and Asheville, NC. I found the perspective on socialism, communism and the Red Scare thought ...more
Dec 16, 2010
Jan 02, 2011
Life Class
This is a quick read that someone who is interested in WWI time frame might like. At one point the book includes letters between one of the male chara ...more
Jan 18, 2009
Jan 18, 2009
Above the Thunder
Excellent writing and well-developed characters in a story that brings together several lonely people. The granddaughter was a little too far-fetched, ...more
Sep 26, 2010
Sep 26, 2010
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter
I loved how cleverly the author wove in the concept of vampires into historical events. Makes one wonder even more about bias in historical document p ...more
Jul 12, 2012
Jul 12, 2012
Living Dead in Dallas (Sookie Stackhouse, #2)
I have never read vampire-themed books before this year--These are really entertaining. I thought the first one was kind of a romance, but this one tu ...more
Sep 04, 2009
Sep 08, 2009
Fearless Fourteen (Stephanie Plum #14)
Once a year, I need to read one of these. I always laugh out loud at some point, usually about a dinner table scene. One of my favorite qualities abou ...more
Oct 11, 2009
Oct 12, 2009
Eat Pray Love
Waa. Thankfully, the author got a grip in her travels. I felt the book had a whining quality to it. Not many people have the opportunities to take a t ...more
Aug 14, 2010
Aug 22, 2010
Hot Stuff (Cate Madigan #1)
Ugh- not even good for a beach read. Evanovich must have lent her name to this just to create the single woman character with the large dog who must g ...more
Jul 12, 2010
Jul 12, 2010
New Moon (Twilight, #2)
Although there was a little too much foreshadowing for the plot to be much of a surprise, I still liked it. Meyer captures the despair of being dumped ...more
Jun 06, 2009
Jun 08, 2009
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