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Ken rated a book 5 of 5 stars
House of Sand and Fog by Andre Dubus III
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Extraordinarily fascinating and extraordinarily depressing. Through a buerocratic error, two different people have a legitimate claim to the same house. Both characters are deeply flawed, but both sympathetic as well. If either gets the house, the ot ...more
Ken rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Airborn (Matt Cruse, #1)
by Kenneth Oppel (Goodreads Author)
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Airborn is a great "boy's adventure" yarn; well plotted, well written, and it features zeppelins, which I am fascinated by. Had I been able to read it when I was 12 or 14 it would definitely have been a five star book instead of four, but a few twist ...more
Ken rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Adam by Ted Dekker
Adam
by Ted Dekker (Goodreads Author)
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The bulk of "Adam" is pure crime thriller, but the last 20% delves into a world that crime thrillers generally do not... that of ~literal~ demon posession. Dekker is a good storyteller with a wild imagination, which generally appeals to me, in spite ...more
Ken rated a book 4 of 5 stars
In the Beginning by Chaim Potok
In the Beginning
by Chaim Potok
recommended for: those who read and liked "The Chosen" and "My Name is Asher Lev"
read in August, 2008
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I love Potok's writing. I felt that I missed something in this book, and the story did not propel me forward in the way his other books I've read did. Towards the end, the plot becomes very involved in Jewish scholarship of the Torah and Talmud, to t ...more
Ken rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Watcher in the Woods by Robert Liparulo
Watcher in the Woods (Dreamhouse Kings, #2)
by Robert Liparulo (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: 12 year old boys
read in July, 2008
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The second book in this teen series is better than the first. The story keeps moving along and there are some nice twists. Still, very simple fare compared to Liparulo's adult novels. It's good enough I'm sure I'll read the next one, and if I'd read ...more
Ken rated a book 5 of 5 stars
The Virgin of Small Plains by Nancy Pickard
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Not a traditional detective-solving-a-crime mystery, but a mystery nonetheless. Lots of questions to ponder keep coming up. One or two I figured out beforehand, but there were plenty of surprises still in the last 30 pages or so. The book alternates ...more
Ken rated a book 5 of 5 stars
Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair
Coffee Will Make You Black
by April Sinclair
recommended for: black women, people who like coming of age stories
read in July, 2008
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I was really surprised that I (white male) enjoyed a book so much whose target audience was definitely black women. There is no one single plot that carries the book. It is more of a vignette of events and episodes, both cultural and personal about a ...more
Ken rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Wolf's Hour by Robert McCammon
The Wolf's Hour
by Robert McCammon
recommended for: people who appreciate fine cheese
read in July, 2008
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There was a fad in the 1980s to take a horror theme, and refit it for a more general thriller. Robert McCammon did this very well in "Wolf's Hour" where a werewolf works as an undercover British agen fighting the Nazis. The plot is well developed, as ...more
Ken made a comment on Laissez Farrell’s review of Snuff
Snuff by Chuck Palahniuk
" For me, just reading the blurb told me this would be a one star book. But I guess someone who chooses a baby with a goiter for their avatar would just ...more "
Ken rated a book 2 of 5 stars
House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo
House of Dark Shadows (Dreamhouse Kings, #1)
by Robert Liparulo (Goodreads Author)
recommended for: young boys who like adventure stories
read in May, 2008
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Liparulo's adult books, "Comes a Horseman" and "Germ" are among the best thrillers I have ever read, so I had very high expectations for his young readers series. Book one disapointed me. I'll at least give book 2 a chance and see if it improves, sin ...more
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