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The following books were rated 2.5 stars to 3.5 stars:

2.5 A secret in the attic - Samantha Jillian Bayarr
2.5 The Apothecary - Samantha Jillian Bayarr
2.5 The Gifts of Asti - Andre Norton
2.5 The Mermaid's Shoes - Merabeth James
3 A Place of Peace - Amy Clipston
3 Angel Sister - Ann H Gabhart
3 Being Written - William Conescu
3 Between - Jessica Warman
3 Blind Eye - Jan Coffey
3 Caribbean Moon - Rick Murcer
3 Code Blue - Richard Mabry
3 Dear Cupid - Julie Ortolon
3 Declairing spinsterhood - Jamie Lynn Braziel
3 Eyewall - H W "Buzz" Bernard
3 Gallows View - Peter Robinson
3 Hard Eight Janet Evanovich
3 Her Wiccan, Wiccan Ways - Traci Hall
3 Home in Carolina - Sherryl Woods
3 Hot Flash - Kathy Carmichael
3 Imaginary Girls - Nova Ren Suma
3 Intimate Enemies - Caryl Rivers
3 Little Bee - Chris Cleave
3 My Favorite Midlife Crisis (Yet) - Toby Devens
3 Nearly Departed in Deadwood - Ann Charles
3 Nerd in Shining armor - Vicki Lewis Thompson
3 Past Tense - Samantha Hunter
3 Patternmaster - Octavia Butler
3 Postmarked the Stars - Andre Norton
3 Ranger's Apprentice Bk 6: Seige at Macindaw - John Flannagan
3 Redline the stars - Andre Norton
3 Royal Holiday Baby - Leanne Banks
3 Sanctuary Annie - Merabeth James
3 Slave Girls - Wensley Clarkson
3 Split: A memoir of Divorce - Suzanne Finnamore
3 Star Hunger - Andre Norton
3 Stop Clutter from Stealing your Life - Mike Nelson
3 Strange Neighbors - Ashlyn Chase
3 The Burnt House - Faye Kellerman
3 The Doctor Takes a Princess - Leanne Banks
3 The Great Night - Chris Adrian
3 The Konstantos Marriage Demand - Kate Walker
3 The Language of the Sea - James MacManus
3 The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey - Walter Mosley
3 The Law of Love - Laura Esquivel
3 The Mission Song - John LeCarre
3 The Prince's Texas Bride - Leanne Banks
3 The Union Quilters - Jennifer Chiaverini
3 The View from Lazy Point - Carl Safina
3 Tom Bedlam - George Hagen
3 Unspoken - Mari Jungstedt
3 Vampire Next Door - Ashlyn Chase
3 Voodoo Planet - Andre Norton
3 Werewolf Upstairs - Ashlyn Chase
3.5 A Marriage Betrayed - Emma Dracy
3.5 A Savage Betrayal - Lynne Graham
3.5 A Venetian Passion - Catherine George
3.5 Chasing Rainbow - Sue Civil-Brown
3.5 Cinderella's Wedding Wish Jessica Hart
3.5 Contract Baby - Lynne Graham
3.5 Full Tilt - Janet Evanovich
3.5 Gold Ring of Betrayal - Michelle Reid
3.5 Heaven Preserve - Cricket McRae
3.5 Her Mediterranean Playboy - Melanie Milburne
3.5 Last Minute Proposal - Jessica Hart
3.5 Lye in Wait - Cricket McRae
3.5 Married to a Mistress - Lynne Graham
3.5 Next Stop, Paradise - Sue Civil-Brown
3.5 Not your Typical, Scantily-Clad Virgin Sacrifice - H Jonas Rhynedahil
3.5 Opal Fire - A Stacy Justice Mystery
3.5 Second-Time Bride - Lynne Graham
3.5 Size 12 is not Fat - Meg Cabot
3.5 Something Borrowed, Something Bleu - Cricket McRae
3.5 Spin a Wicked Web - Cricket McRae
3.5 Star Born - Andre Norton
3.5 Storm over Warlock - Andre Norton
3.5 The Good Greek Wife Kate Walker
3.5 The Love you Crave - John Locke
3.5 The Mask - Dean Koontz
3.5 The Price of a Bride - Michelle Reid
3.5 The Reluctant Husband - Lynne Graham
3.5 The Secret Princess - Jessica Hart
3.5 The Secret Wife - Lynne Graham
3.5 The Sicilian's Mistress - Lynne Graham
3.5 The Vengeful Husband - Lynne Graham
3.5 Two Marriages - Phillip Lopate
3.5 Wined and Died - Cricket McRae


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The following books were rated 2*:

Pleasure Bound - Deborah Lutz
Ruthless Game - Christine Feehan
Tailspin - Michele Dunaway
The People of the Crater - Andre Norton
The Sorrows of Young Werther - Goethe
Visions of Sugar Plums - Janet Evanovich


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The following books were read but not rated. Remember to rate your reviews if you want them in a 'starred' list.

Crave the Moon - Lori Handeland
Currency - Neal Stephenson
Green Eyed Demon - Jayne Wells
Harry Potter Books 6 & 7 - J K Rowling
How to think like Leonardo Da Vince: Seven Steps to Genius everyday - Michael J Gelb
J R R Tolien - Mark Horne
Lights Out Tonight - Mary Jane Clark
Mathematics and the Physical World - Morris Kline
My Lady of Cleves - Margaret Campbell Barnes
Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
Only Mine - Susan Mallery
Rules of Civility - Amor Towles
Solomon's Gold - Neal Stephenson
The Hobbitt - JRR Tolkien
The Hunger Games Trilogy - Suzanne Collins
The Sixth Man - David Baldacci
The System of the World - Neal Stephenson
The Warlock - Michael scott
Twelfth Grade kills (Chronicles of Vladmir Todd) - Heather Brewster
Unfamiliar Fishes - Sarah Vowell
Water for Elephants - Sara Gruen


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I have read Kindred; that was my first book by Butler. I love her writing style. :)

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Hi! I've started compiling stats for this month's books. Will plan on posting the final list on Thursday, Sept. 8. emoticon

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Sandstorm by James Rollins ****

Interesting combination of science, pseudo-science, and speculation concerning anti-matter and what would/could/should happen when it combines with matter and assorted electric impulses. On that background, we have a storyof family found and lost, love lost and then found, and corruption and power grabbing in high government places (surprise!). Interesting plot evolution, especially if you suspend credulity just a wee bit.

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Hi LinguistaDiva, have you read "Kindred" by Octavia Butler. Excellent book.

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Dear Cupid - Julie Ortolon 3 stars

Kate Bradshaw's popular "Dear Cupid" Web advice column helps the hapless and hopeless find true love. But in the aftermath of her painful divorce, Kate's advice turns too bitter for her boss's taste. To retain her job and regain her zest for romance, Kate leaves her native Texas hill country for a business trip to L.A., where she practices her flirting technique on the first attractive man she sees, movie special-effects man Mike Cameron. Kate confidently expects that Mike will disappear from her life after their brief meeting. Instead, he falls in love with her. Sensing Kate's wariness of relationships, but desperate to be part of her life, Mike hires her to turn him, his clothes and his home into marriage material. His decision to withhold the identity of the wife he has in mind keeps the two at comic cross-purposes. Even after they give in to their attraction, Mike must win acceptance from Kate's son, Dylan, and convince her that forever is not a dirty word. Just like a valentine, this frothy read is both fun and insubstantial. But Ortolon's (Drive Me Wild) lively style and brisk pacing are perfectly suited to her playful theme, and her characterizations of Mike and of Kate's maritally muddled neighbors have a genuinely appealing warmth.

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Finished three books in August.

Wild Seed by Octavia Butler - 5 stars
What happens when two virtually immortal beings meet, fall in love, and then slowly fall out of love when one is a ruthless genetic engineer whose main power is to kill and breed? Wild Seed isn't as bare bones as the description I gave it, and Butler writes two very complex and complementary people/spirits -- one a man, the other a woman -- who learn over large swaths of time to trust each other. This book is the first in Butler's Patternist series, and she nails the personalities of her characters, as usual. She is an excellent character author.

Patternmaster by Octavia Butler - 3 stars (but subject to change)
I did not realize that the Patternist series was a series until I read Patternmaster, the last book of the four-book saga. Could I understand everything that was happening? Yes, surprisingly. I put the pieces together as I recognized elements of the characters' powers and behaviors from Wild Seed. This book takes place much later, and the races of the world are very different. The relationship developments and conflicts are, in Butler's style, very complex and well-written. There are a few sections in the book that throw the reader for a loop; but I would say read this as the last book in the series, even though it can stand alone fairly well.

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison - 5 stars
Tar Baby is, at its core, a love story. Many of Morrison's novels are love stories, buried in prejudices and less-than-optimal circumstances. But this one creates a scenario of doomed love between Jadine, the beautiful "high yellow" college-educated model, and Son, the navy deserter and vagrant who suddenly appears in her life through bizarre circumstances. I wanted Jadine and Son to work, and that is a testament to Morrison's writing. The reader can tell that while they could be soul mates, their views on existence and race were too much at odds to sustain their day-to-day interactions with each other beyond sex and strong mutual affection. If the reader knows anything about the "tar baby" story with Uncle Remus, she will question who is laying the trap and who is escaping the problem. Either way, it is a spectacular read that resonates with you long after you put it down. I don't give it 6 stars because there are a few sluggish points in the novel.

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Yesterday I finished Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi, an upcoming YA dystopia. It was really good! Surprisingly good actually, especially since I'm burned out on dystopia a little. 5 stars.

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Doing a bit of reading in August.

Read:
Harry Potter books 6 & 7 by JK Rowling
Green Eyed Demon - Jayne Wells
Twelfth Grade Kills - Chronicles of Vladmir Todd - Heather Brewster
The Sixth Man - David Baldacci
The Hobbitt - JRR Tolkien
The Warlock - Michael Scott

Reading now:
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Radiant Shadows - Melissa Marr
Sahara - ClLive Cussler

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A Christmas Quilt by Jennifer Chiaverini - 4 stars
Enjoyable book seemed repetitive from a previous book.

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins 6*

Published in 1860, this is one of the first mystery novels ever written.
(I don't know why I have waited so long to read this wonderful book.)

Collins' hero could be a forerunner of Sherlock Holmes and other detectives who use deductive reasoning to reach an answer to the mysteries.
He uses multiple points of view to tell the story rather than having an omniscent observer.
All-in-all a great book from the Victorian Age.


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The Help by Kathryn Stockett 6 stars
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Above and Beyond by Sandra Brown 4 stars

Cypress Point by Diane Chamberlain 5 stars

Intimate Enemies by Caryl Rivers 3 stars

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Finished
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod 1-5 by Heather Brewer ( all 5 books 5*'s )
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen 5 *'s
Shelter by Tara Shuler 4*'s
Beasts and BFF's by Shanon Delany 4*'s
Ectasy by Bella Andre 5*'s

Started
Fire Star by Chris D'Lacey
The Spark by Chris Downie
Gravity by Boyd, Abigail
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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35) Redline the Stars (Solar Queen book 5) by Andre Norton and P.M. Griffin 3 stars

A continuation of the Solar Queen Free Traders series - brought into a more PC mode with the addition of a female crew member. Classic SyFy

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The Blind Side by Michael Lewis **** 4 stars

Lewis takes a statistical X-ray of the hidden substructure of football, outlining the invisible doings of unsung players that determine the outcome more than the showy exploits of point scorers. In his sketch of the gridiron arms race, first came the modern, meticulously choreographed passing offense, then the ferocious defensive pass rusher whose bone-crunching quarterback sacks demolished the best-laid passing game, and finally the rise of the left tackle—the offensive lineman tasked with protecting the quarterback from the pass rusher—whose presence is felt only through the game-deciding absence of said sacks. A rare creature combining 300 pounds of bulk with "the body control of a ballerina," the anonymous left tackle, Lewis notes, is now often a team's highest-paid player. Lewis fleshes this out with the colorful saga of left tackle prodigy Michael Oher. An intermittently homeless Memphis ghetto kid taken in by a rich white family and a Christian high school, Oher's preternatural size and agility soon has every college coach in the country courting him obsequiously. Combining a tour de force of sports analysis with a piquant ethnography of the South's pigskin mania, Lewis probes the fascinating question of whether football is a matter of brute force or subtle intellect.


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And Thereby Hangs a Tale by Jeffrey Archer***** 5 stars

Bestseller Archer assembles 15 more of the clever stories for which he is known. They are split between tales of trickery, as with "Stuck on You," where an eager young man is played by a diamond thief, and decidedly sentimental stories, such as "Members Only," about a man who wants nothing more than to join a private country club. Archer marks with an asterisk stories that are based on true incidents (10 in this collection), and whether it is the weight of credibility these stories' genesis lends or if the author works better with some starting material, the entirely imagined stories are also the weakest. "Politically Correct" never gets out of the shallows in its attempt to be provocative, and "Better the Devil You Know," with its evil executive making a deal with the devil (aka Mr. De Ath), is silly even for this author, who usually writes with a winningly light touch. Still, Archer's writing exudes a certain charm and is mostly satisfying.



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A Game Of Thrones - George R.R. Martin 6*

In a world where the approaching winter will last four decades, kings and queens, knights and renegades struggle for control of a throne. Some fight with sword and mace, others with magic and poison. Beyond the Wall to the north, meanwhile, the Others are preparing their army of the dead to march south as the warmth of summer drains from the land. After more than a decade devoted primarily to TV and screen work, Martin (The Armageddon Rag, 1983) makes a triumphant return to high fantasy with this extraordinarily rich new novel, the first of a trilogy. Although conventional in form, the book stands out from similar work by Eddings, Brooks and others by virtue of its superbly developed characters, accomplished prose and sheer bloody-mindedness. Although the romance of chivalry is central to the culture of the Seven Kingdoms, and tournaments, derring-do and handsome knights abound, these trappings merely give cover to dangerous men and women who will stop at nothing to achieve their goals. When Lord Stark of Winterfell, an honest man, comes south to act as the King's chief councilor, no amount of heroism or good intentions can keep the realm under control. It is fascinating to watch Martin's characters mature and grow, particularly Stark's children, who stand at the center of the book. Martin's trophy case is already stuffed with major prizes, including Hugos, Nebulas, Locus Awards and a Bram Stoker. He's probably going to have to add another shelf, at least. Major ad/promo.
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34) Nearly Departed in Deadwood by Ann Charles 3 stars

Single mom, struggling realtor Violet Parker is about to lose her job - she's on probation and hasn't sold a single home. Her jerk-wad co-worker takes every excuse in the book, and then some, to insult and harass her. Suddenly, she has 2 potential homes to sell, and an interested buyer, a stalker, and little girls the age of her daughter have been disappearing. (There's actually less paranormal stuff than I expected)

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3* A Place of Peace by Amy Clipston

(I just lost my dad on Saturday; I don't have the energy to write a review so I am just going use the description from Amazon.)

Take a trip to Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania, where you'll meet the women of the Kauffman Amish Bakery in Lancaster County. As each woman's story unfolds, you will share in her heartaches, trials, joys, dreams ... and secrets. You'll discover how the simplicity of the Amish lifestyle can clash with the 'English' way of life---and the decisions and consequences that follow. Most importantly, you will be encouraged by the hope and faith of these women, and the importance they place on their families. Miriam Lapp, who left the Amish community of Bird-in-Hand three years ago, is heartbroken when her sister calls to reveal that her mother has died suddenly. Traveling home to Pennsylvania, she is forced to face the heartache from her past, including her rift from her family and the breakup of her engagement with Timothy Kauffman. Her past emotional wounds are reopened when her family rejects her once again and she finds out that Timothy is in a relationship with someone else. Miriam discovers that the rumors that broke them up three years ago were all lies. However, when Timothy proposes to his girlfriend and Miriam's father disowns her, Miriam returns to Indiana with her heart in shambles. When Miriam's father has a stroke, Miriam returns to Pennsylvania, where her world continues to fall apart, leaving her to question her place in the Amish community and her faith in God.


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Spartina by John Casey**** 4 stars

Dick Pierce, fisherman and boat-builder, lives on the Rhode Island shore in a backwater world of salt marshes, alcoholic fishermen, crab boats and old homesteads disappearing under new resorts for inland tourists. A stubborn man thoughtful enough to know that the world is becoming too small for men like himself, Pierce has a mortgage, a family, a "puny income from lobstering" and a dream: to finish the half-built boat in his backyard so he can fish for red crabs out in deep water, make some real money and raise himself and his family up.


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I finished "Ghost Story" by Jim Butcher. I would give it 6 stars if I could. His Harry Dresden books need to be read in sequence, but they are well worth the time. Butcher has taken the hard-nosed Chicago detective genre, mixed it with magic and humor, and created a set of very intelligent, thought provoking stories. I can't wait to see what Harry does as the Winter Knight.

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I read Water For Elephants at the beginning of the month and since have been reading Dark Hunter novels by Sherilyn Kenyon. The Dark Hunter novels are science fiction about a world with vampires, animals that can take human form, and the greek gods. These books are different that the typical vampire books in that the world that is woven really focuses on the gods and the wars among them and the people caught in the middle.

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30) Past Tense by Samantha Hunter 3 stars

Sophie runs Talismans, a Boston psychic shop. She was traumatized years before when her father and aunt were brutally killed, and, with traumatic amnesia of the event, believes she has little or no psychic powers herself (um, so how does she do the Tarot card readings?). A friend and client is killed during a reading when Sophie sees a ghost - and she has no memory of this murder, either. Oddly enough, the police aren't happy with this!


31) Code Blue by Richard Mabry 3 stars

Dr. Cathy Sewell moves back to her small hometown, running from a bad breakup. A series of accidents has her thinking "just because you're paranoid, doesn't mean they're not out to get you". Romance and danger


32) Opal Fire (A Stacy Justice Mystery) 3.5 stars

Starts with a bang (fire in the bar) which nearly kills Stacy and her cousin Cinnamon (and Stacy's Great Dane). Stacy comes from a line of witches - and her granny and great aunts want Stacy to express her inner witch and own her power. Hopefully, Stacy can do this before whoever killed and walled the young woman into the wall gets to Stacy, too.


33) Postmarked the Stars by Andre Norton 3 stars

Classic Sci-fy (1960's) adventure #4 of the Solar Queen, free trader ship and her crew.

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The Laws of Evening by Mary Yukari Waters***** 5 stars

These graceful, expertly crafted stories, set in Japan, explore the gray areas between the long shadow of World War II and the rapid advance of Westernization. The women and children who inhabit this terrain have lost husbands and fathers to the war, and ancient traditions to American pop culture. Parents are mystified by the future of forks and knives, hairspray and hip-hop; children embrace it.


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Robopocalypse by Daniel H. Wilson ***** 5 stars

In the not-too-distant future, robots have made our lives a lot easier: they help clean our kitchens, drive our cars, and fight our wars--until they are turned into efficient murderers by a sentient artificial intelligence buried miles below the surface of Alaska. The war is told as an oral history, assembled from interviews, security camera footage, and first- and secondhand testimonies.


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Finished Tom Bedlam by George Hagen, which is historical family saga from the mid 1800s through the end of WWI. It was interesting and well written but also not the most original of books. 3 stars.

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Stolen Life--Jaycee Dugard--4 starts

Quick read, not great writing, but I like that she wrote it herself w/o a ghost writer. I like that she is making great efforts to reclaim and define her life, and I like that she tries to keep the focus off of her victimizers.

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Visions of Sugar Plums ** (2 stars)

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A sugar plum for Christmas, indeed! Stephanie Plum, Evanovich's delightfully zany New Jersey bounty hunter, is the star of this too short but hilarious holiday romp. Grousing about the approaching Yule is something many of us can relate to and wishing for a helpful angel might strike a chord with some. But it takes a special imagination to conjure the handsome, if sort of grungy young stranger, Diesel, who magically pops into Stephanie's kitchen one morning just four days before December 25. Diesel joins Stephanie in her hunt for a bail skipper, Sandy Claws ("It was probably Klaus and got screwed up at Ellis Island"), though in fact he's after another target entirely and Stephanie's skipper is a means to that end. In addition to trying to catch Sandy Claws, Stephanie has to get ready for Christmas-which gives Diesel the opportunity to meet her unconventional family. "I'm always knocked out," he observes, "by the way a family can be at the upper end of dysfunction and insanity and still work so well as a unit." When that family includes a pistol-packing grandma, a niece who thinks she's a palomino and a sister on the verge of crisis, that's quite a statement. Throw in some elves, a mad hunt for a Christmas tree and a few fires and you have a Plum-crazy Christmas classic.

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Hard Eight by Janet Evanovich *** (3 stars)

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In Hard Eight, Stephanie Plum picks up a case a little nastier than anything the wisecracking bounty hunter's seen before. Evelyn Soder and her young daughter have gone on the run, leaving an angry ex-husband who's planning to collect on a child custody bond that will leave Evelyn's grandmother homeless. Stephanie's first clue that there's more to it than that comes in the form of Eddie Abruzzi, a shady local businessman who warns her to butt out of the case. Stephanie doesn't scare easily, but when Abruzzi's henchmen leave a bag of snakes on her doorknob and tarantulas in her car, she has no choice but to call Ranger, the hunky man of mystery whom she already owes too many favors. Steph knows that Ranger will soon be calling in his marker, but with her ex- fiancé Joe Morelli out of the picture, that should be OK--shouldn't it? In the meantime, she's got other fugitives to catch, aided by the usual band of misfits, plus a bumbling correspondence-school lawyer who's developed the hots for Stephanie's sister, Valerie. And Steph's in for a surprise from her mother, who proves she's not above wielding a dangerous weapon to save her daughter's life.

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4. "Nerd in Shining Armor" by Vicki Lewis Thompson

3 stars out of 6 ***

No great novel but it was entertaining which is one of the reason I read books. This book is one that I would call trashy since it was all about sex with a little romance mixed in. The setting is a deserted island out by Hawaii. I will read another "Nerd" book by Thompson when I am looking for a fun easy read.

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I am new to sparkpeople and when I started to read your email, I started to freak out. Fortunately, I was finally able to distinguish the fact that you were giving the background on a book. Just so glad that I FINALLY figured it out, cuz I was initially VERY, VERY concerned.
However, Angel Sister does sound good as a read thought!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Declaring Spinsterhood-Jamie Lynn Braziel-3 *** stars

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Angel Sister by Ann H. Gabhart ***

Growing up in Kentucky in the 1930's with an alcoholic father, 2 inflexible grandfathers (one a fundamentalist preacher, the other an embittered businessman), a gentle mother, and two self-centered sisters, Kate tries desperately to keep the family from becoming totally dysfunctional. When she encounteres a little girl abandoned by her impoverished family on the church steps, Kate feels she has found a way to keep her family together and find a center to her own life. A bit preachy, but tenderly written.

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Mathematics and the Physical World (Dover books explaining science) by Morris Kline
How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day by Michael J. Gelb
Oliver Twist (The World's best reading) by Charles Dickens

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A Turn in the Road - by Debbie Macomber - 5 *s

Bethanne was part of one of the Blossom Street books before. This book continues her story. Bethanne takes a cross country trip with her ex-mother-in-law and daughter. The 3 grow and change and grow closer.

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This summer I have read all the books in the "Sophie Green Mysteries".
4.5 Stars.
They are funny and witty. Set in England so you have a some terms that will just make you laugh. A Blond bombshell who becomes a secret agent.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer-Mark Twain(Samuel Clemons)****4 stars
It's incredibly amazing that this has passed the test of time. The characters are delightful.

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Reading The Traveler's Companion by Christopher John Chater. Futuristic and scientific so far.

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Finished Crave the Moon by Lori Handeland. She usually has werewolves in her books and did this time. Aztec, Maya, the Southwest and archaeology.

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The Mask by Dean Koontz

3.5 stars - really liked the book but didn't give it a higher rating because of the ending...

A beautiful young girl appears out of nowhere. A teenager with no past, no family--no memories. Carol and Paul were drawn to her. She was the child they'd never had. Most mothers would die for such a darling little angel. And that's what frightened Carol most of all...

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The System of the World by Neal Stephenson

Eight and final book in the series focuses on the more personal stories of the main characters. Will Jack Shaftoe escape the noose of Jack Ketch? Will Newton and Leibniz end their quarrel? What will become of Daniel Waterhouse’s many schemes in science and politics? What will happen at the Trial of the Pyx? Stephenson answers all of these questions in his entertaining and informative style with many tangents, including a duel with cannon.


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Currency by Neal Stephenson

Seventh book in the series. Daniel Waterhouse, Isaac Newton and other members of his philosophical club attempt to track down Jack Shaftoe for his counterfeiting crimes and tampering with the Pyx. Meanwhile Eliza aids Princess Caroline of the Hanovers as her life is threatened amid the scheming over the successor to Queen Anne. It all comes to a head as warring militias gather in London and the Whigs and Tories face off.


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Solomon’s Gold by Neal Stephenson

Sixth book in the series. Waterhouse immediately finds himself in the midst of intrigue including attempted assassinations by an Infernal Device, counterfeit coinage, and various missions for Leibniz, Duchess Sophia, and Isaac Newton. All around him rumors swirl about Queen Anne’s succesor. Will it be the Hanovers supported by the Whigs or the Jacobite restoration of the Stuarts?
While this is primarily Daniel Waterhouse’s story, the book ends with a cliffhanger as Jack Shaftoe, aka Jack the Coiner, attempts an audacious (and comical) heist at the Tower of London.


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The Juncto by Neal Stephenson**** 4 stars

Book 5 in the Baroque series. This book is all Eliza, with a good share of Bob Shaftoe, plus helpings of Daniel Waterhouse and Leibniz, sprinkled with the monarchy and aristocracy of late 17th-century Europe, both real and fiction. At times the narrative of this book appears to be no more than a roundabout way of telling the history of banking, finance, numismatics, and cryptology.


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Bonanza by Neal Stephenson**** 4 stars

Book 4 in the Baroque series: Bonanza is all Jack Shaftoe as he connives to escape slavery and make a fortune in gold in an around the world adventure. Jack and his polyglot cabal of escaped galley slaves travel through Algiers, Egypt, India, the Phillipines, China, Mexico, and the mysterious land of Qwghlm over a dozen years. Topics covered include global commerce, colonialism, religious conflict, the Inquisition, Jesuits, alchemy, piracy, shipbuilding, metallurgy, numismatics, vulgarity, and slapstick humor.


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Good morning everyone! I just joined this team. This summer I started reading War and Peace. Better than I thought it would be and not hard to read at all and it's a myth about there being too many characters to keep up with. Tolstoy makes them all very distinctive. Maybe it's the translation I'm reading that makes it easy, I don't know but I think it's a good book. I'm almost done with it, only about 300ish pages to go.

After this book it's on to Game of Thrones series.

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Home in Carolina--Sherryl Woods * * *

Home in Carolina is good example of Woods' genre. Annie and Ty were high school sweethearts. He helped her through her recovery of an eating disorder, but then she went off to college and he off to play baseball in the Majors. He cheated, and Annie can't forgive him. I became a little irritated when Annie forgives then doesn't, forgives then doesn't and so on; but I continued to read because Woods' characters and dialogue kept me going back.

Cathy

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