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Ink Exchange by Melissa Marr 3 stars

Book 2 of the Wicked Lovely series about faeries and mortals. Leslie is a classmate and friend of Aislinn, the new Summer Queen of the faeries - abused and afraid, Leslie gets a tattoo to increase her personal strength - it binds her to Irial, King of the Dark Faerie court. Irial feeds his court by taking all of the dark emotions from Les, but develops strong feelings for his mortal.

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"The Reader" by Bernhard Schlink - 4 stars

This was a short novel about a low-level female guard of a concentration camp seducing a young man and having him read to her.
It was hard to have empathy for either character.
This is a case where the movie is probably better than the book.

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Jerry Baker's Terrific Tomatoes, Sensational Spuds, and Mouth-Watering Melons: 1,274 Super Secrets for Growing Prize-Winning Vegetables

It is an awesome spring book to get back into the mood for gardening. It also has great advice on starting and maintaining a garden.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon - Dark Side of the Moon - 4+ ****+

This is the first stand alone book I've read from this author, and it's not really stand alone. It's one of the books in a long series she calls Dark-Hunter Novels, and it was a Solid read.

From the inside cover (mostly): Susan Michaels was once the hottest reporter on the Beltway Beat until a major scandal ruined her life.

Even moving to Seattle couldn't get her a real reporting job, so she is forced to write stories of Alien babies and Elvis sightings. Life as she once knew it is over, or so she thinks, then she gets a lead on a story that could salvage her career. She heads to the local animal shelter, expecting a hot news tip, which she gets in the form of a major police cover-up ...for a gang of soul-sucking vampires out to take over Seattle. So much for saving her credibility.

And if that isn't enough, she gets talked into adopting a cat and finds she's allergic to it. A cat that turns out to be a shapeshifter who claims to be an immortal vampire slayer on the prowl for the same corrupt cops. Her first thought "seek professional help '.

But as Susan's drawn into Ravyn's dark and dangerous world, she comes to realize there is a lot more at stake than just her defunct career. Now it's no longer a question of bringing the truth to her readers; it's a matter of saving their very lives and souls. Ravyn's life was shattered over 400 years ago when he mistakenly trusted the wrong human with the truth of his existence, He lost his family, his honor, and his life. Now, in order to save the people of Seattle, he's forced to confront that nightmare all over again, and to trust another human woman with the secret that could destroy him.

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DANCING NAKED AT THE EDGE OF DAWN= KRIS RADISH- 5 STARS

definitely a chick book- but wow, i'm loving her books- love seeing the women figuring out who they are, what they can do, how to really live their lives, does make me envious of these great friends!

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From the bestselling author of The Elegant Gathering of White Snows comes a poignant, outrageous, refreshingly liberating story about one woman whose life takes an unexpected turn....

Meg Fratano has just witnessed the unthinkable: her husband of twenty—seven years making love to another woman. In her bed. And all Meg wanted to do was watch. Quietly, secretly, watch. Then she realized her life would never be the same.

Meg isn’t sure what she wants, but she knows it’s not what she had. After almost three decades of marriage and two children, she has finally awakened to how unhappy she is.

Now, with the help of friends old and new, and even her teenage daughter—a former brat who has blossomed into a startlingly wise young woman—Meg just might break through the chains of everyone’s expectations for her and find the strength to take the first step on her own path. To strip away a lifetime of inhibitions. To dance naked at the edge of dawn...

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Ghosts and Lightning by Trevor Byrne *** 3 stars

Deciphering the dialect it just one of the challenges to reading this novel. Keeping track of the colorful characters is another. Still, it's an entertaining read.

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Too Much Happiness by Alice Munro **** 4 stars

A collection of short stories, the title story being my least favorite. A thoughtful, sometimes dark, sometimes light, always entertaining, collection of stories.

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Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward 3*

Caldwell, NY, has long been the battleground for the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and notorious nightclub that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King, and leader of the Brotherhood. Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood, even though his sister is married to a member. Because he’s a sympath, his identity is a deadly secret- the revelation of which will result in his banishment to a colony for sociopaths. And as plots within and outside the Brotherhood take their toll against Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in a darkening world- Elhena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him- and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.


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The Magicians by Lev Grossman **** 4 stars

Harry Potter goes to college... although a much different story altogether. I enjoyed the weaving of a childhood series of books into the magicians college and beyond.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon - Born of Fire - 4 ****

I purchased the second book in this series at an airport gift shop last year and was impressed by the story and writing of this author.

On reading this book, which was not written as well as the second, I found that the second book could be the first book with names changed to protect the innocent and a couple of minor plot changes.

I'm going to read the third in the series AND a stand-alone book before I get into a real judgement thing.

This book does tell a good tale, unless you've read the second - which is the same as the first except it's a generation earlier.

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I just started this today on the metro (subway):

Be Happy -- Robert Holden's new book, based on the Happiness Project

See more at http://www.behappy.net/

Wow! I love this so far! I am considering doing the online course. It really syncs well with the positive self-coaching and goal setting I'm doing through spark. I'm delighted! Has anyone else read this? Feel free to drop me a note.

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2. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson - 6******

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Amazon Best of the Month, September 2008: Once you start The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, there's no turning back. This debut thriller--the first in a trilogy from the late Stieg Larsson--is a serious page-turner rivaling the best of Charlie Huston and Michael Connelly. Mikael Blomkvist, a once-respected financial journalist, watches his professional life rapidly crumble around him. Prospects appear bleak until an unexpected (and unsettling) offer to resurrect his name is extended by an old-school titan of Swedish industry. The catch--and there's always a catch--is that Blomkvist must first spend a year researching a mysterious disappearance that has remained unsolved for nearly four decades. With few other options, he accepts and enlists the help of investigator Lisbeth Salander, a misunderstood genius with a cache of authority issues. Little is as it seems in Larsson's novel, but there is at least one constant: you really don't want to mess with the girl with the dragon tattoo. --Dave Callanan



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1. Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquuez - 5*****

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While delivering a message to her father, Florentino Ariza spots the barely pubescent Fermina Daza and immediately falls in love. What follows is the story of a passion that extends over 50 years, as Fermina is courted solely by letter, decisively rejects
suitor when he first speaks, and then joins the urbane Dr. Juvenal Urbino, much above her station, in a marriage initially loveless but ultimately remarkable in its strength. Florentino remains faithful in his fashion; paralleling the tale of the marriage is that of his numerous liaisons, all ultimately without the depth of love he again declares at Urbino's death. In substance and style not as fantastical, as mythologizing, as the previous works, this is a compelling exploration of the myths we make of love. Highly recommended.

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Me and Emma by Elizabeth Flock 6******.. as many stars as I can give it... I cannot do this book justice by trying to give you a summary.. goodreads.com summarizes it best:

In many ways, Carrie Parker is like any other eight-year-old—playing make-believe, dreading school, dreaming of faraway places.
But even her imagination can't shut out the realities of her impoverished North Carolina home or help her protect her younger sister, Emma.

As the big sister, Carrie is determined to do anything to keep Emma safe from a life of neglect and abuse at the hands of their drunken stepfather, Richard—abuse their momma can't seem to see, let alone stop.

But after the sisters' plan to run away from home unravels, their world takes a shocking turn—and one shattering moment ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone reeling.

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Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris 2 1/2**

my opinion: fast, easy read -- no real depth... funny in a bizarre way.. not sure if I will read all the others.

from goodreads.com: Sookie Stackhouse is a cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana, but she keeps to herself and doesn't date much because of her "disability" to read minds. When she meets Bill, Sookie can't hear a word he's thinking. He's the type of guy she's waited for all of her life, but he has a disability, too--he's a vampire with a bad reputation. When one of Sookie's coworkers is killed, she fears she's next.

The Private Patient by PD James 2 1/2 **
my opinion: eh, another not so great book.. but it is set in England and I'm not sure I really get English humor
from goodreads.com: When the notorious investigative journalist Rhoda Gradwyn booked into Mr Chandler-Powell's private clinic in Dorset for the removal of a disfiguring and long-standing facial scar, she had every prospect of a successful operation by a distinguished surgeon, a week's peaceful convalescence in one of Dorset's most beautiful manor houses and the beginning of a new life. She was never to leave Cheverell Manor alive. Dalgliesh and his team are called in to investigate the murder, and later a second death, which are to raise even more complicated problems than the question of innocence or guilt.

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If you want to read two equally hilarious books then try "Committed" by Elizabeth Gilbert and "The Sweet Life in Paris" by David Lebovitz.

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Helena by Evelyn Waugh 3 stars

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Helena is the intelligent, horse-mad daughter of a British chieftan who is suddenly betrothed to the warrior who becomes the Roman emperor Constantius. She spends her life seeking truth in the religions, mythologies, and philosophies of the declining ancient world. This she eventually finds in Christianityóand literally in the Cross of Christ.

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The Lake by Richard Laymon- * (1 star)

I absolutely love horror books and I had heard so many good things about Richard Laymon so I decided to pick up this book at the library without knowing much about it.

When I got home, I decided to read the reviews for it. There were many bad reviews however I decided to read it anyway and form my own opinion. I have to say that I absolutely agree with all the bad reviews. I am disappointed that I chose this book as my first Richard Laymon book. This is definitely a book that was not meant to be published without a lot and I mean a lot of work to be done to it.

The story is confusing and switches from the present to the past unexpectedly. It switches from one character's point of view to another constantly which causes confusion. New characters are introduced randomly and without any back story or reason to be in the story. The mother and daughter, who are the main characters, are stupid and I found myself rooting for the serial killer to kill both of them just so I didn't have to listen to their stupidity anymore.

Needless to say, I will be reading one of Laymon's more popular books to form an opinion of him. I will not judge him based on this horrendous story that should have never been published.

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The Black Echo by Michael Connelly 4*

This is the first in the Harry Bosch series, and it's the first book I've read by Connelly. The intricate plot kept me guessing and reading. I just had to keep telling myself that the book was written in the early 90's before some of the technology I take for granted now was widely used and available. It was weird to read about cops and FBI agents using pay phones.

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The Circular Staircase by Mary Roberts Rinehart 3 stars

Very dated - but still amusing.

Rinehart's famous story mixes chilling suspense and romance with good humor to produce an absorbing and entertaining mystery. Middle-aged spinster Rachel Innes leases a country house for the summer, and unaware that the old house hides a sinister secret, she unwittingly sets off a chain of mysterious and murderous events.

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Azorno by Inger Christensen *** 3 stars

103 confusing pages long. Written by either one of 5 women, all pregnant by the same man - Sampel. Sampel has written a book with the main character Azorno. The narrator often speak as if Azorno is a real person. A murder also may have occurred, but if so, who is dead?

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The Vagrants by Yiyun Li **** 4 stars

China under Mao's rule with zero tolerance for revolutionists.

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"Madame Bovary" by Gustave Flaubert - 6 stars

This book is considered a Masterpiece.

Set in the middle of the nineteenth century, it is the simple tale of an adulterous woman who can't stand her husband and wants to escape from her banal existence in rural France.
The book gives great detail to her trying to hide her affairs, while living well beyond her means.



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the shadows (audio) by edna buchanan 5 stars

love this series, but, there's only 2, sure wish she'd continue it, i like most of they key characters, and sure leaves you wanting to know what else happens with them- and- i like the "cold case" stuff-- reading how they try and go back in history

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Saving Shadows, a historic Miami waterfront estate that's about to be bulldozed—annoying preservationists and reopening a 45-year-old unsolved murder—isn't enough to rescue its novel namesake. Staying in familiar Miami territory, Buchanan brings back the crew from Cold Case Squad for this outing: Miami PD Sgt. Craig Burch and ragtag detectives Sam Stone, Pete Nazario and, this time, Joe Corso. Watched closely by their lieutenant and by the press, Burch and posse focus on the unsolved 1961 murder of Pierce Nolan, a legendary local scion and former mayor killed by a shotgun blast. With the help of Kiki Courtelis, an anxious preservationist, the team gains access to his long-shuttered estate—only to conveniently discover an antique trunk full of infant corpses. Subplots are forced: Nazario has instant feelings for Kiki; Stone spontaneously avenges the death of his parents; the workings of an illegal adoption ring comes to light. Retired journalist Buchanan (You Only Die Twice) is a longtime Miami resident who won a Pulitzer Prize for her police reporting, but this outing lacks her usual attention to plot and detail. And there's not enough emotional motivation for cozy fans or real estate porn for historic house junkies.

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Divine Misdemeanors by Laurel Hamilton 4.5 stars

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Hamilton hits the ground running in her latest Meredith Gentry novel, this one set in Los Angeles, where a pregnant Meredith has been safely united with her fellow exiles from the faerie courts. The faerie princess/private eye's happiness is short-lived, however, when she catches wind of a serial killer who gets his kicks crafting hideous tableaux of butchered demi-fey. While Meredith hunts for the killer, her stable of guards struggle to protect her from herself. Just as full of steamy sex and wild magic as the previous seven volumes, this episode finds Meredith's powers, as well as her collection of gorgeous guards, expanding, with crowd-pleasing results. The friction among Meredith's men makes for good drama, and Hamilton doesn't shy away from difficult real-world issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and sexual abuse. Though newcomers will be lost, and mystery fans may feel the sex scenes crowd out the plot, veterans of the series will no doubt enjoy their return to Hamilton's meticulously constructed world.
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Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr 3 stars

17 yo Aislinn can see the fey - and has been told all of her life to never let them know it. Now, Keenan, the Summer King, is stalking her, convinced she is his long-awaited Summer Queen. The Winter Queen is determined to stop the alliance. The core audience for this series is apparently teens, but I enjoyed it, too.

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the widows of eastwick (audio) by john updike- 1 star

wow, thought this would be fun, crazy, etc.....it's nothing like the movie- witches of eastwick-- i'm guessin i'm lucky i never read the first book- no idea why i finished this-- 1st disc i was thinking of stopping but just knew it had to get better- nope.....

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Motivated by advancing age, loneliness, latent guilt and a sense of unfinished business, the erstwhile Witches of Eastwick return to their former Rhode Island coastal town in this tepid sequel to the 1984 novel. Alexandra, the fleshy Earth Mother; Jane, the wasp-tongued snob; and Sukie, a would-be a sexpot operating beyond her expiration date, have each survived the second marriages that took place following their flight from Eastwick in the early '70s, after a rival, Jenny Gabriel, died as a result of their spell. Where before they were strong, sassy, lusty and empowered, now in late middle-age they are vulnerable, fearful and in thrall to their aging bodies. Witchcraft is now beyond them; when they try to resurrect their supernatural powers to atone for their guilt, an inadvertent death ensues. While Updike remains amazingly capable of capturing women's thoughts about their bodies and their sex lives, the plot never gains momentum; the first hundred pages, in fact, are tedious travelogues covering the widows' travels to Egypt and China. Updike's observations about culture and social disharmony flash with their customary brilliance—a less than sparkling Updike novel is still an Updike novel.

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Also, Mr Blue 4 stars Very short book (100 pages) about an interesting homeless man

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The mysterious and magnetic J. Blue spends his inherited wealth as soon as he gets it and lives in a packing box on a New York City rooftop. This beloved novel about a contemporary St. Francis figure, first published in 1928, has intrigued countless readers for decades.

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Mother Teresa's Secret Fire 5 stars Very informative book on the life of a wonderful saint!

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Crown of Slaves by David Weber and Eric Flint 6*

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Fans of Weber's Honor Harrington series know that one of its more intriguing aspects is the "Honorverse," the historical, political and astrophysical foundation upon which he builds his plots. They will be delighted with this offshoot in which he and coauthor Flint (1633) develop several situations and characters from other stories. Due to the incompetence of Queen Elizabeth's current government, the alliance between the Star Kingdom of Manticore and Erewhon is on the verge of dissolution, so the queen sends her niece, Ruth, as a representative to a state funeral to patch things up. When a band of terrorists attack Ruth, Havenite agent Victor Cachat seizes the opportunity to forge new bonds between the Erewhonese and his own star nation. At the same time, Cachat liberates an interstellar slave ship and, in a Machiavellian scheme, puts together an alliance that includes Manticorans, Havenites, Erewhonese and units of the Solarian League Navy to liberate a slave planet and form a new star nation dedicated to the extirpation of slavery. Despite the authors' opposing political views, they have managed, in a rare and impressive display of bipartisanism, to blend Edmund Burke and Carlos Marighella into an intriguing synthesis that should appeal to readers of both persuasions. This outstanding effort transcends the label "space opera" and truly is a novel of ideas.

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Elizabeth Vaughn - Dagger-Star - 5 *****

The second book I've read from this relative newcomer, and I liked it very much. I guess I'm in good company because Anne McAffrey (Dragon Riders of Pern series) said, "Possibly the best romantic fantasy I have ever read". Coming from one of the acknowledged Grand Masters of Fantasy, that's high praise indeed.

From the back cover (mostly): She is a mercenary with a past and a blade for hire, nothing more. A woman known only as Red Gloves has come to the land of Palins in search of work. What she finds, however, is the torched fields and razed farms of a land defiled.

If you see her without the gloves, run . . . This is all that Josiah knows about the mysterious woman - until he catches a glimpse of the dagger-star birthmark, a sign that she is destined to free his people from a ruthless usurper's reign of terror.

But she is more dangerous when following her heart . . . Red doesn't believe in gods. Nevertheless, she finds herself drawn into the rebellion - not by the prophesy or the chance for a throne, but by the pain of untold loss in Josiah's eyes.

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Just read THE THREE WEISSMANNS OF WESTPORT by Cathleen Schine. Loved it. Funny, smart, well-written.

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"See Delphi and Die" by Lindsey Davis ****

It's '76 - AD 76, that is - and Rome under Emperor Vespasian rules the world of the Mediterranean. The newly prosperous middle class, with money and time to spare, have taken up the novel activity of "tourism" - visiting the conquered Greek provinces to view the athletic contests, temples, sites of ancient battles, and the birthplace of Roman literature, religion, and political thought. Marcus Didius Falco has risen from humble beginnings, married the daughter of a Senator, and is now a respected 'informer' - discovering truths about mysterious events and dealing with sensitive situations, often at the behest of the government. Now, his brother-in-law, on the way to study in Athens, writes to him that a girl on a packaged tour from Rome has been murdered and asks Falco to come investigate. For me the story was doubly enjoyable since I had recently visited those same sites described in the book - as the same sort of tourist. This is part of a series, and I'll definitely look for more adventures of this delightful detective.

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The Given Day - Dennis Lehane 3***

Story of start of Boston Police Union in 1918-19. Intermixes young black man who has run away from a murder in Oklahoma and ends up in Boston and a narration from Babe Ruth. Though it was interesting and there was lot of drama in the book I did not find a lot of drama in the writing. It left me wanting more and the piece of Babe Ruth did nothing to add to the story.

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Vanishing Act by Fern Michaels 5*'s

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It's a hot, sunny afternoon on the mountain top, and the sisters are enjoying sitting around the pool chatting and laughing, frosty glasses of lemonade to It's a welcome hiatus after their last harrowing keep them cool and relaxed. mission, and the only cloud over the happy occasion is that Charles, their mentor, is still mysteriously absent.

But amid the friendly bickering about who's going to make dinner and what that might be, the Ladies of Pinewood Harry Wong -- Yoko's true love and a staunch receive some dreadful news: supporter of the Sisterhood -- has become the victim of a ruthless identity theft ring. Harry's bank accounts have been closed out, his beloved dojo is being foreclosed, and he's being evicted. Distraught, Yoko is about to rush down the mountain to Harry's aid when the Sisters intercept her. A situation like Harry's requires finesse, careful planning, and the Sisterhood's distinctive brand of vigilante justice...


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John Ringo w/ Travis Taylor - Manxome Foe - 4.5 ****^

A solid read for SF fans. This is the third in a series. I read the first book when it came out in 2005 and missed the second - and I plan on going back to fill in the blanks. One of the authors has worked with the Department of Defense and NASA for the past 16 years and is currently working on advanced propulsion concepts ans space based energy systems among others. The other author is a veteran of the 82nd Airborne and brings his first hand knowledge and experience of military operations to his fiction. Additionally, both authors bring their humor and wit to the book. If you think it's funny, it is - and at least on two levels.

From the flyleaf (mostly): Barely recovered from their bloody and barely successful first mission, the Alliance Space Ship Vorpal Blade must scramble back to action when word reaches Earth that a gate colony has been destroyed by an unknown foe.

For Bravo Company, First Force Reconnaissance Battalion, (Space Marines) USMC, the first question is obvious. Only five Space Marines had survived the first mission.

After trained Space Marines from other companies replace their former comrades, Bravo Company jumps with the Vorpal Blade.

From first "Boots on the ground" arrival, it is obvious the threat has come from more than one creature. The implacable Dreen, the enemy that nearly conquered Earth through the Looking Glasses, has returned. This time in much less stoppable space ships.

It falls to the Marines and sailors of the Vorpal Blade, with help from their new allies, to do just that: Stop a Dreen task force butt-cold. It's a tough job, but the motto of the Blade covers the mission: "We Don't Go Home Til We're Our of Food or Marines".

With non-stop action, valorous but quirky characters, hard science drawn from the frontiers of current theory and from the experience drawn from active duty tactics; the odd-ball crew members of the Vorpal Blade are unlikely saviors of Earth, but none dare say they quail at engaging the Manxome Foe.

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I will have to read this one. I am related to Rebecca Nurse and am a Pagan so I find anything having to do with the Salem Witch trials interesting.
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To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee 6 Stars

This is a definite beg, borrow or steal. I have read it through twice this month but I must return it to the library. When the special programs are done by the middle of May I hope to buy one of the excess copies.

Scout and her brother Jem and friend Dill are growing up in Alabama during the beginnings of the civil rights movement. Their father is a lawyer who has to defend a black (they still were called negro boys)man who was accused of raping a poor man's daughter. The different characters are typical of small towns in the south at this time. The interplay of all the different views that existed at the time is very enlightening and makes a riveting story. The author was obviously writing from personal experience, since her father was a lawyer when she was growing up, but we don't really know from this story how true to her life it is. My next plan is to read her biography to find out. I know everyone of my generation read this, since it was one of the assigned readings in school, but I suggest everyone must read this now. Classics don't necessarily have to be moldy and this one isn't. It jumps!

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The First Apostle by James Becker. 4 stars
A very moving murder mystery set in contemporary London and Italy. Police detective Chris Bronson is devastated when he learns that his best friend's wife--the woman he secretly loves--has died in a fall at her home. But when Bronson heads to Italy to console his friend, he finds evidence of a break-in and a strange Latin inscription on a stone above the fireplace. All his police instincts tell him that the death was no accident. To decipher the stone, he enlists the help of his ex-wife, and antiques specialist. Her expertise leads them on a hunt across Europe that brings them to a truth so dangerous it could destroy the very foundations of the Christian faith. Very interesting with a surprise ending.

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Committed (on audiio) by Elizabeth Gilbert 5*
From Booklist:
Sure it garnered starred reviews, but who knew that Gilbert’s memoir about her quest for psychic healing, Eat, Pray, Love (2006), would become what she describes as a “megajumbo international best-seller”? Or that she would be in demand as a relationship guru? Or that her relationship with Felipe, the Brazilian businessman she fell in love with in Bali, would get so complicated? An Australian citizen, Felipe was living with Gilbert in the U.S. on a visa-to-visa basis until Homeland Security denied him reentry. As post-traumatic-divorce syndrome sufferers, they swore never to remarry, but marry they must if they want to be together in the States. This effort involves a humongous amount of red tape and time, so they set off on a rambling trip across Southeast Asia, and Gilbert tries to banish her fears by embarking on a crash course in the history, practice, and meaning of marriage. Her far-roaming inquiry, much of it focused on the paradoxes in women’s lives, is presumptuous and trite one moment (her observations about women in Asia are cringe-inducing) and incisive and funny the next (her portraits of her grandmother and mother are sensitive and scintillating). Ultimately, she tells an irresistibly romantic tale spiked with unusual and resonant insights into love and marriage. --Donna Seaman

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Twin Peaks - Susan Johnson & Jasmine Haynes - 3


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The Spire by Richard North Patterson. 4*
From Publisher's Weekly:
This thoughtful if less than suspenseful thriller from bestseller Patterson (Eclipse) charts the impact of the brutal murder of black coed Angela Hall at Caldwell College in Wayne, Ohio, on gifted athlete Mark Darrow, who discovered the body and later became a nationally renowned lawyer. Mark's best friend was convicted of the crime, but many aspects of the trial troubled Mark. Lionel Farr, Caldwell's provost and Mark's former mentor, offers Mark the post of college president 16 years after Angela's murder. Mark agrees to return to Caldwell, now struggling with the suspected embezzlement of $900,000 from its endowment by its current president. With Lionel's support, Mark investigates both the embezzlement and the old murder. Patterson evokes the quiet schism between town and gown in Wayne as well as the fragile relationship between blacks and whites, while Mark's probing hits exposed nerves with fatal results. (Sept.)


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3*

The Telling by Beverly Lewis

This is book three of the "Seasons of Grace" trilogy. It continues the story of Grace Byler, a young Amish woman trying to solve the mystery of why her mother Lettie left their home in Pennsylvania to go to Ohio, and what Lettie was searching for there. With the help of her "Englisher" friend Heather and her "fancy car", Grace travels to the Ohio town where her mother was last seen, but does her mother really want to be found?

Lettie is torn between finding the long lost child she had in secret and gave up for adoption, and coming home and telling her family the truth. But in telling the truth and seeking forgiveness, will that cause even more pain?

Heather meanwhile, is fighting her own battle with her health. Diagnosed with cancer, she decides to forgo modern medicine and seeks a cure with natural alternative medicine, in a facility in the heart of Amish country. She was also adopted by her parents when she was an infant, and learns that her roots are actually Amish, and begins to think about searching for her birth parents.

I enjoyed this book, as I do all of this author's stories, though it was predictable; I could pretty much tell how the story was going to end when I was still into the second book (The Missing). But it was still a good read to find out how the truth comes out and the family's reaction to it. All in all, the whole series, (which begins with book one, The Secret), is a good one, but I think the story could have been condensed into just two books instead of three.



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Camouflage, by Joe Haldeman (5*****)

Science fiction. A pair of unhuman creatures wanders the Earth. Both can change shape to become other people. One is a chameleon that can become any man it wants, and survives by killing anything that might be a threat. The other is a changeling that can become anything it wants, from linoleum to a great white shark to a cute young lab tech. Both creatures are drawn to a research project in Samoa investigating an artifact found in an oceanic trench.

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Loose and Easy, by Tara Janzen (4****)

Buying stacks of 2nd hand paperbacks at the library has me reading some unexpected new genres. I'm not sure what this sub-genre of romance novels is officially called, but I think of it as mercenary porn (I mean that in a good way). In this novel, a tough female private investigator gets unexpected help during a stolen art recovery mission from the special forces operative she dated back in high school. The operation is complicated by needing to settle up her father's gambling debts. The heroine and hero are both are tough, yet vulnerable. Each rescues the other from mortal peril--no fainting females here. Their relationship becomes intimate during the complicated night of their reunion/mission...

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Razor Sharp by Fern Michaels 5*'s

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When it comes to repaying a debt, the women of the Sisterhood?Myra, Annie, Kathryn, Alexis, Yoko, Nikki, and Isabelle?never forget. And now one of their allies needs help only they can give. A powerful attorney with a cut-throat reputation, Lizzie Fox has just taken on a
high-profile new client?Lily Flowers, the Madam of a high-end bordello operating under the guise of a summer camp.
The chips?a.k.a. the prominent Washington politicians who frequent the bordello?are stacked against Lily and her girls. But one phone call to the Sisterhood might just swing the vote. And soon, even the highest courts in the land will prove no match for seven fearless friends determined to ensure that real justice is served, Sisterhood style.


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I loved that book. Horrifying and touching. I think I'll got back and reread - thanks for the reminder.

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The White Queen -- Phillipa Gregory.
I just finished it, sadly! I've read all her books, and this one was a joy. I was totally engaged throughout the whole read and can't wait for another! I was sad to finish it!

New York -- Edward Rutherfurd
I am about 180 pages in to this. It's engaging enough to keep me reading it, and very interesting from a historical perspective. First time I've read him. It's massive, so it'll keep me busy for awhile.

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April and Oliver by Tess Callahan **** 4 stars

You may not like April or understand her, but by the end of the book it all starts to make sense. The unique relationship she shares with Oliver also develops and evolves throughout this story.

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The Bum Magnet by K.L. Brady 4 stars

Alone again on New Year's Eve, Real Estate agent Charisse, pushing 40, decides to reevaluate her life. WHY is she alone again on NYE? She finds a magazine article "Stop Attracting Toxic Men: Five Steps to Unpacking Your Emotional Baggage".

As the year progresses, Charisse reviews her journals with her failed relationships - why are they all bums and why is she such a bum magnet? She begins a new relationship with Dwaye, who seems too good to be true. Runs into a hunky FBI agent. Has interactions with several past bums.

Fun, sexy, altho the ending was a little too contrived. I still enjoyed it.



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