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A Fine and Private Place - Peter S. Beagle
Take a talking raven that scrounges bologna sandwiches for his eccentric elderly human buddy who just happens to live in a graveyard. Add in a cemetery maintenance man who loves to sing arias, and a couple …
reviewed What Angels Fear. June 13, 2010
What Angels Fear
In 1811 England, the Napoleonic Wars have finally ended. Soldiers wounded in mind and body have been drifting back to an England that is in the middle of a political power struggle between forces that …
reviewed The Last Kingdom. June 13, 2010
The Last Kingdom, Book Cover
Bernard Cornwell's, The Last Kingdom, is the first book in the Saxon Tales series. It is a compelling, and emotionally satisfying story of a noble Saxon boy, Uhtred, snatched by the fearsome Danes …
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posted a Quick Tip about Lincoln. June 14, 2010
Best fictionalized biography of Lincoln ever written. Gore Vidal is a consummate writer who manages to bring Lincoln the man to life.
posted a Quick Tip about Where the Red Fern Grows (book). June 14, 2010
I have a love/hate relationship with this book. I cry EVERY. SINGLE. TIME.
posted a Quick Tip about Mistress of the Art of Death. June 10, 2010
Mistress of the Art of Death, Ariana Franklin
Very inventive premise combined with a solid mystery. A female physician from relatively enlightened Sicily forced to deal with the ignorant prejudices of Angevin England.
posted a Quick Tip about The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel. June 10, 2010
The Pale Blue Eye: A Novel
Interesting mystery enhanced by a humanized Edgar Allen Poe character. Poe makes the book.
posted a Quick Tip about Dark Fire. June 10, 2010
Dark Fire
Excellent book by an excellent writer. I am always anxious for new titles by C.J. Sansom.
posted a Quick Tip about Mystic River. June 10, 2010
Mystic River
One of the most thrilling contemporary mysteries I've ever read. The book got me hooked on Lehane.
posted a Quick Tip about Harry Potter Years 1-7. June 10, 2010
Harry Potter Series
It will be a very long time before there is another series as well-written and influential as the Harry Potter books. I can't remember the last time I sat down and read an 800 page book in one sitting …
posted a Quick Tip about Dracula (novel). June 10, 2010
Dracula (first edition)
The first telling is the best. Regardless of those that come after, Stoker's Dracula is the embodiment of a character who is cursed, but who is also to be pitied.
posted a Quick Tip about Backup. June 10, 2010
The Dresden series is an overlooked gem. Very innovative characters and plots.
posted a Quick Tip about Harry Potter and the Philosopher's St.... June 10, 2010
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Excellent, excellent book. Excellent, excellent writer!
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