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reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). October 23, 2003
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Intrigued by the unique first person perspective of one's murder seen after the fact, a relevant topic, along with several recommendations with several warnings that the ending may disappoint, I decided …
reviewed Dracula (novel). October 08, 2003
Dracula (first edition)
This is an adult book about a supernatural persona in the  spirit and misty form of Dracula. The vocabulary is superior.  Many of the words describe horrendous phenomena of a night  fiend …
reviewed Angels & Demons. July 18, 2003
Angels & Demons
This story pulls you in, especially if you love exotic settings and occult intrigue, as I do. The story's hero thinks that he, as a Harvard professor, knows all about the mysterious Illuminati, and he …
reviewed Angels & Demons. July 07, 2003
Angels & Demons
At 569 paperback pages, "Demons and Angels," tells a clever story that would have been twice as clever at half the length.Religious potboilers come with particular devices attached. Primary, of course, …
Stardust (novel)
"Stardust" won the Mythpoeic Award for best adult fairy tale. After all, fairy tales are not just for kids. And they're not for wimpy adults, either. Just read "The Hard Facts of the Grimms' Fairy Tales" …
reviewed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. April 13, 2003
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
Harassed by the faithful for my ambivalent views of the movie instalments, the main allegation levelled at me was "you can't understand it unless you've read the books". Notwithstanding that this by itself …
reviewed Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.... March 25, 2003
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
It's now been some years since the "Harry Potter" books first came out. Unless I am mistaken, book # 5 is due on shelves soon. In addition, two major motion pictures have now been produced.During this …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). March 09, 2003
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
This book is so many things packed into one: lovely, thought-provoking, anger-stirring, frustrating, funny, sad, melancholy, hopeful, helpless, silly, deep and so on.It shoots for greatness, and in my …
reviewed The Shining (book). January 30, 2003
The Shining
Stephen King's THE SHINING is a classic piece of modern day literature. The story is enthralling and unlike other early King stories, has several layers. Is the book solely about a hotel possessed by …
reviewed Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale. January 27, 2003
Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale
Tithe is an exciting book, particularly from a new author, and I was so absorbed in the plot I finished it in under a day. Black has a highly detailed touch when it comes to description, particularly …
reviewed Silence of the Lambs. December 19, 2002
Silence of the lambs
As I have seen the film of the same name many times, I already understood the gruesome goal that piqued Jame Gumb's mind as he killed each of his victims and earned the name 'Buffalo Bill'. However, being …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). October 28, 2002
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The theme of a dead girl looking down on her family and friends isn't a new one, for so did Emily in "Our Town", a play that Sebold even mentions in Lovely Bones. Sebold reworks the subject by having …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). August 02, 2002
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
I remember the first time I read "To Kill A Mockingbird", and felt that, somehow, this was a special work and would be around literary circles for a long time. Now it's a modern American classic, and …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). July 24, 2002
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones is a wonderfully well written and thoughtful book from beginning to end. It is about how the murder of a 14 year old girl named Susie Salmon changes the lives of her family and friends. …
reviewed The Lovely Bones (book). July 21, 2002
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Every year, usually in summer, there seems to appear a much heralded new book that everyone rushes to gush over and buy and it becomes a best seller and seems bound for the movies. This summer's quirky …
reviewed The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's .... December 18, 2001
The Princess Bride
Like many people, I never knew about THE PRINCESS BRIDE book until after seeing the movie several times. Recently, I finally sat down and read the book and was amazed. Goldman is amazing! The book gives …
reviewed Angels & Demons. October 09, 2001
Angels & Demons
Take one Harvard professor, awakened by a mysterious pre-dawn telephone call from a laboratory in Switzerland regarding the murder of an imminent particle physicist; add a beautiful, albeit revenge-seeking …
reviewed The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. October 04, 2001
The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings
As a kid I was fascinated by science fiction and loved, as well, the mythic worlds of earlier times. Among my favorites were the northern mythologies of the Norse and related Scandinavian peoples. I also …
reviewed The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's .... May 24, 2001
The Princess Bride
If you are as huge a fan as I am of the film princess bride, you will most defintalely enjoy this. The book is more of an expanded version of the film. It has more of an involved romance between Wesley …
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
I was unable to figure out what all the fuss concerning Harry Potter was about. As a fan of fantasy and someone who works with children, I made a promise to read the first book in the series and discover …
reviewed Obsidian Butterfly (An Anita Blake, V.... July 14, 2000
Obsidian Butterfly (An Anita Blake, Vampire
Obsidian Butterfly is the Anita Blake book that got me started on the rest of the series, and I found it highly entertaining and a quick read. The world that is created in the pages is fascinating, and …
reviewed Interview with the Vampire (The Vampi.... May 06, 2000
Interview With A Vampire
Pros: Intriguing inviting storyline, super characters     Cons: Some distasteful subject matter.     The horror genre has not often given us vampires to like. Then …
Interview With A Vampire
A very interesting redefinition of the vampire lore. The book that began the Anne Rice craze. By far the best in the series (sequels never live up to the original). I for one found this to be a complete …
reviewed A Wrinkle in Time. January 18, 2000
A Wrinkle in Time
Pros: Great story, warm characters, good ethics     Cons: Not one I can think of.     30 years ago, the teacher read this to my class. I was enthralled and wore …
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Book 1)
My 7 year old daughter and I have enjoyed this book, reading a chapter each night before she goes to bed. It is absolutely delightful, and gives children the opportunity to really become immersed in the …
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