Maria M. - Reviews

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1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion (Irish Century)
1916: A Novel of the Irish Rebellion (Irish Century)
Author: Morgan Llywelyn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/4/2009


If you are interested in the Easter Rising, this is a great novel. Fictional character Ned Halloran observes firsthand the history-changing events. I love history but am often bored by straight non-fiction accounts. I loved it.


Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1)
Interview with the Vampire (Vampire Chronicles, Bk 1)
Author: Anne Rice
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/20/2009
Helpful Score: 4


I wanted to like this book, and there was quite a bit to like about it, but eventually I got bored. I rarely fail to finish a book, but I actually put it down with about 75 pages to go, and just never picked it up again.
I like some vampire lit - most notably the Southern Vampire mysteries - and I enjoy some horror genres (went through Stephen King and Edgar Allen Poe phases) but this book just didn't do it for me.
I did love the author's Christ the Lord novels, as well as her memoir, which is why I gave this one a go.


Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel
Ladies' Night at Finbar's Hotel
Author: Dermot Bolger (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/18/2009


I enjoy books set in Ireland. I found this book a fun, light read. I would recommend it especially to fans of Maeve Binchy.


The Memory Keeper's Daughter
The Memory Keeper's Daughter
Author: Kim Edwards
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/5/2009
Helpful Score: 1


I was enjoying this book, until the ending. I just found the resolution to be completely beyond reasonable belief.


Thunderstruck
Thunderstruck
Author: Erik Larson
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/8/2009


I bought this book because I LOVED the authors prior book, "Devil in the White City."

"Thunderstruck" started out a bit slow for my taste - I found it a little difficult to follow some of the parts about Marconi and the cast of characters surrounding the wireless inventions.

However, I stuck with it and felt it really picked up with the "murder mystery" side of the story.

Still, not nearly as good as "Devil in the White City."


'Til Morning Light (Gracelin O'Malley, Bk 3)
'Til Morning Light (Gracelin O'Malley, Bk 3)
Author: Ann Moore
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/1/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I really enjoyed all three books in this series. I found them to be totally engrossing, I kept reading late into the night...I just had to know what happened next.

While the history was fascinating and the characters totally drew me in, the only complaint I wold make is that they have a certain "Danielle Steele-ish" aspect: the heroine is exceptional beautiful, talented, wise, etc. and there are lots of really huge coincidences that have to occur in order to get the plot to work out the way it does.

But really, a great read!


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