L.E. W. (bbwbellydancer) - Reviews

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The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon, Bk 1)
The Blind Man of Seville (Javier Falcon, Bk 1)
Author: Robert Wilson
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/8/2013


Javier Falcon is a complex character with flaws, but he's a brilliant investigator. He discovers that the case he's investigating has direct links to his family, hitting far closer to home than he imagined.

I decided to read this book after seeing the European TV series. The book and series are vastly different, but both are compelling. I can recommend both to anyone wishing to read a psychological thriller that keeps you wondering what comes next.


The Devil's Surrogate
The Devil's Surrogate
Author: Jennifer Jane Pope, Sara Rawlings
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/17/2007


From the back cover - different from the book description listed:
Witchfinder Jacob Crawley has the countryside around the Hampshire village of Fetworth held in a grip of terror, as rural superstition and fear flies in the face of emergent 17th century urban reason.
Hooded, gagged and bound, beautiful Harriet Merridew lies in the church vault, substituted for the unfortunate Matilda Pennywise, whom Crawley is shortly to execute for witchcraft, whilst her bitter rival, Jane Handiwell, leader of a gang of nocturnal highwaywomen, revels in her plight and in the pending fate of Harriet's cousin Sarah, now sold by Jane to Roderick Grayling, son of the local Lord of the Manor to become just another statistic in his white slavery operation.
Only Thomas Handiwell, Jane's innkeeper father and Harriet's would-be suitor, and a handful of troopers supposedly commanded by an inexperienced and convalescent officer, stand between further murder and extortion an dany chance of a return to sanity.


Imaginary Men
Imaginary Men
Author: Anjali Banerjee
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/26/2009
Helpful Score: 2


I got this book yesterday in the mail and finished it within 3 hours. I enjoyed the characters and the story, especially the glimpses into the life of Lina as the oldest daughter of the family. She is a professional matchmaker and knows she's made the right match by silvery threads she sees connecting her clients. I enjoyed the bits of Hindi interspersed in the story along with cultural references to India and Indian entertainment.

At Lina's youngest sister's wedding, a match she made, she finds herself in the precarious situation of either spending time with a match of her Auntie Kiki's or making up a fake fiance. She goes with the latter and it snowballs out of control. Her fake fiance initially resembles her deceased fiance Nathu, and then he starts to resemble a mystery man she met at the wedding.

Raja Prasad is a man with connections to royalty. He comes to Lina to seek out her services to find a bride for his younger brother. Through Lina's eyes, you get to know all facets of this interesting hero and it's fun to watch the relationship between Lina and Raja develop. Will he pick the princess in India or will he pick Lina?


King of Bollywood: Shah Rukh Khan and the Seductive World of Indian Cinema
Review Date: 5/13/2009
Helpful Score: 1


A fan of Bollywood movies and of SRK, I found this book to be interesting and full of informational tidbits about the world of Bollywood. The book traces SRK's history as a kid from Delhi with no ties to anyone in Bollywood to the man who stepped in to take Big B's place as the reigning hero.

The book covers SRK's childhood, his teen years, and shows his determination to not let his Muslim heritage prevent his marriage to his Hindu bride, Gauri. Their love story is subtle but powerful and SRK is happy to tell you what he considers of prime importance in his life.

The book also recalls his struggles to break into film as well as how he's handled success and failures. Interwoven in the story of SRK are hints of the true Bollywood process from the family connections to potential mob connections.

If you're interested in Bollywood films, it's worth reading. If you're a fan of SRK, it's a must read!


The Monster at the End of This Book (Little Golden Book)
Review Date: 9/4/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I remember this book from my childhood. I loved it then and still love it now. I got a copy to pass along to a friend's son for his birthday. For those familiar with Sesame Street and Grover (and there are few who aren't), you can almost hear Grover's voice telling you not to turn the page and get closer to the monster waiting at the end of the book.


Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends
Too Good to Be True: The Colossal Book of Urban Legends
Author: Jan Harold Brunvand
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/2/2007


A fan of Brunvand since I took a class in college using a textbook by him, his Urban Legend books are great reads. He cleverly discerns truth from fiction and each book is fun to read. (The copy I've posted is a hardcover with dust jacket intact.)


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