Patricia W. - Reviews

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Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Author: Dai Sijie, Ina Rilke (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/26/2006


A lighthearted look at life in exile during the cultural revolution in China.


The Corrections
The Corrections
Author: Jonathan Franzen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/25/2006


A surprisingly good read. The story centers around a mid-western family. The characters are fully formed. The situations are tragic, but sometimes comical.


Diary
Diary
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/8/2005


I think you need to be a fan of the author to appreciate this book, a "dark, hilarious story". It was a very strange story.


Drowning Ruth
Drowning Ruth
Author: Christina Schwarz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/23/2006
Helpful Score: 2


An engrossing book about family secrets and relationships. A young mother drowns beneath the ice of a rural Wisconsin lake. The shifting narration takes some getting used to, but as the mystery of her death unfolds you'll find you can't put the book down. Well worth the effort it takes to read.


The Egyptologist
The Egyptologist
Author: Arthur Phillips
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/13/2005


Interesting premise for a story, but this book didn't hold my interest. I did not finish it.


The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1)
The Eight (Montglane Service, Bk 1)
Author: Katherine Neville
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/22/2005
Helpful Score: 1


The Eight is a fairy tale, romance, historical fiction and suspense story all rolled up into one novel. It's a little over the top and a little long at 500+ pages. However, it is a fast, entertaining read. And it helps, if you know anything at all about playing chess!


Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs
Author: Alison Lurie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/23/2006
Helpful Score: 5


An extremely well written character study of two American academics in London whose paths cross as each finds love and passion. Virginia Miner, a 50ish unmarried tenured professor, is an Anglophile on leave to reearch a book. Fred Turner, a teacher at the same university, is recently separated, flat broke and miserable in this city where rain never seems to end. The book starts slowly, but is a terrific read.


Germ: If You Breathe, It Will Find You
Germ: If You Breathe, It Will Find You
Author: Robert Liparulo
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/1/2009


This book grabs you right at the beginning with lots of action and a compelling story. However, it becomes redundant and predictable about three quarters of the way through. Fortunately, it's a very fast read so the last quarter of the book isn't too big a disappointment.


The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing
Author: Melissa Bank
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/30/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This books is an easy read and well written with comic touches. Not really a story per se, but vignettes of a young woman's coming of age.


The Harmony Silk Factory
The Harmony Silk Factory
Author: Tash Aw
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/6/2006


A well-written narrative told from three viewpoints. An excellent character as well as place study.


Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard
Author: Kiran Desai
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/16/2007


This is a quick read. A story of eccentric behavior and comic situations. It really lacks substance and the characters and comic situations aren't strong enough. The ending was quite disappointing.


Jennifer Government
Jennifer Government
Author: Max Barry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/17/2006
Helpful Score: 2


Humorous satire about globalization, marketing and the government. Fast commute reading.


Kindred
Kindred
Author: Octavia E. Butler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/15/2005


"Dana, a modern black woman, is celebrating her 26th birthday with her new husband when she is snatched abruptly from her home in California and transported to the antebellum South".

An intriguing, well written book which was sometimes acutely painful to read.


The Kite Runner
The Kite Runner
Author: Khaled Hosseini
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/14/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Hosseini tells an emotionaly haunting story of parents and children, servant and master and the meaning of friendship and love against the devastingly cruel backdrop of the turmoil that is Afghanistan. Well worth the read.


Middlesex
Middlesex
Author: Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/10/2006
Helpful Score: 1


An absolutely wonderful read. Compelling narrative, well developed characters, I hated for it to end.


Midnight Champagne
Midnight Champagne
Author: A. Manette Ansay
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/12/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A. Manette Ansay is a fantastic writer and storyteller. She paints wonderful scenes with words. Highly recommend this book.


The Pilot's Wife
The Pilot's Wife
Author: Anita Shreve
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/28/2006


A real page turner. Although I felt like I had already read the book. I found out that it was a made-for-t.v. movie in 2002. Still it was a good read.


The Red Tent
The Red Tent
Author: Anita Diamant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/3/2005


This book received rave reviews, but I thought it was poorly written. The characters were not well developed. It was repetitive and boring. I did not finish it.


The Samurai's Daughter (Rei Shimura, Bk 6)
The Samurai's Daughter (Rei Shimura, Bk 6)
Author: Sujata Massey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 9/4/2008
Helpful Score: 2


I was very disappointed in this book. There was too much foreshadowing and too much "brand name" dropping. I pretty much figured out the killer mid-way through the book. I'd say it was an uninspired elementary effort.


The Secret Life of Bees
The Secret Life of Bees
Author: Sue Monk Kidd
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/22/2005


Heartwarming, cute story. There are moments when my "suspension of belief" was strained, but the book is short enough that it was a huge problem. Well worth the time it took to read it.


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