Reviews - Lauren B.

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Blade Runner
Blade Runner
Author: Philip K. Dick
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
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"It's January 2021 and Rick Deckard is a bounty hunter for the San Francisco Police Department. He hunts down and "retires" rogue androids (andys). Thanks to technology from companies like the Rosen Association, it's getting increasingly hard to tell the androids from the humans, but there is an empathy test that Deckard can administer; androids don't feel empathy for humans or for each other. Meanwhile, due to the devastation wreaked by nuclear fallout from World War Terminus, animal life is nearly sacred and pets are status symbols. Deckard and his wife have an electric sheep just to try and keep up with the Joneses. Also, the fallout is starting to impact the genetics and fertility of humans, so the government is advocating emigration to Mars, running a Public Service Ad that warns: "Emigrate or degenerate! The choice is yours!" Amidst all of this, a new religion has arisen called Mercerism. It's founder, Wilber Mercer, is an empath who is taking all of mankind's suffering upon his own shoulders. Adherents transmit their pain to him through Mercer Boxes and receive inner peace in return. Now Deckard has been given the assignment of retiring a gang of 8 andys and, to his own horror, he finds that he is starting to develop feelings of empathy for these humanoids while Mercer is telling him that it's wrong to kill the androids, but that he has to go ahead and do it anyway."


The Chamber
The Chamber
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Adam Hall is a young attorney, fresh out of law school and working at an important law firm in Chicago. Adam's future was full of possibilities, if it wasn't for his psychotic Southern grandfather, Sam Cayhall. Cayhall, a card-carrying member of the KKK, is on death row for killing two men. Knowing his uncle will surely die without his legal expertise, Hall comes to the rescue and puts his dazzling career at stake, while digging up a barnyard of skeletons from his family's past. This isn't the typical action-packed plot Grisham does so well and readers should ready themselves for a slower pace, well-fleshed-out characters, and heavy doses of sentimentalism."


The Client
The Client
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Mark Sway, age 11 but years wiser thanks to a drunken dad who abused his mom, is out in the woods behind his Memphis trailer park teaching his kid brother, Ricky, how to smoke Virginia Slims heisted from Mom's purse. He's a pretty upright kid--he's determined to protect his brother from drugs, and he once defended his mom with a baseball bat.

The dangers of smoking rapidly escalate when Mark glimpses a guy trying to commit suicide by carbon monoxide in his car nearby and tries to stop him. The guy is Jerome, a lawyer who tells Mark that his Mafia client has murdered Senator Boyd Boyette and buried him in the concrete under his garage in New Orleans. Then Jerome puts a bullet in his own head. Little Ricky flips out, and so does Barry the Blade Muldanno, who doesn't want blustery U.S. attorney Reverend Roy Foltrigg to find the corpse and bust him. Caught in a ruthless game between the Mob and the amoral authorities, Mark's family has no defense in the world except Reggie Love, a 50ish divorcée who has just turned her life around by becoming a lawyer. Does she have what it takes to help Mark beat the system? The life-or-death chase is on!

Mark has seen a lot of movies, and he sees life in cinematic terms. So does Grisham. Even if this novel had never been filmed, it would still be a really good, fast-paced movie. Its literary limitation is also its filmlike virtue: The Client is a rush."


Fat Chance (Red Dress Ink)
Fat Chance (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"aggie O'Leary is the champion of the overweight. A columnist at a New York newspaper, she writes "Fat Chance," in which she discusses the real obstacles facing overweight people, debunks myths about the obese, and tries to bolster her readers' confidence. Maggie is secure with her own shapely figure until she receives a call from Hollywood actor Mike Taylor. Mike is going to play a diet doctor in an upcoming film, and he wants Maggie to be his consultant. Maggie is reluctant--how can she go to Hollywood, where everyone is skinny and perfect and she's not? So she decides to secretly go on a diet. But she isn't going to be able to hide from her colleagues forever, and when word gets out to her readers, she has to find a way to balance her new look with her old philosophies. Light as a cupcake and as fun to devour, Blumenthal's debut novel will likely find many fans."


Hold on to Forever (Harlequin Superromance, No 191)
Hold on to Forever (Harlequin Superromance, No 191)
Author: Francine Christopher
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Garth D'Anno was used to getting how own way. What he wasn't used to was women like the unyielding Katie O'Connell - especially when he found out she was the new high school wrestling coach.

Garth had expected a male coach to spur the budding athletes of his favorite sport to statewide victory. Now he was out to prove no woman - even the delightful Katie - could do a man's job."


Just A Little Bit Pregnant? (Silhouette Desire, No 1134)
Just A Little Bit Pregnant? (Silhouette Desire, No 1134)
Author: Eileen Wilks
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 10/27/2005
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"Jacy has always been drawn to Tom, but she isn't sure he's ready for that once-in-a-lifetime kind of love when she finds out she's pregnant. Tom knows his duty, but isn't prepared for the unsettling and amazing whirlwind he took to bed that one night. Neither of them can forget that night.. nor do they want to, but is one night enough to base a lifetime on? YES! Jacy is a wonderful modern heroine - wanting to do what's best but unwilling to trap any man in a place where he'd rather not be. Tom is a man with a past who needs to learn to to look to the future.

Eileen Wilks has a way with words that brings you right inside her character's hearts. A truly fabulous storyteller !"


Kiss River
Kiss River
Author: Diane Chamberlain
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005
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"Alternating chapters tell the stories of 14-year-old Bess Poor, the daughter of the Kiss River lighthouse keeper on North Carolina's Outer Banks during World War II, and Gina Higgins, a contemporary schoolteacher who has traveled to Kiss River on a mysterious quest. When Gina arrives, she discovers that the lighthouse she has come so far to see was nearly knocked down in a storm and that its lens lies at the bottom of the sea. She's taken in by Lacey and Clay, a sister and brother saddled with some serious issues, and as Gina and Clay develop a complicated relationship, the narrative is broken by Bess' 1942 diary entries detailing her romance with a young Coast Guardsman. Taking a job at a local gathering spot, Gina begins to join the community, but she is harboring a secret related to her obsession with recovering the sunken Kiss River light. When all the secrets are revealed, they don't seem all that earth shattering, but Chamberlain does tie the two disparate stories together in a charming manner."


The Marriage Contract (Marriage of Inconvenience) (Harlequin Superromance, No 959)
Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Married by proxy to a man she's never laid eyes on, one who's rumored to be insane, at that, sensible Anne Burnett wonders what she's gotten herself into. When Anne arrives at her new home in the Scottish Highlands, she is greeted by a half-naked, blue-faced man wielding a knife. This, of course, is Anne's new husband, Aidan Black, the Earl of Thiebauld. Thiebauld is furious with his older sister's unwelcome meddling and is determined not to accept the bride so summarily dumped on him, no matter how appealing her direct manner, fine gray eyes, and womanly curves. But her husband didn't count on Anne's determination to finally have her own home, her own people, and her own place in the world. And he certainly didn't count on the gut-wrenching passion that flames out of control every time Anne comes near him."


The Missing Heir
The Missing Heir
Author: Gail Ranstrom
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"To Adam Hawthorne's eyes, Grace Forbush possessed an ethereal beauty, all the more intriguing when draped with her air of mystery. But were the ton's whispers true? Could this heavenly beauty who stirred him like no other have done murder most foul?

The buckskin-clad savage in Grace Forbush's library wasn't all he seemed. Shockingly, he was more, for Adam Hawthorne was an English gentleman - and her late husband's true heir, come to claim what was rightfully his: her hearth, her home...and her heart!"


Rocky Mountain Man (Bluebonnet County, Bk 6) (Harlequin Historicals, No 752)
Review Date: 10/27/2005
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"A big and burly mountain man, Duncan Hennessey seemed very much like the bears he had saved Betsy Hunter from: wild, powerful, and a force of nature. But as she tended the wounds of this loner, Betsy could see that he was gentle, too. There was no doubt in her mind, she'd found her mate for life. But could she pierce the dark cloud of his past - and show him a brighter future in her arms?"


Runaway Mistress
Runaway Mistress
Author: Robyn Carr
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Jennifer Chaise prides herself on being the perfect mistress. Her latest boyfriend, wealthy high-roller Nick Noble, is good to her, showering her with money, gifts, and trips to exotic places. Unfortunately, on this particular trip to Las Vegas, Nick's spouse shows up, and Jennifer walks into a scene where the wife's bloody body is sprawled facedown on the bed. To make matters worse, Jennifer hears Nick barking orders to his goons to take care of her, too. Terrorized, Jennifer, a head-turning beauty, shaves her head and eyebrows and hides out in Boulder City, finding a job as a waitress in a mom-and-pop cafe. It's hard for Jennifer, now "Doris," to keep a low profile in such a friendly little town, especially when her neighbor turns out to be a cop. A heartwarming story of riches-to-rags with just the right amount of suspense and several interesting subplots. A light, easy read that would be enjoyed by all."


Sex With The Ex (Red Dress Ink)
Sex With The Ex (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Tyne O'Connell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Senior Events Manager and Public Relations Coordinator at Posh House Lola Morton enjoys her work until she sees three of her exes sitting around together. Richard was her spouse until two years ago; Hamish was her college lover; and Jeremy was her first love. After the shock wears off, she begins to wonder if she made a mistake and lost Mr. Right, but which one.

She decides that divorcing Richard was a mistake as he must be the one. Lola begins a campaign to bring him back in her life, but he is seeing someone else. Meanwhile her boss Charlie Orbington is disappointed in her behavior as he thinks the woman he has professionally admired is being a foolish, fickle little girl because she should accept that Richard has found somebody new. Though she hates disappointing Charles, Lola feels she's the one for Richard even if her pet bunny Jean hops away from him.

This is an intriguing chick lit romance starring a fully developed lead female protagonist who colors her past lovers in a positive hue while ignoring the downside including for instance why she and Richard divorced. The story line is fun to follow as Charles scorns what Lola does, but whatever she wants she plans to get, which this time is Richard."


The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No 1)
The Shop on Blossom Street (Blossom Street, No 1)
Author: Debbie Macomber
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"A Seattle knitting store brings together four very different women in this earnest tale about friendship and love. Lydia Hoffman, a two-time cancer survivor, opens the shop A Good Yarn as a symbol of the new life she plans to lead. She starts a weekly knitting class, hoping to improve business and make friends in the area. The initial class project is a baby blanket, and Macomber (Changing Habits), a knitter herself who offers tips about the craft and pithy observations from knitting professionals throughout the novel, includes the knitting pattern at the start of the book. Well-heeled Jacqueline Donovan, who chooses to ignore her empty marriage, disguises her disdain for her pregnant daughter-in-law by knitting a baby blanket. Carol Girard joins the group as an affirmation of her hopes to finally have a successful in vitro pregnancy. Alix Townsend, a high school dropout with an absentee father and a mother incarcerated for forging checks, uses the class to satisfy a court-ordered community service sentence for a drug-possession conviction for which her roommate is really responsible. Unfortunately, Macomber doesn't get much below the surface of her characters, and, although they all have interesting back stories, the arc of each individual happy ending is too predictable. The only surprise involves Alix's hapless, overweight roommate, Laurel, and even this smacks of plot-driven manipulation. Macomber is an adept storyteller overall, however, and many will be entertained by this well-paced story about four women finding happiness and fulfillment through their growing friendships."


Stranger Beside Me
Stranger Beside Me
Author: Ann Rule
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Not long ago, true crime writer Ann Rule recalls lying on an operating table. The anesthesiologist leaned over before putting her to sleep. "Ann," the anesthesiologist said softly, "tell me, what was Ted Bundy really like?" Despite meeting Florida's electric chair in 1989, the subject of Rule's bestselling book continues to haunt her. Rule and Bundy were friends. They met in 1971 at a Seattle crisis clinic, where they shared the late shift answering a suicide hotline. Their subsequent conversations, meetings, and letters spanned the rest of Bundy's life as he evolved into one of the century's most notorious serial killers. It's been 20 years since Rule first penned this chilling account. But the story--and her 2000 update--will still have readers reaching for their Xanax. No gratuitous gore here; just the basic, bone-chilling evidence. In fact, like a protective mother shielding us from horrors too awful to mention, Rule seems to avoid delving too deeply into crime scene descriptions. She devotes one paragraph in her new afterword to her discovery that Bundy engaged in necrophilia and returned to the scenes of his crimes to "line dead lips and eyes with garish makeup and to put blush on pale cheeks." She tells readers that John Hinckley, who shot Ronald Reagan, and David Berkowitz, the Son of Sam Killer, traded prison correspondences with Bundy. And she hints that Bundy's insatiable killer instincts may have started when he was a 14-year-old paperboy. (Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl on his route, mysteriously disappeared in the middle of the night and has never been found.) The skimpy update is over too soon, leaving readers wanting more and offering further proof of the public's never-ending fascination with serial killers."


What Men Want (Red Dress Ink)
What Men Want (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Deborah Blumenthal
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/21/2006
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"Jenny George, a successful political columnist at the New York Daily has only one thorn in her side: Slaid Warren, her handsome rival at a competing paper. When Jenny uncovers a possible scandal involving public officials in the city's film office taking bribes from a Hollywood mogul, Jenny's editor decides to send her to the posh hotel in the Caribbean where the meeting is taking place. While Jenny is excited about scooping Slaid, she's reluctant to leave her boyfriend, Chris, alone around Christmastime working on an ad campaign featuring a beautiful model. But Jenny dutifully pursues the story, even getting close the movie producer, who clearly wants to bed her. But when Slaid Warren shows up, Jenny starts to worry about getting scooped--and about her growing interest in Slaid."


The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions
The World's Wisdom: Sacred Texts of the World's Religions
Author: Philip Novak
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 10/27/2005
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"This is a compendium of sacred texts of the religions of the world, written as a companion for Huston Smith's classic The Religions of Man. Chapters cover Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and Primal religions (e.g., Native American, African, etc.). The intent of the book is clearly to whet the appetite of the first-year college student by offering tidbits from the New Testament, Tao Te Ching, Qur'an, Hebrew Bible, etc., in small, tasty portions, easily consumed without any need for deep reading or reflection. The narratives accompanying the texts are informative but are sometimes woven into the texts, occasionally making it difficult to tell where the narrative leaves off and the texts actually begin. There is a lack of ample citations that would allow the interested student to track down the actual location of an excerpt in the original sacred manuscript. Yet when Novak's book is used jointly with Huston's, it will serve as a good text and supplementary reader for any college introductory class in religious studies. Recommended for undergraduate libraries."


The Year Of Living Famously (Red Dress Ink)
The Year Of Living Famously (Red Dress Ink)
Author: Laura Caldwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/27/2005


"Plenty of women wonder what it would be like to be married to a movie star, but designer Kyra Felis finds out when she marries Irish actor Declan McKenna. When Kyra meets Declan in Las Vegas, he is on the cusp of stardom. The two have a whirlwind courtship, and Declan proposes after a few months. Kyra is reluctant to leave New York for L.A., but her love for Declan wins out. At first, it's just a matter of adjusting to the culture and attending a premiere here and there, but then Normandy is released to rave reviews and an eager, vast audience, and its star, Declan, and, by default, Kyra are launched into superstardom. Everyone wants to interview Declan, and the paparazzi follow the couple everywhere. Declan's success helps to launch Kyra's clothing line, but she is not sure she can deal with life in the spotlight. Caldwell's snazzy, gripping third novel gives readers an exciting taste of life in the fast lane, exposing the truth behind the fairy tale."


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