Felicia B. (felly) - Reviews

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10th Grade
10th Grade
Author: Joe Weisberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This is a fun book told from the point of view of a tenth grader in high school (not actually written by a teenager, author is a grown man.) Contains several laugh-out-loud moments. Nice, wistful, realistically told.


24 Hours (aka Trapped) (Mississippi, Bk 2)
24 Hours (aka Trapped) (Mississippi, Bk 2)
Author: Greg Iles
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 349
Review Date: 8/6/2006


Another suspenseful ride from Greg Iles.


Afterlife
Afterlife
Author: Douglas Clegg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 30
Review Date: 2/21/2010


The author almost tries to essay a new genre, a sort of "supernatural/horror cozy", if you will, with a part-time SAHM as heroine. While the concept is interesting, the book drags and the mysterious/supernatural aspects very parsimoniously doled out for at least the first half of the book, consisting almost solely of creepy dreams the heroine has as she goes about in a grief-inspired daze. If you want the book because you think the description of a "special school for children with psychic ability" seems interesting, don't be fooled - this aspect of the story is a very tiny part of the whole and doesn't really come into play until the last 15% of the book. Most of it is living inside the heroine's largely prosaic world with "occasional weird things happening", which is the sort of amateurish mistake you expect from a writing student. (Oh, and don't be fooled by the lavish praise on or inside the cover from the likes of Dean Koontz and John Saul, or the "subtle" reminder that Clegg is a Bram Stoker Award winner. He certainly didn't win for this book, although the publisher does their level trickery best to try to make us think he did by pulling in prior glowing reviews from other Clegg novels, and carefully leaving out any details identifying the actual work which earned the praise.)


At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
At Home in Mitford (Mitford, Bk 1)
Author: Jan Karon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 685
Review Date: 4/25/2006


Well, if you already know and like the Mitford books, you'll know about this one. If you have been living under a rock, the series concept is that of a small-town man of the cloth and his interactions with the other denizens of his small village. Never overtly religious, the author strives to be ecumenical and just to tell a sweet story about bucolic life. Imagine "Ballykissangel" crosssed with "The Gilmore Girls".


Atonement
Atonement
Author: Ian McEwan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2006


One of that year's most acclaimed novels. If you haven't read it you should. I always give extra points to an author who attempts to write a character completely different from what they themselves are. Ian McEwan does this beautifully, telling a story from the point of view of a young girl and never faltering.


Bookends
Bookends
Author: Jane Green
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 611
Review Date: 4/25/2006


Another excellent offering from the always-reliable Jane Green.


The Breaker
The Breaker
Author: Minette Walters
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 72
Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Can always be relied upon to tell an excellent story. This one is no exception. You think you have the "whodunit" figured out, then you don't, then you do, etc. Truly surprising ending.


Chain of Evidence
Chain of Evidence
Author: Ridley Pearson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 60
Review Date: 4/25/2006


It's a classic in the genre.


Conversations in the Wings
Conversations in the Wings
Author: Roy Harris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 4/25/2006


Many nice interviews with some well- and lesser-known Broadway actors. A must for any actor.


Dark Justice (Ben Kincaid, Bk 8)
Dark Justice (Ben Kincaid, Bk 8)
Author: William Bernhardt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 37
Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


One of my favorites, provides several laugh-out-loud moments in the midst of the drama. If you like the protagonist, Ben Kincaid, and the rest of his recurring cast of lawyer and private-eye assistants, you'll want to read all of them. Nice blend of genre and humor with a scrappy hero.


Dialing the Wind
Dialing the Wind
Author: Charles L. Grant
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 8/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Solid short stories, interconnected, about the population of Oxbow Run. Good read!


Dispatch
Dispatch
Author: Bentley Little
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 118
Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Good solid horror novel. Author is one of the relatively unsung heroes in this genre, has not yet received the full measure of acclaim he is entitled to.


DOING TIME
DOING TIME
Author: Rob Thomas
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 4/25/2006


Interconnected young adult short stories from the man who later went on to create the TV show "Veronica Mars". As you probably know if you're at this site, short stories aren't usually big sellers and for a young adult author to contract for an entire book of them, well, you're in for a treat (check out "Rats Saw God" if you like this one).


Dont Care High
Dont Care High
Author: Gordan Korman, Gordon Korman
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 8/24/2006


This is a really fun book. One of life's little injustices that the writer isn't higher regarded, he's so funny.


Fear Me
Fear Me
Author: Stephen Laws
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2006


A vampire story that turns the genre conventions upside down.


A Finer End (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James, Bk 7)
A Finer End (Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James, Bk 7)
Author: Deborah Crombie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 82
Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


British series novel that is a cut above the detective genre. If you haven't discovered Deborah Crombie yet, this one is a good candidate (it is not necessary to have read all books in this series to appreciate this one by its own).


A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Bk 1)
A Free Man of Color (Benjamin January, Bk 1)
Author: Barbara Hambly
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Hambly is best known for her vampire novels. This one introduces an interesting, engaging protagonist "of color", Benjamin January, and weaves the struggles of an educated, cosmopolitan African-American man at a time when such individuals were extremely rare, along with a heaping helping of voodoo-laced mystery and societal intrigue. A cut above the usual.


It's Never Too Late to Become A Buffy Fan
It's Never Too Late to Become A Buffy Fan
Author: Kiss Me Jane Productions
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 4/25/2006


A basic but comprehensive guide to the world of Buffy. Will be useful if you're a completist or trying to bring a new convert up to speed on the series.


Kissing in Manhattan
Kissing in Manhattan
Author: David Schickler
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/25/2006
Helpful Score: 1


A very well-regarded collection of short stories, which brought much acclaim to the author (and deservedly so).


Last Chance Saloon
Last Chance Saloon
Author: Marian Keyes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/6/2006


An early entry from an author who never disappoints. If you've read and loved even one, you will love this one as well.


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