Mrs L R. (cyall8tr) - Reviews

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The Art of Getting Even
The Art of Getting Even
Author: Gary Brodsky
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


SOPHOMORIC TRASH
This was the most mean-spirited book I've ever read. Expecting practical jokes, I found felonious stunts that could easily land you in jail. I wouldn't think of recycling it in any way. Straight to the garbage it goes. Shame on you, Gary Brodsky, as well as the publisher of this trash.


The Art of Getting Even: The Do-It-Yourself Justice Manual
The Art of Getting Even: The Do-It-Yourself Justice Manual
Author: Gary Brodsky
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


SOPHOMORIC TRASH
This was the most mean-spirited book I've ever read. Expecting practical jokes, I found felonious stunts that could easily land you in jail. I wouldn't think of recycling it in any way. Straight to the garbage it goes. Shame on you, Gary Brodsky, as well as the publisher of this trash.


Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk 5)
Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk 5)
Author: Tim Cockey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


KILLER STORY
If you haven't been introduced to Hitchcock Sewell, unwitting part-time detective and suave full-time undertaker, choose any of Mr. Cockey's 5 books at random. You won't be disappointed. His characters rock along in tales that are quirky, frisky, and light. And, hey, along the way you'll learn some interesting trivia to share about the secret life of embalmers. How many books offer that?


Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk. 5)
Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk. 5)
Author: Tim Cockey
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


KILLER STORY
If you haven't been introduced to Hitchcock Sewell, unwitting part-time detective and suave full-time undertaker, choose any of Mr. Cockey's 5 books at random. You won't be disappointed. His characters rock along in tales that are quirky, frisky, and light. And, hey, along the way you'll learn some interesting trivia to share about the secret life of embalmers. How many books offer that?


Bad Connection
Bad Connection
Author: Michael Ledwidge
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


QUITE A RIDE!
This was a fast, tense, twisting tale, all the more exciting because it was written by a guy with inside information. Mr. Ledwidge seems destined for a long career in this genre. This would make a terrific movie. His characters come alive, his dialogue is crisp, and his action sequences are not for the faint of heart - everything the action flick devotee loves. I already have the lead actors chosen...


Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Catch Me If You Can: The True Story of a Real Fake
Author: Frank W. Abagnale, Stan Redding
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 6


ONE OF MY ALL-TIME FAVORITE BOOKS
At least 15 years ago after hearing Mr. Abagnale's exploits discussed on the radio, I read this book. I've repeatedly encouraged others to read this audacious autobiography.
Suffice it to say, the long-awaited movie with DiCaprio and Hanks didn't begin to depict Mr. Abagnale's insanely uninhabited early life. It's unlikely the most illustrious writer of fiction could create such hilarious hijinks and unnerving escapades. Mr. Abagnale's many off-the-cuff impersonations and miraculous escapes were astounding, especially for someone too young to vote!
Read the book. You won't be disappointed.


The Confessions of Max Tivoli
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Author: Andrew Sean Greer
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


UNUSUAL PLOT
There are certainly some likeable aspects to this strange tale. Mr. Greer's wry humor and well-sketched characters are entertaining, to say nothing of the inventive nature of his protagonist's plight. Was it my imagination or did the author's ingenuity evident throughout fail him at the denouement? Too many times in telling their stories authors seemingly lose interest and/or their muse at the crucial resolution. This being the only negative in the midst of numerous positives, meet Max Tivoli, a man unlike any you're likely to encounter in or out of literature for quite some time.


The Confessions of Max Tivoli
The Confessions of Max Tivoli
Author: Andrew Sean Greer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 3


UNUSUAL PLOT
There are certainly some likeable aspects to this strange tale. Mr. Greer's wry humor and well-sketched characters are entertaining, to say nothing of the inventive nature of his protagonist's plight. Was it my imagination or did the author's ingenuity evident throughout fail him at the denouement? Too many times in telling their stories authors seemingly lose interest and/or their muse at the crucial resolution. This being the only negative in the midst of numerous positives, meet Max Tivoli, a man unlike any you're likely to encounter in or out of literature for quite some time.


Dead Man's Thoughts
Dead Man's Thoughts
Author: Carolyn Wheat
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


IF YOU LIKED THE MOVIE SUSPECT, YOU'LL LOVE THIS
This book introduces Ms. Wheat's series with Cass Jameson. My criteria for mysteries are that they be fast-moving, filled with interesting characters, and snappy, believable dialogue. Ms. Wheat deserves high praise. No doubt her personal experiences contributed in no small measure to this high caliber debut. She infuses her cast of characters with savvy insights, bold action, and lively details. I finished it in 24 hours!


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Author: David Sedaris
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


MR. SEDARIS STRIKES AGAIN
If you think you have a weird family, do yourself a favor and read this author's books. You'll never complain again. This is a genuine poster family for dysFUNctional. I've read all Mr. Sedaris' books and never fail to be amazed that his family still talks to him.


Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
Author: David Sedaris
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 3


MR. SEDARIS STRIKES AGAIN
If you think you have a weird family, do yourself a favor and read this author's books. You'll never complain again. This is a genuine poster family for dysFUNctional. I've read all Mr. Sedaris' books and never fail to be amazed that his family still talks to him.


Duplicate Keys
Duplicate Keys
Author: Jane Smiley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 6


AT LEAST MAKE THEM BELIEVABLE
I've read numerous books lately where there just doesn't seem to be any editing happening. No matter the illustrious past works of an author, someone should view these unnecessarily long-winded books before they reach the public. Or maybe they figure we want our money's worth, so they'll just leave in all those extraneous words.
The story could have been more suspenseful. It just dragged on and on. The main character Alice was the most changeable I've encountered in memory. I never could get a fix on her. One minute she was docile and wimpy, the next assertive and bitchy. Finding your murdered friends might well disconcert a person, but, come on, would their basic nature change every few paragraphs? Life's just too short to spend reading a 300+ page novel when I've seen better made-for-TV movies on Lifetime.


DUPLICATE KEYS
DUPLICATE KEYS
Author: Jane Smiley
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


AT LEAST MAKE THEM BELIEVABLE
I've read numerous books lately where there just doesn't seem to be any editing happening. No matter the illustrious past works of an author, someone should view these unnecessarily long-winded books before they reach the public. Or maybe they figure we want our money's worth, so they'll just leave in all those extraneous words.
The story could have been more suspenseful. It just dragged on and on. The main character Alice was the most changeable I've encountered in memory. I never could get a fix on her. One minute she was docile and wimpy, the next assertive and bitchy. Finding your murdered friends might well disconcert a person, but, come on, would their basic nature change every few paragraphs? Life's just too short to spend reading a 300+ page novel when I've seen better made-for-TV movies on Lifetime.


Free Love
Free Love
Author: Annette Meyers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


ESCAPE TO ANOTHER ERA
Escapist fiction for me is a story so atmospheric that long after closing the book I can still visualize the scenes. Ms. Meyers' debut of Greenwich Village bohemian Olivia Brown and her motley crew of characters does just that. Yes, Olivia is shallow and self-absorbed, but, hey, she's only in her 20's. If this series is ever interpreted as a movie, buy stock in tobacco. Every other page someone was lighting up a cigarette, to the point, unfortunately, that it was a distraction. Did they really smoke non-stop in the '20's? We'd have no 85-year olds alive today! That aside, this entertaining mystery has me primed for the second in the series, Murder Me Now.


Free Love (Olivia Brown, Bk 1)
Free Love (Olivia Brown, Bk 1)
Author: Annette Meyers
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/19/2007


ESCAPE TO ANOTHER ERA
Escapist fiction for me is a story so atmospheric that long after closing the book I can still visualize the scenes. Ms. Meyers' debut of Greenwich Village bohemian Olivia Brown and her motley crew of characters does just that. Yes, Olivia is shallow and self-absorbed, but, hey, she's only in her 20's. If this series is ever interpreted as a movie, buy stock in tobacco. Every other page someone was lighting up a cigarette, to the point, unfortunately, that it was a distraction. Did they really smoke non-stop in the '20's? We'd have no 85-year olds alive today! That aside, this entertaining mystery has me primed for the second in the series, Murder Me Now.


A Free Man of Color
A Free Man of Color
Author: Barbara Hambly
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


DON'T MISS THIS AUTHOR!
Although it may take a few chapters to engage with the characters, it is well worth the effort. I have read the first 5 (of 8 written to date) in this wonderfully evocative series and find myself missing these complex, finely detailed people between books.
This first Benjamin January mystery in an outstanding series is for anyone interested in New Orleans history. Why hasn't Oprah latched onto this for her book club? I keep picturing Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (the late Mr. Eko on TV's Lost) as Ben. Great characters and incredible atmosphere.


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: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 6


DON'T MISS THIS AUTHOR!
Although it may take a few chapters to engage with the characters, it is well worth the effort. I have read the first 5 (of 8 written to date) in this wonderfully evocative series and find myself missing these complex, finely detailed people between books.
This first Benjamin January mystery in an outstanding series is for anyone interested in New Orleans history. Why hasn't Oprah latched onto this for her book club? I keep picturing Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (the late Mr. Eko on TV's Lost) as Ben. Great characters and incredible atmosphere.


Journal : The Short Life and Mysterious Death of Amy Zoe Mason
Review Date: 12/23/2007
Helpful Score: 2


I stayed up until 4am to finish this one! Easily read in one sitting. Simply forgo reading the back cover or any detailed reviews/critiques before you begin. A unique premise, creatively executed, that might have been even more enticing had the authors not included the disclaimer on the copyright page that it was fiction. 5 Stars


Julie and Romeo
Julie and Romeo
Author: Jeanne Ray
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


COTTON CANDY
Here's your beach read - nothing to tax your sun-drenched brain. If you liked Moonstruck the movie, you'll enjoy this.


Julie and Romeo
Julie and Romeo
Author: Jeanne Ray
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/19/2007


COTTON CANDY
Here's your beach read - nothing to tax your sun-drenched brain. If you liked Moonstruck the movie, you'll enjoy this.


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