Mrs L R. (cyall8tr) - Reviews

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Just One Look
Just One Look
Author: Harlan Coben
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 238
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


IF YOU LIKE LABYRINTHS
This was my third Harlan Coben novel, after Tell No One and No Second Chance. Despite the thrills and chills, I couldn't quite connect with the characters. If you never identify with the main characters in some essential way, it's hard to care what ultimately happens to them. Some indefinable magnetism was missing this time. That's all I can blame. The plot and dialogue were as inventive as ever.


Just One Look
Just One Look
Author: Harlan Coben
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 8/19/2007


IF YOU LIKE LABYRINTHS
This was my third Harlan Coben novel, after Tell No One and No Second Chance. Despite the thrills and chills, I couldn't quite connect with the characters. If you never identify with the main characters in some essential way, it's hard to care what ultimately happens to them. Some indefinable magnetism was missing this time. That's all I can blame. The plot and dialogue were as inventive as ever.


Live Bait (Monkeewrench, Bk 2)
Live Bait (Monkeewrench, Bk 2)
Author: P. J. Tracy
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 134
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


MONKEEWRENCH LITE
Most of the main characters from the 5-star Monkeewrench all make appearances, but they're not as cleverly delineated this time. It's almost as though they gave it their all last time and are just going through the motions this outing. Worth the read, but start with Monkeewrench. It's the better of the two.


Live Bait (Monkeewrench, Bk 2)
Live Bait (Monkeewrench, Bk 2)
Author: P. J. Tracy
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 56
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


MONKEEWRENCH LITE
Most of the main characters from the 5-star Monkeewrench all make appearances, but they're not as cleverly delineated this time. It's almost as though they gave it their all last time and are just going through the motions this outing. Worth the read, but start with Monkeewrench. It's the better of the two.


Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1)
Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1)
Author: P. J. Tracy
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 194
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 3


TERRIFIC TALE
What a debut for this mother/daughter team! Many established authors never achieve the scintillating dialogue and captivating characters of these novices. Suffice it to say I finished the book in less than 48 hours. Hollywood, are you paying attention? I can't wait to revisit Leo and Gino in Live Bait.


Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1)
Monkeewrench (Monkeewrench, Bk 1)
Author: P. J. Tracy
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 41
Review Date: 8/19/2007


TERRIFIC TALE
What a debut for this mother/daughter team! Many established authors never achieve the scintillating dialogue and captivating characters of these novices. Suffice it to say I finished the book in less than 48 hours. Hollywood, are you paying attention? I can't wait to revisit Leo and Gino in Live Bait.


No Second Chance
No Second Chance
Author: Harlan Coben
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 445
Review Date: 8/19/2007


THIS MAN KNOWS HOW TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT
I read this book with trepidation. Recently having read my first Harlan Coben book Tell No One and recommending it to everyone, I feared my initial enthusiasm might be in vain. My worry was unfounded. Again Mr. Coben proves he knows how to grab you and not let go until the rollercoaster ride has mercifully ended. What a storyteller!


No Second  Chance
No Second Chance
Author: Harlan Coben
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 194
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 4


THIS MAN KNOWS HOW TO KEEP YOU UP ALL NIGHT
I read this book with trepidation. Recently having read my first Harlan Coben book Tell No One and recommending it to everyone, I feared my initial enthusiasm might be in vain. My worry was unfounded. Again Mr. Coben proves he knows how to grab you and not let go until the rollercoaster ride has mercifully ended. What a storyteller!


One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost
One Last Time: A Psychic Medium Speaks to Those We Have Loved and Lost
Author: John Edward
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 116
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


ON MY TOP 10 LIST
Suspend disbelief and read this book. I have recommended it to everyone who'll listen. Even if you've never watched Mr. Edward's show Crossing Over, you'll enjoy this book. Here's a guy who is just as mystified as you or I would be to discover he has this amazing ability to receive messages from departed loved ones. I often read with my mouth agape. Mr. Edwards comes across as a down-to-earth everyman, who just happens to have extraordinary abilities.
And for all the naysayers - If he is a phony, he and his editors should win a prize for best fiction for this collection of stories. They're more phenomenal than most of the popular fiction I've read in quite awhile.


Passage
Passage
Author: Connie Willis
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 135
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 5


HELLOOOOOO, EDITORS?
This is still another book read recently that sorely needed editing. Does a reader really need repeated tedious references to the intricacies of the hospital's corridors? I got the idea after the initial explanation.
Whenever I'm hit over the head with repeated narrative, I always feel as though this is done simply to pad the text. Are they paid by the word?
I have almost always enjoyed Connie Willis' work. She has interesting concepts and fleshed-out characters. This, unfortunately, cannot be on my recommended list.


Passage
Passage
Author: Connie Willis
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 32
Review Date: 8/19/2007


HELLOOOOOO, EDITORS?
This is still another book read recently that sorely needed editing. Does a reader really need repeated tedious references to the intricacies of the hospital's corridors? I got the idea after the initial explanation.
Whenever I'm hit over the head with repeated narrative, I always feel as though this is done simply to pad the text. Are they paid by the word?
I have almost always enjoyed Connie Willis' work. She has interesting concepts and fleshed-out characters. This, unfortunately, cannot be on my recommended list.


Quietus
Quietus
Author: Vivian Schilling
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.1/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


WHAT A MESS!
Too bad you can't give negative stars!
Sorry to admit, I spent days reading this horrendous excuse for a novel. As in earlier reviews, I'm bewildered at the total absence of editing. Have the major publishers eliminated that job?
The plot (and I use the term loosely) meandered in every conceivable direction. Notwithstanding the full-page bibliography, was there any purposeful research done prior to writing this book? The author left at least one major character hanging, never to mention them again.
There are any number of better ways to spend your money and your leisure time.


Quietus: A Novel
Quietus: A Novel
Author: Vivian Schilling
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


WHAT A MESS!
Too bad you can't give negative stars!
Sorry to admit, I spent days reading this horrendous excuse for a novel. As in earlier reviews, I'm bewildered at the total absence of editing. Have the major publishers eliminated that job?
The plot (and I use the term loosely) meandered in every conceivable direction. Notwithstanding the full-page bibliography, was there any purposeful research done prior to writing this book? The author left at least one major character hanging, never to mention them again.
There are any number of better ways to spend your money and your leisure time.


The Ruins
The Ruins
Author: Scott Smith
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 365
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 10


WHERE ARE THE EDITORS?
A compelling premise when combined with stereotypical, static characters results in a 319-page interminable read. Sadly, I find almost every book lately is an overblown short story. If memory serves Stephen King already did a similar tale with his usual panache, perhaps explaining his favorable review. See if you don't agree this book should have been trimmed by half, thereby ramping up the tension and reader enjoyment, as well as freeing time better spent on more deserving books.


The Ruins
The Ruins
Author: Scott Smith
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 164
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 2


WHERE ARE THE EDITORS?
A compelling premise when combined with stereotypical, static characters results in a 319-page interminable read. Sadly, I find almost every book lately is an overblown short story. If memory serves Stephen King already did a similar tale with his usual panache, perhaps explaining his favorable review. See if you don't agree this book should have been trimmed by half, thereby ramping up the tension and reader enjoyment, as well as freeing time better spent on more deserving books.


Small Miracles: Extraordinary Coincidences from Everyday Life
Review Date: 8/19/2007


PERFECT BOOK FOR ALL-OCCASION GIFTS
I hate sappy books. Trust me, this was NOT one of them. The beautiful, simple true stories amused, amazed, and brought a tear to these jaundiced eyes. What a lovely surprise!


Small Miracles: Extraordinary Coincidences from Everyday Life
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 1


PERFECT BOOK FOR ALL-OCCASION GIFTS
I hate sappy books. Trust me, this was NOT one of them. The beautiful, simple true stories amused, amazed, and brought a tear to these jaundiced eyes. What a lovely surprise!


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author: Mary Roach
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 648
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 11


THIS ISN'T FOR EVERYONE
After long admiring Ms. Roach's contributions to Reader's Digest, I read this book. Although the subject matter is unusual and might well be distasteful to many, she handles it with dignity and, if you can believe, much good humor. If you've ever been curious about all things dead, this is the book for you. Consider it the ultimate recycling idea. Chances are you'll never attend another wake without thinking about the stories in this book.


Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Author: Mary Roach
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 69
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 3


THIS ISN'T FOR EVERYONE
After long admiring Ms. Roach's contributions to Reader's Digest, I read this book. Although the subject matter is unusual and might well be distasteful to many, she handles it with dignity and, if you can believe, much good humor. If you've ever been curious about all things dead, this is the book for you. Consider it the ultimate recycling idea. Chances are you'll never attend another wake without thinking about the stories in this book.


Tell No One
Tell No One
Author: Harlan Coben
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 731
Review Date: 8/19/2007
Helpful Score: 37


DON'T START THIS BOOK IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE TO DO
I finished this, my first Harlan Coben book, in less than 48 hours. Once I started it, that's all I wanted to do, solve the mystery. I read 10-12 books a month, mainly mysteries. Trust me when I tell you that most are drivel, a shameful waste of the trees to print them. When you stumble across a writer this talented you seek out all his other works.


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