Janet E. (jee) - Reviews

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The Alexandria link
The Alexandria link
Author: Steve Berry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/31/2011


The second in the Cotton Malone series. There are great many legends about what happened to library of Alexandria. This was an entirely new take for me. Cotton Malone has a clue to the location of the collection. Where the story fall down slightly for me are the cast of people after that collection and the lengths they will go to to locate it. These are not obsessed bibliophiles but major power brokers. I was not quite convinced on why they wanted the library. Nonetheless, it is a fun ride and lots of great action.


The Anatomy of Deception
The Anatomy of Deception
Author: Lawrence Goldstone
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/8/2011


This is as much a murder mystery as it a commentary on the beginning of scientific medicine in America. Fascinating for those who have an interest in the history of medicine or the mentality of the upper middle class in the 19th century. An interesting writer.


Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, Bk 1)
Ancillary Justice (Imperial Radch, Bk 1)
Author: Ann Leckie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 25
Review Date: 5/12/2017


What a weird and wonderful protagonist. Could not put this one down. Highly recommended.


Angels in the Gloom (World War One, Bk 3)
Angels in the Gloom (World War One, Bk 3)
Author: Anne Perry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 10/31/2011


Perry's characters keep getting better. Angels in the gloom shows how some can keep their faith despite incredible odds and those who can't. The hunt for a traitor dominates this installment of Perry's WWI series. Each one is better than the last.


Arthur & George
Arthur & George
Author: Julian Barnes
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/5/2011


Could not finish it.


At Some Disputed Barricade (World War One, Bk 4)
At Some Disputed Barricade (World War One, Bk 4)
Author: Anne Perry
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 10/31/2011


Another excellent part of Perry's World War 1 series. Going back and forth between the trenches of France and England it is an a mixture of war memoir and mystery. Good read.


Banned in Boston: The Watch and Ward Society's Crusade against Books, Burlesque, and the Social Evil
Review Date: 5/25/2016


Usually history of organizations tend to very dry. They are either complimentary or a slam. This is well balanced account of an organization that attempted turn back the clock and resurrect Boston of an earlier era. There are villains, heroes, and the indifferent. All in all, fascinating with insights to the 21st century battles.


Barrayar (Cordelia Naismith, Bk 2)
Barrayar (Cordelia Naismith, Bk 2)
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/31/2011
Helpful Score: 1


I began the Miles Vorkosigan series in the middle. Something I do NOT recommend. Barrayar is how his parents' marriage progressed in its early years. Also how Miles got his physical damage. Highly exciting set in the midst of a rebellion. They certainly had a lot of those on Barrayar. Barrayar has lots of action, suspense, and surprises. Just what I have come to expect from Bujold. A fine addition to the series.


The Better Part of Valor (Confederation, Bk 2)
The Better Part of Valor (Confederation, Bk 2)
Author: Tanya Huff
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/27/2011


Derelict spaceship, same nasty boss, and cute guy makes for a fun book. Recommended. Better than #1.


The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, Bk 5)
The Big Four (Hercule Poirot, Bk 5)
Author: Agatha Christie
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 12/12/2010


One of the stranger Poirot/Hastings outings. Global crime bosses are not usually Poirot's target but this time he goes after four. Lots of strange twists but Poirot and Hastings get them all in the end.


Bleeding in the Eye of a Brainstorm (A Mongo Mystery)
Bleeding in the Eye of a Brainstorm (A Mongo Mystery)
Author: George C. Chesbro
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 2/10/2011


One of the better Mongo stories.


Bones
Bones
Author: Jonathan Kellerman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/26/2010


Series that go on for this long tend to get stale and the main characters unchanging and boring. This is not true with the Alex Delaware series. While not the memorable of the series, it certainly is a worthy addition. And Alex and Milo are not getting older but better!


Books on Fire: The Destruction of Libraries throughout History
Review Date: 8/23/2012


Very detailed view of library history. Perhaps a little too detailed. The author could have used a better translator and editor. Language is awkward and sentences are badly constructed.


Borders of Infinity: The Mountains of Mourning / Labyrinth / The Borders of Infinity (Miles Vorkosigan)
Review Date: 5/26/2010


An excellent addition to the series. Trying to fill in books that I missed of this very fascinating series. Much prefer Miles to his brother!


By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold, Bk 2)
By Schism Rent Asunder (Safehold, Bk 2)
Author: David Weber
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/1/2011


This entry in the series focuses the efforts of the Church to destroy the rebels kingdom of Charis. Plenty of battles plus the efforts of Merlin to improve the technology of this new world that the human race has settled on. Lacks the tension of the first in the series but it certainly moves the series on at a good pace.


Changeling (Otherworld, Bk 2)
Changeling (Otherworld, Bk 2)
Author: Yasmine Galenorn
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/1/2011


Second book in series that chronicles the cases of the Otherworld Intelligence agency. Changling is focused on the sister who is a shape-shifter. Better than the first in the series and with lots of interesting characters.


The Chicago Way (Michael Kelly, Bk 1)
The Chicago Way (Michael Kelly, Bk 1)
Author: Michael Harvey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/9/2011


In one respect a throwback to novels like Dashiell Hammett's but very modern in the amount of gore. Excellent writing, fast-paced but with a level of violence that was disturbing.


Cicero : The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician
Review Date: 8/23/2012
Helpful Score: 1


If you looking for a biography of Cicero the man, this is not it. It is truly a biography of the politician. Fascinating reading nonetheless. The maps of Rome and the area around the forum was extremely helpful and place events in context.


City of Whispering Stone
City of Whispering Stone
Author: George C. Chesbro
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 2/6/2011


Another great Mongo read.


A Civil Campaign (Miles Vorkosigan)
A Civil Campaign (Miles Vorkosigan)
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/9/2010


I wasn't sure about this book. It is set in Barrayar during the lead-up to the Emperor's wedding which I thought would contain a lot of politicking among the Council of Counts which had the potential to be boring. Boy, was I surprised. I stayed up practically all night to finishing it, giggling all the way. What great fun. Between Miles' and Ekaterin's romance and Mark's new business venture plus a lot of really crazy Barrayans it was pure chaos. Miles sorts it out all in the end, of course. Highly recommended. Gregor did managed even get married.


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