"North Carolina author of "Fat Lightning" and "Littlejohn". Ive also read "Fat Lightning" which I liked better. But Owen is a good read, and his characters are the 'spitting' image of (some of) the Carolinians I have known all my life. I'm from N. Carolina. This one is about a political canidate, so pick it up if our Senator enters the running again next time."
"book that turned into a movie. interesting read, a sympathetic novel. it is inspired by a Virginia Woolf novel, Mrs. Dalloway. You do not need to know Woolf to read The Hours, you are just cheating yourself if you dont go read her next. (Mrs. Dalloway is one of the finest books ever. Go read that instead of eating now) However, if The Hours turns you into Virginia Woolf's biggest reader, as it did me, then it is not in vain."
"Centers around theories about the building of Stonehenge, with other chapters about other ancient sites involving earlier astronomy and other knowledge. Plenty about Native American developments. Book is more anthropological/scientific based rather than mystic mumbo-jumbo. Many interesting diagrams and facts."
"Trash-to-riches sucess story about a business tycoon. Huizenga goes from garbageman to CEO of a big garbage company and then starts Blockbuster Video from scratch. Later he becomes owner of several major league sports franchises in Tampa Bay."
"English edition of a great African author. Story has a very dream-like quality to it. An ex-rebel returns home from exile to find his country still ruled by elites--this time native elites--after winning independence. Everything has changed, and yet nothing has really changed at all. Exciting book to read if you have/have not ever been exposed to African fiction before."
"engaging, well-done, modern history of China, over last 100 years. (1989 publishing date). Everything you always wanted to know about modern Chinese history, but never asked. Author was foreign correspondent during 40's in China."
"Author is writing of her experiences visting El Salvador in early 1980's. The country is in bad shape, with death squads roaming around and people in terror. This is a top-notch writer, who gives a good account of the political landscape here in about 100pp."
"History of Serbo-Croatian and Yugoslavic relations and history. Covers the coubntry from the World War's to the recent conflict there. May find it useful to know something about this place, that so many have fought over in the past century."
"These are "standard" sci-fi short stories along the inventive, experimental threshold. They are each concerned mostly with exploring some kind of creative premise. Dick is more often known for his complete novels, which are often a bit more radical than these. Still, these stories are quite thought provoking without having to step inside Dick's literary world completely. Good to read if you enjoy the sci-fi gambit in a short piece, as good as Larry Niven's shorts(but not as good as Ray Bradbury's), rather than getting immersed in a total alien fantasy realm."