Sarra B. (sarradee) - Reviews

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All Summer Long
All Summer Long
Author: Bob Greene
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 6
Review Date: 1/2/2007


A bittersweet road-trip book about three fortyish men taking a summer off to spend time together like they did as kids. They each discover things about themselves, and each other, and ultimately have to make some choices about their lives after the summer ends. An interesting concept, I almost wish I could just take off with friends for three months to drive around and see the sights.


Are You There God?  It's Me, Margaret
Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret
Author: Judy Blume
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 265
Review Date: 1/12/2006


No one ever told Margaret Simon that eleven-going-on- twelve would be such a hard age. When her family moves to New Jersey, she has to adjust to life in the suburbs, a different school, and a whole new group of friends. Margaret knows she needs someone to talk to about growing up-and it''s not long before she''s found a solution.


Atomic Lobster (Serge A. Storms, Bk 10)
Atomic Lobster (Serge A. Storms, Bk 10)
Author: Tim Dorsey
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 16
Review Date: 2/16/2008
Helpful Score: 6


Usually this is the place where a reviewer would discuss a little bit about the plot of a book. With Atomic Lobster that's just not going to happen. The plot points are so convoluted, and the story is told in such a non-linear way that it would be impossible to do without major spoilers. This is one of those books that the reader just has to pick up and read for themselves without relying on a review to tell them what the book is about. Let's just say it's got Florida, and cruise ships, and a Clowns vs. Mimes version of Fight Club, and tourist statues, and the world's biggest bong and if that doesn't grab you I don't know what will.

The 10th in a series of books featuring Serge Storms and his sidekick Coleman, Atomic Lobster can be read as a stand alone novel but it does refer to past events so it can be a little confusing if you aren't familiar with Dorsey's previous works and repeat characters. Serge is a spree killer, a nice enough guy, but he has problems with anger management and if crossed the offender will likely end up dead in any number of ingenious and inventive ways. How does one choose between pulling off one's own head or being hit by a speeding train?

This book is hilarious, it's one of those books where you'll have the urge to read out the funny bits to your spouse, partner, guy sitting next to you on the train. Expect to get a lot of weird glances where people are wondering why you're making those choking noises when trying not to burst out laughing at inappropriate moments.


Bel Canto
Bel Canto
Author: Ann Patchett
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 275
Review Date: 9/21/2008


My god, the ending. So bittersweet, so poignant, so unexpected. A very good read overall.


Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 4)
Body Double (Rizzoli & Isles, Bk 4)
Author: Tess Gerritsen
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 257
Review Date: 9/27/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This book in the series reveals a lot of backstory on Dr. Isles, and it explores where she comes from and who her parents are. Very creepy premise - to find a dead twin that you didn't know you had, murdered on your doorstep!


Catnap (Midnight Louie, Bk 1)
Catnap (Midnight Louie, Bk 1)
Author: Carole Nelson Douglas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 78
Review Date: 6/14/2006


First in the Midnight Louie mystery series, where in Louie and caretaker Temple Barr are introduced. They are instrumental in solving a murder at an ABA convention in Las Vegas. Very cute, quick, fun read. I'm looking forward to the following books in the series.


Cold Case Squad (Craig Burch, Bk 1)
Cold Case Squad (Craig Burch, Bk 1)
Author: Edna Buchanan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 39
Review Date: 8/3/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Detective Stone is on the trail of a serial killer who specializes in old ladies, laying the bodies out in meticulously composed death scenes. Stone suspects the killer is an orthodox Jew, clued in by his feisty grandma, who used to work for a Jewish family. The chief case is 12 years old and involves Charles Terrell, who everyone thought was accidentally blown up while working on his car. This cold case heats up quickly when the team chases down Terrell's sexy ex-wife, Natasha, who's dallying with her gardener, Nelson, a naïve Cuban immigrant who provides an amusing Carl Hiassen-like chase scene toward the end.


A Cold Day in Hell (Bayou, Bk 9)
A Cold Day in Hell (Bayou, Bk 9)
Author: Stella Cameron
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 79
Review Date: 10/9/2007
Helpful Score: 5


First book that I've read by this particular author. I personally found it somewhat mediocre. Billed as romantic suspense, neither the romance or the suspense was particularly outstanding. I also found that in some areas the author's choice of phrasing made reading a little hard going. Either I couldn't tell which character was speaking, or it made little sense in the current context.


The Color of Evil (Dark Descent, Vol 1)
The Color of Evil (Dark Descent, Vol 1)
Author: David G Hartwell (Editor)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 8/24/2005


Great horror anthology with stories from lots of popular horror authors. Stephen King "The Reach", M.R. James "The Ash Tree", H.P. Lovecraft "The Call of Cthulhu", Shirley Jackson "The Summer People", and many more.


The Cosmic Wisdom of Joe Bob Briggs
The Cosmic Wisdom of Joe Bob Briggs
Author: Joe Bob Briggs
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 10/13/2007


Joe Bob Briggs, aka John Bloom is one of the funniest people I've ever met. I've read and enjoyed all of his books, and I'm looking forward to the one coming out in October. So when I saw this on the dollar shelf at Half Price Books I just knew I had to rescue it.


Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, Bk 2)
Dead Man Rising (Dante Valentine, Bk 2)
Author: Lilith Saintcrow
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 153
Review Date: 8/14/2007
Helpful Score: 2


A relative newcomer to the Dark Fantasy genre, Lilith Saintcrow pens a tale that will seem superficially familiar to the aficionado. Protagonist Dante (Danny) Valentine is a necromance, a half-demon and a bounty hunter. Beginning where Working for the Devil the previous (and first) novel in the series left off, we find Danny immersing herself in her work collecting bounties nonstop as a means to forget about the death of her lover. Japhrimel a full demon, is the reason that Danny now finds herself to be semi-immortal, inhumanly beautiful and nearly invulnerable.

Danny receives a call from close friend and fellow necromance, Gabe, who asks for her help in investigating a series of killings. The victims are seemingly unrelated, with two being psions and one a normal, until Danny using her talents calls back one of the murdered spirits, and is told Remember Rigger Hall. Remember. REMEMBER! Aided by former lover, Jace, the shaman who taught her almost everything she knows about bounty hunting, Danny begins an investigation that will tear her apart by forcing her to confront her tortured childhood at Rigger Hall.

When she starts receiving letters and phone calls from The Devil asking where Japhrimel is, since he can't seem to locate him in hell, Danny begins to wonder if she is losing it. She knows Japhrimel is dead she witnessed Lucifer kill him with her very own eyes. Now the voices in her head tell her she could have brought him back if only she knew how.

It's a story that melds a little bit of cyberpunk, with a dash of paranormal romance, and then brings that together with just enough thriller/horror elements to satisfy the reader. This reviewer would suggest reading Working for the Devil first for the full effect. Fortunately a glossary is provided, as the author not only uses Egyptian phrases, but also makes up many of her own names for common things such as werecain instead of werewolf or lycanthrope and nichtvren for vampire.

This series should be immediately and immensely popular with fans of Laurell K. Hamilton, Kim Harrison and Charlaine Harris. A powerful urban fantasy, with a strong female lead wielding immense power, but who has the sensitivity to question her own humanity.


Death at Bishop's Keep (Victorian-Edwardian Mystery, Bk 1)
Death at Bishop's Keep (Victorian-Edwardian Mystery, Bk 1)
Author: Robin Paige
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 130
Review Date: 10/19/2006
Helpful Score: 8


Robin Paige is a pseudonym for husband and wife writing team of Bill and Susan (Whittig) Albert. I guess this is properly classed as a cozy, as although there are a few dead bodies their deaths are not described in gruesome detail. Wasn't sure what to expect since I have little experience with cozies unless they feature animals. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself sucked in, so much so that I ordered book two in the series to find out what happened next.


The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Bk 1)
The Dragonbone Chair (Memory, Sorrow and Thorn, Bk 1)
Author: Tad Williams
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 21
Review Date: 1/20/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This book started off really, really slowly and it took me a long time to get into the story. I read this book for an online book group so I didn't want to give up on it. It's a good thing that I didn't because once the story started moving, it really took off and got more and more interesting. By the end, which is left on a cliff-hanger, I am dying to start the next book to find out just what happens next.


Extreme Instinct (Jessica Coran, Bk 6)
Extreme Instinct (Jessica Coran, Bk 6)
Author: Robert W. Walker
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 17
Review Date: 1/23/2006


6th in the Extreme Series.

In novels such as Killer Instinct and Darkest Instinct, FBI pathologist Jessica Coran has probed the deepest rescesses of the criminal mind, coming face to face with killers as brillant as they are vicious.

But now Jessica must face a deadly new foe. A murderer terrorizing the American West from Arizona to Montana who ties his victims down, drowns their sins in gasoline, and cleanses them with flame. He is on a Satanic mission - and only by stepping into the fire can Jessica stop him.


The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Bk 1)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Bk 1)
Author: Jasper Fforde
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 85
Review Date: 11/25/2005
Helpful Score: 4


A very impressive first novel by author Fforde. In his alternate England circa 1985, literature plays an important part. There are animatronic Will-Speak machines that for a few pence quote Shakespeare; Richard III is akin to Rocky Horror complete with audience participation, and the LiteraTec division of the SpecOps stamps out literary crime.

The protagonist Thursday Next is a seasoned LiteraTec. But when she's temporarily promoted to SO-5 status to assist in the capture of her former professor turned Master Criminal, she finds herself in over her head. Master Criminal Hades has discovered a little secret. If he changes events in an original manuscript he can forever alter all future printings. These changes are immediate and permanent unless the original can be restored. When he kidnaps Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's manuscript, fans are in an uproar, since the original is written in the first person without Jane there is no story. Thursday and her cohorts jump in to rescue Jane, and restore the beloved novel.

Jasper Fforde has quite an imagination, and an off-the-wall sense of humor that made this book a delight to read. I'm looking forward to the following novels in the series.


The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Bk 1)
The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, Bk 1)
Author: Jasper Fforde
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 714
Review Date: 8/14/2007
Helpful Score: 12


A very impressive first novel by author Fforde. In his alternate England circa 1985, literature plays an important part. There are animatronic Will-Speak machines that for a few pence quote Shakespeare; Richard III is akin to Rocky Horror complete with audience participation, and the LiteraTec division of the SpecOps stamps out literary crime.

The protagonist Thursday Next is a seasoned LiteraTec. But when she's temporarily promoted to SO-5 status to assist in the capture of her former professor turned Master Criminal, she finds herself in over her head. Master Criminal Hades has discovered a little secret. If he changes events in an original manuscript he can forever alter all future printings. These changes are immediate and permanent unless the original can be restored. When he kidnaps Jane Eyre from the pages of Bronte's manuscript, fans are in an uproar, since the original is written in the first person without Jane there is no story. Thursday and her cohorts jump in to rescue Jane, and restore the beloved novel.

Jasper Fforde has quite an imagination, and an off-the-wall sense of humor that made this book a delight to read. I'm looking forward to the following novels in the series.


Flesh Collectors
Flesh Collectors
Author: Fred Rosen
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 10/25/2005
Helpful Score: 2


Misfit Jeremiah Rodgers, 21, and racist devil worshipper Jonathan Lawrence, 23, were serving time for petty crimes when they met in a Florida penal system mental hospital. A friendship grew from their shared lust for sadistic brutality, and once released, they teamed up to hunt human prey. In March, 1998, in Pensacola, Florida, while quietly watching TV, Leighton Smitherman was shot in the back by assailants hiding outside his home. Amazingly, he survived, not knowing that he'd been chosen at random by would-be-thrill-killers. Their next target wasn't so lucky. Justin Livingston, 20, died from multiple stab wounds - some more than six inches deep.The horror peaked on 7 May 1999, when Rodgers went on a "date" with pretty Jennifer Robinson, 18, with Lawrence tagging along. The young woman was drugged and assaulted first by Rodgers, then Lawrence, before Rodgers shot her execution-style. But the worse was yet to come, an unspeakable act of mutilation that followed in the bloody footsteps of one of the most infamous serial killers of our time...


Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, Bk 2)
Forever Odd (Odd Thomas, Bk 2)
Author: Dean Koontz
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 420
Review Date: 11/30/2006


Dean Koontz's unlikely hero Odd Thomas is back in his second adventure. Odd can see dead people, sometimes he helps them pass into the next world and sometimes they point him towards a wrong that needs righting. In this book, while still mourning his beloved Stormy, he needs to save his friend Danny from kidnappers. To complicate the situation, Danny has brittle bone syndrome and the slightest mistreatment could do serious damage. With little concern for himself, since dying might bring him to Stormy right?, Odd rushes to the rescue and faces down another psychopathic killer or two.


The Glass Castle
The Glass Castle
Author: Jeannette Walls
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/24/2006
Helpful Score: 2


This is a really amazing story of a completely dysfunctional family and the way they made their life together work. The narrative voice is that of one of the daughters, and she is amazingly non-judgemental while she relates incidents that would drive most people batty.


Greta Garbage's Outrageous Bathroom Book
Greta Garbage's Outrageous Bathroom Book
Author: Greta Garbage
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 2/13/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Amusing lists and tidbits great for times when you only have a few minutes or a short attention span.


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