Rebecca H. (amichai) - Reviews

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44 Scotland Street (44 Scotland Street, Bk 1) (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 6/27/2008


I enjoyed listening to this serial novel, read nicely in all the Scottish accents by Ian Mackenzie. It is not a story of excitement or adventure, just daily lives and human insights - but for me interesting nevertheless.


Abel's Island
Abel's Island
Author: William Steig
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/18/2013
Helpful Score: 1


I enjoyed this little book, but I am a middle aged grown up. I like William Steig's drawings and the story. However, I would be quite surprised if children enjoyed it. The main character is a bourgeois (mouse) person who is thrown into a wilderness situation and experiences the seasons outdoors.


Acts of Kindness
Acts of Kindness
Author: Meladee McCarty, Hanoch McCarty
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 3/25/2007
Helpful Score: 3


This little book has some nice ideas for how to be kind - as inspiration - and helps bring one's focus back to being kind, a focus which isn't alway so easy for me to keep.


Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (Socrates Fortlow, Bk 1)
Always Outnumbered, Always Outgunned (Socrates Fortlow, Bk 1)
Author: Walter Mosley
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 11/27/2005


This book introduces Walter Mosley's Socrates Fortlow, a tough, brooding ex-convict determined to challenge and understand the violence and anarchy in his world -- and in himself. (from book flap)


Among Others
Among Others
Author: Jo Walton
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 11
Review Date: 4/30/2011


Excellent, wonderful young adult book, especially for people who use books to shield themselves from life, who love magic and science fiction.


The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1)
The Amulet of Samarkand (Bartimaeus Trilogy, Bk 1)
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 197
Review Date: 1/2/2006


This is a great fantasy book, the first of a trilogy.


The Anatomy of Hope : How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
The Anatomy of Hope : How People Prevail in the Face of Illness
Author: Jerome Groopman
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 8
Review Date: 6/22/2007
Helpful Score: 1


I recommend this very interesting book that, among other things, decribes the difference between real hope and fake optimism when a person is seriously ill. Written by an oncologist who often writes for the New Yorker magazine, from his professional and personal experience.


The Arkadians
The Arkadians
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 4/8/2007


"Meet Lucian, en engaging young bean counter who's about to be put to death by a pair of villainous soothsayers. His headlong escape proves to be a collision course with Joy-in-the-Dance, a girl of marvels and mysteries--sometimes hotheaded, sometimes affectionate, but always spirited and resourceful. And the trio is completed by Fronto, a poet turned into a donkey, whose loyalty is a strong and tough as the hide of a jackass..."

Steeped in myth and magic as old as the ancient Greeks but sparkling with wit and wisdom as fress as tomorrow, this is an unforgettable storyteller's tribute to the most time-tested and marvelous of tales."--from the jacket flap.


Art in the Blood (Vampire Files, Bk 4)
Art in the Blood (Vampire Files, Bk 4)
Author: P. N. Elrod
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 34
Review Date: 4/27/2007


i'm enjoying this series about a vampire journalist/detective set in the 1930s.


Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk 5)
Backstabber (Hitchcock Sewell, Bk 5)
Author: Tim Cockey
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 33
Review Date: 9/21/2006
Helpful Score: 1


I like the protaganist in this light series, Hitchcock Sewell. He's a present day Archie Goodwin, if you know the Nero Wolfe series by Rex Stout, except instead of being a PI he is an undertaker. It probably doesn't matter too much if you read in order in this series...


Bad News (Dortmunder Novels)
Bad News (Dortmunder Novels)
Author: Donald E. Westlake
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 2/16/2006


Great read - like all the Dortmunder series.


Bailey's Cafe
Bailey's Cafe
Author: Gloria Naylor
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/18/2006


"...is reminiscent of Ralph Ellison's finest work. Underscoring both the specificity of her characters' lives and the general ambience of black existence, Naylor movingly captures life in New York and America." - Publishers Weekly


The Bank Robber Diaries
The Bank Robber Diaries
Author: Danny King
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 9/20/2005


"With more cock-ups than hold-ups, The Bank Robber Diaries is every bit as hilarious and wickedly un-PC as Danny King's best-selling debut The Burglar Diaries. Guaranteed to have you laughing all the way to the bank."
(from the cover)


BANK SHOT
BANK SHOT
Author: Donald e.westlake
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 1/29/2006


fun read!


Batman : Arkham Asylum : A Serious House on Serious Earth
Batman : Arkham Asylum : A Serious House on Serious Earth
Author: DC Comics
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
 2
Review Date: 10/24/2005


Some description: painterly, beautiful illustration, disturbing, horror, violent, not for young children, graphic


Battles at Thrush Green (Audio Editions Mystery Masters)
Battles at Thrush Green (Audio Editions Mystery Masters)
Author: Miss Read, Gwen Watford
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 3/24/2009


This audiobook is read beautifully by Gwen Watford. Not actually a mystery, this is a story of life in a cozy Cotswold community. "The gentle humor and delightfully entwined characters will warm your heart and lighten your day."


Before the Wind: The Memoir of an American Sea Captain 1808-1833 (Audio Cassette) (Abridged)
Review Date: 6/27/2010


Quite interesting! Read well by Stfan Rudnicki on four cassettes.


Being Dead
Being Dead
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 19
Review Date: 9/22/2006


ghost stories for teenagers


Being Invisible
Being Invisible
Author: Thomas Berger
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
 1
Review Date: 1/22/2009


A Kafkaesque novel. Not imitative of Kafka, but observant of psychological minutiae, absurd and well-written like Kafka. And, perhaps because Berger is American, more upbeat.


Best of the Best for Children
Best of the Best for Children
Author: Denise Perry Donavin (Editor)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 9/10/2006


this isbn is not for the hardcover, but the softcover


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