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Alaska
Alaska
Author: James A. Michener
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/18/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Hubby gives it an "4" -- says it's well-researched (typical Michener) and kept him turning pages.


And be a Villain  (Nero Wolfe, Bk 13)
And be a Villain (Nero Wolfe, Bk 13)
Author: Rex Stout
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 2/25/2007


Reading a Nero Wolfe story is like a visit with old friends. Wolfe's irascibility and Archie's sense of humor keep you smiling throughout the murder and mayhem.


Apple Kitchen Cook Book
Apple Kitchen Cook Book
Author: Demetria Taylor
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 12/29/2005


Back cover: ...literally a mini-encyclopedia about Apples: Apple history and folklore; health and nutrition notes; description of apple varieties; buying and handling apples; many illustrations in color


Astra and Flondrix
Astra and Flondrix
Author: Seamas Cullen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/29/2006


Tolkien meets Erica Jong by way of Isaac Asimov in this fanciful re-working of human evolution. A really good story but seriously marred (to my mind anyway) by Cullen's adolescent preoccupation with bodily functions and fluids and overly large male genitalia.


Biohazard: The Hot Zone and Beyond: Mankind's Battle Against Deadly Disease
Review Date: 3/25/2006


A fascinating history of diseases and their development and mutations.


Blood Relation
Blood Relation
Author: Eric Konigsberg
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 1/15/2007


A chilling portrait of a man seemingly without a conscience, written by the grand-nephew who ended up perhaps wishing he'd never discovered this particular skeleton in the family closet.


The Bourne Identity (Bourne, Bk 1)
The Bourne Identity (Bourne, Bk 1)
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 3/30/2006


A page-turner, filled with suspense and intrigue and just the right amount of romance to keep things interesting.


The Bourne Legacy (Bourne, Bk 4)
The Bourne Legacy (Bourne, Bk 4)
Author: Eric Van Lustbader
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/24/2007
Helpful Score: 3


I had some trouble getting into this one but once I got about a quarter of the way it was a page-turner. The end was fairly predictable but the many twists and turns along the way kept it interesting. I could have done with less of the fight scenes.


The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne, Bk 2)
The Bourne Supremacy (Bourne, Bk 2)
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/19/2006
Helpful Score: 6


Like it's predessor, The Bourne Identity, a real page turner. Fast paced, suspenseful, and peopled with three dimensional characters.


The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne, Bk 3)
The Bourne Ultimatum (Bourne, Bk 3)
Author: Robert Ludlum
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/19/2006


I can't claim to have been able to follow all the political understories in this trilogy, but all three were great stories with characters that made you want to know how they were going to make out in the end.


Brain
Brain
Author: Robin Cook
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/20/2006


Another winner from Cook. Packed with suspense and medical detail.


Cadillac Beach (Serge A. Storms, Bk 6)
Cadillac Beach (Serge A. Storms, Bk 6)
Author: Tim Dorsey
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/3/2010


One of the best Serge Storms books yet - gives us some good background via lots of flashbacks to his grandfather Sergio's life when "Little Serge" was but a wee little terror!


The Capra Chapbook Anthology
The Capra Chapbook Anthology
Author: Henry Miller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/15/2007


Four widely diverse essays all written in 1977. Sage, sad wisdom from Kay Boyle in "lock up"; a frenetic and somewhat confusing account of events at Wounded Knee in 1973 from Thomas Sanchez; a fairly pointless and insipid (IMHO) piece by a young Erica Jong; and a grand curmudgeonly rant on America by an irascible 85-year-old Henry Miller.


The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/1/2006


The final collection of Sherlock Holmes stories.


Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 7)
Cause of Death (Kay Scarpetta, Bk 7)
Author: Patricia Cornwell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/1/2006


The Philadelphia Inquirer said of this book, "All but impossible to put down until the final page." I can vouch for that as I read it in one sitting, right through the night!


The Celtic Heart
The Celtic Heart
Author: Kathryn Marie Cocquyt
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 2/25/2006


I tried a couple of times to read this but just couldn't get past the first few chapters. :-/


Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night
Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night
Author: Lewis Grizzard
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/12/2007


Some amusing bits but nothing that really struck me as laugh-out-loud humor.


The Colossus of Maroussi
The Colossus of Maroussi
Author: Henry Miller
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/9/2006


This engaging and ocasionally profound chronicle of Miller's odessey through Greece at the start of WWII will hold a well-worn place in my permanent collection as I've no doubt I'll return to it again and again.


Consuming Passions : A Food-Obsessed Life
Consuming Passions : A Food-Obsessed Life
Author: Michael Lee West
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/17/2007
Helpful Score: 3


Loaded with great recipes and highly entertaining stories of the author's eccentric southern family. A very fun read!


Contagion
Contagion
Author: Robin Cook
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/6/2007


A typical Cook page-turner. Much of the story line is fairly predictable but there are a few surprises. A fun read.


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