Kathleen E. (mommafrog) - Reviews

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The Anxiety of Everyday Objects
The Anxiety of Everyday Objects
Author: Aurelie Sheehan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/25/2008
Helpful Score: 2


The plot was a little predictable, but I thought the writer's style was easy and engrossing. This is a great beach book -- light, fun, entertaining.


Apt Pupil (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Apt Pupil (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Author: Stephen King, Frank Muller (Narrator)
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/7/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This is one of Stephen King's more creepy novels. I never saw the movie they made from this, and I'm not really sure how it would compare to the novel. There are many extremely disturbing scenes, and it leaves you really wondering about the twisted psyches of murderers. This is not Stephen King's usual horror mixed with fantasy -- the true horror of the novel is that it stems from actual historical events. Don't listen alone!


Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, Bk 1)
Darkly Dreaming Dexter (Dexter, Bk 1)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/11/2008
Helpful Score: 14


As a huge fan of the show, I did the unthinkable -- I actually went to Borders and bought this book brand new off the shelves! Since joining PaperbackSwap, I haven't needed to shell out actual money for a book I wanted to read. But hey, this time time it was oh so worth the expense. At first, it was a little hard to get into, and I started regretting my decision to buy this book rather than wait for my turn in the swap. But then, the story/author hit it's stride and it got so I couldn't put the book down. At first, the book and the series are identical, so maybe that's why I was a little put off. But then I really started to enjoy the little extras in Dexter's mind that you get from the book that the show is missing. I love the "humor" in this book, and I have to say some of my all-time favorite quotes are straight from Dexter's thoughts. Twice, I actually laughed out loud. It's a great story with quite a different ending than the show, so Dexter fans will still enjoy the read. If you're looking for crime science and procedure type books, Dexter won't be your cup of tea. I guess you could call this a more lighthearted murder book with tons of sarcastic wit.


The Departed
The Departed
Author: Kathryn Mackel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/18/2008


The storyline was pretty eerie, and the characters felt "real". I'm not sure I liked the author's writing style (just a personal thing), but the descriptions were clear and made sure all questions were eventually answered. A creepy book with a good plot, how can you go wrong?


Dexter in the Dark (Dexter, Bk 3)
Dexter in the Dark (Dexter, Bk 3)
Author: Jeff Lindsay
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/4/2008


This was my favorite of the three in the series. In the Dark begins to explain the origins of the Dark Passenger and delves into the big question the reader has been asking themselves since page one of the first book -- is Dexter a good guy or a bad guy? If you kill bad guys, does that make you good? While investigating a series of homicides, Dexter learns more about himself and the long standing relationship he has with the Dark Passenger, that part of his personlity that he sees as himself but also as a seperate entity. There was a bit of biblical history brought into the investigation, as well, which was a new twist that we didn't see in the previous two books. The character of Dexter developed quite a bit more in this novel. I found the last chapter to be espcially hilarious in a Dexter sort of way! See if you interpret it the same way I did...


Envy
Envy
Author: Sandra Brown
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/27/2008


This is probably one of my favorite Sandra Brown novels. To me, the characters were vivid and I could really picture them in my mind. The plot was fresh and told in an interesting way -- the present is narrated with every few chapters going back to a chapter of the novel inside the novel, so you're really following two storylines throughout. It held my interest and the end didn't leave any loose ends -- very important!


Fire Fighters
Fire Fighters
Author: norma simon
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2008


This Scholastic paperback uses beautiful illustrations and 2-3 sentences per page to detail what firefighters do at a fire. The firefighters are dalmations, using eqipment and wearing appropriate gear to respond to a fire and rescue other dogs in the building. My kindergartener loved to read this at bedtime. I think it would make an excellent book for the child of a firefighter, as well.


Hear the Fear (Audio Cassette) (Unabridged)
Review Date: 8/7/2007


"A young boy becomes entangled in his elderly neighbor's grisley secret; an itinerant hydrotherapist offers body irrigation with a difference; a cabbie delivers special fares to a very dark part of town.

Seven acknowledged horror masters and one talented newcomer combine their skills to write all original stories created just for audio. You'll Hear the Fear as you've never heard it before!"


If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
If I Did It: Confessions of the Killer
Author: The Goldman Family
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 2.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 10/15/2007
Helpful Score: 15


The money from the sale of this book goes to the Goldman family, as their award for in their wrongful death suit against OJ. The Goldmans own the rights to this book. OJ won't see a dime.

Anyway, an interesting read, and depending on where you stand on the issue of his guilt in the crime it may open your eyes a bit and see just what an arrogant killer he is. He basically feels she got what she deserved. If you're into true crime and criminal law, you'll be interested in this account/confession.


Pete and Perky (HOP Chapter Books, Level 4 : Book 1)
Pete and Perky (HOP Chapter Books, Level 4 : Book 1)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/27/2008


This is a part of the Hooked on Phonics series for readers.


The Presence
The Presence
Author: John Saul
Book Type: Audio Cassette
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 8/7/2007


Traditional John Saul fare, but with a bent towards reality more than his other novels. Creepy and thought provoking. It's a good treadmill audiobook!


Ring (Ring, Bk 1)
Ring (Ring, Bk 1)
Author: Koji Suzuki, Robert B. Rohmer (Translator), Glynne Walley (Translator)
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
 4
Review Date: 5/25/2008


If you've already seen the movie, you still need to read this book! The basic premise is the same, but the characters and details are totally different than the movie. I thought the movie was pretty freaky and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy the book it was based on -- I actually liked the book better! It's translated from Japanese, but the writing flows and the story is so engrossing I couldn't put it down. I finished it in two days. Now i need to get the others in the series to see what happens next.


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