Gina J. (candlelight) - Reviews

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A Handful of Rice
A Handful of Rice
Author: Kamala Markandaya
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/16/2009
Helpful Score: 3


This is one of my top 3 most memorable books ever read. Visual imagery, atmosphere, overall sense of place and character and dialogue is impeccable. I feel richer for having read this book. It has become part of my psyche - The numbers of people living so carefully frugal but still acknowledging the need for that occasional precious taste of sweetened ice has really stuck with me. The interplay between the extended families and how they managed to find room for one more body is graceful. I can't recommend it strongly enough.


Maia
Maia
Author: Richard Adams
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/16/2009
Helpful Score: 2


One of my top 3-most-memorable books ever read. Incredibly rich detail, imagery, emotional content, character, dialogue. Excellent!! I read the hardback from a library years ago which had a map in the flyleaf. Hopefully the paperback has this map. It helps place the action because a lot of travel is involved.

Book desrcription:

Maia - a simple but instinctively brave and generous girl whose deeds will become legend... who will be celebrated as well for her ravishing beauty, which she alone understands is both a blessing and a curse.

Maia - growing up as eldest daughter in a poor fisherman's family in a remote corner of the mythical Beklan Empire, leading a quiet, sheltered life (helping with the younger children, mending her stepfather's nets, swimming in the waters of Lake Serrelind)... until one day, the victim of a horrifying act of deceit, she finds herself en route to Bekla itself, to be sold as a concubine, completely cut off from her family and her past, friendless except for the young black woman, Occula, also on her way into slavery.

It is Occula - a foreigner, a violent and cunning sorceress - who saves Maia, instructs and protects her, preparing her to deal with her fate. Together, sold to a powerful Beklan nobleman, they are introduced to a world of luxury and depravity, of dazzling and seductive pleasures, and are enmeshed in a web of fierce political intrigue as they spend their days and nights in the company of Bekla's richest, most influential, most ruthless and ambitious citizens.

And when the empire itself - suddenly in political and military convulsion - becomes imperiled, it is Maia alone who can prevent its destruction. At a moment of grave crisis she risks her life - as well as her future with the young soldier she has fallen deeply in love with - to save the Beklan army. She becomes a national heroine, famous throughout the Empire.... And yet she herself remains caught up in danger and despair..


The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist's Guide to the Neverending Universe
The Quantum Zoo: A Tourist's Guide to the Neverending Universe
Author: Marcus Chown
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/16/2009


Finest cosmology writer of our day - Matt Ridley, author of "Genome"

Reminds me of Carl Sagan at his best - Michael White, author of "Leonardo: The First Scientist."

Marcus Chown takes you to the heart of the most challenging concepts known to man and makes you feel that understanding is truly within your grasp. - Brian May, "Queen" guitarist and astrophysicist

Chown admirably takes on the task of elucidating two of the most commomnsense-defying concepts in modern science: quantum mechanics and relativity. He divulges the mysteries hidden in the very building blocks of matter, piques reader curiosity with every question and then satisfies it using language that is light, companionable and full of wonder... a clear window into the utter strangeness that defines our universe. - Publishers Weekly

Personal - I loved this book. His visualizations and personable writing style make it very easy to read, even though the concepts are advanced. One little tidbit from the front of the book - If the empty space in atoms were removed, the entire human race would fit in the volume of a sugar cube.


Summer Crossing
Summer Crossing
Author: Truman Capote
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/16/2009


Thought to be lost for over 50 years, here is the first novel by one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.

Set in New York during the summer of 1945, this is the story of a young carefree socialite, Grady, who must make serious decisions about the romance she is dangerously pursuing and the effect it will have on everyone involved.

Fans of Breakfast at Tiffanys and Capotes short stories will be thrilled to read Summer Crossing.


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