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2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, Bk 2)
2010: Odyssey Two (Space Odyssey, Bk 2)
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 131
Review Date: 1/21/2006


FROM THE PUBLISHER
"A daring romp through the solar system and a worthy successor to 2001."
*Carl Sagan

Nine years after the disastrous Discovery mission to Jupiter in 2001, a joint U.S.-Soviet expedition sets out to rendezvous with the derelict spacecraft *to search the memory banks of the mutinous computer HAL 9000 for clues to what went wrong . . . and what became of Commander Dave Bowman.

Without warning, a Chinese expedition targets the same objective, turning the recovery mission into a frenzied race for the precious information Discovery may hold about the enigmatic monolith that orbits Jupiter.

Meanwhile, the being that was once Dave Bowman *the only human to unlock the mystery of the monolith *streaks toward Earth on a vital mission of its own . . .


2061: Odyssey Three
2061: Odyssey Three
Author: Arthur C. Clarke
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 92
Review Date: 7/12/2005


In 2061, Heywood Floyd must once again confront Dave Bowman, a newly independent HAL, and the limitless power of an unseen alien race that has decided that Mankind is to play a role in the evolution of the galaxy--whether it wants to or not. Continuing the spellbinding excitement begun in 2001: A Space Odyssey.


2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
2nd Chance (Women's Murder Club, Bk 2)
Author: James Patterson
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 1174
Review Date: 12/29/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
"The sensational killings that have rocked San Francisco appear to be unrelated except in their brutality. But detective Lindsay Boxer senses there's some thread connecting them all. She calls her friends in the Women's Murder Club together to see if they can discover what it is. Surely some clue has been overlooked by their bosses and male colleagues." "Working with Chronicle reporter Cindy Thomas, Assistant District Attorney Jill Bernhardt, and medical examiner Claire Washburn, Lindsay discovers that there is indeed a link. The victims were of different ages, lived in different locations, and were killed with different weapons. But each had a close relative in a particular profession, a profession that sends a chill through Lindsay's heart." The partners in the Women's Murder Club realize that this killer is after something unspeakable, something deeper than revenge, and that the next target could be one of them. They deduce where the killer is likely to strike next and bait a trap that can't be resisted. But if their calculation is wrong, the consequences will be lethal. And there will be no second chance.


Accident
Accident
Author: Danielle Steel
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 192
Review Date: 8/20/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Accident is a powerful and ultimately triumphant novel of lives shattered and changed by one devastating moment.

Although frequent business meetings keep her husband, Brad, away from home, Page Clarke feels blessed with her happy family and comfortable marriage. They have a house near San Francisco and she keeps busy looking after their seven-year-old son, Andy, and their teenage daughter, Allyson.
Allyson, at fifteen, is trying her wings and one weekend, instead of an evening with her friend Chloe, the girls lie and go out with two older high school boys. But a Saturday night that was supposed to be fun ends in tragedy when their car collides head-on with another.

At the hospital, Page finds Chloe's divorced father, Trygve, and, unable to locate Brad, she leans on his strength throughout the the long hours of tormenting questions. Will Allyson live? Will any of them? Were the teenagers drinking? Using drugs? Who was at fault? And where is her husband? Without Brad by her side Page feels her life start to come apart as she is forced to confront the fact that Allyson may not live, and if she does, she may never be the same again.

In an inspiring novel that explores how many people are affected by one tragic accident and how they survive it, Danielle Steel brings us close to the characters whose lives are as familiar as our own... and who live, as we all do, in a world where everything can change in a single moment.


Act of Betrayal (Britt Montero, Bk 4)
Act of Betrayal (Britt Montero, Bk 4)
Author: Edna Buchanan
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 24
Review Date: 7/21/2005


Britt Montero, crime reporter for a Miami newspaper, is drawn into a web of intrigue and murder when she reports the story of a missing boy. Her story uncovers a series of disappearances of young boys so similar in physical appearance that they could be brothers: tall, slender, fair-haired, and blue-eyed. All vanished without a trace. Against the backdrop of an impending killer storm, Britt investigates the disappearances and inadvertently discovers the existence of a diary written by her father, who was executed in a Cuban jail when she was a child. The diary reportedly names the traitor responsible for her father's death. She soon discovers that anyone who comes to possess the diary is marked for death. As her investigation into the abductions of the boys heats up and she tries to locate her father's diary, the most destructive hurricane in decades heads for the South Florida coast. During a chilling confrontation, the storm hits, shattering lives and revealing long-kept secrets.


Adventures in Babysitting
Adventures in Babysitting
Author: Elizabeth Faucher
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 5
Review Date: 8/20/2005


Chris had been looking forward to a romantic evening with her boyfriend. So, why is she spending the night being chased by car thieves, singing in blues club, and scaring off a gang called the Black Lords?
She's babysitting-- that's why!

Movie tie-in


Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Great Illustrated Classics)
Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Great Illustrated Classics)
Author: Daniel Defoe, Malvina G. Vogel
Book Type: Library Binding
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.
 12
Review Date: 11/11/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Who has not dreamed of life on an exotic isle, far away from civilization? Here is the novel which has inspired countless imitations by lesser writers, none of which equal the power and originality of Defoe's famous book. Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later, when he confronts another human being. First published in 1719, Robinson Crusoe has been praised by such writers as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Samuel Johnson as one of the greatest novels in the English language.


After Sundown (Vampire, Bk 2)
After Sundown (Vampire, Bk 2)
Author: Amanda Ashley
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 132
Review Date: 8/15/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Another excellent book in this trilogy. This book, although published 5 years after it's prequel âShades of Gray', takes up right where that one left off.

Edward Ramsey has been turned into a vampire, in an attempt to save his life. Turned into a creature that he was born and raised to hunt, to despise. How does a vampire hunter, dedicated to destroying what he has always thought of as evil beings, deal with the fact the he is now one of those creatures? That is one of the things that I love about this series of books. We see a completely different POV. We see the struggle of a newly made vampire, who despises what he has become, struggle to adapt to his new life. With the help of Grigori, the vampire who gave him the Dark Gift, Edward tries to accept his new life. It is not until he meets Kelly, another lost human soul, and begins to fall in love with her that he begins to accept what he has become and embrace his new life. Just as it seems that things will be good, Khira moves into town. Khira is the ancient, evil vampire who turned Grigori 200 years ago. She is the oldest vampire and as such terrorizes the other vampires who live in her newly claimed territory. When she comes after Grigori & Edward, they must once again join forces to try to stop her. With the help of an old friend of Edward's, Tom Duncan, another vampire hunter, the group battles Khira, in an attempt to not only save their lives, but the lives of the innocent victims that Khira enjoys preying on.

Excellent book and I am looking forward to starting the next on the trilogy.


The Alexakis Bride (Wedlocked!) (Harlequin Presents, No 1769)
The Alexakis Bride (Wedlocked!) (Harlequin Presents, No 1769)
Author: Anne McAllister
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 15
Review Date: 8/15/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Eligible tycoon seeks perfect bride!

Damon Alexakis had looks, wealth, power. What he didn't have was a suitable wife....

Kate McKee was the perfect choice. Beautiful, intelligent, she was the adored nanny of his sister's twins; and she was stunned by Damon's proposal! But what choice did she have? To fend off her father's matchmaking efforts, she'd invented a mystery lover - but would her pretense backfire? The only solution was to accept Damon's extraordinary deal: for one year only, she'd share his life, but not his bed - at least, that was Kate's interpretation. Damon had other ideas!


All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things
Review Date: 8/27/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER

Here Fulghum engages us with musings on life, death, love, pain, joy, sorrow, and the best chicken-fried steak in the continental U.S.A. The little seed in the Styrofoam cup offers a reminder about our own mortality and the delicate nature of life...a spider who catches (and loses) a full-grown woman in its web one fine morning teaches us about survivng catastrophe...the love story of Jean-Francois Pilatre and his hot air balloon reminds us to be brave and unafraid to "fly"...life lessons hidden in the laundry pile...magical qualities found in a box of crayons...hide-and-seek vs. sardines - and how these games relate to the nature of God. All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten is brimming with the very stuff of life and the significance found in the smallest details.


All Night Party (Fear Street 43)
All Night Party (Fear Street 43)
Author: R. L. Stine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.
 13
Review Date: 1/21/2006
Helpful Score: 1


FROM THE PUBLISHER

Fear Street Where Your Worst Nightmares Live...
It's Cindy's birthday, and her friends are throwing her a surprise party on Fire Island. It's a private party no parents, no cops...in fact, no one around for miles.

Except there's a madman loose on the island. A murderer who quietly crashes the party.

And he wants to dance with the birthday girl...


All One Universe
All One Universe
Author: Poul Anderson
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 8/27/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Poul Anderson himself has put together a retrospective collection of his recent writings, fiction and nonfiction, under the title All One Universe. This is the first major Poul Anderson collection in a decade. It encompasses all his strengths as a teller of tales and, in addition, provides a running commentary in the story notes and in the essays on other literary figures such as Rudyard Kipling, Johannes B. Jensen, and John W. Campbell, Jr., commentary that illuminates the fiction, gives personal insight into the mind of this fine writer, and provides a unifying personality for All One Universe. All One Universe, then, represents the new best of Poul Anderson. It is a rich, varied selection of quintessential science fiction as well as four essays, mostly from recent years, by one of the great science fiction writers of the century. His stories are filled with roaring energy, the soul of poetry, and dark imaginings.


All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 7)
All Together Dead (Sookie Stackhouse, Bk 7)
Author: Charlaine Harris
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.4/5 Stars.
 374
Review Date: 6/12/2007
Helpful Score: 5


WOW!! What an excellent read. I think that the Southern Vampires Series just keeps getting better. In this one Sookie joins a group of vamps representing Louisiana at a Vampire Summit, where trials, weddings, and other vampire business is planned. She goes as an employee of the Vampire Queen of Louisiana who's lands have been devastated by Hurricane Katrina, as well as having had a lot of personal problems.

In the midst of the summit all kinds of things go wrong, as the usually do and Sookie has to try to put the pieces of the puzzle together, while at the same time trying to juggle a budding new relationship with Quinn, the WereTiger, deal with her bond with Eric, and try to deal with her hatred of Bill, her first love. Add to all of this a plot to attack the vamps while they are all gathered together in one place and you get a non-stop roller coaster ride that you don't want to end. I totally enjoyed it and can not wait till her next book in the series comes out as this one leaves a whole lot of loose ends to deal with.


Almost A Husband  (Wedding Month) (Silhouette Romance, No 1105)
Almost A Husband (Wedding Month) (Silhouette Romance, No 1105)
Author: Carol Grace
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 3
Review Date: 8/10/2005


Chief of police in a peaceful, seaside town--the dream job was hers! If only she could produce a loving finace' to impress the town council.....

He was determined to solve Carrie's case of big-city blues even if it meant posing as her beloved betrothed. Butt Matt's innocent plan to make his beautiful partner rethink her job offer became a crime of the heart when he discovered he was guilty of love!


The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes:  Declaration of Independence
The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes: Declaration of Independence
Author: Anne Mazer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 7/12/2005


This year the Fall Festival at the high school will be the best ever. Abby wants tto go with her friends--not her parents and little brother. But first she has to prove how mature she has become. Abby plans to clean the house, take care of her brother, and make her family breakfast. It is a great plan for independence.....until disaster strikes.


Among the Free (Shadow Children)
Among the Free (Shadow Children)
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/18/2008


My Opinion
This was a good ending to a wonderful story. While I found this final book in the series to be a bit anti-climatic of an ending as far as the action went, it was quite good as far as the philosophical angle. Very thought provoking. Just how easy would it be to manipulate a society into turning their hatred to a group of children who were not supposed to exist, after years of starvation and hardship. The fact that the new 'government' was so easily able to manipulate society as a whole was quite scary.

I was a little bothered by the first half of the book, where the author seems to completely change Luke's personality. Turning him into a scared, cowardly, child instead of the strong leader that he has been portrayed as in earlier books.

But over all it was a good ending to a wonderful series. I am glad that I had the opportunity to read it.


AMUSEMENT PARK-BS
AMUSEMENT PARK-BS
Author: R Nathan
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 9/24/2005


From back cover:

18 people dangling from a snapped cable... 110,000 others helpless below. When a cable snaps in the Sky Chariot, the dread nightmare is just beginning.


Angela's Ashes
Angela's Ashes
Author: Frank McCourt
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 784
Review Date: 11/12/2005


FROM THE PUBLISHER
"When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I managed to survive at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your while. Worse than the ordinary miserable childhood is the miserable Irish childhood, and worse yet is the miserable Irish Catholic childhood."
So begins the luminous memoir of Frank McCourt, born in Depression-era Brooklyn to recent Irish immigrants and raised in the slums of Limerick, Ireland. Frank's mother, Angela, has no money to feed the children since Frank's father, Malachy, rarely works, and when he does he drinks his wages. Yet Malachy -- exasperating, irresponsible and beguiling -- does nurture in Frank an appetite for the one thing he can provide: a story. Frank lives for his father's tales of Cuchulain, who saved Ireland, and of the Angel on the Seventh Step, who brings his mother babies.

Perhaps it is story that accounts for Frank's survival. Wearing rags for diapers, begging a pig's head for Christmas dinner and gathering coal from the roadside to light a fire, Frank endures poverty, near-starvation and the casual cruelty of relatives and neighbors -- yet lives to tell his tale with eloquence, exuberance and remarkable forgiveness.

Angela's Ashes, imbued on every page with Frank McCourt's astounding humor and compassion, is a glorious book that bears all the marks of a classic.


Angels Among Us
Angels Among Us
Author: Don Fearheiley
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 17
Review Date: 1/21/2006


FROM THE PUBLISHER
Gale was a strong swimmer but halfway across thelake she realized she couldn't make it to the other side ...Annabel and her three-year-old daughter turnedsuddenly and saw a car hurtling straight toward them ...Ken fell and his hunting rifle accidentally wentoff leaving him wounded, bleeding and alone inthe frozen woods...AND THEN THEY APPEARED!Angels do exist as illustrated in these moving,compelling and true contemporary accounts of ordinarypeople whose lives were touched, saved and forever afteredby the extraordinary ... by


Anyone But Me (Katie Kazoo Switcheroo, Bk 1)
Review Date: 2/21/2006


School Library Journal
Gr 2-4-The premise is fantastical-a third-grade girl wishes she were someone else, a wind blows up, and she becomes someone or something else. In just 70-odd pages, Katie solves big problems at school, just by her "switcheroos." In Anyone but Me, her tenure as a hamster gives her insight into the class bully (who turns out to be afraid of hamsters), and he is transformed into a nice boy who loves to tell jokes and riddles. In Out to Lunch, she turns into the nasty cafeteria woman, causes a food fight, and comes up with a way to change the quality of the food. This series could be a feminine contender to rival Dav Pilkey's "Captain Underpants" series (Scholastic), but the writing is not of the same caliber and the characters are less well drawn. It's also more purposeful and less fun.-Kay Bowes, Concord Pike Library, Wilmington, DE Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.


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