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Review Date: 5/6/2009
"Bundori" is a good read. The novel takes place in medieval Japan, and I especially liked the historical aspect of the book. I feel that the characters could have been developed more, but that will probably happen in future books that I have yet to read. This is one of the first 2 or 3 books in a series that I believe has great promise. All in all an interesting story.
Review Date: 4/13/2009
Helpful Score: 8
This is the most exciting and heartbreaking book I have read in a long time. I can see why it is a classic.
This book is about a man, Charlie Gordon, in his 30's who has an IQ of 68 and a strong desire to learn to read and write. Through a class for retarded adults at a local college, he finds out that a study is going on to test an operation that is supposed to increase a person's IQ. The rest of the story is about the operation, study, and Charlie's participation in them. The format of the book is that of a journal through which, in Charlie's words, we learn of his depressing childhood and his reactions as he does indeed become smarter and can finally understand things about his life that were beyond him until the operation. It is a very uplifting and emotional story that is, even after all these years, (since 1956) still original and haunting. I recommend this book to everyone!
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Review Date: 8/14/2009
Ugh! I thought this book would never end! It was predictable, boring, and just a little too preachy for my taste. Who ever heard of a serial killer who didn't swear? Not realistic at all. I can't even imagine why anyone would want to make a movie about it.
Review Date: 5/25/2009
Helpful Score: 3
"Unveiling Claudia" is a true crime mystery that took place in Columbus, OH in 1978. Claudia Yasko confessed to three murders and accused her boyfriend and his best friend of making her go with them to do the murder. The problem is that Claudia is a schizophrenic with a vivid and fantastic imagination, and not able to distinguish between the two. The story tells of the murders, the "22 killers", and the actual interviews done with Claudia in order to write the book. This book is suspenseful and hard to put down. Very well written and you don't find out the truth until the end at the same time that Claudia finally 'remembers' it. Very, very good!
**This book was written by Daniel Keyes who wrote "Flowers for Algernon" (another GREAT book).
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