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1984
1984
Author: George Orwell
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/5/2007


This version has an Afterword by Erich Fromm.


Accidental Happiness
Accidental Happiness
Author: Jean Reynolds Page
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 23
Review Date: 11/8/2008


This was a great book that pulled me in emotionally almost from the beginning. The entire situation between the two women and the young girl could have evolved in many different ways, and the ultimate one was nice.


All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
Author: Erich Maria Remarque, A. W. Wheen (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 419
Review Date: 11/2/2005


I am young. I am twenty years old: yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow

This is the testament of Paul Baumer, who enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I. They become soldiers with youthful enthusiasm. But the world of work, duty, culture, and progress they had been taught breaks into pieces under the first bombardment in the trenches.

Through years of vivid horror, Paul holds fast to a single vow: to fight against the principle of hate that meaninglessly pits young men against each other, if only he can come out of the war alive.


Alley Kat Blues (Kat Colorado, Bk 6)
Alley Kat Blues (Kat Colorado, Bk 6)
Author: Karen Kijewski
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 52
Review Date: 11/2/2005


Kat Colorado knows the dangers of letting a case get too big a piece of your soul. But some cases dont give you a choice, like the death of twenty-two-year-old Courtney Dillard. Kat found her battered body on a dark Sacramento freeway, an apparent hit-and-run victim. Courtneys mother is convinced her death was no accident, and hired Kat to find the truth. As sweet and good-natured as she was, Courtney had no shortage of enemies, Kat learns. And they make no secret of their belief in blood vengeance.

Kats also looking for the truth about her relationship with Hank, whos wrestling with his own soul-eating case. A serial killer is stalking the Vegas Strip, and Hanks investigation is taking him over the line. His obsession could cost him both Kat and his career--- while Kats could cost her her life.


Anna Karenina
Anna Karenina
Author: Leo Tolstoy, Joel Carmichael (Translator)
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 42
Review Date: 12/28/2006


A magnificent drama of vengeance, infidelity, and retribution, Anna Karenina portrays the moving story of people whose emotions conflict with the dominant social mores of their time. Sensual, rebellious Anna falls deeply and passionately in love with the handsome Count Vronsky. When she refuses to conduct the discreet affair that her cold, ambitious husband (and Russian high society) would condone, she is doomed. Set against the tragic love of Anna and Vronsky, the plight of the melancholy nobleman Konstantine Levin unfolds. In doubt about the meaning of life, haunted by thoughts of suicide, Levins struggles echo Tolstoys own spiritual crisis. But Annas inner turmoil mirrors the emotional imprisonment and mental disintegration of a woman who dares to transgress the strictures of a patriarchal world. In Anna Karenina Leo Tolstoy brought to perfection the novel of social realism and created a masterpiece that bared the Russian soul.


Black Lightning
Black Lightning
Author: John Saul
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 153
Review Date: 12/28/2006


For five years Seattle journalist Anne Jeffers has pursued the horrifying story of a sadistic serial killers bloody reign, capture, trial, and appealcrusading to keep the wheels of justice churning towards the electric chair. Now the day of execution has come. A convicted killer will meet his end. Anne believes her long nightmare is over. But shes dead wrong

Within days, a similar murder stuns the city. As the butcher stalks his next victims, creeping ever closer to her, Anne is seized by an icy unease, a haunting sense of connection to these unspeakable crimes. And, relentlessly, she hears the eerie echo of the dead mans last words to her: Today wont end it. How will you feel, Anne? When Im dead, and it all starts again, how will you will?


Born To Be Killers
Born To Be Killers
Author: Time Warner
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 7
Review Date: 12/28/2006


Born to be Killers attempts to get inside the disturbed minds of the people that commit these heinous acts. What possesses them to rape or kill someone in cold blood? Do they really believe they will not get caught for such abominable crimes? These are just some of the questions forensic psychologists and scientists are constantly trying to answer where the violent criminal is concerned.
The only way to get any sort of an answer is to try to get inside the minds of such criminals. Scientists need to find out everything they possibly can about the way the criminal mind works, and what factors contribute to make them the way they are.

Part One: Children Who Kill
Part Two: Men Who Kill
Part Three: Women Who Kill
Part Four: Couples Who Kill

Born to be Killers is a study of the chilling complexity and sometimes irrational twists that takes a crime beyond understanding. It studies the cases of children and adults alike, in which the cold-blooded cruelty, the cunning scheming and callous lack of reason in a killing, takes a crime into a different perspective.


The Brethren
The Brethren
Author: John Grisham
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 1024
Review Date: 10/30/2005


They call themselves the Brethren: three disgraced former judges doing time in a Florida federal prison. One was sent up for tax evasion. Another, for skimming bingo profits. And the third, for a career-ending drunken joyride. Meeting daily in the prison law library, taking exercise walks in their boxer shorts, these judges-turned-felons can reminisce about old court cases, dispense a little jailhouse justice, and contemplate where their lives went wrong.

Or they can use their time in prison to get very rich--- very fast.

And so they sit, sprawled in the prison library, furiously writing letters, fine-tuning a wickedly brilliant extortion scamwhile events outside their prison walls begin to erupt. A bizarre presidential election is holding the nation in its grips--- and a powerful government figure is pulling some very hidden strings. For the Brethren, the timing couldnt be better.

Because theyve just found the perfect victim


Brimstone (Pendergast, Bk 5)
Brimstone (Pendergast, Bk 5)
Author: Douglas Preston, Lincoln Child
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
 326
Review Date: 11/1/2005


A body is found in the attic of a fabulous Long Island estate.

There is a claw print scorched into the wall, and the stench of sulfur chokes the air.

When FBI Special Agent Pendergast investigates the gruesome crime, he discovers that thirty years ago four men conjured something unspeakable.

Has the devil come to claim his due?


Can You Keep a Secret?
Can You Keep a Secret?
Author: Sophie Kinsella
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 800
Review Date: 4/15/2007


Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend:
Ive always though Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother:
I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur

Secrets she wouldnt share with anyone in the world:
I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger

But come Monday morning, Emmas office is abuzz about the arrival of Jack Harper, the companys elusive CEO. Suddenly Emma is face-to-face with the stranger from the plane, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her. Things couldnt possibly get worse. Or can they?


The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
The Canterbury Tales (Oxford World's Classics)
Author: Geoffrey Chaucer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 22
Review Date: 10/30/2005
Helpful Score: 1


Translated with an Introduction and Notes by David Wright.

Chaucer's most celebrated work, The Canterbury Tales (c.1387), in which a group of pilgrims entertain each other with stories on the road to Canterbury, is a masterpiece of narration, description, and character portrayal. The tellers and their tales are as fresh and vivid today as they were six centuries ago.


Cat Care: 101 Essential Tips
Cat Care: 101 Essential Tips
Author: Andrew Edney, David Taylor.
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
 14
Review Date: 12/28/2006


Know-how in a nutshell

The step-by-step guide that brings expert advice

101 easy-to-grasp tips

Gives quick answers to questions

Fully illustrated in color throughout

Sections include:
How to Choose a Cat
Housing and Handling
Feeding Tips
Good Grooming Guide
Understanding Your Cat
Health Check
Nursing a Cat
First Aid


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.
 646
Review Date: 11/2/2005


It is New Years Eve, the last day of Virginias bloodiest year since the Civil War. Dr. Kay Scarpetta plunges into the murky depths of a ship graveyard to recover the very human remains of Ted Eddings, an investigative reporter. What kind of story was Eddings chasing below the icy surface of the Elizabeth River? And why did Scarpetta receive a phone call from someone reporting the death before the police were notified? She soon discovers that Eddings murder is merely the first layer of something much deeper--- a labyrinthine conspiracy that will put all of her criminal and forensic knowledge to the test like never before. For Scarpetta, the real challenge wont be cataloging the growing number of dead bodies, but preventing herself and those she loves from becoming the next victims.


Children of the Night
Children of the Night
Author: Dan Simmons
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 82
Review Date: 11/1/2005


In a desolate orphanage in what remains of post-Communist Romania, a desperately ill infant is given the wrong blood transfusion--- and flourishes when hes supposed to die. The discovery of his unique immune system may hold the key to the long-awaited cure for cancer and AIDS. For a dedicated American doctor, he promises the medical breakthrough of a lifetime, as well as a very special love shes never been able to find. But he also conceals a shocking intimate link to a clan of vampires and their legendary leader--- the fiend the world calls Vlad Dracula, who, for centuries, has triumphed over countless rival tyrants, including death itself


Cold Fire
Cold Fire
Author: Dean R. Koontz
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 246
Review Date: 11/7/2005


In Portland, he saved a young boy from a drunk driver. In Boston, he rescued a child from an underground explosion. In Houston, he disarmed a man who was trying to shoot his own wife. Reporter Holly Thorne was intrigued by this strange, quiet savior named Jim Ironheart. She was even falling in love with him. But what power compelled an ordinary man to save twelve lives in three months? What visions haunted his dreams? And why did he whisper in his sleep: There is an Enemy. It is coming. Itll kill us all?


Companions of the Night
Companions of the Night
Author: Vivian Vande Velde
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 11/7/2005


Ever since her mom left, sixteen-year-old Kerry cant take it when her little brother, Ian, cries. Thats why, even though its almost eleven oclock at night, she goes back to the Quick-Clean Laundry to retrieve Footy, Ians stuffed koala bear.

And walks into what looks like a gang war gone crazy. Which leads to a kidnapping. Car theft. Murder.

And vampires.


The Complete Guide to Psychic Development: 100 Ways to Tap into Your Psychic Potential
Review Date: 1/1/2006


Have you ever known who was calling before answering the phone? Have you dreamed about an old acquaintance and then bumped into them the next day? If so, youve already experienced two of the most common psychic occurrences. In their simplest forms, psychic powers are the natural, powerful intuitions we all possess. By learning to tap into these instincts, you can develop a richer, more insightful relationship with yourself and the world around you. In The Complete Guide to Psychic Development, noted British author and psychic Cassandra Eason outlines hundreds of ways to tap into your hidden talents through:

Telepathy
Clairvoyance and clairaudience
Absent and contact healing
Out-of-body experiences
Candle, wax, and crystal divination
Ghosts and spirit guides
Runic writing and hieroglyphics
And more!

Packed with ideas and techniques drawn from many traditions, this comprehensive and accessible guide gives psychics of all abilities practical methods of developing deeper connections to the spiritual world.


The Conquest (Peregrine, Bk 2)
The Conquest (Peregrine, Bk 2)
Author: Jude Deveraux
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 187
Review Date: 12/28/2006


Lovely Zared Peregrine was the pride of her family, a treasure her rough-hewn brothers would strive at any cost to protect from their ancient enemies, the Howards. The Peregrines had suffered loss enough. Thus Zareds brothers trained her in that arts of war, and dressed her in boys clothing. Beyond the castle walls, none knew that the youngest Peregrine was a girl
Yet when the magnificent knight Tearle Howard returned from a lengthy sojourn in France, it took him but one glance to discover that Zared was more definitely female, and beautiful. Now, as the enmity between their families raged on, Tearle would mount a bold campaign to win the ravishing spitfires heartand save her from his brothers dark and deadly obsession!


Copy Kat (Kat Colorado, Bk 4)
Copy Kat (Kat Colorado, Bk 4)
Author: Karen Kijewski
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 59
Review Date: 11/2/2005


Its hard to tell where the truth ends and the lies begin when Kat is hired to look into the death of a young woman in a historic California gold-country resort town. The police have closed the books on Deidre Durkins murder: it was a tragic robbery-homicide. But could a clever murderer have created the illusion of a parking-lot theft gone bad? Was Deidres loving husband as perfect as he seemed? The more Kat finds out about the victim, the less shes convinced that Deidre was the woman she appeared to be. But then Kat, in her undercover role as a bartender, isnt the person she pretends to be, either. And as Kat discovers, in this little town, even life and death are an illusion.


The Count of Monte Cristo
The Count of Monte Cristo
Author: Alexandre Dumas
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.
 106
Review Date: 10/29/2005


In this ever-popular tale of love and revenge in the post-Napoleonic era, Edmond Dantes, a nineteen-year-old sailor from Marseilles, is soon to be captain of his own ship and to marry his beloved, the beautiful Mercedes. But spiteful enemies provoke his arrest on the very day planned for his wedding, and without ceremony he is condemned to lifelong solitary imprisonment in the notorious Chateau dIf. His sole companion in prison is the crazy priest Faria, who shares with Edmond a secret plan of escape and a map to hidden riches on the island of Monte Cristo. When Faria dies, Edmond attempts the incredible and daring escape plan alone. And finally he is free- and rich beyond imagination- after fourteen years of unjust imprisonment. Keeping his true identity a secret, Edmond enters society as the Count of Monte Cristo, a polite, refined nobleman with a private determination to reclaim his lost loveand to exact a slow, careful revenge upon his accusers.


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