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Ask Larry
Ask Larry
Author: Larry Townsend
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/18/2006


The collected "Leather Notebook" columns.

Twelve years of Masterful advice (and the occasional command) from Larry Townsend, the leatherman's long-time confidant and adviser. Starting just before the onslaught of AIDS, Townsend wrote the Leather Notebook Column for Drummer magazine, tackling subjects from sexual technique to safer sex, whips to welts, Daddies to dog collars.

Now, with Ask Larry, readers can avail themselves of Townsend's collected wisdom as well as the author's new commentary - a careful consideration of the way life has changed in the AIDS era, and the specific ways in which the disease has altered perceptions of once-simple problems.

Any man worth his leathers can't afford to miss this volume from one of the tribe's most celebrated - and trusted - scribes.


Assassination Vacation
Assassination Vacation
Author: Sarah Vowell
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 11/8/2007
Helpful Score: 4


I grabbed this at a library sale, figuring that if it was bad, it was surely wishlisted. Anyways, I was very pleased to find that it was actually interesting, despite my lack of enthusiasm on the subject of American History. Yes, I am one of those people whom if you said "Garfield", I would think of the orange cat, but now I find I quite like the former president as well. Well worth the read as it's both informative and entertaining.


Bird-Eyes
Bird-Eyes
Author: Madelyn Arnold
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/3/2010


I recommend this novel to anyone who enjoyed Girl, Interrupted. It not only shows how rough it was to be gay in the 60's (and presumably before then too), but how tough it was just being different in general (one lady in the asylum is there, basically, because she is deaf). I enjoyed the writing style, it had a very flowing rhythm and fit the situation well.


Black Butterflies
Black Butterflies
Author: John Shirley
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 5/29/2006
Helpful Score: 1


This is a book of horror and dark fantasy short stories, although I personally thought many in the dark fantasy half could qualify as horror also. Some stories were more original than others, with some, like the award-winning "Cram" being excellent. It was worth reading if you enjoy short fiction.


Bound and Gagged Unhinged
Bound and Gagged Unhinged
Author: Dana Summers
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 2.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/26/2006


It's the living end .. a shameless new collection of cartoons from Dana Summers.


The Choice
The Choice
Author: Barry Reed
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/15/2006


Frank Galvin, a smart Irishman from the tough side of town, is the star litigator at a blue-chip Boston law firm. But the irresistable lure of a beautiful woman with a devastating secret threatens his hard-won acceptance by "the establishment".

Suddenly, Frank finds himself on the wrong side of a ferocious legal war - hired to destroy the people he trusts, loyal to those he doesn't. He's facing the biggest choice of his career - and the ultimate battle between duty and honor.

Caught in the crossfire of sexual temptation and murder, he'll call on the same unorthodox methods that made things sizzle in The Verdict. But this time, Galvin's got a lot more at stake, because winning the case could mean losing everything.

-An alternate selection of the Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs.


Deadline Y2K
Deadline Y2K
Author: Mark Joseph
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Review Date: 10/14/2007


When I picked this book from my shelves, I was afraid that the mere fact that I knew the world hadn't ended when the year 2000 began would hamper any enjoyment I got out of a cyber-thriller set on that very premise. However, once I started reading it and realized it was as fun as watching a disaster movie, I let my worries go. If you enjoy end-of-civilization panic, or just plain old fun disaster movies, you could do a lot worse than this book.


Double Date (Fear Street, Bk 23)
Double Date (Fear Street, Bk 23)
Author: R. L. Stine
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/14/2006


No girl in her right mind would say no to a date with Bobby Newkirk. Not with those great looks, that easy charm, and the awesome way he plays the guitar. Of course, some people think he's just a bit conceited. But when it comes to breaking hearts, that hasn't slowed Bobby down one bit.

At least, not until the beautiful Wade twins move to Shadyside. And Bobby brags to his friends that they'll both fall for him.

And they do. Too bad for Bobby the twins never learned to share. One of them is jealous, murderously jealous. Is it quiet, shy Bree? Or bold sexy Samantha? Bobby had better figure it out.. or his double fun will turn to double terror.


The Electric Kid (An Avon Flare Book)
The Electric Kid (An Avon Flare Book)
Author: Garry Kilworth
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
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Review Date: 6/26/2006


The year is 2061.

Hotwire and Blindboy have always been a team. That's how they survive. But now they've gotten themselves kidnapped by the master criminal of the underworld and pressed into doing his wicked bidding, all because of their extraordinary talents.

Blindboy and Hotwire are a couple of kids whose home is the city dump. Blindboy can hear stuff buried under the dirt and slime, Hotwire is a girl with a genius for making those old electric gadgets work again. But the mob has new uses for these amazing talents .. and unless Blindboy and Hotwire can use their ingenuity to escape, they will be trapped in a dark and treacherous world of big-time crime.


Jack and Jill: Nursery Crimes
Jack and Jill: Nursery Crimes
Author: Eric Weiner
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/10/2006


When Jack Washburn and Jill Marshack snuck into Jack's room at strict Braddington Prep one night, they didn't think anyone saw.
They were wrong.

Martin Rucker, the computer geek, saw everything and he's going to make them pay.

But like all blackmailers, the more Martin gets, the more he wants, pushing the couple over the edge. Jack and Jill decide the only way out is to silence the obsessed parasite that Martin has become.

But the best laid plans go awry and Jack and Jill learn the hard way that true evil never dies.


Magic at the Crossroads (Dark Hearts)
Review Date: 6/10/2006


Allison James can sense the evil lurking in the sultry night air of New Orleans. But the seductive beauty of her new home, and her growing love for Jean-Paul DuFort, keep Allison from running away.

At night Allison's dreams are haunted with vivid and terrifying visions. During the day she is drawn further into an intoxicating circle of passion and magic. Allison tries to resist the darkness that surrounds her, but she cannot escape its power.


Mariposa Blues (An Avon Flare Book)
Mariposa Blues (An Avon Flare Book)
Author: Ronald Koertge
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/13/2006


"What's wrong with you anyway, Graham?"

Everybody keeps asking that question, and Graham doesn't know how to answer it. He'd been looking forward to spending another summer at Mariposa Downs helping his father train race horses, but now he finds everything about his father irritating - especially the way he always has to be right. And then there's Leslie, Graham's best pal for many summers. This year, she's suddenly turned into a girl and she's having a strange effect on him.

But he's no kid anymore - and proving he can make his own decisions is going to make him feel much better - even if he does have to take the heat.


The Millennium
The Millennium
Author: Daniel Cohen
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/26/2006


It's huge. It's global. It's the millennium!

It's not just another New Year's Eve. It's the year 2000. Where will you be on January 1, 2000?

Celebrate at the foot of the Egyption Pyramids with dancing Arabian horses and the biggest rock concert of all time. Or join one million people in Times Square, New York City, to watch twenty-four giant TV screens broadcast New Year's events from Bangkok to Peru!

Read about the Millennium Virus. Will it cause all of the computers in the world to crash? Which kids will get to see the first sunrise of the new century before anyone else? What is the Doomsday Prophecy? And what happened on New Year's Eve in the year 999? It's not what you think!

Find out everything about the subject everyone is talking about!


Night School
Night School
Author: Caroline B. Cooney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/13/2006
Helpful Score: 3


There are no graduates from this school. Ever.

The announcement hangs in the center of the huge bulletin board at school. The printing creeps and drips down the page, and seems to Mariah to glow with fingerprints, evil-crusted whorls of dark plans, and sick thoughts.

Night Class, the announcement reads.
If she'd known what the class would be like, she would never have signed up. Because it is a class like no other.

A class that teaches terror.

Mariah wishes she could escape. But it's too late. The class is closed and Mariah is trapped.
Forever.


Rogues to Riches (First Quest)
Rogues to Riches (First Quest)
Author: Robert J. King
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/10/2006


Rengie and Tooles have a scheme to get rich quick..

Little do they know they'll have to journey to the ice cap, ride cranky horses, joust warriors, fight frost giants, bargain with witches, use chickens to defeat dragons, and become noble dispite themselves.

Perhaps they should reconsider.

On the other hand, Tooles can escape a prison by using just spit! Surely he can handle a few giants.. can they survive this quest? Should they survive? Ahh, if ever two ne'er-do-wells deserved to ne'er do well, it would be Rengie and Tooles. Fortunately for them, fate looks after fools and children .. and they aren't children.


Rose: A Novel
Rose: A Novel
Author: Rose Boyt
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/23/2009


A coming-of-age novel features Rose, a seven year old who becomes a tragic victim of her mother's affair with a sea captain and is forced to grow up in squalor and poverty in London.


Shallow Man, The
Shallow Man, The
Author: Coerte V.W. Felske
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/23/2009


"Cruising Manhattan's young and beautiful scene on a Harley Davidson, Nick Laws is on a desperate search for supermodels or, as he puts it, "Thing." Whether throwing parties for that one in 50,000 who is "hot. Thing hot," fending off "Civilians" (everyday girls with everyday looks) or convincing Thing to dump "Guy" (everyday boy, everyday looks), Nick is driven by Thing-how to get it and how to enjoy it. After a few freakish days in Miami, his mother's funeral and a bitter family reunion, however, his world threatens to unravel, leading him to bare his soul to a Civilian. But for how long will this uncharacteristic behavior hold? Though the world that Felske paints is self-consciously hipper-than-thou, he holds his portrait of it in check with a ribald sense of humor and an understanding of the limitations of Nick's ways. Tight prose and smooth dialogue impel the story along, while the names of so many trendy New York night spots dot the text that hipster wannabes can use it as a guidebook. This first novel isn't much deeper than the characters it portrays, but it captures their gloss with a smart shine of its own."


Spellbound
Spellbound
Author: Christopher Pike
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 6/10/2006


They found Karen Holly dead in the mountain stream and thought Jason had murdered her in a fit of rage. Now Jason has a new girlfriend, and together with some new kids in town is returning to the place where Karen was killed. Some will die. The others will come face to face with a horror beyond imagining.


Tears of Blood (Dark Hearts, No 2)
Tears of Blood (Dark Hearts, No 2)
Author: Daniel Parker
Book Type: Paperback
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Review Date: 6/13/2006


It takes a special power to overcome evil.

Allison James is desperate to protect her true love, Jean-Paul DuFort from the evils of New Orleans - and from his twin brother, Isnard. But to save Jean-Paul, Allison must join Isnard's mysterious clan, the Red Sect. As she learns more about his dark magic, Allison feels herself falling under Isnard's spell.

Jean-Paul knows his twin brother's unbreakable strength - the power of the marassa - and his wicked intentions. Only another marassa can match his force. Jean-Paul abandoned the dark magic long ago. Now, with Allison in danger, he vows to develop his deadly powers once again.


Thrill!
Thrill!
Author: Jackie Collins
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/7/2006


Jackie Collins' most outrageous, erotically charged New York Times bestseller is a sexy, shaterring roller-coaster thrill ride!

From chic New York and the exclusive Hamptons to the hungry heart of L.A., this high-suspense tale pulses with deadly obsessions and relentless desires in the seemingly perfect world of a gorgeous film actress. She could have any man -- but the one she can't resist is a mysterious lover with a shadowed past. As their jolting affair skyrockets with electric passion, shocking secrets break through their hidden traps -- in a brilliantly twisting story that sparks with the explosive Jackie Collins touch.


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