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The New Neighbor: A Novel
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Helpful Score: 2


Boring book about nothing much.
Margaret is a 90 year old lonely woman, obnoxious and sarcastic, without any friends.
She spies on a new young neighbor and her young son who just moved in across a pond in her backyard.

The story revolves around the secrets these two women are hiding and what they do to protect them.
How or why I finished this book I'll never know, but the end was just ......nothing...I turned the page but it was over!

Did I say boring?!?!


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Helpful Score: 1


I was reading this book at the height of the Presidential debates and speaking tours. I had heard for many years that the Clintons had a nasty reputation as far as their friends and "those in the know in D.C" were quoted. This book goes into many of those underhanded deals and suspicious acts that happened. After reading this book you have a much better idea of the way Washington, D.C. really works and it's frightening. Everything is about how do I get ahead, how do I build my legacy and leave here to earn great money speaking, etc. I was certain of my presidential choice before I read the book if I had any question at all, reading this sealed the deal for me. Very interesting reading. No boring or dry places in this. I finished it in 2 days stealing time here and there. Everyone should read this just to know what things really happened. This book is backed by personal interviews and sources are listed.


The Gathering
The Gathering
Author: Anne Enright
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


Writing is meandering and convoluted. I'd put it down but I'm halfway through. I keep telling me there has to be a point somewhere. Still looking.


The Children's Blizzard
The Children's Blizzard
Author: David Laskin
Genre: History
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


I loved this book, when I read it about 7 years ago, and I kept it on my bookshelf. I love true history stories. Ironically, while doing family research, I discovered that one of my ancestors died in this blizzard, and his body was not found for about 4 months. In the family history book, they refer to this as The Schoolhouse Blizzard. If you like true history, you will enjoy this book.


You Should Have Known
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Helpful Score: 1


I could not put this book down - I was so caught up in the story and the unraveling of the secret life of the husband and the wife's slow realization that she had no idea who she was married to. Honestly, I didn't really like the main character until the end; I found her to be smug and very full of herself, and wanted to shake her half the time. I also wouldn't want to live in the world of upper class New York City - what a terribly snobbish world. This novel was very wordy, but the story was excellent.


The Heist (Fox and O'Hare, Bk 1) (Audio CD) (Unabridged)
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Helpful Score: 1


I started out a big Janet E fan back in 1998, with her Stephanie Plum series. After a while that got same old same old. I started listening to the Plum series because I enjoyed the narrators voices. The Diesel series didn't do it for me, I gave up after book one.

If you also found the above to be true, I think you will really love this series. I found it fun, exciting even believable. I love the FOX character, and I am looking forward to O'Hare becoming a more well rounded person because he is in her life. They make a great team. This is worth listening to that is for certain.


Swapping Lives
Swapping Lives
Author: Jane Green
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


I literally forced myself to keep reading this book, but gave up after 65 pages. One of the most silly, vacuous, stories I've attempted to read. Not at all worthy of a decent review. Don't waste your time.


Castle Cloud
Castle Cloud
Author: Elizabeth Norman
Genre: Romance
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


I could not finish this book. The main character was tedious, the plot lines were redundant, the pace dragged. I read the last chapter after suffering through half of the book hoping the main character would finally do something to aid her own cause. Really disappointing book.


A Higher Call: An Incredible True Story of Combat and Chivalry in the War-Torn Skies of World War II
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Helpful Score: 1


This book covers a lot more than the one incident the cover illustrates. It is about the kind of men who formed the American bomber crews and and flew the German fighters in World War II. The two officers pictured on the cover serve as the thread all the other stories branch from.

I found this book engrossing. The highlights were the description of the central incident and the last chapters dealing with the attempts of the two men, after forty years, trying to find out what happened to the other.

As a veteran myself, I found my eyes misting up as the two men finally contacted each other.


Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir
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Helpful Score: 1


Having been born in Hillbilly country myself, I had to read this book and see just what it was all about. I can relate to some of the circumstances that J. D. writes about and to a degree he and I have similar lives, but I did not go to Harvard Law School, but I did escape the circumstances that surround this Hillbilly culture. However, I too still embrace the significance of having grown up in this culture. Its a warmly, refreshing and heartwarming story and the author take great pride in his heritage. If you (or someone you love dearly) are from this culture, you owe it to yourself to read this book.


Storm Front  (Dresden Files, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 1


My first experience with this author, but certainly not my last. The protagonist is in over his head, but doesn't back off. Magic, mystery, politics and adventure. You don't want to stop reading.


Don't Say a Word (Strangers Series)
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Helpful Score: 1


This book was all you could want in a murder/suspense and then some. It had the best twisty ending that I've read in ages. This is one of those books that even if laid down, it's constantly on your mind. I didn't realize that this was book 3 in a trilogy until writing the review so it can definitely stand by itself. Now though, I get to go back and read the first two books in the series.


Possession (The Steel Brothers Saga)
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Helpful Score: 1


I was frustrated when I finished this. I like the story, I liked the characters, but it's dragged out entirely too long. Three books and it's still not over! If the ridiculous amount of sex scenes had been cut in half the actual story could have been finished in this book. As much as I want to find out what happens, I won't be spending the time to continue with the series, as I have no interest in Jonah's story.


Shelter (Mickey Bolitar, Bk 1)
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Helpful Score: 1


Life isn't going so well for 15-year old Mickey Bolitar. After witnessing the death of his father and placing his mother in rehab, Mickey has moved in with his Uncle Myron. Now starting a new school, Mickey meets Ashley Kent. They become friends until she mysteriously disappears without a trace. As Mickey and his new friends Ema and Spoon try to figure out what exactly happened to Ashley, they find that she was covering up a dark secret.

I absolutely love Coben's Myron Bolitar series, so I thought I'd give Mickey Bolitar a try. This was an enjoyable book with a good mystery. There isn't as much humor in this book as the other series, but it is still a very good book. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series. My rating: 4.5 Stars.


Anthem for Doomed Youth (Daisy Dalrymple, Bk 19)
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Helpful Score: 1


I don't read Dunn's mysteries one right after the other. So I forget how good she is. I'm not sure how Dunn does it, but after I am a couple chapters into most of her novels, it becomes a page-turner, as I need (emphasis on the 'need') to find out how the case is solved. It also helps she makes reading about Britain-between-the-wars as interesting as she does.


Rogue Warrior: Domino Theory
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Helpful Score: 1


I had read a couple of his early books and was impressed by this true American Hero. His early experience as a Seal was fascinating. That said, one had to look with a very jaundiced eye as his stories became more outrageous and self aggrandized. I had not read any of these novels after the first couple of autobiographical books, I didn't care for it, it was like a teen aged fantasy with the author as the hero. It would be an OK book, just pretend that the hero is completely fictionalized and you will be OK.


Early Warning
Early Warning
Author: Jane Smiley
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 1


I like Jane Smiley's writing style, so even though there were moments of confusion as to who was who, there was the enjoyment of the stories within the story. The book is long and the print is small, but stick with it because it is a tells great saga.


Not Lost Forever: My Story of Survival
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Helpful Score: 1


This book really touched my heart. Carmina is a strong, courageous woman to share her story of such unbelievable horror. I had a hard time putting the book down. I enjoyed the way the book went back and forth from the past to the present but in a flowing narrative, not confusing the reader. Although it was painful to read about Carmina's suffering and the agony she went through, I could sense the strength and hope in her writing. I highly recommend this book but you will cry for sure.


Autumn Return
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Helpful Score: 1


While I enjoyed the story, this is an aggressively Christian book and I was very put off by being preached at constantly. This constant hammering of the author's fundamentalist Christian view really detracted from a sweet story of redemption. If these are your views too then you will enjoy this book...if they are not, you will most likely be offended by them as I was.


Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions
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Auntie Poldi and the Sicilian Lions is told to Poldi's nephew who comes to visit each month from Germany. His aunt is a force of nature, and he is often appalled at some of her antics.

Already familiar with Sicily from Andrea Camilleri's Inspector Montalbano mysteries, I enjoyed reading a mystery set on the opposite side of the island where the shadow of the Etna volcano looms over all.

Giordano's setting is good, so is the mystery, and the food is mouthwatering. There are flashes of humor throughout the book, especially where they concern the mishaps Poldi has with her wig.

This first book in a series is good but for me, the story didn't really shine. I don't know if this is due to the translation or awkwardness because the nephew tells us the story secondhand. What I do know is that I'll be reading the next book in the series to see what happens next.


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