Dale M. - Reviews

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Chromosome 6
Chromosome 6
Author: Robin Cook
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
Review Date: 1/29/2008

In his most prophetic thriller yet, Robin Cook challenges the medical ethics of genetic manipulation and cloning.

In the jungles of equatorial Africa, a biotechnology giant has taken transplant surgery and animal research to a new level. Where one mistake could bridge the evolutionary gap between man and ape--and forever change the genetic map of our existence...

"Shocking and thought-provoking...Cook's best to date."
--The New York Times

Memoirs of a Geisha
Memoirs of a Geisha
Author: Arthur Golden
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
Review Date: 9/13/2007

In this literary tour de force, novelist Arthur Golden enters a remote and shimmeringly exotic world. For the protagonist of this peerlessly observant first novel is Sayuri, one of Japan's most celebrated geisha, a woman who is both performer and courtesan, slave and goddess.

We follow Sayuri from her childhood in an impoverished fishing village, where in 1929, she is sold to a representative of a geisha house, who is drawn by the child's unusual blue-grey eyes. From there she is taken to Gion, the pleasure district of Kyoto. She is nine years old. In the years that follow, as she works to pay back the price of her purchase, Sayuri will be schooled in music and dance, learn to apply the geisha's elaborate makeup, wear elaborate kimono, and care for a coiffure so fragile that it requires a special pillow. She will also acquire a magnanimous tutor and a venomous rival. Surviving the intrigues of her trade and the upheavals of war, the resourceful Sayuri is a romantic heroine on the order of Jane Eyre and Scarlett O'Hara. And Memoirs of a Geisha is a triumphant work - suspenseful, and utterly persuasive.

The Templar Salvation (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, Bk 2)
The Templar Salvation (Sean Reilly and Tess Chaykin, Bk 2)
Author: Raymond Khoury
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
Review Date: 5/27/2011

Continuation of Templar series, enjoyed it quite a lot, which is to say just as much as the others. Good mystery read.

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