Leslie N. (lmn) - Reviews

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Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory, Bk 1)
Mallory's Oracle (Kathleen Mallory, Bk 1)
Author: Carol O'Connell
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
 131
Review Date: 4/30/2007


Dark suspense. Well written and plotted. A great addition to the series.


A Man in Full
A Man in Full
Author: Tom Wolfe
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 73
Review Date: 12/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


The York Times Book Review says it best, "The novel contains passages as powerful and as beautiful as anything writtennot merely by contemporary American novelists but by any American Novelist....The book is as funny as anything Wolfe has ever written; at the same time it is also deeply, strangely affecting." If you liked Wolfe's other novels you will like this one. And if you've never read him, this is a great introduction to his sardonic take on men and women on the make.


Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 13)
Micah (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, Bk 13)
Author: Laurell K. Hamilton
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Ms. Hamilton's Michah is more of a novelette than a true novel. No plot really. However, she sure knows how to ramp up the tension and write pretty amazing sex scenes. And, she does at last give us a bit more of Micah's back story. If you've read the rest, you'll want to read this one just to stay in the know.


The Old Ballerina: A Novel
The Old Ballerina: A Novel
Author: Ellen Cooney
Book Type: Hardcover
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Review Date: 3/20/2010


This is a well-written novel, though the author seemed more interested in her technique than in telling a coherent story. The characters' motivations often seemed opaque and the author often started a story thread and then wandered away from it.

In all, I found the novel arty and self-reverent. Not that arty is a bad thing--it's only bad when the writing style gets in the way of telling a story well. Based on the good reviews in respected magazines for "The Old Ballerina," I waited years to get my hands on a copy. But even if I was disappointed in the end, three cheers for Paperback Swap for finally unearthing a copy.


The Pact (Rachel Benjamin, Bk 1)
The Pact (Rachel Benjamin, Bk 1)
Author: Jennifer Sturman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
 114
Review Date: 2/4/2007
Helpful Score: 1


This book belongs in a new sub-genre that has been showing up latelychicklit mystery. The sassy heroine's voice is fresh and fun. A good read.


Rules for Being a Mistress
Rules for Being a Mistress
Author: Tamara Lejeune
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 31
Review Date: 5/4/2010


Excellent read. Intelligent. Great characters. An author I haden't encountered before. Look forward to reading more of her novels.


Scarlet Angel
Scarlet Angel
Author: Elizabeth Palmer
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.2/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 1/14/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This writer is like a modern day Jane Austen but with a really black sense of humor. Hijinks in British high society. Wicked fun!


Sex and the Single Vampire (Dark Ones, Bk 2)
Sex and the Single Vampire (Dark Ones, Bk 2)
Author: Katie MacAlister
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 526
Review Date: 12/19/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Written in the snappy voice of the heroine who is pretty unphased to find herself mixed up with a vampire. Funny and cute.


Snap Happy
Snap Happy
Author: Fiona Walker
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 10
Review Date: 12/20/2006


Fiona Walker is an English author and hard to find as her books are only distributed in the UK and Australia. If you've ever read Jilly Cooper you will enjoy Ms. Walker. She right fun, funny and infuriating characters. Kind of Bridget Jones-ish with an edge. In this one the heroine, who should know better, falls for a pretty face--and body--mystery man. We get pretty fed up with both of them by the time they figure it out and manage to get together. You'll laugh and groan alot along the way.


So Wild A Heart (Aincourt Family, Bk 1)
So Wild A Heart (Aincourt Family, Bk 1)
Author: Candace Camp
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/28/2006
Helpful Score: 3


I'm not always a Camp fan, but this one was really good--well written with a fun preminse, spunky heroine and bedeviled hero who doesn't know quite what hit him until he is well and truely in love with the wife he married as a purely business proposition and with one arm firmly twisted behind his back by his mother. A delightful read.


The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2)
The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials, Bk 2)
Author: Philip Pullman
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 7/16/2007


This is a wonderful series, and because it is a series it is a good idea to read the first book, The Golden Compass, first.


Summers at Castle Auburn
Summers at Castle Auburn
Author: Sharon Shinn
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
 68
Review Date: 12/19/2006


Fantasy set in an alternate medival world with a brigadoon like boundry between fairie and human lands. Well written. I'm not a big fantasy reader, hence my star rating. If you like this kind of fiction there is nothing here not to like.


Sweet Savage Love
Sweet Savage Love
Author: Rosemary Rogers
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 2/23/2007
Helpful Score: 5


Rosemary Rogers was a pioneer of erotic romance, and this title was a sensation when it was released in 1974. It is the story of two wild, untamed souls who hurt each other badly before they can come to love. A little dated, and full of adventure with very hot love scenes in the "she said no but means yes," mode. ENTERTAINING.


This Heart of Mine
This Heart of Mine
Author: Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/28/2006
Helpful Score: 2


As usual, Phillips writing is fun, funny, and fast paced. She never hits a wrong note. As a woman who hasn't seen a super bowl in twenty years, I can attest to the fact that she made me love the game and those great big men who play in them.


To Have and to Hold (Wyckerley, Bk 2)
To Have and to Hold (Wyckerley, Bk 2)
Author: Patricia Gaffney
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/30/2007
Helpful Score: 1


Patricia Gaffney writes well--a skill sometimes hard to find in romance. This is a darker story than the usual and very well done.


An Unwilling Conquest (Lester Family Saga, Bk 3)
An Unwilling Conquest (Lester Family Saga, Bk 3)
Author: Stephanie Laurens
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
 127
Review Date: 12/28/2006
Helpful Score: 1


Lauren is an excellent writer which means that her books are well plotted, witty and a pleasure to read.


Vamped
Vamped
Author: David Sosnowski
Book Type: Paperback
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 1/5/2007
Helpful Score: 2


This is not the usual Vampire novel and not a book a romance reader would like. It is a send up of Vampire fiction while at the same time being a kind of edgy, noir, scifi romping good read. Very fun and not for the squeamish.


The Virgin's Lover
The Virgin's Lover
Author: Philippa Gregory
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006


This wonderful story imagines the love affair between Robert Dudley and Queen Elizabeth carefully researched using documents and evidence fromthe era. The jacket copy is the best description of the tale that I can offer....[An] almost magical insight into the desires of Robert Dudley and his lovers, paints a picture of a countryon the brink of greatness, a yuong woman grasping at her power, a young man whose ampition is greater than his means, and the wife who cannot forgive him. A great read.


Voyager (Outlander, Bk 3)
Voyager (Outlander, Bk 3)
Author: Diana Gabaldon
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
  • Currently 4.5/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 4/30/2007


The saga contines. The second book in the series begun with Outlander. To quote Publisher's Weekly: "triumphant...her use of historical detail and a truly adult love story confirm Gabalon as a superior writer."


Waiting
Waiting
Author: Ha Jin
Book Type: Hardcover
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
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Review Date: 12/19/2006


A book read for the pleasure of the writing as much as for the story. A Natiional Book Award Winner. Best to quote from The New York Times Magazine, "Waiting has the stripped down simplicity of a fable....It casts a spell that doesn't break once....Jin has the kind of effortless command that most writiers can only dream about." This is a story about a man caught betten two women and to cultures, that of ancient and modern China.


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