Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Lemon Meringue Pie Murder (Hannah Swensen, #4)Lemon Meringue Pie Murder by Joanne Fluke

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was another quick read. I like to have this series of books in my list to use as a buffer between heavier reads. I knew who the muderer was in this one well before the end of the story.

I find that I have become attached to the characters in the story. Though I find the murders intresting and the recipees wonderful. The reall reason that I continue to follow these books is Hannah and Lake Eden.

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Saturday, September 4, 2010

All Bones No Magic

Bone Magic (Sisters of the Moon, #7)Bone Magic by Yasmine Galenorn

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was really disappointing to me that I had to fight my way through a book in this series. The easy way that the stories usually progress, was not the case at all with this book. This story seemed more disjointed. Camille and Morio...Camille and Trillion...Smoky and issues that were eluded to but not explained...Iris and her past. There were too many questions and not enough answers. I hope they will be answered later.

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Thursday, September 2, 2010

Who Said Being Dead was Boring?

Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human CadaversStiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I found this to be one of the most enlighening, as well as informative books that I have had the pleasure of experiencing.

Mary Roach takes the reader on a journey of the dead, managing to treverse the often perverse situations in which our deceaced have managed to find themselves with humor and often touching grace.

I followed her through the less than auspicious beginnings of the practice of human disection; the second comming of someone's departed as CRASH TEST DUMMIE; human remains as laboratory on the "Body Farm" and so on.

I won't sit here and tell you everything. That would be no fun at all.

Let me just say that this will be the most fun that you will ever have being shocked, abhorred,entertained...but most of all educated.

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Reading Reading Reading

Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane (Underland Chronicles, #2)Gregor and the Prophecy of Bane by Suzanne Collins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Gregor and Boots find themselves the subjects of another Underland prophecy. This one mentioning a "pup that holds the Underland up." The destruction of said 'pup' being the Rats' "key to power." The Rats, thinking this pup to be Boots, set out to kill her. The roaches and the people of Regalia, thinking the same thing, set out to keep her alive while at the same time saving themselves by sending Gregor and the child on a quest to kill the "Bane."

I enjoyed this book a lot more than I did the first. The story flows a lot better as a whole and there is not that off-putting distance between Underland/Overland that there was in the first book. The characters relate to each other in more personal ways; drawing the reader in.

This book was also a lot less concerned about the happenings in the Overland. I felt that the Overland was the central orbit for the first story and that somehow made the happenings in the Underword less important. This was a concern for me because the main setting if the story is the Underland and the happenings and people therein.

I am happy to say that 'elephant in the room' so present in the first book has been ushered out; making way for a wonderful and well-written story in the second.

This was another 'can't put down' story. There is something for every age here. The action and adventure is edge of your seat.

I loved it and can't wait for the next book.

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