36 Years After Viet Nam

Book title: Remains: Non-Viewable : A Memoir
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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It's hard to remember that it's been so long since the Viet Nam war. Half the people in the country won't remember it at all. If they were born, it was just something that the old people were concerned about. Viet Nam was just something that appeared on the news, and who wanted to watch the news anyway.

For the rest of us, even the title is disturbing -- Remains: Non-Viewable was marked on too many government issue caskets that came back flag draped.

Even if it has been 36 years, the impact of John Young's cousin Doug coming back in a casket is still fresh in the family's collective mind. The results of one young man's being killed affected the family in many ways. This is the story of that affect on four men: John Young himself, his father, his uncle George, his cousin Doug.

The frightening part of this is that the same kinds of affects are now just starting in the families of the young men in Iraq.

EAN: 9780374249038
Pages: 288
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
John Sacret Young

From 1 to 100 GHz, here's a landmark text!

Book title: Radio System Design for Telecommunications (Wiley Series in Telecommunications and Signal Processing)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Freeman is perhaps my favorite technical author. He presents the subject clearly, backing it up with equations and examples that may be quickly applied to the problem at hand. His derivations of equations are explicit, without the immense dropouts that require hours of puzzlement to finally see how intuitively obvious it was. The propagation section shows the profound effects of rainfall on higher frequencies (especially important to Floridians). Low angle propagation paths is part of the System Approach chapter, an important consideration.

EAN: 9780471162605
Pages: 887
Publisher: Wiley-Interscience
Roger L. Freeman

A Classic

Book title: Wild Seed
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I am not normally a science fiction fan, but this book gripped me from the start and I couldn't put it down. Butler's lean, spare style of writing helps keep the story tightly under control and moving briskly. In addition, her skill at constructing multi-dimensional characters is at it's best in this novel. It isn't easy to make individuals as powerful as Anyanwu and Doro seem like believable people with genuine human emotions, but Butler pulls it off, showing startingly empathy with her characters, especially Anyanwu. The relationship between Doro and Anyanwu is so skillfully done you can't help but think of them as real people. The book is rich with both historical and sci-fi detail and gives the reader an almost overwhelming sense of epic scope while basing the story around a small, intimate cast. Butler is an excellent writer and this is arguably her finest effort -- a good book to start with if you haven't read her before.

EAN: 9780446606721
Pages: 288
Publisher: Aspect
Octavia E. Butler

Dragons, Wizards, and Murder? Oh my...

Book title: The Eyes of the Dragon
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
The Eyes of the Dragon - book cover picture

It all starts in a Kingdom called Delain. The wizard Flagg is King Roland's advisor. Sasha, Roland's wife, gives birth to two sons; Peter, and Thomas. Sasha dies after giving birth to Thomas! So he isn't too popular, since everyone loved Sasha. Flagg has a plan. An eeevil plan. And he has to get that Peter character out of his way to make it work... but I've said too much! Sorry. This is the first Stephen King book I've read, and if all his books are as good as this one, he's got a new fan. I like the way he writes. There's a lot of detail in everything, so you have a little more information to cling on to during the story. But what I liked most, was how he wrote it, so it seemed he was talking to YOU!!! If you like his books, you should read this. If you like dragons, wizards, kings, princes, secret passages, and all that type of thing, this is deffinatly for you!

EAN: 9780451166586
Pages: 380
Publisher: Signet Book
Stephen King


Book title: Born Confused
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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When I saw this at my school library was ecstatic, jumping in the aisles that there was a book about the Indian American Teenage Life written by an Indian American herself. Although the novel is 400 pages, I was done within two days because I just couldn't put it down. The story is common, about a girl trying to find out who she is, but the way it is told, is what makes this a fantastic novel. It has humor,sadness, love, and if you're an Indian American Teenage girl you can definitely relate to the character. Her parents are a riot and her best friend sort of reminds you of your own. A good Read!

EAN: 9780439510110
Pages: 512
Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks
Tanuja Desai Hidier

The '60s, the South, and being 14.

Book title: The Secret Life of Bees
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Wonderful book, just beautifully written and believably told through the eyes of a 14-year-old girl. The story is set in the south, in the 60s, just after the Civil Rights Act was passed. The tale is as much an accounting of the fear-based reaction of southerners to the forces of changing times as it is about the search for acceptance and love, the deep need for parental love: the love that deems you worthy enough to walk this planet. It is about finding the Goddess within, and bravery, and taking risks, and for standing up for what you know in your heart to be true. And, it's about bees and their fascinating lives and social order - how we're the same and how we're different.

EAN: 9780142001745
Pages: 336
Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)
Sue Kidd

A must read book for a mom as well as stepmom.

Book title: Stepmom
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Being a stepmom is a real rough job. People automatically assume that you are some kind of home wrecker and end up not giving you a chance when all you want is to love and be loved! I love my husband and everything about him, even his 6yr. old daughter.But it sure is hard not to take things personally. I saw myself and stepdaughter so many times in the book and it made me feel like I wasn't alone. Mom's and stepmoms should definatly read it!!

EAN: 9780446607537
Pages: 240
Publisher: Warner Books
Maggie Robb

A promising start to a new epic saga from TOR

Book title: Lord of the Isles (Lord of the Isles)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I was very impressed by LORD OF THE ISLES. It upholds TOR's high standards of epic fantasy. In the tradition of Robert Jordan and Terry Goodkind, Drake's novel is noteworthy for its interesting characters and attention to detail. I look forward to QUEEN OF DEMONS, the second volume of this epic saga. Drake has the makings of a master fantasist, though most readers probably know of him through his superb military fiction. If you're looking for something good to read until the next Wheel of Time novel is published, give LORD OF THE ISLES a try.

EAN: 9780312853969
Pages: 459
Publisher: Tor Books
David Drake
David G. Hartwell


Book title: Pope Joan : A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I started reading Pope Joan in self-defense because all my friends had read it. I ended reading Pope Joan in awe. It is inspirational in that it brings to light the social problems existent in a yesteryear so equated to today's male/female soicio-economic structure. The religious philosophies of bygone days portrayed in the book are adherent of a structure not so unchanged in this 21st century. The story brings to light the steadfast desire of a young woman to become educated; it follows her entrance into the religious life as a disguised contemporary of the ruling male populous of the church. Joan accomplishes what no other woman ever has - but who is to say that it cannot happen again? Excellent reading. I now discuss this book with my friends. Read it and do the same.

EAN: 9780345416261
Pages: 448
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Donna Cross

Perfect book for a vacation or lazy weekend

Book title: Afterburn
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Afterburn - book cover picture

In a last minute attempt to find a perfect book for vacation, I picked up "Afterburn." But moments after I purchased it, I had second thoughts. I figured it would just be another book in the Grisham, et al. genre. Boy, was I wrong. The twists and turns were completely upredictable. And the characters were remarkably well drawn. This is a perfect vacation read and worthy of excellent word of mouth.

EAN: 9780374102050
Pages: 416
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Colin Harrison

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