Erudite Yet Entertaining

Book title: Krakatoa: The Day the World Exploded, August 27, 1883
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Simon Winchester has turned out many books on many subjects, with their two common qualities being the excellence of his language and the thoroughness of his research, so that the lucky reader is both amused and informed. In Krakatoa Winchester has returned to his roots as a geologist to describe one of the most horrendous volcanic eruptions of all time. In the process of doing so Winchester enlightens us on the theory and history of plate tectonics, the spice trade and its impact on present day Indonesia, the colonial empires of the British and Dutch, Alfred Russell Wallace's research and its parallels with that of Charles Darwin, and the growth of fundamentalist Islam as well as tracing the history of the 1883 explosion and its immediate consequences. He manages all of this in a little less than 400 pages with prose which is witty and crisp. Read Krakatoa even if you think you have absolutely no interest in volcanoes. You will become an instant Simon Winchester fan.

EAN: 9780060937362
Pages: 448
Publisher: Perennial
Simon Winchester

"Don't let "Bob the Nailer" drift away!

Book title: Time to Hunt (audio CD)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
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The Swagger books are classic but Time to Hunt is by far the greatest! I am only 23 years old but my father, being an English teacher and Vietnam Veteran, tuned me onto Hunter and I can't get enough! "Bob the Nailer" is a great story so I am begging, PLEASE don't lay him down to rest! Donny Fenn is a great addition to Swagger. Julie is the girl back home that every boy in "Nam" kept in his mind. A great story that kept me on the edge of my seat! A man like Swagger can never rest easy, he has too many demons that will not let him rest...long live Swagger! All of Mr. Hunters books are great, but the Swagger saga is an American classic!

EAN: 9780553455809
Publisher: Random House Audio
Stephen Hunter

first of four is a sucess

Book title: The Scions of Shannara (Heritage of Shannara (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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A basic overview: The druid Allanon comes back in the form of a spirit long enough to foretell the dreary future and to lay tasks upon Par and Col Ohsmford, Wren Elessidil and Walker Boh. Par must find the Sword of Shannara, Wren bring back the Lost Elves and Walker to find the Black Elfstone.To accompany this intriguing storyline is a cast of characters that are as fascinating as the main characters. This books opens into the same world as all the other books of shannara -only 300 years after the previous book. The wrinting along with characters and amazong storyline come together perfectly to form a great book. Just make sure that you have the ones that follow it already on hand when you finish it.

EAN: 9780345370747
Pages: 432
Publisher: Del Rey
Terry Brooks

If there be an could do FAR worse!

Book title: Jim Morrison's Adventures in the Afterlife: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Confucius say: Do Not Judge Book By Cover...and by extention,do not choose book by title! Anyone picking up this book hoping for yet another tired Doors retrospective will,like Mr. Price,be sadly disappointed! However,if,like myself,you can joyfully suspend your disbelief for this wonderfully decadent,psychedelic thrill ride(not thriller!),you are in for the time of your afterlife! Mick has reached deep into his considerable experience of late 20th century weirdness and trash culture to produce one of the strangest trips I have ever taken without drugs...or at least a car! The ONLY Doors reference that needs to be applied to this book is that the archetypal Jim Morrison REALLY manages to "break on the other side"! Not for the small of mind or the miserly of imagination.

EAN: 9780312206543
Pages: 453
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Mick Farren

Don't miss this one!

Book title: The Viscount Who Loved Me
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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What a wonderful story. I just finished this book and I am so sad that the story is over. Anthony and Kate have become very real. Anthony has decided that it is time that he was married. His chosen bride is to be the shining star of the season Edwina. Kate (Edwina's sister) is very protective and has to be sure that the man who marries her sister is worthy of the honor. Anthony & Kate spend so much time together trying to work out the situation, that they forget that Edwina is even in the picture. The best part about this book is that all of the characters in it are so refreshing. I wanted to know more about each one of them. My favorite scene is the family game of Pall Mall. I laughed out loud. The facial expressions, the conversations, I actually felt like I was there watching the game. What a fun book to read. Highly recommended!

EAN: 9780380815579
Pages: 384
Publisher: Avon
Julia Quinn

I'm hooked for life!

Book title: The Eye of the World (The Wheel of Time, Book 1)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Oh my God! This book is so immersing.It is the best fantasy I have ever read!The world Jordan creates is more than a reality that exists only when you read the book.His carachetrs stay with you all the time. They become like old friends. And what a plot!It is so envolving!At the begining it moves a little slowly,but by page 68 it is never boring again,not for the whole 7 books. And it is constantly original.Jordan is a true genius!Read it!

EAN: 9780312850098
Pages: 688
Publisher: Tor Books
Robert Jordan

An Amazing Read!

Book title: Abhorsen (The Abhorsen Trilogy)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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If you haven't read these books, start right now. Sabriel, Lirael and Abhorsen are three of the most amazing books I have ever read. They are set in a world so much like our own, but yet so different and will have you entranced all the way through.I hope that maybe Garth Nix will start a new trilogy that is set in the same world as these three, so I can read more of the Abhorsen stories, or perhaps, stories from the Clayr or royal family.

EAN: 9780060528737
Pages: 528
Publisher: Eos
Garth Nix

Gang Bosses, Crimes, Private Eyes, Mystery, Vampires.

Book title: Bloodlist (Vampire Files (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I was a little bit leary when I picked up this book. I didn't really know if the book would hold my attention... I really do not like Mystery novels, but LOVE Vampire books. I decided to give the book a shot... ended up buying every book in the series half way through Bloodlist. I can't wait for the next book!Jack Fleming is one of the coolest vampires I have ever had the pleasure of reading about! He is not the typical vampire. He's a really nice guy. He doesn't wear a cape or speak with a French accent. He's from Cincinnati. Charles Escott... more intelligent than the average sidekick... and more amusing! I can't wait for the next book in the series, so I can learn more about him!This is just a wonderful book series. A vampire story with a Noir twist. Jack doesn't stalk the night to find food... he wants to find criminals. He's the sidekick to a Private Agent! Or is the Private Agent the sidekick to Jack? Hmmn...

EAN: 9780441067954
Publisher: Ace Books
P. N. Elrod

It was a fun and interesting book!!!

Book title: Help! I'm Trapped in Obedience School Again (Help, I'm Trapped)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Help Im trapped in obedience school again,by Todd Strasser was a very creative book.It was about a boy named Jake Sherman.His best friends Andy and Josh have a plan.If Jake swiches bodies with his dog,Lance he will get the nose piece from andy.The reason Andy wants Jake to switch bodies with Lance is he wants to meet Mica but Lance runs after squrriels.So he thinks that if Jake switches bodies with Lance,Jake in Lances body will chase Mica.find out if Jake gets the nose piece and if he will ever get out of Lances body!Will Andy meet Mica???Find Out!!!

EAN: 9780590029711
Publisher: Scholastic
Todd Strasser


Book title: Ashes in the Wind
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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Can Kathleen Woodiwiss write anything but the best? Cole Latimer and Alaina are such a unique couple. Brought together under bizarre circumstances, but you know only fate could have managed bringing them together. A couple that truly stayed together through "thick and thin" and perservered. This book brought tears to my eyes with the surprise ending. I only wish Kathleen would come with a new novel, it's been awhile. I've read every novel of hers and every single one was OUTSTANDING! This book is a keeper

EAN: 9780380769841
Pages: 672
Publisher: Avon
Kathleen E. Woodiwiss

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