Hard hitting, realistic depiction of slave life


Book title: Nightjohn
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Nightjohn - book cover picture

What a great book! I disagree with the reviews above when they say that the violence is redundant and excessive. Truth is, life was really like that on the plantation. The reader is almost transported back in time. This book is a good contrast to many history books that tend to downplay the intense cruelty inflicted on southern slaves. My recommendation? Take this book with you to Williamsburg, VA and ask the tour guides questions about it as they tell you how "well treated" the slaves were.

EAN: 9780440219361
Pages: 112
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Authors:
Gary Paulsen



Andre Norton and fantasy lovers:


Book title: The Key of the Keplian : Secrets of the Witch World (Secrets of the Witch World)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Key of the Keplian : Secrets of the Witch World (Secrets of the Witch World) - book cover picture

This was the first book I read of Andre Norton a few years ago. Since then I have been an great fan of Andre Norton and her Witch World series. In fact, I have even written a Witch World movie screenplay which I hope will someday get produced. All because of this book, the Key of the Keplian. It strangely makes you want to travel to some foreign land and hunt, and when the book ends, you wish there where more, which is exactly how novels should be. I highly recommend to both young and old readers of all tastes and flavours.

EAN: 9780446602204
Pages: 304
Publisher: Aspect
Authors:
Lyn McConchie
Andre Norton




Lose Yourself and Be Happy That You Did...


Book title: Assassin's Apprentice
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Assassin's Apprentice - book cover picture

After being away from Fantasy for some years now, I have had the most wonderful reading experiences of late. Due, in large part, by picking up those imaginary fantastic reigns and reading in the genre that was my first love. I was introduced to the works of Guy Gavriel Kay and found myself wanting... no, thirsting for more. Robin Hobb's name and series came up through searches on Amazon and I have to say it was the best surprise of 2000 for me. Robin Hobb's Assassin series is an extremely well written story with characters that touch you and always find a place in your heart. I can't say more about this book, other than, READ IT. If you like adventure, if you like fantasy, if you like honor, if you like nobility, if you just want to have a great time, pick up this book/series. You won't be dissappointed.

EAN: 9780006480099
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Authors:
Robin Hobb



K?ng gives the Christian faith some modern zeal


Book title: On Being a Christian
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
On Being a Christian - book cover picture

K?ng is an amazing author and his perspective is quite envigorating. I came across this book during a time in my life when I was about to give up my Christian faith. It brought me into a fresh, living perspective and out of narrow fundamentalism once and for all. Though in his examination of Jesus' time, he tends to be too stereotypical in typecasting groups in the Jesus' time, it is an amazing paradigm to view Jesus from. I would criticize the overly eschatalogical vision he has of Jesus that he seems to get from Schweitzer. Lastly, his understanding of being a Christian as being radically human is beautiful and moving.

EAN: 9780385192866
Pages: 720
Publisher: Image
Authors:
Hans Kung



'til Death do us part


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

As soon as I found out what this book was about, or rather WHO it was about, I had to read it. Twice. It was so satistfying. To hell with Richard and Jean-Claude, Edward is the sexiest fella in this series. Finally I get some answers about him, and his life is wilder than I could ever have imagined! This book brings together all the elements that I love most in this series: Anita's tougher-than-nails additude, which she fully deserves, Edward's sexy sociopathic anti-personality, with new depth, and incredible other-worldly monsters bent on wreaking havoc, killing humans, and in general making life unpleasant. I love Hamilton's wit and humor. I love the quick plots and I so enjoy the action! It's such a thrill, it gives me goosebumps. This is the book I've been waiting for from her. The series is great, and this is the pinnacle so far. I don't quite understand why that title, and not something more central to the book. Why not "'til Death do us part"?

EAN: 9780441006847
Pages: 386
Publisher: Ace Books
Authors:
Laurell K. Hamilton



Pratically build a copywriting career from this book!


Book title: Tested Advertising Methods (Prentice Hall Business Classics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Tested Advertising Methods (Prentice Hall Business Classics) - book cover picture

Well, maybe not quite, but this volume and Bob Bly's "The Copywriter's Handbook" would make an excellent base from which to launch a career--provided you mastered everything contained therein.A classic, this book goes into what sells and what doesn't; the role of headlines-- what makes one good or bad; and other techniques of selling.If you are curious about what does and doesn't work in advertising, you need this timeless, yet timely resource. And if you are a copywriter, this is required reading and belongs on your book shelf!

EAN: 9780130957016
Pages: 304
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors:
John Caples
Fred E. Hahn




Required reading for future submariners


Book title: The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Terrible Hours: The Man Behind the Greatest Submarine Rescue in History - book cover picture

I have always had an interest in submarines. Last October, I had the opportunity to tour the Russian submarine 'Scorpion' adjacent to the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA. I was amazed at how small the interior of that sub was. That prompted me to read "The Terrible Hours...." An absolutely fascinating book...Maas minimizes the horrible emotional turmoil that must've confronted those trapped submariners. He managed to accuratel portray the determinaion of the man directing the rescue, and his 'never-say-die' attitude which ultimately led to their rescue.The end of the book also proved why the marine tradition of NEVER changing a vessel's name is valid.A must read for anyone interested in diving, submarining, or the Navy.

EAN: 9780060194802
Pages: 272
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Authors:
Peter Maas



Be your own Interpreter


Book title: How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth - book cover picture

I checked this book out of our church library about four months ago and I can't let it go. I'm ordering my own copy now so I can check it back in. This book showed me how to comprehend and make sense of reading the Bible. I can't stop reading the Bible now that I know how to read it. There's so much good information in "How to Read the Bible for all its Worth" that you can't take it all in the first time. You must have your own copy for future reference.

EAN: 0025986246044
Pages: 288
Publisher: Zondervan
Authors:
Gordon D. Fee
Douglas Stuart




Think Burroughs Only Wrote Tarzan Books? Think Again!


Book title: Chessmen of Mars (Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, N0 5)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Chessmen of Mars (Martian Tales of Edgar Rice Burroughs, N0 5) - book cover picture

It's too bad that millions of people think that Edgar Rice Burroughs wrote only Tarzan stories. So many Tarzan fans have no idea that the same author who gave them the Lord of the Jungle also wrote a great series of Martian adventures.Chessmen of Mars is the fifth book in Burroughs' Mars series, and many critics consider it the best of the lot. Tara, Princess of Helium, is a rich, somewhat spoiled girl who goes on a joyride only to be thrown off-course by a powerful storm. Tara finds herself in a strange region of her planet, surrounded by strange beings and dangerous circumstances. Burroughs had a talent for producing very exciting tales from a full-speed-ahead imagination. He even has some fun with the social and political implications of the various races on Mars. Sure, some of the dialogue is cornball, but remember this book was written nearly 80 years ago. If you enjoy Tarzan, Indiana Jones, or just great story-telling, 'Chessmen of Mars' will not disappoint.

EAN: 9780345350381
Publisher: Del Rey
Authors:
Edgar Rice Burroughs



Very comprehensive and thought-provoking book


Book title: Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Ancient Cities of the Indus Valley Civilization - book cover picture

An excellent reference on the subject. It is modern in its approach, and updates a number of previous studies. It makes a number of new observations about the circular objects in Harappa. Perhaps they were not granaries as previously believed, but objects for dyeing textiles. It also suggests that there was another river parallel to the Indus River that has gone underground. One may be able to access this underground river using modern technology, and bring agriculture to areas that are now a desert. The book should be of interest to archaeologists as well as general readers. Maps and photographs make the story very tangible.

EAN: 9780195779400
Pages: 264
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Authors:
Jonathan Mark Kenoyer



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