Book title: The Fifth Elephant
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
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I admit that this is one book that probably doesn't need another review to praise it, but it is just so hard *not* to recommend The 5th Elephant. If you carry it around (esp the hardcover edition) you'll get strange looks from people wondering what kind of weird book you're reading, saying, "Isn't that the Fifth *Element* with Bruce Willis?"
But nothing could be farther from the truth. With its colorful characters, nonstop action, and zany settings Pratchett has once again made Ankh-Morpork and Discworld a wonderful place to get away to. Sometimes the British humor is a little odd for American readers to get used to, but nevertheless is always amusing. A wonderful way to get to know a wonderful fantasy series.

EAN: 9780552147200
Publisher: Transworld Pub
Terry Pratchett

Life catches up with him

Book title: Rabbit at Rest
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Rabbit at Rest is a wonderful book, what more can I say?

During the reading of it, I continually wanted to pass judgment against Rabbit and characterize him as a "bad" person, but I couldn't. Rabbit at 55 years old isn't "bad" - he is a product of 55 years of life and sadly, he cannot seem to figure out how to change himself and get on a smoother road to peace & happiness, even though he wants to, he should, and knows he should.

Rabbit is a man stuck in routine. He talks down to Nelson, obsesses about infidelity, disregards his health, and sees Janice as a "dumb mutt" because he always has and doesn't know how to live his life any other way.

This book makes you think about how many of us there are who just can't figure out how to break out of our routines, even when those routines are unhealthy and killing us. We're all scared of change, just like Rabbit.

EAN: 9780449911945
Pages: 480
Publisher: Ballantine Books
John Updike

One of my all-time favorites!

Book title: The Count of Monte Cristo (Puffin Classics) : Abridged
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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I read this book about 20 years ago and it left a big impression on me. Edmund Dantes, framed for a crime he didn't commit goes to an island prison to rot. There he meets an elderly man who quickly becomes his teacher. The man seems to know everything and his lessons transform Dantes into a sophisticated and wiley-intelligent individual. The two plan Dantes escape (I don't want to give away how but it has to do with the old man's death) and when Dantes, ultimately does escape he reinvents himself as a mysterious Count and starts taking revenge on those who framed him.This book made me appreciate the value of learning and how you can make yourself a better person, no matter your station in life, if you take advantage of books and other sources of information available.

EAN: 9780140373530
Pages: 400
Publisher: Puffin
fils, Alexandre Dumas
Robin H. Waterfield

Wonderful Book

Book title: Island
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I read this book in two days in about four hours' time and didn't put it down until I was finished. It was a great book, not only one I could relate to, but it has hit home as I know people trying to find themselves.The book is vividly artistic and Emil Aucht adds a bit of humor to the picture, but I found a few abrupt transitions. The most pronounced is at the point where Susan decides to leave Wil alone for the time being and she all but disappears except for her one appearence to deliver food to Wil. The counselor bears a strange resemblence to Doc Daneeka in Catch-22, which is no doubt humorous.

EAN: 9780531057490
Pages: 208
Publisher: Scholastic
Gary Paulsen

A Vision

Book title: The Vision
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Readers of this book should be prepared to study. Yeats knowledge of mysticism is deep. He was a member of the Order of the Golden Dawn and had experience in conjuring in the British Museums with Assyrian artifacts. This book is based on a form of astrology, but not of the modern day "what's your sign " superficiality. Again readers must be prepared to do additional study, in the Vedas, the Gita, and Buddhist classics (start with DT Suzuki). This book ranks with Freud for its magnitude . Yeats has not been given the credit he deserves.

EAN: 9780333309803
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing Company

Delightful trip to the continent

Book title: A Year In Provence
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I'll admit I've never been to France, let alone Europe, but this book fosters the dreams I have of visiting and experiencing the culture of Provence. The author masterfully pulls you in as a witness to the wonders of living in this quaint region, particularly as life is driven by the palate. Written month-by-month, you'll find the year passes quickly. I look forward to reading another of his accounts.

EAN: 9780394572307
Pages: 224
Publisher: Knopf
Peter Mayle

A story that you'll carry with you for a long time.

Book title: One Thousand White Women : The Journals Of May Dodd
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Like another reviewer, I found myself more than once rereading the author's notes, etc. to assure myself this was indeed fiction. The author draws characters with such clarity and depth that it seems they MUST be real. And exactly how does a a male author portray female emotion with such precision? I think I'd enjoy talking to this man! Another aspect of note, is the fairness used in creating the events of the Native American/whiteman confrontations. Neither side was always good, neither always bad. What sad things humans can do to each other. It was "only" fiction, but of course some of these attrocities happened. Closing the book for the last time saddened me as only a good book can. Friends I valued, now gone. Impressive book.

EAN: 9780312180089
Pages: 304
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Jim Fergus

Outstanding book..

Book title: The Dress Lodger
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This tale of a 15 year old prostitute living in the turn of the century London is just wonderful! It is one of my favorite books of the year.Holman tells the tale of the prostitute and a young doctor living through the times of the cholera epidemic. It deals with many of the issues that surrounded the French revolution, namely the treatment of the poor by the rich. Along the way there are many twists and turns. Pick up this book - you are in for a treat. Holman has created a majestic work of art that transports the reader back to the tenements in England and the imminent threat of cholera. The book could have been so much darker - indeed, the subject is so dark, but the story is told in such a beautiful way that it makes this book a pleasure to read. Possibly my first 10 of the year!

EAN: 9780340717844
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Sheri Holman

Baseball At Its Best

Book title: Twice Around the Bases : The Thinking Fan's Inside Look at Baseball
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I have always enjoyed listening to Kevin Kennedy on radio and TV, and Twice Around the Bases just confirms that he is one of the most astute baseball men around. The book is filled with interesting information that both new and older fans will enjoy. Kevin really does cover all the bases here. It isn't every day that you read about the continued need for good scouts and top instructors at the minor league level, or the advantage of a manager using speed and motion, sometimes a forgotten commodity in today's game. That just scratches the surface. The book is filled with a ton of great anecdotes and stories about players Kevin has known and seen. He also takes a very strong stand on the steroid situation. With Kevin, it's all about the integrity of the game and by reading his book, you'll not only realize how much he knows about baseball, but how much he loves the game, as well. I would recommend this one to all real baseball fans. There's something for everyone.

EAN: 9780060734633
Pages: 288
Publisher: William Morrow
Kevin Kennedy
Bill Gutman

The BEST Discrete Mathematics Book on the Market BY FAR!!

Book title: Discrete Mathematics With Applications (Mathematics)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book offers the best interpretation of proofs, induction, and any discrete topic! It is by far better than any Discrete Math and Applications text available! This is one text that you don't need to buy the Student Solution's Manual to find out what the author is talking about. However, more solutions for the author's problems in this text would be nice for the upcoming edition. Throw away Ken Rosen's garbage and read this one to pass your course!

EAN: 9780534944469
Pages: 828
Publisher: Brooks/Cole Publishing Company
Susanna S. Epp

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