Joan Hess captured a new and devoted reader.

Book title: Really Cute Corpse: A Claire Malloy Mystery
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Really Cute Corpse:  A Claire Malloy Mystery - book cover picture

Joan Hess captured a new and devoted reader with her mystery, A Really Cute Corpse. Using Claire Malloy, an appealing female investigator who is both wise and witty, Hess side-steps blood and violence and focuses on character developement and humor--attractive components to female readers of any age.A consumate Dorothy Gilman fan (author of the Mrs. Pollifax series and other delightful books) I now search the H authors on each trip to the library--hoping to find a new Joan Hess book on the shelf. Hess has not created a leading character as lady-like as Mrs. Marple, nor as totally charming as Emily Pollifax, but certainly her women are emotionally strong, mentally awesome, and career-wise down-to-earth, as women of the 90's must be.

EAN: 9780345361585
Publisher: Fawcett
Joan Hess

The First Gift of Christmas

Book title: The Polar Express
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Polar Express - book cover picture

Chris Van Allsburg's The Polar Express has an adult remembering a train ride adventure as a young boy to the North Pole where he received the first gift of Christmas. The story has such an imaginative and magical choice of words that moves its readers. It sends a heart-warming message allowing all children and adults to want to truly believe. The award-winning illustrations are breath-taking and have a softness and warmth to them allowing light and shadows on each page to come alive. They allow you to feel that you are there in the story going on the train adventure, too. Children will enjoy having this story read to them or by themselves over and over again. The Polar Express makes a wonderful Christmas favorite or anytime story for all ages.

EAN: 0046442389495
Pages: 32
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Chris Van Allsburg

The world's changed, but Gibson hasn't. And I'm glad.

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

Shakespeare had no more than six stories in him. Hemingway managed four or five; Twain just two. William Gibson has only one: innocent youth finds strange object whose owners try to get it back.
So don't read "Idoru" for the plot or the characters. Read it to hear Gibson's language in your ear, those words that scorch across page after page and keep you turning and turning and never let you go. Read it for the metallic tang each sentence creates in your mouth, the smell of bunt dust it forces into your nostrils, the pictures it paints so vividly over your frontal lobes that you can even see the bugs in the corner and the cracks in the concrete.
Gibson is a poet, not a novelist. Read "Idoru" for the sound it makes on paper, and you can't help but rock and roll with it. Pure poetic punk

EAN: 9780425158647
Pages: 400
Publisher: Berkley
William Gibson

A good second novel from Selvadurai.

Book title: Cinnamon Gardens: A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Cinnamon Gardens: A Novel - book cover picture

Once again, Selvadurai brings us into Ceylon society in a very human way. The relationships in this novel--heterosexual and homosexual--are subtle, complicated, and poignant. It is this aspect of Selvadurai's writing that I admire most. He has the ability to create relationships that are accessible and personally relevant to all types of readers. Selvadurai also writes about loose ends and dangling threads-some are picked up later in life, while others move away from the story. He avoids romantic endings, and allows the characters to move in directions that resist closure at the end of the story (Anna, for example). In some ways, the idea that their lives go on, to stories we don't know, is refreshing.All in all, a good read. I recommend either one of Selvadurai's novels.

EAN: 9780156013284
Pages: 368
Publisher: Harvest Books
Shyam Selvadurai

This book got me a job...

Book title: Internetworking with TCP/IP Vol.1: Principles, Protocols, and Architecture (4th Edition)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I recently applied for a Network Engineering position at a large International company. My technical interviewer was looking for specific fundamental knowledge of IP, TCP, Switching Protocols, IP Routing, and Network Design. The interviewer, a twenty year veteran in the industry, was geniunely impressed with the almost verbatim answers I gave him. This book has enough depth to give you an edge in attaining a contemporary Networking Design or Support position (in addition to having some hands-on experience, of course). To this day, the principles for my design and support problem solving skills still revolve around this reference. It is a must have for any Networking Professional (novice and advanced alike), especially when you need the irrefutable OSI Layer 2-4 knowledge to "get into" or "out of" most Networking Situations.

EAN: 9780130183804
Pages: 750
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Douglas E. Comer

Answers and a hand to hold

Book title: The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The No-Cry Sleep Solution: Gentle Ways to Help Your Baby Sleep Through the Night - book cover picture

Everyone was telling me that I created my baby's sleep problems and that I should put her in a crib and allow her to cry to sleep. Even if it was my fault she was awake every hour I could never let her cry like that. I am so thankful I found this book. Not only does it have an endless supply of ideas sorted by age and type (such as for cosleeping or crib sleeping) it is so warm and friendly to read. Pantley keeps reassuring you that everything will be fine and that in the long run you'll be proud you didn't cave in to letting your baby cry. I very highly recommend this lovely book.

EAN: 0639785400233
Pages: 208
Publisher: McGraw-Hill
Elizabeth Pantley
William Sears

Actually give this 10 stars.

Book title: Lords and Ladies (Discworld Novels (Audio))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
Lords and Ladies (Discworld Novels (Audio)) - book cover picture

I loved this book. Granny, Nanny and Magrat are as always the funniest trio ever. Granny is such a badnatured evil minded old witch that in the end always triumphs over evil anyway. I like that even tho she is the heroine in all these books, she is not a leading lady type of person. Nanny is just the funniest dirty old man in an old woman's body that ever was. She has about 20 kids and who knows how many grandkids. She has LIVED and it shows on her face and body. Magrat is the wettest noodle in the pasta pot as Granny would put it. However, she has her kicka** moments that are all the more funny because of the way she usually acts. This book was great. Usally elves are portrayed as sweet and light. Well, leave it to Terry to make them the opposite and still have the best time letting Granny, Nanny and co. kick butt. I love all Terry Pratchett's books but the witch books are my favorite of all time.

EAN: 9780552144179
Pages: 3
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Publishing
Terry Pratchett

Eker does good work

Book title: Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Secrets of the Millionaire Mind: Mastering the Inner Game of Wealth - book cover picture

As you read through Eker's book, you realize that intuitively you might have "felt" some of these things all along but DIDn't follow through.

I very much enjoyed this book. It's certainly one of the better books about building wealth and I think that everyone can benefit from it regardless of their current level of income.

For $20 it's hard to ask for much more than the dozens of nuggets of wisdom you get and can use in real life. My rule of thumb is that if you get one idea from a book it's worth five stars and a thousand dollars. That puts this book up there pretty high.


Kevin Hogan
Author of The Science of Influence
The Psychology of Persuasion

EAN: 9780060763282
Pages: 224
Publisher: Collins
T. Harv Eker


Book title: The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Princess Bride: S Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure - book cover picture

"The Princess Bride" by S. Morgenstern is one of the most compelling and adventurous books I have ever read. The character developments and story lines are simply outstanding and have always captured my imagination, no matter how many times I have read the book.Simply, this book is amazing. The story revolves around WEsley and Buttercup, two lover, who are separated when Wesley sails to America to find work so he can marry his love. But fate takes a hand when his Ship is attacked by the Dread Pirate Roberts, and he is killed. Buttercup had married another in five years upon Wesley's return to her. But it was really untrue and they live happily ever after, even with the help of a giant, a spaniard, and a cast of fairy tale horrors.

EAN: 9780345348036
Pages: 416
Publisher: Del Rey
William Goldman

A warm and engaging cookbook

Book title: Heaven's Banquet : Vegetarian Cooking for Lifelong Health the Ayurveda Way
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Heaven's Banquet : Vegetarian Cooking for Lifelong Health the Ayurveda Way - book cover picture

Heaven's Banquet is going to satisfy all of those people interested in the preventive medical approach called Ayur Veda. But it is not only they who will be charmed by the recipes. It is written with a style which warmly engages the reader, provides much interesting background information about foods and serves as well as a primer on Ayur Veda principles. Brilliant intellect and warm spirit come through on every page.Even if you don't give a hoot for Ayur Veda, the recipes alone are worth it!

EAN: 9780452282780
Pages: 624
Publisher: Plume
Miriam Kasin Hospodar

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