Lines of reality and fantasy blur

Book title: The Terrorist of Irustan (Ace Science Fiction)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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This is a story you will not be able to put down, and certainly it will stay in your mind when you are not reading it. It is science fiction/fantasy that has multiple layers and can lead to some deep questions. The parallels to the Middle East cannot be avoided; but the story is so well crafted, that is not a distraction. Surprises emerge when you think you have the characters and plot figured out. And the characters are so well developed, you really get to understand them. I thought Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale" and Walker's "Possessing the Secret of Joy" were the most wrenching books on the repression of women in parts of the world, but Marley is masterful in this book. I can highly recommend this novel and this author. Don't miss "The Glass Harmonica" as well.

EAN: 9780441006199
Pages: 323
Publisher: Ace Trade
Louise Marley

A moving novel

Book title: To Kill a Mockingbird
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a must for everyone. The book's narrator, Jean Louise "Scout" Finch, is a tomboy from Maycomb, a "tired old town" deep in Southern tradition during the '30s. Although most of the novel depicts Scout's childhood, the last half of the novel connects with the beginning to tell a story that leaves everyone moved. Tom Robinson, a young, friendly black man, has been charged with the rape of a girl by a trashy and disrespected family, and Scout's father, Atticus, has been asked to defend Tom. The family's struggle through this trial and the life lessons learned by Scout make this book top-notch. If you haven't read it, buy it today- you can finish it in a weekend, but it will impact you for a lifetime.

EAN: 9780060173227
Pages: 336
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Harper Lee

Fab book

Book title: Closet Case
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Hi,I don't want to write loads here, as I drift off so frequently when on the net! I just felt compelled, however, to write and tell you to BUY THIS BOOK!It is SO good. I too (see other review) didn't put this book down. I woke up one morning and started reading it. I couldn't put it down *so much* that I continued until I finished it in the early afternoon. I was so glad I had the day off otherwise I would have had to call in sick!!What I want to know now is WHEN'S THE FILM COMING OUT??Buy this. Strongly recommended. Don't listen to the hypercritical critics above!

EAN: 9780452272118
Pages: 336
Publisher: Plume
Robert Rodi

King continually amazes with his ingenuity!

Book title: The Long Walk
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
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An avid Stephen King reader, this one threw me. It was truly riveting, though unlike the King norm (no supernatural happenings and no monsters!) Although it did bring to mind "The Running Man" at certain points. The evil is man himself, and his love of the morbid, especially when it is socially acceptable.The basic plot is 100 young and fit men (teenagers, mostly), walking. Sounds pretty boring, but it gets better. When a walker breaks a rule, such as stopping to tie his shoe, he gets a "ticket." The last boy walking wins "the prize." The mystery of what these terms mean is part of the plot, and their definitions are truly terrifying. King spins a yarn, and reveals horribly gruesome facts about the walk as the story goes on. He pulls you in further and further until the shocking end and the bitter realization that winning always comes with a price-and sometimes that price is your very sanity.

EAN: 9780451196712
Pages: 384
Publisher: Signet Book
Stephen King
Richard Bachman

Drink tea to your health

Book title: 20,000 Secrets of Tea : The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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Have a stomach ache? PMS? Then this book is what you need. the natural way of making and drinking tea is in this book of herbs for teas. The origins and properties of these herbs are explained. A natural way to enhance your health. This is cross-referenced to find out any symtom or name of herb. I read a book where the characters where always drinking Red Clover tea and I went to this book to find out that red clover is good for coughs and dry scalp. There is a wealth of information packed in this little book.

EAN: 9780440235293
Pages: 272
Publisher: Dell
Victoria Zak


Book title: Recognizing Child Abuse: A Guide For The Concerned
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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A gem! Not only does this book tell you the tell-tale signs of child abuse, but it goes through the more subtle signs that many of us miss every day and tells you plainly and concisely what to do about it. If you have suspicions that someone, not just children, around you is being abused and aren't quite sure if you should get involved or not or haven't any idea of how to go about it, this book is certainly a good kick in the pants in the right direction! Certainly a must read for any person going into a field that may come in contact with abuse. Excellent for people that are wrongly accused of abuse or have abused children living in your home, this book is an absolute Godsend!

EAN: 9780029030820
Pages: 270
Publisher: Free Press
Douglas J. Besharov

Read this book

Book title: The Philosophical Programmer: Reflections on the Moth in the Machine
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I have been programming for upwards of three years, but I have never read a book such as this one. It give philosophical argument pertaining to the ins and outs of programming. Whether you are a casual computer user, a casual programmer, a philosophical person, a expert programmer, or anywhere in between, this book will defintly be worth reading. Whether it expands your skills or just opens new methods of though, it is defintly a must read on my list.

EAN: 9780312186500
Pages: 234
Publisher: St Martins Pr
Daniel Kohanski

Intelligent analysis of ethnic polarization in America

Book title: The Disuniting of America: Reflections on a Multicultural Society
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This highly readable book analyzes the drift in American culture. Originally America was a "melting pot" where each immigrant ethnic wave valued subverting their cultural values to become emersed in the language, politics and culture of the US. The current environment tends to value ethnic differences. The survival of America, which has sustained frequent waves of immigrants, is challenged by the polarization into ethnic enclaves. Many other countries not unified have suffered chaotic internal conflicts such as the Balkans, Spain, Zaire, etc. He analyzes the effects of language, history, and cultural values on the stability of America.

Although the author's posture is not exactly politically correct, it forces the reader to examine the impact of valuing ethnic differences rather than the commonality of being "American."

EAN: 9780393045802
Pages: 208
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Arthur Meier Schlesinger Jr.

The best book ever

Book title: Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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Words can not describe how much I enjoyed this book! This story captured me from the beginning to the end. The auther created such a mood that I cried thorough most of it. This is a mix of different Fairy tales but it is mainly bassed on Cinderella with a curse of obedience placed on her as a child (much like sleeping beauty). She is all throughout the book trying to break the curse so she can make her own decisions. Finally at the end she finds the one thing that can make her want to say "No way" to everyone....... Were you expecting me to give away the ending? thats the best part! read it to find out and I know you will be touched just like I was. I have to say this is apsolutly the best book I have ever read (and I have read ALOT of books!). If I could give this a 10 star review I would!

EAN: 9780060275105
Pages: 240
Publisher: HarperCollins
Gail Carson Levine

must have reference book for home library

Book title: Strong Women, Strong Bones : Everything You Need to Know to Prevent, Treat, and Beat Osteoporosis
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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I took out a number of books from the library including recent releases. Admittedly, I reviewed them from a different perspective than older folks as I'm just over 40. This was the most informative book with relevant information to my age group. Even though I work out regularly and thought I had a pretty good routine, there were plenty of enlightening strength exercises that have never been in my repertoire. That reason alone rates this book superior than others.

EAN: 9780399145971
Pages: 304
Publisher: Putnam Adult
Sarah Wernick

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