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Book title: The Alienist
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
The Alienist - book cover picture

Caleb Carr's "The Alienist" hauntingly captures turn-of-the-century New York City, where Police Commissioner Theodore Roosevelt enlists the help of a psychologist (or, as they were known then, "alienist") to help end a spree of brutal murders of young male prostitutes. Rather than focus on the demented, twisted mind of the killer behind the mutilations, Carr details the steps taken by the alienist and his team of sleuths to discover just who could be capable of such acts. Although the characters of the investigators were not fully developed, the research that Carr put into the novel, the remarkable way he describes 1890's New York, and the just-can't-stop reading manner in which he outlines the chase step by step merits him five stars for his fiction debut. You'll love every page because they'll all frighten you to the core.

EAN: 9780553572995
Pages: 608
Publisher: Bantam
Caleb Carr

A brilliant, brilliant book

Book title: The Hours : A Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Hours : A Novel - book cover picture

Michael Cunningham's new book is breathtakingly beautiful, haunting, aching. It's full of life--its beauties and its many horrors, from social events gone wrong to plagues and bone-crushing despair. Gorgeously imagined, observed with the eye of a scientist who loves nature as much as himself, and as restrained as the best poetry or painting, THE HOURS is proof positive that literature has its own kind of necessary intelligence, without which we cannot hope for the survival of our culture. This is the kind of book that has to humble anyone who even aspires to writing.

EAN: 9780312243029
Pages: 240
Publisher: Picador
Michael Cunningham

A must-read for Asian American men

Book title: Where the Body Meets Memory : An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Where the Body Meets Memory : An Odyssey of Race, Sexuality and Identity - book cover picture

I'm an American of Korean descent (2nd generation), born and raised in the Deep South. I bought this book two years ago, based on Mura's reputation and a sense that this book would speak to my emerging consciousness as an Asian American male. It sat on my shelf for 2 years until last week, and now I can see why. This is a painful read. Other reviewers have branded this book as "self absorbed" and "tedious," which to me are the characteristics of the journey towards wholeness and healing. Read it if you are Asian or love someone who is.

EAN: 9780385471848
Pages: 288
Publisher: Anchor
David Mura

Fantastic Book For Understanding English Grammer

Book title: Analyzing English Grammar, Fourth Edition
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Analyzing English Grammar, Fourth Edition - book cover picture

I purchased this book for an upper level undergraduate English grammar course and I thought it was fantastic. I went into the class uncertain of the difference between and adjective and an adverb. I came out knowing that and a whole lot more.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a broad understanding of the fundamentals of English grammar. The authors build on the material they cover from chapter to chapter. They provide useful summaries and "rules of thumb" that really help the student organize the information into learnable chunks.

EAN: 9780321182715
Pages: 448
Publisher: Longman
Thomas P. Klammer
Muriel R. Schulz
Angela Della Volpe

Treasure Island Meets Cold Mountain

Book title: Stonewall's Gold
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Stonewall's Gold - book cover picture

This book is destined to become a classic of Civil War fiction. The characters, particularly Jamie and Katherine, are so vividly brought to life that one wishes they had truly lived. The minor characters are as quirky and memorable as you will find in the best Dickens' novels. The author transports you back to a time that is so dramatic and exciting that you don't want to return to the present. I hope a sequel is on the way.

EAN: 9780312200244
Pages: 223
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Robert J. Mrazek
Thomas Dunne Books


Book title: Tenderness (Laurel-Leaf Books)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
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We journey with a serial killer and the runaway who is obsessed by him into Cormier's own haunting land of tenderness.Your positive reactions at hearing the word tenderness will be forever changed after you take a look into the minds of these two teenagers--the tenderness a teenaged girl hopes to find with a serial killer, and the tenderness the serial killer can only find in the arms of his victims. Think you know how this will end up? Think again. The twist at the end of this book brings new meaning to the phrase "poetic justice". This story will stay with you for days, I promise

EAN: 9780440220343
Pages: 240
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Robert Cormier

Page Turner

Book title: The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm - book cover picture

I read this book years ago when it first came out. I originally bought because of the strange title and cover, just to see what it was. When I began reading it I initially thought that I wouldn't like. The fact that it takes place in the future (2194 to be exact) was interesting, but the fact that it took place in Zimbabwe, and centers around the family of the Zimbabwe General, more specifically his kids, just seemed like a concept that I wouldn't enjoy reading about. After just a few pages of reading I knew I would love this book. All the different settings and characters were great, and I loved the glossary at the end of the book. Nancy Farmer really created a whole new world for the reader to become immersed in. A world of both fleeting fantasy and harsh reality. Get this book and you won't put it down until you're finished. Even then you'll probably want to read it again.

EAN: 9780140376418
Pages: 320
Publisher: Puffin
Nancy Farmer

One of my all time bests

Book title: The Little Prince
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
The Little Prince - book cover picture

Many people stop reading children's books when they grow up, they're wrong.Saint-Exup?ry turns here to words one of the most beautiful and magic adventures you could ever think of.Even after more than ten years since I last read "The Little Prince", it still makes me laugh and cry like a kid.
The book comes with simple and poetic drawings made by the author himself, adding another dimention to his fantasy.Pure heartwarming magic that you no more find in today's world.

EAN: 9780152023980
Pages: 96
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

An amazing book

Book title: To Race a Dream
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
To Race a Dream - book cover picture

Since I'm not a big horse fan, I wasn't too excited when I checked this book out. When I started reading it, I couldn't stop. It's so well written, everything is described well and you get a real feel for the characters, especially the main character: Theo. It's inspiring, and shows that sometimes the same dream can take a different shape. There's a good romance going on throughout the book, which adds to it's charm. I definitly recommend this book toanyone, especially girls, horselovers, or aspiring writers between the ages of 8 and 15

EAN: 0046442692526
Pages: 256
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Deborah Savage

One of Agatha Christie's Best!

Book title: Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback))
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Dumb Witness (Hercule Poirot Mysteries (Paperback)) - book cover picture

I have only read a few of Agatha Christie's novels: Murder of Roger Ackryod Murder on the Orient Express Dumb Witness ABC Murders Poirot's Last CaseBut Dumb Witness is definetly up in my favourite book list.My head was glued in the book from start-finish. I really couldn't put it down...... Agatha Christie always get's your attention, and you must be alert at all time.A Must Read, as you can see from other review below me, this is a brilliant book, but also read the other's I've mentioned!

EAN: 9780425098547
Pages: 261
Publisher: Berkley Publishing Group
Agatha Christie

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