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Book title: The Crying of Lot 49
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Crying of Lot 49 - book cover picture

Reading Pynchon is like partaking of a delicious liqueur that makes you drunk on a sip: you love it but it's well nigh impossible to read quickly.
Savour every well-chosen word of Lot 49.
Pynchon portrays a world where everything is a coincidence, but all coincidences are suspect. He weaves an intricate web of chaos around Oedipa Maas (our heroine) that almost reveals itself to be anything but chaotic (but not quite). At times, the satire may seem to be a little thickly applied, but it all serves a purpose in this, Pynchon's most concise and enjoyable novel.

EAN: 9780060931674
Pages: 160
Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Authors:
Thomas Pynchon



With the Right Casting, Would Make a Fabulous Movie, too.


Book title: He Who Fears the Wolf
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
He Who Fears the Wolf - book cover picture

Loved this book! Misfits (what an understatement here) are my favorite characters and there are 3 of the best examples in this book. I did not find the book "slow" as someone suggested as this was an intense character study that really worked for me. This would make a fabulous movie if cast right. My only question is: what did the very last paragraph mean? I must have missed something; can anyone explain it to me? christabelm2001@yahoo.com

EAN: 9780151010912
Pages: 288
Publisher: Harcourt
Authors:
Karin Fossum



This can also be considered a book on world history


Book title: Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Cities of the World: World Regional Urban Development - book cover picture

An important reason that I think this book gives a balanced, non-biased overview of the development of cities throughout the world is because it was written by a diverse group of authors. While in every chapter or section of the book we find that "Western imperialists" are always involved in the evolution of world cities, this book also emphasizes how indigenous city planning still shape the cities and offer the means for cities to be friendlier places to live.Since cities are sources of power of soverignty for nations, countries, and empires, one finds that this city planning book is also a type of world history book.

EAN: 9780060410285
Pages: 507
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Authors:
Stanley D. Brunn



This one well worth your time it's a gem of a book!


Book title: Otherwise Engaged : a Novel
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Otherwise Engaged : a Novel - book cover picture

I had to give this one 5 Stars. I could find nothing wrong with it. It was very enjoyable to read and really quite funny . Some of the things the character was feeling and saying I could even relate too and I'm not "engaged" and have been married many, many years. It was fun and when I turned the last page I didn't want it to end. I sure hope she follows up with a sequel or with anything. This writer has a gift.

EAN: 9780375406522
Pages: 224
Publisher: Knopf
Authors:
Suzanne Finnamore



Katie Fforde - not her best, but still 5 stars!


Book title: Life Skills
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Life Skills - book cover picture

Katie Fforde turns a great tale - there's not a bad book in her bunch. However, Julia isn't as loveable as Fforde's other heriones. And that's OK, I suppose. You do wonder why Fergus persists to the end, how he could see the good that was buried under the surliness. While I didn't click as much with Julia as I have with other Fforde characters, I simply loved Fergus and once again the cast of supporting characters is a riot. And the whole idea of canal boats is so interesting to me as an American - sounds like to fun! Nobody turns a tale like Katie Fforde - be sure to check out her other books, especially Wild Designs and Living Dangerously.

EAN: 9780312209513
Pages: 343
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Authors:
Katie Fforde



Emotionally honest "realistic" fantasy


Book title: Ocean Sea
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Ocean Sea - book cover picture

Baricco has written a tremendous story of the truth of our human condition - individuals with a variety of obsessions - revenge, art, science, sensual experience - who are seemingly unrelated come together for the healing of the sea. They come together in a small ocean inn run by fay children. At the center of the book stands a horrofic story of humanity at its worst. . . .The structure of the book is a difficult one but one Baricco has fashioned into the absolutely correct form for his story. The prose ranges from very lush, descriptive prose to very taciturn conversation, from art catalogue entries to poetic prayers. Occasionally a sentence or two will misfire, but Baricco has exquisite control over his medium.This book belongs on any must read list.

EAN: 9780375404238
Pages: 241
Publisher: Knopf
Authors:
Alessandro Baricco



a fabulous story which moved me deeply


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

I have to say that this is one of my favourite books. I couldn't put it down. I felt a great attachment to the four boys"lorenzo(shakes), Tommy(butter),John(the count) and Michael.This story captures the feelings and pain of the four boys made guilty from a prank which went wrong. The pain and torment they experienced changed their lives forever and mentally and physically scarred them. I have to admit this book moved me to tears more than once. I felt as if I knew each boy personally, so I felt angry at the guards who had tormented them. Even so there was still humourous and sarcastic tones in this book, which made it an extremely enjoyable read. So enjoyable that i will probably read it again!

EAN: 9780345404114
Pages: 384
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Authors:
Lorenzo Carcaterra



A Very Friendly Textbook On Signals and Systems


Book title: Fundamentals of Signals and Systems Using MATLAB
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Fundamentals of Signals and Systems Using MATLAB - book cover picture

I know Kamen's textbook on signals and systems since theedition of INTRODUCTION TO SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS published byMacmillan-USA in 1990. It was a very clear textbook and now in this second edition of his new text on FUNDAMENTALS OF SIGNALS AND SYSTEMS :WITH MATLAB EXAMPLES , professor Kamen's writing style become much more clear than ever. There are many textbooks on signals and systems in the market but Kamen's textbook is the unique with a very special friendly approach which makes the students very confortable with the subject on signals and systems. I really recommend this text for every one who wants to get a sound proficiency on signals and systems at the undergraduate level.It is the best.

EAN: 9780023619427
Pages: 688
Publisher: Prentice Hall
Authors:
Edward W. Kamen
Bonnie S. Heck




A wonderful new author!


Book title: The Light in the Darkness
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Light in the Darkness - book cover picture

I loved Ellen Fisher's fantastic debut novel, THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS! The characters were admirable and full of depth, making you feel for them from the very first page. I've always been a big fan of the Pygmalion plot, and Ms. Fisher has done it here with a style all her own. This is a wonderfully detailed, emotional book, by a fresh new talent in historical romance! I've just added another 'automatic buy' to my short list of terrific authors---thanks for a great read, Ms. Fisher! Looking forward to the next!

EAN: 9780553579222
Pages: 336
Publisher: Fanfare
Authors:
Ellen Fisher



What A Terrific Book To Jump Start Your Life Stories!


Book title: Writing Your Life : Putting Your Past on Paper
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Writing Your Life : Putting Your Past on Paper - book cover picture

We all have memories of people, places, and events in our lives others would enjoy reading about. My problem all these years has been finding a starting place. Dr. Stanek solved the problem for me, and I recommend you let her solve it for you. I read her book all the way through without putting it down, it was so much fun dredging up memories. I have pages and pages of notes about people, places, things, pets, adventures, embarrassments, and other fun things to write about--all from reading this little book. I'm now starting over and doing her exercises. What fun! Your children and their children and their children will bless you for writing your life stories. And you'll feel good about yourself too. Read this book soon!

EAN: 9780380786251
Pages: 192
Publisher: Collins
Authors:
Lou W. Stanek



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