Book title: The Shining (Signet)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
The Shining (Signet) - book cover picture

I read The Shining in two days. Once I picked it up, it never left my hands. I was enchanted with Danny's personality, his innocence in spite of the terrible gift bestowed upon him. I broke out into a sweat as Danny dreamed he was being chased through the halls by a mallet-bearing monster. I shivered as Wendy locked Danny and herself in their room. I was amazed at Kings ability to make me feel a part of the story. I couldn't sleep the first night. I made the mistake of seeing the movie before I read the book. I am now frustrated that such a work was transformed into a souless, hollow movie. Kubrick was out of his league when he tried to make The Shining into a movie. The horror and fright weaved into a story, written on pages, is not done justice poorly depicted on the silver screen. REDRUM! (come here and take your medicine)

EAN: 9780451160911
Pages: 464
Publisher: Signet Book
Stephen King

Concise, engaging, and informative.

Book title: When Science Meets Religion
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
When Science Meets Religion - book cover picture

It's not easy to write a clear and compelling book relating science and religion; after all, it requires versatility in two separate fields, each of which tries to grapple with enormous questions. Barbour is able to give the reader just enough background to follow his arguments in such diverse areas as cosmology, neuroscience, and quantum physics. The book is incredibly well organized and commendably brief. The fourfold classification scheme for relating religion and science (conflict, independence, complementarity, integration) is catchy and effective. The one limitation is that (for reasons the author explains) this book does not explore Eastern religions. At no point did I find myself involved in the heavy slog required to work through other books that address similar topics. A wonderfully accessible work by a world class scholar.

EAN: 9780060603816
Pages: 224
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Ian G. Barbour

Look Again!

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

I read this book about ten years ago and found it extremely entertaining. I read books to escape and Sphere did exactly that for me. I also think that those of you who have knocked the ending of this book better go back and read the last few pages again. After reading the book, my wife pointed out to me that one may not have forgotten (notice who smiles) (sorry so cryptic, but you must read this book).I wish Mr. Crichton would write a follow-up with that thought in mind: one person with the powers that the Sphere gave them could wreak havoc in our modern world and what would happen if, somehow, the other two were able to break through their memory block and try to stop him/her? What a great struggle would ensue! Come on, Mr. Crichton, give it a try! Sphere is one of your very best.

EAN: 9780394561103
Pages: 385
Publisher: Knopf
Michael Crichton

Probably Gur's best Inspector Ohayon detective book

Book title: Murder Duet
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Murder Duet - book cover picture

As usual with Batya Gur's inspector Ohayon's books, the murder mystery and its solution are connected to a specific world - this time professional classical musicians, and the argument between "authentic" and "modern" playing practices. Highly entertaining and intelligent, full of empathy to the characters and their occupation, and for sure - Ms. Gur is in love with her hero. Beautiful and highly recommended.

EAN: 9780060172688
Pages: 433
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Batya Gur
Dalya Bilu

Singular Singer Sargent

Book title: John Singer Sargent : The Early Portraits (Volume One)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
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This book is such a treasure, it is such a wonderful tribute to an American icon. The pictures are just amazing and the text highly informative. It is truly an amazing compelation of his early work. It is the first in a series of three and they are all consistantly good. If you are a fan of Sargent you will definitely what to possess all three. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an appreciation of great art from a one of the masters.

EAN: 9780300072457
Pages: 304
Publisher: Paul Mellon Center BA
Richard Ormond
Elaine Kilmurray

A great introduction..

Book title: The Lord of the Rings (BBC Dramatization)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio CD
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I first heard this dramatised production of the LOTR when I was a wee little fella just after finishing the Hobbit. They were being broadcast for the very first time and I can remember making sure that I was there to hear each and every episode. They made a great introduction to this incredible trilogy (contrary to other opinions voiced on this site)and when I was old enough to tackle the books myself, I was delighted to find ever more detail and even parts of the plot that hadn't been featured in the BBC's production. I've been back and listened to them many times since and they've lost none of their charm. If you're planning to introduce children to the LOTR, I can think of no better way - they're also not bad if you want bumper course on all things middle earth but are too lazy to wade through the books again. I can't recomend this set highly enough!

EAN: 9780553456530
Publisher: Random House Audio
J.R.R. Tolkien

Very Interesting!

Book title: Slaves in the Family (Ballantine Reader's Circle)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Paperback
Slaves in the Family (Ballantine Reader's Circle) - book cover picture

Recently I have been studying about life on the plantation. One of my goals is to read at least 50 books about slavery. I'm not quite there yet. But I read Mr. Ball's book with interest, because it is about a white man who travels all over the country looking for his ancestors who owned a large plantation in South Carolina as well as the slaves who lived there. He finds hundreds, and tells stories about their pasts which are his past, and makes me wonder about my past. Among the fictional books I have recently read and find very educational are: The Journal of Darien Dexter Duff, an Emancipated Slave, The Diary of a Slave Girl, Ruby Jo, and The Journal of Leroy Jeremiah Jones, a Fugitive Slave. Those 3 books all have photos with explanations and information about slavery. You will never get bored studying this part of history.

EAN: 9780345431059
Pages: 544
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Edward Ball

This Book is the reason I enjoy my crock pot!!!

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

I enjoy my crockpot. The easiest way to cook a dinner!
I can't say enough about how wonderful crockpot cooking is. This book is the main reason I love my crock pot. The recipes are easy, use on hand ingredients, and the results are wonderful. I particularly like the stuffed chicken recipe that is in this book. However, every one I have tried has been a success. I also like the fact that she includes breads, desserts, and beverages. These are things that many crockpot cook books leave out. If you have a crockpot and are not sure what do cook with it, consider buying this book. IF you use your crockpot and are looking for new recipes, this is the book to get.

EAN: 9780553576511
Pages: 288
Publisher: Bantam
Mable Hoffman

obnoxious and brilliant

Book title: The God of Small Things
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Audio Cassette
The God of Small Things - book cover picture

The framework is typical modernism: fragmented language and flashbacks. The characters come across in small episodes and Roy leaves as much to infer as she delivers narratively. It's depressing, too. But as soon as the stage is set - a low-rafters psychology which drives the characters' problems - the characters learn mental and emotional ways around them, which are joyful and buoyant.

Be ready to work through this book, because the characters do, therefore you do too. But she ignores the construct of omniscience in favor of more overtly literary constructs, and to me it comes across in a cool way.

The God of Small Things is a pun- the kids are the small things, and the daily lives they enjoy are the counterbalance to the most overt opression and depression imaginable. This is what the main characters are trying to recapture and it is pretty much the Serenity Prayer.

EAN: 9780001054684
Publisher: Harpercollins Pub Ltd
Arundhati Roy

Ella Enchanted is Enchanting!

Book title: Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book)
Rating: 5/5
Binding: Hardcover
Ella Enchanted (Newbery Honor Book) - book cover picture

In the happy land of Frell a young girl is born... and enchanted with a spell at birth! She must be obedient. For ecample if I told her to cut off her head, she would do it. She has to live with the dreaded curse without telling anyone that doesn't know. Although the typical Cinderella story, it has many humorous twists. Ella's mother dies and she is sent off to Finishing School to be "finished." She is charming, spunky, funny, and friends with the prince. Does she live happily ever after... or put Kyrria and Frell in danger? Find out in gail Carson Levine's devine story of love and courage.

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

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