Originally posted 2017-12-05 17:00:08. The only reason I started reading The Lifeboat is because Amazon promised that I would like it. They’ve recommended it to me for the past two weeks, and my curiosity finally got the better of me. As I’m sure has been made clear by now, I am somewhat picky when it…

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Originally posted 2017-11-28 17:00:05. Please, please, PLEASE let this vampire craze be on its way out. Please. Enough is enough – I knew when vampires started sparkling that something was amiss, but the juxtaposition of our 16th president into a vampire-ridden novel certainly takes the cake. Not that the novel is completely without merit –…

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Originally posted 2017-11-14 12:00:41. As suggested by the title, this novel made me amazingly hungry – as in my stomach growled the entire time I was reading it. Everyone in this book is hungry all of the time; and if they’re not hungry, they are gorging themselves with food to the point that you feel…

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Originally posted 2017-11-07 17:00:57. 50 Shades of Grey opens with the virginal young Anastasia Steele – a reserved college senior majoring in British literature. James does not hesitate to emphasize the obvious comparisons to the loss of purity in Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles – and re-emphasize them, and then emphasize them again for emphasis. Anyway, our inexperienced…

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Originally posted 2017-08-05 17:00:59. Never Coming Back is the American debut of British author Tim Weaver. Weaver’s protagonist, David Raker, is a missing persons investigator with a sorted past. What kind of sorted past, you ask? I would love to tell you, but I don’t know. While this is Weaver’s first American novel, there are three…

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Originally posted 2017-08-01 17:00:29. I was initially drawn to Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother because of an inside joke that I have long shared with my sister. For years, we have joked about our “strict Asian upbringing,” referring to our mother’s high academic expectations. Perfect grades were not an option, they were a requirement. At the…

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Originally posted 2017-07-29 17:00:42. A good book, Marcus, is not judged by its last words but by the cumulative effect of all the words that have preceded them. About half a second after finishing your book, after reading the very last word, the reader should be overwhelmed by a particular feeling. For a moment he…

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Originally posted 2017-07-25 17:00:06. Ferdinand Von Schirach’s The Collini Case aspires to be a John Grisham-y-type legal thriller. Note my use of aspires. The novel is certainly a fast-paced drama, but it is missing the level of suspense that would make it a truly entertaining read. Caspar Leinen is a young defense attorney who has just landed his…

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Originally posted 2017-07-22 17:00:31. The Enchanted relates the story of a death row inmate and the details of prison life that he observes. The main players are unnamed and only referred to as “The Lady” and “The Priest.” This contributes to the hazy tone established early on by the narrator, which is ideal for someone with…

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Originally posted 2017-07-18 17:00:13. Kelsey Hayes is an insecure eighteen-year-old who has just landed a summer job at a circus. The position includes room and board, and entails that she care for a pack of dogs and a white tiger. I would think that one might need some sort of experience in caring for large…

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Originally posted 2017-07-15 17:00:45. Detective Inspector Marnie Rome and her partner DS Noah Jake are conveniently at a women’s shelter when a resident attempts to murder her husband. Despite the plethora of witnesses, however, this case is not as clear-cut as it seems. Being a crime novel, Someone Else’s Skin takes readers through a variety of twists…

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Originally posted 2017-07-11 17:00:27. This is not my type of book. I rarely read biographies and I don’t read books about American history. I’ve never been particularly interested in the genesis of the United States, thus I know embarrassingly little about our country. Prior to reading this book, I wasn’t even positive that James Madison…

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Originally posted 2017-07-08 17:00:10. I never knew very much about Nelson Mandela; I mean, I never mixed him up with Morgan Freeman or anything, but my knowledge level was comparably dismal. Good Morning, Mr. Mandela brought me up to speed, although Zelda la Grange’s perspective is biased, to say the least. After working with Mandela for twenty…

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Originally posted 2017-07-04 17:00:10. After surviving a car crash together, eighteen-year-old Sarah and her best friend Jennifer are grasping for control of their world. The girls compose a list of things that they should never do in order to keep them safe from any additional harm. The list contains such warnings as “Never be stranded,”…

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