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The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists Gideon Defoe Books A laugh out loud book. A Monty Python type romp with science and history mixed in. 26/12/07 Match
Dan Rooney: My 75 Years with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the NFL Dan Rooney Books If you are interested in the Pittsburgh Steelers or the history of the NFL this is a great book. Dan Rooney is a walking history of football and a pure gentleman to boot. 26/12/07 Match
Free For All: Oddballs, Geeks, and Gangstas in the Public Library Don Borchert Books An interesting collection of vignettes that detail life in a public library. Interesting sociological and cultural commentary about this quintessential public space. 22/12/07 Match
Terrible Times Philip Ardagh Books The final book in this British trilogy centers on a trip to America. But after much hijinks on land and sea they never make it to the new world. Best described as a UK version of Lemony Snicket. 20/12/07 Match
Dreadful Acts Philip Ardagh Books Book tow of this series bring more satire and more author asides all with a strong British sense of humor. 20/12/07 Match
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman Books First in the now famous trilogy, and recently released as a movie, The Golden Compass is the best of the three books. Pullman creates a fascinating alternate world and doesn't get bogged down in the metaphysics as he does in the later books. 20/12/07 Match
A House Called Awful End Philip Ardagh Books Book One in the Eddie Dickens Trilogy. A satirical almost absurdist kids book along the lines of Lemony Snicket. 27/11/07 Match
Cache of Corpses Henry Kisor Books Kisor doesn't write fast paced thrillers, but more laid back character driven mysteries. This series set in Upper Peninsula Michigan has an interesting plot involving geocaching and dead bodies. 22/11/07 Match
The Alice Stories Jesse Lee Kercheval Books This collection of linked stories reflects its Midwestern setting: approachable, good natured, and seemingly mundane yet ultimately proves touching and insightful. 12/11/07 Match
The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy's Dossier on Hillary Clinton Amanda B. Carpenter Books While it has a tongue-in-cheek title, and reads like campaign opposition research, there is a lot of interesting detail in this volume. 12/11/07 Match
Magic and Other Misdemeanors (The Sisters Grimm, Book 5) Michael Buckley Books Another fun adventure with the Sisters Grimm. This time it involves tears in time and a threat to their very life in Ferryport. Great design and illustrations, a creative plot, and a great sense of humor make this a highly recommended series for young and old. 03/11/07 Match
Noogie's Time to Shine Jim Knipfel Books This novel about a somewhat lovable loser starts out strong but fades a bit as the author tries to bring the story to a conclusion. 30/10/07 Match
Who is Conrad Hirst? Kevin Wignall Books Another interesting novel about a hit man from Wignall. Includes a subtle meditation on identity and violence. 30/10/07 Match
Jesus Out to Sea: Stories James Lee Burke Books an uneven collection of stories centering on the poor and working class of the Gulf Coast. 30/10/07 Match
A Woman in Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton Bernstein, Carl Books A mostly favorable portrait of Hillary but one that still chronicles her many character flaws and errors of judgment. 30/10/07 Match
An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England Brock Clarke Books An satirical and philosophical tale of arson and family dysfunction. Dark and wry humor as well as ruminations on life, family, and literature fill this unique novel. 29/09/07 Match
The Nixie's Song Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black Books This first book in this spin-off type series moves from New England to Florida for more adventures with magical creatures. Simple yet well done children's story. 29/09/07 Match
The Rake William F. Buckley, Jr. Books WFB's latest novel is a low keyed but interesting tale of how secrets can come back to haunt you. Well written but laid back. 13/09/07 Match
Seeing Redd Frank Beddor Books The second book in this series continues the battle between Alyss and her Aunt Redd. A little more character development but still mostly action with a little romance and drama. 10/09/07 Match
The Looking Glass Wars Frank Beddor Books This interesting and imaginative twist on Alice in Wonderland is the first in a series. It is entertaining but an emphasis on action - often violent - and adventure often overwhelms character and a greater understanding of backstory behind this alternate universe. 10/09/07 Match
Foundling (Monster Blood Tattoo, Book 1) D.M. Cornish Books This debut novel, and first in a series, is a unique blend of Dickens and Tolkien. Cornish has created an fascinating world of monsters and men and illustrated it himself. 30/08/07 Match
Victory Square Olen Steinhauer Books Steinhauer wraps up his People's Militia Series with this engrossing tale of revenge in the midst of the revolutionary events of 1989. 22/08/07 Match
The Case Against Hillary Clinton Peggy Noonan Books A passionate, personal, and at times moving argument for an end to "Clintonism" written before Hillary was elected to the Senate. 22/08/07 Match
Liberation Movements Olen Steinhauer Books This penultimate book in the series is the best yet. The well developed characters, the tight prose, the quick pacing and suspense all combine with a philosophical depth to create a near perfect reading experience. 19/08/07 Match
36 Yalta Boulevard Olen Steinhauer Books The third book in this series is a great espionage thriller with more twists and turns than you'll know what to do with. A great exploration of life in a world where you can trust no one. 16/08/07 Match
The Confession Olen Steinhauer Books The second book in Steinhaurer's crime series deals with how totalitarian political systems undermine the moral and psychological foundations of civil society. A dark but powerful work. 11/08/07 Match
The Bridge of Sighs Olen Steinhauer Books I am re-reading this fine Eastern European crime series in preparation for the final volume. This first book is a gritty, suspenseful, culturally insightful trip back into the dark days of the early Cold War. 11/08/07 Match
The Intruders Michael Marshall Books Interesting and thought provoking psychological thriller that morphs into a sort of science fiction novel by the end. PW: ". . . reads like a cross between Andrew Klavan and Philip K. Dick." 08/08/07 Match
The Old House of Fear Russell Kirk Books An interesting Gothic novel with an anti-communist/marxist spin. 04/08/07 Match
Saving Erasmus Steven Cleaver Books PW captured this one: "Cross the prophet Job with It's a Wonderful Life and you get this award-winning poet's first-person debut novel, rife with strangeness and humor . . . This bizarre, whimsical novel will charm and delight some readers and perplex others." 25/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows J.K. Rowling Books Finally! The seventh and final book in the series is packed full of adventure and secrets. A exciting and suspenseful ending to a great series. 25/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince J. K. Rowling Books Dumbledore finally decides to tell Harry all he knows - or nearly everything - about Lord Voldermort aka Tom Riddle. The penultimate book in the series provides a great deal of background while still including an exciting mystery at its heart. 25/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix J. K. Rowling Books The 5th book in the series was in many ways my least favorite book. It is the longest of the series and it has a little too much teenage angst for my taste. But the slow start eventually gives way to an exciting finish. 25/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire J.K. Rowling Books This 4th book in the series is the longest yet, but the length pays off in the end as it has one of the most thrilling conclusions of any of the books. Voldermort has returned and the battle of good and evil is set. 18/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban J.K. Rowling Books In the third book in the series things begin to get a little more complicated and the books are getting longer. Here we get more of the dark side of the magical world (the dementors) and find out more about Harry's parents. 18/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets J.K. Rowling Books 2nd book in the series, this one is a little more suspenseful and creepy than the first. 14/07/07 Match
Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone J.K. Rowling Books First in the now worldwide bestselling Harry Potter series. I am re-reading them in preparation for the final book. 13/07/07 Match
The Future of Conservatism: Conflict and Consensus in the Post-Reagan Era Charles W. Dunn (Editor) Books An intelligent and thoughtful discussion about the various perspectives within conservatism, the principles at issue, and how these debates might play out in the future. 09/07/07 Match
The Postmodern Imagination of Russell Kirk Gerald J. Russello Books Fascinating and insightful discussion of the thought of one of modern American Conservatisms founding fathers through the lens of postmodernism. 05/07/07 Match
The Dark River: Book Two of the Fourth Realm John Twelve Hawks Books Publishers Weekly: engrossing second entry in bestseller Twelve Hawks's Fourth Realm trilogy . . . part A Wrinkle in Time, part The Matrix and part Kurosawa epic. 05/07/07 Match
The Big Sleep Raymond Chandler Books Classic hardboiled detective novel that chronicles the work of private eye Phillip Marlowe in a case of blackmail that turns into murder. 19/06/07 Match
The Song Is You Megan Abbott Books Booklist: "a sly feminist sensibility to postwar Hollywood noir . . . Hollywood as meat grinder for Midwesterners too eager to swap snow for stardust." 13/06/07 Match
Overcoming Runaway Blood SugarDennis Pollock Dennis Pollock Books A very readable and useful guide for those with blood sugar problems. 11/06/07 Match
A Nail Through the Heart Timothy Hallinan Books PW quote sums it up well "Brutal torture and equally brutal empathy define this excellent, if sometimes familiar, thriller." 11/06/07 Match
Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Chip and Dan Heath Books Interesting and useful book on how to communicate effectively. 09/06/07 Match
Stalin's Ghost Martin Cruz Smith Books The ghost of the Stalin haunts this Arkady Renko novel about a couple of former black berets who fought in Chechnya and came back heroes, but whose past hides something more sinister. 06/06/07 Match
The King of Methlehem Mark Lindquist Books A fast paced and entertaining thriller set in Tacoma, Washington. A fictional look into the world of methamphetamine addicts and those working to contain the destruction the drug leaves in its wake. 30/05/07 Match
The Walk William deBuys Books "Set, like River of Traps, on a small farm in a New Mexican mountain valley that the author has tended since 1977 . . . DeBuys takes the same walk each morning, through the woods near his farm, and arrives at a clarity that comes from observing life carefully from the same vantage point for years." 22/05/07 Match
The Nimrod Flipout Etgar Keret Books Eclectic and satirical collection of stories that look into the internal lives of characters struggling to make sense of the world and their place in it. 19/05/07 Match
Volk's Game Brent Ghelfi Books A dark and violent thriller about a former Russian soldier turned mobster/assassin and the theft of a hidden Da Vinci painting. Lots of killing and mournful thoughts of the desperation of Russia. 18/05/07 Match
The Sisters Grimm Book 4: Once Upon a Crime Michael Buckley Books The fourth book in this fun series delivers more fast paced adventure - this time in New York City - and provides more clues to the mystery of the Scarlet Hand. Fun and creative reading for young and old. 11/05/07 Match
Three Day Road Joseph Boyden Books A powerful story about two Cree Canadians who join the army and fight in WWI. Not for the squeamish, however, as it includes a wrenching depiction of the horror of war. 10/05/07 Match
Fangland John Marks Books Ambitious and creative reworking of the Dracula story, but a little too verbose and messy. 06/05/07 Match
Ladykiller Lawrence Light and Meredith Anthony Books Strong atmospherics and quirky characters but the plot is a little loose and implausible at times. 03/05/07 Match
The Grave Tattoo Val McDermid Books A multi-layered mystery with aspects of history, literature, and forensic anthropology thrown in. All of these layers really bog the story down at first, but if you stick it out the story picks up the pace and is quite entertaining. 23/04/07 Match
The Blue Zone Andrew Gross Books First solo effort from author who coauthored five bestsellers with James Patterson. Solid thriller with plenty of twists and turns as the plot unfolds. 15/04/07 Match
The Northern Lights Howard Norman Books Norman's first novel and a typical one: unique characters, unique aspects of Canadian life, spare but elegant prose. 13/04/07 Match
Avalanche: A Sheriff Bo Tully Mystery Patrick F. McManus Books The second in this lighthearted series by the famous outdoor writer, Avalanche again finds Sheriff Bo Tully solving murder mysteries in Blight County, Idaho with his father Pap. In between his complicated romantic entanglements. 07/04/07 Match
Moth Smoke Mohsin Hamid Books Fascinating debut novel about young man spiraling out of control in Pakistan. The multiple perspectives offered every other chapter are a bit confusing at times, but the overall work is compelling and well done. 03/04/07 Match
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Alexander McCall Smith Books This is the first in a worldwide best selling series following the detective work of Precious Ramotswe; the first female detective in Botswana (and probably all of Africa). A lighthearted story that occasionally touches on more serious issues. 02/04/07 Match
Returning to Earth Jim Harrison Books Booklist gets to the heart of this book: "Mortality is much on the mind of the longtime chronicler of Michigan's Upper Peninsula, and in his new novel, he gives eloquent expression to death and the grieving process through the character of Donald." 26/03/07 Match
My French Whore Gene Wilder Books A rather simple but enjoyable love story set in WWII from the comic actor Gene Wilder. Most critics describe it as charming and it is hard to argue with that term. If you want sophisticated or detached irony, this is not for you. 19/03/07 Match
The Reluctant Fundamentalist Mohsin Hamid Books An occasionally infuriating, but imaginative post-9/11 story. Those upset with recent events in American foreign policy will likely find much to like while those who support US policy will be turned off. But despite this, the novel is quite captivating and creative even if the ending left me cold. 19/03/07 Match
This Shape We're In Jonathon Lethem Books An odd novella that almost defies description and genre. A mix of science fiction, fantasy, and caustic satire. Fans of Lethem will probably enjoy it, others might be left a little confused. 17/03/07 Match
Devotion Howard Norman Books In his typical fashion, Norman has crafted another story with slightly odd Canadian characters in unique circumstances; but somehow he pulls it off. If you enjoy quirky minimalist stories with a literary sensibility you will enjoy Norman. 17/03/07 Match
The Crisis of Islam: Holy War and Unholy Terror Bernard Lewis Books A basic discussion of some of the issues involved in the clash between the West and Islam. A valuable introduction that is sure to raise questions and have you wanting to read more. 14/03/07 Match
The Book of Lost Things John Connolly Books A sort of cliche applies to this book: a fairy tale for adults. It is a fascinating one, however, and a mixture of fantasy, adventure, horror, and coming of age story. A great read that will make you think. 13/03/07 Match
Freeglader Paul Stewart Books Book Seven in The Edge Chronicles. This one is made up of a number of interconnected story lines culminating in an epic battle. The book also explains Rook Barkwater's family tree and thus ties the previous six books together. 08/03/07 Match
Pagan's Crusade Catherine Jinks Books An intriguing but uneven fictional account of the crusades from the perspective of an Arab Christian named Pagan Kidrouck who is squire to a Knight Templar (for grades seven and up). 02/03/07 Match
The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11 Dinesh D'Souza Books A fascinating and controversial argument about how the right can win both the war on terror and the culture war at home. D'Souza provides some good arguments and plenty of food for thought for those that can bet past the "controversy" and focus on the arguments. 12/02/07 Match
The Watchman Robert Crais Books The lead character in this new release is the sidekick of Elvis Cole - the focus of Crais best selling series of novels. This first Joe Pick novel is a fast paced thriller with lots of twists and turns. 09/02/07 Match
The Sisters Grimm: The Problem Child Michael Buckley, Books The third book in this series focuses on the danger of being addicted to magic (magic always has a price) while continuing the madcap adventure of life in Ferry port, NY. The Sisters Grimm find their parents but haven't really solved the mystery. 02/02/07 Match
The Sisters Grimm: The Unusual Suspects Michael Buckley Books The second book in this imaginative and funny new children's series. Sabrina and Daphne try to get to the bottom of why teachers keep getting killed at school while still searching for an explanation of their parent's disappearance. 30/01/07 Match
On The Wealth of Nations P. J. O'Rourke Books As Publishers Weekly noted, this "reads like a witty Cliffs Notes." An interesting introduction to Adam Smith. 30/01/07 Match
The Sisters Grimm: The Fairy-Tale Detectives Michael Buckley Books The first in a delightful new series for young and old, The Sisters Grim is part mystery, part adventure, and part satire. It all adds up to a lot of fun. 24/01/07 Match
Modern Liberty: And The Limits of Government Charles Fried Books Interesting philosophical discussion of what principled libertarianism might look like in the modern world. Fried explores ideas and concepts in a Socratic like method. This can be confusing at times but makes for an interesting discussing of ideas and avoids a more academic tone that might weigh the book down. 22/01/07 Match
Landon Snow and the Island of Arcanum R. K. Mortenson Books This third book in the Landon Snow series finds Landon on a wild adventure at sea. The series is a wholesome fantasy adventure with some overt Christian content. Interesting but a little thin on character development. 22/01/07 Match
Among the Dead Kevin Wignall Books Wignall takes a familiar plot (group of friends flee the scene of an accident) and turns it into a haunting tale of guilt and friendship. 16/01/07 Match
The Art of Losing Keith Dixon Books A dark but fascinating look at what happens when desperation leads to bad decisions which leads to your life unraveling before your eyes; at turns disturbing and thoughtful. 10/01/07 Match
Spinning Dixie Eric Dezenhall Books A nostalgic, satirical, romp full of pop culture and political references. A little messy but a fun read with a sentimental heart 06/01/07 Match