June 6, 2009

Review #20 – Brushed Back – Richard Paloma

Posted in e-books, fiction, Manic Readers, Review at 3:00 pm by reviewsonbooks

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Detective Gino Spinelli unfortunately finds himself having to relocate and rebuild his credibility in the field by accepting a position in a small suburban community as a Sergeant in order to avoid serious disciplinary action when he is linked to the suicide of one of his ex-girlfriends. While adjusting to his new life and position on the police force, Spinelli is informed that one of his staff officers has become the prime suspect in the murder of his wife. Although some evidence suggests the man committed the crime, Sergeant Spinelli is assigned to lead the internal investigation and takes the controversial position that the officer is not guilty of murder. This task is of course not without troubles, which he soon finds out when he accidentally uncovers possible leads that hook the dead wife with a person who is in the Federal witness protection program, as well as disagreements with other police agencies and a difficult boss. But fortunately for Sergeant Spinelli despite his infamous love life which included two ex-wives and a lot of live-in relationships, he happens upon one of his old flames, who is looking remarkably good, which prompts him to rekindle the relationship all the while trying his best to discover who’s the real murderer and keep himself out of any further troubles.

Author Richard Paloma, who is a veteran in law enforcement for the past twenty years, spins an excellent story that is filled with both humor, a taste of spicy romance, and bits of critical policing details that only a fellow comrade in the field could so adeptly accomplish. The many characters, including some suspicious, while others, intriguing, are wonderfully described in this crime suspense novel that has the ability to keep the reader wondering “whodunit?” and “will he get the girl?”throughout the entire novel.

June 5, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, fiction, Friday Finds, memes at 3:10 pm by reviewsonbooks

Here’s more from my never ending TBR collection. Happy weekend all!

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The House of a Million Pets

by Ann Hodgman

(hope this won’t give me any hints on getting more pets for my house)

Ann Hodgman’s basement is home to three guinea pigs, a cage full of birds, a big gray rabbit, a prairie dog, a bulbul (look it up), two little rabbits, a hamster, and twenty-six pygmy mice. And that’s just the basement.Would your parents ever let you have that many pets at once?
If Ann Hodgman were your parents, she’d let you.
Here is the true story of what it’s like to live in her barnyard—er, house—with more animals than you’ll be able to keep track of. Any kid (or adult) who has ever owned or wanted a pet will love these furry, feathered, slimy, and scaly stories.

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Porn For Women

by Cambridge Women’s Pornography Cooperative

Prepare to enter a fantasy world. A world where clothes get folded just so, delicious dinners await, and flatulence is just not that funny. Give the fairer sex what they really want beautiful PG photos of hunky men cooking, listening, asking for directions, accompanied by steamy captions: “I love a clean house!” or “As long as I have two legs to walk on, you’ll never take out the trash.” Now this is porn that will leave women begging for more!

June 3, 2009

Review #19 – The Cape Cod Witch and the Legend of the Pirate – J. Bean Palmer

Posted in children's books, fiction, Odyssey Reviews, Review at 12:00 am by reviewsonbooks

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This review originally posted on Odyssey Reviews

The youngest witch in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, Elsbeth Amelia Thistle, finds herself caught up in the midst of another wild adventure, this time Elsbeth and her classmates venture to Boston, Massachusetts on a class trip. What seemed to be an exciting school trip off Cape turns out to be anything but, especially when the children find themselves involved with a ghostly privateer (don’t ye dare call him a pirate, matey!) in a desperate hunt for their kidnapped friends. Will Elsbeth be able to use her witch status to the rescue, or will she be doomed to sail around aimlessly in hopes of catching the villains?

J. Bean Palmer has once again captured young readers’ attention with this next edition of the youngest witch in Cape Cod. This story is filled to the brim with adventure, plenty of vivid and likable characters (even the cranky teacher, Ms. Finch) and topped with history and important environmental lessons for the young reader. Elsbeth serves as a lovely example of a tenacious and passionate girl, who is able to navigate and overcome some fairly scary adversities to positively help those in need in the end. Finally, illustrator Melanie Therrien has also returned to include her vibrant pictures that add a perfect touch and emphasis to this Cape Cod Witch Series.  And if that’s not enough to capture a reader’s attention, there is real history information and recipes tucked in the back of the book. The treasures in this tale will undoubtedly capture young readers’ heart, as they wonder what will happen next, and should definitely not be passed over.

June 1, 2009

Review #18 – In the Land of Cotton – Martha A. Taylor

Posted in DelGals books, memoir, non-fiction, Review at 12:18 am by reviewsonbooks

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It was in 1956 that a young white girl, Martha, living in the Deep South, began her journey of discovery into a land and time where lives seemed simple and free on the surface, but were really underneath it all inundated with tension, unfairness and unrest.

Martha’s family enlisted the help of a black woman in their home who soon became an important part of Martha’s daily life. Being an inquisitive youngster, Martha decides to quietly follow the woman one day to her home and discovers a family living on the land that is quite different from her own. Thus begins her remarkable journey and education, that brings her back to the forest on numerous occasions as she befriends and builds strong relationships with the black family. Martha learns that although slavery has been long ago abolished, many things in the small community, and the world around her, are still quite unjust and the rut created by the racial divide is still apparent.

Martha Taylor expertly weaves a lovely, emotional, story that first intrigues the reader who glances at the synopsis, (thinking it is a fiction story) and learns about a girl who discovers a primitive black family living in the forest. Thus the story holds the reader’s attention, who then comes to realize the truth throughout reading the entire story, and is hooked until the bittersweet ending. This is not only a tale about Martha and the lovely family that she discovers and her struggle to live through and understand racial inequality. There is also extensive highlights of current events in our nation in the mid 50’s to the 60’s included in the story such as continued racial prejudice, Martin Luther King’s strive towards equality and the Vietnam war. This story serves as an outstanding example of how America was still living with racial hatred and inequality, despite the positive efforts made to abolish slavery roughly a hundred years earlier.

May 29, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, Friday Finds, memes at 12:16 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s Friday once again, hooray! Here are my finds for this week:

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Life Before Life: A Scientific Investigation of Children’s Memories of Previous Lives by Jim Tucker

and

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The Devil’s Double: The true story of the man forced to be the double of Saddam Hussein’s eldest son by Latif Yahia

May 27, 2009

Review #17 – Hawkes Harbor – S.E. Hinton

Posted in DelGals books, fiction, Review at 12:10 am by reviewsonbooks

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Author, S. E. Hinton, who is most known for her great tales of the lives of tough male teens such as The Outsiders, has once again enlightened the reader with a male centered story about the life of orphan bastard, Jamie Sommers. From early on, Jamie was destined to get into some type of trouble or another. This lifestyle continued well into his adulthood where he took up sailing the wildly treacherous seas and lived to tell tales of his adventures, which included murder, smuggling, a shark attack, pirates, and imprisonment, to name a few. Luckily, Jamie managed to survive all of this and finds himself living in a quiet town in Delaware, which should offer him some much needed peaceful tranquility. However, as the story progresses, he uncovers such a mysterious evil which not only completely destroys Jamie’s sanity and turns him inside-out, but changes his demeanor and threatens his mere existence.

Although the story of Hawkes Harbor remains dominated by a male character, it is quite a change from Hinton’s earlier novels. This story is filled with detailed descriptions, and carries the reader quickly from page to page learning of the wild adventures of Jamie Sommers and the people and events he encounters. Unfortunately, despite this book being a page-turner which will undoubtedly immediately hook fans and new readers alike, many fans of Hinton may not appreciate the different writing style in this story, and may be left wondering about a few critical parts of the story, including the most important, how Jamie involved himself in the predicament which ultimately led him to near destruction.

May 26, 2009

Teaser Tuesday

Posted in e-books, fiction, Manic Readers, memes, teaser tuesday at 1:24 am by reviewsonbooks

It’s hard to believe the time flying by so fast that it’s Teaser Tuesday again.

I’m reading an ebook this week entitled Brushed Back by Richard Paloma

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“Look Pooch, I don’t think you killed your wife.” page 62

“When cops get together, the conversation, when not discussing police work, or departmental dirt, usually centers around one of three things – women, money or sports.” page 98

May 24, 2009

Review #16 – The Heroes of Googley Woogley – Dalton James

Posted in children's books, DelGals books, fiction, Review at 11:51 pm by reviewsonbooks

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Cute, seven year old author and illustrator, Dalton James, captures readers’ attention once again with his second book. Our heroes from the previous story, The Sneakiest Pirates, are now rich and they decide to embark on a journey in space to help people. What will this adventure entail for Pete and his daddy James? Of course you’ll have to read the wonderful adventure to find out for yourself, you won’t be disappointed.

The Heroes of Googley Woogley is an excellent read for young children. Not only is it filled with detailed and colorful images created by the author, is quite humorous, and it also touches on the classic theme of good vs. evil. This book is a great way to teach children to help out those less fortunate, and to strive to be on the good side.

May 22, 2009

Friday Finds

Posted in DelGals books, Friday Finds, memes at 4:25 pm by reviewsonbooks

Here’s some of this week’s books that landed on my “someday” to read shelf . They aren’t in my library so they get downgraded to “someday” but I just may have to go out and buy some of them one of these days.

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Hemingway’s Cats: An Illustrated Biography

by Carlene Fredericka Brennen

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The Zen of Fish: The Story of Sushi, from Samurai to Supermarket

by Trevor Corson

Check out other cool reads at Friday Finds

May 20, 2009

Review #15 – Columbine – Dave Cullen

Posted in DelGals books, non-fiction, Review at 1:00 am by reviewsonbooks

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April 20, 2009 marked the tenth year anniversary of the school shootings in Colorado in the high school of Columbine. No one alive at that time will ever forget when two students, Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris burst into their school killing twelve students and a teacher and injuring twenty-one others before they eventually turned the guns on themselves, ending the massacre that became one of the top deadliest in our nation’s history.

Author and journalist, Dave Cullen, who is considered to be a leading authority on the Columbine school shootings, has not only written a riveting detailed account of this tragedy, but has quickly drawn the reader in by getting to the root of this evil, and attempting to answer the question in everyone’s mind, why did this happen? Cullen’s extensive research and interviews expertly describe the most convincing answer, psychopathy. Now, this may not be what our society wants to hear, especially since many believed it to be a myriad of reasons, including bullying, bad parenting or evil music and video games. However, the detailed explanations provided in this book from videos and journals created by the killers, to extensive detailed interviews of other key persons, leaves nothing else but psychopathy as the most obvious reason for committing such an atrocity against innocent students and faculty. Columbine is an intense read that is often times difficult to fathom the vivid events and heartbreaking details as a real event, but it is written so well that the information, no matter how hard it is to believe is thoroughly documented and explained.

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