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The Secret Scripture

The Secret Scripture - Sebastian Barry The ending was a bit of a let down like others have mentioned. The words though, the style... they roll of your tongue and envelop you with the Irish lilt. For me, it is like going home even though I have never been there.


Buried - Mark Billingham Billingham has a way of squeezing your heart ever so slowly. The suspense builds, almost in the background, as you develop a relationship with the characters. Before you know it, the guy that you hated turns out to be a poor sap and you feel bad for hating him.

The Forged Coupon

The Forged Coupon - Leo Tolstoy I really enjoy Tolstoy, however, this was so wrapped up in spirituality, or more specifically Christianity, that I disliked it.

Mr. Peanut

Mr. Peanut - Adam Ross Finishing this darn book kept me up most of the night and I still can't coherently tell you whether I loved it or hated it.


Headhunter - G√ľnther Frauenlob, Jo Nesbo This was good, really good, but I have grown to expect so much from Nesbo. The main character, Roger Brown, really reminded me of Brett Easton Ellis's Patrick Bateman from American Psycho. He was observant, meticulous, thought that the world was his oyster, and oh yeah, anal. Even though he was all of these things, I still grew to like him.

The Leftovers

The Leftovers - Tom Perrotta Wild ending!

Little Boy Lost

Little Boy Lost - Eric Hobbs Loved this, can't wait to pass it on to the young ones!

All You Desire

All You Desire - Kirsten Miller You know how there are many sequels/series that stand alone? Like you can hand someone book 3 or 2 and it doesn't really matter if they haven't read the first? While All You Desire is good and attempts to fill in the back story, you just can't get the full experience if you haven't read The Eternal Ones. Go read that one, then come back here.

The Thirteenth Tale

The Thirteenth Tale - Diane Setterfield Wow, just wow.

Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings

Frank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings - Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation A must have for any FLW fan. I am simply in awe of all of the sketches, plans, and background in this book.

The Vampire Shortstop

The Vampire Shortstop - Scott Nicholson Great message

The Call of Cthulhu

The Call of Cthulhu - H.P. Lovecraft "softdrink" at Fizzy Thoughts "made" me read this for Dueling Monsters this month. Fanciful and suspense driven, just not very scary for me.

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer

Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase to Catch Lincoln's Killer - James L. Swanson Much better than Bloody Crimes by the same author.

The Necrophiliac

The Necrophiliac - Gabrielle Wittkop Repulsed, entranced, sick to my stomach, caressed, and more, all at the same time. I can't think of another book that has messed with my brain and my other insides more. I was thoroughly disgusted and couldn't put it down.

The Butterfly Cabinet: A Novel

The Butterfly Cabinet: A Novel - Bernie McGill This was much more powerful than I expected. The synopsis says that it is haunting and that is an understatement.

The Apothecary

The Apothecary - Maile Meloy, Ian Schoenherr I really enjoyed this, not only for the fantasy aspect of this but the brief glimpses of post WWII and Cold War history. I would have been eager to pass it on to my 13 YO step-granddaughter except for a very short (two paragraphs) kissing scene.

Now before you call me a prude, let me say that I am not and am for putting any and every book before a child. However, the few sentences were almost too sensual to have in a book that I feel comfortable giving to her. I get that kids are curious and ready to experiment, I just think that it could have been written more innocently.

You decide.

"His lips were warm and soft against mine, and the night air was cold. Shivers went down my spine from the place where his fingers were tangled in my hair and pressing against my skin."

Or maybe I am just pissed off because my first kiss was nothing like that. :)

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