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Books Read March-May 2005 Jun. 16th, 2005 @ 10:11 pm
I have been woefully behind on reviews, but I finally got caught up, so here are the books that I read March-May of this year. Titles are linked to the review I posted in butterfly_books, and (+) is linked to the BookCrossing journal entry if there is one.

If anyone is a BookCrossing member, or is willing to become one, and you want to read any of the BookCrossing books that are listed as available, please let me know and we'll see what we can work out.

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May. 31st, 2005 @ 12:11 pm
If this is against any rules of the community feel free to delete, I didn't mean to offend.

I've started a book community on livejournal called book_to_movie. A list of books made into movies are put up in a poll, voted on, then we read the books and watch the movies. Discussions will be about the differences between the two, what we liked and didn't, and what was left out. Membership is open. Thanks!

Apr. 2nd, 2005 @ 09:41 pm
Hi. I'm Joel. I read books. Occasionally a magazine, too. I'll post more later.

My first time.... Apr. 24th, 2004 @ 10:29 pm
I just joined this community.  Feels like a great place.  This will be my first post do if I dont do it correctly, please let me know.  Here goes...I just finished..Dont Close Your Eyes by Robert Ross.  I would call it a horror mystery and give it a 5!!  I could not put it down.  Not in awhile have a read something that caught me like this.  I would say give it a try!
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Independence Day - Richard Ford Mar. 3rd, 2004 @ 01:13 am
I saw this community and since I'm on a fiction kick right now I figured this would be a good thing for me to join. This review is also posted in bookish

A friend recomended this book to me and I'm very glad she did. "Independence Day" is a sequel to "The Sportswriter", which is now on my list of books to read. This book is a first person narrative written from the point of view of Frank Bascome, a realtor in Jersey. Frank opens up his entire brain, the way he thinks, his digressions, his fears and shortcomings, his hopes, everything, in a way that I'm not quite ceratin that I have ever read before. The character is so thoroughly designed, so complete, so well thought out that I have to believe that he's based very stongly on the author. I enjoyed Frank Bascome and his mind, maybe even more then I enjoyed the plot. The book picks up a few days before the Fourth of July as a wide swath of things are all happening in Franks universe. His lady friend and he are trying to figure out what their relationship is about, he is trying to sell a house to a couple of Vermonters who think that moving to New Jersey is a good way to start over (can you tell there is something wrong with them, and he is still coming to terms with dealing with his ex-wife's re-marrying. Most important to Frank though, at least in my read, is a brief trip he is taking with his fourteen year old son (who lives in Connecticut with his mom) to the basketball and baseball halls of fame. During this trip Frank intends to help guide his son through what appears to be on its way to a dificult adolescence. The conflicts, although they seem tired and run of the mill are beautifully teased out. The writer worked each conflict just long enough to for me to get comfortable and then moved on to a different one, kinda like life, except I could put it down if I wanted to rest. The sentences in this book are a great mixture of light, heavy, beautiful, funny, wry, and epic. I rarely felt outdone by chapters end, but often felt worn down. This book was a joy to read. Two word that I learned while reading it were Johdspurs and Stertorous, both good words.
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» A Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank (4/5)
This is my first posted book review. Actually, in all honesty, it is the first book review I have written in oh...at least 2-3 years. Yikes! Anyway, since I have to start doing this soon for my internship (that is what I am choosing to call it), I figure I could use the practice. So here is how this thing will work: I promise to note these reviews with [BOOK REVIEW] so for those of you uninterested can skip. In return, please feel free to comment on what I've written, argue with me (this will work especially great if you've read the book I will be discussing). Since the book I am currently reading is taking longer than expected, I will probably also back-track and critique books I previously read. Oh and one more thing: I do not, in any way, pretend that I can spell. Ok, end of prologue.

The Review -- A Girls Guide to Hunting and Fishing by Melissa Bank

A Girls Guide primarily follows the life of Jane, through various stages of her life. Bank accomplishes this by styling the book in a series of short stories. While these stories are unified, in that most of them involve the same character and later stories build on previous ones, each story in and of itself can also be read as a contained snypet of a particular section of Jane's life.

For me, Jane worked tremendously well as a character. She exhibited enough positive qualities to earn her my respect and ability to like her, but she was not perfect, and her sense of cynisism and delusion about love, life, and her chosen profession make her that much more enjoyable.

Underlying Jane's experiences throughout these stories, is, as indicated by the book's title, a guide for twenty-something women as they navagate the mysteries of love -- a "how-to" manual, if you will. The last chapter (or story, depending on your take), is perhaps the most enjoyable, and most ingenius. Jane finds herself tempted to explore the advise of a self-help book in order to help her love life. What makes this section so clever is that while drawing attention to the realm of the self-help book, Banks also mocks herself in her attempts to resemble one via the persona of Jane. The book suddenly takes on a more light-hearted tone, as Jane learns, as does the reader throughout reading Bank's book, that the best self-help advice comes from...well, the self -- who did you think?

My only criticism lays within one chapter/story. About half-way throughout A Girls Guide, the reader leaves the life of Jane, and is given a glimpse into another character instead. I did not fully understand the necessity for this, as it only vaguely related to the rest of the book.

Bank's demonstrates a fun, easy-to-read style of writing, with plot lines full of wit and humour. She introduces the reader to a character that the reader does not want to leave. This book was published prior to Bridget Jones and the Bridget Jones's clones, predecessing the naive, yet cynical, humour that made Bridget the best friend of many women. Unlike Bridget's annoying self-torture-like tendencies, Bank's Jane presents the reader with a confident, yet slightly unaware, woman -- one who needs a little "guiding," if you will.

Is this clear or do I ramble too much? It's been years since I did one of these so yeah, any feedback would be great
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» Patricia Cornwall's Blow Fly 2/5 (1/5 if you haven't read her other books)
Book Reporter Review
Reads like any murder mystery except no one important was murdered. There was no plot or conclusion. In fact if you hadn't read her last 6 books (I used to be really into cheap murders which is why i felt compelled to read this book) the character sketches wouldn't make any sense so in essence, it was a waste of time. I think she probably should have stopped writing a few books ago because I used to really like her. In fact the Black Notice made it appear as though there was a deeper story to it and in The Last Precinct I still had hope but in this book she just kind of took the opportunity to reverse everything that had happened in the previous books.
» Emma Hoffman's The Nanny Diaries 4.8/5
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» Alice Hoffman's Blue Diary 4/5
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for those bored nights when you are sitting on your computer, even the busiest of us have them. http://www.bookreporter.com/ has some excellent reviews.
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