Thursday, August 06, 2009

More Summer Reviews

Razor Sharp
by Fern Michaels
Boo! I'm thinking this series should be over.

The Thirty-Nine Steps
by John Buchan
Bravo! First published in 1915, this book is a classic. Detailed so images come to life. Espionage that is exciting with an unpredictable ending.

Jemima J.
by Jane Green
Boo! This book started out with an engaging and unlikely leading character. Jemima is inspirational in her effort to lose weight and transform herself, physically and socially. She then becomes a shallow person as she becomes thin. This was probably the author's intent. However, the ending is predictable and transparent. I lost interest in the book too quickly, although I finished it. Others have found this book very inspiring and have read it several times--I won't.

The Vampire: A Casebook
Edited by Alan Dundes
Bravo! Readers of vampire lore, vampire novels, and watchers of vampire movies would learn a great deal from these essays. However, one must be in the mood for true scholarship, including an unrepentant, vigorously precise use of vocabulary.

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