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Archive for November, 2007

The newest book in the Heather Wells series is just as funny as the last ones.  Heather is once again embroiled in a murder at her dorm (or should I say residence hall?)  Her boss has been shot through the head. But this time Heather is not going to get involved, except that forces outside her control pull her into the middle of a murder investigation once more.  But that is not all that is happening in Heather’s life.  Her dad wants her to quit her job and start a children’s TV show and her boyfriend, Tad, has something big to ask her.  Yikes!  But with wit and aplomb Heather sails through it all.  This is my favorite in this series because there is finally some resolution in terms of relationships in Heather’s life.  Yeah!  These are fluffy and fun and as enjoyable as a tall mocha with whip cream and cinnamon.

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When a spell goes horribly wrong, Jade Delarue tries everything in her power to fix it.  All she was trying to do was help a man who was jilted and open up her own heart to love.  But soon Mason Kincaid is staying at her B&B and doesn’t seem to ever want to leave.  What can she do to fix it?  Or maybe it doesn’t need to be fixed and it is Jade’s eyes that needs to be opened up.  But first secrets must be revealed and the past will rise up to throw dirt in Jade’s face.  Can she face her heart and her past so she can move to her future?

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Matt Fuller is supposed to make a machine to calibrate electromagnetic forces, but instead he accidentally creates a time machine.  He isn’t quite sure how it works, but he knows that each time he resets it, the machine sends you 12 times farther into the future.  After doing some testing, Matt is anxious to test it out himself.  He is sure that this will make his career.  But in the process he accidentally kills someone, almost gets killed himself, finds himself in a world where the 2nd coming has just taken place and then out on the moon.  It is a funny book about possibilities of what could happen to the world.  It reminds me a bit of Connie Willis’s work.  The cover makes it seem as though it came out a long time ago, but it has in fact been just recently published.  A science-fiction book that does not have too much of the robots trying to take over hte world in it.  I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Stephen Colbert is hysterically funny.  He takes you through the ins and outs of American society as seen through a crazy conservative person.  His book had me laughing out loud so many times (my husband kept asking,”What is he saying?  What? What is so funny?????”) He is pompous and arrogant and utterly irreverent.  He is so un-pc it cracks me up. Yet by going to the extreme he shows just how insane parts of the country have become.  He covers everything from religion to sex to homosexuals to old people and on and on.  It makes you step back and think (as you are cracking up laughing).  A short read, but completely worth every minute you spend with it!  

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In this companion novel to Wildwood Dancing, we delve into the story of Tati’s sister Paula.  Paula is on a trip with her father to Istanbul where they hope to procure a mythical relic called Cybele’s Secret.  But evil is afoot and when they arrive, their contact has been killed.  Soon Paula realizes that it is not just a relic she must discover, but a quest that may bring her a glimpse of her sister she has not seen in 6 years.  Paula is the scholar of the family and it is her skills as such that will ultimately lead her to her prize.  But she will have help from unexpected places and a friend that is not a friend could spell the ruin of all.  In this mystical tale, we once again glimpse a world unlike our own where the fair folk wield their power to make humans stronger.  Marillier takes the reader to Istanbul and shows us a city steeped in intrigue and fraught with peril.  A well crafted tale that is clearly a midway novel for another book about this delightful family. 

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In the second book in the Erec Rex series, Erec is called back to Alypium where he must start the quests he needs to do to become king.  But all is not as he expected when he goes back.  The people hate him and think he is a monster rather than their future king.  He doesn’t understand how it could have gone so wrong, and he knows that people important to him are keeping something really big a secret (it is pretty easy to guess what it is).  Added to that his twin siblings have been kidnapped and he can’t seem to find them.  But with the help of his friends, Erec will right wrongs, save people, and show that he really is meant to be king (even if he doesn’t really believe it either).  A great read, but I wish I had gone back and read the first book again before reading this one.  I had forgotten some things that would have helped my understanding tremendously.  These are a great set of books that is somewhat similar to Harry, but can defintiely stand on their own.  Plus the covers are great!

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Just when you think she is going to let the characters go stale, Nora Roberts comes at you with something different.  I am really amazed that she has done so well with this series since it requires constant development of the characters unlike in her straight romance books where she can pretty much leave them alone after the happily ever after.  In the newest Eve Dallas book, a serial killer tagged “The Groom” is on another killing rampage.  Nine years early Dallas and Feeney worked the case, but never caught the guy.  Now he is back with a vengeance.  He sticks a ring on the finger of the girl he kills and carves how long it takes her to die in hours and seconds on her chest.  Dallas is determined to crack the case this time.  In the past books, Eve has dealt with crazy people, but this time she gets almost the entire force to help her out.  IT is a serious manhunt.  What is interesting is that in this book Roarke helps out from beginning to end.  Before, he would only help out for bits and pieces, but he feels tied to the victims since they worked at his businesses.  It is a well crafted tale and the deduction are well thought out and make sense.  I also love how Roarke and Eve have grown as characters throughout the series.  It really shines through in this book.

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