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    1. Neverwhere
    by Neil Gaiman
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    Asin: 0380789019
    Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
    Publisher: Avon
    Sales Rank: 2551
    Average Customer Review: 4.45 out of 5 stars
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    Richard Mayhew is a plain man with a good heart -- and an ordinary life that is changed forever on a day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. From that moment forward he is propelled into a world he never dreamed existed -- a dark subculture flourish in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels below the city -- a world far stranger and more dangerous than the only one he has ever known...Richard Mayhew is a young businessman with a good heart and a dull job. When he stops one day to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk, his life is forever altered, for he finds himself propelled into an alternate reality that exists in a subterranean labyrinth of sewer canals and abandoned subway stations below the city. He has fallen through the cracks of reality and has landed somewhere different, somewhere that is Neverwhere. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What a bloody marvelous novel!
    I had the pleasant encounter with Neil Gaiman himself at the DreamHaven bookstore in Minneapolis, MN. As well a large number of people turning out to see him in person. Before seeing him in person, I've read his first major novel, "Neverwhere". Wow, it's truly the best modern fairy tale novel for adults since "Alice in Wonderland"! London came really alive to me, the above world never knew about life hidden in the under world. Literally I mean way under the above world. The characters are so fascinated and I love those two crazy killers acting like some english nobles with perverse sense of humors. Neil Gaiman is very inventive and creative with the story and based on his past stories he'd written for the comic book industry, this man is destined for greatness. I've sweared that Neil Gaiman is the modern William Shakespeare! No one have ever write the stories as well and marvelous as Gaiman...not even since James Joyce and William Shakespeare. I told Neil this and he was rather flabbergasted but it's the truth! Read the novel, then read "Stardust", then read every story Neil has ever written and you'll know that we may have a William Shakespeare for the 21st century! Oh, by the way..."mind the gap!"

    4-0 out of 5 stars Gaiman is a Pro at Weaving Worlds You Get Lost In
    I read American Gods last year and loved it, eager to read what else the author of the fabulous "Sandman" graphic novels has written, I picked up Neverwhere and read it in a day.

    Here, Gaiman takes the real life "London Underground" system of subways and tube stations and adds a twist, a magical world beyond the underground, London Below where pockets of lost time and places are filled with the forgotten people of the world.

    London Below is a world of Baronies and Fiefdoms, of angels, beasts and killers. Richard Mayhew, a securities analyst gets drawn into this secret, invisible world when he helps what appears to be an injured homeless woman. Because of his contact with her and some of the people from her world, he slowly disappears from his own reality. It seems that most people aboveground cannot deal with the reality of London Below so they conveniently can't see them or anything they do.

    A classic quest follows with an interesting cast of characters. Richard and The Lady Door, together with a reprobate Marquis and a bodyguard head off through danger to find answers. You enter the world of rat speakers, sewer dwellers and secret societies. It's all very interesting and funny as well as giving the reader the occasional scare. Below is a world where nothing is what it seems and danger lurks everywhere and yet, its inhabitants seem to derive pleasure from their lives despite that.

    As with Gods, Gaiman weaves his mythical world into the tapestry of the "reality" of every day life and there are times when you aren't sure if what is happening is just a manifestation of Richard's insanity or not. It's a nice tension.

    This book will please the fantasy reader as well as those who love a good mystery. It's a worthy read.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Sorry about the confusion
    this a good book. it is reaeally good fool. It is like fantasy, but not really. it is good. it is a good book that is good and it is a book, see, it is a good book and i liked this book beacuse it was a book that was a good book that was good.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Lovely dark fantasy
    Richard Mayhew, a young London businessman finds himself mixed up in the weird alternate reality of "London Below" when he rescues a strange girl named Door. He joins her and a few other denizens from London Below --- such as the (ah, hell, why not?) irrepressible Marquis de Carabbas and the rather intense Hunter --- in her search for the Angel Islington, whom Door's father told her she could trust right before he and the rest of Door's family were murdered by two henchmen named Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar (who were hilarious, by the way).

    Gaiman obviously had a lot of fun with names of tube stops and prominent places in London and with the possibilities for parallels between London Below and London Above. I loved the sense of wonder and the sense of humor in Neverwhere, though both were balanced by the sense of darkness in the story. Quintessential Gaiman. A wonderful and imaginative book.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great novel from Gaimen.
    From author Neil Gaimen (Sandman, Good Omens) come this enchanting novel about a world underneath London where magic and violence reigns. The novel's hero, Richard Mayhew, is a simple man with a simple life until one day he sees a bleeding girl lying in an alley. The choice he makes to help the girl opens a whole new world to him. The very next day, Richard's life, as he knows it, has drastically changed. No one seems to know who he is. All records of his life have disappeared. His only hope is to find the girl (called Door) again and see if she can offer any explanations on why his world has turned upside down. His search for the girl leads him to a whole underground world beneath modern London where nothing is at it seems.

    This novel was much better than I anticipated. Full of action and a great storyline, Neverwhere will stretch your imagination to its fullest. Great characters round out this superb story of love, vengeance, magic and escapism. ... Read more

    2. A Nightmare On Elm Street #1: Suffer The Children
    by David Bishop
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    Asin: 1844161722
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-01)
    Publisher: Black Flame
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    When six teenagers volunteer to test a new anti-insomnia drug, all they expect is cash and a good night's sleep. However, they are now the plaything's of Freddy Krueger, the bastard son of a hundred maniacs¨ ... Read more

    3. The Historian
    by Elizabeth Kostova
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    Catlog: Book (2005-06-14)
    Publisher: Little, Brown
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    DESCRIPTION: In this riveting debut of breathtaking scope, a young girl discoversher father's darkest secret and embarks on a harrowing journey across Europe to completethe quest he never could -- to find history's most legendary fiend: Dracula. When a motherless American girl living in Europe finds a medieval book and a package of letters, all addressed ominously to "My dear and unfortunate successor..." she begins to unravel a thread that leads back to her father's past, his mentor's career, and an evil hidden in the depths of history.In those few quiet moments, she unwittingly assumes a quest she will discover is her birthright:a hunt that nearly brought her father to ruin and may have claimed the life of his adviser and dear friend, history professor Bartholomew Rossi. What does the legend of Vlad the Impaler, the historical Dracula, have to do with the 20th century? Is it possible that Dracula has lived on in the modern world? And why have a select few historians risked reputation, sanity, and even their lives to learn the answer?So begins an epic journey to unlock the secrets of the strange medieval book, an adventure that will carry our heroine across Europe and into the past -- not only to the times of Vlad's heinous reign, but to the days when her mother was alive and her father was still a vibrant young scholar. In the end, she uncovers the startling fate of Rossi, and comes face to face with the definition of evil-- to find, ultimately, that good may not always triumph. ... Read more

    4. A Stroke of Midnight : A Novel (Meredith Gentry Novels (Hardcover))
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    Asin: 0345443578
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: Ballantine Books
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    5. The Dark Tower (The Dark Tower, Book 7)
    by Stephen King
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    Asin: 1880418622
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
    Publisher: Donald M. Grant/Scribner
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    At one point in this final book of the Dark Tower series, the character Stephen King (added to the plot in Song of Susannah) looks back at the preceding pages and says "when this last book is published, the readers are going to be just wild." And he's not kidding.

    After a journey through seven books and over 20 years, King's Constant Readers finally have the conclusion they've been both eagerly awaiting and silently dreading. The tension in the Dark Tower series has built steadily from the beginning and, like in the best of King's novels, explodes into a violent, heart-tugging climax as Roland and his ka-tet finally near their goal. The body count in The Dark Tower is high. The gunslingers come out shooting and face a host of enemies, including low men, mutants, vampires, Roland's hideous quasi-offspring Mordred, and the fearsome Crimson King himself. King pushes the gross-out factor at times--Roland's lesson on tanning (no, not sun tanning) is brutal--but the magic of the series remains strong and readers will feel the pull of the Tower as strongly as ever as the story draws to a close. During this sentimental journey, King ties up loose ends left hanging from the 15 non-series novels and stories that are deeply entwined in the fabric of Mid-World through characters like Randall Flagg (The Stand and others) or Father Callahan (Salem's Lot). When it finally arrives, the long awaited conclusion will leave King's myriad fans satisfied but wishing there were still more to come.

    In King's memoir On Writing, he tells of an old woman who wrote him after reading the early books in the Dark Tower series. She was dying, she said, and didn't expect to see the end of Roland's quest. Could King tell her? Does he reach the Tower? Does he save it? Sadly, King said he did not know himself, that the story was creating itself as it went along. Wherever that woman is now (the clearing at the end of the path, perhaps?), let's hope she has a copy of The Dark Tower. Surely she would agree it's been worth the wait. --Benjamin Reese

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    Over 30 years in the making, spanning seven volumes, Stephen King's epic quest for the Dark Tower has encompassed almost his entire body of fiction. Find every volume of this fantastic adventure, an interview with the master himself, and much more in our DarkTower Store.

    Authors on Stephen King
    Mystery writer Michael Connelly thinks Stephen King's "one of the most generous writers I know of." Thriller author Ridley Pearson says "King possesses an incredible sense of story..." Read our Stephen King testimonials to find out what else they and other authors had to say about the undisputed King of Horror.

    The Path to the Dark Tower
    There are only seven volumes in Stephen King's Dark Tower series but more than a dozen of his novels and short stories are deeply entwined with the Mid-World universe. Take a look at the non-series titles, from Salem's Lot to Everything's Eventual. Can you find the connections?

    History of an Alternate Universe
    Robin Furth, an expert on Stephen King's Dark Tower universe if ever there was one, has created a timeline of Mid-World, the slowly crumbling world of gunslinger Roland Deschain. Read it and get up to speed on a world of adventure.

    Hail to the King
    Fans applauded and critics howled when Stephen King was awarded the National Book Foundation's Medal for Distinguished Service to American Letters. In typical fashion, King accepted the honor with humility and urged recognition for other "popular" authors. Listen to a clip of his acceptance speech, then order the entire speech on audio CD. ... Read more

    6. Dead as a Doornail (Southern Vampire Mysteries)
    by CharlaineHarris
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    Asin: 0441012795
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-03)
    Publisher: Ace Hardcover
    Sales Rank: 155
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    When Sookie's brother Jason's eyes start to change, she knows he's about to turn into a were-panther for the first time. But her concern becomes cold fear when a sniper sets his deadly sights on the local changeling population-and Jason's new panther brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Now, Sookie has until the next full moon to find out who's behind the attacks, unless the killer decides to find her first. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars the only series i read
    Every may, i wait for the newest book in the series.this book is full of surprises and funny and full of "Sookieisms"she once again saves the day, and her friends.This book deals with mostly the shifters.for any bill fans, well... maybe next book? cause he doesnt have a big part.the Weres are back including the big strong alcide.
    all in all it was pretty great. it left me wanting more.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Oh, Sookie - You've ruined me for the other vamp novels!
    This is book number 5 in the Sookie Stackhouse series.If you're just picking up this series, begin at the beginning and read everything!You won't regret it.

    My biggest complaint is that I love this series so much that now no other vamp novels will do.Now, I love some Laurell K Hamilton and LA Banks vampire executioner/huntress novels.But, their shake you by the shoulders, screaming "GOOD vs. EVIL!" style is a bit like that overbearing cousin you avoid at family reunions when you compare them to Harris' laid-back, subtler style (your favorite ex-hippie uncle).I'll bide my time with the other novels, but I'd rather Harris just wrote a new novel every week to keep up with my reading needs.

    So, Sookie Stackhouse, is not the chosen one or the most powerful of anything, which makes her a wonderfully sympathetic character for me.She is a working-class waitress in a small Southern town doing her best to ignore her unwanted disability - telepathy.Being a mind-reader is no picnic. Imagine knowing that, despite what your best friend says, she really believes that your new haircut makes you look like a cow.You can see the problems.But this ability has also given her entrance into a whole underground culture of supernaturals: vampires, werewolves, witches, and fairies.

    This installment is more complex than earlier novels because it contains multiple storylines - the murder mystery, the werewolves, the bad vampire boyfriend, Sookie's varied, but tasteful, love life, and, hey, what's with the fairy godmother?I enjoyed all of it.I have a small complaint about the murder mystery.I knew who one culprit was in the first 30-40 pages of the book.It's not too difficult to tell.Let's see Arlene has been all the books, so has Sam. Eric and Bill are obviously long-running characters, but, hey, I've never seen this character before. It's an ongoing problem with murder mysteries.New characters are either cannon fodder or killers.That niggling little worry aside, I would still say this book is 100% worth reading.Way to go, Sookie!When can I have novel 6?

    5-0 out of 5 stars Bite into this series!!!
    Can't help it - vampires have an allure - am not the only one - Sookie Stackhouse is the heroine that can drive the hunkiest vampire crazy out there. She is a telepath, and sometimes it gets her misunderstood as a kook, but she's a sweetie. The series is a not so gory vampire tale with vampires being integrated into the main stream human life. They drink synthetic blood the Japanese invented. In the previous books, the violence had been at a minimum, if you don't count vampires biting while making love, but this book has a few moments that hit you - being a were trying to be head hocho is a killer...
    There is a character that has endeared us to him - Bubba - He is a vampire whose transition to vampire went awry - he isn't all there and loves cat blood...but he can sing great!!! He used to be a famous singer out of Memphis that people have been spotting at the Burger King!!! What a great addition to the cast of characters!! We know who Bubba was, but don't say his REAL name!
    Ms. Harris is a wonderful writer and continues Sookie's adventures into the paranormal with ease and makes them real.
    Who wouldn't want to have a fling with Eric???
    Parting comments - buy the whole series if you haven't done so yet, or keep enjoying Sookie and friends with her fans.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Bill and Eric take a back seat in this one...
    Sookie Stackhouse is a telepathic waitress in the small town of Bon Temps, Louisiana. Her ability to read minds keeps the normal people away from her. They fear her ability, even those who claim not to believe in it. However, the vampires and other supernatural beings flock to her.

    Her brother, Jason, has recently been bitten by a werepanther. Once he makes his first shift, Jason finds that he enjoys his new ability. Problem is that a sniper has begun shooting the local shifters and Jason's new brethren suspect he may be the shooter. Sookie and her friends have until the next full moon to find out who the real sniper is.

    Sam, Sookie's boss, is one of the shifters who has been shot. Unable to tend his bar, Sam has Sookie go to Eric for a temporary bar tender. Charles, a vampire, begins work the very next night. Charles is soon protecting Sookie. Seems someone is trying to kill her for simply associating with supernatural beings. If all this is not enough, the local packleader has died. Sookie must attend the funeral, as well as, witness the competition that will select the new packleader.

    **** The vampires Bill and Eric take a back seat and play only secondary roles in this installment of the series. Focus is kept mainly on the shifters and the sniper. Author Charlaine Harris has a winning series with this cast of characters! Harris makes the night come alive with her imaginative, supernatural, and dark shrouded community. As usual, I find myself longing for Sookie's next adventure. ****

    Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good Story, Good Characters, but not quite quite.....
    This is the fifth Southern Vampire book; all of these stories about the adventures of Sookie Stackhouse are enjoyable light reading. She is a delightful character, forever a wise innocent being overtaken by events that somehow always manage to get out of hand.

    If you are new to these books, you should read them in order, since the story is progressive:
    Dead Until Dark
    Living Dead in Dallas
    Club Dead
    Dead to the World

    The characters we have come to know are here once again:Bill is protective, Sam is supportive, Eric is there to help out as needed, and Alcide is complicating everything. Tara is still living on the edge, and Jason is still in trouble.Somebody is shooting shapeshifters, old problems are coming back to haunt Eric, Alcide's father wants to be head of the werewolf pack, and Sookie is in the middle of it all.It's a good story, and a good addition to the continuing saga.

    So why didn't I enjoy it as much as I did the others? It seems to me that this book lacks much of the joy and good humor that made the first four so memorable.It doesn't bubble.Sookie seems a bit tired; her sense of wonder isn't working well, and her curiosity isn't as relentless as it has been.Eric doesn't tease in this one; he's not his usual good-natured overwhelming self.Alcide seems actively unpleasant and manipulative.Simply, the whole book is not as much fun as the series has been until now.

    The negative does not overwhelm the good.I still recommend it. I do hope that there will be more, and I hope that they will regain the brightness of the earlier books.
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    7. Monster
    by Frank E. Peretti
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    Asin: 084991180X
    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
    Publisher: WestBow Press
    Sales Rank: 56241
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    Miles away from the hectic city, Reed and Rebecca hike into the beautiful Northwestern woods. They're surrounded by gorgeous mountains, waterfalls, and hundreds of acres of unspoiled wilderness.

    But something—or someone—begins closing in on them. Something no human has ever seen. And it's killing everyone in its path without remorse.

    Best-selling author Frank Peretti has sold more than 12 million novels about angels, demons, and dragons. That was just the warm-up.

    From the master of suspense and supernatural thrillers comes the season's hottest page-turner.

    Be warned: this monster's got teeth.

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    8. Beyond Black : A Novel (John MacRae Books (Hardcover))
    by Hilary Mantel
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    Asin: 0805073566
    Catlog: Book (2005-05-09)
    Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
    Sales Rank: 2099
    Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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    Hailed as a "writer of subtlety and depth," Hilary Mantel turns her dark genius on the world of psychics in this smart, unsettling novel (Joyce Carol Oates)

    A paragon of efficiency, Colette took the next natural step after finishing secretarial school by marrying a man who would do just fine. After a sobering, do-it-yourself divorce, Colette is at a loss for what to do next. Convinced that she is due an out-of-hand, life-affirming revelation, she strays into the realm of psychics and clairvoyants, hungry for a whisper to set her off in the right direction. At a psychic fair in Windsor she meets the charismatic Alison.

    Alison, the daughter of a prostitute, beleaguered during her childhood by the pressures of her connection to the spiritual world, lives in a different kind of solitude. She cannot escape the dead who speak to her, least of all the constant presence of Morris, her low-life spiritual guide. An expansive presence onstage, Alison at once feels her bond with Colette, inviting her to join her on the road as her personal assistant and companion.

    Troubles spiral out of control when the pair moves to a suburban wasteland in what was once the English countryside and take up with a spirit guide and his drowned therapist. It is not long before Alison's connection to the place beyond black threatens to uproot their lives forever. This is Hilary Mantel at her finest- insightful, darkly comic, unorthodox, and thrilling to read.
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Beyond Black Humor
    Novelist Hilary Mantel can be dark.Very dark.Dark and funny, as fans can tell you--particularly readers of her brilliant memoir, Giving Up the Ghost.In her new novel (which Amazon didn't bother to recommend to me--I'm bummed!--the computer doesn't know me very well apparently), she goes "beyond black," as the title says, though the title refers less to Mantel's humor than to the nagging manifestations of spirits which plague Alison, the psychic protagonist.

    Alison is fat, single, the daughter of a prostitute, and psychic.I mean really psychic.The dead speak to her of all kinds of trivia, and her "spirit guide," Morris, is a (dead) lowlife dwarf who used to work at a circus. Alison will do anything to get rid of Morris, who is crude and stinky and pops up at inconvenient moments, but nothing works.And when Morris starts hanging out with fiends from Alison's old neighborhood, she begins to get really worried.

    Much of this novel is funny.Alison's assistant, Colette, a skinny, nasty, divorced control freak who books Al's appointments at psychic fairs, is a good foil for the casual Alison.She eventually becomes so obsessed with her management role that she even tries to control Alison's diet. Alison has to sneak around when she wants a slice of bread or anything tastier than lowfat turkey.

    But the last third or so of this novel is quite morbid and horrifying as we learn about Alison's past and the key to her psychic abilities.Is this black humor?Or something worse?Much worse, I would say.It's Beyond Black.

    I hope she wins the Booker Prize for it.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Didn't get it
    I'm a big Mantel fan.I loved "An Experiment in Love," "Fludd," and "A Change of Climate."Mantel's gorgeous prose style even carried me most of the way through "A Place of Greater Safety--"her gigantic novel about the French revolution.And so of course I rushed out to buy "Beyond Black" as soon as I saw it reviewed.

    As a novelist, Mantel has never been one to tip her hand.She keeps us guessing, for example about the true identity of the title character in "Fludd," and we never know how the protaganist of "An Experiment in Love" gets over her anorexia.When it comes to characterization Mantel shows rather than tells; she relies on evocative imagery, rather than on psychobabble, to shed light on the motivation of her characters.As Margaret Atwood says in her review of "An Experiment in Love," it is "what you don't know" that haunts you after you've finished one of Mantel's novels.

    But I think that Mantel goes too far off in this direction in "Beyond Black."She simply doesn't tell the reader enough to make the story hang together.Her background characters-- Alison's psychic colleagues, Colette's ex-husband, even the spectral Morris-- are caricatures.And the two protagonists are incomprehensible.We never really understand what draws Colette to the "psychic business" in the first place, given that she spends most of the novel being so skeptical.And we never really understand what it's like to be Allison, to have the dead tormenting you all the time.The flashbacks to Allison's past are ghastly and beautiful, but the "present tense" narrative is mostly taken up by innane dialogue that never seems to go anywhere.

    Both of the reviews I read of this book-- in the New York Times and the Washington Post-- are very favorable, so I'm wondering if I'm missing something.Did anybody see anything in this novel that I didn't? ... Read more

    9. Angels & Demons
    by Dan Brown
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    Asin: 0743486226
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Atria
    Sales Rank: 119
    Average Customer Review: 3.82 out of 5 stars
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    From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Da Vinci Code comes the explosive thriller that started it all.

    An ancient secret brotherhood. A devastating new weapon of destruction. An unthinkable target. When world-renowned Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon is summoned to his first assignment to a Swiss research facility to analyze a mysterious symbol -- seared into the chest of a murdered physicist -- he discovers evidence of the unimaginable: the resurgence of an ancient secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati...the most powerful underground organization ever to walk the earth. The Illuminati has now surfaced to carry out the final phase of its legendary vendetta against its most hated enemy -- the Catholic Church.

    Langdon's worst fears are confirmed on the eve of the Vatican's holy conclave, when a messenger of the Illuminati announces they have hidden an unstoppable time bomb at the very heart of Vatican City. With the countdown under way, Langdon jets to Rome to join forces with Vittoria Vetra, a beautiful and mysterious Italian scientist, to assist the Vatican in a desperate bid for survival.

    Embarking on a frantic hunt through sealed crypts, dangerous catacombs, deserted cathedrals, and the most secretive vault on earth, Langdon and Vetra follow a 400-year-old trail of ancient symbols that snakes across Rome toward the long-forgotten Illuminati lair...a clandestine location that contains the only hope for Vatican salvation.

    Critics have praised the exhilarating blend of relentless adventure, scholarly intrigue, and cutting wit found in Brown's remarkable thrillers featuring Robert Langdon. An explosive international suspense, Angels & Demons marks this hero's first adventure as it careens from enlightening epiphanies to dark truths as the battle between science and religion turns to war. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A true barnburner!
    Next to Britt Gillette's "Conquest of Paradise", this is the best book I've read in a long time. I'm a first time Dan Brown reader but I'm hooked! I stayed up all night and didn't quit until I finished, blurry eyed and sleepy. I found myself believing every word and had to stop and remember that it's just fiction! I was amazed at the inside information about the Vatican (especially the library), and I finally got out a map and books from my trip to Rome to see if I could find all the churches. Anti-matter, illuminati, choosing a pope - all of it was fascinating. When I finished, I had to laugh thinking about the fact they never ate, slept or made comfort stops and neither could I. The ending was a total surprise! Anyone who enjoys non-stop action and information shouldn't miss this one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Another Winner From Dan Brown!
    I read the "DaVinci Code" first and decided to read "Angels and Demons".This is another excellent book.A Phyisist Leonardo
    Betra is killed and his eye is cut out. He is also branded.Our
    heor Robert Langdon is flown to CERN headquarters on a jet the travels 15,000 miles per hour.Langdon discover that the brand is used by an ancient cult called the Illuminati.Langdon,the director of CERN Kohler and Vittorio Vetra discover that a container of antimatter has been stolen from the facility.The antimatter is hidden within Vatican City and set to explode.All
    of this takes place while a conclave is taking place to elect a new Pope.The four leading candidates for Pope are kidnapped by a
    hired killer called the Hassassin.The four candidates for Pope are killed and branded with four seperate brands used by the Illuminati.In the meantime Langdon and Vittoiro are searching the Vatican hunting for the antimatter.This book is exciting from start to finish.The ending of the book will shock you as well.This is another excellent book from Dan Brown. Buy it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love all of Brown's books. Great reading!
    I had to laugh at the few low ratings by raving zealots. If you are a person, that has always asked "too many questions," this book is for you! Whether you are a Philosopher, Theologian, or Agnostic, this book is a welcome addition to your fiction collection. This book makes you think, so Fun-dam-entalists should probably skip this one. Right or Wrong, this book will get your wheels turning...which is all that really matters, right?

    As a voracious reader, I have read the best. "Angels and Demons" is a heart-stopping thriller that keeps you turning pages until you arrive exhausted at the end. You're truly "in on the chase." Improbable as it seems, Dan Brown has combined nuclear physics and antimatter with Renaissance art, old Rome and the Vatican. You conjure up the images in your mind, but the icing on the cake is Brown's Web site, which shows you the CERN facilities, the plane and then the exquisite artwork of Bernini and others as well as a peek inside the Vatican. It's a book that teaches, makes you think, and entertains, all at the same time. Few authors can accomplish that.

    If you are open minded and looking for those books begging for its pages to be turned...look no further. Read 'Holy Blood, Holy Grail,' and ANYTHING by Ken Follett! I just read a copy of Edgar Fouche's 'Alien Rapture,' which also blew me away. Fouche was a Top Secret Black Program 'insider', whose credibility has been verified over and over. Another fun book is Brad Steiger's 'Werewolf.' I also really liked Dan Brown's 'Angels and Demons.' Want to be shocked, check out Dr. Paul Hill's 'Unconventional Flying Objects' which NASA tried to ban.

    For those who say this book goes against their beliefs and their dogma, consider this: The tip of the iceberg: Numerous authorities who had noted the errors in the K.J.V. such as William Kilburne (1650's) 20,000 errors, John Wesley (in 1755) 12,000 changes in the New Testament alone, the Revised Version of 1881 consisted of 36,000 errors and on and on. The NIV, RSV and The Living Bible are also replete with thousands of errors. Do some research!
    Buy this book, you will love it.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Incredible, yet incredulous
    "Angels and Demons," although incredibly fast-paced and action-packed, lacks plausibility. The protagonist, a Harvard symbologist whose intellect and intuition rival those of any figure in all of history, flies to Geneva to assist in the investigation of the murder of a renowned physicist (who also happens to be a Catholic priest). Furthermore, the murder occurs at the global headquarters of everything scientific, or so the reader is led to believe, known as CERN. The Harvard professor, Robert Langdon, is taken into a world of historical satanic cults, Vatican controversy, scientific breakthrough, and the classic aura of the "whodunit?" genre.

    Although absurdly implausible, Dan Brown manages to write this novel with his readers in mind. I simply could not put it down. I highly recommend that everyone reads this, so long as they do not intend to be blown away with historical fact and believability. Final verdict: 4 well-earned stars.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As good as "Da Vinci Code"
    Well if you liked "Da Vinci Code" I think you'll like Angels & Demons. Robert Langdon stars, once again, as a Harvard prof on the run in Europe. Fast-paced, interesting story, good characters, page-turning -- it's a great read. I look forward to more Robert Langdon stories from Dan Brown! ... Read more

    10. The Dark Tower VI : Song of Susannah (Dark Tower (Paperback))
    by Stephen King
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    Catlog: Book (2005-04-12)
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    Average Customer Review: 3.65 out of 5 stars
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    The next-to-last novel in Stephen King's seven-volume magnum opus, Song of Susannah is a fascinating key to the unfolding mystery of the Dark Tower.

    To give birth to her "chap," demon-mother Mia has usurped the body of Susannah Dean and used the power of Black Thirteen to transport to New York City in the summer of 1999. The city is strange to Susannah...and terrifying to the "daughter of none" who shares her body and mind.

    Saving the Tower depends not only on rescuing Susannah but also on securing the vacant lot Calvin Tower owns before he loses it to the Sombra Corporation. Enlisting the aid of Manni senders, the remaining ka-tet climbs to the Doorway Cave...and discovers that magic has its own mind. It falls to the boy, the billy bumbler, and the fallen priest to find Susannah-Mia, who in a struggle to cope -- with each other and with an alien environment -- "go todash" to Castle Discordia on the border of End-World. In that forsaken place, Mia reveals her origins, her purpose, and her fierce desire to mother whatever creature the two of them have carried to term.

    Eddie and Roland, meanwhile, tumble into western Maine in the summer of 1977, a world that should be idyllic but isn't. For one thing, it is real, and the bullets are flying. For another, it is inhabited by the author of a novel called Salem's Lot, a writer who turns out to be as shocked by them as they are by him. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Tower VI - The best thus far?
    I never thought I'd say I loved a book more than I love The Drawing of The Three. Even as I read the second installment of the still-forming Dark Tower story, I knew I was in love and that no other story (or piece of a story, as the case may be) would ever come close. However, I'm glad to say that I have proven myself wrong. Song of Susannah excels in doing what all the DT books have done so far: giving us great action, making us jump out of our seats, creating a rich backstory, and of course, it will make you turn the pages faster than you thought was possible. Without getting into spoiler material, DT6 clears up a lot of what happened in Wolves. Susannah's bond with Mia is explained, as are some of the Crimson King's desires. Some readers were scared that the story was getting too schticky when Roland and Crew discovered that Callahan and the events in 'Salems Lot were apparently works of fiction from a writer named Stephen King. Rest assured, this issue is dealt with in a decidely appropriate manner. Also, there's always the question of the rose. I won't say much, but the rose is handled. In true Dark Tower fashion, the book ends with multiple cliffhangers, but I think they're definitely better than the excrutiating ending of The Waste Lands. I'm sure it sounds like I've ne'er seen the book, much less read it, but I'm being vague as to not give too much away. Trust me, when you read this you'll love all of the "Holy Crap!" moments. It seems as if each chapter (stanza) is packed with them. All in all, I'd rate it as my favorite thus far, and I am officially a slave to King until the final installment hits the shelves. Hopefully the next few months pass without incident, say thankya.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Fast moving story with some scary ideas.
    Sometimes it's hard for me, being the only person in my group of friends to be a true DT junkie, not having anyone I can truly discuss the books with. However, "Song of Susannah" is one of those novels where a person doesn't exactly have to be a fan to talk about some of the ideas it conveys. Duty, personal responsibility, sacrifice, theories of existence, coming-of-age, the bold (and somewhat unnerving) idea of God as being just some sort of middle-man for an even greater force... all of these things are qualified fodder for any snooty literary chat circle.

    Of course, as a novel on its own, "Song of Susannah" seems more like just an appetizer to that bad boy that some Tower fans have been waiting over two decades for, Volume 7 of the series, "The Dark Tower". It is incredibly fast-paced (a welcome return to the hectic action of "Drawing of the Three" and "The Waste Lands"), and it manages to get across a hell of a lot of necessary info, in a bit over 400 pages. All that, plus even more character development and some nasty surprises. For one, the business with the chap and its parentage? Threw me for a loop.

    It is true that the style of these last two novels seems to differ a bit from the first four. It's hard to describe, more a feeling than anything else, but it feels like some kind of magic has been lost. Mr. King said in his Amazon interview (short but kinda interesting) that he felt the need to finish the series, but it seems to me he could have waited just a bit longer. With the other novels, there was like a little hibernation period in between each one. It always felt like a long wait between stories, but I can't say I was ever disappointed when the novels DID come. Now, it almost feels like Mr. King jumped the gun on his "muse", or whatever you want to call it... the latest novels are very well-written in a workmanlike sort of way, but that true EPIC feeling, prevalent in the first 4 books, only makes a half-hearted appearance.

    One surefire thing about "Song of Susannah"? It will you make wish the summer was only a few days long so you can get right to September, the release month for DT7 (!!!).

    P.S. If you're an impatient reader like me and you want to look for any possible clues as to how to the series might end (of course I'm not guaranteeing anything), you might try looking out for a copy of "Childe Roland To The Dark Tower Came", which I recently read the whole way through for the first time. As I've read through the series again in anticipation of the final book, I've noticed a load of parallels to the poem that I had never picked up on before reading Browning's work. If you can get past the poetic language and Victorian English (I had a tough time at first), it's really beautiful, with an aptly bittersweet ending.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Approaching the Big Bang...
    ...and I don't mean Creation, either.

    Song of Susannah contains more action and fast-paced material than any of the previous DT books, even Drawing of the Three, but at the same time it seems to move in slow-mo, and for good reason: This book takes place primarily in one day, and King goes into tremendous detail on the sequence of events leading up to the end of this epic. Would we have it any other way?

    I got the feeling while reading this book (and accurately so, I have little doubt) that it is simply the first chapter of the very last Dark Tower book. That is to say, the last two books were originally written at pretty much the same time, as one, and King later separated them into two, for reasons of his own (probably for marketing and profit reasons, sure, but it also makes one hell of a cliffhanger!). The most recent example I can recall of this having been done was with the last two Matrix films (please forgive the reference).

    I scoffed at first when King brought himself into the story, and regarded it as a plot-thinner, rather than just the opposite. However, I feel that this must be a vital part of the entire series, that is essential to reach the conclusion King is going for, and has been going for all along, otherwise why would he dare?? I wouldn't say King is modest about his talents as a writer, really, but I don't think he's a fool either. I applaud his courage to venture into such an unusual realm, and sincerely hope he makes it worth our while and patience.

    There is a lot in this book that King answers ("What's going on inside Susannah?" being the main issue) and leaves unanswered (read the book for yourself to witness its monster ending!). I have found some of the turns he's made very curious, but not enough to decide whether they were or weren't good ideas. Like I said before, I think this book is simply a necessary prologue to the last book, and shouldn't be judged as a novel in itself (i.e. Don't expect to be satisfied!).

    Right now I am going on faith in his imagination, just as I have through this entire series, and enjoying the ride.

    As they say, it ain't over 'til it's over. So, for your father's sake, wait until the man finishes the story!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Underrated
    I don't see how anyone could have given this a zero. The entire thing was very well written, and my only complaint with this book is that it is too short, but even that isn't really a problem because the next one is coming out so soon. So far, it seems like all the peole badmouthing it said they hated that Steven King brought himself into the series. I guess it might have been better if he hadn't, but he did it pretty well, it's not like he just popped up and said"Hi I'm Steven King, and I am your God" the way some people have made it sound. Instead he slowly tied himself in to explain many of the things from the Dark Tower 5 and 6. Even if you still can't stand that he was in it, he was only in it for about thrity pages(not counting the author's journal at the end) and (warning:spoiler) he killed himself off in the journal anyway so he can't be in the next one.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
    Fortunately I bought this book (and read it) before reading the reviews. While I was expecting some controversy regarding the fact that King writes himself into the novel, the extremely hostile reaction of so many surprised me. I was shocked when I read where King comes into the book, but it doesn't seem to be an ego-trip or anything of the sort. For one thing, King doesn't portray himself as a very likable guy. Not the sort of thing you write if you're on an ego-trip. Most importantly, the inclusion of his character seems almost inevetible. After reading it, it seems the only explanation that makes sense. It's the final piece to the puzzle.

    I've been reading DT since the beginning, and for me this was the best of the series. The most disappointing aspect of it is seeing so many negative responses. This probably wouldn't be the case if King wasn't in the novel. I wish that others could enjoy it as much as I did.

    The book has *extreme* suspense that builds throughout. It leaves you at a climax (somewhat like Waste Lands - but not quite THAT much of cliffhanger). Fortunately I won't have to wait long for VII. Mentioning Waste Lands reminds me of the controversial ending of that one. So many people made similar comments about it (how it trashed the series) then and now seem to view it as 'the high point. ... Read more

    11. Lamb : The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal
    by Christopher Moore
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    The birth of Jesus has been well chronicled, as have his glorious teachings, acts, and divine sacrifice after his thirtieth birthday. But no one knows about the early life of the Son of God, the missing years -- except Biff, the Messiah's best bud, who has been resurrected to tell the story in the divinely hilarious yet heartfelt work "reminiscent of Vonnegut and Douglas Adams" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

    Verily, the story Biff has to tell is a miraculous one, filled with remarkable journeys, magic, healings, kung fu, corpse reanimations, demons, and hot babes. Even the considerable wiles and devotion of the Savior's pal may not be enough to divert Joshua from his tragic destiny. But there's no one who loves Josh more -- except maybe "Maggie," Mary of Magdala -- and Biff isn't about to let his extraordinary pal suffer and ascend without a fight.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Jesus H. Christ: The Lost Years
    What does the H in Jesus H. Christ stand for? I'll give you a hint--it's a family name. Beyond that, you'll have to read the book and discover it for yourself.

    I interviewed Chris Moore for my writing ezine. At the time, he was in the throes of writing Lamb, and had been instructed by his publisher to keep the project hush-hush, lest a bad B movie rendition torpedo the whole thing. I remember him saying that this book would certainly "piss off more people" than any of his previous works--and from the looks of the reviews cropping up here, the process has already begun.

    I've read every one of Christopher Moore's books--I'm a devoted fan. Every time I read Chris Moore in bed, I find myself laughing so hard that my husband refers to me as "the human equivalent of Magic Fingers." I have to believe that someone whose writing can evoke such a reaction has a true gift. Christopher Moore's writing is both funny and deeply humane--he pokes fun at the world with tenderness and benevolence. That style shines through in Lamb, a story retold by Jesus' life-long friend, the irrepressible Levi, who is called Biff.

    At first glance, it might seem Biff is an archetype--the guy whose exterior reflects "a--hole," (to quote the angel, Raziel), but who actually possesses a heart of gold. But on further examination, Biff's more than that. He's intelligent (incidentally, the first to theorize that the world was round, and the first to speculate on the existence of gravity), kind and selfless. Sure, he has his faults, but that brilliant combination of jerk/gentleman is what makes him so intriguing.

    Those who scoff at this book for religious reasons (and there will be many, I'm sure) are missing the bigger picture. As Moore relates in his afterword, the book was "not designed to change anyone's beliefs or worldview." But, for me, it did. I'm a Christian, and after reading Lamb I came away with a new understanding of Jesus (called Joshua in the book--Jesus is the Greek translation of the Hebrew, Yeshua, which is Joshua) as a human being. The fact that Jesus became human to redeem the world is the core of the Christian faith, and Christopher Moore brings that belief home with an almost magical tenderness. I found it moving to think of Jesus as a real person, and not some mystical, unreachable Godhead. Regardless of Moore's own religious beliefs--it's difficult to determine whether he views Christ as the Son of God, or a fascinating historical figure with a 30-year hole in his life story--Lamb meant something to me, and I know I'll read it more than once.

    Is Lamb a perfect book? No. Some of the humor was a little too slapstick to really work. But as a whole, it's a bright spot in a world that has grown far too serious and cynical. Lamb was painstakingly researched; it's poignant and real; and, oh's incredibly funny.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Happily Devouring Another Moore
    Nearly everytime I enter the bookstore I head instinctively to the M section just to see, if perchance, possibly, there is another Christopher Moore book to read. I still remember the delight I found when I read his first book so long ago, Practical Demon-Keeping, and now I can hardly contain my exclamations of delight when I happen upon a new book.

    I haven't even finished the book and I've recommended it to everyone I think will enjoy it and have even promised my copy as first dibs to a close friend of my parents. I let him read the prologue and was concerened I might not get it back.

    Okay- the book. Oh my, it's hilarious. Imagine The Hitchhiker meets Monty, raised on early (the good stuff) Saturday Night Live. I have laughed out loud with this book more times than all of the others. If I thought Mr. Moore delightfully witty and talented before, I now think him a brilliant god or incarnation of some divine figure of words and speech. I am looking forward, already, to re-reading this book. "Two Jews walked into a bar"- that's JC and Biff. So some of the humour is the one-liner type? It's the fresh perspective that gives it the extra punch. Joshua (Jesus) and Biff discussing bacon, among other no-no's is akin to considering the Pope discussing fine mountain chilled brews. Biff's adoration of Mary, his troubles with his own mother (did he mention she was troubled by demons?) and his infatuation with Mary Magdelene are the earmarks of youth. Jesus had to have one and this book reminds you that kids are kids. Even divinely inspired ones.

    I fear that many people will mis-understand this book and just gleaning over the negative reviews proves this. There are some people in this world who cannot take humour, especially directed at God and/or our relationship with said. Luckily, this book is about Jews- Jews not only make jokes with and about God, but argue with him as well. They keep him up late at night. I can only think that God would be most delighted with this book as well. The comment someone made about Joshua (Jesus) being depicted as a little bit less than sharp is a genuine mistake: simplicity is the key to complexity.

    Jesus did have friends right? He sat down and ate, probably grumbled about the weather from time to time- this book only encourages that perception of his humanity while at the same time unleashing time warped humour (a la Briscoe County Junior) that will have you holding your belly. I won't spoil anything about where the book goes but the span is one that actually is proposed and belived by scholars, one I believe myself- so there is an air of reality and seriousness to the book. Enough to spark an interest I think, in many who read it. And isn't that what a book should do? Spark a fire? I'm lit, so loosen the mind strings and join me on this one, it really will set your mind to thinking all while giving your mind a good (no doubt much needed!) tickling.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This book was so much fun to read!
    It was interesting, bizarre, easy to follow, (one does not need to know the bible inside and out to understand it, just a sense of humor) you really grow to care about the characters and much more...

    Not only did I literally laugh out loud during certain parts, I got choked up with a lump in my throat during others. I think Moore did an excellent job at bringing out the human side of Joshua as well as the Divine. And then there's Biff... What a great friend he is and what halarious & wonderful adventures the two of them have together while Joshua is on his quest for knowledge.

    I highly recommend this book and will deffinately be reading this one again.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I wish this book were true!
    The weirdest part of my experience with Christopher Moore's LAMB is that I was browsing the bookstore shelves in search of absolutely nothing in particular, when the cover of this book caught my eye. Another Gospel? Who is Biff? Christ had a childhood pal? I certainly wasn't sure what to expect, nor was I too keen on having someone I'd never heard of tell me all these lies and preach to me about Chist.

    Was I in for a treat! This book is hilarious, with original humor that never ceases to both shock and excite you. Rarely are books published anymore that will make you laugh out loud while still managing to bring you to tears. Moore manages to capture Christ's human side, thus making him easier to relate to. He also introduces you to Biff, a character who is so amusing and so honest that you cannot help but fall in love with him. Biff's love for women, especially Maggie, and his undying loyalty to Joshua, as well as his obnoxious yet lovable humor, build a characater that you have to meet. I wish the story were true.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Go ahead and read it!
    This book is a best seller because everyone who reads it passes it on then buys another copy. I have bought five so far. Read it, pass it on, buy another copy. Every person you give it to will come back and tell you it is the best book he has ever read. They will also tell you they passed it on and bought their own copy. Trust me, it's a never ending cycle. Christians will be so glad to learn, finally, what happened to all those missing years from Josh's 12th birthday until he started His ministry. All scripture is inspired by God. Christopher Moore just got inspired 2000 years after all those other guys. Mel Gibson should have consulted Moore before filming. Biff was there. ... Read more

    12. Dean Koontz's Frankenstein, Book Two: City of Night
    by Dean Koontz, Ed Gorman
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    13. H.p Lovecraft Tales (Library of America)
    by H. P. LOVECRAFT
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    14. Dead to the World
    by CharlaineHarris
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    From Emma Bull'sWar for the Oaks to Laurell K. Hamilton'sAnita Blake, Vampire Hunter series, fromThe X-Files toBuffy the Vampire Slayer, creators are mixing old European myths and legends with modern American pop culture. Incorporating influences ranging from blaxploitation movies and erotic novels to tabloid staples like UFOs and Elvis, authors and directors are creating a new mythology for the strip-mall, tract-house, cell-phone America of the new millennium.

    One of the best-known and best writers of the new American mythology is Charlaine Harris. Dead to the World is the fourth novel in her Anthony Award-winning Southern Vampire series. It continues the story of psychic waitress Sookie Stackhouse, who has fallen out with her undead lover, Bill. Bill has no sooner departed for Peru, than Sookie finds the head vampire, Eric, running naked and terrified through the rural night. She helps Eric, and discovers his memory has been destroyed by a coven of unscrupulous, astonishingly powerful witches, newly arrived in her small Louisiana town, and offering a huge reward for Eric. Sookie tries to hide Eric, but her brother sees him--and immediately disappears. And Sookie finds herself caught in a war among witches, vampires, and werewolves. --Cynthia Ward ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Very nice read
    Love this series very much.
    Just plain fun to read.Love the crazy characters as well.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Couldn't wait to read this book...
    ...and was only mildly disappointed.I agree with the reviewer who liked Laurell K. Hamilton up to Blue Moon.Ms. Hamilton lost me with the excessive lycan/were action and diminishing role of vampires.I am concerned that Dead to the World is leading the Southern Vampire series down the same path.That is my only complaint; a little too much emphasis on Weres and Shifters.As always, I related to Sookie's down to earth character with her self-doubts and feelings of being overwhelmed and lonely. The large group of Bon Temps citizens continued to be interesting and dynamic.I loved that Sookie was able to fulfill her sexual fantasies about Eric with out having to deal with his immoral personality.Good for her!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Dual Natured Eric & Sookie Make Sparks Fly!
    Sookie Stackhouse, the attractive, telepathic barmaid from Bon Temps, LA, makes her fourth appearance in "Dead To The World," which I think is the best book in the series, so far. Boyfriend Bill, a Civil War veteran and vampire, is pretty much out of the picture here. He has been sent to Peru, by the Vampire Queen of Louisiana, to continue his research for the extensive vampire data base he is building. Sookie has ambivalent feelings about her old beau. He has proved to have a cheatin' heart, along with other unfaithful body parts. This is unfortunate because Sookie thought she had found the man of her dreams. However, there seems to be an abundance of other men, all preternatural, who are very interested in getting to know our Sookie better. And it is best for her to stick with the superhumans. She can't read their minds, and doesn't need to worry about keeping their inner voices at bay.

    Driving home from work early New Year's morning, (there was a huge party at Merlotte's Bar), Sookie sees a half-naked, shoeless man running down the road. When she stops to help the poor guy, she realizes it is Eric, charismatic owner of Club Fangtasia, and vampire Sheriff of Area 5, which encompasses Shreveport and Bon Temps. It appears that Eric has amnesia, and remembers nothing about his life except that he is a vampire. He doesn't even know why he is running, or where. He is only aware of his terror - a very strange state for the strong, confident warrior he has always been. We learn later from Eric's cohorts that a coven of powerful witches, who use their magic for dark purposes, are attempting to take control of all the supernaturals in Area 5 - vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc.. When Eric refused to cooperate with them, they cast a spell taking away his memory. Sookie brings Eric home to care for him, through sheer kindness. Her brother Jason interferes with her altruism, however, when Eric's second in command visits to figure out an emergency course of action. Eric must remain in hiding and Jason negotiates a whopping $35,000. babysitting fee for his sister. Sookie finds that Eric is no longer the suave, scary, business-first, head-honcho vampire that she had been accustomed to. He is now tender, sincere, attentive, romantic, protective of her and grateful for her loyalty and decency. Our heroine doesn't know what to make of this drastic change, until sparks begin to fly between the two. She then decides to go with the flow. After all, Bill has been gone a long time.

    "Dead To The World's" pace is fast and the action is nonstop throughout. Jason goes missing, the evil witches are on the loose, Alcide Herveaux, the hunky werewolf (from "Club Dead"), and his pack become involved in what is to be a major battle between the forces of good and evil, new characters are introduced, and much more. Per usual Charlaine Harris fills her well written narrative with humor, suspense, and thrilling plot twists and turns. The finale is outrageously good! Terrific escapist reading. I couldn't put the novel down.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A great, fun series.
    I admit I loved Laurell K. Hamilton, right up through Blue Moon.Sookie is not Anita; in many ways she's better.She's more "real" and human.The books have humor, well-developed characters, suspense, romance, fantasy and mystery.If you are a woo-woo fan, you'll love this series.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Just keeps getting better and better
    I had just finished writing a (extremely negative) review for the Laurell K Hamilton book "Incubus Dreams" when I realised how much my affection for Charlaine Harris' "The Southern Vampire Series" has grown over the years.

    I suppose like many readers I had approached this series when Ms. Hamiltons star was starting to dull slightly. I was suspicious of the main character Sookie Stackhouse to begin with. Her character and situation seemed a little too familiar at first. In fact I didnt like the first book at all. I never warmed to Bill for some reason, an opinion still not changed even by this book. But I stuck with it and by the time I got Dead to the World I loved the whole universe created by the author.

    Sookie is a loveable heroine. So different to the difficult and unlikeable Anita Blake. She is vunerable and sweet. She is unselfish to the point of putting her life at risk to save others. She is in touch with her sexuality, yet doesnt base whole narratives on it (*hint hint* Ms. Hamilton) and does seem to be developing with every book.

    The supporting characters are consistently interesting. Eric has a certain devilish charm that keeps the reader hooked and hopefully we will see more of Sam and Alicide in later books. Same goes for Jason who, with certain plot developments in this book, should give Sookie plenty more adventures.

    Dead to the World is a wonderful installment for this series that will hopefully keep going from strength to strength
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    15. Johnny The Homicidal Maniac : Director's Cut
    by Jhonen Vasquez
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    Asin: 0943151163
    Catlog: Book (1997-10-01)
    Publisher: SLG Publishing
    Sales Rank: 2438
    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    Mayhem and violence rule in this collection of issues one through seven of Jhonen Vasquez's Johnny the Homicidal Maniac, as well as material seen before only in Carpe Noctem magazine.Dark and disturbingly funny, JTHM follows the adventures of Johnny (you can call him Nny), who lives with a pair of styrofoam doughboys that encourage his madness, a wall that constantly needs a fresh coat of blood, and--oh, yeah--his victims in various states of torture.Join Nny as he frightens the little boy next door (Todd, known to fans of Vasquez's work as Squee), thirsts for Cherry Brain Freezies, attempts suicide, draws Happy Noodle Boy, and tries to uncover the meaning of his homicidal existence. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Look Deeper
    Johnny The Homicidal Maniac Director's Cut contains all seven Jonnhy issues in one book. It also includes sketches from Jhonen, the creator, an interview with Jhonen, and a 'timeline' of Johnny (from 'Johnny The Little Homicidal Maniac (crap) to Johnny The Homicidal Maniac (much better) This book series is...interesting to say the least. Many people say, "Oh, that book's junk, all it's about is some guy who goes around killing people." They don't know what they're talking about. You can see the Johnny series 'evolve' from 'Tramatize the Neighbor' to 'Good Luck, Squee!' This is actually an in-depth book. Sure, as it starts it looks like a book that poser goths read to try and look spooky. But, as you read on, the characters develop depth and become three dimensional. Johnny starts as a killer, who uses his victim's blood to paint a wall. Something's in there, but he doesn't know quite what. He has three voices, Nailbunny, Mr. Eff, and D-Boy. Nailbunny is Johnny's positive side, while Mr. Eff and D-Boy are negative. ME and DB are trying to get Johnny to kill himself, that way he can't paint the wall anymore, and the thing behind the wall can be released. Johnny has some real in-depth talks with his voices. A spin-off of this series is 'I Feel Sick' which is about Devi, Johnny's ex. Overall, I highly recommend this book to anyone with a mature enough mind to truly understand this book.

    5-0 out of 5 stars even if you don't like comics....
    First of all, I hate comics. I've always found they don't seem like real stories, not to metion the usually immature story lines. So, when I heard about JTHM through the internet, I had to find out more. I ordered Squee's Wonderful Big Giant Book and Director's Cut and I was extremley pleased with both. But, since I hadn't read the actual comics (and believe me, I tried finding them), I didn't miss out. I emailed some webmasters and found that Director's Cut had all the Nny comics and Happy Noodle Boy. If you're worried about missing out on the mean-whiles, then don't worry; Squee's has them all. The ONLY thing you'll miss out on is the great cover art (the covers are in small black and white pictures at the back). Plus, by ordering these, you get commentary by Jhonen and the history of the comics.

    Now, if you're worried about the graphicness of the books, do not fret. It's surprisingly funny. While Nny is obviously insane, you'll love him the moment he kills his first victim. Really. Plus, Jhonen has created a very smart character. This book really got me thinking. And the pictures are enough to make you laugh with Nny's expressions. If you still can't decide whether to order, just go ahead. I poured through these in 3 days and I still go back and find them great.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funniest, Wittiest dark satire I have ever read!
    Where can you find an intelligent and witty glimpse into the sickened, insane, cold-blooded mind of a habitual killer? Right here with Johnny, The Homicidal Manic.

    This is clearly a graphical novel for adults only (read the title, parents!), JTHM is a bloody and savage treat to the warped followers of horror and horror satire. If you ever laughed when the Road Runner dropped the Coyote off a cliff and turned him into an accordion, then you should find a chuckle or two in Vasquez's humorous look at homicidal mania.

    The cartoons are brutally savage and yet excruciatingly funny, but don't worry because they are all done in black and white so the gore is not as intense as it could have been. Interspersed with Vasquez's storyline are tiny text boxes that cement the fact that this is a satire with such thoughtful comments as how the scene was filmed (its a picture), and cautionary remarks like "Parents: Don't get upset - It's a fake brain." and "Stupid People: I would ask you to keep in mind that this should *not* be a source of moral guidance." and "Kids, don't be stupid and try this: this is a trained flying toddler."

    Hilarious little blurbs like these are also accompanied by Noodle Boy breaks. Happy Noodle Boy is the comic strip that Johnny writes, the second (and worse) cartoon within a cartoon, along the lines of "Itchy & Scratchy" to The Simpsons and "Terrance & Phillip" to South Park.

    You will indulge your darker half with the intelligent debates between Johnny and his victims, see a gruesome Public Service Announcement, discover that God is a fat baby in a lounge chair and that the devil is a cheerleader. The dialogue is clever, the drawings hilarious, the storyline amusing, and the satire thick and twisted. Everything a horror fan could want in a graphic book.

    The cells are quite busy, but take your time reading this dripping black jewel; you don't want to miss the extras thrown into each frame. Also take note of those chapters with scrolled or fancy looking borders. Hidden within the borders are messages such as "I like Ramen" and "Are you awake?" and "I am no potato."

    As a finisher to this tasty meal, a dessert of early sketches is presented, along with character boards for Johnny, Nailbunny, Mr. Eff, Psycho Doughboy, Devi D., Tess R., Anne Gwish, and Squee. (who later gets his very own book!)

    Completely rounding out our meal, Vasquez also included commentaries on the issues that JTHM was originally released in, and a hysterical interview he wrote by himself...with himself.

    The wit and barbs just fly across these pages, and though the humor is indeed dark and intended for horror fans, I think you will be surprised at finding it is humor with intelligence behind it. I deeply enjoyed JTHM, I hope you do too.

    5-0 out of 5 stars z?
    Jhonen Vasquez is the guy.

    He is completely responsible for the slow death of my sense of right and wrong. I cheer for Nny and Zim at all times. I have come to view them as the good guys. It's frightening, really.

    Anyway, JtHM is awesome, spiffy fun for anyone morbid, emotionally disturbed or snarky enough to get the humour. It's not only for those dubbing themselves goths or punks or whatever the kids are saying today. It's good violent fun for anyone, eyeliner or no. *is going to get hate mail for that* *giggles*

    So, buy the DC book(this way, you don't have to go into Hot Topic to get the comics, which can only be a good thing...^-^), buy the Squee! book, buy "Everything Can Be Beaten', buy the Zim DVD. Buy "Lenore" by Roman Dirge. Embrace your inner Johnny. Welcome to the club.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not as great as _Squee!_, but still good
    I read this book in one sitting. It's sick and morbid, but oh-so- funny. Granted, it's not as great as, oh, say, _The Color Purple_ or _The House of Mirth_, but who expects that sort of writing from a book like this? If you don't possess an extemely dark sense of humor, then perhaps you should think twice about purchasing a book entitled _Johnny the Homicidal Maniac_. ;-) ... Read more

    16. Every Which Way But Dead
    by Kim Harrison
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    Asin: 006057299X
    Catlog: Book (2005-07-01)
    Publisher: HarperTorch
    Sales Rank: 871
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    There's no witch in Cincinnati tougher, sexier, or more screwed up than bounty hunter Rachel Morgan, who's already put her love life and her soul in dire jeopardy through her determined efforts to bring criminal night creatures to justice.

    Between "runs," she has her hands full fending off the attentions of her blood-drinking partner, keeping a deadly secret from her backup, and resisting a hot new vamp suitor.

    Rachel must also take a stand in the war that's raging in the city's underworld, since she helped put away its former vampire kingpin -- and made a deal with a powerful demon to do so that could cost her an eternity of pain, torment, and degradation.

    And now her dark "master" is coming to collect his due.

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    17. You Slay Me
    by Katie Macalister
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    Asin: 0451411528
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-07)
    Publisher: Onyx Books
    Sales Rank: 14093
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    Aisling Grey is a courier enjoying a free, work-related trip to Paris when she learns she's a Guardian. That's a keeper of the Gates of Hell, for those who don't know. She finds this out from Drake Vireo, who's scrumptiously sexy-at least in his human form. Now Drake has stolen the package Aisling was sent to deliver, and she must track him down, get the package, and try to resist the passion boiling inside her. ... Read more

    18. Hanging on
    by Dean R. Koontz
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    Asin: 0871311186
    Catlog: Book (1973-11-01)
    Publisher: M Evans & Co
    Sales Rank: 587562
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars A Hilarious Comic Novel
    When I finally found a copy of this book, I was not disappointed. Different from other Koontz tomes, this novel, set in World War II, has a great cast of characters, and is full of laughs, sex, and zany insights into something (war) that is normally not funny. ... Read more

    19. Sleeping Beauty Novels
    by A. N. Roquelaure
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    Asin: 0452156610
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-01)
    Publisher: Plume Books
    Sales Rank: 4429
    Average Customer Review: 3.76 out of 5 stars
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    The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty:
    Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure.In the traditional folk tale "Sleeping Beauty," the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

    Beauty's Punishment:
    This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the castle. Once again Rice's fabulous tale of pleasure and pain dares to explore the most primal and well-hidden desires of the human heart.

    Beauty's Release:
    In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of the harem. In Beauty's Release, Anne Rice makes the forbidden side of passion a doorway into the hidden regions of the psyche and the heart.
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Over-rated. Typical Anne Rice!
    These books could have been amazing, they could have been breathtaking, they could have been... art. But they weren't. Sure, the concept is original and there are some truly delectable parts. But honestly, how many times do we have to hear about someone getting spanked or Beauty's incessant whining? If all the boring parts were taken out and Beauty's character even slightly developed this story would have been the length of one of the novels and fun to read! Unfortunately, the spankings get redundant and som parts are just gross, pure shock value. These novels, while entertaining and worth reading, have all the depth of DeSade... the world's greatest over-rated author of erotic "trash". Buy the audio tapes of these books if you can find them... Elizabeth Montgomery (remember Bewitched?) read Beauty's parts and all the boring junk was cut out! They're much better than the novels themselves!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent read!
    When I read the first of the Sleeping Beauty books by Anne Rice, I read it in an afternoon. I immediately went out and bought the remaining two books in the trilogy. I had purchased the first one out of curiosity, after paging through it. At first, these books may seem to be just a lot of sex, and S and M type of stuff, but there is more to it than that. Rice explores the feelings of the characters and how they adjust to their situation and surroundings, and how they relate to each other in such an extraordinary setting. I found myself reading as fast as I could to find out what happened to Beauty and her friends. If you are offended by extremely explicit and graphic sex, you would not like these books. But if that doesn't bother you, and you like a sense of fantasy and seductiveness, these are the books for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars As always, Rice captivates!
    I am a huge Anne Rice fan and of course the most of us have atleast heard of her alias writing names. So I had heard of this set of erotic tales she had written but could never get my hands on them. Finally I got the trilogy and I could NOT put these books down! Then once I was finished with the last page of the last book, I wanted more!! Anne Rice can take anything and make it sensual. These books are a great and intrigueing read, for a wide audience, even if you're not necessarily into BDSM or that type of thing. Though they are probably not for the weak hearted. But they sure are mind-opening to those who can handle something different than the boring missionary-ness of her our lives and sex-lives. Definate recommendation! Enjoy!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars An Erotic Tale of Growth and Discovery
    I had received the trilogy as a birthday gift. I do enjoy the fantasy world of Anne Rice and this is no acception. The reader gets to enjoy with the main characters how they grow not only sexually but also emotionally. Some reviewers I've read got so hung up the repetion of some of the action that they miss the point. So read and enjoy the series.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Imaginative
    This collection of books grabs you from the beginning and doesn't let you go. Even when you have finished the third book, you crave for more. I give this book the highest recommendations possible, being one of Anne Rice's best collections possible. It seems to be the culmination of her writing career, branching out into other genre`s and succeeding at it. ... Read more

    20. Hot Blooded
    by Christine Feehan, Maggie Shayne, Emma Holly, Angela Knight
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    Asin: 0515136964
    Catlog: Book (2004-08-07)
    Publisher: Jove Books
    Sales Rank: 4245
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    A bound man with a voracious appetite...A werewolf with human desires...A shape-shifter with one basic need...An immortal lover with a passion for mortal women. These are the stories of Hot Blooded. ... Read more

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