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161. Phenomenal Woman : Four Poems Celebrating Women
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Catlog: Book (1995-01-17)
Publisher: Random House
Sales Rank: 9284
Average Customer Review: 4.91 out of 5 stars
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Maya Angelou, the bestselling author of On the Pulse of Morning, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now, and other lavishly praised works, is considered one of America's finest poets. Here, four of her most highly acclaimed poems are assembled in a beautiful gift edition that provides a feast for the eyes as well as the heart. (Poetry) ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I had to have this book!!
I bought "Phenominal Woman" because of the abbreviated poem, "I Rise", which I heard Ms. Angelou recite on a television commercial. (I stood up too!) About the same time, I was taking a college English course called Ethnic Voices in which the class read the poem she read during Clinton's inauguration. I like all of her poems that I have read and will continue to read. She is a definite inspiration.

5-0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING

5-0 out of 5 stars The soothing sounds of Maya
I just wanted to let Miss Angelou know that I really enjoy her books, all of them. But Phenomenal Woman is very important poem to me because it describes what my mother and grandmother are to me and my family and hopeflly one day I will learn to be a phenomenal woman.

5-0 out of 5 stars the experiance
I really loved this book.Mostly because I could relate in so many ways.I've been thruogh alot over the past years, it just felt good reading something like that.I hope every one that reads it gets the same effect that I got.When you think about it that's really what books are for; to inspire people who've been through something.That's really the effect that I got from this book, and I just love Maya angelou for writing this book.She's just a doll. I wish whoever reads this book reads it slowly and carefully. I'ts not just any book................It's the greatest!

5-0 out of 5 stars The Phenomenal Woman
Maya Angelou's book "Phenomenal Woman" is a celebration of women regardless of race, creed, or color. The poems contained between the covers of this small but powerful book articulate the strength and beauty of womanhood. I display the book on my coffee table along with other books. My twelve year old niece read the book and fell in love with it. She has asked me to buy a copy for her.I will buy a copy for her and my other nieces and nephews.

Maya, keep writing - you are a Queen and a "Phenomenal Woman"!

Patricia McInnis ... Read more

162. The End of Eternity
by Isaac Asimov
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great early work
"The End of Eternity" was one of the first sci-fi books I ever read. In fact, I remember checking it from the library a few days after seeing "The Time Machine". I was (and am) a fan of time travel tales. Although Asimov has won kudos for his voluminous works over the years, I've always found him somewhat less than appealing. It seems the plot is always for better than the other elements and the romance is, well, unromantic. His characters are often sterile - more portrait than flesh and blood.
But this novel is something different - a work in which the story, characters and action move along to a surprising ending. The pace of the tale is perfection itself, not too rushed or caught up in non-essential happenings. The romance is, as usual, almost chaste in its presentation but surprisingly deep. Rereading it after all these years still brings pleasure even if it is a tad dated.

All the paradoxes and what-ifs of time travel are present (the idea of "self-protection" from time changes while in the machine is a stroke of genius). The various twists and turns make for an enjoyable read. Do yourself a favor and get the book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
The fame of Asimov's Foundation and Robot series has tended to steal the limelight from some of his other masterpieces, chief among them, The End of Eternity, a book that is hard to find. In this book, Asimov consciously set out to explore the limits of the classic paradox of time travel that has bedeviled so many works of science fiction. As a result, this is a "bare bones" novel; no robots or empires or any other such distractions. Its strength lies in imagination. Asimov looks at our world as it has evolved, and then introduces the organization called Eternity, whose mission is to protect humanity from its own mistakes, by making deft changes in key events over time (past and future). Along the way, he has fun making digs at the unchanging fundamentals of human nature (competition, drive, love) amid centuries of changing social mores. At the heart of the book is the love story of Andrew Harlan and Noyes Lambent, but this tale is just a framework for Asimov to build on. In the final analysis, Asimov is making the point that just as a child learns to walk by repeated falls, humanity's ultimate characteristic is the Schumpeterian desire and ability to innovate through risks. If we are protected from ever making mistakes, we may avoid tragedies, but the human race itself will vegetate and die. As with many of his earlier works, the dialog can be jarring and characters often one-dimensional. For all that however, The End of Eternity ranks among Asimov's finest in the field of science fiction and makes it all the more strange why this book is so difficult to find. Do take the time to lay your hands on it; you will not be disappointed.

5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely excellent!!!
This is one of the best Science Fiction novels of all time!

5-0 out of 5 stars timeless classic
There's a tremendous irony in finding this novel a little bit 'old fashioned'. But it's even more ironical to realise that something so old/modern can still have a galvenising effect 50 years after it was written.
In fact it's a timeless classic - a brilliant take on the well worn 'time travel' genre with a great paradoxical twist at the end. Give up the modern stuff and settle down with the instructions from somebody else's future.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Future in Flux
There once was a time when authors could write books about important subjects with a short page count, and the books were good, and the stories were complete. This work is an example of the past which has changed.

This book has thematic similarities to both his Galaxia/Gaia of the end of Foundation, as well as with Clarke's City and the Stars and Childhood's End. In that it deals with the grand transfiguration of human culture from the safe and staid to uncertain limitless potential. Oddly though, Asimov's position in this early work is diametric from the result in Foundation and Earth.

This dichotomy also appears in the work, it is almost like two books in one. A straightforward, simplistic 'Back to the Future' naive work that was common for the time dealing with simple characters exploring the neat idea of time travel and its paradoxes. Then for the very last few pages we switch gears to a philosophical discussion on man's place in the universe and his destiny.

For me, the straightforward adventure story of fixing the timestream worked better than the philosophy of fixing the future so mankind will not be safe, but be adventurous and leading to his Galactic Empire/Foundation series. Particularly as I have mentioned Foundation comes right back full circle to a planned safe society rather than an uncertain dynamic society.

Perhaps this was done intentionally as in this book we are told that the centuries are cyclic with industries and attitudes returning over and over again. It could be Asimov's arcing storyline over this and his other series was hinting that not only did industries and social mores repeat, but that a slower cycle of uncertain expansion alternated with the safe over-controlling method of Eternity in this novel and Gaia/Galaxia at the end of Foundation.

To try and summarize, the adventure story here will go down easy and please you while the ending will give you things to think about and possibly disturb you. ... Read more

163. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse: A Novel
by Louise Erdrich
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For more than a half century, Father Damien Modeste has served his beloved people, the Ojibwe, on the remote reservation of Little No Horse. Now, nearing the end of his life, Father Damien dreads the discovery of his physical identity, for he is a woman who has lived as a man. To complicate his fears, his quiet life changes when a troubled colleague comes to the reservation to investigate the life of the perplexing, difficult, possibly false saint Sister Leopolda. Father Damien alone knows the strange truth of Sister Leopolda's piety and is faced with the most difficult decision of his life: Should he reveal all he knows and risk everything? Or should he manufacture a protective history though he believes Leopolda's wonder-working is motivated by evil?

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4-0 out of 5 stars a rare gem of a novel............
Louise Erdrich creates a fascinating tapestry in her novel The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse. The characters are slowly woven in and out of the story until an intricate work of beauty has been created. This is a story of a search for hope and faith that begins in an unusual manner. It begins with Father Damien writing for answers from Rome as he has for many decades. It is revealed that Father Damien is not who many believe him to be, but the question remains, is Father Damien the person that God needed Father Damien to be. The tale then steps back into how Father Damien arrives at Little No Horse, where many people enter into the tale. When Father Jude, arrives to investigate whether Sister Leopolda, a nun at the convent in Little No Horse, really deserves consideration for Sainthood the past is unwrapped layer by layer.
The questions of faith, suffering and sacrifice are examined, when does one supercede the other to elevate each to a higher level of love and true caring.
The story started out very slowly but, halfway through this novel, each page became a gem and when the story had ended it was a wonderful tale.

4-0 out of 5 stars A secret exposed
The sacred and the profane. Faith and eroticism. Earth-drying sunlight and earth-rending flood. Night and day. Heaven and Hell ... could any of them exist without their opposite?

In her new novel, "The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse," Louise Erdrich weaves the intricate and the uncomplicated into a story that is, by turns, extraordinarily tangled and beautifully concrete. Opposites dependent upon one another.

Maybe it's because Erdrich writes in sacred circles. Families, generations, places, events and individual characters swirl among her various novels. The Turtle Mountain-Pembina Reservation, which sprawls across the Red River halfway into North Dakota -- the setting for "Love Medicine," "Tales of Burning Love" and other Erdrich tales -- is again the crucible where Erdrich re-mixes the lives of the Nanapush, Kashpaw, Morrissey, Mauser, Pillager, Lamartine and Lazarre families. In her work, you'll recognize Faulknerian rhythms: a northern plains Yoknapatawpha where the Sartorises, Snopeses and Compsons are known by Ojibwe names, where voices shift like sand.

In circles where the literary air is more rarefied, Erdrich's juxtaposition of disparate concepts might be called *Manichean* -- relating to an ancient spiritual belief that life is governed by an endless battle between equally potent forces of good and evil, neither of which can ever annihilate the other. That's one way to look at it. But while her writing invites a number of interpretive methods and philosophies, it is Spartan and simply human, more Cather than Faulkner. In environs where landscape is less influential to life, readers might see only Manichean metaphors in rivers, forests and blizzards; in the West, it's just the way things are -- starkly contrasted depending on the time of day, the angle of sight, or the weather. The place that is good by day might be evil by dark. It is not just the stuff of Erdrich's writing, but her life, too.

The pivotal event in "The Last Report" is a Dakota flood that not only sweeps Agnes away on the lid of a piano, but also represents her spiritual evolution -- her ordination, if you will -- into Father Damien. A heaven-sent event, delivered by the Muse of Metaphor into the fervid imagination of a writer in need of a symbol? In fact, it is a scene inspired by the 1997 flood on North Dakota's Red River. It is certainly an apt spiritual metaphor, but it is also a simple account of how fortunes are so swift to change in the Western landscape. Pick your poison, dear reader: Mysticism or reality. They both work.

The part-Ojibwe Erdrich, like indigenous writers Sherman Alexie and Leslie Marmon Silko, deftly blends mysticism and dark humor in a complex, compassionate amalgam that, when burnished, not only reflects the Indian experience, but human existence in any color, at any moment in time.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great depth and beauty
A rich life is one that recognizes the complexity in everything, yet does not get overwhelmed by it, but rather operates from a center of passion and compassion. The main character of Erdrich's novel lives a rich life, and by sharing that life with others, and by letting others so readily share theirs, we see the blossoming of a person who is rare, gifted and increasingly wise. But secrets haunt this person's life and those around. What a beautify integration Erdrich has acheived: an unfolding mystery of a spiritual dimension with carnal vitality. Her writing style verges on the poetic. Highly recommended!

3-0 out of 5 stars Well written...but the plot kind of bored me!
This was kind of a strange story. As in The Master Butcher's Singing Club, I found myself most intrigued with the story's central protagonist. While Fidelis Waldvogel and Delphine Watzka were central to "The Master Butcher's Singing Club", Agnes Dewitt, aka "Father Damien Modeste", was the strength of "The Last Report on the Miracle of Little No Horse".

Although I found Agnes's tale intriguing, I found the rest of the story kind of disjointed. The other characters just didn't blend together for me. Although I saw how Agnes began to accept the religion and customs of the Ojibwe people, I would have liked to see more about their customs. Overall, I felt a bit bored by much of the story. I definitely liked "The Master Butcher's Singing Club" better.

5-0 out of 5 stars Louise Erdrich can WRITE!
This book was recommended by a friend who is much smarter than me and I think he was able to follow the plot better than I was!! Yes, it was confusing and long. This is not an easy read. It would be best be appreciated by mature individuals who are really good readers. I experienced moments of difficulty with this book, but Ms. Erdrich is such a **breathtakingly** good writer that I found myself pulled into being interested in her characters and her story. And I'm not sorry it turned out that way, because, en route, I came across many, many tender and wise passages reflecting on the human experience. Bravo, Louise. ... Read more

164. Mossflower (Redwall, Book 2)
by Brian Jacques
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Catlog: Book (1998-11-01)
Publisher: Ace Books
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Average Customer Review: 4.88 out of 5 stars
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Mossflower, prequel to Redwall, is widely acknowledged by fans as one of the most memorable volumes of the bestselling Redwall series. It is now available in a special format, with six all-new, full-page illustrations and a brand-new map by David Elliot (illustrator of Triss and The Angel’s Command, and winner of the 2003 New Zealand Post Children’s Book Award). Fans will be eager to add it to their collections, and those new to the Redwall series will want to pick it up to find out how the grand epic got its start. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Thrilling Prequel to Redwall!
I really enjoyed this book, because it was a very good science fiction/ fantasy book. It was a very good book that kept me wanting to read it more and more to see what happened next. I couldn?t put the book down once I began reading. It was about talking animals with a problem. Martin a warrior mouse was traveling from his home land, searching for his father when he was captured. He was thrown in the jail of Kotir in mossflower. He later finds out the all the woodland animals in mossflower are being enslaved and attacked by wildcats and there army. After being helped by the woodlanders he decides to stay with the woodlanders and help them defeat the intruders. With his new found friends he sets out to the mountain of Salamandastron to get help from a great warrior badger. On the way they overcome many hardships. While back in Kotir the rest of the woodlanders find out other ways to stop the intruders.
I rate this on a scale of 1 to 5 stars, a 5. I rate this a perfect five because this is just the kind of book I enjoy reading. This book also has a lot of action and fighting in it which kept me wanting to read more.

5-0 out of 5 stars Bravery, cunning, determination. Mossflower has it all

A masterful story of cunning, treachery, determination, and bravery. Brian Jacques' tale of how the Redwall Abbey came to be is truly a must-read for any fan of the Redwall series, and for anyone who has not read one of the Redwall books, Mossflower is a great place to start!

The story is full of riddles, songs, memorable characters, and one cannot forget the battles of the peace loving woodland creatures versus the evil troops under the command of the the merciless wildcat Tsarmina. The brave Martin, clever Gonff, the strong Skipper of the Otters and a plethora of other colorful characters make this book one not to miss. There's something for everyone in this book, action, humor, love, mystery, and riddles that make the mind boggle!

Truly one of Brian Jacques' best and most beautifully done works, also a fantastic tale for all ages! This was the first of Jacques' books that I ever read, and I've looked forward to any of his new books ever since

5-0 out of 5 stars Mossflower
Mossflower starts out kind of slow. But after awhile it starts to go faster. And u start to get more interesed in it. along the way Martin has lots of adventures. And has lots of enemies,but he also has lots of friends. this is a book that u can't put down.

4-0 out of 5 stars Mossflower
This is in my opinion one of the best Redwall books. The story of a band of woodland creatures resisting the tyrannical reign of the evil wildcat queen Tsarmina, this book has lots of fighting and battle scenes. It is also the first book in which Martin the Warrior appears, the heroic mouse from the northern coast destined to free Mossflower from the cat's oppressive rule! This is the first Redwall book I ever read and it is one of my favorite books of all time! I would give it ten stars if I could!

3-0 out of 5 stars Read it for Tsarina's tantrums
After reading Redwall I was hoping for greater insight into Martin's history. Mossflower though it introduces Martin it doesn't come close to filling in the back story in any coherent fashion. The only really entertaining bit of it is Tsarina's tantrums. She's portrayed wonderfully as a mad cat queen. ... Read more

165. Great Expectations (Penguin Classics)
by Charles Dickens, Charlotte Mitchell
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5-0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to Dickens
Written as a serial publication, Great Expectations is very fast paced and the character development is superb. It is also very easy to read. The plot is well developed and the number of characters and the interaction of subplots is masterful.

When a terrified four year old Pip is coerced into bringing an escaped convict food, he sets into motion a chain of events that will determine the direction of his life and explain that of others. Having served in the house of Miss Havisham, a woman jilted on her wedding day and filled with hate and revenge for the male species, Pip receives notice of "great expecations" - the term for the potential inheritance of a large fortune. From his humble origins as the son of a blacksmith, he is destined to become a gentleman. But the identity of his mysterious benefactor continues to haunt him. And the lovely Estella, for whom he craves, could she be part of this inheritance? Why is someone grooming him to be a gentleman? Who? All these questions and more are answered as the story unfolds in this powerful work.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Expectations
When I was assigned to present a novel for my English class at Mercy High School, I thought of Great Expectations because I had read it five years ago and remembered that I had liked it. I thought that it was rather straight forward and didn't remember having difficulty reading it. When I read it for a second time, however, I realized that it was alot more complex. The reading was simple and getting through the book was easy, but Dickens made his story one worth contemplating by expressing the many sides life with his characters. What made the people he wrote about so wonderful was his ability to make them unique and entertaining, yet so believable as human beings coping with ordinary problems that the reader had no problem sympathizing with them.

5-0 out of 5 stars A dickens Classic
I first read this about 12 years ago as a teenager in High School of course at the time I could not possibly comprehend everything that is going on. On a whim I decided to reread this novel and am very happy that I did, Pip, Joe, Estella, Mrs Havisham all these charecters are so colorful and well written it amazes me. This novel covers a diverse collection of human emotions such as love, friendship, loyalty, shame, and forgiveness. If the only time you read this it was mandatory reading for freshman english do yourself a favor and pick it up again and reread it I found it very worthwhile.

5-0 out of 5 stars No contemporary writer can touch this stuff...
I must admit that beyond my initial attraction to the novel's title I made several attempts over a period of years to settle into the story but could not get past the first several pages. There are many things to throw off potential readers to aged classics like this one, not the least of which is Dickens' choice of character names such as Pumblechook, Wopsle and Magwitch, which I at first found absurd and annoying. However on a recent attempt I made it as far as chapter 10 (of 59 total) when it dawned on me suddenly and unexpectedly that I was hooked and that there was no turning back.

The unabridged version is not something one can breeze through in an afternoon, especially considering that it requires the development of a certain skill to absorb Dickens' narrative style, much as it is with the often difficult prose of Henry James. Some parts read very fast while others are tortuously overwritten creating a virtual standstill as the eyes glaze over and one starts to look for good reasons not to throw the book against the wall and pull out tufts of hair from one's head in frustration - a good editor would do this book no injustice but I am not going to recommend the abridged version because most parts are not to be played with. But as is the case in life, our accomplishments must be earned, and so I will make this promise to those contemplating reading this work: make the effort, put forth the time to read this novel, which is not a short one, and before long it will grow on you and you will come to treasure your time spent with it, and even savour its pages as the story unfolds and comes to an end.

It would be so much easier for the many students who are assigned this book to take the low road and read only a study guide and then rent one of the movies of it and then definitely not ace the class, but the intelligent ones could pull off a pass; but they would be cheating themselves of something that one cannot put a price on- a well told story with vibrant characters who share in our capacities to be hurt, to feel joy, to be knocked down and to live life, for what are stories if they are not reflections of ourselves, our desires, our fears, our untold secrets, our ability to connect to other souls and grow or be cut off and wither.

Let me tell it to you straight. Dickens is a master storyteller. He has created a legacy that has been surpassed by only a few and is a standalone in terms of sheer narrative prowess. Modern writers, especially screenwriters (like myself, eventually) would do themselves no harm if they took Dickens' work to heart and used it as a model for their own for here there are no pyrotechnics, no stretching of rehashed plot ideas into the thinness of an overblown balloon, no exaggerated or contrived formulae, granted there is no small measure of coincidence in his stories, but here there are real characters with beating hearts and flesh, fully capable of a misstep and fall, part of a story that is relevant and timeless and enriching, even necessary to the human spirit if we are to grow and thrive and not kill one another with the evil and savagery that we are all capable of.

As Nicole Kidman said during her Oscar acceptance a few years back: "art is important," and for Dickens' contribution I am grateful and would be doing a disservice if I did not write this ditty for those that may listen. To Kidman's remark I would like to add that without art, life would no longer be tolerable and not worth living. It even convinces one to stick around for a little while longer. Those who do not feast on classics like "Great Expectations" are paying a very heavy price, one that not even Mr. Gates can well afford.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the few perfect books
Virtually every writer that has lived after Dicken's owes him a debt. While by today's standards he may seem verbose and long-winded, taken into context he is a marvel of craftsmanship and wit. And even taken out of context, he still survives, like Shakespeare, Marlow, or many of the other great writers. GREAT EXPECTATIONS is one of the few "perfect" books that have ever been written. What constitutes a "perfect" book? I'd say it would have to be pacing, excellent story material, a plot that makes sense and resolves itself, and wonderful writing. Believe it or not, few books fall into this category. Steinbeck's EAST OF EDEN comes to mind, as does McCrae's THE BARK OF THE DOGWOOD or Capote's OTHER VOICES, OTHER ROOMS. There are more, but not a lot. Of all of Dicken's works, GREAT EXPECTATIONS is by far his best effort. It's not as long as DAVID COPPERFIELD or some of his more protracted works, and this is probably the reason it's read in high school. If you're just now discovering this immense and talented genius, try this book first. ... Read more

166. Under the Blood-Red Sun
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5-0 out of 5 stars This a great book that tells the story of a historical event
Under the Blood Red Sun was a very good book and I think the author told the story very realistically. He also did a good job of keeping the book going. For example he had 13 year old Tomi play baseball and that kept the book going in between main events. The actions of him and his mother when Sanji died and when his father and grandfather got taken away seemed to be something that an average person would do.The book told a great story of the Pearl Harbor bombing and the Japanese Internment.

4-0 out of 5 stars Under the blood-red sun
Under The Blood-Red Sun by Graham Salisbury is one of the better books I've read. It's about a boy named Tomi who has to deal with discrimination of Japanise-Americans after Pearl Harbor was attacked. Ths book only has a few exiteting parts in it but it is well written so you will want to read on. My favorite part is when Tomi and his friend Billy go fishing with Tomi's dad. Another good part is the epilogue that has interesting facts. I recommend this book to people who like history.

5-0 out of 5 stars A story of friendship in a life changing experience!
This very well written book, Under the Blood Red Sun, had my interest from the very beginning. It has a strong beginning but then starts to slow down. Right after the first chapter the book caught my interest back.

This was a book of a boy, Tomikazu, who was of Japanese descent. He had a Japanese family including his mother, father, sister, and grandfather. Tomi lead a normal life in Hawaii until Pearl Harbor was bombed. Tomi's life then changed. People started calling the Japanese names like Japs. Tomi went through some very dangerous and life threatening adventures. As well as his life, his attitude changes also. His family is going through a very hard time and Tomi learns to be more responsible and respective, especially to his grandfather.

My favorite character in this book would be Tomi's grandfather. I really like how Graham Salisbury told about the grandfather's attitude very detailed and clearly. In the beginning the grandfather was portrayed as a grumpy old man. Later in the book I saw that Tomi was becoming closer to his grandfather than he was before. One reason I think get this idea is because the grandpa told Tomi that he hated puppies and he was going to drown them. The next morning Tomi saw that his Grandpa had built a fence for the puppies that he threatened to drown.

My favorite part of this book was when Tomi went to find and help his father. He finds him but unfortunately cannot help him. Tomi has to be very secretive about this, so secretive he cannot talk to his father eye to eye or he might get caught. I like how Graham Salisbury describes how Tomi moves and walks. It really paints a picture in my mind of how it really would have been.

I think one of the main ideas in this book is that friends can be friends no matter what the difference is between them. My reason for this is that even though Billy is white and Tomi, Japanese, they manage to stay friends the whole time. They have some problems like older brothers and neighbors but they eventually leave that subject alone. All throughout this book Tomi and Billy keep helping each other out. One way is when Tomi was sad about his father; Billy comforted him and tried to make him feel better. I feel this is a very strong idea in this book and that Graham Salisbury showed it very well.

This book has many strengths but also some weaknesses. One weakness it definitely has is that the book starts to move really slowly and made me unsure if it was a good choice. It starts to speed up soon after and it pulled my interest in much more. I also think that it has many strengths. One is that Graham Salisbury would write about something and then make it really start to happen. When Tomi was talking about how dangerous tugboats are because of their propellers and how he gets sucked under water by one, the level of suspense went up!

My recommendation is to try this book out. I would read at least beyond the first chapter before putting the book down because it does have a weak spot for a little while. I thought the book was great and I learned many things about the Japanese discrimination in Hawaii.

5-0 out of 5 stars Under the Blood Red Sun is a great book!
This novel was very well written by Graham Salisbury. One important reason this book is so interesting is Salisbury's use of literary devices. The greatest of these literary devices used are round character, flat character, and symbolism. These three literary devices really bring the story to life.
Character development is extremely important in any novel. Salisbury gave each character in Under the Blood Red Sun the right character to strengthen them in the story. Tomi is classified as a round character. Throughout the story, we became more understanding of Tomi and his complete lifestyle. Papa, on the other hand, is a very important character in the novel but is known as a flat character. Salisbury does not go into detail about him at all until the end when he is taken away.
Symbolism is slightly used in Under the Blood Red Sun. To represent Tomi's family's Japanese pride, they had a picture of the Japan emperor and also a Japanese flag. Even when they are being bombed by the Japanese, Tomi's grandpa continued to symbolize his pride in his native country. Although they still had pride later on, the fact that they had to hide their stuff does not mean they are not symbolizing their devotion.
Graham Salisbury did an excellent job using literary devices in this novel. By his use of these devices, Under the Blood Red Sun was strengthened. Salisbury's character development and symbolism really helped to improve the features of this book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Book!!!!
Under the Blood Red Sun has a lot of action and keeps you hooked from the first page to the last!! It is a book about a boy, Tomikazu, and his family facing prejudicey during the World War II period.Tomi's family is Japanese and lives in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Tomi tries to survive in two cultures. His American pasttime, baseball, gets hime through hard times he faces. In the aftermath of the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Under the Blood Red Sun is one of my favorite books, and I would certainly recommend this book! ... Read more

167. Morgawr (The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara, Book 3)
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New York Times bestselling author Terry Brooks became the master of epic fantasy with the publication of his legendary debut, The Sword of Shannara. Since then, each new novel in the Shannara saga has brilliantly built upon and deepened the world of breathtaking magic, adventure, and intrigue he created. In The Voyage of the Jerle Shannara—his third enchanting series—he literally took his legions of loyal readers soaring to new heights as a colorful contingent of characters took to the skies aboard a magnificent airship on a quest fraught with wonder and danger.

Now in Morgawr, the quest at last draws to its climactic conclusion, as the forces of good and evil vying against each other to possess an ancient magic race towards an explosive clash—and whatever fate awaits the victor . . . and the vanquished. Harrowing confrontations with the merciless Ilse Witch and the monstrous Antrax have already taken their toll on the intrepid heroes of the Four Lands. But their darkest adversary now snaps at their heels, in the form of the Morgawr—master of the Ilse Witch, feeder upon the souls of his enemies, and centuries-old sorcerer of unimaginable might.

With a fleet of airships and a crew of walking dead men at his command, the Morgawr is in relentless pursuit of the Jerle Shannara and the crew that mans her. For the Morgawr, the goal is two fold: to find and control the fabled ancient books of magic, and to destroy the dark disciple who betrayed him—the Ilse Witch. But the Ilse Witch is already a prisoner . . . of herself. Exposed to the awesome power of the Sword of Shannara, and forced to confront the truth of her horrifying deeds, she has fled deep into her own mind. Now at the mercy of those who seek vengeance against her, her only protector is her long-lost brother, Bek Ohmsford, who is determined to redeem his beloved sister . . . and deliver her to the destiny predicted for her by the Druid Walker Boh.

Once again, Terry Brooks weaves together high adventure, vividly wrought characters, and a spellbinding world into an irresistible story of heroism and sacrifice, love and honor. In Morgawr, fans of the Shannara mythos will find both a satisfying finale and the promise of new wonders yet to come.
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3-0 out of 5 stars Well written as always, but little new
Terry Brooks can frequently create some of the most memorable fantasy novels - with imaginative new characters and worlds and down to the last minute suspense.

The first of the Jerle Shanara books fulfilled this promise with an exciting voyage to the unknown, a mysterious and deadly enemy, and the final battle scene and capture of walker. The second book, Anthrax, also did superbly well in developing the extent of the threat and a surprising battle where Walker sacrifices his life.

But, this third novel doesn't add anything new over the first two books. When I ordered it, I was hoping to find out how well Grianne would take the revelations of the sword of shannara to heart, and I guessed that the plot would revolve around her becoming a new druid and a final battle with morgwar.
I wanted to hear that story.

Instead is nearly entirely about the relationship between bek and grianne, some non-interesting escapes from morgwar, and an easily predicted victory on the journey back home. There was almost no new characters at all. My guess is that Terry just wanted to put full closure on the series in an easy manner, and is holding the interesting stuff for the next book. A nice plan, but this is one of the few Terry Brooks novels that I will not read a 2nd time.

4-0 out of 5 stars Fighting For Survival
To me, the pinnacle of this series was the portion dealing with the computer, Antrax, but I also wondered very much how the situation with the Morgawr was going to be resolved and how Grianne, formerly the Ilse Witch, would confront and accept her evil deeds. Bek displays a true tenderness as he helps her in her time of vulnerability.

I was also secretly hoping that at least one elven ranger would make it. But alas, out of principle, they had to be killed off to the very last. And oh yes, I quite understand that Mwellrets have GIMLET eyes. I was reminded of this on numerous occasions. But these were but small points of contention as I observed the corrupt politics of the Federation and wondered how the good guys could possibly survive the Morgawr's fleet. The heroes have failed in their mission in some ways and succeeded in others. Now they have been reduced to raw survival and the reader waits to see how the battered remnants of the crew will ever reach home alive.

5-0 out of 5 stars They Get Better And Better!
I loved this book. It was such a marvelous way to end one of the best series of all time. I love how Brooks incorporates new and unusual characters in his books. I think that Truls Ruhk was one of the most unusual and most interesting characters I've encountered. I like how he and Bek become such good friends but then he has to decide the fate of his life. I find that there are a lot of feelings of love and hate towards one another in this book such as Bek and Little Red (Rue Meridian) and their love story, and the hate towards Grianne (The Ilse Witch) from the company that has lost so much because of her. Perhaps this book was so intriguing because it summed up the previous two but it seems like with each book Terry Brooks writes, the better they get. I'm waiting impatiently to buy the next one.

2-0 out of 5 stars Disappointing!
I have always been a great fan of Terry Brooks. I have read all the books written by him and I loved every one of them. However, this last one to the end of the series was very disappointing. The plot was rushed through and the old-world technology was not even talked about. Two main characters in this book died, and one of them happened to be my favorite. Almost all the characters are from the previous books. For example, Rovers, one Leah, one Druid, two Omsfords, bad guy, elves, and a dwarf. The brave elves will sacrifice themselves, the druid will be stubborn, the druid will lead the Omsfords around, and finally the courageous Leah will protect the Omsfords. I did like the fact that technology was brought into this book. The airships were pretty interesting and Anthrax¡¦s artificial intelligence was very interesting. It is fun to read about magic versus science, but I still wished that Brooks would emphasize more on how the technology and old-world people were lost. It is too bad that Brooks didn¡¦t write more about it. The plot was rushed because they didn¡¦t do anything in Anthrax except wonder around getting scared and then leaving the island. Then, stopping midway from home to fight the bad guy who sucked anyways. Morgawr was just a power-hungry warlock that got defeated quite easily, and he himself was very boring and not interesting. Also, the Isle Witch was barely talked about in this book, she was just a tired and withdrawn little girl that does practically nothing in this book. In conclusion, if you haven¡¦t read the Isle Witch Series, don¡¦t read it. On the other hand, if you already read the first two of the Isle Witch Series, go ahead and buy this one, as it concludes the series nicely.

2-0 out of 5 stars Who wrote this book?
I have been a fan of Terry Brooks and the Shannara series from its beginning. I bought each book read and reread them then lent them to friends. Not so with this latest add-on. Did someone get paid to write 400+ pages out of a story line of perhaps 100? Snore......its unlike these characters to whine and snivel about adversity..but here they seem to bubble over with it. Seems I would read a page or two and then skip a page or two so I wouldnt have to reread all the life stories. The only other books I have ever had to do this with is Swords of Time and White Gold Wielder (you guys know what i mean.."I'm a leaper....") ... Read more

168. Childhood's End
by Arthur C. Clarke
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Without warning, giant silver ships from deep space appear in the skies above every major city on Earth. Manned by the Overlords, in fifty years, they eliminate ignorance, disease, and poverty. Then this golden age ends--and then the age of Mankind begins....
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the indispensable classics of science fiction
"Childhood's End," by Arthur C. Clarke, is a science fiction novel with a truly epic scope and vision. This classic blew my mind when I first read it many years ago.

In the novel, the people of Earth witness the arrival of the Overlords, a highly advanced extraterrestrial species. The Overlords establish a seemingly benevolent rule over the comparatively primitive humans. But these powerful aliens remain shrouded in mystery. What is their ultimate agenda? Ultimately, the novel reveals the ultimate destiny of the human species.

"Childhood's End" has some almost Lovecraftian touches of terror and mystery. But on the whole I find the novel to be mind-expanding, and oddly inspiring. And the Overlord named Karellen is, to me, one of the most enduring creations in all of science fiction. This book is essential reading for serious readers of science fiction.

5-0 out of 5 stars Science Fictions or even novels in general at their best!
Most of my view of Science Fiction comes from the aliens are the bad guys so lets kill em movies such as Starship Troopers, Aliens movies and such.

This was the first SF book I picked up in a long time. I heard stuff about Arthur Clarke and that he was a good SF author from the 1950's which also surprised me.

After reading this book, it simply blew me away. Every single science fiction movie and novel I read is gravy compared to this excellent piece which entraps you in its intricate plots and characters and its unpredictability.

I can go on for hours and include hundreds of spoilers for this book but I won't. But if you like science fiction remotely, you must read this book. And anotehr amazing thing is that it was written in the 1950's and the beginning bares much resemblence to Independence Day.

Speaking of that I do wish a movie would be released on this story but the only problem is I don't think any adapted screenplay could do this book justice.

5-0 out of 5 stars I continue to be a huge Arthur C Clarke fan!
Along with Asimov and other great science-fiction authors whose works have added themselves to other great works by other sci-fi masters: "Stranger in a Strange Land", "Ringworld", "Foundation", as well as the more modern cyberpunk works like "Neuromancer", "Mona Lisa Overdrive", "Snow Crash", "Prey", and "Cyber Hunter". All are must-reads for any hardcore science-fiction and cyberpunk collector.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Future of the human race
This book is one of the most important books ever written. It's authored by a man whose statement: "The greatest human tragedy was the hijacking of morality by religion." was contradicted by the book's major idea, i.e that at some point the 'irrational' will seduce the last generation of the 'children of man'.

There is a statement in some editions by the author that 'The author is not responsible for the ideas within the book. (????!!!) Who then is responsible?

In the last days, the physical world began to tremble and shatter as the minds of the children begin to create for themselves another level of 'being'. a world their parents cannot comprehend. There are two levels of 'oversoul' tenders, one higher level which controlled even the 'controllers' who administrated the children's entry into the higher level...(which seems to me to accord with William Blakes' Tree of Life Allegory, if you want some validation that 'creating mentally' is an idea that's 'out there' in the general realm.)

Read the book as pleasure and as a kind of prophetic description of this time, when the 'mental world' of 'man' has altered so very much as to reconfigure what was pre-assumed to be 'reality', per Newtonian mechanics.

The 'oversoul' of man must be attached to what has been defined as the 'religious domain', a fact that many scientific minds are being corralled into acknowledging in 2004

If the hijacking of morality by religion was indeed a tragedy the hijacking of 'reason' by 'science' must then be a supernatural tragedy. I love the book, it was the most 'affective' book I've ever read.

1-0 out of 5 stars Childhood's End
Being forced to read this book, I thought it stank. I mean, who wants to read a book about aliens, opps i mean Overlords, taking over the earth and turning the children into robots who cannot think for themselves. A lot the the book was confusing and just weird to read. The indivisuaily of the Overlords and the children is taken away. You can't tell one Overords from another and the children have no human capabilities. They aren't even human anymore don't get to lead a normal life. And the fact that Clarke is questioning Christianity is just wrong. You can't write a book that goes against one faith. Why didn't Clarke write about Buddism or something else? ... Read more

169. Boy Meets Girl
by Meg Cabot
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Meet Kate Mackenzie. She:

  • works for the T.O.D. (short for Tyrannical Office Despot, also known as Amy Jenkins, Director of the Human Resources Division at the New York Journal)
  • is sleeping on the couch because her boyfriend of ten years refuses to commit
  • can't find an affordable studio apartment anywhere in New York City
  • thinks things can't get any worse.

They can. Because:

  • the T.O.D. is making her fire the most popular employee in the paper's senior staff dining room
  • that employee is now suing Kate for wrongful termination, and
  • now Kate has to give a deposition in front of Mitch Hertzog, the scion of one of Manhattan's wealthiest law families, who embraces everything Kate most despises ... but also happens to have a nice smile and a killer bod.

The last thing anybody -- least of all Kate Mackenzie -- expects to find in a legal arbitration is love. But that's the kind of thing that can happen when ... Boy Meets Girl.

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3-0 out of 5 stars Trouble with desserts
Kate Mackenzie works for the Human Resources department at the New York Journal. She is given the unwelcome task of firing cook Ida Lopez, who makes wonderful desserts but is picky about who she srves them to. Kate's troubles begin when Ida lopez sues the Journal for wrongful dismissal, and Kate falls for gorgeous defense lawyer Mitch Hertzog, whose horrible brother Stuarts is engaged to Kate's equally horrible boss Amy Jenkins. Meg Cabot's earlier book set at the Journal, the Guy Next Door, was told entirely in e-mails, this one also uses phone messages, journal entries and something called IM. Although I found this book quite amusing, I didn't think it was nearly as funny as The Guy Next Door, which I thought was much funnier, with a more interesting plot. The trouble with this one was I couldn't really get up much sympathy for Ida, I couldn't understand why the daft old bat didn't just serve the desserts and have done with it. And why does everyone get so worked up about her dismissal anyway? I think desserts have a significance in America that they probably don't have here, nobody in England as far as I know gets very excited about chocolate chip cookies. And I thought the heroine was a bit of a drip really. The Guy Next Door has a much better plot with an extremely funny climax whem the heroine takes a brilliant and hilarious revenge on the hero for lying to her, there is nothing so good in this book. Not bad, but a bit of a disappointment after the earlier and much, much funnier work.

4-0 out of 5 stars A Fun "Chick-Lit" Book! What A Concept!!!
First off I must admit to not being totally swept away with the new genre "Chick-Lit" as few of the books I've managed to read really spoke to me. Ms. Cabot's latest though is really an exception to the rule. She has managed to take our current lifestyle (computers, IMing, e-mail...) and shows us how it really can be used as a vehicle for story telling. Now I have not read the first book in this series but trust me I will be adding it to my shopping cart as soon as I'm done with this review.

This book offers laugh out loud moments, fun and crazy characters, and a fun storyline. Ms. Cabot is truly a talented author and I found this book fun to read (e-mails, office announcements, and IM'ing as well as Kate's journal entries). I look forward to Ms. Cabot's next adult effort and highly recommend her for a light hearted, good time read!

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good
Meg Cabot is one of my favorite authors when she isn't writing romance novels, but if she wasn't one of my favorite authors I would still rate Boy Meets Girl as a pretty good book. But not at all her best... would I recommend it? yes, but I would recommend The Boy Next Door more than I would recommend boy meets girl. But Boy Meets Girl makes you laugh and is worth how ever much you pay for it. So go buy it, read it and laugh.

4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty GOod
the book never stopped, it kept going, without bordem striking yourself. but what i didn't really like is how you have to catch on to all the characters. it's easy keeping a list next to you and write name and description... cuase sometimes you don't know who the email is from!

5-0 out of 5 stars I WANNA MITCH!!!!
Yeah, that's right!

This book is so funny. And so easy to read. Loved it from start.

Kate's life hasn't been all that good lately, for starters she is crashing at her best friend's couch. Her boss hates her- the TOD or Amy - and she has just been forced to fire Ida Lopez though she knows is wrong. Enter Mitch Hertzong, brother of Stuart Hertzong - TOD's boyfriend. Mitch is a lawyer, enough said for Kate not to like him, problem is, she does like him!

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170. The Glory Field
by Walter Dean Myers
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5-0 out of 5 stars READ this book!
I am not, and never have been, much of a history buff. In fact, it was my least favorite subject throughout school. Therefore, I never expected to enjoy reading The Glory Field.... but I did! Incredibly, I have to say, it is by far one of THE BEST books I've ever read. I immediately found myself drawn into the lives of the characters; wondering which of them would make it, and which ones would not. I'd sit down to read "a few pages", and find myself still reading an hour later. Myers paints a vivid picture of the black slaves' life: their commitment to family, their never-ending belief in God, and their struggle for freedom...and survival. He takes the reader on the journey of a lifetime...from the trip over from Africa on the crowded slave ship, through the days of back-breaking labor in the fields, through the civil rights movement, to the glorious days of owning their own land. The reader finds himself unable to put the book down, connected to this family's journey, and struggling along with them for what's right. My advice: READ this book! Teachers, read it to your students. Moms & Dads, read it to your children. Read it for yourself. You'll be glad you did, and a little more grateful for what you have.

3-0 out of 5 stars My Thought on the GLory Field
I thought that this book was overall a good book. I thought at the beginning it was somewhat confusing when it suddenly switched to a different generation but I caught on. This book was not like many other that I, myself have read but it was very well.

The book follows five generations of the Lewis family. In each generation, it focuses on one teenager's life. It follows these generations over a 250-time period, from Africa to South Carolina. It shows that teenagers struggle at that time in the world and what they grow through being an African-American in America. It shows how much it was change since the generation before them.

I think that the thing that did not make this book a perfect five stars was that u did not really get to know each generations teenager. You did not get to know everything about them and their life's, but it was enough to understand what was happening. I think that the book was really well overall and that it was great book to read.
I think that this book is a great book for African-Americans trying to maybe get a little taste of what it was like before their generation. I also think it is a great book for those trying to learn more about the African-American culture. In my conclusion, I will also say that this is a great reading pick.

5-0 out of 5 stars Thanks Mom!
It was my mom that suggested I read this and boy oh boy I'm glad she did!

Myers goes from generation to generation talking about this one black family--all the way from when they got off the slave ship in the south to living in New York in 1994.

When I first picked up the giant book, I just knew it would be boring. But once I read the first chapter, I just knew it would be interesting.

There area a lot of powerful things in this book and the language is strong (but not in a provocative way) so, I advise only mature readers to read this.

3-0 out of 5 stars Quite slow... very boring
I read this for school over the summer. I never got into it. I think each part of the book was too short for you to really get to know the character. But the idea of having a story of the generations of family was a good idea.

5-0 out of 5 stars Glory Field Review
This was the second book I've read by Walter Dean Myers. The first one I read was really good but this one---magnificent is an understatement. I really enjoyed this book. I thinks its worth the 400 somethin' pages! ... Read more

171. Bucking the Sarge
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Fifteen-year-old wannabe philosopher Luther T. Farrell knows a few things about life. He knows the Sarge (his rich, shrewd, slumlord mom) is tougher than nails and that he better not cross her. He knows his chances of using Chauncey, the ancient condom in his wallet, are slim to none. And, he knows that despite his goal to attend Harvard, he may end up stuck in Flint, Michigan, cleaning toilets in his mom's loathsome empire. Luther spends much of his time helping the Sarge run "Happy Neighbor Group Homes" around the city, including shaving and bathing elderly men and driving residents around with an illegal license. In spare moments he tries to win first place in the science fair at school and hang out with his best friend Sparky, all the while fantasizing mightily about his one true love, the beautiful Shayla.

Readers will be moved as Luther, a thoroughly decent if sometimes naive boy, rails against his mother's cold, ruthless notions of what it takes to get ahead in the world. Up-to-the-minute slang and pop culture references will resonate with teen readers, as will the funny, first-person narrative; crisp, often hilarious dialogue; and wonderfully vivid characters. Christopher Paul Curtis, winner of the Newbery Medal for Bud Not Buddy tells a warm, witty, heart wrenching story where the good guy gets his due. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson ... Read more

172. Forged By Fire
by Sharon M. Draper
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Sharon Draper has indeed forged a fiery name for herself in the field of young adult literature--that of a courageous writer, willing to tackle tough, real-life problems while developing honorable, streetwise role models for troubled teens. Her previous novel, Tears of the Tiger, garnered much acclaim and became the first recipient of the Coretta Scott King Genesis Award. In this second novel, Draper weaves in characters from Tears--most significantly Gerald Nickleby, a young basketball player who discovers his innate strength and determination while protecting his stepsister's safety and his mother's honor.

Unfortunately, Draper's strengths (her desire to delve into tough social issues, such as child abuse, drug addiction, incest, bulimia, and domestic violence) become this book's weakness as the story line teeters on implausible. For example, in less than 20 pages Gerald faces the following: the death of a close friend (a passenger in a car that was driven by a drunk teammate); the discovery of his drunk, evil stepfather trying to sexually assault his younger stepsister; a brutal attack by his stepfather; and a raging apartment fire that threatens to kill them all. Nonetheless, Draper creates believable and important heroes for teenage boys--those who are forged from adversity, only to burn more brightly and courageous. (Ages 12 and older) --Gail Hudson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars I really like the book because it was very realistic.
The book Forged By Fire by Sharon M. Draper tells us about a boy named Gerald Nickelby who, when his loving aunt dies, is suddenly thrust into a new home filled with anger and abuse. A stepfather with a temper and an evil secret makes Gerald mad. Gerald and Angel grow close as he strives to protect her from Jordon and from their substance addicted mother. Sharon M. Draper hooks the readers by having something interesting happen and leaves you in suspense throughout the book. The storytelling pace was not fast and not to slow , but very action packed. It weaves the present and the past into a beautiful telling motion. The setting and the atmosphere is an abusive atmosphere in an cramped apartment in Cincinnati. The main characters are Gerald Nickelby, a young basketball player who discovers his strength and determination while protecting his stepsister's safety and his mother's honor. Aunt Queen is very loving and is the best aunt you could ever have. Angel is Gerald's youngest stepsister. Jordan is an abusive stepfather, and Monique is a substance -addicted mother. I understand the horrible feelings of an abandoned boy whose life is ruined when he meets his little sister and finds out that she's getting abused. As the book nears the end, the drug- addicted mother by the name of Monique now realizes the truth about Jordan. I really loved these book. It was one of the best books I've read in along time. It makes you think twice about taking life for granted. I think these would be a good book young adults (12-older) to adults.

5-0 out of 5 stars Best book
Ashlie Roberts 01-10-01 3B In my sophomore English class we had to read a book that our teacher chose for us. I pick this one because it just seemed to relate to teenagers and some difficulties growing up. I read 'Forged by Fire' by Sharon M. Draper that is a well-written book. If I were Siskel & Ebert, I would give it two thumbs up! I got the book through an assignment in English class and read the whole thing in one day. I never put it down. It can really relate to life these days and how the world is so messed up. Just thinking about how those kids grow up makes me think of a life I could have had. It shows me how lucky we can be even we don't have a perfect lives. I can feel so much sorrow for someone I don't even know. Its plot and setting and everything seem to fit the problems of today's society. The first chapter shows Gerald, a three-year-old African American boy whose mother is addicted to drugs and leaves him alone all the time. After leaving him by himself one day, he gets a lighter and catches the apartment on fire. Luckily, a neighbor remembers to check for the boy. Gerald almost dies from smoke inhalation. His mother is taken to a drug rehab center; he goes to live with his Aunt Queen. After living nine wonderful years with Aunt Queen, he has a few surprises waiting for him. On his ninth birthday his life goes down hill from then. Gerald who takes responsibilities of his young sister who soon finds out about after living with his mom. For they have many obstacles to go through in life with only themselves to depend on.

5-0 out of 5 stars Great!
This book was awesome and you don't need to be a certain color to enjoy it. It is a book that transcends color and tells you an emotionally deep story. I read it in one sitting. It is amazingly well written and refreshingly free of dirty language. Highly recommended!

5-0 out of 5 stars Kris's book review
I really liked this book a lot. I would have to say that its the best book i've ever read. At the end of every chapter, the book kept you guessing and made you want to read more. The main character Gerald was my age, and I could relate to him very easily. It was about child abuse and drugs, and a lot of kids go thru this.
The worst part of the book is when Gerald's aunt Queen dies. He is thirteen years old, and has to go live with his mother who just got out of prison. They live in Atlanta, Georgia in a small apartment with Gerald, his mom Moniue, his sister Angel, and his stepdad Joradan.
The climax is definetly vivid along with the resolution. The climax is when Aunt Queen dies because there is much emphasis on that event. The resolution is also very vivid because Jordan dies in a fire. He molested Gerald's sister Angel, and beat him and his mom Monique, so he deserved to die.

4-0 out of 5 stars mario's book review
I liked this book because it has a lot of relations to me when i was young. In this story there is a lot of brutal situations. It involves a boy and his little sister who has a lot of problems at home with there stepfather who is a major alcaholic and he cant control the things he says or does. The mother is very scared of the stepfather and he often hurts her to. The boys name is Gerald and his sisters name is Angel the stepfathers name is Jordan. Jordan doesnt bother Gerald often but whenever no ones there but him and Angel he tries to molest her. The only person that knows about it is Gerald and he tries everything he can to stop it. ... Read more

173. This Lullaby
by Sarah Dessen
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When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn’t mess around. After all, she’s learned all there is to know from her mother, who’s currently working on husband number five. But there’s something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy’s rules. He certainly doesn’t seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can’t seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy’s starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who’s determined to soften her up. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Dessen does it again
I don't think anyone can deny it. Sarah Dessen's writing is one of the greatest contributions to teen literature you could find! I absolutely loved "This Lullaby" and I think Dessen gets better and better with every book. The characters in this story (mainly Remy and Dexter) are so well developed and I loved reading things from Remy's point of view, she is such an original character. Anyways to the actual book,

Remy has just graduated and been accepted into Stanford University. She cant wait to get away but first she has to tie up all the loose ends in her life. Like her mothers wedding that she's planning and dumping her current boyfriend Jonathan, which shouldn't be too hard because Remy doesn't believe in love. Maybe it's because all she has to remember her father by is a song with the painfully true line "I will let you down" or the fact she's watched her mother fall in love, get married and fall out of love four times. No matter the reason Remy has her own rules when it comes to love: when they get to close, get rid of them. Oh, and no musicians.

Then one day Remy literally bumps into a guy named Dexter, when she is visiting her step father To Be. Remy is very annoyed and acts cold towards him, but Dexter doesn't notice and he gives her his number. After that they continue to meet in unlikely places. Then to everyone's surprise (including her brother Chris and three best friends Jess, Lissa and Chloe) Remy falls for the charming Dexter. I mean for god sake he is a musician! Why is it that Remy is breaking her own rules for some guy? As Remy struggles to acknowledge that the reason is love, we watch her change in many ways and see her open up to real lurve for the first time.

This book isn't just your typical romance novel, there is something more to it and I recommend it to any girl over 13. It is totally awesome and truthful, I loved it!

5-0 out of 5 stars High Recommendation
If put down in a nutshell, the plot of this book might sound uninteresting, cliche, or something equally bad. However, I have read other books by Sarah Dessen as well, and this is by far the best. And not only is it the best of her books, it's also one of the best teen novels I've read in a long time. THIS LULLABY is the story of a girl who has grown up with a mother who takes on husbands "the way other people change their hair color: out of boredom, listlessness, or just feeling that this next one will fix everything, once and for all." Remy never knew her own father even, and all she has of him is the song, "This Lullaby," that he wrote one the road the day of her birth.

By the time she graduates from high school Remy has developed a careful schedual for all relationships she enters in to, and never allows any boy to get close to her heart, convinced that it is better to keep all guys at arms length so that they are unable to hurt her. Then, while planning her mother's fifth wedding, Remy meets Dexter, a boy who has so many qualities she dislikes. Though at first reluctant, Remy is eventually charmed by Dexter, who's shoelaces are always untied, and who insists on challenging people to do things such as eat ten bananas, or name more states than him before a specific lady is through picking up her dry-cleaning. Remy still believes that love is foolish, but Dexter helps her to learn otherwise.

As I said, the plot sounds quite cliche. However, it's a lot more complicated than all that, the writing is superb, the dialouge is at times very witty and entertaining, and this is an all around enjoyable book. I was completely engrossed, and reluctant to put it down even when I was in desperate need of something to eat. Towards the end I felt as though I couldn't read fast enough, and I felt a kind of ache in my chest because I was so drawn into the story. Definitely one of the best books I've read in the past year.

Recommended for readers ages 13+, mainly because some of the language may be inappropriate for those who are younger and more innocent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Very interesting, entertaining story
This Lullaby is an interesting story with quirky characters. It follows the life of Remy, an about-to-move-on-to-college teenager who dumps her boyfriends as often as she cleans her room (a lot). Since her mother is currently getting married to her seventh (is that right?) husband, Remy does not believe in love. Then along comes Dexter, the quirky musician who falls for her the moment he sees her across a room. Remy can't stand him- at first. This novel is about Remy coming to grips with love. This novel has some very true philosophies about love, and is definitely worth reading.

5-0 out of 5 stars THE BEST by far
This book is my all time fav and i have read all of sarah dessens books. Dessen is so good at getting you into Remys head. I love the things remy goes through in this book and recomend it to EVERYONE! I read it almost a year ago and still think of it from time to time, because it was so good. If the plot doesn't seem to suit you go for one of Sarah Deassens other books they all have a very differnt plot but the same way of getting you into the characters head. I have read lots of other books but Dessens are always the ones that stick w/ me! Enjoy reading!

5-0 out of 5 stars Great Summer read
This is a book I loved. Remy and Dexter came to life infront of me in the pages. Can't really say much about it just that IS A MUST READ! ... Read more

174. Haveli (Laurel Leaf Books)
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Catlog: Book (1995-05-16)
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
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Average Customer Review: 4.49 out of 5 stars
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The world of Newbery Honor book Shabanu is vividly re-created in this

novel of a young Pakistani woman's heartbreaking struggle against the tyranny

of custom and ancient law. Shabanu, now a mother at 18, faces daily challenges

to her position in her husband's household, even as she plans for her young

daughter's education and uncertain future. Then, during a visit to the

haveli, their home in the city of Lahore, Shabanu falls in love with

Omar, in spite of traditions that forbid their union. "Again, Staples imbues

Shabanu and her beautiful, brutally repressive world with a splendid reality

that transcends the words on the page. Admirers of the intelligent and

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5-0 out of 5 stars A Sequel to Remember
Many Sequels fail to exceed the stories they follow.....This is an exception. When I first Read "Shabanu Daughter of The Wind" I was without words because the book was so amazing. I even thought Haveli would not be as good as the first book, but I was wrong. It is very rare to find a book where you are always feeling the characters struggles, pain and spirit.(To the point where you may cry or laugh out loud!) Shabanu is a very strong willed girl and when you read this story you will know what I mean. When I put myself in her place I kept thinking how hard it would be for me to do the things she was doing. The things she goes through, the many choices she must make, and the sacrafices are breathtaking. Although "Haveli" fails to pick up where Shabanu left off you are not lost on what has happened because you are given a lot of the background that you missed between the 2 books. The closing line will always stay with me for it shows yet again how she must sacrafice to survive under the circumstances of the world she must live in. I really do wish there were more books to follow these powerful stories....maybe there will be someday. But all we can do is cherish these two books, and hope for coming sequels!

4-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful reading (Hey taechers! )
In Haveli, Shabanu continues her struggle to maintain a strong spirit against the continuous destruction of a wanted life that could transcend the traditional customs and laws that bind her. Shabanu, still a child herself, now has a daughter of her own, named Mumtaz. The struggle for a better life is now intended for two. Complications arise in her plan for a better life due to a discovered love for a man in which she finds a kindred spirit. The roller coaster ride begins. Romance, violence, jealousy, culture, death, and a continuing idea to be free from the confinds of her life, all plague Shabanu. All of these factors along with strong dialogue make for an excellent read. This book would make a great study in literature, social studies, or any type of diversity class. It was a compelling story that could be converted from the 1930's to now.

2-0 out of 5 stars Gives a distorted view of Islam
I would just like all readers to be aware of the fact that in RURAL areas of Pakistan are practices with such early marriages. People who are uneducated and change the face of Islam make up the rules in these provinces. I wish that the author could have acknowledged the fact that a strewed picture of Islam was shown because of the way it was misused. Women aren't treated like meat in Islam, and not all of Pakistan has such old-style rules. It is only the rural areas as I mentioned; the areas where the majority of people are illiterate. As a female of Pakistani descent, it bothered me to read a review saying that 'the real islam' was shown. I hope this reaches the author and shows her how disturbing it is to all Pakistani Muslims when characters who don't know the real beliefs and teachings of Islam are called 'religious.' Thank you.

1-0 out of 5 stars The worst book i have ever read!!!
I don't know who would enjoy reading this! Am I the only person that can tell that this book is the most boring, uninteresting thing you can find in stores today? Like one other reviewer has said before me, this book is HORRIBLE!!!! If you are looking for an interesting read, DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK; if you are looking to be bored out of your mind, sure, why not!! It is obvious that Suzanne Fisher Staples had no idea what she was doing when she wrote this!

5-0 out of 5 stars unbelievable
i was so excited to read this- not even knowing there wuz a sequal! i'm hoping for a follow up but the're probly wont be! if uve read the first book u HAVE to read this- and it leaves u hanging in a way! this has all kinds of plots and romances that will leave u wanting to read more and more! i definetely recommend this to others in high school- this is a MUST read! ... Read more

175. True Believer (Make Lemonade Trilogy)
by Virginia Euwer Wolff
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LaVaughn is fifteen now, and she's still fiercely determined to go to college. But that's the only thing she's sure about. Loyalty to her father bubbles up as her mother grows closer to a new man. The two girls she used to do everything with have chosen a path LaVaughn wants no part of. And then there's Jody. LaVaughn can't believe how gorgeous he is...or how confusing. He acts like he's in love with her, but is he? ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars True Believer
Not only by seeing that this book won the 2001 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, it also looks and is a favorite to me. I haven't read any book like this ever before. It was amazing and most interesting book before. True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff just blew my heart away! Wolff has such vivid thoughts and such a writing ability to tell everyone how it really is to be a teenager. This book would be recommended to the ages of 13 and to adult; however some people might think that this is unnecessary because they talk about some futures about kid's personalities, such as the group called, "Cross Your Legs for Jesus." The young girl who is put through boys, school and just plain life is named Verna LaVaughn. Some of her friends joined an organization that is met together a lot and can hardly hang out with people of their own religion. Which is very disturbing but it shows how this stereotype can cause such a disturbance in a relationship with friends and even family.
Throughout this book LaVaughn has to deal with conflicts such as moving, love, and school. LaVaughn and her mother are moving because her mother fell in love, or should I say hatred. When her mother found out about what this man was doing to her she felt uncomfortable and she thought that he was irresponsible and just plain wrong. The most important detail is love. LaVaughn falls in love with a young gentleman she knew since she was a little girl and she also has a boy that falls in love with her. Jody on the other hand my be cute and smell like chlorine (he's a swimmer) but he may no be the right kind of guy for LaVaughn.Why is that? Well one day Jody was at the house, "sick", and LaVaughn wanted to bake some cookies and bring them over to make him feel better. Well as soon as she got in there she saw someone kissing him! Was it a guy or was it a girl? This book helps teenagers and even adults/parents realize how life may be in a different world or way. True Believer also shows school. A child's necessity to live and to grow up with is knowledge. LaVaughn goes to a school where you can get the knowledge by going to the Grammar build up you might have missed in 6th, 7th or 8th grade. This you will definitely need for college/ school. There is even a science class that is higher then normal level (these days called AP classes).
The cover of the book looked strange to me before I read it because it had a fish and two people looking as if they were getting ready to kiss, but now that I read it shows what she experienced from her life. By reading this book is shows me how lucky I am to have all the family, friends, teachers and other grown men and women I have around me. Thinking of the title True Believer, Virginia Euwer Wolff makes such excellent point of views and has great "imagination" as if she was the one girl who got all of this treatment and experienced of the exciting things that might happen in our life. LaVaughn feels as if she was real and she was one of my friends who needed help in her life. I will always be there for my friends and family by reading what happened to people in this amazing five star book!

5-0 out of 5 stars A Great Read!
I didn't much care for "Make Lemonade", but "True Believer" is one heck of a great read! I could not put it down! There is just so much about this book that reads true-to-life, it's hard for me to site examples. LaVaughn is now a real person to me, a complex young woman struggling to find herself in a very confusing time and place. Her waxing and waning relationship with her two best friends, and her (hopeful) beginning of romance with Jody, the handsome boy-next-door are perfectly tragic-comedic! And I just love the name of the religious group LaVaughn's friends join to maintain their virginity---Cross Your Legs for Jesus. Such warmth and humor and heartbreakingly realistic writing make this a book teens and young adults can easily relate to. And congratulations to Wolff for winning the National Book Award---this book deserves the honor.

5-0 out of 5 stars True Believer by A True Believer
"This is the way it has turned out.
I feast my eyes on this amazing birthday
and I think I can live with the way life is.
I say in my heart,
Guy, your daughter is sixteen.
How do you feel about that."-Virginia Euwer Wolff, True Believer, pg.264

Verna LaVaughn(goes by LaVaughn) starts another year of high school. Her old neighbor moves back to her apartment, the last time they saw each other was in 4th grade and now he's totally gorgeous. She is moved up to an advanced biology, with a partner who is a really good friend but he is definitely not the boyfriend type. What will LaVaugn do when she sees her neighbor doing something shocking and her lab partner tells her something she would never dream of hearing?

I would give this novel by Virginia Euwer Wolff five stars because it is a wonderful novel. It is written in an unique format so it seems very different and interesting. The format is poetry. The whole novel is written in poems by LaVaughn. It's really cool. It's also a real page turner. I read this book ever chance I got, I never wanted to put it down. This is a great book to read when you want to sit down and relax. It has such great, warm characters. I felt like I actually knew LaVaughn. I really liked the par when she was fantasizing about the dance. It seemed very real.

Verna LaVaughn is a very realistic teenage high school student that goes through many normal problems and events throughout her school year. Sometimes she can be a little too full of herself. She sometimes thinks she knows everything, which can and does cause problems with her friends and mother. LaVaughn and her mother really want her to go to college. It is pretty rare for people from her dangerous town to go to college. LaVaughn and her two best friends don't agree about their beliefs and it causes LaVaughn to question her personality quite a bit. Throughout the novel you see signs of LaVaughn's insecurity.

An important scene in True Believer is when LaVaughn gets moved to an advanced biology class and has a new lab partner. Being in the advanced Biology class helps LaVaughn decide her career path. This class also causes some problems in her life. Like when someone declares their love for her and when she might flunk out of it. Without this advanced class the story would not have developed. Another key scene in the novel is when LaVaughn and Jody go to the dance together it causes LaVaughn to change her feelings about him and it also causes a little heartbreak. The dance is LaVaughn and Jody's first date, it is very important to the novel.

I loved True Believer by Virginia Euwer Wolff. She did an awesome job developing characters and conflicts. Anyone who likes books written in a unique format would love this book. It is also great for people who like their books with a hint of romance and suspense. It is a wonderfully written young adult novel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing and astounding
True Believer is a really great book that all teens will enjoy. I recommend it to anyone that likes a book that you can never put down.This book is one of those books that anyone can relate to. This book talks about trouble that most teens go through or will go through. The main character is a very funny, normal teenage girl. She will go through hard times in school, at home, with friends, ect. but make it into a joke. Anyone who picks this book up will enjoy a wonderful book.

5-0 out of 5 stars I am now a True Believer!
This is an amazing story about how a girl is tring to over come obsticals in life that face her now.She is having trouble in school, trouble with her mom,and trouble with boys. This is a great book that people of all ages would enjoy! ... Read more

176. On a Pale Horse (Incarnations of Immortality, Bk. 1)
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Catlog: Book (1986-09-12)
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Average Customer Review: 4.76 out of 5 stars
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When Zane shot Death, he learned, too late, that he would have to assume his place, speeding over the world riding his pale horse, and ending the lives of others. Sooner than he would have thought possible, Zane found himself being drawn to Satan's plot. Already the Prince of Evil was forging a trap in which Zane must act to destroy Luna, the woman he loved...unless he could discover the only way out....
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5-0 out of 5 stars Absolutely wonderful!!!
This was the first Piers Anthony book I had ever read and I read it in one night. It was absolutely amazing! The storyline itself was imaginative and entertaining and kept you interested all along. But beneath the storyline there are deep values and beliefs being explored. It makes you rethink your views of life and death, good and evil, and really makes you question what your religion and beliefs. And I can say exactly the same thing for all five Incarnations of Immmortality books (Yes, I know there are seven. I haven't read the last two yet, but am looking forward to it). Each book builds on the previous and draws on the next, for an overall effect that leaves you wishing for more at the end of each book, only because you want to read more about the adventures of each of these very original and very different characters. If you've never tried Piers Anthony, I recommend starting it off with this book. And even though everyone says the books are good on their own, they are so much more together in a series. Read them in order from Death to Nature (and Satan and God too) to get the full effect Piers Anthony intended.

4-0 out of 5 stars Xanth for Adults
"On a Pale Horse" is a fun look at an alternative Universe where Newton discovered the basic principals of Science and Magic. As a result, the 20th Century has magic carpets, dragons and wizards, as well as fast cars, microwave ovens and laser beams. Zane, a luckless Bohemian with a questionable past, accidentally kills "Death" in a botched suicide attempt.

He soon learns that Death is an office which one earns by killing the prior occupant. Zane is now responsible for killing everyone on Earth, when their time comes. In particular, Zane existence allows death to occur. He also has to personally kill those who souls are close to "balance," that is, where their evil and good, are about equal throughout their lives.

While involved in his grim task, in death, Zane finally begins to appreciate life, even as he questions the rules by which we all live. He ultimately falls in love with Luna, the young daughter of a deceased wizard and gets deeply entangled in a conflict with Lucifer, kings of lies.

"On a Pale Horse" can be read and enjoyed as a simple fantasy adventure. It is, however, more then just that. "On a Pale Horse" is also the author's attempt to answer some of the basic issues of life. Why do we die? Why do some people die so soon? What happens after death?

Some of Mr. Anthony's answers here are interesting, other fall a little more flat. Since, by his own admission, Mr. Anthony is, or was, an agnostic, it is curious that he is so concerned about what happens to us after we die. I guess Mr. Anthony suffers from the same doubts as the rest of us. "I fear a just God, even while I doubt his existence."

But, don't let this distract you. If you want a good fantasy/fun book, this is it. For me, the intelligent questions about ourselves and our place in the Universe were just added bonuses.

5-0 out of 5 stars A gloriouse mix of magic and science
Imagine this... A man takes a trip on a flying carpet to a little shop in the city selling amulets. Along the way he sees all sorts of billboards, many of them advertising the wonders of Hell itself. Cars drive on the roads below, airplanes fill the sky. And all around him are the signs of not only science, but magic as well.

In the first book of the Incarnations of Immortality Piers Anthony does a wonderful job of mixing magic, science, and a fair dose of mayhem as he weaves mystery, adventure and romance together.

He also gives an interesting twist to the old myths of Death, Fate, Satan, and other deities... One of my favorites.

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and imaginative...
I stumbled across this book accidentally and was interested by the description of the story. I didn't know if I would like it or not and figured that I would read it for an hour and if I liked it I would continue to read it.\

If you can't tell from my rating, the reading went on for more than an hour. This ended up being very hard to put down and I really enjoyed the experiences of Zane as he learned the office and role of Death. Of interest was the story of Luna (Zane's love) and Death's hand in thwarting the plans of Satan over her.

Also of interest was the author's view of how Death is only a part of life and not something to be feared of. It was nice to find this true message in this work of fiction.

I found this to be very imaginative and original. I loved it and I look forward to the other books in this series!! I would recommend this to anybody who is looking for a book that is both different and philosophical.

1-0 out of 5 stars The way he writes about women is infuriating
Without revealing too much about the story or the characters for those of you that would actually like to read this series of books, I'd like to let the ladies in on something. Based on this series the author seems to be a misogynist (to put it simply - someone who strongly dislikes women). This is the only series by Piers Anthony that I have read and it is highly unlikely that I will ever read anything by this author ever again.

The way he writes about women is infuriating. I didn't actually pick up on it at first. His low opinion of women just kind of sneaks in there all quiet like and slowly infects all the characters. Basically women simply exist to be sex slaves and pretty accessories to men. Women are also expected to always clean up, cook for and take care of the men as well. At one point War says that "women don't count"! Even the books written from the point of view of the female characters end up with this same view -- the women always second guessing themselves and thinking themselves unworthy of the tasks before them and the men in their lives.

There were a couple of different characters (War and Evil) that had and were EXPECTED to have more than one woman or wife at a time!

Fate is EXPECTED to do sexual favors for the other male incarnations simply because of the difficult lifestyle situation of the incarnations.

At one point one of the women was magically turned into a man and tried to rape another woman. This brought her to the realization that it's understandable why men rape women because they have a very strong sexual drive. Thereby almost making it "okay" that rape happens since she understood it through this strange experience.

Consenting sexual love is discussed thoroughly in one of the books. I agree with the basic gist of Mr. Anthony's reasoning that as long as two people are fully consenting and in love that it should be okay for them to have a physical relationship as long as they are both free of other relationships to do so. However, I think the author took it too far in that one of the characters was a young girl of 15 and the other was an older man in his mid 50's. I think that the so-called consenting people should definitely be over 18 at the very least if they are going to engage in a physical relationship. I found the whole storyline between these two characters disgusting and very difficult to read.

Overall, the idea of the existence of incarnations was interesting and different. However, I was repeatedly disappointed with the ending of each of the books. Why on earth I bothered to finish the series I will never understand. I will not read another Piers Anthony book ever again. ... Read more

177. The Mediator #4: Darkest Hour (Mediator)
by Meg Cabot
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When the nineteenth--century ghost of Maria de Silva wakes her up in the middle of the night, Suze knows this is no ordinary visitation -- and not just from the knife at her throat, either. In life, Maria was the fiancée of Jesse -- the same Jesse who was murdered a hundred and fifty years before. The same Jesse Suze is in love with.

Maria threatens Suze: The backyard construction must cease. Suze has a pretty good idea what -- or rather, who -- Maria doesn't want found. But in solving Jesse's murder, will Suze end up losing him forever?

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178. Across the Wall : A Tale of the Abhorsen and Other Stories
by Garth Nix
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179. Trickster's Choice (Daughter of the Lioness Book 1)
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Average Customer Review: 4.52 out of 5 stars
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To the great joy of her many fans, Tamora Pierce with this book begins a new saga of Tortall to add to The Song of the Lioness Quartet, the Immortals Quartet, and The Protector of the Small tetralogy. At the center of each of these books is always a strong and resourceful young woman who masters the arts of swordplay and knightly warfare in the magical medieval country of Tortall. Alianne, or Aly, daughter of the warrior queen Alanna the Lioness, has all these skills, but also a delicious sense of humor, which serves her well when she is chosen by the trickster god Kyprioth to serve as his secret agent and a slave for a year in the embattled Copper Isles. There the dark-skinned natives, or raka, have been conquered and crushed by the laurin, light-skinned people from the mainland. The burning raka resentment is fueled by prophecies of a twice royal queen who will free them, aided by the "wise one, the cunning one, the strong one, the warrior, and the crows." Just how each of the colorful characters and Aly herself fit into this prophecy and Kyprioth’s tricky plan keeps readers guessing. Aly plots to show her skill at spying as she flirts with the god and is courted by Nawat, a crow transformed into a handsome young man, who is puzzled when she rejects his attempts to mate-feed her with grubs and ants.

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5-0 out of 5 stars A wonderful addition!
I've loved Tamora Pierce's books about Alanna, the Lady Knight of Tortall for nearly fifteen years, ever since I picked up her first book, "Alanna: The First Adventure" as a sixth grader. Featuring Aly, Alanna's daughter, "Trickster's Choice" is a wonderful addition to the world that first captured my imagination, full of the delightful details and careful plotting that Tamora Pierce is so skilled at. I loved getting to know Aly and her careful, crafty character as she makes her through the dangerous and unfamiliar land of the Copper Isles, Tortall's unstable neighbor. Aly's adventures introduce a host of interesting new characters, as well as catch the reader up with many beloved characters from Tamora Pierce's other books. I enjoyed "Trickster's Choice," and I can hardly wait for its sequel.

5-0 out of 5 stars Tamora Pierce, at her best
I have been reading Tamora Pierce for years now. I first picked up the Alanna series when I was about eleven or twelve and I absolutely loved them, I have enjoyed all of her books, Totallan or not.

This is the newest installment in her Tortallan books. The other characters from Tortall include: Daine, Alanna, and Kel. I have read about and loved each of these characters. The newest heroine in Trickster's Choice is Aly, Alanna and George's daughter. Unlike the other heriones Aly as a very noticeable sense of humor, she is more real than the other characters. She makes mistakes, she acts cocky, she loves her mother but gets easily annoyed by her. All of these things make Aly endearing to me. She isn't really good at the physical part of things like the other three heroines were, she uses her mind, her wit, and skill. I really liked the god, Kyprioth, he provides a lot of the humor in the book. I loved catching up on our old friends, Alanna and George, Daine and Numair, and Jonathan and Thayet, it's fun knowing what they're doing now.

I didn't really find this book fitting for the nine to twelve catagory that it's placed in. No there is nothing in it that wouldn't be suitable for that age group but I don't know if kids that young could follow the plot. This is a different kind of book than the rest of Ms. Pierce's collection. It is filled with an intricate plot and a lot of political intruige, I find this book more suitable for 12 and up, they would appreciate the plot more than anyone younger than that.

All in all, this is a wonderful book and a fantastic installment to the rest of the Tortallan series. Now... When does Trickster's Queen come out?

5-0 out of 5 stars Different, but better!
After I read all the other Tortall books, I wanted to read another great book by Tamora Pierce. When Alianne (Aly) of Pirate's Swoop is forbidden by her father, George Copper, and mother, Alanna the Lioness, to become a spy, she goes on a visit. Befor she gets to her target, she is captured and made a slave (you can see the collar on the cover) in the Copper Isles. After she is sold, a god visits her and makes a deal. If she can keep her master's children alive for the summer, the god will transport her home. Aly works hard to meet her end of the deal. Different from the other Tortall books, I think this one is the best.

3-0 out of 5 stars Same old, same old
At the risk of perpetuating a very old cliche, I have to say that Pierce's early works were much better. When Pierce first came on the scene, her fiesty heroines and more realistic style were a breath of fresh air, but now she seems to have settled in a rut and content to perpetuate a 'winning' formula, but one that has been overused since she first began writing. That being said, this is certainly a light, well-written book, but one that pales in comparison to the Alanna series.

5-0 out of 5 stars Be careful what you say, or you'll give yourself away...
First of all, I'd like to offer my congratulations to Ms. Pierce. After years and years of simply awful covers that publishers have slapped onto her books, she has finally been given a decent one. I mean, have you see some of her other covers? I'm not talking about these incredibly cool ones like the one for "Trickster's Choice". I'm talking about the ones created for such classic tales as "Wild Magic" or "Alanna: The First Adventure". Ms. Pierce has paid her bad-cover dues. Now she has truly earned a couple beautiful ones. I admit that much of my attraction to this tale was due to its alluring cover illustration. It was just my own good luck that the story inside was wonderfully gripping and well written as well.

This book follows Pierce's "Lioness Quartet", a series of books that centered on the lady knight Alanna. In "Trickster's Choice", Aly (Alanna's daughter) is now the center and focus. Aly is the daughter of a famous knight and a famous spy. Both her parents are fighters by nature, but somehow they just can't get it through their heads that all their sixteen-year-old daughter wants to do is become spy like her dad. When Alanna decides that her daughter has become too bull-headed about the matter, Aly takes off on a small adventure of her own. She gets more than she bargained for, however, when her boat is captured by pirates and she is sold as a slave to a foreign noble family. The fact that she has winded up with this particular group of nobles is no accident, however. The trickster god Kyprioth is determined to use Aly's spy skills to protect the family's children, whatever the cost. Before she knows it, Aly is caught up in court intrigues and a political battle between the dark skinned raka and their white skinned luarin oppressors.

I wanted to read my first Tamora Pierce book without having to read through all her previous novels. So I picked up "Trickster's Choice" and hoped for the best. As it happens, you don't necessarily need to have read its predecessors, though it certainly couldn't hurt. Pierce is fond of explaining all past activities and events in such a way that even a person beginning with this book (like myself) catches up easily. Admittedly, I was disappointed with her decision to continually comment on characters and events that had little to no bearing on the current plot. Still, these moments mostly came at the beginning of the book. If you can get through three chapters of this story you'll be successfully hooked and ready to read on.

As for the book itself, it's excellent. I was amazed to find it a wonderful spy novel. Forget Modesty Blaise and Emma Peal; Aly is the best female spy I've encountered in a long time. Pierce has a way of making her quick on her feet without rendering her perfect or flawless. She is mature for her sixteen years but very much the teenager. She's smart as a whip but incredibly funny and endowed with an excellent sense of humor. Maybe it was this humor that made me greatly prefer her to her well meaning but laughless mother. Tamora Pierce has a website dedicated to, what she calls, "sheroes". Aly is a worthy addition to this particular feminist genre. I even liked her choice of mate. Rarely do I ever understand the male heartthrobs in teen girl novels. But Aly's fella is not only adorable but danged sexy to boot. And I loved that though Aly was a fighter, she was by no means invincible. When Aly fights she does so to the best of her abilities. She's Buffy without the super powers, this one.

I was pleased to see that the sequel to this book, "Trickster's Queen", is available and promises to be just as good. If you've any interest in reading about a gal who outwits nobles and gods and is the companion of crows, this might be just the book for you. It's a great tale and one worth reading again and again. If you're tired of books in which the girls gossip and giggle, cleanse your palate with a little "Trickster's Choice". You're hardly gonna find action, humor, and great writing as easily anywhere else. ... Read more

180. FOREVER : A Novel of Good and Evil, Love and Hope
by Judy Blume
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Asin: 0671695304
Catlog: Book (1989-08-01)
Publisher: Pocket
Sales Rank: 15823
Average Customer Review: 4.26 out of 5 stars
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"Going all the way" is still a taboo subject in young adult literature. Judy Blume was the first author to write candidly about a sexually active teen, and she's been defending teenagers' rights to read about such subjects ever since. Here, Blume tells a convincing tale of first love--a love that seems strong and true enough to last forever. Katherine loves Michael so much, in fact, that she's willing to lose her virginity to him, and, as the months go by, it gets harder and harder for her to imagine living without him. However, something happens when they are separated for the summer: Katherine begins to have feelings for another guy. What does this mean about her love for Michael? What does this mean about love in general? What does "forever" mean, anyway? As always, Blume writes as if she's never forgotten a moment of what it's like to be a teenager. ... Read more

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2-0 out of 5 stars Not that good
This book was not all the reviewers hyped it up to be. I was disappointed by the lack of plot, poor character development, and trite storyline. It basically seems to serve as an over-sexed book for teenagers to read. The characters fall in love and then, 3/4 of the way through the book, fall out of love. Big deal. They're teenagers. The reader is given no reason to feel particularly bad, and it just seems like you spent all this time reading and then they just break up. Yes, it may be "exciting," if you get the picture, but I think it is only written because Blume knows that horny teens are going to read it. It's supposed to be her first adult book, but adults would be bored by it. It's obviously just tagged as that so that thirteen year-olds can feel naughty reading about Katherine's sexploits. Blume was so great with Superfudge and Blubber and the like, but I think she should stick to kids' books. I fear that if any mother reads this book, she will not let her children read Blume's kids' books. That will be a true loss. Go back and read Superfudge, it's a lot more entertaining than this book. I read it in an evening, however, because the plot was so thin that I could skip pages and pages and not miss much...

5-0 out of 5 stars An Inspiring and Extremely Touching Novel...
Forever, a book written by Judy Blume in the 1970's, is a genuine and extremely touching account of first love. Existing in print for some time this book still is an admirable novel by teenagers, like myself, of the current generation and I imagine many generations to come. I read this book in less than three days and I found it to be exceptionally realistic as to what the perspective of love through a teenager's eyes is really is like. It also immensely related to my own life and personal experiences of tragic and seemingly true love. This book emphasized the true emotions and feelings a young girl experiences following the "first time." I believe that too many adults have criticized this novel for the seemingly small of amount of detailed sexual content. Sexual intercourse is an issue that we, as teenagers, all deal with and talk about. Sex , today especially, is a highly controversial subject but we, as teens are all still curious and experience things for ourselves. Like the characters in Forever, Michael and Kathryn, do. Blume writes with no shame about a beautiful thing such a sex and of teenage first love. This novel hid nothing of the reality of it all. It is an inspiring story of love, sex and the difficulties of being a teenager, in the simplest terms written with great passion. I would highly recommend any high school student to read it, especially girls. It is a warm, "feel good" book that I would and will eventually read again. I know it.

4-0 out of 5 stars Themes of Forever
Forever is a realistic and graphic book. Some people have suggested that the book is about how high school love
or first love never lasts forever. That is a huge overgeneralization and I don't think that is the point of the book. Besides I know of a married couple who met in their freshman year of highschool.The point of this book is not that highschool love cannot last forever but rather that it usually doesn't last forever and that as someone said only the test of time will tell whether a relationship lasts or not. It is also is about how sex can change a relationship and the consequences that sex has. If your first love lasts and somehow survives your immaturity then you are lucky but if it doesn't then life will go on and you will love again.That is what I got from the book.

4-0 out of 5 stars Cute.
Michael and Katherine meet at a New Year's party and start dating. Their innocent dating turns into a sex life. Even though Katherine claims she loves Michael, I and even if he does care for her too, I think he pushes her into sex too much. Every time they go out, it's always feeling as if he wants to sleep with her. He makes highly suggestive moves, until finally she agrees. When their parents command they separate for the summer, Katherine is distraught until she "gets the hots" for a tennis player in her camp. Will the love Katherine and Michael share last forever?

I gave this book four stars because the characters in it are a bit bland and some of the descriptions are a bit vague and you are expected to assume things, or so it seems.

5-0 out of 5 stars Forever can be an awfully long time
My husband once told me this story: When he and his best friend were in their first years of college, they spent a week-end at a friend's home. The friend allowed them to sleep in his bedroom, and there on the shelf was the infamous Judy Blume book, "Forever". Remembering the whispers and rumors surrounding the novella, the boys immediately snatched it up and tried to discover its secrets. Says my husband now, "I had thought in Middle School that the government had banned the book. That it was an officially banned book". It was, after all, the most sought after of all the forbidden works out there. After flipping through (and locating the sexy passages)the boys were a bit disappointed and perplexed. There's nothing particularly shockig in this book. From the hype it receives you'd think it was a slightly modified version of "The Story of O". Instead, what you have is a well-written story concerning the course of a single relationship and the consequences of young love.

Katherine is in love with Michael. And Michael is in love with Katherine. As we read, the book follows their growing trust, from their early tentative days, to a growing dependence, to their final words together. Katherine's life is easier than most. She has two wonderfully caring parents, a talented younger sibling, and a wise-in-the-ways-of-the-world grandmother who always gives her good advice. Katherine is eighteen years of age, and privy to all the advantages and problems that such an age entails. Just the same, she understands that her relationship with Michael is special and different. No one is going to keep them from loving one another. Except possibly themselves.

To be honest, I have a hard time figuring out why teens enjoy this book as much as they do (apart from the sex). To me, the adult reader, Katherine is consistently remarking that adults like her parents don't understand her situation or that they're needlessly thoughtless and uncaring. Any reader with a lick of sense will notice that Katherine's assessments are, like many teens', skewed by emotion. She IS rather innocent in the ways of the world. Fortunately, one of Blume's hallmarks is that she remains a distinctly understanding writer. Being young and hormonally screwed up does not mean that your average young adult is incapable of making thoughtful intelligent decisions. This idea is part of the reason Blume's books are banned as often as they are. I mean, honestly, let's consider "Forever" today. At this moment in time there are teen books out there named things like, "Doing It", that are far more graphic and sexually liberated than the relatively tame "Forever". These books (appealing in large part towards young male audiences) have proliferated like mad and are particularly obsessed with sex rather than love. In this light "Forever" is almost an innocent ingénue. It is certainly one of the first books to have spokenly openly about teen sexuality, but why is it still being banned in certain schools and libraries today? Personally, I suspect that it has to do in large part with the fact that it is dealing with a GIRL's sexual feelings. Books about boys and sex are as old as the hills themselves. But put a book like this with a female narrator and her friends discussing getting laid with all the frankness and intelligence they are capable of... well friends, that's a heap o' trouble for a lot of folks. In an interesting side note, the more recently published copies of "Forever" have included a note by author Judy Blume discussing sex, and how the face of sexuality has changed since the advent of AIDS. She even goes so far as to include contact information to Planned Parenthood. And when you consider that the grandmother in this tale works for that self same institution, there's little doubt left that Blume's a gutsy gal. Plenty o' adults will bristle at the very thought of giving kids that much information. Plenty more will approve.

As you can see, if nothing else "Forever" is a great book for starting discussions with teens about sex. But I'd be dishonest if I said that was the focus of the book. It's not. The book is about relationships in general. How they grow, how they change, and how they end. After all, the title of this tale wasn't (the aforementioned) "Doing It", but the wistful "Forever". It's a promise that no one should ever be held to while young. As for people who want to dislike this book based solely on its content, nothing I write here is going to change their minds that this book isn't the spawn of Satan, a corrupting influence, should be in the adult section of the library, etc. For as long as there are talented writers like Judy Blume out there (and let us hope that it's for a very long time) there will be complaints by overprotective adults. Just read through "Forever" before you judge it. You may be shocked to discover that it's a rather tame ride into the heart of the American teen. ... Read more

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