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November 16, 2006

Hello, MostlyFiction.com readers!

21 new reviews were recently posted to MostlyFiction.com. Click on the book cover to read the review; click on reviewer's name to learn more about the reviewer.

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Book review of  THE GIRLSTHE GIRLS
by Lori Lansens
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

Meet Rose and Ruby: sisters, best friends, confidantes, and conjoined twins. Extraordinary.

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Book review of ANGEL AND APOSTLEANGEL AND APOSTLE
by Deborah Noyes
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

With THE SCARLET LETTER as her inspiration, Noyes recreates the life of Pearl, daughter of Hester Prynne and an unnamed father.

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Book review of THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS THE HIDDEN ASSASSINS
by Robert Wilson
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

A mutilated nude male turns up in a municipal dump. Before Seville's Insp. Jefe Javier Falcón has time to investigate, a huge bomb explodes in a mosque flattening an apartment complex and a day-care center..

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Book review of GLAD NEWS OF THE NATURAL WORLDGLAD NEWS OF THE NATURAL WORLD
by T. R. Pearson
Reviewed by Guy Savage

Narrator Louis Benford is back again. The Thirty-four year old slacker from Neely, North Carolina is shipped off to New York to work for an insurance company. Once unleashed in New York, rather than being upwardly mobile, Louis spirals downward.

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Read a review of OLD FILTHOLD FILTH
by Jane Gardam
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Raised as a "Raj Orphan," Sir Edward Feathers is a retired barrister looking back on the past that produced him. Sophisticated and subtle.

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Book review of THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL THE CHINATOWN DEATH CLOUD PERIL
by Paul Malmont
Reviewed by Tony Ross

It's 1932 and the two top pulp fiction writers, Walter Gibson (THE SHADOW) and Lester Dent (DOC SAVAGE) are tyring to solve a real crime.

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Book review of  54 54
by Wu Ming
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

The midlife crisis of Cary Grant, the founding of the KGB and the Neapolitan years of mafioso Lucky Luciano are just three of the plot lines woven into this dense, playful and always surprising literary behemoth set in 1954.

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Book review of LOVE BURNS LOVE BURNS
by Edna Mazya
Reviewed by Guy Savage

Obsessive love drives a middle-age man to murder. Debut novel by the famed Israeli playwright.

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Book review of THE NIGHT GARDENERTHE NIGHT GARDENER
by George Pelecanos
Reviewed by Hagen Baye

A literary page-turner, set once again in the gritty streets of Washington, D.C. Three detectives have a chance to solve a twenty year old case -- that is similar to a current murder.

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Book review of NO TRACE NO TRACE
by Barry Maitland
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

The latest Brock and Kolla mystery finds the Scotland Yard partners looking into the kidnapping of a six-year-old girl.

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Book review of RESTLESS RESTLESS
by William Boyd
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Ruth Gilmartin learns the true identity and WWII profession of her aging mother and is understandably surprised to learn that she had been a spy.

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Book review of PAINT IT BLACKPAINT IT BLACK
by Janet Fitch
Reviewed by Guy Savage

The author of WHITE OLEANDER does not disappoint in her second novel, which is about a woman who contends with her boyfriend's unexpected suicide.

2nd in trilogy, picking up about a year after the events in TOTAL CHAOS.

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Book review of THE WRONG MAN THE WRONG MAN
by John Katzenbach
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

For art student Ashley Freeman a one night stand with Michael O'Connell has dire consequences.

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Book review of THE TRUDEAU VECTORTHE TRUDEAU VECTOR
by Juris Jurjevis
Reviewed by Ann Wilkes

Full Arctic night--the kind that lasts for months--unveils a biological nightmare at Trudeau Arctic Research Station.

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Book reviewof THE BOOK OF FATE THE BOOK OF FATE
by Brad Meltzer
Reviewed by Chuck Barksdale

Hot shot Wes Holloway's face was disfigured while shot during a frantic assassination attempt the President's life. That was eight years ago.

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Book review of NO GOOD DEEDS NO GOOD DEEDS
by Laura Lippman
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

The old saying that "no good deed goes unpunished" is proven once again in Laura Lippman's new Tess Monaghan novel.

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Book review of TO A POWER OF THREE TO A POWER OF THREE
by Laura Lippman
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

Stand-alone mystery about three high school girlfriends and a school shooting.

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Book review of MESSENGER OF TRUTH MESSENGER OF TRUTH
by Jacqueline Winspear
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

British psychologist and PI Maisie Dobbs is asked to look into the death of a classmate's brother. 4th in this set in post-WWI.

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Book review of PARDONABLE LIESPARDONABLE LIES
by Jacqueline Winspear
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

It is 1930 and Maisie Dobbs has been operating her detective cum psychiatric agency for more than a year in the 3rd of this series.

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Book review of HOPSCOTCH SICK PUPPY
by Carl Hiaasen
Reviewed by Pat Neuman

Florida muckraker Hiaasen writes a devilishly funny caper revolving around the environmental exploitation of his home state by greedy developers.

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Book review of FROM A CROOKED RIB FROM A CROOKED RIB
by Nurrudin Farah
Reviewed by Tony Ross

Ebla runs away from her nomadic encampment in rural Somalia when her grandfather promises her in marriage to an older man. Farah's first novel reprinted.

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Book review of HOPSCOTCH HOPSCOTCH
by Julio Cortazár
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

This novel is a classic Latin American novel originally published in 1963, it's title reflects its nonlinear format. A rewarding challenge.

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I am a bit late on this update (again). I recently returned from my third trip to China for my job (lucky me!). The trip itself is for only two weeks, but we travel to lots of different locations (Beijing, Qingdao, Wuxi, Canton, Hong Kong & Seoul, Korea) by car, plane and bus and thus we put in long hours everyday - so it feels like much longer. I was exhausted before I left -- it takes a lot of work to get ready for the trip -- so my recovery was that much slower when I returned. Part of the trip that I really enjoy is the uninterrupted reading on the flight over (22 hours from start to finish) and the return. It means I can tackle a larger novel -- so this trip I read Neal Stephenson's QUICKSILVER, which I finally finished on the flight from Hong Kong to Korea. I enjoyed it tremendously but was so tired that I'd really like to reread it. As if... On the flight home, I read MR MUO'S TRAVELLING COUCH by Dai Shu (no review yet), which I picked up in Hong Kong and A DANGEROUS WOMAN by Mary McGarry Morris (also no review yet), which came from my long overdue TBR pile. So, all in all good reading.

Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday -- wishing you good eating, happy family & friends, and great reading as you digest and enjoy the leftovers!

Happy Reading!

Judi Clark
MostlyFiction.com

 

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