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Incandescence

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This book was very, very difficult for anybody other than a scientist or mathematician to read. I persisted, however, because despite all the jargon, the basic plot was quite interesting. I don't know why I bothered. The book had two separate story-lines, giving the impression that these would eventually come together. This did not happen. The two stories were not properly combined, leaving the reader with the sense that the book just ended suddenly, as though the author just ran out of words. This would be disappointing at any time, but after wading through all the maths and science to get to this point, I feel as though I wasted my time. The first set of characters came into contact with a world like that on which the second set reside, but we are left wondering if this is a similar world, the same world in the past or the same world in the future. This book just wasn't worth the effort.
The Silent Girl: A Rizzoli & Isles Novel

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I am a big fan of Rizzoli & Isles on TV. Reading this book was a little disorienting, since it seems to be further in the future than the TV series. However, once I got my head around the differences, I truly enjoyed this book. The unpredictable twists and turns make this novel highly entertaining reading. My only gripe is that Maura, my favourite character in the show, did not appear anywhere near enough in the book. A must-read for any Rizzoli & Isles fan.
Death Along the Spirit Road

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This book was unexpectedly entertaining and more complicated than I expected. At first glance, I thought this would be a light read with an easy to guess solution. I guess I shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. I was completely hooked on this novel from the very first chapter. I liked the mystery within a mystery within a mystery style, which kept me from getting bored in the middle ( drawback I often find with detective novels). I was also happy to find that Native American issues and Lakota culture seemed to be addressed with sensitivity and respect. The author's writing style was entertaining and engaging, the characters felt like real people and I noticed no grammatical or editing errors. If you like detective/crime novels, this is one book you should definitely read.
Don't Kiss Them Goodbye

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This book is both very sad and very inspirational. The author, Allison DuBois, is the woman whose life formed the inspiration for the TV show Medium. This book explains how she came to realize her talent and how she came to use it for good. It contains several actual cases and readings she has worked on and is finished by a chapter about what it is like to live with a medium, written by her husband Joe.This is an excellent book that is an easy read, and it will have you run the full gamut of your emotions before you are through. Well worth picking up.
One for the Money

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This book is fairly predictable - I could pretty much tell what was going to happen from the first chapter. The first person narrative took a couple of chapters to get used to but this is nothing new. I always struggle at first with first person narrative.Having said that, however, I found this book to be an enjoyable read. It was light enough to read when I was winding down at night, yet interesting enough that I will be reading the rest of the series. Overall, I would say it is worth reading.
The Third Man

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I had absolutely no idea what to expect from this book. I am not usually into spy stories, but the plot of this screenplay was both intriguing and enjoyable. I especially like that the author points out the differences between the original screenplay and that used for the film. This is one spy movie I would very much like to see.
Monoculture: How One Story is Changing Everything

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I tried to read this book several times. I feel the concept is sound and there is a good point being made, but it is being made in such a way that I was bored to tears. I just could not make it through to the end.
The Canterville Ghost

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This story may be short, but it is highly amusing. I did not experience a single second of boredom when reading this. I felt so sorry for the poor ghost, having to deal with obnoxious Americans who refused to pay him the respect he deserved. This entertaining tale from Oscar Wilde is definitely worth reading!
Twilight and Philosophy: Vampires, Vegetarians, and the Pursuit of Immortality

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This book was very difficult to read - not due to the writing style, but the reasoning. Many of their arguments were made in convoluted, over-complicated ways when they could have been stated simply and succinctly. There was also a fair bit of repetition between chapters. I was left with the impression that the authors were trying to stretch a short essay into a full book so as to make some money. If you really want to read this book, try to locate a lend-able copy. Don't spend your own dollars on it.
Crime and Punishment

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I found this book to be much easier to read than most classics. The personalities and culture took a little getting used to, but became endearing after a while. The language was sometimes confusing, but not unbearably so. I do think this book is worth reading.
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