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Book Review of Cry to Heaven by Anne Rice

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Name of Book: Cry to Heaven

Author: Anne Rice

ISBN: 0-345-39693-6

Publisher: Ballantine Books

Type of book: Castrati, Italy, Venice, homosexuality, 1715-1740s, Opera, Upper class, adult, homo-erotic scenes

Year it was published: 1982

Summary:

In this mesmerizing novel, the acclaimed author of THE VAMPIRE CHRONICLES and LIVES OF THE MAYFAIR WITCHES makes real for us the exquisite and otherworldly society of the 18th century castrati, the delicate and alluring male sopranoes whose graceful bodies and glorious voices brought them the adulation of the royal courts and grand opera houses of Europe, men who lived as idols, concealing their pain as they were adored as angels, yet shunned as half-men.

As we are drawn into their dark and luminous story, as the crowds of Venetians, Neopolitans, and Romans, noblemen and peasants, musicians, prelates, princes, saints, and intriguers swirl around them, Anne Rice brings us into the sweep of eighteenth-century Italian life, into the decadence beneath the …

Book Review of #1 Titanic The Long Night by Diane Hoh

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Name of Book: Titanic The Long Night

Author: Diane Hoh

ISBN: 0-590-33123-X

Publisher: Scholastic

Part of a Series: Titanic Duology: Remembering the Titanic next

Type of book: Titanic, first class, third class, April 1912, young adult

Year it was published: 1998

Summary:

Who will survive the long night?

Everyone thought the RMS Titanic could never sink. But when it struck a huge iceberg just before midnight on April 14th, 1912, the helpless passengers found out they were wrong.

Beautiful Elizabeth Farr and dashing Max Whittaker in the first class...Brian and Patrick Kelleher and pretty red-haired Kathleen Hanrahan in steerage...Everyone is faced with biting cold and chruning black waters, tilting lifeboats and pathetic screams. Some will live, but more than fifteen hundred will die on that disastrous night. Will Elizabeth, Max, and Kathleen be among the survivors?

Characters:

The characters are painted vividly and aren't easily forgettable, although I do wish that the author could have inc…

Book Review of Don't Die, My Love by Lurlene McDaniel

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Name of Book: Don't die, my love

Author: Lurlene McDaniel

ISBN: 0-553-56715-2

Publisher: Bantam

Type of book: 1990s, cancer, young adult, true love

Year it was published: 1995

Summary:

"Meant for each other."

That's how both Julie Ellis and Luke Muldenhower have always felt. In sixth grade Luke actually asked Julie to marry him, and she just laughed. In eighth grade they began dating. Now in high school, they are deeply in love.

Luke, a talented football player, is almost certain to receive an athletic scholarship to a top college. And no matter what her parents say, wherever Luke goes, Julie intends to follow. When Luke can't shake what he thinks is a virus, Julie persuades him to see a doctor. Luke's test results are alarming, but Julie believes their love is stronger than anything. Can love survive, now and forever?

Characters:

The characters do not have a lot of depth to them in my opinion. They seem to be a bit on the simplistic side and the motivations are als…

Book Review of #5 The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas

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Name of Book: The Man in the iron mask

Author: Alexandre Dumas

ISBN: 0-812-56499-5

Publisher: TOR

Part of a Series: D'Artagnan Romances

Type of book: France, 1660s-1670s, Louis XIV, friendship,

Year it was published: Version I have 1998 (Original version in France 1847-1850)

Summary:

"You are about to hear," said Aramis, "an account which few could now give; for it refers to a secret which they buried with the dead..."

So begins the magnificent concluding story of the swashbuckling Musketeers, Aramis, Athos, Porthos and D'Artagnant. Aramis- plotting against the King of France-bribes his way into the jail cells of the Bastille where a certain prisoner has been entombed for eight long years. The prisoner knows neither his real name nor the crime he has committed. But Aramis knows the secret of the prisoner's identity...a secret so dangerous that its revelation could topple the King from his throne!

Aramis...plotting against the king?

The motto of the Musketeers …

Part XIII: Why is Charles Dickens so popular?

Unfortunately I cannot stomach reading Great Expectations. I lasted until page 224  out of 523 and decided to drop it. I doubt I will read it again anytime soon. Previously I have read A Tale of Two Cities which was my first Dickens book, and again I wonder why the heck is he so popular and well liked? He uses too many words to express a simple idea or actions, his characters aren't memorable and are pointless, the plots are very contrived, and the books themselves are boring. Sometimes I wonder if this is the case of the Emperor's clothes, with everyone too afraid to admit the truth; that Dickens is a bad writer and they're only saying he's good because they don't understand the writing themselves.

I wanted to like Charles Dickens' novels, I wanted to be blown away by their genius and all, but alas that's not my fate. I wish that other authors such as Ann Radcliffe or Wilkie Collins would be more well known than Dickens. From what I saw, both are amazing w…

Book Review of The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

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Name of Book: The Age of Innocence

Author: Edith Wharton

ISBN:0-02-026478-x

Publisher: Scribner

Type of book: 1870s, 1890s, New York, old New York, high society, infidelity, adult, romance,  standards, hierarchy

Year it was published: 1920

Summary:

Winer of the 1921 Pulitzer Prize, The Age of Innocence is Edith Wharton's portrait of desire and betrayal in Old New York. As Newland Archer preparers to marry the docile May Welland, his world is forever changed by the return of the mysterious Countess Ellen Olenska. "Wharton's characters...become very real. You know their hearts, souls and yearnings, and the price they pay for those yearnings." (San Francisco Examiner.) This authoritative text is reprinted from the Library of America edition of Novels by Edith Wharton.

Characters:

Newland Archer, Countess Olenska, and May Welland could be said to represent the future of New York; May Welland could be seen as the old structured and familiar New York, Newland Archer has radical i…

Book Review of #3 The Farmer Boy by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Name of Book: Farmer Boy

Author: Laura Ingalls Wilder

ISBN: 0-06-440003-4

Publisher: Harper Trophy Book

Part of a Series: Little house in the big woods, Little house on the prairie prequels; on the banks of plum creek

Type of book: pioneer, New York, 1866-1867, kid to adult, 19th century America, farming cycle

Year it was published: 1933

Summary:

Ten years in the future, Laura Ingalls will marry Almanzo in the town of De Smet, South Dakota. But now, Almanzo is miles away, growing up with his brother and sisters on his father's farm in New York.

Almanzo's chores get him up at dawn and keep him working till dinner-summer and winter. But it is fun, and it builds character. And was there ever a boy who loved horses more? Was there ever a boy with a bigger appetite?

Characters:

It has been awhile since I read the latter Little House books, so I can't remember if Almanzo's obsession with horses remained constant or changed. There is strength and dependency within the family as well,…

Book Review of #3 The Qualinesti by Paul Thompson and Tonya Carter

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Name of Book: The Qualinesti

Author: Paul Thompson, Tonya Carter

ISBN: 1-56076-114-8

Publisher: TSR

Part of a Series: Elven Nations trilogy; Firstborn, Kinslayer Wars prequels

Type of book: Fantasy, young adult- adult.

Year it was published: 1991

Summary:

Kith-Kanan becomes the first speaker of the Suns. His reign can claim many triumphs, including a pact with thre reclusive dwarves of Thorbadin that results in the great monument of Pax-Tharkas. But Kith-Kanan is haunted by his failures: acrimony between the elven factions and the mysterious behavior of his son, his future successor.

Characters:

The characters seemed to be flat and little motivations were revealed. I would have really liked to know Ulvian's deeper psychology and motivations instead of what I was given. Other than that the characters didn't seem to satisfy me.

Theme:

Have faith that everything will be okay.

Plot:

This was written from omniscient third person point of view. I personally think that the book could also be c…

Book Review of #2 Sea and Sky by Adrienne Leslie

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Name of Book: Sea and Sky

Author: Adrienne Leslie

ISBN: 978-1-4392-4097-7

Publisher: BookSurge publishing

Part of a Series: Bird and fish prequel

Type of book: Korean dramas, adult, romance, 2007, interracial relationship asian male/white female

Year it was published: 2008

Summary:

Cancer survivor Wendy Dale has been busy healing others; her alcoholic husband, her chronically ill daughter and cantankerous mother. No wonder she took a Korean lover. But Hyun Jae Won returned to Korea leaving Wendy unable to heal herself. After discovering her good friend Libby Spring abandoned a baby in Taegu, Korea years earlier, Wendy offers to make the six thousand mile journey to locate Libby's now-grown son. Finally, she has an excuse to find her soul mate. Now, if she can only find out why she's trhowing-up every morning.

The eye opening, jaw dropping second book in Adrienne Leslie's Bird and Fish Duology, is finally out. Only this time, in Sea and Sky, the flames of love aren't smolderin…

Planned Books

Books I'm Reading

The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins 210/434
Great Expectations-Charles Dickens 44/523
The Count of Monte Cristo- Alexandre Dumas 11/531
Under his spell-Kathy Lyons 38/216
Don't Die my love-Lurlene McDaniel 20/250
Cry to heaven-Anne Rice 58/564
The Tale of Genji-Murasaki Shikibu 409/1090
Come toy with me-Cara Summers 65/214
Tailspin-Cara Summers 120/216
The Age of Innocence- Edith Wharton 100/362

The Story of the Stone-Xueqin Cao
3. The Warning Voice 66/613
D'Artagnan Romances-Alexandre Dumas
5. The Man in the iron mask-342/574
Lydia Saga-Kate Furnivall
3. The Girl from Junchow 29/488
The Ivory Carver Trilogy-Sue Harrison
2. My Sister the moon 66/400
Titanic Duology- Diane Hoh
1. Titanic: The Long Night 30/371
Tigress Quartet- Jade Lee
2. Hungry Tigress 246/353
Bird and Fish Duology-Adrienne Leslie
2. Sea and Sky 51/286
Japanese Duology- Takashi Matsuoka 
1. Cloud of Sparrows 91/560
Sweet Valley Twins Super Chillers-Francine Pascal
2. The ghost in the graveyard 18/185
The …

Part XII: Harry Potter Love, My Memories

Well, the last Harry Potter has come out on Blu-Ray and perhaps DVD. The conclusion to the movies is over, and soon the mania will ebb perhaps, the wave no longer strong as before. I wonder if anyone remembers the Harry Potter books? I have only seen movies 1 and 2 perhaps and due to my nit pickiness and comparing them with the books, didn't enjoy the movies. However, I became huge fan of the books, at least up until Book 7. Just for fun, I will talk about my life involving Harry Potter.

For me it started in middle school in 1999. I recall I was in 7th grade and everybody was constantly talking about Harry Potter all the time. What I remember is during a book club or something like that we could check out Harry Potter book from the library, which I did. The book I checked out was Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third one in the series.

I don't recall how long it took me to read that book, but I remember falling in love with the magical world that the author has c…

Book Review of Once Upon the River Love by Andrei Makine

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Name of Book: Once upon the river love

Author: Andrei Makine

ISBN: 0-14-028362-5

Publisher: Penguin

Type of book: Russia, Siberia, love story, Belmondo, 1970s, 1990s, Western World

Year it was published: 1994 (version I have 1998)

Summary:

Set in the 1970s in the vast, remote forests of eastern Siberia, Andrei Makine's brilliant novel tells the story of Mitya, Utkin, and Samurai, three boys on the verge of manhood. Isolated by history as well as geography, with only the passing lights of the Transsiberian train to assure them of an outside world, these friends yearn for experiences their small village cannot provide. But an afternoon at the cinema-a day's trek by snowshoe-changes their lives forever. The boys are captivated by a film staring French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo and a cast of beautiful women (all of whom Belmondo manages to seduce with consummate ease.) Over the next several months they travel seventeen more times to see their hero, and when that film is replaced by anoth…

Book Review of #1 The christmas Ghost by Francine Pascal

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Name of Book: The christmas ghost

Author: Francine Pascal

ISBN: 0-553-15767-1

Publisher: Bantam

Part of a Series: Sweet Valley Twins and Friends Super Chillers; The ghost in the graveyard, the carnival ghost, next.

Type of book: Sweet valley twins, kid to young adult, Dickens' christmas carol parody, moral, 1985

Year it was published: December 1989

Summary:

Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield are looking forward to the most glorious christmas ever. The tree is trimmed, the presents are wrapped, and movie star Beau Dilon is coming to town! THe actor, who'll be in Sweet Valley to publicize his new movie, has agreed to help Elizabeth raise money for the children's wing of hte local hospital. BUt when the teen star arrives at the Wakefields' house, it's Jessica, not Elizabeth, he meets.

What's the harm in pretending to be your twin? No harm, Jessica thinks-until strange things start happening and three ghostly visitors appear. Is Jessica's imagination working overtime or …

Book Review of The Silver Kiss by Annette Curtis Klause

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Name of Book: The Silver Kiss

Author: Annette Curtis Klause

ISBN: 0-440-21346-0

Publisher: Laurel Leaf Books

Type of book: Vampires, coming of age, death, love story, 1980s, young adult

Year it was published: 1990

Summary:

Zoe is wary when, in the dead of the night, the beautiful but frightening Simon comes to her house. Simon seems to understand the pain of loneliness and death and Zoe's brooding thoughts about her dying mother.

Simon is one of the undead, a vampire, seeking revenge for the gruesome death of his mother three hundred years ago. Does Simon dare ask Zoe to hlep free him from this lifeless chase and its intolerable solitude?

Characters:

The characters are three dimensional and one can see them change throughout the book; that is they don't stay the same. The villain in this book is one dimensional and seems to be excused from change because he is only a child. I enjoy reading about Zoe's journey from angry teenager to someone who tries hard to accept the change. The…

November 2011

The Moonstone-Wilkie Collins
SR: December 7th, 2010
FR: N/A
Great Expectations-Charles Dickens
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: Stopped reading on November 21st, 2011 Chapter 26 pg.224
The Count of Monte Cristo-Alexandre Dumas
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: N/A
The Silver Kiss-Annette Curtis Klause
SR: October 1st, 2011
FR: November 3rd, 2011
Under his spell-Kathy Lyons
SR: October 1st, 2011
FR: N/A
Once Upon the river love-Andrei Makine
SR: August 22nd, 2011
FR: November 7th, 2011
Don't die my love-Lurlene McDaniel
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: November 27th, 2011
Cry to heaven-Anne Rice
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: November 29th, 2011
The Tale of Genji-Murasaki Shikibu
SR: May 17th, 2011
FR: N/A
Come toy with me-Cara Summers
SR: August 22nd, 2011
FR: N/A
Tailspin-Cara Summers
SR: July 1st, 2011
FR: N/A
The Age of Innocence-Edith Wharton
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: November 21st, 2011

The Story of the Stone-Xueqin Cao
3. The Warning Voice
SR: November 1st, 2011
FR: N/A
D'Artagnan Romances-Alex…