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Title: The Wednesday Letters
Author: Jason F. Wright
Publisher: Berkley Books
Year: 2007
# of pages: 280
Date read: 3/27/2012
Rating: 4*/5 = great

Description:

"Their story began with one letter on their wedding night.

I made a promise today at the church and I'm making another promise tonight. I'm going to write to you every week . . .Laurel, I will always stand by you. No matter what. . .

It ended almost forty years later, when Jack and Laurel Cooper died in each other's arms. But before he took his last breath, Jack wrote his wife one final 'Wednesday letter.'

When the Cooper children return home, they discover the thousands of letters left behind. As they read them, clues to a shattering family secret emerge--and they are brought face-to-face with a life-changing moment of truth." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a great book about family and discovery. So much is discovered that I had to remind myself that it takes place over just a few days.
green hills of earth
Title: The Green Hills of Earth
Author: Robert A. Heinlein
Publisher: Baen Books
Year: 1951
# of pages: 270
Date read: 3/21/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good

Description:

"The arching sky is calling
Spaceman back to their trade.
All hands! Stand by! Free falling!
And the lights below us fade
Out ride the sons of Terra,
Far drives the thundering jet,
Up leaps the race of Earthman,
Out, far, and onward yet --
We've tried each spinning space mote
And reckoned its true worth:
Take us back again to the homes of men
On the cool green hills of Earth.
We pray for one last landing
On the globe that gave us birth
Let us rest our eyes on fleecy skies,
And the cool green hills of Earth!" 
-- from the back cover
My thoughts:
I enjoyed these short stories about the Earth and the Moon. Two of my favorites were "'It's Great to Be Back'" about a couple who learns where their home is, and "--We Also Walk Dogs" about a new kind of concierge company.
21st-May-2012 02:52 pm - 11. Pig Island by Mo Hayder
pig island
Title: Pig Island
Author: Mo Hayder
Publisher: Bantam Books
Year: 2006
# of pages: 494
Date read: 3/19/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"SEE EVIL

Journalist Joe Oakes makes a living exposing supernatural hoaxes. But what he sees when he visits a secretive religious community on a remote Scottish island forces him to question everything he thought he knew.

HEAR EVIL

Why have the islanders been accused of Satanism? What has happened to their leader? And why will no one discuss the strange creature seen wandering the lonely beaches of Pig Island?

READ EVIL

In Pig Island, Mo Hayder dares you to face your fears head on and to look at what lurks beneath the surface of everyday normality. It's about the unspeakable things people do to each other." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very good thriller with lots of twists and turns. I liked the ways the characters interacted and I definitely did not expect the ending.
18th-May-2012 10:57 am - 9. The Footprints of God by Greg Iles
Footprints of God
Title: The Footprints of God
Author: Greg Iles
Publisher: Pocket Star
Year: 2004
# of pages: 526
Date read: 2/28/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good



Description:

"In a secret government lab, America's top scientists work on Trinity -- a supercomputer that could surpass the power of the human mind. As the project's ethicist, Dr. David Tennant works in a firestorm of limitless science and ruthless ambition. After a fellow scientist is murdered, David uncovers who the killer is. Desperate, he turns to Rachel Weiss, the psychiatrist probing the nightmares that have plagued him since joining the project, and both are forced to flee for their lives.

Pursued around the globe, David and Rachel piece together the truth behind Project Trinity, and the apocalyptic power it possesses. But Trinity's countdown has already begun, and humanity is now held hostage by a form of life that cannot be destroyed. The only hope for survival lies in the shocking connection that exists between Trinity and David's tortured mind. Mankind's future hangs in the balance -- and the price of failure is extinction." -- from the back cover

My thoughts: 

This was a good, fast moving thriller. I liked how David and Rachel worked together to stop Project Trinity.
monster of florence
Title: The Monster of Florence
Author: Douglas Preston
Publisher: Grand Central
Year: 2008
# of pages: 328
Date read: 2/23/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good

Description:

Douglas Preston fulfilled a lifelong dream when he moved with his family to a farmhouse in Florence. Upon meeting the celebrated journalist, Mario Spezi, Preston was stunned to learn that the olive grove next to his home had been the scene of a horrific double murder committed by one of the most infamous figures in Italian history--the Monster of Florence. Fascinated, Preston began working with Spezi to uncover the serial killer who had ritually slain fourteen young lovers and was never caught. Here is the true story of their search and confront the man they believe is the Monster. And in an ironic twist of fate that echoes the city's bloody history, Preston and Spezi themselves became targets of a bizarre police investigation.

THE MONSTER OF FLORENCE is a remarkable chronicle of murder, mutilation, deceit, suicide, and vengeance. . .with Preston and Spezi caught in the middle." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very good book about an elusive serial killer and about how a fixation on a particular theory and the importance of saving face can have serious consequences.
pride of chanur
Title: The Pride of Chanur
Author: C.J. Cherryh
Publisher: Daw Books
Year: 1981
# of pages: 224
Date read: 2/8/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"No one at Meetpoint Station had ever seen a creature like Outsider. Naked-hided, blunt-toothed and blunt-figured, Tully was the sole surviving member of his company -- a communicative, spacefaring species hitherto unknown -- and he was a prisoner of his discoverer/captors the sadistic, treacherous kif, and until his escape onto the hani ship THE PRIDE OF CHANUR.

Little did he know when he threw himself upon the mercy of THE PRIDE and her crew that he put the entire hani species in jeopardy and imperiled the peace of the Compact itself. For the information this fugitive held could be the ruin or glory of any of the species at Meetpoint Station.  -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

I liked this first book of the Chanur series. I especially liked the way Pyanfar figured out how to deal with the kif and how knowing Tully can be useful. I look forward to reading the next book, Chanur's Venture.
4th-May-2012 11:09 am - 6. Upside Down by John Ramsey Miller
upside down
Title: Upside Down
Author: John Ramsey Miller
Publisher: Bantam Bell
Year: 2005
# of pages: 337
Date read: 2/8/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

"In the rain-slick streets of New Orleans, a twelve-year-old girl is running out of time. Hours before, Faith Ann Porter hid under a desk while her attorney mother was murdered for photographs that could rock the city. Now Faith Ann is being hunted by a pair of killers with a very powerful boss. Because she has the negatives of the photos her mother died for, Faith Ann has only hours to live--and only one person can save her. . .

Winter Massey is an ex-U.S. marshal whose career pitted him against some of the world's most ruthless criminals. Now Massey is drawn by horrifying cycle of murder--and the plea of one terrified young girl. But awaiting Massey is a chilling surprise. . .and an assassin with a secret mission, a secret motive, and the perfect plan. . . ."-- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a very good thriller. I liked how Faith Ann figured out how to survive and how she and Winter worked together later. I look forward to reading the first book in the series, Inside Out.
trip, olympic, bike

The KGB And Psychiatric Abuse – An Eyewitness Account

I’d greatly appreciate your review and comments, I was one of the 24 locked and tortured in the Soviet psychiatric hospitals and prisons, all because of our faith. I survived, but some didn’t. Fit and healthy before, all under the age of twenty-five, they died from large doses of psychotropic drugs, from force feeding, from tuberculosis and malnutrition. The Human Rights News Brief (Munich) referred to this group as “truly prisoners of conscience”.  Resistance International (France) described them as “completely peaceful non-violent group with no political goals”. But instead of fighting real crime in a country riddled with corruption, the Soviet authorities made no excuses for fabricated court cases, detention in psychiatric hospitals and violent suppression of these innocent lives. This account has never been published before, it is a tribute to these forever young people, but there is much more in it about the USSR, about the choice between good and evil and about the ultimate fight – the fight with oneself. I hope to hear from you soon. Thank you.

 Amazon.com:

 http://www.amazon.com/EXPERIMENTAL-GUIDE-ETERNAL-LIFE-ebook/dp/B006UMHWYY/ref=ntt_at_ep_dpt_1

 Amazon.co.uk:

 http://www.amazon.co.uk/EXPERIMENTAL-GUIDE-ETERNAL-LIFE-ebook/dp/B006UMHWYY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1326871315&sr=8-1

19th-Apr-2012 11:19 am - 4. Codex by Lev Grossman
Codex
Title: Codex
Author: Lev Grossman
Publisher: Harvest
Year: 2004
# of pages: 348
Date read: 2/3/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good

Description:

"Edward Wozny, a hotshot young banker, is about to leave for vacation when he is sent to help an important yet mysterious client. His task: search the family library for a precious, centuries-old codex that may not even exist. Enlisting the expertise of medievalist Margaret Napier, Edward is determined to solve the mystery of the codes and to decipher the parallels between the codex legend a a computer game that absorbs him in the dark hours of the night.

Weaving the medieval and the modern aspects of its plot in a chilling twist, Codex is a thriller of the highest order." -- from the back cover

My thoughts:

This was a good thriller. I liked learning about medieval writing and how bookmakers often used old pages as book covers.
17th-Apr-2012 07:26 pm - 3. Last Mountain by Robert C. Fleet
Last Mountain
Title: Last Mountain
Author: Robert C. Fleet
Publisher: Ace Books
Year: 1994
# of pages: 288
Date read: 1/31/2012
Rating: 3*/5 = good


Description:

Real World

Nancy del Rio is a teenager struggling to grow up in the gang-ridden streets of Los Angeles. But Immigration wants to send her away from the only home she's ever known.

Real Magic

For centuries the Unicorn has been hunted for the magic of his horn, but the call of beauty can still draw him from hiding. Now the chase is on for both Nancy and the Unicorn. They are each other's only hope. And only together can they hope to reach...

Last Mountain

My thoughts:

This was a good fantasy book. I liked the account of Cortes in Mexico from the Unicorn's point of view. I also liked Nancy's interactions with her family and Karus, the Rider.
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