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I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor's Triumph Over Tragedy
I Choose to Be Happy: A School Shooting Survivor's Triumph Over Tragedy
von Missy Jenkins
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 12,68

4.0 von 5 Sternen AN AMAZING YOUNG WOMAN..., 10. August 2009
In December 1997, fifteen year old sophomore, Missy Jenkins, was just another high school student in Paducah, Kentucky. She had no idea that on that day life as she knew it would irrevocably change. Her path would cross that of fourteen year old Michael Carneal, who would enter the lobby of Heath High School armed and ready to shoot, just as Missy was joining a prayer circle. Missy would be one of eight students shot by Michael Carneal in an act of carnage that would stun the nation. She would also be one of the five who survived but at a price quite dear. Missy would be left a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down for the rest of her life.

Although the writing may be somewhat pedestrian, the story of Missy Jenkins is anything but that. While some people look at their glass as being half empty, Missy chose to interpret that same glass as being half full. Therein lies the difference. That is what makes the story of Missy Jenkins an inspirational one. She refused to let her tragedy end tragically. Instead, through hard work, perseverance, and faith she overcame insurmountable odds and made a great life for herself. She let nothing and no one stop her. In this no-holds-barred book, Missy lets the reader know how she was able to put her life back together. Her story is a true testament to the resilience of the human spirit.


Timeshare: Second Time Around
Timeshare: Second Time Around
von Joshua Dann
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,66

3.0 von 5 Sternen WHAT I DID FOR LOVE..., 10. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Timeshare: Second Time Around (Taschenbuch)
This is the second in a trilogy of time travel books by this author. It is a fairly entertaining, quick read that is plot driven with little effort given to character development. The time travel premise is centered on Timeshare Unlimited, a time travel agency that books time travel into the past for its exclusive clientele.

Enter, John Surrey, head of security for Timeshare Unlimited. When one of its clients turns up missing while traveling in the past during the time of the Roaring Twenties, it is up to Surrey to get his man and bring him home. His client leads Surrey on a merry chase in the past, and when Surrey finds his missing client, he also discovers why the client engineered his mysterious disappearance.

The aspects of the book dealing with the past are entertaining and ripe with historical detail. Where the book palls, however, is in terms of its characters, which seem somewhat wooden. Still, this is fairly fun read for those who enjoy time travel themes.


The Distant Echo
The Distant Echo
von Val McDermid
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,50

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5.0 von 5 Sternen NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED..., 10. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Distant Echo (Taschenbuch)
In 1978, when four young university students, after a night of carousing, make their way home, one of them, Alex Gilbey, stumbles across the nearly dead body of nineteen year old Rosie Duff, lying in the snow banks of a desolate Scottish cemetery. While they gather around her body in shock, little did they know that all their lives would be irrevocably changed. Though Alex, the fastest of them, runs for help while the others try to keep Rosie, whom they all know, alive, help arrives too little, too late, for Rosie.

With no real evidence against anyone else and their alibis soft, these four good Samaritans, who were covered in Rosie's blood through their efforts in keeping her alive, find themselves suspects in her murder. Though never formally charged with the crime and with no actual proof or evidence of their guilt or complicity in the murder, the stench of suspicion would follow them and change their lives forever. Rosie's crime, however, would remain unsolved for years.

Twenty-five years later, the case would be re-opened as a cold case. Alex and his friends, who had gone on to rebuild their lives would suddenly find old wounds being re-opened, as the stench of suspicion would once again waft around them. This time, however, they would begin dying under suspicious circumstances. Clearly someone has decided them guilty of Rosie's murder and is exacting retribution. Alex knows that unless he acts quickly to try to solve the mystery of Rosie's murder, he himself may be marked for murder.

This is a well-written murder mystery that is essentially bifurcated into two segments: those events that transpired in 1978 and those events that transpired twenty-five years later. There are many masterful twists and turns in the story and the characters are all well-fleshed, making for an absorbing, page turning read. This is a carefully crafted murder mystery that fans of the genre will love.


Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of  All Time
Rabbit-Proof Fence: The True Story of One of the Greatest Escapes of All Time
von Doris Pilkington
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4.0 von 5 Sternen RUN, GIRLS, RUN..., 10. August 2009
I first saw the Miramax movie starring Kenneth Branagh, which was based upon this book. I was intrigued enough by the film to read this book. I was not disappointed. This book is certainly a testament to the human spirit. It also reveals the harsh, paternalistic and racist policies that the Australian government imposed upon its Aboriginal population.

In 1931, the Australian government issued an edict that mandated that all Aboriginal and part Aboriginal children were to be forcibly removed from their homes and taken to special settlements where they were to be assimilated. There, while living in inhumane and degrading conditions, they would be taught to be culturally white, would be mandated to speak English only, and would be trained to be domestic help or laborers in white households.

The author tells the reader the story of three young girls, Mollie, Gracie, and Daisy, who had Aboriginal mothers and White fathers. Ranging in age from nine to fifteen years old, the three girls were forcibly removed from their loving families and taken to a special settlement. The girls rebelled against this system, and, homesick, escaped from such a settlement. They left with iterally just the clothes on their back. Their only guide home would be a rabbit-proof fence that stretched for over a thousand miles across Australia.

The girls Aboriginal heritage and survival skills would come in handy throughout their nearly nine week long trek across Australia, as they were forced to subsist on the land and the occasional kindness from strangers. They had to endure thirst, hunger, and danger, while avoiding being caught along the way by professional trackers, police on the lookout for them, and white settlers that were unsympathetic to their situation.

This story is a most personal one for the author, as one of the girls, Molly, is the author's mother. Told in a straightforward, factual manner, it is an incredible story that is an indictment of the Australian government's racist policies against its Aboriginal people and its imperialistic self-proclaimed superiority over them.


Haunted Ground: A Novel
Haunted Ground: A Novel
von Erin Hart
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen HISTORY AND MYSTERY..., 9. August 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Haunted Ground: A Novel (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This stunning, lyrically written debut novel was nominated for the Anthony Award for Best First Novel and for the Agatha Award for Best First Mystery. The author was also the recipient of the Romantic Times Best First Mystery Award, as well as the winner of the Friends of American Writers Award. Having read and loved the book, I fully understand why the author has been so lauded, as this Minnesota native can certainly write.

When the perfectly preserved head of a beautiful woman with log red hair is unearthed in a peat bog in a rural village in County Galway in Ireland, a mystery is born, bringing together Irish archeologist Cormac Maguire and American pathologist Nora Gavin. Together they join forces to try to unearth the mystery of this grisly find. While doing so, they become enmeshed in a more contemporary mystery, that of Mina Osborne and her young son, who one day went for a walk, never to be seen again. Suspicion has rested upon Mina's husband, Hugh Osborne, a wealthy landowner, as the likely suspect in the disappearance of his wife and child. As in small villages everywhere, such suspicions are often toxic.

As both mysteries slowly unravel, the reader is drawn into this rich atmospheric tale of past and present. The village and its inhabitants come to life under the skillful pen of the author, who weaves a suspenseful and intriguing multi-layered mystery that keeps the reader riveted to the pages of this book. As the reader slowly peels back the layers, the reader is transfixed by the richness of the author's prose, the depth of its characters, and the complexity of the tale. Redolent with rich atmospheric detail of contemporary village life, the book also delves into Ireland's tumultuous history under Cromwell, providing a feast for those readers who enjoy both historical and contemporary mysteries.


A Family Cursed: The Kissell Dynasty, a Gilded Fortune, and Two Brutal Murders (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
A Family Cursed: The Kissell Dynasty, a Gilded Fortune, and Two Brutal Murders (St. Martin's True Crime Library)
von Kevin McMurray
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH..., 9. August 2009
I recently read another book about this very same family and murders, "Never Enough" by Joel McGinnis. The story was so intriguing that I could not resist reading another author's perspective. I am delighted that I did so, as this is an excellent true crime book with a somewhat different focus from that of the McGinnis book, which was also excellent.

The book is about the Kissel murders, in which two wealthy, well-educated brothers are both murdered on different occasions and by different people. One was bludgeoned to death, and the other was stabbed to death. What are the chances of that?

The author skillfully outlines the events that led to the murders. In Robert's case, his wife's infidelity and her obsession with Michael Del Priore, her blue-collar lover, prompted her to do the unspeakable. Her guilt was never really in question, and the book highlights the most interesting aspects of her trial and its aftermath.
A couple of years later, Andrew, a well-heeled real estate investor, also followed in Robert's footsteps, having been stabbed to death just as he was getting ready to face the music for the real estate fraud that he had perpetrated. As to who killed Andrew, the police certainly found a suspect, but it is clear that the author believes that suspect to be innocent. The author's point of view is pretty persuasive, as the Greenwich police who were investigating the case are not known for their investigative prowess. You be the judge.

All in all, however, the story of the Kissel brothers is a fascinating one and a true American tragedy on many fronts. Theirs is, indeed, a family cursed. Those who enjoy the true crime genre will not be disappointed by this book, as it is well-written and well-researched. It is also a good companion to "Never Enough", as it is sufficiently different as to be fresh.


Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II
Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess Castlemaine and King Charles II
von Susan Holloway Scott
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 10,40

4.0 von 5 Sternen THE WAGES OF SIN..., 30. Juli 2009
Having read "Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill" by this author and having enjoyed it, I decided to give this book by the same author a go. A work of historical fiction about Barbara Villiers, the mistress of King Charles II of England, it was a good choice, as I very much enjoyed it. Written in the first person, it is a good mix of historical fiction with a bit of romance. The characters come to life in this author's capable hands and draw in the reader.

Barbara Villiers, who later became the Countess of Castlemaine, was a strong willed, independent woman. A great beauty, as well as smart and saucy, she was notorious in her day as the favored mistress of the Merry Monarch, Charles II of England. Though married to another man, she bore the King quite a number of children and wielded a great deal of influence in his baudy Restoration court. With her privileged position as the King's mistress came much favor, and Barbara became a very wealthy woman in her own right, as a result of her liaison with the King, which was to last for many years. Alas, all good things must come to an end.

The book details the rise and fall of Barbara Villiers, from her rise as a young beauty with Royalist leanings, to her elevation in Court society when the Charles II returns to England to reclaim his thrown and is smitten with her. The intrigues of the Restoration court are laid bare, as are the religious divisions between Catholic and Protestants. Against this turbulent backdrop, the life and loves of Barbara Villiers are played out. Moreover, the reader should be aware that since this is a book about a royal harlot, there is quite a bit more overt sexual content in the book than one normally finds in most works of historical fiction. Notwithstanding this, those who enjoy the books of Jean Plaidy and Philippa Gregory will, undoubtedly, enjoy this book, as well.


The Tenth Gift
The Tenth Gift
von Jane Johnson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 8,20

4.0 von 5 Sternen THE GIFT THAT KEEPS ON GIVING..., 30. Juli 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Tenth Gift (Taschenbuch)
This is an excellent, well-written debut novel. It is about two stories that eventually intertwine and come together as one. One story is that of a young seventeenth century Cornish woman, while the other is that of a present day young woman, a craft shop owner. The thing that binds them together is their love of beautiful embroidery.

When Julia Lovat is given a kiss off gift by her married lover, Michael, a man with whom she has had a seven year love affair and just happens to be her best friend's husband, her life will never be the same. The book is an early seventeenth century book of embroidery patterns, but scribbled along the margins of this book is a story that grips her imagination. Written by Cat Ann Treganna in 1625, it is the story of her life and of her capture by Barbary pirates, who take her to Morocco to be sold into slavery. Enthralled by Cat's story, Julia Lovat decides to discover what eventually happened to Cat, a decision that will change her life.

The stronger part of the book is Cat's story, as she is a more likable character and her story is the more intriguing one. Unfortunately, Julia Lovat is a thoroughly unlikable character, as is her married lover, Michael, and it detracts from the story. I am not sure why the author chose to make Julia so morally reprehensible, since it is Julia that anchors the story in the present. Still, the book is an entertaining one and well-researched. The details about seventeenth century life ring true, and Cat's story certainly will capture the reader's imagination.


The Member of the Wedding
The Member of the Wedding
von Carson McCullers
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,80

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4.0 von 5 Sternen A DARK MELANCHOLIC COMING OF AGE STORY..., 30. Juli 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Member of the Wedding (Taschenbuch)
This is a book about Frankie Adams, a twelve year old girl coming of age in the South during World War II. We see her world through her eyes, so that the reader gets a skewed version of the world around Frankie. Clearly all is not right with her, as her brother is getting married and Frankie thinks that she will be going off with her brother and his bride. Frankie spins a total fantasy around this concept. She does not think that two is company and three is a crowd.

Why does she do this? There are many reasons. Some of them are rather dark. Frankie's mother died giving birth to her. Her father has remained a widower, letting Frankie sleep in the same bed with him until she was about twelve, when he finally gave her the boot. Her best friend is her six year old first cousin, John Henry. He likes to sleep over, and when he does, he sleeps in the bed with Frankie. She caresses him when he sleeps, and even takes to licking him behind his ear while he slumbers. She also has apparently had a sexual encounter of some kind with a neighborhood boy, an incident about which she will not speak. The author weaves these details into the story, glossing over them, leaving the reader feeling shocked. This feeling is exacerbated by the almost casual interjection of these details.

There is so much emotional trauma in Frankie's life that it is amazing she can function at all. Also distressing to Frankie is the fact that she is isolated from children her own age. The neighborhood girls, who are just a little older than her and whom Frankie envies, shun her. Her father pretty much ignores her, leaving her upbringing to the housekeeper, Bernice. When it comes time to buy her a dress for her brother's wedding, she is sent off to buy the dress by herself. It is little wonder that the dress she ends up purchasing is totally unsuitable. Her feeling of isolation is palpable to the reader.

Although Frankie is somewhat of a tomboy, she likes getting dressed up, slathering on lipstick, and taking a walk through the town, calling herself F. Jasmine, looking older than her years. In this guise, she meets a soldier, who takes her for being much older. It comes as no surprise when it all goes horribly wrong. Yet, Frankie is evidently a survivor and manages to fend for herself.

The moment of truth for Frankie arrives when her brother's wedding finally takes place, but by then that event is almost anti-climactic, as events continue to buffet Frankie, leaving her more isolated that ever before. Still, she continues on, not seeming to have learned anything all from her experiences, an emotionally troubled child suffering a severe disconnection from the world.

This is a thematically complex story told through the jagged fragments of the life of a young girl, one who views the world in a disjointed, unrealistic way, her world view clouded by inner demons that are never given a voice. It is a story that is dark and melancholic, leaving the reader to ponder upon a life so young, yet so despairing.


University
University
von Bentley Little
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen THIS IS NO OXFORD..., 30. Juli 2009
Rezension bezieht sich auf: University (Taschenbuch)
Bentley Little serves up another of his signature horror stories with this book. Though it is one of his earlier works, some of his later ones, such as "The Store" and "The Association", have their roots in this book. This book is not for the squeamish, however, due to the sadistic sexual content and extreme violence.

As the title indicates, all the fun and games take place at a University, specifically the University of California at Brea. The school has always had a high incidence of violence on its campus, but this one semester, it takes it to the point of no return. Murder, rape, sodomy, sadism, maiming, castration, and animal cruelty are just some of the extracurricular activities to be found on this campus. A small group of students and professors band together to try to stem the tide of evil at the University, and therein lies the tale.

The author is a tad self-indulgent, as the book is somewhat repetitious, at times, and the story seems to falter or meander every now and then. Moreover, the characters tend to be somewhat one dimensional. Still, it is a new riff on the classic tale of good versus evil. Diehard Little fans, and I am one, should enjoy it.


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