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The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah's Book Club)
The Poisonwood Bible (Oprah's Book Club)
von Barbara Kingsolver
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen The Middle is Worth Reading, 30. Juli 2000
The whole idea of an American missionary family going to the Congo to save lost souls, only to put their own in danger, fascinated me. What really interested me was why would anybody feel compelled to do so? Was it out of a real zealousness for the Word of God or was it borderline fanaticism that made Nathan Price drag his family into the heart of Africa? This novel answers these questions using the voices of Nathan Price's wife and four daughters in a prose that is wonderful and mesmerizing.
However, I had to be patient with this novel, because it took me 100 pages to get into it, and truly enjoy the language. Also, the ending was very anticlimatic, and I think this book could've ended 150 pages sooner. I did give it four stars because I really enjoyed the middle, and I believe that part is worth reading.


Book of Kings & Queens of Britain (Wordsworth Reference)
Book of Kings & Queens of Britain (Wordsworth Reference)
von G. S. P. Freeman-Grenville
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,46

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Quick Reference Guide, 26. Juli 2000
This particular reference of the Kings and Queens of Britain provides 2-3 page autobiographies of each monarch from a complete chapter dedicated to the Saxon Kings, and from William the Conqueror to George VI. It provides a breakdown of the eight dynasties that has been seated on the throne from 1066 to 1952 along with detailed family trees for each dynasty. The book also provides detailed maps so the reader can get a visual idea of how Britain was created from the Norman Conquest 1067-72, The Dominions of Henry II Plantagenet 1154-89, to the Hundred Years' War, the War of the Roses, and the Civil War. This reference also has a chapter on Irish kings and a chapter on Scotish kings as well. This reference is good for people who just want a little overview of each king or queen of Britain. For anything deeper, I suggest an individual autobiography for each monarch.


Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice
von Jane Austen
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen My Favourite Book, 26. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Pride and Prejudice (Taschenbuch)
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife". That's how my favourite book of all time begins, and it just keeps getting better.
This novel deals with the pride and prejudices of the main characters Miss Elizabeth Bennett, and Mr. Darcy, as they try to find true love in pre-Victorian England. Elizabeth is a gentleman's daughter and Mr. Darcy is a gentleman, but Elizabeth, along with the rest of her sisters, are not good catches because, their inheritance is being entailed away to their cousin Mr. Collins, leaving them with very miserable looking dowries. Along with poor family connections, they stand little chance of marrying well or at all; they only have their charms to help them.
That is until Mr. Bingley moves into the neighborhood along with his sisters, and accompanying them his close friend Mr. Darcy. Mr. Bingley becomes captivated with Jane Bennett, Elizabeth's eldest sister, and Mr. Darcy has an eye for Elizabeth herself, but can he see past her poor conditions, and can she see past his pride in order for them to get together? That's the question that keeps the audience captivated right up to the end.
I try and find time to read this book at least once a year, and I've been doing that for a few years, and yet, it's always fresh when a get around to reading it.


Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross)
Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross)
von James Patterson
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,85

4.0 von 5 Sternen If scary is good, then this book was very good!, 22. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Cat & Mouse (Alex Cross) (Taschenbuch)
I borrowed this book from my sister, and I'm glad I did! I've read 'When the Wind Blows', by Patterson, but this is the first Alex Cross novel I've read, and it won't be my last.
Alex Cross is an African-American doctor/detective who uses his knowledge in psychology to get into the minds of serial killers, and track them down before their next kill. In this novel, the odds are stacked against him when he has to deal with two serial killers, one being Gary Soneji, who readers have met before in 'Along Came a Spider', and a second serial killer whom the press call Mr. Smith. However, the novel does a good balance between Cross's work and family life, especially when things get interesting with his children's school principal Christine Johnson.
I liked the book for many reasons. I liked the short chapters, that helped propel the book along very quickly. I liked how the author lets the readers get inside the heads of the serial killers, and find out how they tick. I liked the balance between work and family life because it gave the reader a reprieve from the gruesome aspects of Cross's work. Most of all, I liked the book because it had a complete package, including a great story, and a wonderful cast of characters that kept this book moving very fast.


The Hound of the Baskervilles
The Hound of the Baskervilles
von Arthur Conan Doyle
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 4,11

5.0 von 5 Sternen Holmes Fan Created, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Hound of the Baskervilles (Taschenbuch)
This is the book that got me interested in reading mystery novels. It's suspenseful, thought provoking, and totally unpredictable. I have yet to find another mystery that really adds up to what Doyle has created in these few pages. I want to read all his novels now, and I can't wait!


1984
1984
von George Orwell
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 7,40

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5.0 von 5 Sternen I love George Orwell, 17. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: 1984 (Taschenbuch)
I read this book 5 years ago for an English book report. I've never been able to forget it. It's the haunting account of Winston Smith, an employee of the Ministry of Truth who hasn't forgotten the past, and who wants to change the future.
However, Big Brother is watching him. Try as he might, our hero is trapped in a totalitarian world where he faces extermination if he wants to think as an individual and question the government.
Published in 1949 during the Cold War, Orwell puts a spin on communism and totalitarianism that to this day makes my blood run cold. I shutter at the thought of our world ever becoming like Oceania, even in the slighest bit.
Highly recommended book for the whole world to read. Let's hope we never come to this.


Dark Paradise: A Novel
Dark Paradise: A Novel
von Tami Hoag
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,99

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3.0 von 5 Sternen Disappointed, but will try again, 16. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Dark Paradise: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
I was under the assumption that Tami Hoag wrote only crime and suspense novels, so I was surprised when I read 'Dark Paradise' which was filled with sex and romance. Not until after reading this book did I find out that she used to be a romance novelist. This particular book had more sex and romance than crime and suspense. However, I'm looking forward to reading 'Ashes to Ashes', because Hoag does spin a web full of intrigue, and she did it well enough to warrant another read.


Absolute Power (Roman)
Absolute Power (Roman)
von David Baldacci
  Taschenbuch

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Absolutely Thrilling, 11. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Absolute Power (Roman) (Taschenbuch)
I saw the movie when it first came out a couple of years ago, and this month I picked up the book and began to read it. They both start out very similar, but end in two totally different ways. I like the movie's ending much better than I did the book's.
Both begin with Luther Whitney, burglar extraordinaire, witnessing a brutal murder. Now it's up to Whitney to save his own hide, and expose the bad guys at the same time. Question is will he expose them, and therefore turn himself in as well, or will he let them go, and get out of the country as fast as he can?
I liked the book because it dealt with corruption and cover-ups at top levels, and how low people will go in order to hide the truth. I liked it so much that I went out and bought Baldacci's next book 'Total Control'.


Billy Straight: A Novel
Billy Straight: A Novel
von Jonathan Kellerman
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,16

3.0 von 5 Sternen First Kellerman Novel..., 2. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Billy Straight: A Novel (Taschenbuch)
...and it will probably be my last. The story was interesting enough, but the dialogue was bogged down, and it made the story drag. I was only interested in what Billy Straight's take on the story was, and unfortunately, there wasn't as much of him as I would've liked, especially with a book that has his name for the title. I did like Detective Petra Connor as one of the main characters, she kept things interesting. The story did have its twists and turns, however, I found those predictable. Not the edge-of-your-seat read I was looking for.


Waiting to Exhale
Waiting to Exhale
von Terry McMillan
  Taschenbuch

3.0 von 5 Sternen Four friends, four viewpoints, 2. Juli 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Waiting to Exhale (Taschenbuch)
'Waiting to Exhale' by Terry McMillan is a novel that lets the reader see through the eyes of four friends, and it cultivates four very different viewpoints. Savannah falls for all the wrong guys, but knows when to leave. Robin falls for all the wrong guys too, she just doesn't care, because she has this need for a man in her life. Bernadine is struggling with the news that her husband is leaving her for a young, attractive, white girl, and Gloria is still afraid of the dating game, having never been really in it in the first place. However, they still manage to keep their senses of humour intact, and keep the reader laughing along with them to the end. Can't wait to see the movie.


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