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Unleashing the Ideavirus
Unleashing the Ideavirus
von Seth Godin
  Gebundene Ausgabe

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Great Concept, but "Tell a Friend" Feature Has a Flaw, 17. September 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Unleashing the Ideavirus (Gebundene Ausgabe)
When I started reading this book, I was ready to be suspicious of the concept of the ideavirus. I downloaded it because it was free, and that made it attractive to me. As I read the book, though, I realized that the ideas are common sense. It hit home the first time I signed up for PayPal -- one of the best examples of an ideavirus.
In fact, now that I have read "Unleashing the Ideavirus," I can spot mistakes made by Internet-based companies. For example, companies that change the rules in midstream are doomed to lose business.
While Seth Godin loves the idea of the "Tell a Friend" feature, I think it has one flaw he forgot to address. Some people are afraid to enter their friends' e-mail addresses because they don't want their friends to get spam. While many companies don't sell those addresses, some do. Until more companies learn the importance of privacy, I will be reluctant to use the "Tell a Friend" feature.
My other complaint was that the book gets repetitive in some spots. Certain ideas are repeated so often that I started skimming those pages.
Anne M. Marble -- All About Romance


The Changeling (New Mermaids)
The Changeling (New Mermaids)
von William Rowley
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best tragedies ever, 24. Juni 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Changeling (New Mermaids) (Taschenbuch)
Anyone who thinks centuries-old tragedies aren't relevant to modern times should read "The Changeling." With a few very minor adjustments, the plot and characters in this play could come right out of a modern crime novel, or even a modern true-crime story.
This is one of those plays where you read because you're more interested about what happens to the bad guy (and the bad gal) than what happens to the good guys. (Alsemero who! ) I envy the performers who get to play DeFlores and Beatrice-Joanna.
A lot of scholarly treatises about the play criticized the humorous subplot, claiming that it had no relevance and no connection to the main plot. My response is, "Hell-o! Is anybody home?" OK, that wasn't a scholarly response, but any scholar who can't see the thematic connection (characters who mask their true natures versus characters in disguise) doesn't deserve a scholarly response.
Anne M. Marble All About Romance


Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: 51st Anniversary Edition
Bored of the Rings: A Parody of J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: 51st Anniversary Edition
von Harvard Lampoon
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen Funny, but not as good as "Doon", 24. Juni 2000
I read "The Lord of the Rings" and loved it as a great work. I also read "Bored of the Rings" and enjoyed it as a parody of that great work. Some people seem to think that the two are mutually exclusive. You can't love LOTR and enjoy BOTR, and if you laughed at BOTR, you must not really understand Tolkien. I think that's silly -- if you know LOTR, you will appreciate the jokes more, as long as you don't take yourself too seriously.
Even great works such as "The Lord of the Rings" are not above parody. Yes, even sophomoric parodies such as this one. Yes, even parodies with jokes about (gasp) sex. (How tame its toilet jokes seem now, when compared to the stuff you can hear on the radio today.)
Sure, it would be great if there were a more subtle parody of Tolkien out there. But until that time...
"Doon" is a much better parody. Now why don't they put that one back into print?


Burgers 'n Fries 'n Cinnamon Buns: Low-Fat, Meatless Versions of Fast Food Favorites: Low Fat, Meatless Versions of Fast Food Favourites
Burgers 'n Fries 'n Cinnamon Buns: Low-Fat, Meatless Versions of Fast Food Favorites: Low Fat, Meatless Versions of Fast Food Favourites
von Bobbie Hinman
  Taschenbuch

5.0 von 5 Sternen Even non-vegetarians will like these recipes, 14. Juni 2000
I'm not a vegetarian, but I wanted some variety -- healthy variety -- in my diet. I'm so glad I bought this book. It lives up to its title by providing low-fat meatless recipes for "junk food" such as cinnamon buns and tacos and pancakes.
I'm not a very good cook, either. But I was able to follow these recipes without any trouble. I'm glad I found this book while cleaning house. Maybe I can shock my aunt by cooking a low-fat meal when she visits...


Shield's Lady (Lost Colony Trilogy)
Shield's Lady (Lost Colony Trilogy)
von Jayne Ann Krentz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,72

5.0 von 5 Sternen Futuristic Adventure and Romance, 26. Mai 2000
This book combines the "road trip" adventure of "Sweet Starfire" (still JAK's best futuristic) and the battle between the sexes element of "Crystal Flame."
JAK makes it possible to believe that these characters are destined to be together. She picks characters who are great together because they're different in all the right ways and alike in other ways. In the hands of another author, the concept of the "Shield" might have been silly, but JAK makes it work.
I wish JAK would write more romances set in the far future, like this one, instead of her more recent futurstic series. People like _these_ books more.
Anne M. Marble, All About Romance


Crystal Flame (Lost Colony Trilogy)
Crystal Flame (Lost Colony Trilogy)
von Jayne Ann Krentz
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 5,83

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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not as good as "Sweet Starfire", 26. Mai 2000
Though I liked "Sweet Starfire" better, this novel did show an interesting culture clash between the peoples of the main characters. Plus it showcased JAK's trademark "battle between the sexes." Of course, the battle is transformed into something else.
Interestingly, the belief system portrayed in this story provides a great glimpse into the character dynamics that are behind JAK's best work.
Anne M. Marble, All About Romance


The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs
von Thomas Harris
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,80

5.0 von 5 Sternen Probably the best serial killer novel ever, 20. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Silence of the Lambs (Taschenbuch)
If you think you know everything about Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter after watching the movie... you're wrong. Not only is the plot different in some ways, but some of the best (and most intelligent) dialogue never made it into the movie.
Speaking of intelligence, Thomas Harris isn't afraid to drop cultural references (such as Glenn Gould and Marcus Aurelius). That's refreshing at a time when many editors are forcing writers to "dumb down" their work.
Yes, this is a novel about a serial killer who terrifies a nation. But it's also about Clarice Starling and her journey of self-discovery. And about the nature of evil. There are grisly scenes -- but this novel rises above being a mere gorefest.
I've read lots of other serial killer novels. None came up to the level of this one. Many were but pale (but sleazy) imitations.
P.S. Many thanks to Thomas Harris for introducing me to the music of Glenn Gould!
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance


Red Dragon (Science Fiction)
Red Dragon (Science Fiction)
von Thomas Harris
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,10

5.0 von 5 Sternen One of the best of its type, 20. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Red Dragon (Science Fiction) (Taschenbuch)
In some ways, this book is just as good as "The Silence of the Lambs." I guarantee that you'll remember Francis Dolarhyde long after you've forgotten Buffalo Bill. Hannibal Lecter is a supporting character in this story, but he's still as strong as ever.
The hero of "Red Dragon" is Will Graham, an FBI agent. To solve these murders, he must get close to the dark side -- so close that it's scary. He pays a heavy price for his work.
Thomas Harris often writes about horrible things, but without sensationalizing them. Maybe it's because of his journalism background, or maybe that's just his style. He's no slouch at characterization, either. Also, he doesn't underestimate the intelligence of his readers. He drops in cultural references without patronizingly explaining them.
Many other writers have tried to imitate Thomas Harris. They forget a few rather important things -- style, intelligence, characters, and psychological depth. A serial killer novel without those things is a dud.
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance


Island Flame
Island Flame
von Karen Robards
  Taschenbuch

1.0 von 5 Sternen Didn't age well at all, 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Island Flame (Taschenbuch)
I used to read lots of these books in the 1980s, when this originally came out. Then again, even way back then, I wished the heroes hadn't been such jealous and arrogant bullies. And I wished the characters had acted with common sense when the Big Misunderstandings popped up.
The hero is a pillaging pirate, and the heroine is an innocent captive -- but of course, she doesn't remain innocent for long. There's forced seduction, rape, jealousy, verbal abuse, physical abuse, fighting, more verbal abuse, more rape, and more fighting. As bad as the rapes were, the verbal abuse scared me more than the rape -- because it was even more prevelant.
Jonathan is more than a decade older than Catherine. But he doesn't act like it. Catherine is also great a foot-stomping. As if the rapes weren't bad enough, the characters act like children.
I'm so glad Karen Robards has gotten better since this book (her first) came out. And I'm glad the publishers have stopped putting out rape fests like this one.
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance


The Seduction
The Seduction
von Nicole Jordan
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 6,85

4.0 von 5 Sternen Passion doesn't detract from story, 19. Mai 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: The Seduction (Taschenbuch)
Damien ("Lord Sin") is a notorious rake, and Vanessa is a widow who endured a loveless marriage. Naturally, they end up together. We've all met characters like this before. Luckily, this story avoided the usual traps. It's erotic, yet it manages to avoid the "ick factor." At the same time, it avoids becoming too slick and bland.
Some readers will be disturbed by the choice Vanessa makes toward the last third of the book, when she asks Damien to teach her how to be a courtesan. (I found some of those scenes hard to take for all the eroticism.) But I think they will be more annoyed at Damien for not seeing through her actions and realizing she was doing these things because she was in love and knew he wouldn't want to marry her.
Anne M. Marble Reviewer, All About Romance


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