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Record of Modifications - 2003

(Complete list of books reviewed)


Updated the new releases and new in paperback sections for each bookshelf. Changed the home page and added a missive on new year changes.

Added a review and excerpt of: The Known World by Edward P. Jones

Added a review of: Beyond This Time by Charlotte Banchi

12-21-03 Added a review and excerpt for Mr. Timothy by Louis Bayard.
12-16-03 Added a review of Skipping Christmas by John Grisham.
12-7-03 Finished updating the Holiday Shopping pages. A little late, but better than never.
12-3-03 Added an excerpt from Hegemony or Survival by Noam Chomsky

Added reviews and some excerpts for: The Aniversary by Any Gutman, Moist by Mark Haskell Smith, Babyville by Jane Green, Money for Nothing by Donald Westlake, Ten Thousand Lovers by Edeet Ravel, Skytrain to Murder by Dean Barrett, Garbo Laughs by Elizabeth Hay, A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali by Gil Courtemanche, Breathtaker by Alice Blanchard, Death's Jest-Book by Reginald Hill, Old School by Tobias Wolff, War Torn by John Marks, American Woman by Susan Choi, The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie MacDonald, The Movies of My Life by Alberto Fuguet

Also, updated the top picks list to reflect everyone's best reads for the year 2003.

December raffles are postpone until December 6, 2003.

11-11-03 Added reviews and some excerpts for: What Was She Thinking? by Zoe Heller, Lie Still by David Farris, The Small Boat of Great Sorrows by Dan Fesperman, The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber, Walking into the Night by Olaf Olafsson, The Scarlet Letters by Louis Auchincloss, The Year of Ice by Brian Malloy, Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, Monstrous Regiment by Terry Pratchett , The Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard. Vernon God Little by D.B.C. Pierre, Saul and Patsy by Charles Baxter, Postively Fifth Street by James McManus, The Great Husband Hunt by Laurie Graham
11-2-03 Posted November Stocking Stuffer raffles.
10-14-03 Updated news for 2003 Man Booker Winner
10-12-03 Added Mirror, Mirror to the raffle.

Added reviews and excerpts for: Four Spirits by Sena Jeter Naslund, Havana by Stephen Hunter, A Body to Die For by Kate White, Harvard Yard by William Martin, How To Meet Cute Boys by Deanna Kizis, Something Might Happen by Julie Myerson

Added a review for : Mirror, Mirror by Gregory Maguire, Sharpe's Havoc by Bernard Cornwell, Train by Pete Dexter, Politics by Adam Thirwell

New raffles started today.

9-27-03 Fixed some bugs and updated all of the bookshelves with new, forthcoming and paperback books.

Added reviews and excerpts for: She is Me by Catherine Schine, Kill Clause by Gregg Hurwitz, The Last Good Day by Peter Blauner, Monsoon Diary by Shoba Narayan

Added reviews for: I Was Howard Hughes by Steven Carter, The Contortionist's Handbook by Craig Clevenger, Trading Up by Candace Bushnell

Newsletter and Forum are still not working. Raffles are fine.

9-21-03 Have been making small changes to the Web site in the past couple of weeks to make all the news information more current. But have also been dealing with a lot of down time with the new server I chose to move to. So as of 9-21-03 the site will be going through another propogation cycle because we are moving yet again. My apologies if site, raffles and forum are a bit flaky over the next two days. I will send an e-mail when all has settled down.
9-8-03 September raffles are up!

Added reviews and excerpts for: Four to Midnight by Scott Flander , Diary by Chuck Palahuniuk, Every Secret Thing by Laura Lippmann, Isabel's Daughter by Judith Hendricks, The Fortress of Solitude by Jonathan Lethem, Orchard by Larry Watson, Stella Descending by Linn Ullmann, and Postcards from Berlin by Margaret Leroy

Added reviews for: Black Sheep by R.J. Kaiser , The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri, and Brick Lane by Monica Ali

9-1-03 Added a new Community FORUM to Corrected all raffles to run on new server -- believe this will be error free now. Also starting to transition to new newsletter list. Site 100% moved to new host by Sunday evening -- so September 1 begins anew. Certainly seems faster to me. Now preparing new raffles to begin by end of week.

Added reviews for: The Story of Lucy Gault by William Trevor and Secret Father by James Carroll

Moving to a new Host Server this weekend. Fingers crossed this goes smoothly! Raffles for September will be postponed until move is complete.

8-25-03 Added some new books to forthcoming bookshelves.
8-24-03 Added: Crabwalk by Gunter Grass, Sacrifice by Clyde Phillips. Also, moved Joseph Kanon and Arnold Lustig from Around the World to Facing History. Reaarranged Facing History.
8-23-03 Added review of Screwball by David Ferrell

Land of the Blind by Jess Walter, San Remo Drive by Leslie Epstein, The Bielsky Brothers by Peter Duffy, The Serpent's Kiss by Mark Sullivan

8-16-03 Added information on 2003 Man Booker Award and over past two weeks have updated book information whenever have a spare moment.
8-6-03 Added a 5th raffle for What's Wrong with Dorfman? by John Blumenthal.

Ice Hunt by James Rollins, Still Life With Crows by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child, Daughter of the Game by Tracy Grant, Beneath the Silent Moon by Tracy Grant, The Perpetual Ending by Kristen den Hartog, Cyanide Wells by Marcia Muller, Fatal Flaw by William Lashner, Luck of the Draw by Carolina Garcia-Aguilera, Judgment Calls by Alifair Burke, Bangkok 8 by John Burdett, Drop City by T.C. Boyle, The Point of Return by Siddhartha Deb, The Bug by Ellen Ullman

7-1-03 Started July raffles.
6-29-03 Added new review & excerpt for: Blessed Are the Cheesemakers by Sarah-Kate Lynch; The Genius of the Sea by Naeem Murr; Redemption by Nancy Geary. Added a new review for: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
6-22-03 Updated new books sections for each bookshelf.

Added new review & excerpt for: Fluke: Or, I Know Why the Winged Whale Sings by Christopher Moore, Meanwhile Back at the Ranch by Kinky Friedman, Days of the Dead by Barbara Hambly, Sinister Pig by Tony Hillerman, Dead Ringer by Lisa Scottoline, The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill, The White Road by John Connolly, Hunger by Elise Blackwell

Added new reviews for: Shadow Without a Name by Ignacio Padilla, White Mughals by William Dalrymple, The Clarinet Polka by Keith Maillard, A Mouthful of Air by Amy Koppelman

6-8-03 Have been working on update the news pages throughout the site with new books, forthcoming books and new in pb.
6-3-03 Added a review of: Autumn Glory by Louis Masur to complete the three books on baseball.
6-2-03 Finished taking down May raffles and putting up June raffles.
6-1-01 Added new review & excerpts for: Gentlemen of Space by Ira Sher and The Dogs of Babel by Carolyn Parkhurst. Also added an excerpt for The Rules of Silence by David Lindsey and started up the June raffles - though still need to take down the May raffles through the site.

Added new review & excerpts for: Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood, Good Faith by Jane Smiley, Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia, Brownsville by Oscar Casares, The Bone Vault by Linda Fairstein, The Song Reader by Lisa Tucker

Added reviews only for: Sleep Toward Heaven by Amanda Eyre Ward, The Rules of Silence by David Lindsey, Prince of Lost Places by Kathy Hepinstall, Gramercy Park by Paula Cohen, Babel and Silver Meadow by Barry Maitland, Teammates by David Halberstam, When Boston Won the World Series by Bob Ryan

5-19-03 Over the last three days have added many new books to the book news area for each bookshelf, some more than others.

Following new reviews & excerpts posted: Amanda Bright@Home by Danielle Crittenden; ; Master of Rain by Tom Bradby; The Coffee Trader by David Liss; The Samurai's Daughter by Sujata Massey; Wages of Sin by Penelope Williamson; Flash House by Aimee Liu; The Watermelon King by Daniel Wallace

And reviews were posted for: Star of the Sea by Joseph O'Connor; The Salaryman's Wife by Sujata Massey

5-4-03 Spent a long day updating the site with information on new books recently released, new in paperback and future releases.
5-3-03 May Raffles< posted with Bonus survey.
4-30-03 Added reviews and excerpts for: The Light of Day by Graham Swift, Land of the Living by Nicci French and All He Ever Wanted by Anita Shreve

Added a review and interview for: Intern by Bonnie Hearn Hill

Added reviews and excerpts for: Under the Skin by James Carlos Blake, Water Lily by Susanna Jones, The Skrayling Tree by Michael Moorcock, A Few Short Notes on Tropical Butterflies by John Murray, Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane. Fat Ollie's Book by Ed McBain. Second Glance by Jodi Picoult, Sea Hunter by Paul Garrison

Added reviews only for: Six Kinds of Sky by Luis Alberto Urrea, Dreaming Water by Gail Tsukiyama, Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde, Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux

4-17-03 Update the book news pages a bit. With reduced time to work on the site, I am only putting in the title and author names, no book description.
4-2-03 Created a running list of our Top Picks for 2003> Also added in some new paperbacks throughout the site. Also added more forthcoming books.
4-1-03 Started April Raffles Another Six great books by these authors: Jonathan Safran Foer, Michael Walsh, John R. Maxim, Michael Connelly, T. Jefferson Parker, Jeffery Deaver

Added reviews and excerpts for: And All the Saints by Michael Walsh, The Book of Salt by Monique Truong, Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Foer Safran, Shroud by John Banville, Bannerman's Ghosts by John R. Maxim, Beginner's Luck by Laura Pedersen, Lost Light by Michael Connelly, The Vanished Man by Jeffery Deaver, Ties That Bind by Phillip Margolin, Clara by Janice Galloway, Solomon Time by Will Randall, Cold Pursuit by T. Jefferson Parker, Murder in the Hearse Degree by Tim Cockey

Added reviews only for: Wild Thorn by William Hoffman, Leaving by Richard Dry, Hades' Daughter by Sara Douglass

Added excerpt only for: Monkey Hunting by Cristina Garcia

3-23-03 Created a new bookshelf called "Facing History" to feature fiction based on real people and/or events. Also changed author pages so that there is a longer right hand column, which should be more friendly to browser other than IE and will enable me to more quickly do site updates (since I won't have to worry about wrecking page formats when adding new authors to the author list). I know I do more things, but at the moment I can't remember. It's been a nerve wracking six days to make these changes. Fingers crossed I've done them right.

Added reviews and excerpts for: Heart Seizure by Bill Fitzhugh, Jennifer Government by Max Barry, The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown, The Disrete Charm of Charlie Monk by David Ambrose, Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, Office of Innocence by Thomas Keneally, The Last Detective by Robert Crais, Engaged to Die by Carol Hart, Henderson's Spear by Ronald Wright, Fingersmith by Sarah Waters (03-16-03), Mystic River by Dennis Lehane and The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

Added reviews only for: Samurai William by Giles Milton, The Voyage of Destiny by Robert Nye, The Eye of Cybele by Daniel Chavarria, She's Not There by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith

03-04-03 Added an excerpt for: Soul Circus by George Pelecanos and started new set of raffles.

Added reviews and excerpts for: Fanny and Sue by Karen Stolz, The Master Butchers Singing Club by Louise Erdrich, The Commissariat of Enlightenment by Ken Kalfus, Jester by James Patterson

Added reviews for: Soul Circus by George Pelecanos, Nick's Trip by George Pelecanos, Duke of Uranium by John Barnes, A Princess of the Aerie by John Barnes, Michelangelo & the Pope's Ceiling by Ross King

Added an excerpt for: At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O'Neill


Added a review for: Mrs. Kimble by Jennifer Haigh, The King of Torts by John Grisham, Guardian by Joe Haldeman, Wintering: A Novel of Slyvia Plath by Kate Moses, The Boy on the Bus by Deborah Schupack, Spook by Bill Pronzini, Dirt Music by Tim Winton

2-10-03 Changed home page to accomodate twelve reviews rather than eight. Makes more sense since we now have at least 10 active reviewers. Added reviews for Any Human Heart by William Boyd; The Slynx by Tatyana Tolstaya; Tishomingo Blues by Elmore Leonard; Swan by France Mayes; Leaving Atlanta by Tayari Jones; Sapphire's Grave by Hilda Gurley-Highgate; The Wolf Pit by Marly Youmans; Enemy Women by Paulette Jiles; Death of a Village by M.C. Beaton; Plundering Paradise by Michael D'Orso; Tapestries by Kien Nguyen; Troubles by J. G. Farrell; Ghost Image by Joshua Gilder. Added an excerpt only for Miss Corpus by Clay McLeod Chapman
2-8-03 Added in some books to the forthcoming sections, added an excerpt for Pattern Recognition by William Gibson, did some general maintenance stuff on site
2-4-03 Added an excerpt for Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin.
2-3-03 Added Murder in the Hearse Degree by Tim Cockey to the February raffle. Changed end date of raffle to March 3 due to vacation plans. Added a review of Resurrection Men by Ian Rankin and started the raffle for this book.
2-2-03 Changed the site so that there are no more e-mail addresses and instead there is one page with contact information. This should reduce the amount of junk mail each of the reviewers receives from when the site gets spidered. Naturally this took all day since every single page had the "E-mail" us icon on the menu bar. Also double checked formatting and got rid of the use of text on the bottom scroll bar. O.K. late at night I discovered one hold over, but that will be corrected at another time. Also renamed a couple bookshelves.
2-1-03 February raffles started. Spellproofed all bookshelf pages. Added an excerpt of The Frozen Water Trade by Gavin Weightman and Murder in the Hearse Degree by Tim Cockey. Added a review of Blue Latitudes by Tony Horwitz
1-31-03 Added excerpts for Fat Ollie's Book by Ed McBain, The Miracles of Santo Fico by D.L. Smith and Saraglio by Janet Wallach.
1-29-03 Added the following reviews: Step to the Graveyard Easy by Bill Pronzini, Wonder When You'll Miss Me by Amada Davis, Close to Home Peter Robinson, The Blind Man of Seville by Robert Wilson, Martin Sloane by Michael Redhill, Ruled Britannia by Harry Turtledove, Seraglio by Janet Wallach, The Miracles of Santo Fico by D. L. Smith
1-20-03 Added the following reviews: Lost Garden by Helen Humpreys, The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu, The Fall by Simon Mawer, Utopia by Lincoln Child, Small Town by Lawrence Block, Thicker Than Water by P.J. Parrish, Nowhere Man by Aleksandar Hemon (plus excerpt), Atonement by Ian McEwan (plus excerpt). Also added an excerpt for The King of Torts
by John Grisham. Worked on index page, rearranged authors on Around the World.
1-16-03 Added article on NBCC 2002 Finalists
01-12-03 Added a review of J is for Judgment by Sue Grafton. I will be adding in successful "audition" reviews as I accept new reviewers. Say hi to Kam Aures.

Added the following reviews with excerpts: I Don't Know How She Does It by Allison Pearson; Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides; The Justification of Johann Gutenberg by Blake Morrison; Parts Unknown by Kevin Brennan; Stealing the Elf-King's Roses by Diane Duane; Marriage: A Duet by Anne Taylor Fleming

Added the following reviews without excerpts: Cheese by Willem Elsschot and Dancer by Colum McCann

01-03-03 Finally, theraffles are up! Count them. To kick off the new year, we are giving 7 different books away --- three copies of each AND one is even autographed.
01-02-03 Added a review of The Resurrectionists by Michael Collins Also added these excerpts: Utopia by Lincoln Child, The Fall by Simon Mawer, Thicker than Water by P.J. Parrish and The Disapparation of James by Anne Ursu. So, now I'm almost ready to post new raffles... Can you guess what books we are giving away?
01-01-03 Happy New Year! The updates today are similar to taking down the Christmas Tree and holiday decorations. As pretty as they all once seemed, they do get a bit tired by now. So look for my new animated logos, which point to raffles (which aren't ready) and 2002 TOP PICKS (although I want to include twice as many as listed on this page). I also went through and updated the latest releases sections with books just published in January. Oh, yeah, did the annual update copyright notices too.
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