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October 31, 2005

Hello, readers!

28 new reviews were recently posted to Click on the book cover to read the review; click on reviewer's name to learn more about the reviewer.

Because it is Halloween -- I'll tell you about the spooky & suspenseful books first!

by John Harwood
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A gothic suspense novel by a really fine writer.

by Tananarive Due
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A "soft horror" filled with fascinating historical detail about the life and times of Scott Joplin.

by Kate Wilhelm
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

A solid psychological mystery with spooky supernatural elements by the prolific Kate Wilhelm a ranking figure in the sci-fi field.

by Frank Hollow
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

A literate potboiler that epitomizes the taut psychological thriller at its best.

by Morag Joss
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

A finely executed novel of psychological suspense in which three lonely losers craft a life together.

by E.L. Doctorow
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

When the Union Army of General Sherman burned its way from Atlanta to the Carolinas , it was accompanied by a motley group of freed slaves, entrepreneurs, the dispossessed wives and children of landowners, and even a few turncoats...

by Caryl Phillips
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Bert Williams, an elegant West Indies-born vaudevillian, and his partner George Walker were the first black Americans to star on Broadway; the duo were pioneers in breaking down, and also fortifying, the barriers between whites and blacks.

Also check out Debbie's review of:

by Kristen den Hartog
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

The story of two families connected by an illicit affair and a lie that has dire consequences.

by Denise Nicholas
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Set in Mississippi during the summer of 1964, the Freedom Summer when civil rights workers Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner disappeared and were later found murdered.

by Salman Rushdie
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

Max Ophuls’ memorable life ends violently in Los Angeles in 1993 when he is murdered by his Muslim driver Noman Sher Noman, also known as Shalimar the Clown. "A political thriller, folk tale, slapstick comedy, wartime adventure, and work of science fiction, pop culture, and magical realism."

by Craig Clevenger
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Clevenger creates a visceral world where divisions between love and loss, violence and tenderness, and fact and fiction prove to be less discernible than they ought to be.

by Kirstin Allio
Reviewed by Debbie Lee Wesselmann

Allio's first novel is about the clash of age and youth, experience and purity, and urban and rural life in 1920s New Hampshire.

by Kathryn Harrison
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

An insightful novel of psychosexual suspense that explores the destructive power of loss, betrayal, guilt and envy.

Also check out Jana's reviews of these books by Kathryn Harrison -- as you can see she was on a roll checking out this author's works!

by Louise Erdrich
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

After Faye Travers finds a rare drum in New Hampshire, its passage is traced backward and forward from the reservation on the northern plains to New Hampshire and back.

by Michelle Wan
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

Set in the Dordogne region in southwestern France. this is a new amateur sleuth series featuring an orchid expert.

by Mark Gimenez
Reviewed by Eleanor Bukowsky

When A. Scott Finney is appointed by a federal judge to represent a black prostitute named Shawanda Jones, this Dallas lawyer is horrified. He's used representing well-to-do clients with "aggressive and creative lawyering."

by Edmundo Paz Soldán
Reviewed by Mary Whipple

The story of Pedro, a Bolivian-American political scientist who teaches at a university in upstate New York. Having become entangled in a romance with Ashley, a graduate student, he returns to Bolivia to seek answers to his own life by investigating the mysteries of his father's past.

by Alan Zweibel
Reviewed by Carisa Richner

An hilarious novel by the former Saturday Night Live writer.

by Neil Gaiman
Reviewed by Judi Clark

A tall tale inspired by the trickster god, Anansi the Spider. You remember him from American Gods, don't you?

by Michael Moorcock
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

Told from the viewpoint of young Oonagh and filtered through her later adult perspective, the adventure starts in Yorkshire then spans the multiverse and several versions of Mirenburg to reach its climax in the Dark Empire of Granbretan and ends the Dreamthief trilogy.

by Karen Marie Moning
Reviewed by Jana L. Perskie

In her sexiest Highlander novel yet, Moning stirs up a sizzling brew of ancient mystery and modern passion as she brings together a devilishly handsome Celtic warrior trapped in time . . . and the woman who’s about to pay the ultimate price for freeing him.

by Elizabeth Peters
Reviewed by Cindy Lynn Speer

The year is 1922, and Amelia Peabody, Emerson, Ramses, and their familiar company have returned to Egypt for another season of excavation.

by Donald E. West lake
Reviewed by Hagen Baye

John Dortmunder and his merry band of burglars are back for another go at their own version of wealth distribution--the planned burglary of a fabulous art collection from a semi-deserted penthouse apartment.

by James Patterson
Reviewed by Kam Aures

Beach bum Ned Kelly has just scored with beautiful and rich Tess and now he and his friends have a chance of a lifetime at one last heist with a huge payoff.

My apologies for letting so much time pass between updates. My responsibilities at my job have changed and thus I recently had my first business trip to China and Korea. I thought I was going to be able to do an update before I left or soon after I came home. But I underestimated how much time it would take to pack (i.e. shopping & reading up on China) and then when I came home it took me a good week to recover the time difference.

We started our trip in Beijing (walked a section of The Great Wall), then flew to Qindao to visit several factories in and around the area, then to Shanghai (finally a Starbucks!) and then drove two hours north to Wuxi. From Wuxi, we went back to Shanghai so and flew to Seoul, Korea.

The trip was an excellent experience both from a business and a personal perspective. I learned first hand how our plush toys are designed and manufactured. My boss has been doing these trips for thirteen years, so I have an excellent mentor for learning this new field. (Though when I learned that the Chinese tradition is to have the husband's mother raise the grandchildren so that the young parents can work, I had a moment's pause wondering why I thought I could start a whole new career at this "grandmother" age.)

I ate more than I have ever eaten and didn't gain a single pound -- 90% of the meals are vegetables. One meal we had eight different mushroom dishes! Every meal had a least dozen family style plates and more than one bowl of soup. Try eating like that at home twice a day! (We never ate Chinese for breakfast -- we needed that little bit of comfort each day, the only time that we knew what we were about to eat.) Korea was a welcome change after ten days of Chinese. There we at both Japanese (my favorite) and Korean (first time ever and loved it). Needless to say, I have missed the food.

We spent a lot of time in the backseats of car traveling from one factory to another. There was much to see, but I was unable to take pictures from the moving car. Though I did manage to take quite a few and will have a link when I get them organized.


Happy reading!

Judi Clark


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