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Book Review: Games Creatures Play - Charlaine Harris and others

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Games Creatures Play - Charlaine Harris and others All-new tales of unusual athletics by Jan Burke, Dana Cameron, Adam-Troy Castro, Brendan DuBois, Charlaine Harris, Toni L.P. Kelner, Caitlin Kittredge, William Kent Krueger, Ellen Kushner, Mercedes Lackey, Joe R. Lansdale, Laura Lippman, Seanan McGuire, Brandon Sanderson, Scott Sigler.
Welcome to the wide world of paranormal pastimes, where striking out might strikes you dead.  Editors Charlaine Harris and Toni L.P. Kelner are your annoucers for this all-new story collection of the most peculiar plays ever made...
2/5 stars (it was ok)
I mainly read this because of the Sookie Stackhouse story.  I was actually a little disappointed in it.  I actually didn't like most of the stories in this book.  My two favorite ones were Stepping Into the Dead Zone and The Devil Went Down to Boston.  I would definitely check out more stories from these two authors.

Book Review: The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini

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The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashums.  Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste.  Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir's choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart.  But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.  It is about the power of reading, the price of betrayal, and the possibility of redemption; and an exploration of the power of fathers over sons--their love, their sacrifices, their …

Book Review: The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti

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The Good Thief - Hannah Tinti Twelve year-old Ren is missing his left hand.  How it was lost is a mystery that Ren has been trying to solve for his entire life, as well as who his parents are, and why he was abandoned as an infant at Saint Anthony's Orphanage for boys.  He longs for a family to call his own and is terrified of the day he will be sent alone into the world.
But then a young man named Benjamin Nab appears, claiming to be Ren's long-lost brother, and his convincing tale of how Ren lost his hand and his parents persuades the monks at the orphanage to release the boy and to give Ren some hope.  But is Benjamin really who he says he is?  Journeying through a New England of whaling towns and meadowed farmlands, Ren is introduced to a vibrant world of hardscrabble adventure filled with outrageous scam artists, grave robbers, and petty thieves.  If he stays, Ren becomes one of them.  If he goes, he's lost once again.  As Ren begins to find clues to his hidden paren…

Book Review: The Fault In Our Stars - John Green

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The Fault In Our Stars - John Green Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis.  But when a gorgeous plot twit named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.
Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.
4/5 stars (really liked it) This book did not go the way I thought it was going to go.  I fell in love with all the characters including the unlikable writer Peter.  Although I think even though Peter was not very likable, he still taught Augustus and Hazel a great lesson.  Augustus and Hazel's love story was not so straight forward.  How do you let someone fall in love with you and put them through …

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling

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Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns) - Mindy Kaling Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: the obedient child of immigrant professionals, a timid chubster afraid of her own bike, a Ben Affleck-impersonating Off-Broadwasy performer and playwright, and, finally, a comedy writer and actress prone to starting fights with her friends and coworkers with the sentence "Can I just say one last thing about this, and then I swear I'll shut up about it?"
Perhaps you want to know what Mindy thinks makes a great best friend (someone who will fill your prescription in the middle of the night), or what makes a great guy (one who is aware of all elderly people in any room at any time and acts accordingly), or what is the perfect amount of fame (so famous you can never get convicted of murder in a court of law), or how to maintain a trim figure (you will not find that information in these pages).  If so, you've come to the right book, mostly!
In Is Everyone Hanging Ou…

Book Review: A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin

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A Storm of Swords - George R.R. Martin Of the five contenders for power, one is dead, another is disfavor, and still the wars rage as violently as ever, as alliances are made and broken.  Joffrey, of House Lannister, sits on the Iron Throne, the uneasy ruler of the land of the Seven Kingdoms.  His most bitter rival, Lord Stannis, stands defeated and disgraced, the victim of the jealous sorceress who holds him in her evil thrall.  But young Robb, of House Stark, still rules the North from the fortress of Riverrun.  Robb plots against despised Lannister enemies, even as they hold his sister hostage at King's Landing, the seat of the Iron Throne.  Meanwhile, making her way across a blood-drenched continent is the exiled queen, Daenerys, mistress of the only three dragons still left in the world...
But as opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrive from the outermost line of civilization.  In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Othe…

Book Review: The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd

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The Mermaid Chair - Sue Monk Kidd Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.  Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible."  So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh.  Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island--amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks--she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows.  What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right.
3/5 stars (liked it)
This book takes pla…