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Friday, March 28, 2008

Jane Austen's Heroine

I'm going to have to re-read this book. I don't remember much of it, except the movies. When I took the test, it says I'm most like her, so I gotta find out.

I am Elinor Dashwood!

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Sunday, March 16, 2008

Janet Evanovich - Twelve Sharp

Twelve Sharp (Stephanie Plum, No. 12)
by Janet Evanovich
List Price: $26.95
Published in 2006

I love this series because it makes me laugh. Sometimes, it's seriously thrilling, I'd have bitten my nails if I am a nail biter. I like the characters, and I like that Stephanie get into many stupid situations but I never lost respect of her. I laugh with her but not at her. Does that make sense?

Books in this series:
One for the Money
Two for the Dough
Three to Get Deadly
Four to Score
High Five
Hot Six
Seven Up
Hard Eight
Visions of Sugar Plums (Holiday Novella)
To the Nines
Ten Big Ones
Eleven on Top
Twelve Sharp

Plum Lovin’ (Holiday Novella)
Lean Mean Thirteen
Plum Lucky (Holiday Novella)
Fearless Fourteen

bold = I've read

Monday, March 10, 2008

M.C Beaton's Hamish MacBeth

Death of a Bore (Hamish Macbeth Mysteries)
by M. C. Beaton
List Price: $23.95
Published in 2005

Ever since Travis McGee, I have enjoyed reading mystery series. Death of a Bore is my first Hamish Macbeth and I enjoyed listening and waiting to find who whodunnit. Hamish is smart, and attractive to the ladies. He's single and available, though for him, work comes first. It makes doing laundry that much faster.

Books in this series:
1. Death of a Gossip (1985)
2. Death of a Cad (1986)
3. Death of an Outsider (1988)
4. Death of a Perfect Wife (1989)
5. Death of a Hussy (1991)
6. Death of a Snob (1992 )
7. Death of a Prankster (1993)
8. Death of a Glutton (1993 )
9. Death of a Charming Man (1994)
10. Death of a Nag (1995)
11. Death of a Macho Man (1996)
12. Death of a Travelling Man (1996)
13. Death of a Dentist (1997)
14. Death of a Scriptwriter (1998)
15. Death of an Addict (1999)
16. A Highland Christmas (1999)
17. Death of a Dustman (2001)
18. Death of a Celebrity (2003)
19. Death of a Poison Pen (2004)
20. Death of a Village (2004)
21. Death of a Bore (2005)
22. Death of a Maid (2007)
23. Death of a Dreamer(2007)
24. Death of a Gentle Lady (2008)

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Seven Deadly Wonders by Matthew Reilly

7 Deadly Wonders
by Matthew Reilly
Audio CD
List Price: $94.95
Published in 2006
ISBN-10: 0-7927-3875-6

This book reads like a movie. Vivid, full of action. However, he's more than a little snippy about America and Americans. Usually, I'm oblivious to this kind of slurs....but I noticed. That's something. Or at least, the book character is. Then of course, he's Australian. The character claimed Aussies to be peaceful people who never stir anybody to war. Come to think of it, I don't know of one. I am not so familiar with hisjavascript:void(0)tory though.

On the other hand, if you ever wonder about the Seven Wonders and what they're good for, then this book is a good tour of it, with a good dose of bullets and high body counts.

A Far Country by Daniel Mason

A Far Country (Vintage)
by Daniel Mason
Paperback, 288 Pages
ISBN-10: 1-4000-3039-0

I picked this book because my husband just bought me an iPod and I want to listen to audio books. I think I'm going to get the 160 G iPod because I like to carry a lot of books at one time. This book kept me company as I dig and played with dirt trying to plant my hedges.

The prose is wonderful. Except, for some reason, it felt like driving on a freeway tired. You know how when you drive tired, you're seeing the road in snapshots? I feel that way listening to this story. I thought at first the setting was somewhere in North America, then at some points, it felt like it might be in the middle east. I can't quite grasp it. When I don't have the pages to flip back and forth, it makes it hard to guess.

I can't stop listening, but I can't also keep tract of the whole story in a smooth fashion. This author wrote another book before, A Piano Tuner. I'm going to listen to that one to see what I'm missing. This is what amazon said.

Wednesday, March 5, 2008

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (Movie Tie-In)
by Philippa Gregory
List Price: $16.00
Published in 2008
ISBN-10: 1-4165-6060-2

My husband and I saw this movie last Tuesday night. It was great, we have the whole theater to ourselves. We could have spiced up our date, except that the whole theater was freezing. We snuggled for warmth, it was too cold for anything else.

I've heard a few people were disappointed with this movie. Mostly, people who are familiar with the story, and who are history buffs. It's based on a novel written by Philippa Gregory. I love the book. It's written well. I like Natalie Portman's role in this film. I think she did it well. Eric Bana is very yummy, and Scarlett did a wonderful job being the 'nice' sister.

If you really want to have fun with this movie, forgot history, forget everything else. Just enjoy the movie itself. Then it's a great movie.

Top Five Credits:
Natalie Portman ... Anne Boleyn
Scarlett Johansson ... Mary Boleyn
Eric Bana ... Henry Tudor
Jim Sturgess ... George Boleyn
Mark Rylance ... Sir Thomas Boleyn