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Heading Out to Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
Heading Out to Wonderful

Alisha C, August 20, 2012

The novel is wonderfully descriptive and Brownsburg, it’s residents, and even a bit of Virginia come alive in ways that are not easily forgotten. The writing is rich, yet readable and speeds you through at an exciting pace. When you reach the end, you only wish you could go back and spend more time in the town and with the characters.
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The Book of Madness and Cures by Regina Omelveny
The Book of Madness and Cures

Alisha C, August 19, 2012

O’Melveny’s writing is good and the subject matter and storyline have a lot of potential. The bits of this novel are worth being picked through, but on the whole it doesn’t hold together well. For some, it would be be worth the read, if only to explore the mythical 16th century diseases and cures sprinkled throughout.(excerpt from review at www.luxuryreading.com)
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Bound by Antonya Nelson
Bound

Alisha C, August 19, 2012

Nelson’s description of setting and place is truly mesmerizing, but the characters are only sort of likable. There are many characters that come and go throughout the novel. There are some that only appear a time or two and appear to have importance, but are later forgotten; one character simply walks out of the novel, while another one dies to tie up the loose end.

Bound is riddled with many parallel plot lines. Some intersect and others only seem as though they may touch, but never actually do. This creates an element of suspense and in the end a bit of frustration. The anticipation of the story lines possibly intersecting will keep you reading. The novel is a quick read with only moments of depth. There are moments of brilliance hidden in this novel along with some unforgettable, vivid descriptions. For that alone, it could be worth the read, just don’t go in for the plot. (excerpt from review at www.luxuryreading.com)
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The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey
The Chemistry of Tears

Alisha C, August 19, 2012

The book’s characters are for the most part, hard to relate to. In the beginning, I tried to feel for Catherine’s loss and the grief she endured following her lover’s death, but it became increasingly difficult. Brandling’s issue seemed to be of the utmost importance in his own mind, but again, it was very hard to relate with. There were a few moments in which a connection was possible, but they were very few in number and were only small blurbs, not enough to sustain the novel.

I really wanted to like The Chemistry of Tears; there were a lot of information about automatons and horology. The themes of grief and sadness were intertwined throughout. I didn’t feel as though there were large amounts of technical descriptions, so the story did not bog down for that. The topic was an interesting one and I am sure that some may enjoy the characters and the plot. It’s unfortunate that I didn’t feel that way. (excerpt from review at www.luxuryreading.com)
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As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' the Screwtape Letters by Richard Platt
As One Devil to Another: A Fiendish Correspondence in the Tradition of C. S. Lewis' the Screwtape Letters

Alisha C, August 19, 2012

I rated this book a 2.5, as I believe that it will appeal only to very a specific audience. The writing is done well, but in an older style (to imitate that of the original). The subject matter is limited to those who read satire and/or Christian texts, though I do feel as though it could put off each of these readers equally. I went in for the satire and feel as though the Christian element was a bit heavy-handed. Even a Christian reader may find the satire to be heavy-handed. I felt the original was more subtle in these tones. As with many stories, I always suggest the original over any subsequent “remakes.” Read the original first, if it appeals to you, pick up this one as well. With all that said, Platt has done an admirable job of updating the original. (excerpt from review posted at www.luxuryreading.com)
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