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The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard) by Stieg Larsson
The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest (Vintage Crime/Black Lizard)

Annette P, January 30, 2013

Stieg Larsson's final installment in the trilogy is an exhilarating thrill ride into a world of government conspiracy and secret agents. With its intricate weaving of characters, plot, and subplots, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest delivers an exciting combination of brains and brawn. Salander and Blomqvist are forces to be reckoned with, using intelligence to outwit their foes. Intense and imaginative, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's nest is perhaps Steig's most exciting tale in the trilogy.

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The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
The Magician's Elephant

Annette P, January 1, 2011

The Magician's Elephant reminds us that we must hope and dream, and consider even what seems impossible in order to rise above the challenges that living in our world brings. I enjoyed Kate DiCamillo's tale because she presents these positive ideas simply and eloquently. While most of us are used to saying "why?", she reminds us "why not?" and "what if?". I bought this book as a gift for an adult friend as a Christmas present because I knew that she would appreciate the quality of the storytelling. When I read the first chapter myself, I knew that I had to read it too. Is the story's outcome predictable? Others have stated so in their reviews. I don't think it matters whether or not it is. This story is all about the message: to hope and to trust and to believe in yourself. I think that is the real magic!
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Goodbye Tsugumi by Banana Yoshimoto
Goodbye Tsugumi

Annette P, October 17, 2010

What I enjoy about Banana Yoshimoto's writing is her ability to tell a story simply as she invites the reader to unravel and discover the intricate psychology of her characters. In Goodbye Tsugumi, I found myself sympathetic to the characters, even when at times I wondered why/how anyone could. I enjoyed Goodbye Tsugumi as both a coming-of-age story and one of self-discovery.
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Civil War Ghosts of Virginia, Vol. I by L B Taylor
Civil War Ghosts of Virginia, Vol. I

Annette P, October 3, 2010

Packed with fascinating accounts of ghostly experiences and interesting historical details, Ghosts of Virginia Vol.1 is one of the most satisfying books of ghost stories I have ever read. Author L. B. Taylor is so thorough in his research and in the number of Virginia ghost stories that he chooses to include. I'm looking forward to reading Volume 2!
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Bananagrams!: The Official Book by Joe Edley
Bananagrams!: The Official Book

Annette P, September 29, 2010

If you like word games and puzzles, this is the book for you! I'm making my way through it now and I can tell you that it offers plenty of challenge (at varying skill levels) and brain stimulation. What I like too is that I can begin a puzzle or challenge, put it down, and then come back to it later - which is convenient if you like something to do while on your coffee- or lunch break.
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