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Original Essays | August 18, 2014

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I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
I Capture the Castle

CassBrown, August 1, 2006

An absolutely charming read! Smith creates a vivid picture of an eccentric family struggling to survive in their falling-down home. The relationships between the sisters is touching and their plot to help their father very amusing. I really wish Dodie Smith (101 Dalmations) had written another adult novel.
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The Companion
The Companion

CassBrown, August 1, 2006

I'm usually not a big fan of Regency era novels, but this book by Susan Squires is a real page-turner. Squires has done her homework, so no anachronistic bloopers come screaming at you. Elizabeth has trained as an archeologist under her father, spending time in ancient ruins and libraries. She's a marvelous heroine: smart, independent, brave, and a misfit in the society she now must live in. The vampire twist is innovative. I'd give this a five except that the torture scenes go on for two long. Graceful writing and exciting action.
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The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger
The Devil Wears Prada

CassBrown, August 1, 2006

This is one of the best titles evah, but I couldn't force myself to finish this book. The writing was dull, and the characters were uninteresting sketches. Perhaps this is enough for people who want gossip about Anna Wintour, aka, Miranda Priestly.
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A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Confederacy of Dunces

CassBrown, July 24, 2006

If I could give this more stars, I would. One of the great works of American writing, a comic masterpiece. Ignatius J. Reilly is an oversized, outlandish, eccentric hero as he navigates various jobs in New Orleans. It really is a love letter to the city, too.

A beautifully crafted plot, outrageous characters, marvelous dialect, and wacky scenarios make this a novel that you can read more than once.
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Kitty and the Midnight Hour by Carrie Vaughn
Kitty and the Midnight Hour

CassBrown, July 22, 2006

Kitty, a DJ at a radio station, was once brutally attacked and became a werewolf. She's still trying to figure out how to live her life, and trying not to lose her humanity.

Her radio show becomes an advice line for creatures of the night and those who love them.

Kitty's also standing up for the rights of weres and others. A series of gruesome crimes, a mysterious caller to her radio show, and Kitty's got to act fast to stop more violence and the retribution that will follow.

Funny, action-packed, but poignant, too. I've got her next book in my reading stack.
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