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Dennis Kleinsmith has commented on (7) products.

Fingerprints and Facelifts
Fingerprints and Facelifts

Dennis Kleinsmith, December 18, 2008

This is the kind of book that in itself is a hilarious, gripping thriller that any and every one will enjoy but has plenty of inside jokes for anyone over thirty. While never sinking into it, the author manages to tap into the popular nostalgic attitude toward revisiting past entertainments for new vehicles. To give any detail away would be spoiling some truly fascinating and humorous elements but suffice it to say that the book revolves around three women 'of a certain age' that, as former private detectives, bristle at even the (inevitable) mention of "Charlie's Angels". The cast of characters is diverse, the locations both exotic and mundane and action quick but never casual. I defy anyone to read this book and not want to know more about the 'L.A. Dolls".
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The Devil You Know by Mike Carey
The Devil You Know

Dennis Kleinsmith, August 18, 2008

Frequently compared to Neil Gaiman, Mike Carey has a very distinctly different voice and-as much as I love Gaiman's work-a significantly lighter and more apparent sense of humour. His world is just as dark, troubled and frighteningly real and familiar but his characters are just that much more flawed, particularly Felix Castro, that they (and we) can laugh at each other and themselves. Structurally it is one of the tightest, intense thriller/mysteries I've read in quite a while and would have given it five stars but for the fact that Carey uses a significant number of specifically British slang words and phrases to the point that I began to feel that I might be missing something. Words and phrases that weren't even in my American Dictionary so I had to keep the computer handy to search for them.
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Lady Macbeth by Susan Fraser King
Lady Macbeth

Dennis Kleinsmith, August 6, 2008

Being familiar with Shakespeare's play and having some Scottish heritage, I was quite eager to read this book. While not at all what I was expecting, it didn't disappoint. Being based in historical fact, as with many legends and stories, it varies widely from the tale we've come to know as 'Macbeth'. Once the reader lets go of preconceived notions though, it's a very gripping read. There are a few confusing time lapses and a couple of relatively important characters that get short shrift but the pace is excellent and the world Fraser King displays is not only brutally honest and authentic but truly fascinating and engrossing.
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Gertrude and Claudius by John Updike
Gertrude and Claudius

Dennis Kleinsmith, December 19, 2007

A great prelude/prequel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet" but significantly engrossing in it's own right. While interesting, the change in language and names from portion to portion was a bit off-putting. A more extensive source bibliography would have been helpful as well.
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Angel-Seeker by Sharon Shinn

Dennis Kleinsmith, November 11, 2007

Now that she's had five successful books set in the world of "Samaria", I'm truly hoping Sharon Shinn will give us a 'how it all started' volume. While the books are all stand-alone stories, they do reference each other's events and characters and peaks into their pasts. Each novel has been engaging, intriguing and remarkable in it's own way and contribution to the further development of the world in which they take place, so much so that it has made our appetites ravenous to learn it's genesis. If this book lacks anything, it's the frustration that it doesn't go there.
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