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A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians: From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between by Stuart Isacoff
A Natural History of the Piano: The Instrument, the Music, the Musicians: From Mozart to Modern Jazz and Everything in Between

WongKaiWen, December 25, 2012

If you don't know much about the piano, you'll learn a lot, most of it unimportant. If you do know a lot about the piano, you'll learn a lot, all of it unimportant. Heavy on the trivia, grabs for the stereotypes wherever possible, and light on the substance. Lots of illustrations, both modern photographs and 18th/19th century reproductions. And lots of great extended quotations from notable musicians. The quotes and the art were more valuable than the book itself.
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Collateral by Ellen Hopkins

WongKaiWen, December 24, 2012

Ellen Hopkins hosted a contest a while back for photos of military families. I sent one in of Mike and I, just for the heck of it. I didn't think I'd be one of the winners, but when she contacted me via email, I was so excited. I love Ellen Hopkins. I've read every one of her books, with the exception of Triangles. I'm a huge fan of her writing style.
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The Tender Mercy of Roses by Anna Michaels
The Tender Mercy of Roses

WongKaiWen, December 24, 2012

I really enjoyed this book. My friend, Sonya, sent me an e-mail & said that this book is really good. It was written by another friend of hers (that I also know) who writes romances and funny mysteries under another name. Knowing that, I didn't really expect to like this book because I'm not a big fan of romance, but I was wrong. Sonya predicted that it will be a best seller, and I agree. It would be a shame to miss such a great story.
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The Republic of Wine by Yan Mo
The Republic of Wine

WongKaiWen, December 24, 2012

A wonderful book, rich with shimmering poetry, stories interwoven within other stories as we follow a detective investigating the rumors of delicious babies being served at banquets. A roller coaster ride through contemporary China, surreal scenes evocative of Chinese mythology and subversive stories and relationships written with great irony and wit. Totally needs to be in your to-read list.
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Cloud Atlas (Modern Library) by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas (Modern Library)

WongKaiWen, December 24, 2012

This book is one of the most incredible books that I have had the pleasure of reading. David Mitchell not only managed to write 6 unique and fantastic stories that I would love to read on there own, but he managed to connected them almost seamlessly making one mind-blowing story. Like I said I would love to read each story as an individual for each one is so dynamic in itself. It is almost hard to believe that the same author wrote each story since each has its own unique writing style. You go from a sailing journal, to comedy, to mystery, to science fiction, and even a post apocalyptic world. He threw in all of my favorite genres and the best elements of each. I totally recommend this book.
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