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Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel by Heather McElhatton
Pretty Little Mistakes: A Do-Over Novel

almamah, September 24, 2007

This book is a fascinating adult take on the "choose your own adventure" books that I remember from my pre-teen years.
My first thought in writing a review was to say that it's a fantastic choice for readers who prefer short stories, and perfect for those of us without the time or attention span for a full-length novel. But on second thought, that puts limits on this book, and that's not my intention at all.
Besides, I picked it up thinking it would be perfect for breaktimes at work, when I only get to read for fifteen minutes at a stretch. As it has turned out, it's all too hard to set this book aside!
Like eating a bag of potato chips, it's hard to stop after just one story, and extremely tempting to go back and follow up on just one more story, to see how it ends if you go in this direction instead of that.
I found this book highly addictive, in the very best sense of the word -- where reading is involved.
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Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate Dicamillo
Because of Winn-Dixie

almamah, March 6, 2007

This is a very sweet story about a young girl and her dog, and the people they meet, and the friends they make.

Everything you need for a great children's book, right?


This book has everything you need for a great book for EVERYONE.

If you can read this book and not find ONE character with whom you can empathize, then I can only say that your heart must be made of stone.

This book grabs your attention from the opening pages and doesn't let go again until you reach the end. I will say this until I'm blue in the face (or in the fingers, since I'm typing this), people - children's books are for everyone!
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Writers Book of Matches
Writers Book of Matches

almamah, February 17, 2007

I still have not written any stories based on the many fun and intriguing prompts in this book, but I still keep it on top of my stack of books beside my bed.
Perfect for anyone who wants to write stories but needs ideas, this book not only has them, it also tells you different ways of playing with the ideas it provides!
Until I get around to using it for the purpose for which it was created, it's a lot of fun to flip through at night, just before I fall asleep -- I like to think it gives me ideas to dream about. And considering that a lot of my story ideas have come to me in my dreams, perhaps I WILL soon be using this book to write another book of my own!
Highly recommended, and a lot of fun.
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The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks
The Zombie Survival Guide

almamah, February 15, 2007

I really wanted to love this book. I won't say that I hated it, not at all, it just didn't excite me as much as the premise of the book did.
Sadly, this book doesn't live up to the idea of a survival guide for a world being taken over by zombies.
It really surprised me that I didn't enjoy it more -- I think I'm a target audience for it. As a fan of horror novels, zombie movies, dark humor, and characters with the will and knowledge to survive against all odds, I couldn't wait to buy and read it.
Unfortunately, in the end, I was surprised to find this book a little on the dull side. Despite chapters on the tools to defend and protect yourself and how to use them when confronted by zombies, and perhaps more importantly, how to escape from them, it's not as exciting a book as it could be.
Even more surprising, I didn't find it to be humorous, even though it's labeled as humor and found in that section of most bookstores.
My recommendation? If you're looking for a combination of horror, action, and touches of humor, read the novel that followed this guide -- "World War Z" by Max Brooks.
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The Mysteries of Harris Burdick by Chris Van Allsburg
The Mysteries of Harris Burdick

almamah, February 15, 2007

This is one of my favorite so-called "children's" books. So many readers turn up their noses at literature aimed at the younger set, but by doing so, they're missing a lot!
This book looks simple the first time you leaf through it, but for anyone with an imagination (whether you're a child or an adult, or somewhere in-between), it holds great treasures.
A definite must-read for anyone who appreciates beautiful illustrations or aspires to writing. Perhaps the idea that comes to you when reading this wonderful book will lead you to create new and wonderful stories yourself -- for adults OR kids!
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