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Peter StarkIt's hard to believe that 200 years ago, the Pacific Northwest was one of the most remote and isolated regions in the world. In 1810, four years... Continue »
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The Girl with No Shadow (P.S.) by Joanne Harris
The Girl with No Shadow (P.S.)

blbarrett, March 12, 2009

This was a disappointment on many levels. Vianne, Roux and even Anouk were shallow parodies of the strong characters we came to know in Chocolat.
New characters were introduced and then left without real definition or purpose. The love interest, Thierry, who is first portrayed as a kind and loving person is quickly revealed to be a drunk and abusive man simply to make way for Roux who appears to have the backbone of a jellyfish.
The child Rosette is seen to be at the mercy of a narcissistic mother who puts her own interest in front of the child who could benefit from much needed professional help and intervention and the other daughter who is left to roam in graveyards...I lost my affection for Vianne's character almost from the beginning of the book.
Threads of stories were begun and then left without a real finish, I felt unsatisfied and like a great deal was missing when I finally finished the book.
Mother's appear without fanfare, a man finds he is a father without much reaction, and there are just to many other events that seem never to have a believable impact on the participants in the story. The horrible Zozie left a few unanswered questions too.
This book just never reaches the level of wonderful and entertaining reading that I found in Chocolat.
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The Balloon Man
The Balloon Man

blbarrett, January 26, 2009

I began reading Charlotte McLeod in the late 1960's and as a testament to her writing I have never missed a single book...even those she has edited in the mystery genre are wonderful.
Her characters are eccentric but really lovable and she has a good sense of humor and wit in her writing.
If you like a fun mystery you will enjoy this author very much.
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Blue Shoes & Happiness by Alexander Mccall Smith
Blue Shoes & Happiness

blbarrett, January 26, 2009

This series is absolutely charming. The characters are simple but wise, the stories are interesting for their cultural spin and the descriptions of the beloved Botswana are wonderful. Very humorous and a good read.
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The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City by Kelly Coyne and Erik Knutzen
The Urban Homestead: Your Guide to Self-Sufficient Living in the Heart of the City

blbarrett, January 13, 2009

Loaned by a friend, found this book to be very useful and informative. Many of the ideas are usable even for a novice. Gardening here in my state is always a bit of a challenge but the container gardening information has inspired me to give it a try and I look forward to harnessing the use of our gray water. I found the resource section to be a little light on regional suggestions and would like to see more information about local county extension services.
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Ten Apples Up on Top! (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss
Ten Apples Up on Top! (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books)

blbarrett, September 21, 2006

This is a wonderful book to share with children of varied ages. Make sure you have some easy to balance items on hand...you know their going to try!
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