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Inferno: A Novel by Dan Brown
Inferno: A Novel

dmard, July 17, 2013

Dan Brown's Robert Landon books are all fabulously rich with history, art and architecture, but I have to admit that there's a recognizable formula in the books. That is, until you reach Inferno.

While Inferno is yet another gripping, fast-paced adventure running at break neck speed through several of the great cities of Europe, that's where the similarities end. In this volume, you never know who to trust or what will happen next. Alliances and the facts shift like quicksand and the only thing that's clear is that Landon is on his own getting to the crux of this mystery.

My only criticism of Inferno is that it will take so long for the illustrated version to come out!
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Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage) by Cheryl Strayed
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail (Vintage)

dmard, May 2, 2013

Wow! I lived my normally stressful everyday life during the day, but every morning I was privileged enough to hike the Pacific Coast Trail along with Cheryl Strayed. It was like taking a little vacation every day and it made me realize that even though I wasn't going to hike the PCT from California to Oregon, the PCT and her journey is a beautiful metaphor for life.
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The Listener by Shira Nayman
The Listener

dmard, February 3, 2013

An adult "Through the Looking Glass" view of psychiatry. Who is and is not sane appears to be straightforward in the beginning, but as time goes on, you realize that nothing is as it seems. The story is both insightful and thought provoking.
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Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain by Roy Jr Morris
Lighting Out for the Territory: How Samuel Clemens Headed West and Became Mark Twain

dmard, January 26, 2013

As a big Twain fan, I was skeptical of this book when I first picked it up. Generally, I prefer Twain's version of his life. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find a voice much like Twain's sorting fact from fiction with a great sense of enjoyment rather than attempting to judge or pick Twain apart. It is a good-natured romp through the good and the bad which makes subject, author and reader feel like comrades who are all out on an adventure together.
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The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
The Casual Vacancy

dmard, January 1, 2013

Don't read it expecting to hear the voice that told the Harry Potter books, but it is a great, realist read about how society functions today.
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