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Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV by Ben Shapiro
Primetime Propaganda: The True Hollywood Story of How the Left Took Over Your TV

sarahboberra, June 17, 2011

I can't rate it, because I haven't read it, and didn't originally plan to. I have read the title, however, and it is simply absurd. Now I think I might read it just so that I can write a truly scathing review. I'll say for the author, he certainly has got nerve. The uber-irony of it is, this guy has his own TV show, and yet he claims to be objective in terms of the media? I actually thought at first that this was published by The Onion, and I laughed out loud when I read the title.
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The Informationist: A Thriller by Taylor Stevens
The Informationist: A Thriller

sarahboberra, June 12, 2011

This is a great debut from a new and interesting young writer with a mysterious past involving a religious cult which she successfully extricated herself from. She has created a strong new heroine unlike any I have ever read of before (yes, she's even more "hard-core" than Lisbeth Salander). The song by Fiona Apple "Extraordinary Machine" comes to mind because that's almost what Vanessa Michael Munroe appears to be, a machine most extraordinary. She has been through traumatic experiences far beyond what most of us are forced to endure, and yet, like a machine, she seems to be almost immune to the usual PTSD associated with such events. Almost is the key word here, as she admits to the reader her struggles with her "demons," whom are never quite clearly defined, but by the end of the book, we see a hint of them, and they have both a Pandora's-box-like-quality as well as a Jekyll-and-Hyde-like one. This is all I will say on the subtle psychology of our graceful, yet lethal heroine so as to leave most of her to be discovered. Final word: in no way does she disappoint.

While for the character development as well as the amazing descriptions of places most of us have never been to and will never go to, such as Equatorial Guinea, I give this novel 5 stars. For it's pacing, I would give it 4 stars. While many who reviewed it found the pace "breakneck," I have to say that personally I found it a bit slower than most novels labeled as thrillers. Don't get me wrong - it's still a very exciting book - but to me it's more exciting because of the plot and characters, rather than the action.

I will definitely look out for the next Vanessa Munroe installment with anticipation. Bravo to author Taylor Stevens, for overcoming all she has, and then channeling all her experiences into a creative effort worthy of world-wide recognition.
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The Big Hello and the Long Goodbye by Peter, Gessner
The Big Hello and the Long Goodbye

sarahboberra, May 27, 2011

This debut novel written by a real-time Private Eye and San Francisco transplant had me hooked from page 1. As a Bay Area native, I loved the gritty, real life descriptions of the City, and the book inspired me to seek out some of the City's spots that I regret to say I have yet to explore. Gessner obviously loves his chosen hometown as well as his occupation, as much as he loves his myriad of colorful, street-wise characters undoubtedly drawn from his own experiences, since before he became a P.I. he drove a taxi. Reminiscent of Hammet, and all those good ol' Bogie movies I used to watch with Dad back in the day, the main character Walker tells his story with panache and a touch of irony, aware that he is both the tough guy and also the clueless one, at least in the realm of intimacy. The updated, yet classic parallel love story, the love interest who is the "girlfriend with attitude," also brings to mind Bacall's sassiness with Bogie, but goes further in actually addressing the question of commitment, therefore staying in the realm of real life as opposed to fantasy. The two cases Walker takes on are believable ones, and I did not see the conclusions in either of them coming. All in all, a perfectly enjoyable read, a first-rate debut, and I look forward to more to come in the series.
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Annabel by Kathleen Winter

sarahboberra, May 24, 2011

This book is both the most moving and the most page-turning book I read this year. I tried not to read it too fast so that I could savor the lush use of language in the form of gorgeous descriptions of both the harsh Labrador environment, its communities and customs, and most of all the inner workings of the minds of the main characters. The subject matter, which takes on the phenomenon of true hermaphroditism, was dealt with extremely sensitively, but also honestly - the character's reactions to the discovery that a newborn baby is of both genders are very believable. It especially deals compassionately with the parents, and their differing and sometimes damaging approach to raising the child. This book not only stands alone as a contribution to great literature; it also is a profound teaching tool for high school or college level classes exploring gender and sexual identity issues. It should also bring recognition and hope to other trans-gendered individuals who must create their own gender identities in the face of our either/or cultural framework. Again, a superb achievement - entertaining, thought-provoking, subtle, and daring all rolled into one.
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