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Original Essays | July 24, 2014

Jessica Valenti: IMG Full Frontal Feminism Revisited

It is arguably the worst and best time to be a feminist. In the years since I first wrote Full Frontal Feminism, we've seen a huge cultural shift in... Continue »
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Music of Ghosts (Mary Crow Novels) by Sallie Bissell
Music of Ghosts (Mary Crow Novels)

sharrona, April 16, 2013

5th in the Mary Crow mystery series -- it was a long wait for this excellent addition to a favorite series, but well worth it. I have missed the two main continuing characters as I would distant family, and it's good to reune. The story was easy to follow but tough to figure out, with subtle clues that were apparent only after they were no longer needed! I said "I shoulda known that!" more than once. A thoroughly enjoyable read, and I'm so glad that another book is scheduled for next year!
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Two Graves by Douglas J Preston
Two Graves

sharrona, April 7, 2013

Impeccable narration by René Auberjunois could not overcome my disappointment at this implausible, fragmented, and frustrating "visit" with Special Agent Pendergast. Three or four separate plots--and I do mean separate--never connected the characters we usually enjoy as an ensemble. Pendergast was in South America, Corey Swanson was in Kansas, Constance Green was following her own story line, and NYPD Detective Vincent D'Agosta was mere window-dressing. None of the plots overlapped or worked together, yet none was strong enough to stand alone. They are not improved by being bound together in one volume.

I usually enjoy suspending disbelief, at least a little bit, when going on an adventure with Pendergast. But the main plot, focusing on him, was a deadly combination of "timeworn" and "ridiculous."

Pendergast remains one of my favorite continuing characters, and I will most likely read the next novel as soon as it's available. By then I hope the bitter taste of this one will have dissipated.
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Death of Yesterday by M C Beaton
Death of Yesterday

sharrona, March 30, 2013

Hamish Macbeth #29 (2013 addition to the mystery series)
Unabridged audio narrated by Graeme Malcolm
After the first moments of the narrator speaking over harsh jangly intro music, this book was wonderful! I enjoyed Mr. Malcolm's rendition of various accents, and he was able to differentiate among characters without making any of them sound too extreme. The story was up to Beaton's high standards for this series; each book seems like a visit to Lochdubh to see old friends. Having read the first 28 books in only a few months, I am now reduced to waiting a year for each new addition, and it's difficult!
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The Beggar's Opera by Peggy Blair
The Beggar's Opera

sharrona, March 29, 2013

First novel in a new series featuring Inspector Ricardo Ramirez, head of the Havana Major Crimes Unit -- This book is fast-paced and suspenseful, with short chapters, crisp writing, and plot threads that move from scattered to tightly knotted as the story unfolds. Everything that happened at the end was hinted at earlier in the book; some things that were hinted at didn't happen -- and that makes for a good mystery. I will definitely read the second book in this series and will wait impatiently for more.
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Growing Up in the South (Signet Classics) by Suzanne W Jones
Growing Up in the South (Signet Classics)

sharrona, March 17, 2013

Interesting collection, including unfamiliar passages from familiar authors plus a few new ones I'd not met before. This sampling will definitely motivate me to read some of their other works.
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