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The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding
The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps

techeditor, July 19, 2014

It's not that I don't appreciate the subject matter. But I often felt that I was receiving a history lesson rather than reading the story of a Harvard-educated dealer in rare maps who turned into a map thief, stealing maps worth millions of dollars.

Yes, the reader needs to realize the enormity of this crime. So history lessons are in order. But I felt tricked by the dust jacket and flap. They promise a "gripping story" about this man's crimes. Instead, the majority of this short book describes different map makers from maps' beginnings, explaining how these old maps SHOW history.

But it is because I do appreciate this subject matter that I give this book a higher rating than I otherwise would.

Thank you to JulzReads.Wordpress.Com for a finished hard copy of THE MAP THIEF.
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Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont Novels) by J A Jance
Second Watch (J.P. Beaumont Novels)

techeditor, May 23, 2014

I entered a contest for this book at the Thoughts in Progress blog. Now I'm sorry because someone else could have won it, someone who knows and likes Jance's many previous novels. I had never read Jance and was curious about her popularity. Turns out I don't appreciate her even though others do.

This is a book in Jance's J.P. Beaumont series. I got as far as page 63. Beaumont is in the hospital recovering from knee surgery, having incredibly detailed dreams that recall exactly a case he worked 40 years ago. I didn't buy it.

The biggest reason I'm finding it so easy to put this book down: I was expecting a thriller but was not thrilled. By page 63, I was not even interested.
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Summer House with Swimming Pool by Herman Koch
Summer House with Swimming Pool

techeditor, May 22, 2014

While the first 220 or so pages of this book do have some content that applied to what is to come later, it bored me terribly. After about 220 pages, while I wasn't bored to tears, I still wasn't pleased.

Marc, the narrator and main character, is a doctor. He isn't just unlikeable; he's detestable. But his character isn't what makes me dislike this book. It is the author's fault. He didn't stick with the story. Most of the book involves having Marc think about other things. Ho hum.

Koch could have at least cleared things up in the second half. Instead,I'm more confused. Why did he bring up so many different points but go nowhere with most of them? What was the point? And maybe most connfusing: the end.

I won an ARC of this book from
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Cloud Atlas (Modern Library) by David Mitchell
Cloud Atlas (Modern Library)

techeditor, May 7, 2014

For the last couple of years I've heard so much praise for CLOUD ATLAS that I'm ashamed to admit: it didn't impress me. The writing is superb, but Mitchell's stories didn't hook me.

I deserve an A for perserverence. I read every word. One chapter in particular, was a chore.

I used Cliff's-Notes-type writeups to help me understand what others find so desirable in this book. OK, so now I get it. But that doesn't make me like it.
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The Winter People by Jennifer Mcmahon
The Winter People

techeditor, April 6, 2014

Here is the reason that I left THE WINTER PEOPLE unrated. I did not finish it. It is a young-adult (YA) novel, and I'm beyond that.

I apologize to for this. I entered their contest for THE WINTER PEOPLE and won when someone else who entered and didn't win might have enjoyed the book.

Many adults like the YA writing style. Maybe that is the reason this book received so many wonderful reviews on so many book blogs. When I was reading it, though, I felt like I had been deceived. Why don't book reviewers mention when a book is YA if their review is to appear on a book blog for adults?
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